The best lawn mower is the Fiskars Staysharp Max 18” Reel Mower.
A reel mower? You’ve got to be kidding! But yes, the Fiskars Reel Mower is the best lawn mower for the average home lawn. Why? It’s quiet, easy to push, requires little maintenance, doesn’t need gas so no gas smell and doesn’t kick up a bunch of dust so it’s much friendlier to those with allergies. I really don’t understand why the majority of Americans use gas mowers. I just don’t get it.
There are a few downsides. They have trouble with long spindly weeds. Also, they don’t mulch. But these issues aren’t dealbreakers: the weeds indicate poor soil so those areas need to be fixed and grass mowed higher. And the mulching? That is better left to another tool anyway: a blower with mulching capabilities.
So if you haven’t tried a modern reel mower lately, I highly recommend it. If not the Fiskars, maybe the Scott’s Classic. It’s not as easy to push and is a little harder to adjust, but it does a great job too.