The 7 Best Small Riding Lawn Mowers As Of December, 2018 (And 3 Other Models)

Alphachooser's list of the newest small riding lawn mowers includes only lawn mowers that obey to these criteria:

  • 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:

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Best Model 2018*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Considering this lawn mower's average ranking of 81%, we are confident that the Black + Decker 3-in-1 compact mower is currently Alphachooser's best small riding lawn mower 2018/2019. Furthermore, we think that our 3519 reviews sampled from our sources give us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies making it a "no-brainer best choice."

Cutting width: 12 inches

Average rating:
(81%) (3519 reviews over 5 sources)   
Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High

With its star rating of 4 over 135 reviews, here is what we consider 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.

Cutting width: 22 inches
Horsepower: 2.5 HP

Average rating:
(75%) (135 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
High

Cutting width: 20 inches

Average rating:
(72%) (53 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
High

Poulan PRO PB145G42 42-inch Small Riding Mower

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

Average rating:
(68%) (89 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

Husqvarna R120S 42-inch Small Riding Lawn Mower

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

Horsepower: 19.5 HP

Average rating:
(70%) (28 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
OK

Husqvarna YTH18542 42-inch Small Riding Mower

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

Average rating:
(66%) (13 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
3
Confidence
Level:
OK

Poulan Pro PB185A42 42-inch Small Riding Lawn Mower

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

Average rating:
(62%) (13 reviews)   

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

Horsepower: 18 HP

Average rating:
(56%) (7 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

Average rating:
(48%) (8 reviews)   

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