The 5 Best Small Riding Lawn Mowers As Of April, 2018 (And 5 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:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Considering this lawn mower's average ranking of 84%, we are confident that the Husqvarna hu800awdh walk behind mower is currently the best small riding lawn mower 2018. Furthermore, we think that our 87 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: 22 inches
Horsepower: 2.5 HP

Average rating:
(84%) (87 reviews over 3 sources)   
Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great

With its star rating of 4 over 2262 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.

Cutting width: 12 inches

Average rating:
(82%) (2262 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
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Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great

Troy Bilt TB30 30-inch Small Riding Mower

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:
#4
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
High

Poulan PRO PB145G42 42-inch Small Riding Lawn 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
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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 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)   

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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