A lawn mower is an essential household device for a home with yards. There are numerous types of mowers you can by now in the market.
There are push mowers, cordless battery powered mowers, and the ever dependable gas mowers. Battery powered mowers are becoming more popular thanks to their cordless nature.
Overall, you can get a good cheap lawn mower suitable for a standard yard for around $200. More expensive lawn mowers are typically intended for huge areas like gold courses, not homes.
Read below for a list of best lawn mowers under $200:
|1||GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp 16-Inch Corded Lawn Mower||1189 Reviews||Check Price|
|2||BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower, 12"||1609 Reviews||Check Price|
|3||Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower||52 Reviews||Check Price|
|4||WORX 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with Easy-Start Feature, Removable Battery, and Grass...||602 Reviews||Check Price|
|5||Poulan Pro 961120134 PR500N21SH Briggs 500ex Side Discharge/Mulch 2-in-1 Hi-Wheel Push Mower in...||259 Reviews||Check Price|
5 Best Cheap Lawn Mowers
This GreenWorks is one of the best lawn mowers under $200 we have seen. This is a corded electric product with a rather powerful 10 amp motor. The cutting deck is 16 inches, quite suitable for standard home lawns. The rear section has both mulching and discharge capabilities. The mower has 5 height adjustments too. Cutting height can be adjusted from 5/8 inches to 2/8 inches. The rear wheels are an inch larger than the front wheels, which makes the mower easy to maneuver through even muddy lawns.
Size wise, this mower is rather small. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this. On the plus side, the small size makes this mower very easy to fold and store. On the flip side, it also means more walking. This mower really works like a charm. It’s very quiet and doesn’t vibrate a lot like gas mowers. It’s also quite well balanced. The handle has a soft padded grip, so overall this is very easy to handle. It can cut through even the toughest grass. It works in mud, but of course, some mud will get stuck between the blades. We thought the grass catcher bag was small at first, but it puffs up like a vacuum bag during mowing and really sucks up cut blades of grass. Also, it’s corded, so you will need a really long extension cord to get everywhere on the lawn.
- Powerful motor
- Cuts through tick grass easily
- Great height adjustment mechanism
- Grass catcher bag puffs up
- Rather small
- Needs long extension cord
This is an impressive cordless lawn mower that is very convenient to have if you have a small or medium sized yard. The three in one feature in the name refers to three functions of the mower as a trimmer, edger, and a full blown mower. It comes with a 20V lithium ion battery. The battery last in full power for about 15 minutes, then the power gets tapered out. If you have a small yard that can be mowed in 10 to 20 minutes, then this would be ideal. Otherwise, you might have to plug in using an extension cord. But if you are buying a cordless mower, you probably don’t want to. The battery also takes a long time to charge. This is common with cordless mowers, and it’s the bargain for wanting to go cordless.
As a mower, this works really well. The deck has two height adjustments from 1.6 to 2.4 inches, so it can cut through even the thickest grass. The gears in the mower are really good at delivering consistent power to get even cuts throughout. The handles can be adjusted for height and pivoting position. It has an auto feed spool threat that works smoothly, making sure the mower doesn’t bump. There is not grass catcher though.
- Deck size adjustable
- Suitable for tough jobs
- Handle pivot position adjustable
- Excellent auto spool
- Battery lasts only 15 mins
- No grass catcher
Sun Joe is known to make one of the best push mower under 200. This is the cordless, battery-powered alternative to other lawn mowers from the brand that actually requires maintenance. This lawn mower is powered by a 12 amp motor. The cutting deck is rather small; it’s only 14 inches. So we recommend this for small lawns about 40 yards in size. The battery probably won’t last for larger lawns. This mower is really lightweight and super easy to use. If you are sick of pushing heavy lawn mowers, then this would be a good alternative. This weighs only 20 pounds, even a teen can use it easily.
The mower has some useful features like 3-position cutting height control and a grass catcher that can be detached and hosed down. The smaller size makes this space efficient too. We found this mower quite well suited for mulching too. We do have to warn that this mower is not suited for grass that is really tall or thick. The battery takes about 4 hours to charge, which is convenient too. Overall, this is a solid product for smaller yards.
- Very easy and convenient to use
- Perfect for small yards
- Good mulching capabilities
- Battery won’t last in bigger yards over 40×40
- Small deck size
This is a very lightweight lawn mower that is about as convenient to use as a self propelled lawn mower. It doesn’t require expending too much energy like for a gas powered machine. Even a 10 year old can use this thanks to its lack of weight and compactness. It comes with a nonstandard battery that can cut up to 6,000 sqft on a single charge. The mower can mulch and have rear discharge too. A spacious grass catcher bag is included. There are, of course, no cords needed, and it starts with a single push of a button.
This mower thankfully comes with a battery level indicator too. The battery is not screwed in, so it’s easily removable. The mower comes with a charger that plugs directly into the device. But the charger directly connects to the battery too. So, when you want to recharge, you can just remove the battery and plug in the charger without having to move the mower from storage. It’s very convenient. Overall, this is a wonderful compact mower for homes with small yards.
- Battery can be removed and charged
- Mulching and bagging included
- Lightweight and very easy to use even for a child
- Battery won’t last a yard more than 6,000 sqft in size
This is a gas lawn mower suitable for larger yards. It has a 140 cc Briggs & Stratton engine, which is a brand known to be reliable and powerful. Now, this is a push mower, not a self propelled one. So you will have to put some work into it. It’s only 30 pounds and has large high rolling rear wheels. The lack of excessive weight and powerful rear wheels make this mower easy to use than most other gas-powered ones. We found this mower to be easily maneuverable on almost all terrains. It’s suitable for cutting through thick grass and even tall grass.
This mower has a side discharge, which is essentially a plastic flap that comes in a box. It kept us from having to deal with clippings. This runs smoothly and is rather fuel efficient. The engine is small, so keep in mind to use ethanol free fuel. While efficient, this mower may not be carbon compliant according to state standards (it’s definitely not in California). Other than the minor issues, we found this mower to be easy to use and very dependable.
- Easy to maneuver
- Suitable for large yards
- Excellent rear wheel support
- Side discharge without clippings mess
- Not self propelled
- Not necessarily carbon compliant
Tips for Buying the Best Lawn Mowers Under $200
Here are several tips to keep in mind when shopping for the best cheap lawn mower:
Decide whether you want a cordless or corded lawn mower, and also on the power source type. There are four ways lawn mowers are powered: gas, electricity, battery, and manual. The latter three are environmentally friendly but require more work or a cord. Gas powered mowers tend to be more powerful, but also cause emissions.
If you want a cordless lawn mower, there are three options: gas, manual, and battery. Manual push mowers essentially work based on your energy output. If you need a good workout, these mowers would be great. Gas powered mowers, as mentioned above, are powerful and are very suited for larger yards. Battery powered lawn mowers don’t require maintenance like gas ones but are suited mainly for small yards.
Do not expect much from budget battery-powered lawn mowers. Most at this price range can handle a 40×40 yard, but not more. If you have a small yard, a battery powered mower would be suitable, but don’t buy one for a larger yard.
Check the discharge system of the mower if you don’t want to deal with clippings. Not all lawn mowers come with grass catchers.
If you are older or have trouble pushing a mower, buy a self-propelled mower. These mowers can push automatically for some time. These mowers are intended specifically to reduce fatigue.