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.
Great mower when it runs! After stopping to remove clippings mower will not start....after 10-15 minutes in shade cranks right up on first pull?? Now at recommended Honda shop for repair after less than 3 months of use.
How long have you owned it:
By joe the plumber
from lansing mi
will never buy this
- doesn't work on slopes ..needs to be restarted every 5 mins ...just a terrible product ...cannot believe i wasted my time and money on this
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Asleep at the Consumer Wheel
from Baton Rouge, LA
HRR2169VKA DK HArd to Start Weird Drive Wheels
Not Reliable Starting
Poor drive train
Requires Constant Maintenance
The famous Honda reputation was a very strong selling point when I choose this model as a replacement for a previous lawnmower from a different manufacturer. This lawnmower is difficult to start and kills quite frequently. The drive wheels are in the rear and this causes handling to be very different from most other lawnmowers. Because of the difficulties I had when I initially bought this mower, I just paid a neighbor's son to cut my grass and thought I would just return this thing for REFUND. Well , a year has past since I got it, and I may not be able to return it, so I just want to share my experience with other readers to CU and hope you don't get stuck with a lemon like I did. Honda: you didn't do yourself justice and shame on me for not being more diligent with my dollars.