{TOP 10} Best Rear-Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers For The Money

Best Rear-Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers Reviews 2019

Are you finding yourself overwhelmed by the Spring’s new army of grassy yards? Did your old lawn mower crap out on you again? Are you tired of spending thousands of dollars on riding lawn mowers? Is your lawn small enough that you don’t need to use something powerful enough to completely scalp your grass bald?

If you answered “YES” to all the above, fear not.

We’ve got you covered!

If you’re tired of having to rely on riding lawn mowers to get the job done, then it may be time to divorce yourself from them completely. We understand that having to walk you mower around your yard can be a massive pain in the rear, but there’s a lot of advantages to doing it! For instance, you can reach areas that are otherwise difficult to reach, like under the porch or house. And we’ve got the best kind of walking mower in mind for you and your lawn’s needs.

We’re talking, of course, about rear-wheel drive self-propelled lawn mowers.

Geez, that phrase is a mouthful, isn’t it?

What Are Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers?


We know what you’re thinking and no; self-propelled lawn mowers are not the same thing as push-mowers. Yes, you do walk behind them in the same fashion as you would regular push-mowers. However, push-mowers cut everything that they graze over. Self-propelled lawn mowers don’t; not unless you tell them to.

If you’re confused, don’t worry; we’ll explain. Self-propelled mowers are operated with a special bar on their handle, otherwise known as the “bail”. Once they are pressed by their users (i.e. you), they go on autopilot and mow your grass on their own. That’s right, you don’t have to push the mower like you would the other type. However, it is recommended that you keep up with the mower so that it doesn’t accidently give your grass a hideous cut job!

What’s So Special About This Type (R.W.D.) Of Self-Propelled Mower?


Another way to word this question is simple: what makes rear-wheel drive mowers better than front-wheel drive mowers? There’s no real answer to this question, as it depends on the person purchasing the lawn mower. There are significant benefits to either type of self-propelled lawn mower. But we personally prefer rear-wheel drive mowers above all (obviously).

For your own reference, let’s go over the details of both types!

 Front-wheel drive mowers are preferred if the terrain in your yard is fairly leveled. This means that these mowers work best if your lawn is either completely or mostly flat. The reason for this is because the traction is being centered in the front of the mower, which makes turning a lot easier than it would be with the alternative. The downside to this is that any lawn with more shape and ruggedness will see very little improvement front a front-wheel drive lawn mower.

 Rear-wheel drive mowers, on the other hand, are the exact opposite of front-wheel drive mowers. While the front-wheelers are good at handling flat yards, these babies can tackle more shapely lawns with such ease that you could cry. Since the traction is centered at the back of the mower, uphill/downhill cutting is very easy to accomplish. While they can, hypothetically, handle flat lawns fairly well, they have a bigger chance of giving the grass uneven cuts.

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Comparison Chart

Product

​Our Rating

Engine

Deck Size

Warranty

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4.6/5.0

160cc

22”

3 years

 Honda HRR216K9VKA 3-in-1 Variable Speed Self-Propelled Gas Mower with Auto Choke

4.2/5.0

159cc

21”

2 years

Troy-Bilt TB220 159cc 21-Inch FWD High Wheel Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

4.0/5.0

190cc

22”

3 years

Husqvarna HU800AWDH, 22 in. 190cc Honda Walk Behind Self-Propelled Mower

3.9/5.0

163cc

21”

3 years

Snapper CP215520HV

3.8/5.0

160cc

21”

3 years

Husqvarna L221A, 21 in. 160cc Honda Walk Behind Self-Propelled Mower

3.7/5.0

160cc

22”

3 years

Husqvarna 961450023 HU700H Honda 160cc 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive Hi-Wheel Mower in 22-Inch Deck

3.5/5.0

149cc

21”

3 years

Lawn-Boy 10732 Kohler XT6 OHV, Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Gas Lawn Mower, 21-Inch

3.5/5.0

196cc

20”

2 years

 PowerSmart DB8620 20 inch 3-in-1 196cc Gas Self Propelled Mower, Red/Black

3.4/5.0

149cc

21”

2 years

 Lawn-Boy 17732 21-Inch 6.5 Gross Torque Kohler XTX OHV, 3-in-1 Discharge Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled Lawn Mower

3.2/5.0

190cc

24”

2 years

 Sarlo Self-Propelled High Wheel Mower - 190cc Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine, 24in. Deck, Model# WX24SP

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Product Reviews

  1    Honda HRR216K9VKA

Our top dog is none other than the Honda HRR216K9VKA. Are you guys really surprised to see a Honda mower at the top of our list? True, there are a number of top brands out there that are absolutely worthy of being mentioned on our list. And believe us, they will be mentioned later on. But for now, there’s no question why Honda is our rear-wheel drive champion!

For starters, this lawn mower is very affordable to even the tightest household budget. And once you’ve purchased it, the Honda HRR216K9VKA will amaze you by powering through your unwanted grass like it’s nothing. I mean, 160cc is a lot of power at your disposal! Why would you want to waste all of that raw power?

You also have the option to adjust the height on your mower if need be. Feeling a little tall for your Honda? It can match up to your height needs. And if you need a mulcher as well as a mower, look no further than the Honda HRR216K9VKA.

PROS

 - Powerful engine

 - Inexpensive

 - Multiple height settings

 - Mulches very well, Easy to use

CONS

 - Can be tricky to maneuver on hills

  2    Troy-Bilt TB220

  Our true number two today is the Troy-Bilt TB220. When compared to the Honda HRR216K9VKA, there’s not too many differences to look at other the heavyweight and lack of durable materials present on the Troy-Bilt TB220. While this powerhouse brand might’ve come short against Honda on our list, don’t think that this beautiful lawn mower doesn’t come with its own perks. After all, Troy-Bilt always knows how to leave a lasting impression on sized lawn!

 For one, this rear-wheel drive self-propelled lawn mower is incredibly easy to assemble upon delivery. Unlike some of the other entrants on our list, the Troy-Bilt TB220 comes with an incredibly easy to understand instruction booklet that will easily get you closer to conquering the unwanted grass in your yard. Secondly, the engine on this mower is more than capable of getting your lawn trimmed to to tip-top shape. And with a large storage bag installed, maintenance isn’t as big of a deal!

PROS

 - Inexpensive

 - Powerful engine

 - Large storage bag

 - Assembly is easy as pie

CONS

 - Heavyweight

 - Not very durable materials

  3    Husqvarna HU800AWDH

  Coming in at number three on our list is the Husqvarna HU800AWDH. Tied with the Sarlo WX24SP for second most powerful engine (just under the PowerSmart DB8620, which will be featured later on in this list), this baby can take on even the most rugged of yards with the grace and precision of a gazelle. And if you have hilly lawns, this rear-wheel drive self-propelled mower is second to none when it comes to mowing hills. If you’re more of a mulcher than bagger, you can bet your rear-end that you’ll be able to do it all smoother than a baby’s behind!

There is, however, one downside that comes up frequently with buyers. Some of the Husqvarna HU800AWDH models have reportedly come with bent blades that hit against the deck upon start-up. Considering the impartial consensus of the customers, there’s no evidence proving that this is a problem with every model. If it does happen to you, it can be fixed with a replacement blade.

PROS

 - Moderately priced

 - Excellent for hilly yards

 - Powerful engine

 - Smooth start-up

 - Mulches very well

CONS

 - Wheel adjustment can be tedious

 - Blade gets stuck in some models

  4    Snapper CP215520HV

  Number four on our list is the Snapper CP215520HV. An underdog amongst a market of grass-cutting titans, this rear-wheel drive self-propelled mower is no slacker when it comes to getting the job done. It handles like a champion while also giving your grass the proper kick in the teeth that it needs. Best of all, it can also tackle hills WITHOUT waking up your neighbors.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen.

The Snapper CP215520HV has one of the quietest motors on this list!

The biggest downside of this lawn mower, besides the price, is the common complaint shared amongst buyers. The complaint is that the height adjuster on the handle sometimes breaks in the mower is jerked around too roughly. While it’s not a problem that happens with EVERY model of the Snapper CP215520HV, it is a recurring issue that some have reported. Thankfully, it’s an easily fixable issue!

PROS

 - Easy handling

 - Powerful engine

 - Excellent option for hilly yards

 - Quiet motor!

CONS

 - Expensive

 - Height adjusters might break for some users

  5    Husqvarna L221A

  Fifth on our list is the Husqvarna L221A. Despite being ranked lower than the Husqvarna HU800AWDH, this mower as well as the Husqvarna HU700H (which will be coming up momentarily on this list) both have an advantage. That advantage is the fact that their blades don’t lock up or bend like the Husqvarna HU800AWDH’s sometimes do. Plus they both have all the same advantages, making them both exceptionally amazing rear-wheel drive self-propelled lawn mowers.

Unfortunately, both models are lot heavier than the Husqvarna HU800AWDH.

Which means they are slightly harder to maneuver.

Well, not the Husqvarna HU700H...

PROS

 - Moderately priced

 - Mulches very well

 - Powerful engine

 - Excellent for hilly yards

- Smooth start-up

CONS

 - Heavyweight

  6    Husqvarna HU700H

 Our pick for number six is the Husqvarna HU700H. Much like the Husqvarna L221A, this rear-wheel drive self-propelled lawn mower doesn’t have problems with its blade like the Husqvarna HU800AWDH does. And what’s arguably better about this model is that it has much smoother handling than the other two models. Unfortunately, this model isn’t as strong with hilly terrain as the Husqvarna L221A is.

PROS

 - Inexpensive

 - Easy handling

 - Very durable

 - Powerful engine

- Smooth start-up

CONS

 - Heavyweight

  7    Lawn-Boy 10732

 Coming in at number seven on our list is the Lawn-Boy 10732. Upon first notice, you’ll see that this rear-wheel drive self-propelled lawn mower has a striking resemblance with the Lawn-Boy 17732 (which will be featured on this list a little later). The reason for this is because Lawn-Boy is famous for using similar designs for their products in exchange for enhancing the overall performance. And when compared to the Lawn-Boy 17732, this lawn mower is certainly a step in the right direction!

Besides having a strong engine, this bad boy is incredibly easy to start up. One turn of the ignition key (as opposed to a draw-pull, like most models) and boom! You’ve got a mean, green, grass-cutting machine ready to tend to your yard’s needs. Thankfully this machine’s easy to handle, right?

The major downsides mainly come from that fact that the mower is made out of plastic. Plastic is not a very durable material to use when building things that are inevitably going to get hot after a long time of being used. If you use it too long, you might accidentally melt something! So be mindful of the time spent mowing your lawn.

PROS

 - Inexpensive

 - Powerful engine

 - Smooth start-up

 - Easy handling

CONS

 - Can’t handle larger yards

 - Not very durable

  8    PowerSmart DB8620

  At number eight, we have the PowerSmart DB8620. Easily the most powerful rear-wheel self-propelled lawn mower on our list, this bad boy has an impressive 196cc engine on it. That’s insane when you compare it to the other mowers on this list! The only mowers that come close to reaching that potential is the Sarlo WX24SP (which will show up later on this list) and the Husqvarna HU800AWDH, which are both powered with 190cc engines.

Now, we know what you guys are thinking. “Darn, an engine that strong just HAS to be heavy as a sack of bricks!” Wrong! The PowerSmart DB8620 is actually one of the lighter models featured on this list. This is on account of its zero-turn capabilities, which also ensures a fast job as well as maneuverability that is smooth as butter.

So why is this model only ranked at number eight on our list? Well friends, the PowerSmart DB8620 has two glaring issues with it. One, its materials are made out of plastic, which doesn’t really make the mower as durable as models already mentioned on this list. Two, this lawn mower has had people report noxious fumes coming out whenever it’s in use. While this isn’t a sign that the engine is running hot, it DOES mean that this mower isn’t very good for the environment.

PROS

 - Inexpensive

 - Smooth start-up

 - Zero-turn capabilities

 - Superpowered engine

- Lightweight

CONS

 - Not very durable

 - Can generate smelly fumes

  9    Lawn-Boy 17732

  Number nine on our list is the Lawn-Boy 17732. One of the older models on this list, this mower is less inexpensive than its successors. So if you’re on a budget, this rear-wheel drive lawn mower is just what you need. And with a powerhouse Honda engine calling the shots, you’re sure to get your money’s worth!

However, there’s a downside big enough to drag this self-propelled lawn mower down to number nine on our list. Several people have reported having mechanical issues with their Lawn-Boy 17732. While assembly is easy and start-up is smooth, sometimes the mower conks out after a long time of mowing. Some have even claimed that their mower doesn’t work at all!

But trust us when we say that those complaints are NOT true all the time.

With this model, maintenance is ESSENTIAL. It’s biggest downside lies in the fact that it needs a thorough cleaning after every cutting job. Think of it as a firearm, if you will. If you shoot your rifle for too long without cleaning the inside of the barrell, the powdery build-up will eventually cause your gun to backfire on you. If you want to avoid that, you HAVE to continuously take care of it.

The same principle goes with the Lawn-Boy 17732.

PROS

 - Inexpensive

 - Easy handling

 - Powerful engine

 - Mulches very well

CONS

 - Struggles with exceptionally tall grass

 - Requires heavy maintenance in order to work to its fullest potential

  10    Sarlo WX24SP

 Last but not least on our list is the Sarlo WX24SP. A brand that’s typically considered an underdog in the highly competitive market of lawn mowers, this baby can certainly hold its own when it comes to tackling unwanted grass. Despite coming in at number ten, the Sarlo WX24SP has one of the strongest engines, just behind the Powersmart DB8620 and tied with the Husqvarna HU800AWDH; the number three entrant on our list! That’s not bad for last place!

This model is one of the  heavier mowers, which can be a little annoying to lug around your lawn. And a few people have come forth and reported that their Sarlo WX24SP came with no instruction manual, which makes assembly pretty difficult. With this being said, this self-propelled lawn mower is selling for a reasonable price on Amazon and it ALWAYS provides dutiful cutting jobs to your lawn. Why not give the Sarlo WX24SP a chance?

PROS

 - Moderately priced

 - Wicked powerful engine

 - Very durable

 - Easy to maneuver

CONS

 - Heavyweight

 - Assembly can be tricked

Concluding Thoughts

So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Out of our list of the top ten best rear-wheel drive self-propelled mowers, the Honda HRR216K9VKA comes out at the top. Top-notch brands such as Troy-Bilt and Husqvarna always create grass-kicking lawn mowers that are worth both your money and time. This time around, however, Honda proved to be the superior model when it comes to raw power, affordability, ease of use, and mulching capabilities.

Of course, the Honda HRR216K9VKA isn’t without weakness. Granted, this powerhouse of a rear-wheel self-propelled lawn mower only has a grand total of ONE. That weakness refers to its tendency to slide a little whenever you’re mowing steep hills. But hey, if you can get past that, then you’ve got nothing to lose when using one of Honda’s finest mowers!

So what do you think?

Are you going to invest in Honda’s lovely creation, or are you thinking of one of the other models?

Go ahead and look, there’s nine others to check out!

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