Lawn mowers come into their own in late spring. For the next few months, a lawn mower may be your most-used garden tool And while you are more likely to find a scythe or a genteel reel mower in our garden shed than a fuel-powered riding mower that boasts zero turn radius (ZTR to aficionados), if we had a bigger lawn we’d be on board.
But for a large expanse of turf—say a half acre or more—a riding lawn mower is the most practical choice. It’s also a substantial investment, with prices for riding lawn mowers ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. How to choose? “Buying a riding mower can be more confusing that buying a car!” notes Top 9 Rated, which compares models based on such features as “deck and engine size, transmission type, turning radius, power” and more.