For obvious reasons, riding lawn mowers are a lot more comfortable than any other type of mowers, but also a bit pricier. It is for this exact reason that you should view a riding mower as an investment more than anything, and like any other type of investment, it pays to be aware of what you’re getting yourself into before spending even a dime.
First of all, you should bear in mind that riding mowers are suitable for lawns of a fairly large size. Second of all, consider what type of landscape you will operate them on because they don’t really perform that well on uneven surfaces. If you do, however, have the ‘where’ and the ‘how’ all figured out, then it’s only a matter of what type of mower to acquire. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of the ten best riding mowers out there for you to choose from.
10Poulan Pro 960420171 PB22VA48
Equipped with a powerful 22 HP v-twin Briggs engine, this riding mower is designed to offer speed and quality at the same time. It has a ready start feature that allows it to start up under almost any conditions and a pedal-controlled fast auto drive transmission for better handling. As for the mowing, it uses a 48-inch reinforced cutting deck that will cut through almost anything.
Efficiency is sometimes overlooked for better comfort in lawn mowers but not this time. This particular riding mower uses a 30-inch stamped 13 gauge cutting deck designed to cut grass smooth and fast, equipped with a 1-blade manual engagement system. It also has a dual hydro-gear EZT drive system that controls a very reliable 16 Hp Briggs and Stratton endurance engine. Overall, it offers quite a performance for such a compact size.
8Weed Eater WE-ONE
The We-One offers affordable lawn maintenance if nothing else, which is always a feature to look for in a lawn mower. This particular lawn mower is a compact riding mower designed to provide comfort above all else. It also features a powerful Briggs & Stratton engine, a solid 26-inch cutting deck for precise cuts, and a variety of comfort features aimed at providing a smooth mowing experience. For instance, it features three drive speeds: one for edging, one for regular grass cutting, and one for fast transport.
7Poulan Pro Briggs 4-Speed Transmission Deck Riding Mower
Powered by a reliable Briggs engine capable of developing 11.5 HP of torque, the PB30 from Poulan will handle almost any type of terrain. It is a rear engine rider with standard tractor transmission, a 4-speed gear transmission with lever drive that feels surprisingly like a standard car transmission. It also has a 1.5-gallon fuel tank that lets you get hours of action at a time. We should also point out that it can mow at a 14-inch turning radius.
6Husqvarna YTH24V48 24 HP Fast Hydro Yard Tractor
The first thing you notice about the YTH24V48 is its cruise control. Sitting behind a 24 HP engine with cruise control, you almost feel like you are driving a regular car. Add to this its fast hydrostatic pedal transmission and you have yourself one of the most comfortable driving mowers out there. In terms of cutting power, it has a 48-inch cutting width that operates an electric blade engagement system.
5Poulan Pro 960420167 PB20A46
This 20 HP riding mower from Poulan is one of the most reliable mowers on the market. Not only is it built to last, but it also comes with a 10-year warranty for every single part it is equipped with. It has a 2.5-gallon fuel tank that in all fairness, gets consumed quite fast by its very strong engine, but its 16-inch reinforced cutting deck certainly makes up for it. Also, it uses a pedal controlled fast auto drive transmission for better maneuvering.
Similar to the YTH24V48, this considerably better riding mower uses a smaller but more responsive 23 HP engine. Not to say that there’s much of a difference between a 23 HP and a 24 HP engine, but the pedal-operated hydrostatic transmission combined with a high-end air induction system make it a lot more responsive than the seemingly stronger 24 HP version. It also features easily accessible fender-mounted cutting height adjustment capabilities.
3Poulan Pro 967330901 P46ZX
Powered by a strong 22 HP Briggs v-twin pro engine, this zero-turn radius riding mower is designed to provide a fast and efficient mowing experience. It features a hydro gear EZT transmission for better control and an electric clutch for added responsiveness. Its 46-inch stamped reinforced deck can cut through almost anything due to its low-profile yet sturdy construction, while its 3.5-gallon fuel tank ensures that you’ll be able to mow for many hours on a single tank.
2Poulan Pro 960420165 PB185A42
Poulan Pro is known for making high-end lawn mowers and the 960420165 PB185A42 is the perfect example. Although its 18.5 HP engine could have been a bit stronger, its auto drive, automatic drive with pedal control, and 16-inch turn radius capabilities certainly make up for it. Furthermore, despite its strong and sturdy build, Poulan Pro offers a 10-year belt warranty, which is a lot more than any other manufacturer offers as far as riding mowers go.
1Troy-Bilt TB30 R Premium Neighborhood Riding Lawn Mower
The TB30 R is one of the most popular riding mowers on the market at this point in time and rightfully so. It features a 6-speed transmission, an 18-inch turning radius capacity, a powerful 420cc engine, a 30-inch side discharge mowing deck, a manual PTO for easy blade engagement, and a fuel sight window for you to check the gas level through. Combine all these features with the multitude of Fast Attach accessories it comes equipped with and a 2-year warranty from Troy-Bilt, and you’ll understand why the TB30 R is so popular to begin with.