It's no surprise that Toro is a big name in lawn mowers, given the heartily enthusiastic Toro 20371 reviews posted at Home Depot. This budget mower's high wheels and front-wheel drive make for easy maneuverability, even on hilly or uneven terrain, according to customers there, although a few find that this lightweight machine bounces around a bit in bumpy yards. Users report that the self-propelled function pulls you along and keeps your effort to a minimum; several impressed consumers say they can scarcely keep up. The easy start (on the first pull with no choke or priming necessary) and easy setup out of the box also claim numerous fans. We did read a few Toro 20371 reviews, however, that express some reservations about the bagging and mulching functions, saying the machine can get clogged.
The Toro 20371 (starting at $299) has a 149 cc Kohler engine with variable speed front-wheel drive. It weighs about 81 pounds and cuts a 22-inch path. There are nine cutting positions at heights ranging from 1 to 4 inches; the two front wheels measure 8 inches high and the rear wheels are 11 inches. Many consumers posting Toro 20371 reviews praise one convenient feature: a washout port for attaching a hose that makes quick work of cleaning out the decking (the plastic housing that covers the blades). A few long-term users report that they got about four or five years out of this mower before the self-propelling feature conked out, and they opted to buy the same one again rather than pay for an expensive repair. Several other reviewers mention that they're repeat buyers of the brand.
For yards up to about half an acre, this is a lawn mower worth considering. It's got a good mix of features, lots of power, and a record of strong performance. If you prefer more control than the straight variable speed affords, another $60 gets you the 22-inch Toro 20332 with the Personal Pace self-propel system, which responds to your walking pace and earns similarly positive reviews. (Note that both the front and rear wheels on this model measure 8 inches.)