When Is the Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower?
We did the research to help you learn the best time to buy a lawn mower—and find the greatest deals
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Timing is everything in life, and that holds true when it comes to the purchase of outdoor power equipment like snow blowers, leaf blowers and, of course, lawn mowers. An essential piece of outdoor equipment for anyone with grass, a great lawn mower can save you time and money in the long run, so opting for a high-quality model should be a priority. It’s an investment for sure, but if you know the best time to buy a lawn mower, you can save a bundle.
Just as knowing the best time to buy anything and everything—from patio furniture to hot tubs and small appliances—can help you find great deals on essentials, shopping during certain times of year will afford you the luxury of buying a higher-quality lawn mower model at a lower price.
Why trust Reader’s Digest? We tapped a retail and shopping expert with direct knowledge of the outdoor power equipment market and researched price trends at major retailers. All that ensures you’re getting accurate information on the best time to buy a lawn mower and can truly take advantage of the best deals around.
Best times to buy a lawn mower
According to Kristin McGrath, a shopping expert with RetailMeNot, the best time to buy a lawn mower is generally at the beginning of the season (early spring), the same time of year you’ll find great deals on lawn furniture. “Retailers try to entice early shoppers,” she says.
For the biggest savings, try to make a purchase no later than June. Memorial Day weekend is usually a good time to buy a lawn mower, “with great sales and a full inventory,” McGrath adds.
Like most seasonal items, the best models tend to sell out by peak season. But if you’re patient (or a procrastinator), you may find some seriously marked-down lawn mowers at the end of the season—around Labor Day. “If you missed the early spring sales, the best is to wait until September, when stores are discounting the lawn inventory,” McGrath says. It’s worth noting, however, that the selection won’t be as impressive.
|♦ Best time to buy a lawn mower|
|Early spring through Memorial Day, plus Labor Day|
Worst times to buy a lawn mower
Like outdoor grills, snow blowers and other seasonal items, lawn mowers cost more when the demand is highest, says McGrath. It’s no surprise that peak mowing season happens in the summer, so the worst time to buy a lawn mower is from about June to September. That said, a couple holiday weekends during the summer might land you a discount.
What times of year do lawn mowers go on sale?
For the steepest discounts on lawn mowers, shop in the early spring. You can also get great deals during holiday weekends, including these:
- Memorial Day
- Father’s Day
- Labor Day
Tips for buying a lawnmower
Don’t just buy the first lawn mower you come across. There are a few things to consider when determining the best product for your needs.
- New versus refurbished. Whether you buy a new or refurbished model, make sure it comes with a warranty. While it may be tempting to buy a used model on a third-party website or social media marketplace, keep in mind that if there are any issues (like your lawn mower starts smoking!), you will be fully responsible for repairs—and those could end up costing more than the lawn mower!
- Gas versus electric. Since the price of fuel has hit historic highs, consider buying a lawn mower with a rechargeable battery. Electric mowers are quieter and less expensive, and the yearly maintenance costs are significantly lower, because there’s no need for fuel.
- Yard size. Make sure to take into account the size of your yard prior to buying a lawn mower. Those with acreage may want to consider a ride-on mower, while those with a small backyard can get away with a smaller push mower. Cutting width is a key factor too; look for a wider cutting width if you have a large lawn.
- Open-box models. You can save money at brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers—even if it’s not officially the best time to buy a lawn mower—by purchasing an open-box model (say, a lawn mower someone has purchased, unboxed and then returned).
- Features. What features are most important to you? Deck height adjustment, push style (self-propelled or push mower), mulching and bagging, and built-in side discharging are just a few options that might cost more initially but will save you from having to spend extra money on additional equipment later on down the line.
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Read on for more advice on buying a lawn mower.
Should I buy a new or used lawn mower?
While it might be tempting to buy a used lawn mower, experts don’t recommend it unless you buy a refurbished model with a warranty.
How long should a lawn mower last?
According to Family Handyman, a self-propelled lawn mower should last eight or more years, depending on how often you use and service it.
How much should I spend on a new lawn mower?
The ideal amount to spend on a lawn mower is entirely dependent on your needs and budget. If you have a bigger lawn or live in a climate where lawns need to be mowed year-round, consider investing more money. Those with small yards can get away with a less-expensive model, as can those who live in an area where they can stop mowing their lawn in the winter months.
Why are lawn mowers cheaper at different times of the year?
Like other seasonal items, the price of lawn mowers fluctuates based on supply and demand.
Money saved is money earned
Knowing the best time to buy appliances, household equipment and furniture will help you avoid overpaying. And the same is true when it comes to the tools that help you keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. So get strategic, shopping for a lawn mower in the early spring or (if you just can’t make up your mind) early fall.
- Kristin McGrath, shopping expert with RetailMeNot