Lawn mowing is nobody’s favourite yard maintenance chore, but it might be slightly more enjoyable if you have the right machine for the job. Here are 4 things to consider if you’re in the market for a new mower.
- Gas, electric or manual.
Gas powered mowers are the most powerful but tend to be on the heavy side, so depending on who the primary mower is in your home, you may want to opt for a lighter, electrical model. Also don’t forget to consider cord reach. If you have a larger yard, perhaps choose a cordless model.
Cordless mowers tend to be more expensive than a corded machine, and electric mowers are cheaper in the long term to run than petrol.
- Lawn size and type.
A hand push electric mower is the most energy efficient choice, but will be a hassle to use on a thick lawn with lots of weeds. Medium to larger sized lawns will likely require a stronger, gas-fueled mower. Hover mowers can be effective on uneven surfaces, on smaller or sometimes medium sized gardens as well as irregularly shaped lawns.
- Consider a non-traditional mower.
Try a robotic mower for a smaller yard or a ride on mower for large lawns. Robotic mowers aren’t the right choice if you have a lot of shrubbery or uneven ground. Riding mowers can be pricey but could end up being a wise investment, saving you time and sweat.