Introduction

 

For gardens that have hilly lawns, special care has to be taken to choose the right lawn mower. This type of lawn can be difficult to mow and dangerous. A walk behind mower could prove taxing as you might need a lot of strength to push it, on the other hand a riding mower has to be designed with bigger wheels at the back, just in case the hill is steep and it tips over while you are driving it. Also consider that for hilly lawns it is safer to mow when the grass is completely dry to avoid slippery wet grass. The best lawn mower for an uneven lawn is definitely the self-propelled, walk behind models. Next in line would be the riding mowers which are a lot of fun to use and suitable for large lawns.

 

B01IY817BK Snapper P2185020E / 7800982 HI VAC 190cc 3-N-1 Rear Wheel Drive Variable Speed Self Propelled Lawn Mower with 21-Inch Deck and Ready Start System and 7 Position Height-of-Cut – Electric Start Option
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Troy-Bilt TB330 163cc 21-inch 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Lawnmower
B00S6Z2GWQ Honda HRX217K5VKA 187cc Gas 21 in. 4-in-1 Versamow System Lawn Mower with Clip Director and MicroCut Blades 660250
B00280MVAC Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower With High Rear Wheels
B017S0JE1K Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower (Lt 42 In. 18 Hp)
B019ZN0WGE Husqvarna 960430211 YTA18542 18.5 hp Fast Continuously Varilable Transmission Pedal Tractor Mower, 42″

 

Which type of Lawn Mower is best for Hills?

ZTR or Zero Turn Mowers

This type of mower uses hydraulic speed to make a zero degree turn, which means it can turn inside its own trajectory. The zero turn mowers are very efficient if you have a large hilly lawn as the rear wheels have independent power and the machine is powered by the handles which are also the brakes.

Walk-Behind Mowers

Walk behind mowers are considered to be safer than riding mowers when for mowing hills. This type of mower is also available in a self-propelled model which is even easier to maneuver by pressing a navigation button, which will keep the mower under control.

Lawn Tractors

These lawn mowers are ideal for uneven lawns with slopes and they also come with zero turn radius maneuverability.

What to look for in a Lawn Mower for Hills

Gas or Electric?

On gas models it is best to get one with an electric start which will give you push button ease. Most electric models start this way. The ability to check how much fuel you have left in your tank is also important, so is an hour meter which will give you an indication of when the oil was last changed or if the mower needs to be serviced. Gas models have more power than electric mowers, you will find that most of lawn mowers that are suitable for hilly terrain are gas powered.

Rear Wheel Drive

Larger rear wheels are an indication that the mower has enhanced traction which is better for hilly terrain. A rear wheel drive riding mower has better traction and is safer.

Size of Deck

The width of the deck is what determines how easily you can maneuver on a hilly lawn. A normal deck is normally between 42 and 54 inches which is ideal for an open level lawn. If your lawn is narrow with obstacles a wide deck is not ideal. Also try to avoid extra attachments which are stored at the back of a riding mower as this will increase the risk of tipping over.

Weight

The heavier the lawn mower is the more effort you will need to push it up and down a hill. In a riding lawn mower the extra weight will offer more stability.

Operating the lawn mower

The best lawn mowers are the ones that are easy to operate. For hilly lawns you might want to consider a riding lawn mower with cruise control. The best way to use a walk behind mower is side to side. For riding lawn mowers up and down in a single direction is better.

Maintenance

Choose a lawn mower with a washout port. These ports usually accept a hose which makes it much easier to clean the mower without having to turn it upside down.

Storage

Riding and tractor lawn mowers are large and bulky so you will have to consider storage. Walk behind mowers come with foldable handles and are easier to store, some even fold and can be stored upright.

Our top 6 Lawn Mowers suitable for Hills

 

1 Snapper P2185020E / 7800982 HI VAC 190cc 3-N-1 Rear Wheel Drive Variable Speed Self Propelled Lawn Mower with 21-Inch Deck and Ready Start System and 7 Position Heigh-of-Cut – Electric Start Option

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The Snapper HI VAC is a self-propelled lawn mower that is ideal for hills and slopes. This powerful lawn mower comes with a 190cc Briggs & Stratton, 850 professional series engine with a Ready Start system which uses an electric key to start. The Snapper HI VAC is ideal for large and uneven gardens. The engine uses OHV technology and a rear wheel drive for improved traction which makes it a lot safer for hilly terrain.

This mower has a 21 inch HI VAC steel mowing deck which is very efficient at collecting the grass cuttings. The Snapper comes with 7 settings for adjusting the height and has a 3 in 1 capable of side discharge, bagging and mulching. The handles are adjustable and have foam padding which makes them comfortable to use. There is also a cup holder for a drink, should you need one.

Pros

  • Electric start
  • Self-propelled
  • 7 height adjustments
  • 3 in 1 capability
  • 10 inch rear wheels
  • Briggs & Stratton engine
  • HI VAC feature

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble

 

2 Troy-Bilt TB330 163cc 21-inch 3-in-1 Rear Wheel Drive Self-Propelled Lawnmower

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Troy-Bilt TB330 is a powerful self-propelled lawnmower with a 163cc Briggs & Stratton Engine with a 1.09 quart fuel tank. This unit comes with Ready start technology which requires no priming to start, and 3 in 1 mulching capability. The height can be adjusted with the 6 settings available on the single lever and the Tri-Action system ensures a clean an even cut, with just one pass over your lawn. A rake bumper lifts the grass upright for precision cutting.

The high performance wheels are durable and give you full control while you are mowing. The Troy-Bilt TB330 has ergonomically designed handles that are fully adjustable and comfortable to use. The integrated deck wash can house a hose for cleaning the bottom of the lawn mower without the need to turn it upside down. The Troy-Bilt TB330 is light in comparison to other mowers and comes highly recommended for lawns that have slopes and hills. This unit is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Self-propelled
  • No oil change engine
  • Solid construction
  • Mulching capability
  • 6 setting height adjustment
  • Tri-Action system
  • High performance wheels
  • Lightweight


Cons

  • Packaging could be better

 

3 Honda HRX217K5VKA 187cc Gas 21 in. 4-in-1 Versamow System Lawn Mower with Clip Director and MicroCut Blades 660250

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The Honda HRX217K5VKA is also a self-propelled lawn mower and is highly recommended for sloped lawns. The rear wheel drive makes it safe to drive up hills due to the back wheel traction. The Versamow system that this Honda lawn mower has allow you to mulch, bag and discharge on the side. This system also gives you the choice to decide how much grass is to be bagged and how much will be mulched. This lawn mower also shreds leaves.

 

Another important feature is the Microcut twin blade system which has four cutting surfaces and is integrated into the machine. The speed dial has three settings and you can select what speed is comfortable for you. The 21 inch deck is made of NeXite which is a corrosion free durable material. This powerful Honda GCV190 187cc engine has an auto choke mechanism which makes it easy to start the mower with one movement.

 

Pros

  • Self-propelled mower
  • Back wheel traction
  • 4 in 1 system
  • Twin blade system
  • Three setting speed dial
  • Heavy duty materials
  • Corrosion free

Cons

  • No wash port

 

4 Husqvarna 7021P 21-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Gas Powered 3-N-1 Push Lawn Mower with High Rear Wheels

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The Husqvarna 7021P is a gas powered push lawn mower with a 160cc Honda GVC160 engine, which is ideal for small to medium lawns. The 12 inch rear wheels and double ball bearings make this lawn mower easy to maneuver between uneven terrains. The 3 in 1 capability allows you to mulch, rear bag and side discharge.

 

Ergonomically designed handles which are comfortable to use also fold for easy storage or transport. The Husqvarna 7021P is a compact push lawn mower which can easily fit into small spaces. The 7021P has a 4 point, 9 position height adjustment lever which lets you set the mower at the best height for your lawn. With a 21 inch cutting width and the adjustable height settings this lawn mower is durable and reliable. Husqvarna 0ffers a 2 Year Warranty on Parts & Labor.

 

Pros

  • Honda engine
  • Light and easy to maneuver
  • 12 inch rear wheels
  • Double ball bearings
  • 3 in 1 capability
  • Ergonomically designed handles
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Shrapnel guard loosens up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Cub Cadet XT1 Enduro Series Kohler Hydrostatic Gas Front-Engine Riding Mower (Lt 42 In. 18 Hp)

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The Cub Cadet XT1 is a riding mower with a 20HP, 725 Kohler engine. This 46 inch V- Twin Hydrostatic mower has cruise control, speed adjustments and a super tight 16 inch turn. The 46 inch cutting deck is equipped with precision cutting blades and the whole deck is corrosion resistant. The 12 height adjustment lever will let you choose the best setting for your lawn. Various additions are available with this riding lawn mower, you can purchase a mulch kit, snow blade and a poly cart amongst others.

 

Electric start and auto transmission make this riding mower a pleasure to drive. The 3 gallon fuel tank is large enough to keep you going for a long time. This is a heavy and powerful riding mower weighing in at 420 pounds. This Cub Cadet from the Enduro series is very easy to drive and the weight gives it great stability. This unit does not come fully assembled and you would have to follow the user manual instructions carefully.  The Cub Cadet comes with a 3 year limited warranty.

Pros

  • 46 inch deck
  • Precision blades
  • Corrosion resistant deck
  • Electric start
  • Auto transmission
  • 3 year warranty

 

Cons

  • Customer service slow

 

6 Husqvarna 960430211 YTA18542 18.5 hp Fast Continuously Variable Transmission Pedal Tractor Mower, 42″

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This Husqvarna model 960430211 YTA18542 is a tractor mower with variable power and automatic transmission. This tractor is fitted with a powerful Briggs & Stratton 18 HP Engine and has a 2.5 fuel capacity. With a 42 inch deck and bigger rear tires the Husqvarna tractor is a safe option to drive on hilly lawns of up to 15 degrees incline. This professional lawn mower uses air induction technology for precision cutting and the comfortable seat and ample foot space makes driving this tractor, a pleasure.

 

The YTA18542 is maintenance free due to its fast auto transmission, and the air induction technology ensures a precise cut of your lawn. This unit has a deck wash port so it is easy to connect a hose for cleaning the deck and LED lights which makes it possible to use at night. This tractor is delivered fully assembled straight out of crate. Husqvarna offers a 3 year limited warranty and a 5 year warranty on the chassis and front axle.

 

Pros

  • Briggs & Stratton engine
  • 42 inch deck
  • Variable power
  • Air induction technology
  • Auto transmission
  • Maintenance Free
  • LED lights
  • Warranty
  • Deck wash

Cons

  • Mowing close around trees is not possible
  • Not suitable for steep hills

 

 

 

 

Our Top Pick for the Best Lawn Mower for Hills

 

Our top pick is the Snapper HI VAC which is a self-propelled lawn mower that is ideal for hills and slopes. The only con with this lawn mower we could find has to do with the assembly, you will need help to do this, but in every other respect, if you are looking for a reasonably priced lawn mower that you can use on uneven and sloped lawns this is a very good choice. The Snapper comes highly recommended and it is durable and reliable. You can mulch, side discharge and bag with this lawn mower and it is considered to be one of the safest for mowing on hilly lawns.