Advantages of having a top-quality lawn mower small yards
The most significant benefit of having a lawn mower of top quality for the smaller yard is that you get a model which is designed to take on the smaller of gardens, and which offers a better cut for more minimalistic areas than most standard lawns do. This means you get a near perfect finish each time and a fantastically maintained garden, as the mower you select is specially designed to do this with ease, while being lightweight and thoroughly able to maneuver any obstacle as you work.
Features to consider when choosing a mower for a small yard
There are a couple of essential features and benefits that you may want to look out for when searching for the best lawn mower for a smaller yard. Every model will differ regarding their specific functions, and each one will aim to offer a bunch of important benefits when compared to the other. However, those features will only be beneficial to you if you really need them in your chosen model. You may want to concentrate on the aspect of the lawn mower that will be more relevant to your unique space and your personalized requirements, instead of the more popular features. All of our reviewed lawn mowers for small yards have what we consider to be the best essential features, that a decent lawn mower of this size should have in abundance. Here is where we explain those features further.
Type of lawn mower
There are three general types of lawn mower, as reviewed above, these include gas, electric, and battery charged. However, there is also the option to select a combined lawn mower, such as the BLACK+DECKER BESTA512CM, or even a push reel lawn mower, like that of the Great States 815-18. The exact type of lawn mower that you choose will all depend on your preference and whether you prefer to work with gas, electric, or battery powered devices as such when working in your yard.
The cutting width refers merely to the amount of grass your lawn mower can mow in one go. Therefore, the bigger the lawn mower, the more you will get mown and in quicker time.
For those smaller of yards, this may not be your most significant consideration, but if you opt for the biggest cutting width you can find and indeed afford, you’ll see yourself being able to reduce your mowing time much more than you would with a smaller cutting width mower.
The Snapper SXD21SPWM82K
and the Yard Machines mower
both have a cutting width of 21 inches.
Grass discharge options
An important factor worth considering is how you will discharge the grass that your lawn mower cuts. Many of these models offer a box which acts as a grass catcher, meaning all you have to do is remove the box and empty it when it’s full and then proceed to cut. However, there are models without this function, particularly those that aim to be more lightweight and compact in design, and these will simply leave the cut grass over your lawn for you to rake up afterward. Again, this factor will depend on whether you want to merely empty the attached box, or rake your lawn after each mowing session. The Sun Joe MJ401C is perfect here, with a 10.6 Gallon bag attached for this job.
Corded, cordless or gas?
A gas-powered mower is usually seen as the more popular of lawn mower types, but it can be a heavier, weighty appliance which will be the noisier of lawn mowers and leave behind a distinct smell each time it’s used. An electric mower has a lighter weight but will need a socket outlet, and you may find it awkward to trail around a load of cord behind you as you mow. There is, however, the chance to select a cordless electric motor instead, where the battery is your primary power source, but you will need to charge this before you use your mower each time
The weight of your lawn mower may be more of a concern if you struggle lifting heavier lawn mower models. The lawn mowers with the most features and accessories will most likely be weightier, but it is possible to find some lawn mowers for smaller yards that are extremely lightweight in design. The best examples of this are the BLACK+DECKER BESTA512CM which weighs a mere 9.9 lbs.
A self-propelled function relates to the blade motion that is fired up as soon as you hit the switch to go. It’s what most people prefer to purchase, as it means your lawn mower will do the work for you. These mower types move forward of their own accord, similar to a vehicle, for example. It’s only with the push reel motors, such as the Great States 815-18, where you do not have a self-propeller function, meaning you have to do the majority of the physical work and push it to mow.
Cutting height settings
The cutting height is once again a personal choice and will depend on the height you wish to mow your lawn to. Most lawn mowers should offer a selection of height settings, as most of these reviewed models do here, which will be more beneficial. Look out for those machines that allow you to select the height settings based on your personal preference at the time.
The blade length of a lawn mower for smaller yards may not be your primary concern but if you have a trickier terrain, or you intend to mow your lawn less regularly, then the blade you choose needs to be able to cope with the longer length of grass or those more awkward of conditions. The size of your lawn may determine your blade length, but for a smaller yard you should ideally be looking at your terrain type to assure that your blade length can cope with this
Lawn mower dimensions
If you want to be able to store your lawn mower easily, you’ll need to look carefully at its dimensions. Can be it be folded, such as the ones above on this list, for more accessible storage?
If you have a small yard, chances are storage space will be limited, so check that you can keep your lawn mower safely stored away before you purchase it.
You may want to select a lawn mower which has a good warranty on it to ensure that should anything go wrong, or you need to replace some of its parts, you are covered thoroughly without having to spend any further money. If you have a particularly expensive model, this may be of greater concern, and you may want to consider additional guarantees of your own on this. The average warranty here is two to three years, with the Greenworks 25142 offering four years warranty in total.