Cutting Costs: 4 Top Lawn Mowers Under $300

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Half of American homes sit on lots no larger than a quarter of an acre, according to a Census Bureau survey. That means most homeowners don't need a heavy-duty, high-priced lawn mower or tractor. An affordable push mower is up to the chore, and with retailers launching end-of-season clearance sales, now is the time to find a deal. researched cheap lawn mowers powered by gas, electricity, and old-fashioned elbow grease to find top picks for less than $300.


Experts and consumers sing the praises of this gas-powered walk-behind mower. The manufacturer guarantees that the 159 cc engine will start on the first or second pull (throughout the three-year warranty period). It requires no priming or choking, and reviewers say it's easy to push. There are six cutting heights, adjusted on the handle, between 1.25 and 3.75 inches. Users have three options for grass disposal: mulching, bagging, or side discharge. A garden hose attaches to the 21-inch cutting deck to clean grass off the blades.


With this electric mower, there's no cord to hold you back. The 24-volt battery lasts long enough to cover about a quarter of an acre. The Worx WG782 is small, but at 32 pounds, it's not as heavy (or pricey) as many other cordless mowers. The 14-inch cutting deck can maneuver around obstacles such as shrubbery with ease. This lawn mower bags, mulches, or discharges cut grass at the rear. It's so quiet and easy to handle, according to users, that it makes mowing the lawn almost literally a walk in the park.


For a slightly larger yard, reviewers admire the 160 cc Honda engine on the Husqvarna 7021P. Not only thick grass but leaves, pine cones, and other debris don't pose a problem. Consumers appreciate that this gas mower starts right up on the first pull, with no priming necessary. There are nine cutting positions from 1.25 to 3.4 inches. The mower can mulch, bag, or discharge the grass clippings out to the side. A hose connection makes it easy to wash away dregs underneath the 21-inch cutting deck. For $50 less, the Husqvarna 5521P offers comparable performance with a few features omitted (for instance, no height adjustment on the handle).


This eco-friendly reel mower has no engine, so there are no smelly fumes, no noise, and no concerns about startup. It's also cheaper and easier to maintain than a conventional mower. Although reviewers declare this manual model easy to push, it's intended for a fairly small, flat lawn. Users can adjust the height of the blades between 1 and 4 inches. The cut grass is expelled forward, so it passes under the blades again and essentially turns to mulch. Mowing may be a bit of a workout, but many reviewers say it's worth it.