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.
I have mowed my yard 3 times. The speed control takes a little getting use to. But it certainly can travel faster than I can walk. Last mow the grass was 6-8 inches high as my Craftsman mower had $300 in repairs & then it died the same day I brought it home from the Sears Repair Center. So I replaced it with the Honda. The Craftsman required bagging as the mulching would require raking or 3 passes not to leave giant clumps. This Honda in mulch mode left better looking lawn than the Sears did in bagging mode. The Honda also mowed twice as fast as my old Sears self propelled did.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Andover, MA
electric starter is junk
Pull Start Works Fine
Very good mulching
It's Rear Wheel Drive
Electric start worked for about the first two times and now it doesn't start the motor. So it's under warranty, but I have to drive it 30 min to the nearest service center, drive back, they'll fix it over the next 10 days, then back and forth again to pick it up. I've read it's mostly always the battery, but they won't even try to it on the spot :-(. <br />Also, I hate rear wheel drive. The hand lever for adjusting the speed is very jerky, so you squeeze it in for a little more power going up an incline and it lurches forward. The rear wheel drive means the whole front of the lawnmower rises significantly when that happens and you leave behind a 4' long area of unmown lawn when that happens. The gas tank could be bigger. I've run out a couple times just shy of finishing, and I really don't think my lawn is that huge - certainly all of my other mowers never had this issue. It would also be good if the wheels a little more traction.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Yard Man
from Ooltewah, TN
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Won't buy this again.
One pull start
Terrible Self Starter
I bought this mower yesterday based in part on consumer reports review and on Honda'reputation for quality. Got it home and setup. Turned the key and the starter turned like crazy but would not engage the motor. Returned it an received a replacement and returned home. Same result. Took it back and received a refund. Sorry Honda but won't buy electric start from you.