Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 251
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bliz Great self propelled feature
My last Honda Mower lasted 22 years. This model is similar to my old one except for the selfpropelled unit
which is a big improvement. The quality is still there so I
hope that I will be using it for another 22 years.
June 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by H440 Solid design, solid value, simple and easy to operate!
This is by far the best walk behind mower I've purchased. I was considering the more expensive version with the plastic deck and hydrostatic transmission; however, the slightly heavier (and less expensive) model with a steel deck was a pleasure to use on my yard this past weekend. My yard is just under 5,000 SF with a combination of flat areas and moderate hills. It took a little time to get comfortable with the thumb control for speed; however, now I can't imagine using a self-propelled walk behind mower without this feature. The thumb control is easy to adjust so it's no problem finding a comfortable setting. On the hills, the speed control enables you to make quick and effortless adjustments to your pace and the mower has plenty of power even with a full bag.
The engine is quiet, starts on the first pull and the cut is even. I'm surprised at how far I can go before the bag reaches 90% capacity (on Bermuda) as the dual blades produce such small clippings.
One "must have" feature for me was the blade stop. It's so much easier to simply stop the blade any time you need to stop (pick up a limb, empty the bag, etc.) then to re-start the engine every time.
My neighbor even commented that he should have purchased a Honda!
I appreciate the time and thought that went into the design of this mower. It's so simple to use in every aspect that no other mower comes close.
The only negative I found is that very fine, dry clippings can accumulate in the recessed areas on which the frame for the bag is designed to sit. This can cause the bag to come loose as the frame is sitting on top of an accumulation of grass clippings and is not resting on the bottom of the recessed area designed to hold it in place. It's the only weak point I could find and I will have to see if it's an on-going issue as the Bermuda continues to come out of hibernation. The green larger grass clippings did not tend to accumulate as much as the dry dormant grass clippings.
This same design does facilitate installing and removing the bag, it's quick and easy.
March 19, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Great Mower! Buy it!
I have mowed my lawn with 2 different types of mowers. Nothing compares to this Honda. I bought this mower because of all the good things I have heard about Honda mowers. I was considering the HRX model, but I was advised not to due to problems, and the cost. I absolutley love how this mower just goes over the imperfections in the lawn, and how smoothly the mower runs. I cant get over its weight, it weighs in at 90+ lbs. It is heavy but maybe thats why it feels so solid. I also love the bearings in the wheels. Overall this mower is very high quality, starts on first pull, and just mowes great. If your going to buy a mower in the $400 range spend alittle more and get this mower its totally worth it. You won't be dissapointed.
June 30, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by serial realistic review
If you're like me, then you've been OVER researching buying a mower. I have looked at hundreds of reviews of almost every model and brand. I had it narrowed down to the toro 20333 and this one. I finally decided to buy the honda hhr216vya.
After reading tons of reviews, I decided a couple things, firstly people can seriously exaggerate certain details. secondly, the more I researched, the more I convinced myself I was going to get a piece of junk no matter what I did.
I got tired of people saying "Its a honda" or "Just buy it". I am in no way bias and I am going to make this review as to the point and realistic as possible.
I compared this side by side with the toro while I was in home depot. The honda just feels more solid. The controls, deck, levers, bag, etc. all felt so much more solid then everything else they had. I have never owned a honda. Nor do I care about the name. I just wanted the best mower I could afford.
I added the oil (supplied by honda), added gas, looked it over and started effortlessly on the first pull. Honestly, the first pull. For the women unsure, I had my girlfriend (weighs about 100 pounds) start it. She laughed because it so easy. The mower, while running is about as quiet as I have ever heard.
To the mowing:
It was the first mow of the year for me and the first day that it didn't rain, (I live in the pacific northwest). The grass was a little wet and taller then I normally would ever let it go. I was expecting a few problems because of the wet grass. Bagging was seriously awesome. It bagged every piece of grass and left nothing behind. And I was walking at a comfortable pace. Not babying it at all. The engine at no point ever bogged down or showed any signs it was having trouble. It almost brought a smile to my face, (okay it did). One of the things that worried me was the 160cc engine. I thought it might be a little under powered. I feel stupid even thinking that. The cut of the grass was excellent. Completely even and consistent. The blade break system is simply awesome. Be prepared to be amazed at how quite the mower is when the blades are stopped (not that its loud when they're on). My girlfriend needed to ask me a question while I was mowing, so I stopped the blades and was going to shut it off. No need. seriously, quiet enough to talk at a reasonable level.
The drive system:
If you want to go any faster than this thing will go, you're just plain crazy. It will go as fast or slow as you want. The drive system felt very solid and once you get used to it, works great.
For the mulchers:
sorry, I can't say anything about that because I rarely mulch. However, the quad blades cut extremely well.
Okay, I'm going to "split hairs here". The self propelled lever is somewhat uncomfortable. At this point, my only complaint and kind of frivolous at that. Your thumbs might get a little fatigued, but in no way should detour you in your decision making. I just wish they had designed it a little better. Sorry, I had to mention it.
I'm glad I bought this mower. I feel so relieved that this mower is everything I had hoped and so much more. Everyone is different and has different needs but know that I am an average guy (maybe a little analytical) but very reasonable. I have to subtract a star for the price and the self propelled lever. If those things don't bother you, then its a 5 star for sure. I hope this helps you in deciding...
-Starts ridiculously easy
-feels like it will last a very long time
-A little expensive
March 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by maxman01 Easy decision
I was looking for a new mower after my last Honda built in 1984, finally stopped functioning properly. I was sure that I wanted to buy a Honda, given their reputation and craftsmanship, but I wasn't sure which model would be right for me. I got to the home depot and was looking at the entry level model but soon was told that they had a reconditioned HRR216VXA for even less. So after purchasing it and returning home to my overgrown lawn, this thing proved to be a wise buy. It started right up on the first pull and effortlessly cut through even the tallest, thickest grass my lawn had to offer. It's really easy to use and mulches with precision. The paddle handle is simple to use and is adjustable, so you can put it right where you want it.I don't think it left any noticeable clippings when it was done. I will no longer cringe at having to mow my yard because of this thing and my lawn continues to look like a golf course!
May 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Will Best lawn and garden purchase I've ever made
I knew that Honda had a great reputation for their lawn mowing equipment, but I was a bit reluctant to pay the premium... after talking myself into it, and leaving the store with this mower, I was nothing but excited. But it wasn't until I started this beauty up that I understood the amazing quality of this mower.
First of all, this thing is quiet and does not pour out exhaust like most other mowers (and especially my last mower). It starts exceptionally easy and the motor revs at a lower rpm when the blades aren't engaged... when the blades are engaged, the engine ramps up and gets to work.
Cutting quality: I couldn't believe how well this mower cut grass (even grass as high as 8 inches!) The dual blades clip the grass shorter than a single blade and the power of the mower itself pack the grass bag very well, leaving you more time between bag changes. I used to have to change the bag with my old mower about 10 times for our front lawn and I only changed it three times (but could have changed it less).
The self-propelling is exceptional. I prefer rear-wheel drive (which this model has) because we have some inclines in the hard and it's difficult to keep front wheels on the ground when going uphill. The control is comfortable, progressive, and easy to use!
I love the roto-stop! not having to stop and start the mower engine each time you empty the bag is great, and I'm comfortable leaving it running because it's quieter and less polluting than most other mowers!
All in all, the time it takes me to mow our half-acre went from 4 plus hours to less than 2 hours thanks to this incredible mower. I would recommend this over and over and have absolutely no buyers remorse, even with the price tag on this guy.
June 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WilliaminSpringfieldMO WOW!
I never imagined mowing to be fun or easy, but WOW!. As ridiculous as it may sound, I am actually looking forward to using this mower again and again. This is by far the best mower I've ever used, from start-up to clean-up. I am very impressed with the horespower, ease of use, and the smooth, nice cut. My yard is hilly and has lots of trees and landscaping obstacles and with the variable speed feature being controlled with the thumbs, going around corners and obstacles was never easier, using one hand or two. It literally felt like all I had to do was steer and walk. It is a great mower I would strongly recommend.
May 3, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by keifer Very Nice Mower
I read most reviews here before purchasing this mower and it was between this one and a Toro. This mower is terrific overall. Here are my highlights:
-Easy setup out of the box.
-Easy to start and very quite.
-Smart Drive is fantastic. I have none of the issues others have reported with fatigued hands. The device is custom configurable (5 settings) and comfortable. It is easy to push and to hold down and intuitive to use.
-Roto Stop works great and is a treat if you have kids that leave toys around, bag your clippings or have to step away momentarily for any reason.
-Easy to adjust height settings and handles lock in place well - bumps in the lawn do not move the handles on my mower like some have reported on theirs.
-Mower is easy to maneuver - large bearing wheels are nice.
-Bagging performance is outstanding - best I have ever used in this regard. Bag is large and easy to take on and off the mower. Some have reported that the mouth of the bag is to large to fit in a 30 gallon leaf bag. This is absolutely true, however, I had zero issues dumping the grass into a leaf bag easily because of how easily the grass comes out of the mower bag. In fact, dumping the grass with this bag is far easier than with my old bag that does fit into a leaf bag. I'm not sure where the trouble is for those folks, but it must be a technique thing...
-Cutting performance is outstanding. A few have written that the mower leaves an uncut line of grass. This does not happen to me at all. Perhaps this is technique, once again, but this mower makes our lawn look terrific.
-Mulching performance is only average. It is slightly better than my older Troy Bilt, but not noticeably so. If the lawn is too long or too thick, this mower will leave trails of clippings along the right side. I have not found a miracle mulcher yet and this mower isn't one either.
-Mulching plug does not seal the deck - meaning that when you mulch, you put a plug in the chute, but there are large gaps around the plug. Clippings will squeeze through the gaps and make it into the bag a bit if the bag is on the mower, or out the bottom of the chute cover if you are not using a bag (which is what I do). At the end of the mowing day, a large pile of clippings will settle onto the plug and this needs to be cleaned off after each mow so the clippings do not rot and smell in the garage or shed. Small irritation, but honestly I like the design of my old Troy Bilt better in this regard as the chute cover had a plug built into it and prevented this issue. Oh well. It's a mower so you get clippings.
-Rear Rubber Flap - the absolute most annoying part of this mower is the stiff rear flap. Backing the mower up causes you to run over this flap which is normal, but the flap is so stinking stiff that running over it presents an obstacle to the deck. It feels like running over a chipmunk each time. The flap needs to be more flexible and it bugs me. I have a Honda owner friend who says the flap gets better with time, but right now, this is my largest complaint.
I really like this mower overall, but the cons were enough to give it 4 stars instead of 5 for me. The overall feel of this mower is extremely premium (like the price) and I am hoping that the mower proves extremely reliable over time to justify the extra expense.
June 19, 2011