The 6 Best Small Riding Lawn Mowers As Of January, 2018 (And 17 Others)


Our list presenting the latest small riding lawn mowers includes only lawn mowers that satisfy these specifications:

  • To be included in our list of small riding lawn mowers, models must have a cutting width of 42 inches or less (Actually, most riding lawn mowers in this list are 42-inch models)
  • They must still be riding models and may include some electric riding mowers.


The List:

* Top list currently adjusted to just the best American small riding lawn mowers (Currently available in the U.S. from the stores we monitor)

Best Model 2018*
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#1
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4.5
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Great
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Toro SS4225

Toro SS4225 small riding mower

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(504 reviews)
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Considering this lawn mower's average ranking of 89%, we are confident that the Toro SS4225 is currently the best small riding lawn mower 2018. Furthermore, we think that our 504 reviews sampled from our sources give us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies making it a "no-brainer best choice."

Horsepower: 22 HP


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Second Best
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#2
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4.5
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Great
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Cub Cadet LT42

Cub Cadet LT42 small riding lawn mower

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(1197 reviews)
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With its star rating of 4.5 over 1197 reviews, here is what we consider the second best small riding lawn mower. * This list, by the way, is based on an in-depth analysis of hundreds of small riding lawn mower reviews from around the web.

Horsepower: 18 HP

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#3
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4.5
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Husqvarna YTA18542

Husqvarna YTA18542 small riding mower

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(84 reviews)
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Horsepower: 18.5 HP

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#4
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4
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Black + Decker 3-in-1 compact mower

Black + Decker 3-in-1 compact mower small riding lawn mower

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(1772 reviews)
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Cutting width: 12 inches

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#5
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4
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Troy Bilt TB30 30-inch

The TB30 is a 10.5hp riding mower targeting home owners with a small yard, having a 30-inch cutting width, reverse mowing capability, a base width of 34 inches (including the chute), and a 1.3 gallon fuel tank.

Horsepower: 10.5 HP

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#6
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3.5
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High
Poulan PRO PB145G42 42-inch

The PB145G42 seems to excite you drive with its quite easy setup mechanisms that include an adjustment knob for the seat, a clutch grip to engage the blades, and a lift lever to lower or raise the mower deck.

Horsepower: 14.5 HP

More small riding lawn mowers, sorted by the latest model first:

Murray M115-38

Cutting width: 38 inches
Horsepower: 11.50 HP

Husqvarna hu800awdh walk behind mower

Cutting width: 22 inches
Horsepower: 2.5 HP

Toro MX3450

Cutting width: 34 inches

Toro SW3200

Cutting width: 32 inches

Toro SWX4250

Cutting width: 42 inches
Horsepower: 24.5 HP

Toro SS3225

Toro SS3225

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(113 reviews)
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Poulan Pro PB185A42 42-inch

Poulan Pro PB185A42 42-inch

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(13 reviews)

The PB185A42 depends on an 18hp motor to support an automatic transmission, capable of a speed of up to 5.5mph.

Poulan Pro PB301 30-inch

Poulan Pro PB301 30-inch

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(146 reviews)

The PB301 is a 30-inch mower with a reverse mowing function, an 11.5Hp engine (Briggs and Straton), and a 1.5- to 4-inches cutting height range.

Cutting width: 30 inches
Horsepower: 11.5 HP

Husqvarna YTH18542 42-inch

Husqvarna YTH18542 42-inch

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(8 reviews)

The YTH18542 mows at a constant speed even on rough terrains (also known as cruise control), as Husqvarna claims.

Recharge Mower G2-RM12

Recharge Mower G2-RM12

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(30 reviews)

Husqvarna R120S 42-inch

Husqvarna R120S 42-inch

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(32 reviews)

The R120S works also in winter, if used with the sold-separately snow-blade attachment.

Horsepower: 19.5 HP

Weed Eater One

Weed Eater One

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(188 reviews)

The Weed Eater One is a compact riding mower with a 190cc engine, touting its ease of use and ergonomics and probably meant for smaller yards because of its 26-inch cutting deck.

Cutting width: 26 inches

Husqvarna RZ3016 30-Inch

Husqvarna RZ3016 30-Inch

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(22 reviews)

The RZ3016 30-Inch reports a mowing capacity of 1.6 acre per hour with its 500 cc 16.5HP engine.

Horsepower: 16.5 HP

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