The 5 Best Small Riding Lawn Mowers As Of June, 2018 (And 6 Others)

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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:


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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 82%, we are confident that the Black + Decker 3-in-1 compact mower is currently Alphachooser's best small riding lawn mower 2018. Furthermore, we think that our 2262 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:
(82%) (2262 reviews over 3 sources)   
Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great

Troy Bilt TB30 30-inch Small Riding Mower

With its star rating of 4 over 210 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.

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

Average rating:
(82%) (210 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High

Cutting width: 22 inches
Horsepower: 2.5 HP

Average rating:
(76%) (100 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%) (91 reviews over 2 sources)   
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:
(72%) (30 reviews)   

Cutting width: 20 inches

Average rating:
(92%) (3 reviews)   

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

Toro SS4225 Small Riding Lawn Mower

Horsepower: 22 HP

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Horsepower: 18 HP

Average rating:
(90%) (5 reviews)   

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

Average rating:
(64%) (13 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:
(80%) (3 reviews over 2 sources)   

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

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