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.
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.
The EGO LM2101 is the highest-rated electric-battery mower on Consumer Reports by far. Its lowest category rating is for its bagging for which it is rated “good.” Despite testing the push option the reviewer found this mower was easy to operate and had effortless handling. However they found the 40-minute battery runtime to be fairly short a common issue with cordless electric mowers. Techaeris tested the EGO LM2102SP and found the battery lasted 60 minutes which was long enough to finish the reviewers 1/3-acre lawn. He estimated that the yearly cost to operate the EGO would be $1.50.