The Best Lawn Mowers for Hills

Updated February 21, 2017

Choosing the right lawnmower for a hill requires the consumer to keep certain factors in mind: the size of the hill being mowed, the amount of money he wishes to spend, and the reliability of the mower itself. With careful research, such as reading consumer reviews, a person can find the best lawnmower to fit his needs.

The Best

The 2010 John Deere X304 was rated the best overall lawnmower by Consumer Search and Consumer Reports. The John Deere X304 was praised for its excellent performance, comfort level, engine reliability, design, and maneuverability. Created to tackle larger areas or hills, the John Deere X304 has a turning radius of 15 inches and an overall deck size of 42 inches. The 472cc Kawasaki V-Twin OHV engine can produce 17 horsepower. The maximum speed of the mower is 5.5mph while driving forward, and 4mph when driving in reverse. The maximum cutting height is 4 inches. Anyone who purchases the John Deere X304 has 30 days to try it out. All models come with a 48-month or 300-hour warranty, whichever comes first.


For those looking to buy a self-propelled lawnmower to tackle a hill, the Toro e-Cycler 20360 might be the way to go. With an estimated starting price of £260 as of November 2010, the Toro e-Cycler has a maximum cutting height of 4 inches, and a minimum cutting height of 1 inch. Consumer Reports states that the Toro e-Cycler 20360 has the ability to cut more evenly than most lawnmowers on the market. Both the deck and the mower itself come with a 2-year warranty, as does the 36 volt battery that powers it. The overall weight of the Toro e-Cycler 20360 is 34.9 Kilogram.

Honda Power

With an estimated starting price of £520 as of November 2010, the Honda HRX217K2HXA has received high praise from Consumer Reports. The HRX217K2HXA has met the EPA 2012 emissions standards and has also been CARB (California Air Resource Board) certified. Being CARB-certified means the mower has passed California's clean air standards. With a maximum cutting height of 4 inches and a lifetime deck warranty, the Honda HRX217K2HXA also features a 21-inch cutting radius. The mower itself comes standard with a 3-year warranty. Producing only 89 decibels of noise, the Honda HRX217K2HXA is one of the quietest lawnmowers on the market.

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Based in California, Noel Shankel has been writing and directing since 2002. His work has been published in "Law of Inertia Magazine." Shankel has a Bachelor of Arts in film and writing from San Francisco State University.