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Best and Worst Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers

Cutting champs and clumping chumps from Consumer Reports' unparalleled field tests

Every year Consumer Reports tests a new batch of gas and electric walk-behind mowers at its test lawn in Fort Myers, Fla. This year we bagged more than 5,000 pounds of grass clippings as part of that effort and discovered that not every lawn mower measures up to our cutting, mulching, and bagging tests.

Though even the lowest-rated tractors and riders we tested performed passably, several walk-behind mowers left ugly clumps in their wake and scored 50 or lower on CR's 100-point scale. Brands we tested include Ariens, Cub Cadet, EGO, Echo, Honda, and Toro. 

Here are the best and worst in each category of walk-behind mowers from our tests: