Best Lawn Tractor Reviews of 2017

If you need help deciding which is the best lawn tractor you should buy hop on to my Top List below where I listed my top picks for this year. If you need a few tips for using your lawn tractor you can check the Tips For Buying & Using lawn tractors that follow after the list. In any case, have fun with your new tractor!

The Top List
ProductDescriptionMy ScorePrice
My Choice
Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin 24 HP 54” Riding Lawn Mower Review

Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin 24 HP 54” Riding Lawn Mower Review

Overall, I think it's a great mower. While it isn't the cheapest one, it is priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It's a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

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Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower, 54″ Review

Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24 hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower, 54″ Review

It's well built, pretty quick and handles a variety of different terrains well. It also starts quickly, cuts the grass well and is a joy to use. I think it's well worth its money.

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Husqvarna GTH52XLS 52″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

Husqvarna GTH52XLS 52″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

It's a great mower that really has some great things going for it. It cuts grass well. The only things I really didn't like about it was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground.

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Husqvarna YTA18542 42″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

Husqvarna YTA18542 42″ Riding Lawn Mower Review

All things considered, I think it's a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you're looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out - especially if you're looking for a budget model.

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Snapper SPX 22/46 46-Inch 22 HP Riding Tractor Mower Review

Snapper SPX 22/46 46-Inch 22 HP Riding Tractor Mower Review

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 is a decent mower, but it's build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

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Tips For Buying & Using

In-depth look

I’m not only going to be writing about finding and buying the best lawn tractor but I’m also going to tell you what to look for in lawn tractor reviews, as well as offering some great tips that will keep your lawn green and healthy all year long.

However, I sense that some of you are getting ready to tell me to hold up a minute; That I already talked about these lawn care machines in my article: An Extensive Guide To Purchasing Riding Lawn Mowers. And to be fair, I did talk about them—for about a minute. I just couldn’t do an in-depth look because I had to talk about all of the other forms of riding mowers, so as a result lawn tractors got left in the cold. I’m fixing that today.

Okay, I’ve probably held you up long enough, so let’s get down to business. In the following section, I’m going to tell you all the things you really need to consider before you run out and purchase the best lawn tractor. Let’s do it to it.

Selecting The Best Lawn Tractor

  • Cutting Width

    The first thing you need to consider before buying one of the riding mowers—or even before you check out lawn tractor reviews—is to decide on what size mowers you want. Or at least, what size you need the cutting width to be. Lawn tractors come in a variety of different blade widths, starting out 42 inches and going to over 60-inches, so it’ important to decide which one you need.

    Notice that I said, which one you need and not which one you want. That’s two different things. A lot of people will run out and buy the biggest mower they can find and not give any consideration to how it’s going to be used. And when they do that and don’t consider any other factors, they come to a startling conclusion. You can buy one that’s too big.

    Yes, that’s correct. If you only have an acre or two, then you can choose a mower with a cutting width of about 42-inches to 48-inches. It will do you just fine. On the other hand, if you have more than two acres, then you can choose a riding mower that’s anywhere from 50-inches all the way up to the biggest.

    You see, using a large tractor on a small plot of land is not advisable. That’s because it can be hard to maneuver and in some cases, may even cause damage as you try to maneuver it around. Just get the size that you need. This isn’t a contest to see who has the biggest mower.

  • Engine Size

    Engine size is another consideration that has to be factored into your decision. Generally speaking, lawn tractors have engines that are as small as 19 hp to as large as 27 hp and beyond. It’s not all about horsepower, however. You also have to consider single-cylinder and twin-cylinder. Single-cylinders are cheaper but also have less power. Twin-cylinders are important if you have to mow large areas or pull things as well as mowing.

    If all other things are equal, then the riding mower with the biggest engine will be able to handle the toughest jobs—jobs such as tough varieties of wild grass or tall grasses. Of course, the bigger the engine, the higher the cost, so you have to weigh your needs with your pocketbook.

  • Transmission

    Yet another thing to consider is what type of transmission you want. Manual transmissions are usually the cheapest but require you to constantly change gears as you drive and therefore are only as efficient as their drivers. Automatic transmissions are easier to drive but generally cost more than manuals.

    Hydro-static transmissions are more efficient and cost a little bit more but they tend to get hotter than automatic transmissions.  Hydro-static engines usually require more oil changes and maintenance than automatic transmissions. All things to consider as you are checking out lawn tractor reviews.

  • Does It Cut In Reverse

    Another thing to consider is whether the tractor cuts in reverse or not. Some models disconnect the blades when you go in reverse as a safety feature. This prevents you from running over things that may not have seen. However, some people do prefer to be able to mow in reverse, so it really depends on your needs whether this is an important feature to you.

  • Fuel Tank Size

    The fuel tank is something else that needs to be considered. The more you have to mow and the larger the engine, the bigger the gas tank you need. At least, that’s the general rule of thumb that I use.

  • Safety Features

    What kind of safety features do you want? Maybe it’s a mower that disconnects the blades when you stand up or put it in reverse. Nowadays, tractors have a variety of different safety features for you to consider. Choose the one with the features that you need.

  • Comfort Features

    The last thing you might want to look for in one of these riding mowers is what kind of accessories does it have that makes it easier to use and more comfortable. Items which include padded seats, arm rests, adjustable seats and lumbar support can really turn a mowing job into a pleasure. Trust me, I know all too well.

    Those are the basic options that you need to consider when looking for a mower that’s right for you. Of course, this list doesn’t cover everything you need to look for in a mower, just the basics for this particular type. If you want more information, then you’ll have to check out my guide: An Extensive Guide To Purchasing Riding Lawn Mowers for more tips.

Lawn Care Tips While Using Your Tractor

Now that I have given you the basics you need to browse lawn tractor reviews with confidence, I want to give you a few tips on what to do with the best lawn tractor once you’ve brought it home.

Okay, not every single one of the following tips apply exclusively to lawn tractors. A good many of them can be applied to walk-behind, zero-turn, garden tractors and even reel mowers. However, I just realized that I hadn’t included them with any of my other guides, so I decided this was the perfect place to put it. Take a look at the following tips and see if you can use some of them to improve how your lawn looks as well as its health:

  • Avoid Salts

    Too much salt is not only bad for your blood pressure but it’s also bad for your lawn, so try to avoid it as much as you can. Many people like to use a ton of salt on their sidewalks, driveways, and paths and then when spring comes, they wonder why their grass has brown spots. However, it isn’t just ice melt that can damage your grass. Many fertilizers often contain salts that can build up in the ground and cause damage to your lawn, so it’s important to not use too much fertilizer when you’re taking care of your lawn.

    Of course, if you notice that salts have damaged your lawn when spring comes, it’s not necessary to panic. Usually, good spring rains will wash away the excess salt from the soil and your grass will regain its green color. This takes about 4 to 8 weeks. However, if spring is particularly dry, then you may need to speed the process up by watering your grass. Give your lawn a good watering (about 3 to 5 times should do it) and before you know it your grass will be green.

  • Don’t Butcher Your Grass

    I remember when I first started mowing lawns that there was a guy who lived next door to one on my jobs who liked to go out and cut his grass with a butcher knife. Yes, you’ve heard that right. He didn’t like lawn mowers, so he would spend hours every day cutting his lawn one blade of grass at a time. This, of course, occupied a pretty good portion of his day, which I think may have been the whole point of it because his lawn looked like it had literally been butchered with a knife. It just wasn’t right. Now, this may sound like a funny story but I will add that he did about as good a job as some people do with their expensive lawn mowers. Which is to say they butcher them.

    Yes, I’ve seen people butch their lawns with their push mowers as well as their lawn tractors. They just go out there and cut the lawn so short that they end up scalping it. Which in turn, damages the grass’s root system. Which shouldn’t be happening nowadays, especially with lawn equipment that offers a ton of height adjustments So this should be a cautionary tale for you. Never, ever cut your grass more than a third of its height. If you do, the grass will lose moisture and be more susceptible to disease. Don’t cut it so short and it’s very likely you’ll end up with a thicker lawn.

  • Mulch Your Lawn

    Another thing that will help your grass is to mulch your clippings instead of bagging them. The mulched clippings decompose and feed valuable nutrients to the grass. However, some people don’t like to do it because they don’t like how it looks. Which is a fair point. In those instances, you can save your clippings to cover bare spots in your yard or to help feed patches of dirt you’re going to plant with grass seed.

    Here’s another mulching tip for you: Try to mulch your leaves with your mower in the fall instead of raking them. Research has shown that mulching your leaves in the fall prevents weed seeds from starting on your lawn’s bare spots. And like mulching grass clippings, mulching leaves feeds your lawn important nutrients. Which may translate into having to use less fertilizer during the spring.

  • Try Not To Mow Wet Grass

    It’s best to cut your lawn with your tractor when the grass is dry. That’s because moisture can bend blades of grass down and make them harder to cut. It’s also a disaster for the tractor because the wet clipping can stick together and make the grass even harder to cut, not to mention that it makes the tractor that much harder to clean. Cutting grass that is very moist may also make them more susceptible to some of the grass damaging diseases that exist nowadays.

    However, that doesn’t mean you should never cut wet grass. Sometimes it’s unavoidable. Especially when you consider the fact that it’s better to cut grass, even if it’s wet before it gets too tall. It actually is better to cut it when this happens then to let it grow and then cut it dry. You should also be wary of cutting grass during the middle of a drought. That’s because this is when the grass is at its most vulnerable.

  • Be Careful While Fertilizing

    Fertilizing your grass can result in a healthier and more luscious lawn. However, if you use too much, it’s quite easy to turn your lawn from a lush, green oasis into a brown, dry desert. So needless to say, it’s very important that you follow all of the instructions on your fertilizer and not use too much. Also be sure to get the right variety of fertilizer for your lawn. The last thing to consider when using fertilizer is to be careful with long term use. It can build up in your soil over time. Adding lime to the fertilizer every few years can help return pH levels to normal.

    Well, that does it for me. I hope that you have picked up a few tips today. Not only tips that will help you buy your next lawn tractor but also tips that will help you keep your lawn in tip-top condition.

My Lawn Tractor Reviews

The Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin is a riding lawn tractor that’s equipped with a 24 HP Kohler engine, a CVT transmission, 54-inch reinforced steel cutting deck and has a forward speed of about 7 MPH. It also has 20-inch rear tires and 15-inch front tires, a 2.5-gallon fuel tank, and a cast iron front axle. This riding lawn tractor is also sleek and looks like it’s ready for business. So without wasting any more time, let’s see what this nice looking mower can do.

After I uncrated it, I set it up and was ready to go in no time flat. The first thing that I noticed was this machine had a 15-inch high-back seat that was really comfortable and it also had a cup holder for my drink. So far so good I thought as I started it up; A task that was as simple as it could be thanks to its Ready Start System. I was then off on my grass cutting adventure. However, I have to say that it was less of an adventure and more of a pleasure to cut my grass with this mower.

This lawn tractor handles well and has a 54-inch cutting deck that really cuts the grass well. While it wasn’t hard to push the pedal to keep this mower moving, I do wish that it had some form of cruise control, especially when I’m doing my back 3-4 acres. But you can’t have everything I suppose and I felt that this mower did a great job doing what it was designed to do: cut grass.

If I had any complaint, it was the fact that the engine block is large and blocks a portion of my view in the front. It’s pretty large and I at times I had to lean really far forward to see what was just ahead of the mower. Not a big complaint for sure, but something that I feel needs to be mentioned.

Overall, I think that the Poulan Pro PB24VA54 V-Twin Lawn Tractor is a great mower. While it wasn’t the cheapest one I’ve bought, it was priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It’s a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

8.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

Overall, I think it's a great mower. While it isn't the cheapest one, it is priced nicely for the amount of power it had and its size. It's a great mower for those large mowing jobs and is a machine that is built to last.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
8
Value
8
Quality
10
PROS
  • High Quality
  • Easy to use
  • 24 HP engine
  • Can perform heavy tasks
  • Good for large areas of grass
  • 54-inch cutting deck
  • Sleek design
CONS
  • No cruise control
  • Engine Block slightly obstructs front view
  • Heavy on the turns
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Up for my review, is the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic Riding Mower 54″. It’s a lawn tractor that I’ve been looking forward to reviewing for quite some time. After all, who doesn’t love to ride around on these things as they cut their grass? Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of it.

While it didn’t present me with too much of a problem, I did notice that they way it was created might pose a problem to some people. It did require some effort. In other words, they may find it hard to unpack. However, once it’s out, then it’s actually pretty easy to get it up and running.

After I had it all setup, I then proceeded to get on it and start it. I immediately took notice that it started right away. I didn’t need to prime it, it just started. I’m sure that’s thanks to its Ready-Start Starting System – a system which evidently works very well.

I have a pretty large piece of property and I had let it get a little high just so I could test out the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic 54” Riding Mower – as I do with all my reviews. Sometimes that results in frustration when the mower can’t do its job, but that wasn’t the case today. Nope, it handled even my tall, wild grasses very well and did a beautiful job of cutting it. It’s 54” deck is vented so it allows air underneath as I mow these taller grasses and I think that makes all of the difference. If air is obstructed under the deck, then that can result in a messier cut. However, I don’t think anyone will have that problem with this lawn tractor.

Another thing that I liked about this riding mower is that it’s easy to adjust on the fly. Some of the older riding mowers you had to stop to make speed adjustments. Not with this baby, however! As I able to make speed adjustments and not lose time in doing so.

I was also able to get pretty close to my fence and the white oak trees in my yard. Sure, I wasn’t able to cut as close to them, as say a mower with a zero-turn radius but it did get pretty close. It was easier to cut close to my trees than it had been with some of the push mowers I’ve owned over the years.

Another thing that really impressed me about the Poulan Pro 960420186 Briggs 24-hp Automatic Hydrostatic 54” Riding Mower is that it cut the grass on my property pretty quickly and I’m on a few acres. I didn’t time exactly how quickly I finished it (I was having too good of a time) but it was quicker than a lot of other riding mowers I’ve used. If there were anything I’d change about it, I’d add a forward cruise control. Not that it really needs it. After all, it’s already really easy to drive and that would probably just make it too easy to drive. However, I really can’t think of anything else I’d change about it.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's well built, pretty quick and handles a variety of different terrains well. It also starts quickly, cuts the grass well and is a joy to use. I think it's well worth its money.

Performance
9
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
8
Quality
9
PROS
  • Powerful 24-hp Briggs & Stratton Overhead Valve Engine
  • Starts easily & quickly
  • Handles a lot of different terrain types
  • Great for large areas of grass
CONS
  • Hard to uncrate
  • Could use a forward cruise-control
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The Husqvarna GTH52XLS is a riding lawn tractor that comes equipped with a Briggs & Stratton Endurance Series V-Twin 24 HP engine, Hydrostatic with Rear Locking Differential transmission, electric cutting blade adjustment, 4-gallon fuel tank, a nice seat with armrests and a heavy-duty heavy-cast front axle. It’s a mower that seems well built and one that I just couldn’t resist trying out. So here are the results of the time spent with this mower.

The first thing that I want to mention about this mower is that it does a pretty good job of cutting grass and thanks to its 52-inch powder coated cutting deck can cut quite a bit of it. It also handles itself exceptionally well on hills thanks to its locking rear differential and large rear wheels that really gives this mower some really good traction. Another great thing about this mower is that it also has a cruise control. And to top it all off, it has ergonomic seats and steering wheel.

This mower has a top speed of about 7.75 MPH and a reverse speed of about 2.1 MPH. Its 4-gallon fuel tank allows you to take it on longer mower sessions than comparable mowers and it has a transparent fuel level that makes it easy to check to see how much gas is in the mower. I also like that the fact that it has an electric blade engagement that allows me to engage the blades simply by pulling the switch on the control panel.

I would also like to add that the Husqvarna GTH52XLS is comfortable to drive and it was pretty easy to climb up and down off of. While this mower does have a cup holder, I’m afraid that it’s the wrong size for a water bottle. Not a big deal, but something I felt I needed to mention.

Overall, this is a great mower that really has some great things going for it. The only things I really didn’t like about this mower was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground. It cuts well on the even ground and on hills, but if the terrain is kind of rough and uneven, then the deck will dig into it. Other than those two problems, I think this is a great mower that really cuts grass well.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

It's a great mower that really has some great things going for it. It cuts grass well. The only things I really didn't like about it was the price and the fact that the deck tended to dig into the ground on uneven ground.

Performance
9
Features
10
Ease of Use
8
Value
7
Quality
9
PROS
  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
  • 24 HP engine
  • Good for large areas of grass
  • Good on hills
  • 52-inch cutting deck
  • Cruise control
CONS
  • Priced higher than comparable mowers
  • Deck can dig into uneven ground
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!

The Husqvarna YTA18542 is a riding lawn mower which has a 540 cc 18.5 HP Briggs & Stratton single cylinder with a Fast CVT Transmission, a 42-inch stamped metal deck, a 16-inch turning radius and a cutting height that can be adjusted from 1.5-inches to 4-inches. It has a maximum speed of about 7 MPH forward and about 2 MPH in reverse. I’ve heard great things about this mower, so I was quite eager to get it to review it. And I wasn’t disappointed.

In the past, Husqvarna hasn’t been a riding lawn mower brand that I would’ve chosen. Honestly, their previous products have been pretty mediocre. However, that may have all changed with this particular model. While it’s not without its flaws, it does have some pretty good features and handled pretty well. When the crate arrived at my door, it was easy to unpack and after getting it prepped for service, it was ready to cut my lawn in no time flat.

This side-discharge mower does a really good job cutting grass—especially on even ground. It also does a fairly good job with hills, although it isn’t recommended for hills larger with over a 15-degree slope, handles well on slopes up to 15-degrees. This mower was also pretty easy to get up and down off of and had plenty of leg room. It also provided a really smooth ride and the seat was very comfortable. The only complaint I have about this mower is that it doesn’t a cruise control, so you’ll have to use constant foot pressure to keep it moving. While some people like having this level of control over their mower, I found that it caused my leg to cramp slightly when I was doing large parts of my property.

Cleaning the machine was easy because it came with a deck wash port that allows you to connect your hose to it to wash the underside of the deck. It’s a system used more and more frequently on modern mowers and one that works pretty well.

All things considered, I think the Husqvarna YTA18542 Riding Lawn Mower is a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you’re looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out—especially if you’re looking for a budget model. It was quite the surprise for me.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

All things considered, I think it's a great machine and does a great job. This is especially true for a machine in its price range. If you're looking for a good riding lawn mower, then this is the mower to check out - especially if you're looking for a budget model.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
8
PROS
  • Easy to use
  • 18.5 HP engine
  • Handles well
  • Well built
CONS
  • No cruise control
  • Only a 42-inch cutting deck
  • Not ideal for over 2 acres of grass
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!

The Snapper SPX 22/46 is a riding lawn mower with a 46-inch cutting deck, a Briggs & Stratton Professional Series V-Twin 22 HP OHV engine, a foot pedal operated Hydro-Gear T2 Hydrostatic transmission, cruise control that is mounted on the dash and 7 height adjustments from 1.5″ to 4.0″. This mower is a nice medium sized mower that looks like it will do a good job of cutting my lawn, so I decided to put it to the test and see what it can really do.

The first thing I’d like to mention about this mower is that it does a pretty good job of cutting grass. It’s not the fastest mower and certainly doesn’t have the largest cutting deck, so you can expect to spend some time cutting grass, especially if you have quite a bit to cut. But I will say that it does a great job of turning. It has a 14-inch turning radius that is very welcome after testing out some of the larger mowers out there that tend to not turn very well. Sure, this mower will never be mistaken for a Zero Turn mower, but it does do a good job of going around trees and such.

I also like the fact that this mower has a deck mounted cruise control system. Those are always welcome in a mower, at least in my opinion. This mower’s 22 HP engine does a good job of taking on hills, too. It had a little bit of a problem on uneven ground, but not so big of a problem that it cut into the ground or ended up scalping my grass.

The one thing I have to mention is its build quality. For instance, it only has a 14-gauge steel deck. I understand this isn’t a large mower, but I would’ve at least liked to have seen an 11-gauge steel deck on this mower. I’m afraid that what it has now will end up bending over time. I have also heard stories about the belts on these mowers having to be constantly replaced. While I didn’t have that problem during my short time with this mower, it’s something that you might want to research and consider. After all, you don’t want to spend all of your time and money having to do maintenance on a mower.

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 Riding Lawn Mower is a decent mower, but it’s build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

7.8 Total Score
Bottom Line

All things considered, the Snapper SPX 22/46 is a decent mower, but it's build quality and its reputation of high maintenance costs prevents it from climbing any higher on my list.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
7
Quality
7
PROS
  • Can make tight turns
  • 7 height-of-cut positions
  • Cruise Control
  • 22 HP engine
  • Electric blade engagement
CONS
  • May require frequent maintenance
  • Only a 46-inch cutting deck
  • Top speed of 5.5 MPH
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!