Best Zero-Turn Mowers

Zero-turn mowers are faster and more efficient than other riding mower designs — but how do different models compare? To find out, we assigned 14 riders to evaluate 27 machines.

tight turns made on a zero-turn mower
A zero-turn mower's tightest turn can spin the machine in place — useful for working in small spaces.
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Cub Cadet zero-turn mower
Cub Cadet's new line of mowers features a steering wheel instead of the standard control arms.
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diesel-powered Grasshopper zero-turn mower
Grasshopper's diesel-powered 725DT ranked high among our testers.
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zero-turn mower testers
Contributing Editor Hank Will and author Bryan Welch measure a mower’s fuel consumption.
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zero-turn mowers being tested
This long line of zero-turn mowers were tested on comfort, ease of use, fuel consumption and more.
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test drive of zero-turn mower
Fourteen riders tested 27 mowers by running them through an obstacle course.
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tested zero-turn mowers
We assigned a team of 14 individual riders — all of them owners of suburban or rural properties with significant lawns — to test 27 different mower models representing 14 brands.
Photo By Matthew T. Stallbaumer

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