The Toro 20360 is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the 20360 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
Includes ease of operating the drive controls (for self-propelled only), pushing and pulling, making U-turns, and maneuvering in tight spots.
About This Brand
Toro makes and markets lawn mowers and zero-turn riders under the Toro and Lawn Boy names. The Toro and Lawn Boy brands are considered premium. Most Toro and Lawn Boy lawn mowers are self-propelled, fully featured, and have Briggs & Stratton and Honda engines. Some models in the line comply with California emissions. Toro and Lawn Boy mowers are sold through dealers and at Home Depot. Toro also markets a line of lawn tractors made by MTD.
Can bag Indicates whether the mower can cut in the bagging mode. In this mode, the clippings are gathered in a removable catcher. Lawns tend to have the best appearance after cutting in this mode because the mower essentially vacuums the lawn clean and leaves very little debris behind. This advantage is offset by the need to periodically empty the catcher and dispose of the grass clippings.
Can mulch Indicates whether the mower can cut in the mulching mode. In this mode, the discharge port is closed off, and the mower re-cuts clippings until they're small enough to settle and decompose in the lawn. Cutting in this mode reduces the need to fertilize the lawn because some of the nutrients from the clippings are returned to the soil. It is also more convenient because there is no need to empty a catcher or dispose of any clippings. Certain conditions are required for successful mulching, and if these conditions are not met, many visible clippings can be left behind on the lawn. For successful mulching, one should avoid cutting more than one third of the grass's length, cutting wet grass, or cutting at too fast a pace.
Can side discharge Indicates whether the mower can cut in the side-discharge mode. In this mode, the mower simply discharges the clippings off to the side of the mower. Depending on the length of the grass cut, this method tends to leave many visible clippings behind. This mode is preferable when cutting tall grass because the mower is less likely to clog, since the clippings are quickly removed from the deck.
Can side discharge
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
I have a very small yard and did not want to deal with a gas mower. At first I was excited to have a push mower that was electric but found it heavy, hard to maneuver and then, worst of all, unreliable. The battery doesn't charge correctly. The retailer advised me to buy a new mower instead of fixing or replacing the battery. It is incredibly disappointing to me.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Mike the neighbor.
from Milwaukee, WI
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Fifth summer and still going strong
Long Lasting Charge
Very little maintenance
No Height Scale
I'm in my 5th cutting season with the Toro. Before 2005 I used an 18 inch electric corded mower until I bought a home a with a lawn of 5000 plus square feet. The cord and the narrow 18cutting width required too much time. I purchased a gas powered 20 mulching mower and was disappointed by the mulching and the amount of money and time on maintenance and messing with gasoline. At the time there were few 20 battery operated mowers on the market. The main selling point was that the Toro manual indicated that the battery would not overcharge and did not require to be stored indoors during the winter. I bought the Toro in 2008. I was first impressed by it's mulching capability and since then rarely rake in the autumn and instead just run the lawnmower over the leaves regardless if grass needs cutting or not. The Toro has two batteries; the engine is driven by a motorcycle type battery tandem wired to a car-type of battery and that might explain why there in never a drop off in power from the beginning of cutting/mulching until completion. I keep the blade very sharp and balanced which I think is very important for electric lawn mowers. I'm using my second blade since purchasing the mower. In 2010 I noticed a flutter when letting off of the power handle. I removed the cowl and found that the nut on top of the electric motor was loosening. I removed the nut applied a liquid nut/bolt glue to the threads and put the nut back on the motor. I have been operating the mower without problems since then. Two different neighbors just this summer just realized that I was using an electric mower. They both thought I had a very quite gas powered mower and asked me where I got it. My son uses the mower to cut some of other neighbors lawns too.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Metro Detroit
Not bad for small lawns
We decided to rid ourselves of the maintenance of a gas-powered for our small lawn. Generally, this is a good product, with some caveats: slow your roll-cuts best if you push at a slower speed: keep your blade sharp- learn how to sharpen your own blade 'cuz you're going to have to do it 2-3 times during the cutting season: remember- it IS battery-powered, so plan on it quitting on you at some point and having to be re-charged in mid-cut. Overall, it is a good low-maintenance machine that is reliable, quiet and easy to use