Electric mowers are a step up from reel-type push mowers. They are easier to use and friendlier to the environment than gas-powered models. They are available in both reel and rotary types. Electric mowers come with battery power, cord power, or a combination.
They are quiet and work well on lawns up to 3000 sq. ft. Prices range from $125 to $600. For more information on electric mowers, check this page.
Rotary Non-Self-Propelled Mowers
All rotary mowers have engines because the blade is bolted to the engine shaft, but not all rotary mowers are self-propelled. Rotary push mowers are fine for smooth lawns that are flat and not too large. They are the most common type of mower.
They can be purchased with side or rear discharge; as mulching mowers; or as convertibles that can quickly be adapted to side discharge, rear discharge, or mulching mowers.
Five and a half horsepower engines or bigger are common on these lawnmowers. They are available with either push button starters or pull starters. Purchase the features you are likely to need and the biggest engine you can afford. Bigger engines have the power to cut through denser material.
Prices range from $100 to $700.
Self-Propelled Rotary Power Mowers
Self-propelled rotary mowers offer all the bells and whistles of push rotary mowers, plus power to pull themselves up slopes. Some models also come with large rear wheels that make uneven lawns much easier to mow.
Some of these models even use a transmission. It is especially important to purchase one with a powerful enough engine. The engine has to provide enough power to cut the grass and to propel the mower up inclines.
You should also check the speed settings. If the mower moves too fast, you may soon hate it.
Prices range from $200 to $700.
Self Propelled Reel Mowers
This type of mower is typically only used for golf greens and is prohibitively expensive
They are not designed for home use.
Riding lawn mowers come in many varieties. They vary from a tractor that tows a reel mower for golf courses and park use to small riding mowers with a zero turning radius.
A riding mower may be the best choice if you have a large lawn and a place to store the mower. Some models can pull a mini trailer. There are even models that have an aerator attachment. The only way to get a sense of these mowers is to look at them and try them out. You will probably need to go to a professional gardening shop to get a feel for the range of possibilities.
Prices range from $1100 to $6500 so look carefully before making a decision.