I know that many people prefer to hose their mowers down with a garden hose. I admit I have done it. Still doing that is risky. If water gets into the wiring air filter or engine you could really do some damage. Hand washing with damp rag is a drag but also your safest bet.
Top 5 Lawn Mowers recommends the Sun Joe MJ401E to people with a small yard who dont want to spend a lot on a mower. The reviewer liked it overall for many of the same reason one might like any electric mower (no fossil fuels lightweight etc.) but he also noted that there were only three height positions with the lowest scraping the ground. And due to its 14-inch blade it takes longer to mow a lawn.
In the following guide we mainly focus on walk-behind mowers since the majority of lawns are served perfectly well by these machines. However if you have a lawn that is larger than half an acre you may want a riding mower. If you have a yard that is between a quarter and half an acre consider a self-propelled model. This basically means you do less pushing. Self-propelled mowers are especially helpful on hills. Also pay special attention to blade size. Look for a mower with a blade thats at least 20-inches long if you have a larger yard. Conversely if you have many narrow areas to mow a smaller deck the area within which the blade spins around is best.