Friday, June 2nd, 2023

13 Best Zero Turn Mower of 2023

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Admit it – our dream residence is incomplete without a pristine-looking lawn!

As the saying goes, a beautiful lawn doesn’t happen by itself. True, lawn maintenance is no easy job. But we certainly don’t mind some technological assistance, especially if it means having a zero-turn mower.

Indeed we are indebted to these mowers for their easy operation and ability to reach for those tight spots. Sounds all smooth, right?

Sadly, making the right call is far from being as easy as riding a zero-turn mower. There are a lot of brands, each with multiple lines of mowers to choose from. We bet that selecting the right one will be no walk in the park.

To declutter your mind and help you choose the right mower as per your needs, we are here with the top 13 zero-turn mowers of the year. One look at the reviews, and you’ll have every detail that aids decision-making.

Let’s jump in!

Top Zero Turn Lawn Mowers

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  1. Husqvarna MZ61

Next up on the list is the Husqvarna MZ61. Durability and productivity run synonymously with this commercial-grade lawn mower, at the heart of which lies a robust Briggs and Stratton engine. Designed for optimum rider comfort and efficiency, MZ61 takes equal care of mowing and clearance.

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Why Did We Like It?

As compared to the Swisher ZTR, this zero-turn lawn mower has but a slightly better top speed of 8.5 MPH. For a mower that is considerably fast, a set of dual padded levers reduce the vibrations to a negligible level, so brownie points for that!

An all-out highlight is the quadruple of 6-inch wide caster wheels, which provide the mower with just the right balance so that it doesn’t slip on flatter terrains. Besides, the design has been tweaked to reinforce the bottom for better stability.  

Talking about its mowing function, the MZ61 is equipped with a durable steel 54-inch cutting deck for precise trimming. This deck, which can be lifted via a foot pedal, can be also adjusted to achieve 12 cut heights, so that no part of the lawn is left unattended. Additionally, the deck can also hold a bag for picking up all the debris.

Lastly, the user interface, with all its control gears, sits in the vicinity of the cushioned high-back seat for easy access.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Our biggest concern is that the MZ61 tends to leave lines on the lawn, even when it’s not mowing. Also, the deck and discharge chute may clog frequently. Hence, you need to keep an eye for debris accumulation.

  • 5-gallon gas tank
  • Greasable aluminum spindles
  • Removable foot pan
  • Comfortable seat with foam-padded hand grips
  • Maneuvering down the slope is difficult
  1. Ariens IKON-XL 60″ Zero Turn Mower

The Ariens IKON-XL 60-inch mower has earned the third spot on our list. Powered by a 726cc Kawasaki FR twin-engine, this zero-turn mower is an appealing combination of rugged design and user-friendly operation. If premium pricing is not an issue, then the IKON-XL 60-inch is worth your consideration.

Why Did We Like It?

The first thing that we came across was high customer ratings for the IKON-XL 60-inch. Ariens has designed the XL series of zero-turn lawn mowers for enhanced productivity, and this mower is a good example of that. A durable steel body, coupled with a potent Kawasaki twin FR engine makes this mower a top choice.

Unlike the Swisher ZTR, this zero-turn lawn mower does not leave unwanted scars or lines on the lawn, thanks to its anti-scalp wheels. Besides, this set of wider tires also facilitates a smoother ride. 

Ariens has made no compromise with the most essential feature of a mower, i.e., its cutting deck. The 60-inch deck is built from heavy-duty 10 gauge steel and can operate from a range of 1.5 inches to 4.5-inch height. Like many other models, the deck-lift mechanism depends on a foot pedal for easy control.

So that long hours of lawn maintenance do not hurt your back, the Ariens IKON-XL 60-inch has a high-back padded seat, complete with armrests and shoulder support for a comfortable experience.

What Could’ve Been Better?

No doubt that this zero-turn lawn mower is a suitable option for bigger lawns, but its overall size will require a large housing or parking space. But that is not really a deal-breaker because riding lawnmowers aren’t known for portability in the first place.

  • 7 MPH forward top speed
  • Tough exterior
  • 13 adjustable deck position
  • Easy ride
  • Big size
  1. HustlerTurf Equipment ZeroTurn Riding Lawn Mower

The Hustler Turf Equipment 52-inch zero-turn mower is one of the more user-friendly riding mowers in the price range. Although the tough steel frame can give you an impression otherwise, the comfortable steering controls and wide cutting deck complete the task to render an immaculate lawn in no time!

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Why Did We Like It?

For starters, the powerful Kawasaki FR691 27 horsepower engine packs a punch. It comes across as the perfect source to deliver a smooth, quick, and noiseless operation. Also working for the cause is the Hydrogear ZT2000 transmission system and a pair of hydrostatic drive mechanisms that give the Hustler Turf a top speed of 6.5 MPH. 

The brand boasts of having a welded steel deck, and we could figure out why this was such a product highlight. The 52-inch cutting deck is designed to provide a clear, finished cut while evenly distributing the grass clippings. This is also made possible by the trio of razor-sharp blades which are capable of running at 16,600 fpm. Talk about quick mowing! 

Given the Hustler Turf’s steel deck, heavy-duty wheels, and an overall strong build, this zero-turn lawn mower may appear to be rugged. However, the brand’s eye for finer things makes this lawn mower extremely likable. For instance, its low-height, cushioned seat along with the Smooth Track steering perform well for easy operation and mobility.

What Could’ve Been Better?

For an otherwise near-perfect productive design, there is something we would’ve wanted to improve. Holes in the foot deck allow grass clippings and dirt to enter and settle near the legs. For its price, operators may not like the added task of cleaning the deck.

  • Foot-operated deck lift
  • Automatic parking brakes
  • Lumbar support seat
  • Durable
  • Accumulation of debris on the foot deck
  1. Husqvarna Z248F

One of the most fuel-efficient zero-turn lawnmowers, the Husqvarna Z248F is designed for a choke less start and subsequent hassle-free operation. The decent 21.5 horsepower engine and economical transmission system give the look and feel of a top-rated industrial-level mower, while you save on the big bucks.

Husqvarna Z248F 48 in. 21.5 HP Kawasaki Hydrostatic Zero...
  • 21.5 HP Kawasaki engine provides reliable startups and a max...
  • Hydrostatic, no-maintenance transmission is worry free,...

Why Did We Like It?

The first and foremost thing that won our praise was its lightweight Kawasaki 4-cycle vertical shaft engine. Not only does this facilitate a secure and reliable start, but also furnishes smooth power output for improved fuel economy. In addition, the hydrostatic transmission generates a tremendous amount of force, especially while working forward or reverse on slopes. 

The 48-inch cutting deck is constructed from durable 10-gauge steel and has been fitted with extra welded strips for strength and better precision. However, the most striking feature of this deck is its ClearCut technology which improves the air flow around the deck and reduces debris clumps. Its level of grass lift is ideal for professional-looking cuts through minimal effort. 

While at it, we also observed the perfection of the mower’s triple blade-cutting system, which has 6 adjustable heights, ranging from 1.5 inches to 4 inches. This means that the remotest parts of the lawn can be easily accessed for trimming and clearing.

All in all, the robust design with easy-to-control mechanisms makes this mower worth your consideration.

What Could’ve Been Better?

That the 48-inch cutting deck is strongly built to withstand regular use is a no-brainer, but its non-adjustable rollers do not serve the purpose of preventing scalping on uneven terrains.

  • Spring-assisted deck-lift
  • Mowing on hills doesn’t require manual gear-shift
  • Non-slip foot area
  • Wash-out port on deck area
  • Uncontrollable scalping may expose soil
  1. Ariens Zoom 915213

For the sixth position, we have yet another zero-turn mower from the house of Ariens. The Zoom 915213 with a 42-inch cutting deck is a simple, smart, and effective solution for all your mowing needs. A sturdy body and powerful engine make this mower a total value-for-money deal. 

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Why Did We Like It?

The Ariens Zoom 915213 is a reputable homeowner’s mower, and it does full justice to the purpose. Its 19 horsepower 660cc Kohler engine is the perfect power source for mowing a medium to smaller-sized lawn with ease. Furthermore, this zero-turn mower works just as well for hilly terrains.

The 42-inch light-weight cutting deck is made from a single piece of stamped 12 gauge steel for maximum air flow and better performance. Similar to the Husqvarna Z248F, this mower is also equipped with a 3 blade system for precision cutting, besides a set of sturdy spindles. 

A distinct feature of the Zoom 915213 is that the deck can be adjusted via both the foot pedal and lever. While the foot-pedal lifts the deck, the lever adjusts the cutting length of the grass.

Ariens, like always, has paid full attention to ultimate user comfort. The control handlebars which are located adjacent to the seat have three different adjustable positions to suit the operator’s height. Additionally, the armrests can also be adjusted to three positions to prevent arm fatigue.

What Could’ve Been Better?

In case you forget to adjust the cutting length, especially for longer strands of grass, then be prepared to run the mower multiple times over the area. 

  • Sliding seat
  • Spacious leg-room
  • Top speed of 6 MPH
  • Dampers installed hand bars for less vibration
  • Longer strands of grass may be tricky to handle
  1. Snapper 360Z Zero-Turn Mower

Inspired by the industry’s best industrial-grade zero-turn lawn mowers, Snapper has designed its 360Z mower for being a skillful member of the mid-level zero-turn mowers. With a reasonably powered engine and durable frame, this Snapper mower is meant for seamless operation on medium and small lawns.

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Why Did We Like It?

The 21.5 horsepower engine may not sound like a heavy power source, but this Briggs and Stratton engine has a host of additional features to enhance the overall prowess of the mower. There is an in-built ReadyStart technology that automatically senses the engine temperature to release just the right amount of fuel for an easy start. Additionally, the overhead valve construction reduces carbon deposits to maintain productivity.

The Snapper 360Z might not be the most superior mower on the market, but its design does enough to help you level out uneven and hilly lawns. Firstly, the 42-inch welded steel cutting deck is strong and reliable to mow on uneven terrains. Secondly, the thick-walled durable front axle makes it easier to clean up those hard-to-reach areas on the lawn. 

The presence of 2 anti-scalp wheels relieves you from the stress of having the lawn unnecessarily scalped. This is a feature that has been missing in some of the more premium-priced mowers.

On the other hand, this mower too, like many others in the category, has a foot pedal-operated deck.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Given all its features, we were tempted to test this mower on a slightly larger lawn. However, it took us a fair bit of time to go over the lawn. Having said that, the 360Z is far from being a deal-breaker.

  • Even-sized cuts throughout
  • Ball bearings to reduce friction
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Affordable
  • Takes longer to mow bigger lawns
  1. Husqvarna Z142

As we near the end of this list, here’s another Husqvarna zero-turn lawn mower suitable for personal use. This Z142 mower runs on an adequately powerful Kohler engine and has a solid steel deck for easy and affordable lawn maintenance on the go.

Husqvarna Z142 42 in. 17 HP Kohler Hydrostatic Zero Turn...
  • 17 HP Kohler engine provides reliable startups and a max...
  • No-maintenance zero-turn transmission is worry free,...

Why Did We Like It?

While looking for residential-grade zero-turn mowers, we stumbled upon the Husqvarna Z142 which was decently priced for the purpose. Starting with the power source, its 17 horsepower Kohler engine delivers a max speed of 6.5 MPH, which is pretty likable in our humble opinion. Besides, the zero-maintenance transmission enables the user to undertake a variety of cutting chores with absolute ease.

Speaking of its mowing ability, we are compelled to mention the noticeable air induction mowing technology. To break the jargon, this system draws air from the top and bottom of the deck to deliver even-looking cuts with every mowing session. It was amusing to find that the result was superior as compared to other mowers in the price range. 

There is hardly a time when the brand doesn’t stand the test of user comfort, and the Z142 is no exception. Its plush seat has a rubber isolator underneath to separate the operator from the frame. Moreover, this mower is also equipped with a park brake system that automatically activates or deactivates upon sensing simple horizontal movements.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Perhaps our biggest regret was not being able to work on uneven surfaces, for its productivity nullifies in no time on rugged lawns.

  • Compact design
  • Anti-slip foot-rest
  • 6 adjustable mower heights
  • Compound wheels for stability
  • No armrests
  1. Husqvarna Z254 Zero Turn Riding Mower

The last zero-turn mower being reviewed today is the Husqvarna Z254. This mower from the Husqvarna range is one of the most in-demand products for residential lawn maintenance.
Its affordable price, coupled with a fast and reliable design for easy control and mobility. 

Husqvarna Z254 54 in. 26 HP Kohler Hydrostatic Zero Turn...
  • 26 HP Kohler engine provides reliable startups and a max...
  • A patent-pending park brake system automatically activates...

Why Did We Like It?

The Z254 zero-turn mower is another one of our favorites for medium-sized lawns. At the heart of this machine lies a competent 26-horsepower Kohler engine that is both fuel-efficient and forceful. If you are looking for an industrial-level mower within a budget, the Husqvarna Z254 is a good option to watch out for.

The 54-inch wide cutting deck has been carved out from a single piece of stamped steel and is fitted with heavy-duty flat-stock steel for improving its strength and durability on harsh terrains. Furthermore, a triple-blade system, which is a common feature in other Ariens mowers, clears the lawn in noticeably fewer passes. 

While we were impressed with the quick-key start of the Z254, particularly helpful in lower temperatures, the patented park-brake system also earns a fair share of praise. What this does is it simply engages the brakes when the steering levers are pulled inwards or outwards, and arrests them otherwise. This is a good additional feature to ensure operator safety with minimal effort.

What Could’ve Been Better?

It may be helpful to know that this mower may not be too helpful for smaller-sized lawns, as the cover design is comparatively large. This may cause unwanted wear and tear to the lawn.

  • Good for mowing sloped terrains
  • Top speed of 6.5 MPH
  • Superior air induction
  • Responsive brake mechanism
  • Reduced efficiency on wet surface
  1. Swisher ZTR2454BS

Swisher has raised the game for zero-turn lawnmowers by introducing its ZTR2454BS, which is our top pick of the day. A perfect blend of power, comfort, and speed, this beast is a trendy choice among homeowners and professionals alike, especially for bigger yards and lawns.

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Why Did We Like It?

The ZTR2454BS is one of the brand’s premium-priced zero-turn lawnmowers that performs at par with its price tag. Powered by a smooth 724cc 24-horsepower engine, this machine can eat through the grass at a top speed of 8 MPH. We hardly broke a sweat while riding up and down the slope.

Of its well-built design, the overall operation was extremely user-friendly. As for its clearing ability, a robust 54-inch cutting deck with 3 Gator mulching blades ensures high precision and uniform edging. Besides, the deck has an adjustable height range of 1.5 to 4.5 inches and also supports a foot lift.

We were thoroughly impressed with the model’s attention to detail, viz-a-viz a front debris shield. What this feature essentially does is that it prevents the grass from escaping the front mower and being thrown back to the operator, thereby improving dispense and airflow.

Owing to a low center of gravity and seamless 360-degree turns, the ZTR2454BS makes maneuverability feel like a breeze!

What Could’ve Been Better?

The Swisher ZTR2454BS lawn mower is not the smallest or cheapest machine on the market, but then again, it’s a premium product with top-notch performance. However, this lawn mower needs frequent maintenance to be able to perform efficiently. If you are running low on time and wish to avoid extra effort, then this might not be your go-to mower.

  • Balanced weight distribution
  • Comfortable seating
  • 8-gallon fuel tank
  • Effortless driver controls
  • Regular maintenance is a must
  1. ARIENS APEX 60-inch Mower

For our penultimate pick in today’s list, we have the well-known Apex 60-inch zero-turn mower from the brand Ariens. The Apex 60 is a  commercial-grade, heavy-duty mower that is bigger, better, and more equipped to conquer the biggest of lawns without an issue.

Ariens Zenith 60 (60") 23.5HP Kawasaki Zero Turn Lawn Mower
  • 23.5HP/726CC Kawasaki FX730 V-Twin OHV Engine
  • 60-Inch, 3-Blade Fabricated Mower Deck

Why Did We Like It?

Keeping everything else aside, its strong and massive build assured us of reliability like no other mower on the list. The interesting thing to note here is that the heavy-duty frame does not affect the mower’s maneuverability and user-friendly features.

With as robust an engine as the Kohler 7000, overheating is not an unusual phenomenon. However, the free-aluminum spindles counter this problem by minimizing the overall temperature of the mower for a cooler operation.

The broad 60-inch cutting deck can easily be lifted by a foot pedal to overcome any obstruction, as well as can be adjusted for attaining 15 positions. All you have to do is use the simple vertical pin selection to increase the height by a quarter inch until you reach the desired length.

User comfort and hassle-free mowing are two of the most important factors that run in the Ariens lineage. While the high back padded seat and cushioned armrests provide for cozy seating, an operator-controlled chute located nearby allows the user to adjust the flow of the side clipping discharge.

What Could’ve Been Better?

The commercial-grade durability and productivity are bound to lure the homeowner community, but its hefty price tag may put a check on the desire. In that sense, the Ariens 60-inch mower should be considered for professional use.

  • Key-ignition start
  • Sturdy front and rear tires
  • 8 MPH forward speed
  • Sufficient airflow for heavy load lift-and-cut
  • Pricey

A man rides a Zero-Turn Mower Buyers’ Guide

Zero-Turn Mower Buyers’ Guide

While a zero-turn mower is meant to make lawn maintenance easy and comfortable, choosing the right mower is an equally demanding job.

Multiple factors need to be considered before buying a zero-turn mower. Even the cheapest machine has a 4-digit price tag, so investing in one requires precise planning.

To cut out your task, we’ve jotted down some essential features that should be on the top of your mind before you select the ideal mower.


A vital feature that should influence your choice is the power of the engine or its horsepower. The amount of power at the heart of the mower decides the speed and efficiency with which the machine goes about the job. 

If you have an average-sized lawn, you can opt for a decently powered mower, something in the range of 15-20 horsepower. However, a bigger lawn is better off with an engine having more than 20 horsepower.


The width of the cutting deck is another point to be considered. A general understanding is that a wider deck saves time and effort. This is partially true, as a larger width will be able to cover more area. But there is a catch- the width of the deck may affect the delicate plants and shrubs while trimming the required area.

A practical solution to this problem is that if your lawn has a lot of open spaces, then we suggest you invest in a mower with a wider deck. Alternatively, if you have areas to protect, go for a narrower deck. It may require some extra time and effort but is a safer option.


The mobility of a zero-turn mower largely depends on its wheels. While many of these mowers come equipped with caster wheels for durable and easy maneuverability, we would recommend looking for a mower that has some additional features like anti-skid or anti-scalp tires.

User Comfort

Since the user is at the helm of operating the mower, it is imperative that the operator feels comfortable and secure in the seating area. Most mowers come with cushioned seats and padded armrests for a pain-free experience. 

Here again, we suggest buying a mower that has an adjustable seat, so that you have a clear field of view even when the machine hits a bumpy terrain. 

Besides, people looking for the extra room may choose a mower that does not have armrests. In such a scenario, you may consider looking for additional support features to relieve your hands from the fatigue of driving for long hours.

best Zero-Turn Mower Buyers’ Guide


Big or small, affordable or expensive – a zero-turn mower is the perfect caretaker of your beloved lawn.

Our list for today was an attempt to bring together the most effective zero-turn mowers, complete with their features and drawbacks. But before we take your leave, here’s a quick recap of our reviews.

The SwisherZTR, though expensive, is a genuinely superior-grade mower with indisputable productivity. On the other hand, the Ariens Zoom 34 mower is a more affordable and residential-friendly mower on the market.

The Ariens Apex 60-inch mower is more suitable for heavy-weight commercial needs, while the Husqvarna Z254 is a popular choice among homeowners.

With this, we end today’s top 10 list. Hope our assistance was worth your time, and is subsequently worth your money! Do let us know about your favorites in the comments down below.

So long!

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