The Best Lawn Mowers Under $600 for Every Yard
Tackle your yard in a snap with these top-rated gas and electric mowers.
Summer is almost here and that means grilling, chilling and saying, "But I swear I just mowed the yard!" over and over again. If mowing your lawn is starting to feel like a never-ending chore — seriously, how does grass grow that fast? — it's time to upgrade to a quality mower with more power, width or design to help you tackle your yard's pain points. We've rounded up the best lawn mowers, both gas and electric, with stellar reviews and great value. All of these machines, whether push mower or self-propelled lawn mower, are under $600 with free shipping. Take a look at our top picks below and see which lawn mower is best for your yard.
Choosing the Best Lawn Mower for Your Yard
When shopping for a lawn mower, the first thing to consider is size. If your yard is less than one acre, a walk-behind mower is just what you need. If your yard is larger than one acre, that gets into riding lawn mower territory. For this guide, we're focusing on the classic walk-behind lawn mower which is separated into two design camps: push mowers and self-propelled mowers. A push lawn mower is powered by the person, whereas a self-propelled mower has a transmission that drives the mower forward, thereby making it easier for the person. Think of it like an e-bike with pedal assist. But that convenience comes at a premium; self-propelled mowers are significantly more expensive than push mowers.
Fuel is another important factor to consider when shopping as there are two main choices: gas and electric. Like other outdoor appliances and tools, gas mowers tend to have more powerful engines and that comes in handy when mowing big, strenuous hills but the downside is remembering to refuel and having to buy gas. Alternatively, electric mowers generally are not as powerful but come in a wide variety of sizes, including compact models, and are more sustainable. However, electric mowers may not be a good choice for larger yards as you may run out of power and have a half-mowed front yard until the mower can recharge. Like cars, lawn mower brands feature different models with different engines, and sometimes it's a different brand name. Honda is one of the most popular lawn mower engine brands and continues to earn high praise no matter which style of lawn mower it's paired with.
Best Gas Lawn Mower
If you want power, buy the Honda. Reviews say this self-propelled Honda HRN mower is fast and efficient as it burns minimal gas even for big yards. Another feature fans love is the dual blade system which cuts grass into super fine clippings. One reviewer on Lowe's wrote, "ACTUALLY MAKES MOWING A PLEASURE!!" And, yes, it was submitted in all caps with two exclamation marks.
Best Budget Gas Lawn Mower
For power under $300, this Troy-Bilt push mower gets the job done. It's available with a Troy-Bilt or Honda engine, and both have earned high praise. But the Honda motor seems to be the favorite among reviewers.
Best Electric Lawn Mower
The New York Times says the EGO POWER+ is the best lawn mower you can buy on the internet. And more than 3,000 reviewers on Lowe’s agree. People LOVE this electric, self-propelled mower particularly for its ability to run an entire hour on one charge. At $599, it comes with premium features such as more blade adjustments for grass height, more speed variables and three-in-one mulching, bagging and side discharge for clippings.
Best Budget Electric Lawn Mower
This Sun Joe would also win the best compact category. At just 14 inches, it's intended for smaller yards. And at just $99, it's great for your wallet. But don't let the size or price fool you. This little unit has earned glowing reviews from shoppers who were pleasantly surprised at this tiny mower's ability to tackle thick, dense grass.
Best Lawn Mower for Large Yards
If you have a big veggie garden, patio or swing set, that cuts down on the actual yard to mow. But if your front or back yard is one blank canvas, that's a lot of grass. Save time with an XL mower. This self-propelled Greenworks PRO has a much larger blade width than other mowers which means fewer passes across the yard and less time spent mowing. The downside is that this unit takes up more storage space. While wider blades are great, if you have close to an acre or more, it might be time to consider a riding lawn mower. (This Cub Cadet has rave reviews, is under $2,000 and ships free to your local Tractor Supply store for pick-up.)
Best Lawn Mower for Hills
Whether you're going up or down, mowing hills is the worst. Pushing a non-self-propelled mower up a hill is arduous, and wrangling a self-propelled mower down a steep hill has its own safety hazards. This gas Cub Cadet features both power and control with a self-propelled mower and front caster wheels for better maneuvering. It also features a cushioned, ergonomic handle to absorb vibration while pushing.
Best Manual Reel Lawn Mower
There was a time before gas or electric mowers, and if you want to punish a teenager, a manual lawn mower is a great lesson in history and hard work. Jokes aside, a simple manual mower is perfect for small yards less than one-quarter of an acre. And it's great for condos or garden homes where you might just have a strip of grass out front or around a mailbox. This American Lawn Mower Company model is just $80 on Amazon and comes with free two-day shipping for Prime members. Just be careful with storing a manual reel. Unlike larger mowers with a hood, the blades on a manual reel are exposed, and they are very sharp.