Here is a list of the 2016 Residential Zero Turn Mowers (R-ZTR). This list includes the economy zero-turn mowers that use the residential grade EZT transmissions. Economy zero-turns are typically priced between $2400 and $3400 and designed to replace you lawn tractor. These mowers are great for flat and gently sloping lawns. If you have slopes, hills or want to mow faster than 5 mph please look at an estate or semi-pro zero-turn. This list only includes zero-turns I am confident will do a good job and last for your yard.
This list includes the steering wheel ZTRs.
If you are not sure what size a style of Zero-turn is best for you please START HERE
There are over 425 lawn tractors, residential, estate, and semi-pro zero-turns available for you to pick from this year so I’ve broken them down into four lists.
Note 1: Please see the retailer’s website or your local dealer for the current price. Prices listed here are not actual and for most of the ZTRs in this group the prices are changed based on the local competition. The retailers now use pricing optimization software and the price can go up or down in as little as 4 hours. Please see the retailer’s website or your local dealer for the current price.
Note 2: This list will give you a link if the item is available to buy from the comfort of your home and a link to my review. If you are uncomfortable buying through that link (I make a small commission) please visit the brand’s website to find other ways to purchase the item. Some items will not be made until sometime in March. You can order them and get the first one available. There are a few more ZTRs coming out in the next 6 weeks. I’ll update the list as they are available and I get the individual reviews done.
How To Size Your Mower Deck.
You need two measurements determine how large of a cutting deck you’ll need. The size of your property and the distance between obstructions.
Deck size refers to the width of the cut. The wider the cutting deck, the quicker you will be able to mow your lawn. But remember, bigger is not always better. A 46 inch economy deck will always cut more evenly than a 54 inch economy deck. Look at the distance between your trees, landscaping, swing set and above all the size of door to your storage shed. You need an opening 4 inches more than the width of the deck (with the discharge chute up.)
30″-34″ Decks. Please consider a deck less than 42 inches only when you have narrow gates and a perfectly flat lawn to mow. These small zero-turn mowers take a lot of practice to use because they don’t have good traction in the rear and are notorious for tearing up your lawn. They are also very top-heavy compared to the larger zero-turns and in my opinion are not safe to operate on any type of slope. You can actually tip one over going around the roots of an old tree.
42”-46″ Decks. 42 and 46 inch decks work very well for most people. If you have an acre or so to mow these will quickly get the job done for you. The 46 inch decks stick out from under the mower a little more so they are easier to use when trimming around landscaping and under bushes. A 42 or 46 inch deck will fit in the back of a full-size pickup.
48″-50” Decks. A 48 inch deck will mow your lawn about 20% faster than a 42 inch so they are a good choice for one to three acres. With the discharge chute down a 48 inch deck needs about 54 inches to go between an obstruction. The wheelbase is typically wider than a 42 inch ZTR so it can handle slight to moderate slopes better.
52″-54″ Decks. If you have the room between your obstructions or have large open areas to mow a 50-54 inch deck will save you 30-40% time over a 42 inch. Economy models tend to “flop” around so the cut will not be as even as a smaller deck. The estate and semi-pro models will cut well.
60″-61″ decks. This size is a very common size for landscape professionals. The brands all engineer these decks to cut well and fast. With a 25 HP or larger Pro or commercial grade engine these decks will cut up to 5 acres an hour.
72″ decks. I don’t recommend 72 inch decks unless you have 5 acres or more of flat, smooth lawn. These are best suited for large scale commercial properties where the quality of cut is not as important as the quantity
2016 Residential Zero-Turns Mowers.
This list only includes Zero-Turn Mowers with the EZT transmissions.
|Review||Buy Link||Description/Model||Typical Price||Engine Brand||HP||Deck||Trans|
|Home Depot||Toro SS4200 Model 74720||2299||Toro||452cc||42IN||EZT|
|Sears.com||Craftsman Model 20411||2299||B&S||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS3225 Model 74710||2399||Toro||452cc||32IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-L42||2399||Kohler||23HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS4225 Model 7421||2499||Kohler||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||John Deere Z335E Model BM25104||2499||Deere||20HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Poulan Pro P46ZX Model 967330901||2499||B&S||22HP||46IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Ariens Zoom Model 915189||2499||B&S||16HP||34IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-S 42 Steering Wheel||2699||Kohler||23HP||42IN||EZT|
|Sears||Craftsman Model 20418||2699||Kohler||22HP||46IN||EZT|
|Sears||Craftsman Model 20400 Steering Wheel||2799||Kohler||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro MX4200 Model 74765||2799||Toro||452cc||42IN||?|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-L FAB Deck||2799||Kohler||23HP||46IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Poulan Pro Model # 967331001||2799||B&S||24HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Husqvarna Z246 #967323903||2799||B&S||23HP||46IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Husqvarna Z246i Smart Switch||2799||B&S||23HP||46IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Troy-Bilt Mustang 46 XP||2864||B&S||24HP||46IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SW3200 #74780 Steering Wheel||2899||Toro||425cc||32IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-L 50||2899||Kohler||23HP||50IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Husqvarna Z246 #967324001||2899||Kawasaki||21.5HP||46IN||EZT|
|Sears||Craftsman Model 20419||2999||Kohler||24HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Troy-Bilt Mustang Pivot 46||2999||Kohler||HP||IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS5000 Model 74730||2999||Kawasaki||23HP||50IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS5000 Model 74731||2999||Toro||24.5HP||50IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SW4200 # 74784 Steering Wheel||2999||Toro||24.5HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||John Deere Z355E #BM25108||2999||Deere||22HP||48IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-L 42H||2999||Honda||688cc||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SW4250 Mod 74723||2999||Toro||708cc||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-S 50 Steering Wheel||3099||Kohler||23HP||50IN||EZT|
|Sears||Craftsman 20410 Steering Wheel||3199||Kohler||23HP||50IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Husqvarna Z254 967324301||3199||Kohler||26HP||54IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SW4200 # 74785||3199||Kohler||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro MX5000 # 74775 FAB||3199||Toro||24.5HP||50IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SW5000 # 74790||3199||Toro||24.5HP||50IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet # RZT-S 46 FAB||3199||Kohler||24HP||50IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Troy-Bilt Mustang 54 XP||3214||B&S||25HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Poulan Pro P54ZX 967331001||3231||B&S||24HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Troy-Bilt Mustang Pivot 54||3299||Kohler||25HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Poulan Pro 967331001 P54ZX||3231||B&S||24HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Husqvarna Z242F 967 32 44-01 FAB||3299||B&S||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro MX3450 #74750 FAB||3299||Toro||452cc||34IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-L 46H FAB||3299||HONDA||688cc||46IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Ariens Zoom 50 (2015 model)||3399||Kohler||21HP||50IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Ariens IKON-X||3399||Kohler||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS5425 #74741||3399||Toro||24.5HP||54IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Cub Cadet RZT-S 54 FAB Steering||3399||Kohler||25HP||54IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Toro SS5425 #74740||3499||Kohler||24HP||54IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Bradley Stand-On 36||3579||B&S||23HP||36IN||EZT|
|Amazon||Bradley Stand-On 36||3599||Kawasaki||16HP||36IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Ariens IKON-X # 915207 FAB||3599||B&S||22HP||42IN||EZT|
|Home Depot||Ariens IKON-X # 915177||3599||Kohler||24HP||52IN||EZT|
The info past this point is last years info. It will take me a few weeks to get everything up to date:
|Buy Link||Brand||Description||Typical Price||Engine Brand||HP||DECK||Transmission|
|Dealer||Snapper||200Z 22/42||2599||B&S Pro||22HP||42IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Simplicity||ZT1500 22/42||2699||B&S Pro||22HP||42IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Big Dog||Big Dog Alpha 36||2799||KAW FR||15HP||36IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Big Dog||Big Dog Alpha 42||2999||KAW FR||21.5HP||42IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Simplicity||ZT1500 23/46||2999||B&S Pro||23HP||46IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Snapper||200Z 23/46||2999||B&S Pro||23HP||46IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Snapper||200Z 21.5/46||3049||KAW FR||21.5HP||46IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Simplicity||ZT1500 21.5/46||3099||KAW FR||21.5HP||46IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Simplicity||ZT1500 25/52||3199||B&S Pro||25HP||52IN||EZT-2200|
|Bad Boy||54 in. MZ Magnum BMG5425KO||3499||KAW FR||726 cc||54IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Big Dog||Big Dog Alpha 52||3499||KAW FR||23HP||52IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||WorldLawn||Viper WYRZ46S2OBS (formerly Encore)||?||B&S||20HP||46IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Country Clipper||Wrangler 2041KOJ-135 Joystick||Kohler Courage||20HP||41IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Country Clipper||Wrangler 2041KOT-135 Twin Lever||Kohler Courage||20HP||41IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Country Clipper||Wrangler 2048KOJ-135 Joystick||Kohler Courage||20HP||48IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Country Clipper||Wrangler 2048KOT-135 Twin Lever||Kohler Courage||20HP||48IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Gravely||ZT 34 915190||B&S||24 HP||34IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Gravely||ZT 42 915178||Kohler 7000||24 HP||42IN||EZT-2200|
|Dealer||Gravely||ZT 50 915180||Kohler 7000||25 HP||50IN||EZT-2200|