Other buyers comment that the mower feels and look like a toy. It seems flimsy. But they also found it could handle child-swallowing yard growth. One of the coolest features of the Toro Recycler 22-inch Personal Pace Variable Speed Gas Walk Behind Self Propelled Lawn Mower that kept coming up in our research is the blade-brake clutch. This allows you to stop the blade without stopping the motor of the mower which is helpful for moving debris out of the way.
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.
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.