Editor Rating - 8.3/10
Customer Rating - 7.9/10
Toro is one of the most frequently bought lawn mowing brands thanks to its no frills construction and affordable price. The smartstow is a solid mower with some innovative features and a price that is hard to beat.
The mower’s affordability, quality mowing, and unique space saving features have elevated its value score. Let’s see why.
|Ignition Method:||Pull-cord start|
|Engine:||Briggs and Stratton|
|Drive:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Included Accessories:||Rear bag and mulch kit|
|Speed:||Variable up to 4.0 mph|
|Clipping Discharge:||Rear bag/Mulch/Side Discharge|
|Consumer Warranty:||2 years|
- Handy features: The namesake feature of the mower is the smartstow technology (as we mentioned in the overview). I never realized how useful it is to be able to store a mower vertically. It opens up space to park the car in the garage (no more hitting the mower). Also, it is easier to clean the bottom of the mower when it is in the vertical storage position with the rotary blade exposed. Another great aspect is the large rear wheels which make riding over bumpy lawns easier. I know one thing I hate is trying to mow along the side of a fence, and struggling to get a close cut. Thankfully, the front wheels are designed so you can mow close to objects like fences.
- 3 year guarantee to start: Toro has a guarantee where if your mower does not turn on after two pulls on the cord they will repair it free of charge. I always love when brands implement these policies, because it means they care about the customer’s satisfaction to the nth degree.
- Some users report that the front wheels do not provide enough pull, and sometimes the mower stalls while going uphill. This problem seems to be specific to sloped lawns that require mowing up an incline. In those cases a rear wheel drive self propelled mower would be more effective. A good option is the Honda HRR.
- The mower handle height is not adjustable.
The Toro Smartstow Recycler is one of the most economical mowers for your money. It’s space saving abilities and average cutting abilities make it an eligible candidate for level lawns. Few mowers can match this potent combination. If you are interested in purchasing one Amazon currently stocks them.