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.
About 86% of the buyers who reviewed the Honda HRX217VKA on Home Depots website gave it four or five stars. Handyman left the most helpful review after using his mower for one year. He noted that its the best mower he is ever owned because of the adjustable speeds for the self-propel controller. He goes top speed and has to walk briskly to keep up. Other buyers remark that the mower cuts well after just one pass and doesnt leave stragglers clumps or lines. One buyer was impressed with how it could even handle unkempt grass over six inches high.
Your Best Digs rated the Greenworks 22502 as the best electric lawn mower. The reviewer found this push mower easy to maneuver thanks to its lightweight design. He also liked that it was much quieter than the gas mowers he tested. However he noted that dumping the clipping was awkward since there was a crossbar in the way and he would have preferred it if the mower came with an extension cord. Greenworks offers the option of buying the mower with an extension cord for $30 extra.