The Best Zero Turn Riding Mowers

We tested six of the most sophisticated zero-turn mowers designed for residential use and made some surprising discoveries along the way.

John Deere

A zero-turn mower steers via the rear wheels and provides unmatched speed and maneuverability for cutting medium to large lawns. They are designed to cut so closely around obstacles that they nearly eliminate the need to trim. One advantage of these machines is that they pivot through 180 degrees without leaving a circle of uncut grass.

Check out the newest zero-turn mowers below, from brands that have been building quality mowers for years.

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Best Value: John Deere Z345R
John Deere


John Deere has launched five new zero-turn mowers this year. The Z345R hits the sweet spot in price and ability. The 22-hp engine and 42-inch deck can power through the deepest lawns. And at 7 miles per hour, you'll be finished in time for dinner. John Deere provides a 2-year/120-hour bumper-to-bumper warranty, which means they firmly stand behind their new mowers.

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For Tech Lovers: Toro TimeCutter SWX5050
Toro


The 50 in. 3-bladed mowing system is one of the biggest of the group, and the 4-inch-deep, top-discharge deck has convenient washout ports. The Smart Park braking system is a great safety feature—it automatically stops the mower deck and sets the parking brake when you get off the mower, all while keeping your engine running for added convenience. It comes with a PTO and hitch, which adds to its usability.

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For Professional Power: Ariens IKON X 52
Ariens

The Ariens IKON is designed for medium to large yards. The foot-operated deck lift makes it easy to adjust the cutting height from 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 inches, all without leaving your seat. The 52-inch deck is fully fabricated and welded to sustain years of use. Powered by a 24-horsepower V-twin Kohler 7000 series engine, the Ariens offers professional-grade power and features for the homeowner.

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For Electric Drivers: Cub Cadet RZT S Zero
Cub Cadet

Cub Cadet introduced the first zero-turn electric mower a few years back, and this year's model is even better. The mower boasts 60 minutes of continuous cutting time with no power fade. The dual direct-drive electric motors power each blade for a more efficient cut. The mower also boasts four-wheel steering with the convenience of a standard wheel as opposed to traditional zero-turn handles. If you prefer electric power, then this mower is one of your best options.

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For Speed Demons: Husqvarna Z254
Husqvarna

The Husqvarna is one of the fastest zero-turn mowers available, and with a 54-inch cutting deck, it's ideal for trimming large flat lawn areas. The heavy duty wheels can handle the roughest terrain, and what this mower lakes in amenities, it makes up for in overall performance.

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For Smaller Yards: Troy-Bilt Mustang 46
Troy-Bilt

The Troy-Bilt is designed for small to medium sized yards. At 46-inches it can whip around trees and flower beds, as well as maneuver over hills and paths. The 24 horsepower Briggs and Stratton provides reliable power and surprising speed for a smaller mower. The 3-year warranty and lifetime frame warranty, ensure this investment in your lawn will last.

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