Whether the man in your life is a weekend warrior who lives for his lawn or more the type of guy who grudgingly trims the grass every other weekend, you can bet that he doesn’t want to spend Father’s Day fighting with the pull cord of a mower or feeding line into the head of a string trimmer. Fortunately, outdoor power gear has gotten a lot less frustrating lately, so finding an easy-care model is simple.

Here are some picks—for you or your dad—from Consumer Reports' pros.

And remember, if Dad does his yard chores on Sunday, do the work for him this Father's Day.

Push Mowers

The reputation that gas-powered push mowers are hard to start and maintain is a bit outdated. Thanks to prime-free starting, newer gas mowers are less of a hassle. Still, something that runs effortlessly like an electric mower may be even better.

Cub Cadet SC100, $250
The top-scoring gas push mower in our lawn mower tests cuts well and is particularly easy to handle and maneuver. Plus it offers prime-free starting and has such handy features as a washout port for cleaning grass clippings from the deck.

Ego LM2101, $500
For twice the price, this 21-inch, cordless-electric mower offers consistently impressive cutting without making much effort. It is well-suited for smaller lawns, starts instantly, and runs quietly—a big plus for anyone who likes to get yard work out of the way early in the morning while the neighbors may be sleeping.

String Trimmers

With a string trimmer, the real gift is the time saved slicing away weeds and edging the sidewalk.

Stihl FS 38, $130
This curved-shaft gas trimmer was impressive across all trimming tasks in our string trimmer tests, including trimming, edging, and cutting tall grass. At just over 10 pounds, it’s easy to wield and maneuver. Plus it has a clutch, so once it’s started, you can let the engine idle as you move between tasks without having to constantly restart the engine.

Ego ST1501-S, $180
At just 9 pounds, this 56-volt, straight-shaft cordless trimmer is among the most powerful battery-powered models we tested, rivaling gas tools for cutting and proving easier to use—it starts instantly and, of course, requires no fuel. You’ll pay more than you would for most gas trimmers, but Ego yard tools have routinely topped our tests, and the battery in this trimmer can be used to power Ego’s chain saw, lawn mower, or leaf blower, making it easy to build a tool collection.

Leaf Blowers

Leaf blowers aren't just for leaves. They’re also great for clearing a deck or patio, or even blowing away light snow in winter. If you buy a plug-in electric model, get a heavy-duty 100-foot extension cord to reach all the corners of your lot.

Toro Ultra Plus 51621, $90
This plug-in electric leaf blower doubles as a vacuum and comes with a metal impeller, which is better than plastic for vacuuming leaves because it can work through the occasional twig. It has variable speeds, which is helpful when gently clearing around flower beds or blowing leaves into a neat pile.

Hitachi RB24EAP, $130
For larger lawns, this gas-powered blower can go anywhere and run continuously. At just over 8½ pounds, it’s light enough to prevent tiring from toting it around. In our leaf blower tests, it packed a serious punch when clearing. The bonus is an exceptionally long 7-year warranty that covers most repairs.

Pressure Washers

Pressure washers take impossible tasks, like getting oil stains out of a driveway, and make them easy. Electrics are easier to start and require little maintenance, but gas models generally pack more power, which helps them clean quicker and more effectively.

GreenWorks GPW1951, $190
For lighter-duty tasks and spot cleaning, this plug-in electric power washer cleans well, runs quietly, and doesn’t come with a zero-degree nozzle—a tip that concentrates water flow to such a fine point that we find it poses too much risk to the user.

Cub Cadet CC3224, $500
This gas-powered pressure washer bests every other model in our pressure washer tests. The 25-foot hose makes it easy to navigate as you clean and keeps you farther from the loud gas engine. If you opt for this model, toss the zero-degree tip so that no one is tempted to use it.

Chain Saws

An electric chain saw or lighter-duty gas model is up to tackling that brush pile that’s been building for years. Here are two that impressed in our chain saw tests.

Stihl MS 180 C-BE, $230
This lighter-duty gas-run saw from Stihl has the power to make quick cuts and has plenty of safety features, including a chain brake, a durable blade guard, and a design that shields the user from hot exhaust fumes.

Ego CS1401, $300
This 14-inch, 56-volt, battery-powered chain saw cuts quickly, even through solid hardwood like oak. It has a chain brake, a tool-less bar adjuster, and a durable blade cover, all of which make it safer to use. Being battery-powered it starts instantly, making it ideal for occasional cutting without worrying about winterizing the tool or mixing fuel like you'd have to do for a gas chain saw.

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