Has your lawn mower reached the end of the road? Well, unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. But the best equipment does last a great deal longer than the rest. When it comes to lawn mowers, Honda is one of the brands that are a cut above the rest.
For over 70 years Honda has manufactured some of the most popular things that go “vroom-vroom,” including lawn mowers. In this guide, we’ll look at what makes this Japanese brand so great, as well as highlights from our picks for the best Honda lawn mowers.
Backyard Boss Top 5 Honda Lawn Mowers for 2021
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Why You Can Trust Us
When I was a teenager, and throughout my twenties, I worked as a part-time landscaper and lawn care specialist. One of the very first riding mowers that I operated on the job was a little red Honda. It must have been older than I was at the time, but it still ran like a champ.
We also operated Cub Cadets, Toros, Craftsman, and other brands of lawn care and landscaping equipment. Today, I mow my yard using a self-propelled mower topped with a 150cc Briggs and Stratton motor. It is not a Honda, but I will always remember zipping around lawns on that little red Honda and how well it cut grass regardless that it was at least 25 years old.
Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
What We Like: This mower is also a bagger and a mulcher. It comes with a robust motor and super-fine cutting blades.
The first Honda mower on our list is a powerhouse walk-behind well-suited for almost any yard. In addition to its advanced self-propulsion system, it features a big and powerful updated GCV200 engine, a Micro-Cut twin-blade cutting system, and a rust-free signature NeXite deck. This bad boy is fully adjustable as well, with seven height settings and a three-position quick-release adjustable handle. It is also crucial to point out that the deck of the mower has a limited lifetime warranty and the rest of the mower is covered by Honda’s five-year manufacturer warranty.
Who Should Buy It: If you’re tired of your back doing all the work when it’s time to cut the grass, the NeXite Variable Speed 4-in-1 can help you get it done while barely breaking a sweat (yes, unfortunately, the one thing it doesn’t come with is a sun umbrella).
Best Riding Lawn Mower
What We Like: This easy-to-use mower comes with a deck twice the size of walk-behinds and a bigger motor than many comparable small riding mowers.
The HF 2417 HBE is a stout little riding mower that comes stock with the new GCV530 four-stroke OHC V-Twin gasoline-powered engine. The mower is both built to last and to ride in comfort. It cuts grass with a precise 90-degree angle, thanks to its synchronized blade belt system and Optiflow deck. Even more impressive, the mower comes fitted with front and rear anti-scalp rollers and an electromagnetic blade brake clutch for safer operations.
It also has plenty of other convenient features such as sturdy long-lasting tires and automatic headlights as well. As far as many of the best small riding mowers go, this one puts them to shame.
Who Should Buy It: If you have half an acre or more or run a lawn care service, this powerful riding mower could be the perfect addition to your landscaping equipment.
Best Commercial Lawn Mower
What We Like: The HRX is a step up compared to other NeXite models, performance-wise. It also comes with slightly smarter features and nicely adjustable settings.
The third Honda machine on our list also happens to be the second NeXite model we picked. This one is a great choice for commercial operations or larger yards when a riding mower isn’t an option (or simply isn’t desired). It has all the same strengths as our top pick, the standard 21-Inch NeXite, but with a few more bells, whistles, and advantages.
For example, it comes with a hydrostatic setup that allows for such benefits as cruise control and precise speed control. It also features Honda’s signature Roto-Stop capability as well as a self-charging electric starter.
Who Should Buy It: For bigger mowing jobs, be it your own lawn or a client’s property, this self-propelled walk-behind from Honda is just the sort of machine needed to reduce not only cutting times but maintenance tasks as well.
Best Robot Lawn Mower
What We Like: Despite its smaller cutting width, we love that this robotic mower does 100-percent of the job for you. It’s genuinely one of the smartest mowers on the market, especially for the price.
What can we say about the Honda Miimo to stress just how amazing this little guy is? For beginners, the mower is smarter than many of the best robotic units, with intelligent features like 360-awareness, auto-mowing, built-in microcomputer, and weather sensors. Further, it starts up and stops all on its own once you set a schedule for it. When it is done mowing, it returns to its charging station and repowers itself all on its own. It is for sure one of the smartest lawn mowers around.
Who Should Buy It: If you have had enough of pushing, walking-behind, or even riding machines to mow your lawn, few investments are smarter than this intelligent robot mower from Honda.
Best Budget Lawn Mower
What We Like: This classic self-propelled mower is everything you could ask for in a standard machine and then some. It cuts, mows, bags, and is lighter than many comparable units.
A slightly lesser version of the NeXite mowers featured higher up on our list, this 3-in-1 Self-Propelled HRN Honda with new GCV170 is a real deal for those looking for the best value for their money. Sure, it isn’t a 4-in-1, but it does function as a mulcher and bagger. It also comes with some of the best features of more expensive walk-behinds like seven cutting height positions, Micro-Cut twin-blades, and auto choke.
The bottom line? This mower is basically a souped-up push mower with a self-propulsion system and is by far one of the best cheap mowers around.
Who Should Buy It: For those looking for a standard mower that is both affordable and easy to use at the same time, the HRN Variable Speed Walk Behind may be the best option.
What Sets Honda Lawn Mowers Apart?
Honda has made waves in the outdoor power equipment and lawn care industries ever since they decided to get into the game, back in the late 1940s. The company changed the face of the lawn mower market forever with the release of the world’s first BBC-style model lawn mower. BBC, or blade brake clutch, was created by Honda in the late 1970s.
This new design made it possible for the blade to stop spinning without cutting the engine off. It also incorporated less noise and vibration than other mowers that existed at the time. Further, it paved the way for manufacturers, including Honda themselves, to produce equipment that performs better, lasts longer, and is safer for operators.
During the early 1980s, Honda went and did it again with the creation of the first four-stroke walk-behind lawn mower. The mower was built with an overhead valve engine which made it even quieter than earlier machines. It also made it more fuel-friendly and easier to start as well.
Today, Honda continues to produce high-quality mowers that have true longevity. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I can personally vouch for using a 25 to 30-year-old Honda machine that was more reliable than some of our newer mowers were at the time. Part of the reason Honda mowers are so long-lasting and reliable is that they are easy to work on, and parts are widely available.
How We Picked
Honda is one of the brands that seems like it never fails. From their long-lasting and gas-friendly cars to their durable walk-behind and riding mowers, the company continues to leave its mark on the markets that they compete in.
For this guide, we sorted through all of the most popular models of Honda lawn mowers, including push, self-propelled, and riding versions. The task was not easy, but we rolled up our sleeves, put our noses down, and hit that grindstone with everything we had. What we ended up with is five of the best Honda mowers for homeowners and lawn care specialists just like you.
Picking the Best Honda Mower for You
Our top pick is Honda’s standard NeXite GCV200. The mower has a larger engine than most typical self-propelled units, smarter features, and a seriously nice 5-year warranty (as well as lifetime coverage on the deck). All in all? This machine is great for small, medium, and large yards as well as commercial lawn care work, and it comes at a price that is more than fair.
Choosing the right Honda lawn mower for you and your yard doesn’t have to be rocket engineering. It also doesn’t need to break your budget. Hopefully, our guide helps you to narrow down your selection and make the best-informed purchase possible. Just keep your personal needs, yard size, and personal preferences in mind and you should have no problem picking the best Honda mower for you.