Choosing the Best Lawn Mower Features for You

When you stop in at the Lawn and Garden department of any big retailer or an outdoor power equipment dealer, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the range of options available when it comes to gas-powered lawn mowers. Fortunately, a knowledgeable salesperson can help you make sense of it all, but it does help to do some investigating ahead of time so you know what features make the most sense for you and your specific property needs.

Best Lawn Mower Features

Briggs & Stratton has a detailed push mower buying guide and riding mower buying guide to help you take into account all of the considerations. And with so many features and advanced technologies on today’s mowers, you’ll want to know the best lawn mower features for you and your yard care needs.

Before you buy a mower, check out this quick and easy features guide to help you choose between the diverse line-up of push and riding mowers.

Starting Systems: Pull Cord vs. Turn Key vs. Push Start Lawn Mower

  • An electric starting systems is as simple as priming the engine and turning the key.
  • An automatic choke starting system comes ready to run. Simply engage the safety handle and pull the starter rope for a hassle free start that completely eliminates priming or choking.
  • A primer starting system pumps the exact amount of gas into the carburetor to allow quick and easy one pull starts.
  • Briggs & Stratton offers the ReadyStart™ system on push mowers and select riding mowers. Simply pull the rope, turn the key or push the button and mow.

Mulching Mower vs. Grass Catcher

Do you plan to bag your grass or mulch it and return the clippings to the lawn as a natural fertilizer?

A bagging mower with grass catcher options (available in both rear and side bagging models) leaves your fresh-cut lawn looking clean.

A mulching lawn mower not only provide that natural fertilizer to your lawn, but also saves time since you won’t be stopping to empty bags full of grass clippings.

Folding & Quiet Mowers: New Lawn Mower Features this Spring

If you’re worried about where you’re going to store your new lawn mower, you should consider the new Mow ‘n’ Stow engine innovation available exclusively on Toro folding lawn mowers at The engine has been redesigned so the mower can be stored uprigt without the worry of leaking gas or oil. The best part? It uses 70% less floor space in your garage than a traditional mower.

Another feature you may want to consider is engine noise. If you know that you have to mow the lawn early in the morning or in the summer evening, consider the new QPT quiet lawn mower engine featured on select Craftsman mowers at Sears stores and This mower is 65 perfect quieter when compared with our standard 725 Series™ and has the same power with less vibration and smoother operation. Not to mention happy neighbors.

These are just a few of the considerations you will want to take into account before hitting the outdoor power equipment dealer or retailer. Our buying guides offer additional and more detailed information.

What features are most important to you when shopping for a new lawn mower? Share in the comments section!

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