Walk behind mowers combine excellent lawn care capabilities and generally good energy efficiency as well. Not only that, they provide some nice exercise as opposed to their riding counterparts. The best walk behind mowers excel in a few categories at giving your lawn a nice, even cut and handle easily so that you don’t have to exert yourself just to push it forward or turn. Ideally, a push mower should dicharge evenly from the side. Using these criteria as a baseline, take a look at our top picks.
10. Lawn-Boy 10730 Push Lawn Mower
The first thing we noticed about this model from Lawn-Boy was the extra high-wheel design. This makes it ideal for easy handling, so you’ll have no trouble pushing or turning. The variable cutting heights help to ensure a proper even cut at all levels of lawn care that you may need. It also features an extra large bag for superior storage capacity, great for larger surface areas. The patented 3-in-1 discharge means you shouldn’t have to worry about clumping on your lawn.
9. Black & Decker CM1836
Push mowers come in a few varieties these days; this one happens to be electric. It features a powerful thirty-six-volt integrated battery capable of cutting up to one-third of an acre with relative ease. It provides quick, even cuts throughout your lawn.
There are a few nice bonuses as well. Those looking to reduce emissions will be happy that this mower produces effectively zero energy waste. An easy-to-use switch system allows you to change the height on all four wheels simultaneously as necessary.
Most users have had excellent results; a select few have experienced battery issues.
8. American Lawn Mower 1415-16
In keeping with the spirit of variety, here’s a non-powered option. A great choice for those who wish to keep fuel or energy costs down, and a decent way to exercise while you work, too. But of course that isn’t all; this mower is designed to cut your lawn exceptionally well.
It also has a very lightweight design. This combination makes it great for easy maneuvering. Can also provide an even cut anywhere from one-half inch to two and a quarter inches.
On the downside, some users were disappointed as it is not made in America despite the name.
7. Remington RM202A 12-Amp
Another great addition to the electric push mower subset.
The twelve-amp motor is said to have “lawn intimidating power.” We’re not sure about that, but it’s definitely enough power to get your cutting done.
It dishcharges well and evenly and not only that, provides 2-in-1 capabilities. With its easy to use system, you can switch from discharge to mulch; this allows you to further save money and energy by repurposing your clippings. A six-position deck will give you the even cut you need every time, no matter the height. Handle can also be adjusted for optimum angle and easy steering.
6. GreenWorks 25062 18-Inch Reel Lawn Mower
Sometimes, these reel lawn mowers are popular because they just work. This model from GreenWorks is no exception. It features a wide, eighteen-inch cutting path to get more mowing done with each pass you make. It can be adjusted to a staggering nine positions in height, the better to ensure optimal even cutting no matter the grass size or type. Rugged wheels make it easy to maneuver, and many users find they can push this mower simply with one hand. Also comes with a bag for rear catching or mulching.
5. Sun Joe MJ403E Mow Joe
This model from Sun Joe easily doubles as a mulcher when necessary. Features a fairly wide cutting path of eighteen inches, and the thirteen-amp motor should be powerful enough for most lawn cutting tasks.
The height control is adjustable up to seven positions, ensuring an even, stable cut no matter the height of your grass. Despite its power, it is also lightweight for great handling on long jobs.
A small number of users had issues with clogging.
4. Husqvarna 961450021 4X4 Hi-Wheel Mower in 22-Inch
A four-cycle 190cc engine provides the exceptional power you will need to tackle any mowing or lawn care job. It even has all-wheel drive capabilities for better manuvering; something exclusive to the Husqvarna lines of mowers. You also won’t have to worry about exhaustion, as this model is self-propelled. It gives you the option to mulch your clippings or discharge, which users say it does very evenly without clumping.
Some users have had issues with the blades hitting the deck whilst spinning, but this seems to be a rarity.
3. WORX WG719 13 Amp Caster Wheeled Electric Lawn Mower
As the name suggests, this model comes with a “caster wheel” design, somewhat different from most push mowers you’ll find today. These wheels, combined with an interesting locking system from Worx, provide great maneuverability.
Multiple height options allow you to choose the right one you need for the most even cut possible.
Some nice bonuses include its ability to double as a premium mulcher and to collapse the handle, making it easy to store and transport. A fine all-around option for your lawn care needs.
2. EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower
What struck us about the EGO Power were the great extra features. It is built to be weather resistent in case you find yourself mowing in less than ideal conditions. It has an incredible twenty-inch cutting capacity to ensure that you cover huge swathes of lawn with each pass. Cut your time in half while cutting your lawn. Easily mulch, bag, or discharge the clippings, because this one does it all.
We were disappointed that the basic model does not come with the battery or charger, though it can be purchased as a set.
1. Yard Machines 140cc 20-Inch Push Mower
This model from Yard Machines does the job well enough to be one of the best walk behind mowers out there today. A powerful OHV engine gets the job done quicker than most and with an even cut every time. A large, twenty-inch cutting deck lets you cover a lot of ground with each pass and won’t clump like some models. Rugged seven-by-seven wheels give you easy maneuverability.
Whether you favor gas, electric, or manpower push mowers, we’ve included some of the best walk behind mowers in each category here. Most come with quite a bevy of nice extras, and all will serve your lawn care needs well.