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.
Many people don't know that you are NOT suppose to pull in reverse a self propelled mower. By doing so you will shorten the life of the transmission and it will be almost impossible to pull in reverse. I learned the hard way with my previous mower. You should only back up enough to make a necessary turn. This one is a dream now for 3 years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Cloquet, MN
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
You'll get a hernia trying to pull back.
Cuts Very Well
Pulling Backward A Chore
Medium Lawn No Trees
No Need To Pull Back
After reviewing the CR recommendations, this mower appeared to offer what I wanted. That was the case for about the first season (2012). When 2013 arrived it still seemed to be OK - started easily, cut very well, had decent power, self propel was OK. Then about August of 2013, the mower became increasingly difficult to pull in reverse. An Authorized Mechanic? suggested lubrication. That didn't help. Adjusting cable length didn't help. I'm at the point where I will pull out my old Toro (not self propelled) and use it even though it does not cut as well. At least it doesn't give me a hernia when I try to pull it backwards. Will HONDA respond? They don't have a user friendly means of asking for a response. So the machine has a 3-year warranty but the Authorized Mechanic? informed me that it's only good if something is broken. That's fine but it doesn't solve the problem of not having the proper tools to remove the gear to get access to the ratchet mechanism that appears to be the problem. Research on the internet shows that my machine is not the only one with similar problems.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Ken the Mower
from Liberty, SC
Has rear, not side discharge
Reputation First Impress
This mower does NOT have a side discharge--as CU states. It has a very convenient lever on top that switches from mulch to bag/discharge. To discharge, you merely leave off the bag. The durable plastic apron that serves to hold the bag in place has a gap at the bottom that discharges the clippings at your feet. I had ordered the mower based on CU's recommendation, among other things. I called Honda and was told that they have been doing this for three years. If it disperses the clippings well (and doesn't spray them all over the operator's legs) it will be a very convenient system.