The Best, Low Price Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the Agriculture Center of Louisiana State University, "Most top-of-the-line power mowers are self-propelled." A self-propelled mower makes mowing the lawn much easier because the self-propulsion mechanism turns the wheels on the mower, pulling it along. The person mowing the lawn only has to walk behind the mower and no pushing is involved. Information about the four best, inexpensive self-propelled lawnmowers was obtained from a recent "Popular Mechanics" review, as well as from


The Troy-Bilt TB230 is the most economical self-propelled mower among the top eight mowers. It is one of the quietest self-propelled lawnmowers manufactured with a 90-decibel rating. The mower features front-wheel drive and speed controls on the handlebar. The 11-inch rear wheels makes manoeuvring turns easier, and it handles roots, stones and bumps easily. The mower also includes two levers for adjusting the height of the cutting blade.


The Husqvarna 7021R lawnmower features a powerful Honda engine and has a choke for easy starts, especially in cool weather. The mower has two thumb speed-control triggers and rear-wheel drive. It is equipped with one deck level adjustment lever and runs quietly at 89-decibals. This mower also features a bag for mulching. The 7021R is equipped with six height adjustments using a side lever. However, the "Popular Mechanics" review reports that the control bar is awkward.


"Popular Mechanics" rates the Toro 20332 model as a great value. This mower is easy to operate for all types of users and lawns. This mower also transforms into a mulching mower with the flick of a switch and is equipped with a rear leaf bag. Adjust the speed by putting pressure on the handlebar to speed up and lighten the pressure for slow mowing. The Toro 20332 features a handy hose connection for cleaning underneath the cutting deck.

John Deere

The John Deere JS36 model features rear-wheel drive and speeds on the handle. It starts easily and runs at 91-decibels. The mower is equipped with one level for deck adjustments. It manoeuvres well and operates smoothly with a Briggs and Stratton engine. The JS36 is equipped with a pull start rope and a zone safety feature that forces the operator to remain behind the mower while starting the engine. This is also a mulching mower with options for rear discharge with bagging and side discharge.

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Karen Curley has more than 18 years experience in health and nutrition, specializing in healthy food choices for families. She received USDA certification in food components, nutrient sources, food groups and infant/child nutrition, and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts. Curley is also an avid gardener, home renovator, Collie breeder, dog groomer and dog trainer.