The 8 Best Reel Mowers

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in February of 2018. If you've got sensitive neighbors or a postage-stamp patch of lawn, you can probably do without power landscaping equipment that takes up valuable storage space when it's not raising a fuel-guzzling ruckus in your yard. A compact and eco-friendly reel mower from our handy assortment only needs someone to push it to quietly and efficiently cut grass down to an an acceptable height. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Great States

2. Fiskars StaySharp

3. Scotts 304

Editor's Notes

April 08, 2020:

We removed several entries during this update, including the LawnMaster LMRM1601, and the DuroStar Lawn Demon, two expensive models with significant quality control issues.

To add another mid-priced option, we brought in the Scotts 304. This machine allows you to adjust the cutting height from .5 inches to 1.75, making it a great choice for those extra-short yards. Its also nice and lightweight, which would be beneficial for older users.

Reel mowers are a great way to keep your yard trimmed, but they're not ideal for all yards. If you're tackling an area smaller than a 1/2 acre, they should be fine, but anything larger would probably require a power mower. Reel mowers also work best on very flat, even ground, so they wouldn't be best for bumpy yards.

If it sounds like your yard is too challenging for a reel mower, but you're still interested in staying eco-friendly, consider purchasing an electric lawn mower. These machines can perform the same functions as gas-powered mowers, but with zero emissions.

4. American Lawn Mower

5. Gardena Silent

6. Remington RM3000

7. Scotts 2000

8. Greenworks 2-in-1

Alexander Rennie
Last updated by Alexander Rennie

Alex Rennie is a writer from Los Angeles, CA, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. Having been a successful residential and commercial carpenter for six years in New York City, he has a comprehensive knowledge of woodworking, power tools, and the world of home DIY. His passion for construction and carpentry keep him up to date on the latest gadgets and techniques, and he never misses an opportunity to patch up a drywall dent or sand down a rough edge. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking the Santa Monica mountains with his family and their dogs, and fostering rescue animals.

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