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.
The 190 cc engine allows you to mow at a decent clip and it starts more easily and runs more efficiently than most side-valve engines. Also the rear-wheel drive makes it so you can mow inclines and hills effortlessly. There are more features than we have space to cover here but we would be remiss if we didnt touch on the Versamow system. This system allows you to choose how much grass is mulched and how much is bagged depending on your yards conditions. It also lets you shred leaves so you no longer need to use your leaf blower.
The Honda HRX217VKA is at or near the top of all of the expert best lawn mower lists including Popular Mechanics Top Ten Reviews and Lawn Mower Review. The testers at Consumer Reports gave this model top ratings for handling bagging and mulching and “very good” ratings for ease of use and side discharging. Additionally the reviewer estimated the breakage rate by the fourth year of ownership to be 16% which is well below any of the other mowers they tested.