Show us a person who loves mowing lawns and we will point you in the direction of the nearest lunatic asylum. It is time-consuming, exhausting and we can swear that as soon as you are done the grass needs to be mowed again. That is if you don’t have a ride on lawn mower. Bag one of these babies and the family is going to be scrambling to cut the lawn.
Why use a riding lawn mower you ask? Contrary to popular belief they are not for lazy people; they are for people who have figured out one of the biggest secrets to a happy life, which is quite simply worker smarter, not harder. We figure if there is a piece of equipment that can simplify your life and add value then why not take advantage of it. Besides, the lawn ain’t going to mow itself while the game of the season is on TV.
We’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the contenders for the ‘best riding lawn mower for 2016’ award. Ok, it isn’t really an award but if you choose any one the riding lawn mowers in this review, you will certainly feel like a winner – and your lawn will look like one.
Best Riding Lawn Mowers 2017 – Compared
Here’s an overview of the best riding lawn mowers for sale right now. It’s updated to make sure the latest riding lawn mowers that are worthwile, are added to the list. These are the best riding lawn mowers 2017.
|Best Riding Lawn Mower||Cutting Width||Power Source|
|Troy-Bilt 420cc OHV 30 Inches Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower||30 inches||Gas powered|
|Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24 HP Automatic Hydrostatic Transmission Drive Riding Mower||54 inches||Gas powered|
|Husqvarna 967324101 V-Twin 724 cc Zero Turn Mower||54 inches||Gas powered|
|Cub Cadet Xt1 Enduro Series Lt 42 Inches 18 HP Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-engine Riding Mower||42 inches||Gas powered|
|Yard Machines 13A326JC700 190cc Gas 24 Inches Riding Mower||42 inches||Gas powered|
|John Deere Z335E 42 Inches 20 HP Dual Hydrostatic Gas Zero-Turn Riding Mower||42 inches||Gas powered|
|Poulan Pro 967331001 P54ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 24 HP Cutting Deck Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower||54 inches||Gas powered|
|Swisher ZTR2454BS Response 24HP 54 Inches B&S ZTR Mower||54 inches||Gas powered|
|Husqvarna 967323903 V-Twin 724 cc Zero Turn Mower||Gas powered|
|High-Performance Briggs & Stratton 190cc Professional Series Engine Rear Engine Riding Mower with Mulch Kit||24 inches||Gas powered|
Eeny Meeny Miny Mow, What Kind of Riding Mower Should You Buy?
You have decided you are getting a riding lawn mower, but what kind is the right one for you? Not only are there a lot of makes and models available, there are also different types that come in different sizes and styles to cater for different needs – your backyard, for smallholdings or for businesses such as resorts or hotels. The types of riding lawn mowers you can choose from include:
Riding lawn mower – This is the most straightforward or basic of the riding lawn mowers. They function pretty much the same way a traditional push mower does, except there is a chair for you to sit on, there is a better level of control and the final result is a more even mow. And you can do it with a cold one in hand.
Zero turn mowers – The zero-turn riding lawn mower looks like any other, except that they have a turning radius of zero, which means it turns or rotates on the spot. These are perfect for tight spaces, sharp turns and smaller properties.
Lawn and garden tractors – These might cost more, but you are getting more for your money. The lawn and garden tractor looks like any other riding lawn mower but it is more powerful and has attachments for different jobs. In most cases the attachments are sold separately but you are able to use the machine for more than just mowing and all-year round.
Whichever one you decide on you must make sure it suits your needs, your budget and lawn size. Don’t buy a small ride-on to save money when you know you have a large area that needs to be mowed; it isn’t going to do the job properly and will ultimately leave you feeling annoyed and frustrated.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the riding lawn mowers we’ve selected.