Honda HRR216VYA Review

21-Inch 3-in-1 Self Propelled Smart Drive Roto-Stop Lawn Mower With Auto Choke And Twin Blade System


Final Score

4.2 / 5 from 37 users

Honda HRR216VYA | Tools Official
Honda HRR216VYA | Tools Official
Honda HRR216VYA | Tools Official

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We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Assembly is straightforward, often only requiring the handle to be unfolded and knobs tightened by hand. (8 reviews)

    • “Incredibly easy to assemble right out of the box - just unfold the handle and tighten the knobs using only your hands.”

    • “There was very little assembly and it was easy to put together.”

    • “Quick assembly”

    • “Assembly was easy, already built right out of the box.”

    • “It came this morning, I unpacked and assembled it (very simple) and cut my lawn this afternoon.”

    • “Open the box, unfold the handle and lock in place”

    • “Very little assembly required”

    • “Easy set up. Take it out of the box, extend the handle.”

  • The Honda HRR216VYA often starts on the first pull right out of the box, indicating a reliable ignition system. (6 reviews)

    • “My mower started the FIRST PULL out of the box and hasn't failed to do so since then.”

    • “Starts up first try most times but will by the second.”

    • “Always starts on the first pull.”

    • “It starts with one pull”

    • “pull the rope 1-time and you are off and running”

    • “Started on the first pull....amazing.”

  • Longevity and robust construction are noted, with users reporting years of reliable service. (6 reviews)

    • “This Honda mower proves the old adage that you get what you pay for - and maybe, in the case of this mower, you get at least a little bit more.”

    • “A quality lawnmower is something you don't want to go cheap on.”

    • “Still going strong.”

    • “I wanted a mower whose engine would last.”

    • “This is a great mower”

  • The mower features self-propulsion up to 6mph, with adjustable speed control for easy use on different types of ground. (5 reviews)

  • Users report an even and clean cut, even in thick grass without slowing down. (5 reviews)

    • “It runs flawlessly, never bogging down in even the heaviest grass.”

    • “My yard had overgrown badly and this mower wast cutting it down easily.”

    • “has an even cut”

    • “I have not bogged down the engine yet, even in taller grass.”

    • “Cuts nice clean lines in my grass, yard looks fantastic.”

  • The dual-blade system is highly praised for its mulching performance, making it efficient in handling grass clippings. (4 reviews)

    • “He claims this dual-blade mower is the best mulching mower on the market.”

    • “Mulching is much superior to the JD mower I had. Even in tall grass I was pleased with the mulching.”

    • “The mower does a very good job cutting and mulching”

    • “Mulching feature is also nice”

  • A bottle of oil comes with the mower, making it easier to set up and maintain. (3 reviews)

    • “Don't forget, though, to add the bottle of oil (which comes with the mower) to the crankcase before starting and running the engine.”

    • “add oil (supplied)”

    • “no set up, add oil, gas and go out the box.”

  • Routine maintenance like blade replacement and oil change is simple to perform. (2 reviews)

    • “Just have to add oil and gas and set up the bag and your basically ready to go.”

    • “Replace the blades and change the oil every other year, easy.”

  • Allows the engine to idle without the blades spinning, which is useful for safety and convenience when the mower needs to be temporarily stopped. (2 reviews)

    • “Like being able to leave on idle while emptying bag.”

    • “The Blade stop is very convenient. I use it more than I thought I would.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • The mower is rear wheel drive, which might not be suitable for mowing inclines. (2 reviews)

    • “I would not recommend this mower if you have an incline to mow as it is rear wheel drive. Slight incline is OK.”

    • “Little difficult to maneuver because of rear wheel drive.”

  • One customer had an issue adjusting the handle's height due to overtightened pivot screws, requiring tools to loosen them. (1 review)

    • “Couldn't adjust the height of the handle to one of two hole settings, because they had tightened the two pivot screws too much-had to loosen them with an allen wrench (metric).”

  • The instructions for assembling the bagger were not clear, and the inside stitching of the bag was considered poor by one user. (1 review)

    • “Instructions on assembling the bagger were abysmal, and the inside stitching in the bag was terrible (they either didn't check it, or didn't care).”

Bottom Line

Get your lawn in top shape with the Honda HRR216VYA mower. It's a breeze to set up and starts up fast, usually on the first try. Built to last, it offers adjustable self-propulsion for easy handling. Enjoy a clean cut on any grass thanks to its dual blades, great for mulching. Plus, it comes with oil for immediate use. Maintenance is a snap, too! However, it might struggle on slopes and setting up the bagger can be tricky. A solid choice for ease and durability.


Cutting Width (in)21 inch
FeaturesMulching, Bagging, Side Discharge
Max Cutting Height4"
Min Cutting Height1-1/8"
Power SourceGas
CategorySelf Propelled Mowers
Warranty3 Years
Weight105 lbs
Additional InfoMicroCut System, GCV160 Engine

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Tips for Honda HRR216VYA

  • Do not forget to add the oil that comes with the mower before starting the engine.
  • Change oil and replace mower blades at least once a year. You can purchase Honda’s recommended motor oil and compatible mower blades here.
  • Use an all-around Fluid Film spray on the underside as well as any exposed metal to prevent corrosion and sticking.
  • To keep it in the best condition, clean the mower after each use.

Special Features

  • Smart Drive Control: Lets you control how fast the mower goes, so you can walk and cut the grass at a speed that's comfortable for you.
  • Roto-Stop Blade System: You can stop the blades from spinning without turning off the engine, making it safer to dump the clippings or move across your driveway.
  • Twin Blade MicroCut System: The mower has two blades that make the grass clippings super small, which is great for mulching and fits more into the bag, so you don't have to empty it as often.
  • 6 Position Cutting Height Adjustments: You can choose from 6 heights to cut your grass just the way you like, whether it's really short or a bit taller.
  • 21-inch Heavy-Duty Mowing Deck: It's got a strong 21-inch metal part where the blades are that lasts a long time.
  • High-capacity 2.5 Bushel Grass Bag: The bag that holds the grass is big, so you can mow more of your yard before needing to stop and empty it.
  • Auto Choke System: Makes starting up the mower super easy, without having to mess with a choke.
  • 3-in-1 System with Clip Director: Lets you switch between mulching, bagging, or just shooting the grass out the side without needing any tools.
  • Zone Start Safety System: The mower only runs if you're holding onto it, which means it's safer and won't run off on its own.
  • 8" Ball Bearing Wheels: The wheels are tough and roll smoothly, making it easier to push the mower on bumpy ground.
  • Foam Grip Handles: The handle is comfy to hold, which is nice when you’re mowing for a while and keeps your hands from getting tired.
  • Reliable Honda GCV160 Engine: The engine is strong and starts up easy, giving you the power you need to get the job done without hassle.


  • Q:

    Does the Honda HRR216VYA come with a bag?

  • A:

    Yes. The bag attachment is included.

  • Q:

    Can you easily move the mower backward?

  • A:

    The mower comes with a flap on the deck’s rear to prevent debris from being kicked back to the operator. Since the flaps drag a little when going in reverse, pulling the mower backward can take a little effort.

  • Q:

    What assembly is needed before I can start mowing?

  • A:

    The only assembly needed is attaching the bag, unfolding and securing the handles, then add oil and gas.

  • Q:

    What is the mower’s engine capacity/cc?

  • A:

    The mower has a 160cc engine.

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