There are several types of lawn mowers available for homeowners to choose from. Each has its own advantages depending on the size of your yard and your needs.
Gas Lawn Mowers
Gas-powered mowers offer more power and runtime than their battery-powered counterparts. They are best for medium to large yards up to half an acre in size. Gas mowers can easily handle long or thick grass and mulch, side discharge, or bag clippings. While they are louder and require more maintenance than electric mowers, gas mowers provide excellent value over time.
Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
Battery mowers have become a popular green alternative to gas mowers in recent years. The best models now provide runtimes sufficient for small to medium-sized yards up to a third of an acre. Battery mowers are much quieter and more environmentally friendly to operate. As battery technology continues to advance, runtimes and power rival that of gas mowers. Interchangeable batteries also provide flexibility to use the same battery across other yard tools.
Riding Lawn Mowers and Tractors
Riding mowers are a time-saving option for larger properties over half an acre in size. Models include traditional riding mowers with standard steering and zero-turn mowers with pivot steering. Riding mowers can be powered by gas or electric batteries and cut significantly more area on a single charge or tank of gas compared to a push mower. Comfortable seating and easy operation make larger mowing tasks efficient.
Robotic Lawn Mowers
For frequently mowed smaller lawns, a robotic lawn mower can do the work automatically without human operation. Robotic mowers use boundary wires, GPS, or object sensors to navigate the yard and avoid obstacles. They are ideal for busy homeowners who don't have as much time for yardwork chores.