We identified several common price categories in lawn mowers and looked at what you get—and don't get—for your money. We also handpicked a few recommended models from each category across lawn-mower types, including self-propelled gas lawn mowers and cordless-electric lawn mowers. This article is part one of two. The second will cover lawn tractors and riding mowers, so stay tuned.

$400 and Up

Pay top dollar for a lawn mower, and you'll generally get what you pay for. Bagging, in particular, improves by paying more, and you're also more likely to get a gas lawn mower with a premium engine, which should start more reliably and last longer than other models. Electric start and rear drive-wheels are more common; so is all-wheel drive for users with hilly property. Want an electric lawn mower? This highest percentage of battery-powered electrics, including the two top-performing EGOs, come at this price tier: 

Gas Self-Propelled, Multi-Speed Lawn Mowers
Honda HRX2175VKA, $600
Toro 20381, $520
Honda HRR2169VKA, $430
Toro 20353, $400

Cordless-Electric Lawn Mowers
EGO LM2102SP, $600, Self-propelled, multi-speed
EGO LM2101, $500

$250 to $399

At this price tier, where you’ll find the most mowers, there’s a slight dip in overall performance and ease of use. You give up little if you prefer to mulch or side-discharge clippings (which help return nutrients to the soil). If you’re bagging, however, these models on average—while acceptable—don’t fill their bags quite as well. Premium engines on gas models are just as common, but you’re less likely to find a model with electric start or rear-wheel drive. You’ll see several battery-powered electric lawn mowers at this price range, too, though none made our picks.

Gas Self-Propelled, Multi-Speed Lawn Mowers
Troy-Bilt TB-280ES, $340
Toro Recycler 20332, $360
Cub Cadet SC300HW, $300

Gas Self-Propelled, Single-Speed Lawn Mowers
Toro 20370, $280
Lawn-Boy 10739, $340 (AWD)

Gas Push Lawn Mowers
Cub Cadet SC100, $250
Husqvarna LC121P, $250

Photo of a $600 Honda HRX2175VKA lawn mower for an article about lawn mowers for every budget.
The $600 Honda HRX2175VKA is among the top-ranked gas-powered, self-propelled lawn mowers in our Ratings.

$200 to $249

Here paying less comes with more compromises, with almost no self-propelled models. Though our lawn mower picks performed slightly better than the group as a whole, models in this tier perform only so-so overall, and mowing in all three modes tended toward the mediocre. This price point is also where you’ll find corded-electric lawn mowers such as the $200 Worx WG719, which edged out other models—though no corded-electric mower is recommended considering relative performance as well as the clumsy cord.

Gas Push Lawn Mowers
Craftsman 37432, $220
Yard Machines 11A-B9A9, $240
Lawn-Boy 17734, $240

Below $200

Save your money. At this price performance is mediocre, and ease of use takes a dip. Two of the five models are corded-electric; the rest are gas push lawn mowers. And of those, two have individual bolts, one per wheel, that you have to remove to change the deck height. See our Lawn Mower and Tractor Buying Guide for more.

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