There are different types of push-behind lawn mowers. All come with advantages and disadvantages, which should be weighed according to your needs and budget.

A push-behind mower, also called a walk-behind mower, has an engine and takes a little muscle to maneuver, making it well-suited for small lawns that are relatively flat. Thanks to its simple design, there’s little that can go wrong — this type of lawn mower doesn’t break down as often as others.

Electric mowers are also fitting for small areas but for another reason: They usually have an electric cord. Think of it like a vacuum cleaner — plug it in, flip a switch and you’re running. While electric mowers are relatively quiet and more environmentally friendly than gas mowers, they aren’t equipped for deep cutting, so you have to mow more often