The 5 best riding mowers in 2022

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Traditional push mowers are great for smaller yards, but if you’re working with anything larger than about half an acre, you’ll want to upgrade to a riding mower. Featuring extra-wide cutting decks and comfortable seats, these machines let you finish the job quickly and easily.

As a former landscaper at a large state park, I was tasked with operating, maintaining, and repairing riding mowers, and I used that experience to help put together this list of options. I also called on several experts in the field to add additional information and advice.

Based on my own hands-on experience and feedback from these experts, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best riding lawn mowers for a wide range of garden sizes and budgets. At the end of this guide, learn about our research methodology and what to consider when buying a lawn mower.

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The best riding mowers in 2022

Best riding mower overall: Toro Toro Timecutter 75755 Zero-Turn Mower, $4,699 available at The Home Depot
This Toro Timecutter 75755 zero-turn mower combines comfort and versatility, thanks to its seat suspension system, simple controls and hassle-free maintenance.

The best budget riding mower: Troy-Bilt Pony 42, $2,199 available at Home Depot
The Troy-Bilt Pony 42 packs an impressive amount of features into a compact frame, like a 7-speed drivetrain and anti-scalping wheels, while costing significantly less than similar options.

Ideal for riding lawn mowers for very large lawns: Toro Titan 60, $7,199 available at Home Depot
The size and power of the Toro Titan 60 lets you quickly and comfortably complete mowing tasks on large yards – up to 7 acres – and it has the bells and whistles to ensure a comfortable, hassle-free ride.

Best electric riding mower: Ryobi 38-inch 100 Ah Riding Lawn Mower, $3,228.99 available at The Home Depot
The Ryobi 38-inch 100Ah Riding Lawn Mower is a low-hum, low-maintenance option that operates for up to 2 hours or 2 acres of mowing.

Best small riding mower: Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro LT42. $2,259 available at Home Depot
It may not have the cutting width or power of a larger mower, but the Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro LT42 packs an impressive amount of bells and whistles into a relatively small package.

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