Lawn Mower Buying Guide

Spring is finally here! If you’re in the market for a new lawn mower, you might find the lawn and garden department of big retailers a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of options. We’re here to help you sort things out before you buy.
Push Vs. Ride

Walk-behind Mower vs. Riding Lawn Mower

The first place to start with a new mower is whether you are looking for a walk-behind mower or a riding mower. This decision depends on a few things.

  • Yard size: for yards ¾ of an acre in size a walk-behind mower should do the trick, but for yards larger than that a riding mower might be a better idea.
  • Price: walk mowers are generally less expensive than riding mowers
  • Exercise: some people prefer the workout they get from pushing a mower; others would rather ride it out.
  • Yard Terrain:
    • Small flat yards bode well with a walk-behind mower.
    • If your yard has slopes look into a self-propelled walk behind mower for less pushing.
    • If your terrain is uneven, consider a riding mower to help tackle your mowing needs.

Starting Systems:

Primer Vs. Pull Cord vs. vs. Electric Start

  • Easy: Primer starting system-prime the blub three times, and pull the rope.
  • Easier: Automatic choke starting system-a hassle-free start without priming or choking. Briggs & Stratton’s ReadyStart® system makes it simple. All you have to do is pull the rope for walk-behinds, or turn the key or push a button for riding mowers and away you mow. No priming. No choking. No problem.
  • Easiest: Electric starting system-powered by a battery, just turn the key or push the button. Briggs & Stratton’s new InStart® smart lithium-ion technology, makes electric starting even more reliable.

Here’s a guide outlining the differences in starting systems for Briggs & Stratton powered mowers.

Mulching Mower or Grass Catcher?

A mulching mower saves you time because you don’t have to empty a bag throughout the process. Clippings can also act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn. On the other hand, a bagging mower with a grass catcher option gives your lawn that tidy, just cut look.

Save Garage Space

If storage is one of your worries, consider Briggs & Stratton’s Mow N’ Stow® engine, an exclusive feature on select Toro® folding lawn mowers at HomeDepot.com. The SmartStow® with the innovative Mow N’ Stow engine, takes up 70% less floor space than a traditional mower does in your garage.

Don’t Disturb Your neighbors, Get a Quiet Lawn Mower Engine

If you’re an early morning or late evening mower, consider engine noise. Select Craftsman® mowers at Sears stores, Snapper® mowers at Walmart and Husqvarna® mowers at Lowe’s are powered by Briggs & Stratton’s QPT® quiet lawn mower engine featuring Just Check & Add™, which never requires an oil change for the life of your mower engine*. Just add oil when necessary. And the Quiet Power Technology™ makes it up to 60% quieter than comparable gas-powered mowers. Your neighbors will thank you.

*Under normal use conditions. To see complete details, refer to your Operating Manual. Briggs & Stratton standard warranty terms and conditions apply. Just Check & Add does not extend the warranty period. See http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us/en/support/warranty for details.

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