The 8 Best Reel Lawn Mowers to Cut Fuel and Grass Costs

Are reel lawn mowers efficient? The answer is complicated. A manual mower is very effective for small spaces that receive regular maintenance. In fact, you may start to see more of these zero-emission lawn mowers popping up in your neighborhood this summer. Gasoline prices are skyrocketing, and every precious gallon you can save, the better. Not to mention that manual mowers are better for the environment, better for the bees and better for your health.

Read on to learn about the eight best reel lawn mowers for summer 2022, according to Popular Mechanics.

8. Great States Reel Lawn Mower

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Popular Mechanics named the Great States 415-16 16-inch 5-Blade Push Lawn Mower the Best Economy Reel Mower. With a price tag of around $100, this is a cheap and simply manual push mower. Tackle your yard and embrace a slightly longer lawn with five blades and heavy-duty 10-inch wheels.

7. Sun Joe Manual Reel Mower

The Sun Joe MJ500M 16-inch hand reel mower is the best value push mower with a price tag of $110 and a grass clippings collection bag included. It is light but wide and ideal for small flat yards. It requires little to no lawn maintenance.

6. DuroStar Lawn Mower

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The DuroStar 10-inch lawn mower is the best little manual mower, but don’t let its pint-sized frame fool you. Large tread wheels, heat-treated blades and rear tracking wheels make this a tough, lightweight mower.

5. Scotts Outdoor Rush Reel Lawn Mower

The Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 304-14S 14-inch 5-Blade Rush Lawn Mower is the best mid-size reel mower for the money. It only costs $100, takes about 10 minutes to assemble, and weighs less than 20 pounds. A 14-inch cutting width means more ground covered with every push.

4. Scotts Outdoor Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

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The Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 200-20S 20-inch 5-Blade Classic Push Reel Mower won the crown as the best large push mower. Its four-wheel system provides more stability than other models when used on uneven lawns. It is easily adjustable and has a maximum cutting height of three inches.

3. Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel Lawn Mower

The intimidating Fiskars StaySharp Max Reel push mower is Popular Mechanics’ top-of-the-line push mower and is recommended as the best reel mower for tall grass. It costs around $210 to $250, making it one of the most expensive on this list. However, an attached grass chute and a maximum cutting height of four inches give this model a big advantage.

2. Scotts Outdoor 20V Cordless Electric Lawn Mower

The Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 2020-16S 20-Volt 16-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower (that’s a mouthful) wins the title of Best Electric Reel Mower. This lawn mower will be most similar to the gas powered mowers you are used to, but it is still completely emission free. This is one of the best motorized reel mowers on the market, and it costs just over $300.

1. Scotts Outdoor Elite Lawn Mower

The Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 415-16S Elite 16-inch Push Mower takes on the competition as the best all-around reel mower for 2022. It’s a five-blade model that assembles easily. The minimum cutting height is only 0.5 inches, but the maximum height is only 1.75 inches. It costs about $140 to buy new.

These gas-free, emission-free and guilt-free lawn mowers are perfect for small yards. You’ll save money buying an inexpensive, well-built reel mower and you’ll keep saving for years to come. Very low maintenance, no refueling and no oil change.

It’s a win-win for you and the environment.

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