Looking to keep your lawn well manicured, without slicing through a lot of green? Consumer Reports put more than 100 mowers thru their paces, mowing more than 18 acres this year alone, at its Florida test site. Testers spent six sweaty weeks --mowing, mulching, side-discharging, weighing bagged clippings, and even getting down on their hands and knees to judge how evenly a mower cuts. When it was all over, Consumer Reports found the least expensive mowers didn't always make the cut. Among them, this 130-dollar mower from Murray. It has an engine that lacks oomph, only discharges from the side - no bagging or mulching - and worse yet -- you have to assemble it yourself!

Peter Sawchuk, "And keep your wrenches handy. To change the cutting height, you're going to have to take off each wheel. Most mowers allow you to simply do that by adjusting a lever." This 140-dollar Weed Eater is another one you have to build! And while this 240-dollar Brute comes assembled - as the least expensive, self-propelled mower tested -- its mediocre performance makes it no bargain. Plus it began rusting after a few weeks of routine cleaning. "If you don't mind using a little muscle, we rated two push mowers that cost even less 'Best Buys.'" They are this 195-dollar Murray 11A-A23K - and this 200-dollar Troy-Bilt TB-110. Both of these top-performers have premium engines and let you easily adjust cutting height. ."