What’s the Difference?
Some retailers use the terms “lawn tractor,” “riding mower” and “garden tractor” interchangeably. But they’re not the same. Find out what their differences are below.
Rear-Engine Riding Mowers
Rear-engine riding mowers do one thing: cut grass. Compared with lawn tractors, they’re less powerful, slower and cut a smaller swath (maximum width: 30 in.). At $800 to $1,400, they’re not always cheaper than a lawn tractor. The least expensive models are a good choice for smaller yards and limited storage space.
Lawn tractors have more power, cutting widths of up to 48 in., comfort features, faster cutting speed and a higher price tag ($1,200 to $2,200). They can tow a cart or vacuum attachment, and most models have a detachable mower deck, allowing you to add winter accessories like a snow thrower.
Garden tractors are the heavy-duty models. They start at about $2,200 and top out at about $8,000. They accept larger mowing decks (up to 72 in.!) and a wide range of implements such as tillers, seeders, snow throwers, front loaders and backhoes.
Is a lawn mower more your style? Check out our best riding lawn mower reviews. And be sure to check out our tips for winterizing your lawn tractor or lawn mower.