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Last updated: 04 March 2021


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A ride-on mower is no lightweight purchase, and with so many options to consider it can be hard to pick one that's easy to operate and good at actually cutting the grass. 

Got a smaller lawn? Head to our petrol or electric lawn mowers reviews for the best lawnmower for your yard.

Read our buying guide to see if a ride-on's right for you, and read how we test if you're interested in the details of our rigorous testing process.

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We review tractor-type and zero-turn ride-on mowers priced from $1699 to $6325.

Our rigorous testing helps you choose the model that's:

  • best for mowing
  • best for mulching (for models with this option)
  • the easiest to use

Where are Cox and Greenfield Ride on mower models?

We survey each manufacturer prior to testing so we know which products will be available by the time we publish. Cox didn't respond to our survey, and Greenfield said they don't distribute to New Zealand, where we conduct our testing. We'll check again the next time we test.

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    Recommended or average retail, as of November 2013.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 1699 and 6325

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    • Overall score
    • Recommended
    • Mowing
    • Mulching
    • Ease of use
    • Noise (dBA)
    • Front axle type
    • Engine brand
    • L x W (m)
    • Good points
    • Bad points
    • Price
    • Brand
    • Model
    • Status
    • Type
    • Mulching kit
    • Rear bag for catching
    • Transmission
    • Cruise control
    • Forward speeds
    • Reverse speeds
    • Hourmeter
    • Service intervals shown on machine
    • Towing point hitch
    • Storage pockets tool storage etc
    • Cupholders
    • Diameter of unmowed circle (mm)
    • Cutting width (claimed/measured mm)
    • Deck type and material
    • Wash port
    • Mower drive engagement
    • Blade power take off engagment switch
    • Reverse shut off over ride
    • Cutting height number of positions
    • Engine power claimed HP
    • Capacity claimed (cc)
    • Cylinders
    • Electric start
    • Speed control
    • Fuel tank location
    • Fuel sight gauge
    • Oil change point conveniently located
    • Fuel capacity (L)
    • Claimed weight (kg)
    • Warranty (years)
    • Contact


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