Garden Tractors Knowledgebase

Finding the right garden tractor for mowing your yard can feel impossible. There are so many options out there and weighing them all seems like a part-time job. Take a look at what we found to be the best garden tractors.

If you’re struggling in your search for the best garden tractor, this guide should help you pick a winner.

What to Consider When Looking for a Garden Tractor?

Before you pick the shiniest garden tractor you can find, imagine how cool you’ll look when sitting on it and mowing your yard, you need to know that you can’t buy the best garden tractor based solely on its appearance. There are many other factors you need to look at as well.

Lawn Size

The size of your yard is a crucial piece of information when looking for a gardening tractor. It will help you decide what size of deck you need on your tractor. The larger your yard is, the bigger your deck should be because you won’t have to mow as long to get your yard done.

  • If your yard is less than an acre, you’ll want to buy a tractor with a 30 to 42-inch deck size; however, if your yard is less than a half an acre, the 42-inch deck would be overkill.
  • If you have a yard that is between one and two acres in size, you should look for a tractor with a 46 to 48-inch deck.

For a yard that is bigger than two acres, you’ll want a garden tractor with a 48 to 54-inch deck. That will make mowing those giant yards a relatively quick chore compared to using a smaller deck to do it.


Before buying a brand-new garden tractor with an enormous 54-inch deck, you need to consider if you have the storage room to buy such a large piece of equipment. If you don’t, you might need to buy a smaller machine that will have you mowing for longer periods of time, but that you can fit in your shed.

You will want to have room to store it along with your rakes, shears, hoses, and other gardening tools.

Comfortable Features

You’ll be spending a lot of time on your garden tractor over the years, so you might as well make it comfortable. You might want a padded seat with a high back, so you won’t feel aches and pains when you’re done with your yard work for the day. If you’re tall, you might want to look for a model with plenty of legroom.

You might also want a tractor with a cup holder to keep a cool drink handy at all times without having to go in the house when you get hot and thirsty.

Some Good Names

Troy-Bilt Auto Drive 7-Speed Riding Lawn Tractor

This riding lawn tractor has a good-sized 42-inch mowing deck, which is nice for smaller-sized yards. It is capable of cutting the grass just how you like it because it has five adjustable deck heights.

The tractor is built to be tough with a 13-gauge steel frame. You’ll be able to step on and off of this tractor easily, and the padded mid-back seat will keep your backside happy for your weekly mowing sessions.

The tractor has an automatic variable transmission that delivers seven speeds so you can find the perfect speed to perform your duties. The maximum speed it can reach is 5.2 miles per hour.

Cleaning up your tractor will be a snap with the integrated deck wash system. The gas tank holds a generous 1.36-gallons, so you won’t have to stop your mowing frequently to fill the tank back up.

Husqvarna 42 in Hydrostatic Transmission

This all-steel garden tractor will be able to tackle bigger yards with its 42-inch deck and 18.5 horsepower engine. It will be a tractor that you’ll be able to depend on for years. Husqvarna has really been getting popular in the tool and machine areas over the past few years. Exceptional products at a reasonable price.

The deck is made out of 14-gauge steel, and the tractor has three blades. The tractor has anti-scalp wheels as found on higher priced tractors to keep the mower deck from hitting the ground and causing issues for the ground or for the mower.

If you want to set a consistent speed for even cutting and not worry about trying to ease off the pedal when you go too fast, the Snapper has a cruise control on the dashboard.

It offers a wide variety of cutting heights. The seven different positions cut anywhere from 1.5 inches to 4 inches with a fender-mounted height adjustment.

The hood is steel, the front axle is heavy-duty cast iron, and you will even find a cup holder on the rear fender. You’ll be able to work around any obstacles in your yard, like trees, with ease because this tractor has an impressive turning radius.

The 2.5-gallon fuel tank matched with the 18.5 hp Briggs and Stratton Intek engine gives me as long of a work session as I can handle.

Ariens IKON-X 52″ Zero Turn Mower FR691

Ok, I just had to add this great deal I saw on a refurbished Zero Turn garden tractor. These will probably be out of stock by the time you see this. If so, it would worth searching for more of the Ariens Zero Turn Mowers. You could easily save $1000.

When my father-in-law had one of these, I had to try it out. It was a blast to drive and made him the envy of the neighborhood. In fact, his wife could even be seen driving it, and she was in her 70s! They are that easy to drive.