Best Zero Turn Mower Reviews of 2017

If you need help deciding which is the best zero turn mower 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 mower you can check the What You Need To Know section that follows after the list. In any case, have fun with your new mower!

The Top List
ProductDescriptionMy ScorePrice
My Choice
Poulan Pro P54ZX V-Twin Pro 24 HP W/ 54-Inch Deck Zero Turn Riding Mower Review

Poulan Pro P54ZX V-Twin Pro 24 HP W/ 54-Inch Deck Zero Turn Riding Mower Review

It does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies' business. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground.

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Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22 HP Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower, 46-Inch Review

Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22 HP Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower, 46-Inch Review

This mower is not only well-built but it also handles really well. This zero-turn mower is the kind of mower you want to get your large yard or rural homestead a beautiful looking cut.

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Husqvarna 967324101 V-Twin 724cc Zero Turn Mower W/ 54-Inch Cutting Deck Review

Husqvarna 967324101 V-Twin 724cc Zero Turn Mower W/ 54-Inch Cutting Deck Review

I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don't like the fact it didn't have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed.

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Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower W/ 46-Inch Cutting Deck Review

Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower W/ 46-Inch Cutting Deck Review

It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I've used. All things considered, I think it's a decent z-turn mower, As long as you don't push it too hard, it should work out alright. It's priced as if it was a workhorse, though, which, unfortunately, it really isn't.

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What You Need To Know

Zero turn mowers — some people love them, some people are intimidated by them. We see them used every day by lawn professionals and secretly wonder to ourselves if the best zero turn mower is really right for us or if we should go with another type of lawn mower — maybe a lawn tractor or self-propelled one.

Today, I’m going to delve into the world of zero turns and sort through all of the zero turn mower reviews. All so I can answer three questions: Do you really need one of these mowers? If you do, then what do you need to look for in one? And finally, How to use the best zero turn lawn mower safely and effectively. That’s a lot of stuff to cover, so I think we should just jump in with both feet and get this article started.

Do You Really Need A Zero Turn Mower?

Every day, you are probably bombarded with advertising that tells you that you need the best zero turn mower. That you can’t possibly cut your lawn without one of these fancy lawn mowing systems. Which all seems fine and dandy, but it may not be true. I’m here to tell you exactly what you need and while these mowers are great for a lot of people, the truth of the matter is that it may not be right for you. If you get one of these mowers and it isn’t right for your lawn cutting needs, then you may end up regretting it. Which is why I’m going to give you some guidance today.

The fact of the matter is that many of the commercial models that are available for homeowners aren’t good for people who have a lot of hills or slopes. Professional models are the ones that really do the best job at tackling hills. Another thing to consider when buying one of these mowers is how much experience you have with them. They have somewhat of a learning curve, so you really need to take the time to learn how to drive one. If you don’t, then you can end up doing damage to your lawn or to your machine. So be sure to do your due diligence.

Another thing I want to mention is what kind of property the zero turn mower really shines. It’s better used on larger properties in which you have to do a lot of cutting around trees or other obstacles. For instance, I have a little piece of property in the country that has a lot of white oaks on it. A zero turn works perfectly on this piece of land because there’s enough room for me to go from tree to tree. I can zip around all of them and have my lawn cut in no time flat.

Many people buy smaller-sized zero turns because they think they will be easier to use—which they are, up to a point. Smaller ones do zip around tighter locations than larger ones but they also tend to ride a little bit rougher, especially the ones which weigh under 600 pounds. These can have a pretty rough ride. They also have a tendency to get stuck in sandy or loose soil and mud.

Smaller zero turns also don’t handle turns going downhill very well. That’s because their back wheels really can’t get the traction they need. And this is further amplified if the grass is wet. Which is why you should cut your hilly lawn across and not up and down.

If you do plan on using your zero turns on slopes, be sure to not only get a larger one but also get one that has a steering wheel instead of a lap bar. The ones with steering wheels do a much better job of turning on hills, then the lap bar ones. At least, that’s been my experience.

One last thing before I move on to the next section. I want you to remember that zero turns are not mowers that are good for wild pastures. Stumps, molehills, rocks, and tall grass will really throw these machines for a loop. If you have these areas, then either get a brush cut mower or a lawn tractor. Those will do a much better job for you.

What To Look For In The Best Zero Turn Mower

Okay, you looked the above section over and are now ready to scour zero turn lawn mower reviews to find a zero turn that fits your needs. However, before you do, I’d like to take a few moments to encourage you to read the following points about what to look for in a zero turn mower. After all, you want to make sure that you have as much information as you need before you plop down several thousand dollars. These points will help you find the best one possible for your needs and pocketbook:

  • Check Quality

    A big indicator of quality is the gauge of the steel used in the mower’s deck. The higher the gauge of the steel, the thinner the metal is. Look over mowers with a lower gauge. If you don’t see the gauge of the steel in the description or in the zero turn mower reviews, then ask the seller what gauge the metal of the deck is.

  • Construction Of The Deck

    Are the mower’s decks stamped or welded? That is another big question to ask. Residential mowers are usually assembled using several pieces of lower quality steel stamped in the press to make them thicker, while commercial grade mowers will use a heavy-gauge steel that has been weld together. This makes the residential ones durable enough for most applications around the average yard, but it may start coming apart if used in a more commercial fashion. If your yard work is fairly rough, then a welded one is better. If it’s just the average mowing job, then a stamped steel one will like do just as well. Of course, the higher the quality steel used, the higher the cost.

  • Cutting Height Adjustments

    A zero turn mower should not only have several different cutting height adjustments to choose from but these adjustments should be fairly easy to implement. Most mowers come with a hand lever and some also come with a foot assist, which gives you a little bit more leverage and makes it easy to adjust the height. You should try to choose mowers, if possible, that can be adjusted while you’re sitting on them. If you have to jump up and down off the zero turn, then it will result in a loss of productivity.

  • The Engine

    One of the most important considerations is the engine. Zero turn mowers that cost less usually have a single-cylinder engine. However, among quality zero turns, the twin-cylinder over head valve engine is coming into vogue. That’s because these engines are not only more powerful but because they also run smoother. Of course, you really have to balance your needs for a powerful engine with the price point of the mower because single engines are cheaper and twin-engine OHV engines are more expensive. If you don’t need a lot of power, then you might not want to spend the money on a more powerful engine.

  • Tire Width

    You might also want to look at a mower with wider tires. Mowers that have wider tires can distribute their weight over a large track of grass. This means they have more traction than models with thinner tires.

  • Comfort Features

    Whether this category is important or not really depends on the person. Some people will buy a mower that just has the basic features and isn’t very comfortable at all, and they have no problem jumping on it and mowing the grass. Other people want a machine that has features designed to improve their comfort level. It all depends on what the person wants.

    If you are a stoic type of person and just need a basic machine that cuts the grass, then you can ignore this section. However, if you’re a person who likes to be comfortable, then you can consider buying a machine that has some of the basic comfort features which include lumbar support, adjustable armrests, a seat that leans back and a machine that has all the controls on the same side.

  • Steering Wheel Or Lap Bar?

    There are two different types of zero turn mowers on the market today. There are ones with steering wheels and one with lap bars. One is really not the best over the other one, after all, it’s just really a matter of personal taste. However, there are advantages to each one. Let’s examine those.

    In my personal experience, ones with steering wheels are easier to handle on uneven or hilly terrain. Some of the lap-bar models feel like they are going to fly down the hill when on a downward slope. Not a fun feeling to have. However, on straight even terrain, I felt that the lap-bars gave me more maneuverability. Of course, like I said, it’s mainly a matter of preference. I’ve seen both types of zero turns operated in both types of conditions, both without a problem.

Safe Operation Of A Zero Turn

If you read zero turn mower reviews, then you’ll see that safety is a prime concern for many people. So with that in mind, here are a few safety tips:

  • Read The Owner’s Manual

    Not only should you read your owner’s manual cover to cover but you should understand it completely BEFORE you begin mowing.

  • Don’t Operate It Around People

    Make sure that you don’t use the mower around people, especially children, and animals.

  • Always Be Alert

    Always make sure that you’re alert and have had a good night rest before operating this type of mower. Also, make sure that you don’t operate it under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Ensure All Safety Features Are Engaged & Working

    Always make sure that all of the mower’s safety features are in working order before you begin mowing. You should also never try to alter, remove or bypass any of these safety features. If there is a problem with one of your mower’s safety features, then do not use the mower until it has been repaired.

  • Do Not Mow On Slopes Greater Than 15 degrees

    If your hill has a slope of greater than 15 degrees, then don’t try to use your zero-turn mower on it.

  • Give The Mower Clearance

    Be careful around the edges of lakes and ponds. Also be sure to give yourself adequate clearance on drop-offs such as ditches, culverts and retaining walls.

  • Use Common Sense

    Another thing that should be stated is that the mower needs to be operated in a responsible manner. That means not playing around on it, using it to do trick or stunts, or doing anything else that might endanger you. It also means that you operate the machine in a deliberate and controlled manner.

  • Follow Additional Safety Regulations

    Be sure to not only follow the safety regulations that you find in this guide but also the ones you find in your owner’s manual. While I’ve tried to cover any and all safety practices I could think of, there may be some I’ve missed. Also, if any of my information contradicts your owner’s manual, then your manual should be considered the better source and should be followed to the letter.

Conclusion

Okay, that does it for me today folks. Hopefully, I have presented you with a cogent and informative article. One that not only tells you whether you really need a zero turn mower or not; the features you need if you do need one; and the safety practices you need to follow once you have that mower in your possession. Be sure to check out some of the other mower articles I’ve written, I have a bunch of them, or check out some of my reviews. Until I talk to you again, be safe out there and happy cutting!
My Zero Turn Mower Reviews

The Poulan Pro P54ZX Zero-Turn Riding Mower features a 24 HP Briggs V-twin engine, a Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, an electric clutch, 54-inch cutting deck and a 3.5-gallon fuel tank. It also has 18-inch rear tires, a welded frame, and a 15-inch high back seat. All of these features combine to produce a well built zero-turn mower that has a top speed of about 6 MPH and can cut approximately 2 to 2.8 acres an hour, depending on the terrain you are using it on.

When this zero turn first arrived, it took a little bit of effort to get it out of the crate and then I had to assemble the seat and control arms, and then get it all ready to mow. A process which took me about 30 minutes altogether. Once I did that, I was then ready to put it to the test on a 3-acre plot of land that I own. The first thing I noticed about this mower was that it cut extremely well. It not only cut grass well but also did a pretty good job on some of my brush piles. It handles all of those tasks without complaint.

I tried it around some of my trees and once again, this mower performed well. I really like its turn radius and I always felt like I had full control throughout the entire mowing session. I then tested my mower out on some hills of mine and that is when I ran into my first problem. While It did manage to cut my hill, a hill that was less than a 15-degree slope, it didn’t do it efficiently. I don’t know why but it felt like the back tires were kind of digging in a little too much. Anyway, it would seem this mower really doesn’t do great on hills, unfortunately.

However, this mower does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies’ business. I also like the fact that it has a 3.5-gallon gas tank and you can adjust its cutting height from 1.5″ to 4″ in half-inch increments. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground but if you’re looking for something that will handle hills, then I’d probably look somewhere else.

9 Total Score
Bottom Line

It does seem like its well built and it cruises on level ground like nobodies' business. All in all, I think this is a great zero-turn for use on level ground.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
9
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Great turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
  • Great for large yards
CONS
  • Not good on steep inclines or hills
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Today, I get the chance to test out a mower I’ve been waiting to test out for some time. The Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp  46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower. I’ve been waiting quite some time to review this zero-turn mower, so let’s not waste any more of it. Let’s get it reviewed!

When I received it, the first thing I had to do was to uncrate it (which required me using both a crowbar and hammer), assembled the seated and then rolled it off the pallet crate. After that was done, I then filled it with gas and connected the battery. I finished it by checking the oil and I was good to go.

Before I start this review however, I would like to say that if you don’t have any experience with a zero-turn mower, then you might want to give yourself some time to pick it up. There’s a learning curve for most people to use this machine effectively. I’ve had some experience with these type of mowers, so I was able to hit the ground running. It’s just something to think about.

The first thing that I did was take it out on my property and cut down a strand of tall grass that was bothering me. It handled this job perfectly. In fact, it handled the job of cutting my lawn very well. It gave it that brushed look that us lawn enthusiasts are always trying to get. Which really made me happy and gave me great confidence on how the rest of this review was going to go.

My property has all kind of trees on it. Most of them are white oak, but I also have some post oaks, some huge sweet gums, and some winged elms. And because there are so many of them, they are always a pain to mow around. However, that wasn’t the case with this zero-turn mower. I effortlessly went around these trees and before I knew it, I was almost done with my property. I know there are a lot of rural homeowners who are going to love the Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp  46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower. I know, I did.

However, it didn’t handle every sort of terrain I asked it to handle. It did seem to have a problem with some of my hills. Some of the hills that lead down to the lake are fairly steep and while I was cutting them I didn’t feel real confident if you know what I mean. This zero-turn mower didn’t scare me as bad as some other riding models have in the past, but it did give me a start on an occasion or two. I wouldn’t recommend using this mower on steep inclines.

The rest of my mowing session was a breeze. This mower’s 46-inch deck was large enough to get the job done, especially when coupled with the amazing handling and speed of this mower. Before long, I had my property done and was relaxing under one of those sweet gum trees enjoying a nice cold glass of lemonade. I really don’t get the opportunity to say it enough but the Poulan Pro P46ZX Briggs V-Twin Pro 22-hp 46-Inch Zero Turn Radius Riding Mower was a joy to review and a whole lot of fun to use. It’s something I would recommend to anyone who had a bit of land they were looking to cut and wanted it to look great.

8.6 Total Score
Bottom Line

This mower is not only well-built but it also handles really well. This zero-turn mower is the kind of mower you want to get your large yard or rural homestead a beautiful looking cut.

Performance
9
Features
9
Ease of Use
9
Value
8
Quality
8
PROS
  • Great turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
  • Great for large yards
CONS
  • Doesn't handle well on steep inclines
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The Husqvarna 967324101 is a zero-turn riding mower with a 54-inch cutting deck, a Briggs & Stratton 24 HP V-Twin Endurance engine, a Dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, an electric clutch that easily engages the blades and a durable frame with LED headlights and an automatic park brake system. While many of Husqvarna products are hit-or-miss, I thought that this model looked interesting enough for me to want to review it. So without further adieu, let’s get this thing unpacked and get on with this zero-turn mower review.

Once you get it out of the crate, it only requires a few parts to be assembled and its ready to go. Before long, I had this zero-turn mower all set up and ready to go. I then immediately put it to work on my property. One of the first things I noticed when I fired this zero-turn up was that it was quite noisy. In fact, it kind of startled me at first because modern riding mowers aren’t as loud as they used to be, except for this one apparently. However, once I started mowing using it, I did notice that it ran fairly smoothly and I soon began to ignore the noise of the engine.

As I was mowing, I noticed several other things about this mower. One, it has a pretty powerful engine that seems determined to go through anything set before it. I cut grass and a little bit of brush and this mower had no problems with either one. I also noticed that it didn’t do too bad on several of my hills. Of course, no zero-turn is really good on hills and you should never use one of the mowers on a hill with a 15-degree or higher slope, but anything under that and it should be fine. At least, it was with this mower.

I really liked this mower’s LED headlights and its anti-slip foot area as well. This mower was easy to get on and off of and I had no problems steering it. Everything felt very intuitive and seems located right at your fingertips. One thing I really didn’t like was that it didn’t have a fuel gauge—which is an obvious design flaw. Being able to keep an eye on the fuel level is something that I consider very necessary. Especially when you have a lot of acres to mow.

Overall, I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don’t like the fact it didn’t have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed. I would have to say that it’s a pretty good zero-turn mower.

8.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

I would say this is a great mower with a lot of power, a great turn radius and is pretty easy to use. While I don't like the fact it didn't have a fuel gauge and the engine was kind of noisy, it seems to be well constructed and designed.

Performance
8
Features
8
Ease of Use
9
Value
9
Quality
8
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Good turn radius
  • Cuts well
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Engine is noisy
  • No Fuel gauge
  • Not for hills that have a 15-degree or higher slope
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The Husqvarna Z246 Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower might not be the best zero turn mower on the market, but it does have some features that are worth talking about. For instance, it has a Briggs & Stratton 23 HP V-Twin 724cc Endurance engine, a Dual Hydro-Gear EZT transmission, a bumper with integrated LED headlights, an automatic park brake system, an anti-slip foot area and a rear engine guard. It also comes with 3 anti-scalp rollers. It looks like a smaller sized z-turn mower that should be able to handle about 2 to 3 acres without a problem. Let’s see how it does, shall we?

Uncrating it was fairly easy and I had it up and running within about 30 minutes. While I was getting it ready for its maiden mowing voyage, I took a good look at its frame. To be honest with you, it doesn’t look like the sturdiest frame construction I’ve ever seen. It is 13 gauge stamped steel cutting deck that is reinforced with additional steel. It should be fairly sturdy for day-to-day normal use but I’d be wary of trying to use it for heavy-duty use or you may end up with a bent or broken frame. Starting it up, I did notice that the engine was quite noisy—a lot noisier than I would’ve liked. And since the frame was kind of light, the ride was sort of bumpy. However, it did a pretty decent job of cutting grass, so I guess I’ll have to give it points for that point.

As long as you don’t use this zero turn mower on steep hills, it handles inclines well enough. It does have a pretty good turn radius and can really go around things like posts and trees without a problem. It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I’ve used, so I really have to give it points for that as well. All things considered, I think this is a decent z-turn mower that should be good for light use. As long as you don’t push it too hard, then it should work out alright. Unfortunately, it’s priced as if it was a better mower when it really isn’t. I would expect for what the price I paid for it that it would be a workhorse, which it isn’t.

7.4 Total Score
Bottom Line

It was one of the easiest zero turn mowers I've used. All things considered, I think it's a decent z-turn mower, As long as you don't push it too hard, it should work out alright. It's priced as if it was a workhorse, though, which, unfortunately, it really isn't.

Performance
7
Features
7
Ease of Use
9
Value
7
Quality
7
PROS
  • Powerful engine
  • Good turn radius
  • Cuts decently
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Engine is noisy
  • So-so build quality
  • Kind of a bumpy ride
  • Not for hills that have a 15-degree or higher slope
User Rating: No Ratings Yet!