Popular mechanics; Courtesy Cub Cadet
Unlike push mowers, riding mowers usually don’t include a bagging system for grass clippings, so it can be difficult to get the clean, minimal look you might want. Fortunately, one of these baggers will solve this problem and allow you to easily gather and dispose of unwanted clippings. These baggers attach to the mower deck using a discharge chute, which then directs the clippings into a series of containers mounted on the back of the mower. Most also attach fairly easily – just make sure the one you buy is compatible with the make and model of your mower.
Read on for recommendations on the best lawn mower baggers on the market, plus everything you need to consider before shopping.
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Best baggers for mowers
What to consider
The most important factor to consider when choosing a bagger is whether or not it will fit your mower. Luckily, this is fairly simple to do, as all baggers clearly state the makes, models, and deck sizes they are compatible with. If you really want to make sure your bagger will fit properly, try to buy one that’s made specifically for your mower, although that’s not always possible.
You also need to think about the overall capacity of the bagger. The larger the capacity, the less you will have to empty the containers per mowing session, saving you a lot of time and effort. If you have a large yard, you might want to choose a 10-bushel capacity bagger; with a smaller lawn, a more economical 3.25 bushel option will likely suffice.
Along the same lines, if you only have to tackle leaves, you can choose a leaf bag instead. These will provide a much higher capacity than hard plastic baggers, although they still require an existing bagger mechanism to fit.
How we selected
With years of experience in landscaping and lawn mowing, we’re no strangers to riding mowers and bagging issues. We’ve used our personal knowledge, as well as our time spent fixing and implementing other riding mower attachments, to help put together this list of options. We’ve also done our best to include a range of sizes, prices and model compatibility, so whatever your existing mower or budget range, there should be an option to suit your needs. Plus, just in case you’re looking for a leaf-only solution, we’ve also added a dedicated leaf bag.
Ideal for large terraces
10 bushel triple bagger
Ideal for mid-sized mowers
Ideal for small mowers
Mini Rider bagger
Ideal for large DIY mowers
Large Frame Riding Mower Bagger
Ideal for Cub Cadet mowers
FastAttach Dual Bagger
Ideal for EGO ride-on mowers
Best High Capacity Leaf Bag
Original lawn tractor leaf bag
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