If the grass actually is greener on your neighbor's side, it might be time for you to invest in a new mower. Our guide will help you choose the perfect lawn mower for your yard and budget. What Kind of Lawn Mower Do You Need? Riding or Walking? The first decision you'll need to make is whether you'll walk or ride your mower. Consumer Reports says that if your lawn is greater than a half-acre (a lot approximately 220 feet by 100 feet), you should consider a riding mower. You're still allowed to buy a riding mower if your yard is smaller, but be prepared for eye-rolling from your neighbors. If your lawn is greater than a half-acre, you should consider a riding mower. Otherwise, you should consider the many options in walking mowers. You can choose between motor-powered or man-powered; gas or electric; battery or corded; self-propelled or push; and more. Grass Clippings Before you get to mowing, you'll also want to determine what you want to do with the cut grass. Are you a bagger who collects your clippings? A mulcher who wants their grass cut into confetti bits then tossed back on the ground to nourish the lawn? A side-discharger, who'd like the clippings blown out of the side of the mower? Yard Incline And finally, consider the terrain you're cutting. A 15-degree slope is roughly the maximum angle you can cut safely. But if your lawn does have a lot of slopes, you might not want to be lugging a huge mower up and down it. SEE ALSO: 5 Power Tools That Every Home Should Have The 5 Types of Lawn Mowers So, what's the best lawn mower for your needs? Read on for further details about each type. Manual Reel Mowers Many new homeowners are drawn to the bucolic charm of the manual reel mower, as it was the standard among households in the first half of the previous century. These push mowers emit no pollution, make little noise, require little upkeep, and can be had at a fraction of the cost of a powered mower. But cutting grass with a manual mower is hard work, especially if the grass needs more than a 1" haircut. These machines also don't trim well close to objects like trees, so even basic landscaping requires some hand-trimming. Corded Electric Mowers People who are concerned about pollution often opt for an electric lawn mower. Effortless to start and maintain, many models run quietly and offer mulch, bag, and side-discharge options. SEE ALSO: How to Wash Cats, Pillows, and Other Awkward Items There are some disadvantages to this type of mower — such as the awkwardness of wrestling with a cord. Moreover, these lawn mowers are only as powerful as the current they can draw from your home wiring; they don't typically handle long grass well. They're also designed to cut a narrower swath of grass than other models, which increases the time it takes to mow. Electric Battery Mowers This type of electric mower is cord-free, operating from a battery enclosed in the housing. Less cumbersome than corded models, these mowers can start at the flip of a switch and just need to be plugged in to recharge. Electric battery mowers are also emission-free at point-of-use. The downsides? For many models, the recharge time can be close to a full day. And batteries can be heavy, making the mower more cumbersome to push. Gas-Powered Mowers There's a lot to be said for modern gas-powered mowers. They're efficient, powerful, durable, and dependable when properly maintained. Some even come with electric starters, freeing the user from those old rope-yanks. Yet these machines are still noisy, which is why you should wear ear protection while mowing. While we're at it, wearing eye protection is also a good idea; all mowers can kick up small pebbles and other debris. Look for a gas lawn mower that has side-discharge, bagging, and mulching options included. Most gas lawn mowers are powerful enough to cut yards that have been allowed to grow a bit beyond ideal. Look for a lawn mower that has side-discharge, bagging, and mulching options included with the unit, not as additional purchases. A washout port (the place to screw in a hose and wash out the cutting chamber after you mow) is also a useful feature, along with a blade brake (which allows you to empty the clippings bag without stopping the mower). And padded grips help avoid numb hands. But no matter the bells and whistles, be prepared to maintain your gas-powered mower with regular blade sharpening, oil changes, filter cleaning, and spark plug replacement. It's generally easy to find these items at your local home and garden stores, like Sears, Home Depot, and Lowe's. Self-Propelled Gas Mowers If you don't fancy pushing a heavy mower around your lawn all day, you might consider investing in a self-propelled unit. It harnesses the power of the mower to pull itself along the yard, vastly reducing the amount of work needed to manicure your grass. Of course, we're calling these mowers an investment for a reason; self-propelled mowers typically start at around $250. Readers, what type of mower do you prefer? Share your lawn-maintenance thoughts in the comments below! Related DealNews Features: 5 Power Tools That Every Home Should Have 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use Fix-a-Flat or Slime Tire Sealant Which Motor Oil Is Best for YOUR Car?