The Sun Joe MJ401C-XR is part of the Lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Lawn mower & tractor
models like the MJ401C-XR are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Side discharging: How far and evenly clippings were dispersed from the discharge chute.
Bagging: Denotes how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
Evenness: Reflects how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing.
Deck height adjustment
Deck height adjustmentMost convenient is a single lever that moves the entire deck up and down. Some models have one lever for the front axle and another for the rear. Least convenient is a lever at each wheel.
Single front/single rear
Washout portAccepts a hose for cleaning the underside of the deck more easily than from above. Be sure to allow the underside to air-dry before stowing the machine.
Swing-up handle bar
Swing-up handle barAbility to easily fold the handle bar forward to aid in storage.
Upright storageAllows the user to store the lawnmower vertically reducing the storage footprint.
High wheelsLarge rear wheels marketed to handle bumpy terrain better than standard size wheels.
Optional discharge chute
Optional discharge chuteThe rear-mounted side-discharge chute does not come standard with the product and must be obtained separately if you want the side-discharge cutting mode. Some will be provided free when you return the product's warranty card, while others range in price from $15 to $30.
Deck sizeThe diameter of the cutting deck, or cutting swath measured in inches.
VoltsThe voltage of the lawnmower battery. (Some systems combine two batteries in series to achieve the displayed voltage)
Battery capacityEnergy density of the battery system
Drive wheelsLocation of powered wheels for self-propelled mowers
Mower warrantyThe length of time in years the lawn mower is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
Battery warrantyThe length of time in years the battery is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.