The Honda HRR2169VKA is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower
models like the HRR2169VKA 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.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
About This Brand
Honda is a prominent engine maker and sells a premium line of lawn mowers. Honda lawn mowers are known for innovative features and come at premium prices. Honda makes gas-powered lawn mowers with unique drive systems, mulch control, and steel and plastic decks. Honda does not make electric mowers. Honda mowers are among the most expensive on the market. Honda mowers are sold through dealers and Home Depot.
Forward speeds Some self-propelled mowers have one speed, usually about 2 1/2 mph; others have several. Still others have a continuous range, typically from 1 to 3 mph. Two or more speeds let you adjust to the terrain and grass.
Drive wheels Front-wheel drive lets you make U-turns by pushing down on the handlebar and swinging the mower around without disengaging the drive. The downside is less traction than you get from mowers with rear-wheel drive.
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.
Engine manufacturer Stated manufacturer of a gasoline engine. For some mowers the engine manufacturer is not documented and is listed as "unknown."
Electric start Starts a gasoline-powered engine with the turn of a key by the operator. An electric start is powered by an on-board battery that requires periodic charging.
Blade brake clutch Allows the gasoline engine to continue to run when the operator leaves the area behind the handlebar to empty the grass-clipping collection bag or to move an object in the path of the mower. It saves wear on the engine by reducing stopping/restarting cycles.
I owned an off brand, front wheel drive, one speed mower that served me well for 10 years before rust did it in. I compared mowers online for a couple of weeks and decided to spend the money on this Honda. I used it four times to cut an average (25-30 minutes) flat lawn. Drive paddles and engine vibration cramped thumbs and wrists. The drive paddle position on the mower handle is adjustable but that didn't seem to help. Hard to control speed over bumpy ground, while turning (I have a standard lot and do lots of turns) and when only using one hand (mowing next to bushes). I mowed my lawn four times with it and tried to control it comfortably, but between sore thumbs and wrists, unable to keep speed constant because you're trying to hold the spring loaded paddles steady in mid range while going over those bumps and making those turns, I found myself kind of wrestling with it to keep a steady pace without inadvertantly speeding up or slowing down. And the fact that I had only a 30 day return window, I chose to return it. I think that if they replaced the variable speed paddles with some sort of gear selector or paddles that click into place to hold a speed of your choice, that might work. Top speed of 4 MPH is too fast for a small or standard lawn with bushes, bumps, turns, etc Other than that, the mower felt solid and capable. Easy to set up and get going out of the box. Pull start was easy and fired right up out the box. Large grass bag and the mulch or bag selector on the deck is a great idea. And, of course, a Honda engine. Maybe I would have learned to use it comfortably given more time, but after 4 mowings I decided to return it and not chance regretting the money I spent on it. I would recommend it with reservations.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Doesn't live up to billing
Easy To Start
Does Not Handle Well
I Miss The Side Discharge
Bought to use as the primary lawn mower for a medium size yard. It starts easy and is fuel efficient, however, the handling in my opinion is quite poor and the rear wheel drive feature doesn't work as well as front wheel drive models. Also I miss the side discharge
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from NE Ohio
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best Mower I Have Ever Owned
Very Easy Starting
Tips Back With Full Bag
Touchy Speed Control
I purchased this mower almost entirely on CR recommendations and Honda's reputation for quality. <br /><br />I finally have a walk behind mower that mows fairly tall thick grass without slowing pace. It gives an excellent cut in bag or mulch mode. It starts VERY easily without puling fast or hard. It is the first easy start that starts easily cold or hot. The bag fills full while cutting as good as when empty. It is very light weight until the bag starts to fill up with clippings. A 3-year warranty is very good for this type and price point product. <br /><br />Shortcomings I can live with because it mows so great: <br />1. The variable speed control is difficult to get used to. Rough ground causes the speed control to be moved by hands. It is just a bit to sensitive. <br />2. As the bag gets fuller with clippings the front of the mower wants to lift off the ground. I have to put a but of upward force on the handle to keep it down. But the mower is very light. I think any lightweight mower would do this? <br />3. In mulch mode, when the grass is long, it leaves a row of clippings in a row under the left rear wheel. I think any mower would do this?