How to find the best lawn tractor

best lawn tractorChoosing the best lawn tractor is very difficult. There are many factors that you need to consider when choosing one.

I’ve included some zero turning tractors in the chart below for comparison.

Best lawn tractor table

The matrix includes these columns:

  • Tractor pictures
  • Brand
  • Fuel Tank Volume in gallons
  • Cutting Width in inches
  • Cutting Height in inches
  • Price Power (HP)
  • Type – prices may change depending on deals and special promotions.
  • Rating – they come from Amazon’s rating system.

*You can interact with the table and sort it to make your decision easier.

 BrandRatingFuel Tank Volume (gallon)Cutting WidthCutting HeightPricePower (HP)TypeTransmission Type

Husqvarna YTH2042
42.5421.5 - 4$1,999.9520LawnHydrostatic

Husqvarna RZ4621
4.73.5461.5 - 4$2,599.9521Zero TurningHydrostatic

Toro TimeCutter SS4260
53421.5 - 4.5$2,819.0021.5Zero TurningHydrostatic

Husqvarna RZ5424
2.93.5541.5 - 4.5$2999.9524Zero TurningHydrostatic

Husqvarna YTH23V48
4.23481.5 - 4$1999.9523LawnHydrostatic


There are many considerations that you need to think about before making the final decision. Below I have outlined some things to think about.

Questions to consider:

  • How flat is my lawn?
  • How much grass are you going to cut?
  • How much space do you have to move?
  • How close do you want to cut the grass?
  • How much do you want to pay?
  • How much power do you need?

Fuel Tank Volume (gallon): Choosing a tractor with a decent sized fuel tank means that you can cut grass for longer without having to refuel. This is something to consider when you have a large lawn to cut. The larger your fuel tank is more efficient you’ll be because you won’t  have to refuel is often.

Fuel Type: Fuel type is another consideration. One of the advantages of having a gas lawn mower is the fact that fuel easily accessible. Sometimes and you have a diesel engine fuel can be slightly more difficult to get.

Cutting Width: Cutting width is another aspect to consider because the wider your deck, the more efficient you will be. Also, depending on the size of your lawn having a smaller cutting width might be more important to you than a larger one. For example, if you live in town having a smaller cutting width would be important.

Cutting Height: Another important factor is cutting height. Being able to adjust the height carefully can make a difference between your lawn looking beautiful or ugly. Also, if you have on even ground being able to raise your cutting height up to 4 inches can make a huge difference.

Price: Price is often the most important factor will affect the type and the quality of mower you choose. Sometimes you can get away with a cheaper mower that will last for years, but this is rarely the case. Choosing the right mower from the start by paying a bit more can pay off down the line.

Power (HP): Depending on the type of grass you have, having extra horsepower can make your life a lot easier particularly when you hit those dense spots. Sometimes you do not need a high horsepower engine to get the job done.

Type: The type of tractor can play are factors well. Whether you’re looking for garden tractor or zero turning tractor these things can play a big role. For example, if you have little place to move around, a zero turning tractor might be a great choice, if you have the space, a garden tractor might be a good choice.

Transmission Type: Selecting between a hydrostatic transmission or a manual transmission is a big choice. Hydrostatic transmissions are easier to run but if they break down they can be a bit more complex to fix.

What is a lawn tractor

Lawn tractor: Lawn tractors are the smallest type of tractor you can get. They are less powerful and less expensive.

They can tow light carts and some spreaders. Some models can it even be used with a snowblower or a plow.

What is a garden tractor

Garden tractor: Garden tractors typically have larger cutting widths and a higher amount of horsepower.

They perform well on inclines and slopes. They are capable of pulling heavy-duty attachments and can potentially cultivate some soil.

What is a zero turning mower

Zero Turning mowers: Zero turning mowers can move quickly across your lawn.

They can cut grass up to a speed of about 8 miles an hour. One of the big advantages of zero turning mowers is their ability to turn on a dime and will save you time when maneuvering. One thing to note is that they do not do well on hills or inclines.

Best Lawn tractor companies

There are many options when it comes to buying a lawn tractor, but here are some of the best lawn tractor companies.

  • John deere
  • Husqavarna
  • Toro
  • Craftsman


If you’re looking for more resources about the best lawn tractors, here are a couple that I found helpful.

Final thoughts

Choosing the best lawn tractor can be very difficult at times, so knowing what to look for can go a long way. That’s why I created the comparison chart  to help you consider different options.

I obviously haven’t included every tractor here, but hopefully the comparison chart made you life a bit easier.



  1. this is by far the worst riding lawn mower I have ever owned I bouhgt mine at lowes just five years ago and am already looking for a new lawnmower. have had nothing but trouble since the day I brought it home I have lost count how many times I’ve had to have pieces welded back on. or have had to buy replcement parts. because pieces fall off or break. every time I mow the lawn is a fight just to get it done without something else going wrong. don’t make the same mistake I made.

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