1. Honda HRX2175VYA ($800)

Honda's top-of-the-line, 21-inch self-propelled mower offers flawless handling, cutting, and mulching, and Hondas "stand head and shoulders above the competition for reliability." This machine's only shortcoming: no electric start. Buy it at Amazon.

2. EGO LM2102SP ($500)

Cordless electric mowers keep improving, and EGO's 21-inch self-propelled wonder can now mow for an hour at a time. It can mulch, bag, and side-discharge. It starts at the push of a button. A five-year warranty is included. Buy it at Amazon.

3. Scotts 2000-20 Classic Push Reel Mower ($160)

The best reel mower around cuts a wide, 20-inch path and jams far less often than its rivals. It weighs 34 pounds — light enough to maneuver but heavy enough to stay planted when it hits a bump. Buy it at Amazon.

4. CraftsmanPro Series 27042 ($2,500)

This lawn tractor has a 46-inch blade deck and a tight turning radius and performs as well as a John Deere model that costs $700 more. An app alerts you when it's time to change the oil. Buy it at Sears.

5. John Deere Z345R ($2,799)

John Deere just released five new zero-turn mowers, and the Z345R "hits the sweet spot in price and ability." It has a 22-hp engine and a 42-inch deck, and because it reaches a speedy 7 mph, "you'll be finished in time for dinner." Buy it at Home Depot.

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