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.

2016 Lawn Tractors under $1500
2016 Lawn Tractors over $1500
2016 Economy Residential Zero Turn Mowers (R-ZTR) (This List)
2016 Estate and Semi-Pro Zero Turn Mowers (L-ZTR)

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  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  Husqvarna Rz4622#967009806(2015) 2799  B&S 22HP 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
 Dealer  Hustler Raptor 2799 Kohler 22HP 42IN EZT
Dealer  Hustler Raptor 2999  Kohler 22HP 52IN EZT
Dealer  Hustler Raptor 3399  Kohler 22HP 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
icon 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