The Honda HRR2169VLA is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, self propelled mower
models like the HRR2169VLA 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.
Electric start is reliable. Bags grass to nearly a full bag making for less stop and go. Infinitely variable speed transmission takes a little getting used to but is sure-footed. Some complain of grass strips being left beneath wheels....but this is simply a sign it wants to have an overloaded bag emptied and chute unclogged...really just standard maintenance. Transmission by design does not fully disengage wheels when in neutral so it is slightly harder to pull it backwards....but I have few areas where this is encountered...and its really not much of a bother. Consumer Reports high ranking of this machine is spot on.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Love to Mow
from Monroe, MI
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not worth it!
I bought this mower based mainly on the reviews and options. The self-propel barely works, basically it works for about first half hour (and only by pressing all the way) and then I am pushing it the remaining 2 hrs of my mowing.<br />I am completely exhausted after mowing my yard and now have to break it up into 2 days as the mower is much heavier, cumbersome and hard to turn.<br />Additionally I have to go over everything twice as it does not cut all the grass in one swipe and it leaves large tracks from the wheels that have to be cleaned up!<br />I am extremely disappointed with this mower and am going back to my less expensive Lawn Boy that did twice the job of the twice as expensive Honda!<br />I have only had for a few months and shame on me I should have returned this thing after first use!!!!
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Mentor, Ohio
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Problems with drive belt
Easy to Push & Steer
Drive Belt Falls Off
Requires Constant Maintenance
The mower worked fine for the first year, but the drive belt fell off early this season. I had it replaced for $70. I started mowing my lawn after the repair and the belt fell off again after 5 minutes of mowing. Not sure why this started happening. The mower is not even a year old. I previously had a Toro for 10 years and I never had to replace the drive belt.