Honda HRN216VKA Review

Honda HRN216VKA

Gardening Freaks Rating:-
  • It is self-propelled.
  • It has a “Smart Drive”.
  • It has 3-in-1 clip director.
  • 3 Year residential warranty.
  • It does not have a built-in quick wash port.

The Honda HRN216VKA is an ideal lawn mower for average homeowners who are looking for a mower that will produce high quality cuts and be durable in the long run.

Honda is a renowned brand that has gained its name amongst some of the top lawn mowers in the current market. They are known for introducing features and technologies in their lawn mowers that make mowing much easier as well as less time-consuming. To add on, Honda engines have long been recognised to be reliable as well as durable in the long run.

Honda HRN216VKA Review

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The Honda HRN216VKA is an ideal lawn mower for average homeowners who are looking for a mower that will produce high quality cuts and be durable in the long run.

Performance and Cut Quality

Different kinds of Terrains

The Honda HRN216VKA comes with a pretty powerful engine that can provide high quality performance – no matter how uneven the terrain, or how many steep grades there are. According to my findings, this lawn mower is at its best performance, producing its highest quality cuts, when the yard is flat and mid-sized.

Wet Conditions

The Honda HRN216VKA is known for its increased horsepower. As this lawn mower’s engine is remarkably powerful, its performance and cut quality is good to go even in wet conditions when the grasses are difficult-to-cut.

Types of Grasses

Easy-to-cut grasses, such as short and thin grass, or difficult-to-cut grasses, such as tall and thick grass – this lawn mower has got it all covered. No matter what type of grass it is, this lawn mower’s engine holds enough power to produce high quality cuts in all types of grasses.

Ease of Use

Carrying Around

The Honda HRN216VKA weighs around 84 pounds and has a height of around 41 inches only. As a result, this lawn mower is easy to carry around. You are not required to be remarkably tall or strong in order to tirelessly carry this mower around your yard.


The smart people of Honda made their HRN216VKA cordless in order to ease its usage by the users.As a result, you are not limited to only mowing around areas where there is a power source nearby. To add on, this feature is also a plus point for people that have bushes, trees, benches, or any other objects in their yards – that a corded mower could get entangled with. Therefore, with the HRN216VKA lawn mower being cordless, you do not need to worry about cord management at all.

Special Features

Blade Brake

The Honda HRN216VKA comes with a blade brake – which I find to be a really convenient feature. With a blade brake, you can stop the blades from rotating – without having to cut off the engine! It is quite a useful feature if you need to go through a gravel area, or clear your lawn mower off of any debris.



The Honda HRN216VKA is a well-designed lawn mower. The steel mower deck, hard rubber wheels, and Honda’s signature engine– all make for a pretty sleekand modern appearance.

Build Quality

The deck of this lawn mower is made up of solid steel – which is meant to be durable in the long run. Therefore, if you hit a stone with it, it will only create a dent instead of causing fracture.

Setting Up

The Honda HRN216VKA arrives mostly pre-assembled in its box. Once you take it out of the box, you just need to adjust the handle to your desired height, add the oil and fill it up with gas – then you are good to go. It is a pretty easy final assembly in my experience.


The handlebar of this lawn mower is remarkably comfortable as well as easy to manage. It is designed with a handle cushioning – which will protect from jolts when in use.



The Honda HRN216VKA comes with a 3 year residential warranty. This is a good enough period to make this product cost-effective as it is possible to get the manufacturer give you a replacement, in case of malfunctions.

Product Quality

I find that every single part of this lawn mower have been put careful thoughts into – that would aid in making this lawn mower durable in the long run. Moreover, Honda has definitely gained its trust throughout the years in terms of durability and enduring performance in their products.

Grass Collection and Discharge

Mulching and Discharge

If you are not willing to empty a grass catcher bag and fertilize your yard, this feature is for you. The mower blades of the Honda HRN216VKA deserve a lot of praises. The twin mower blades create extraordinarily small grass clippings – which are then dispersed into your yard for fertilizing it and making it more resistant to drought. Therefore, this mower surely gains points for great mulching and discharge abilities.

Grass Catcher Bag

As the grass clippings produced by this lawn mower are finely chopped and small, the grass catcher bag is able to contain plenty of clippings in one go, without having to empty it. Moreover, I found that the grass catcher bag is pretty easy to remove – even when the bag is full – as it has quite a wide mouth.



The good folks of Honda made their HRN216VKA gas mower self-propelled, in order to ease manoeuvrability for their users. As it is self-propelled, you are not required to continuously push this mower around your yard and tire yourself.You need to just pull the cord to start the machine and do some pre-sets. The HRN216VKA will handle the rest of the work by itself. To add on, the variable rear wheels provide this mower with a strong self-propulsion.

Height Adjustments

The Honda HRN216VKA comes with six different cutting positions to choose from. If you happen to experience a lot of resistance when mowing, you can simply adjust the height setting of this mower until you fix it to a position you find ease in moving around. If the height setting of the mower is lower than the grass level, it could get hard for you to manoeuvre it around. To fix this, you can easily raise the height setting to get rid of any resistance and mow smoothly. In a nutshell, you can adjust this lawn mower according to the length of your grass for an easy manoeuvrability.



The Honda HRN216VKA comes with a superior bagging system. As the twin blades produce remarkably tiny grass clippings, the grass catcher bag can hold 30% more clippings as compared to a single mower blade. As a result, you can be mowing large portions of your yards without having to stop in between to empty the bag.Therefore, the bagging system definitely makes for an easy maintenance and gains plus points from me.

No Quick-Wash Port

This lawn mower does not come with a built-in quick-wash port. As a result, you are required to flip the mower over in order to be able to clean the grass clippings that are stuck on the mower. I honestly think that a quick-wash port would make maintenance so much easier as well as less time-consuming. Therefore, this mower gets a minus point from me for lacking this feature.

What should I choose between Honda HRN and HRX

The HR series of mowers by Honda is classified according to different price ranges – from low to middle to high-end lawn mowers. The HRX series refer to the high-end, premium models, whereas the HRN series refer to the mid-range models. Even though the differences between the prices of the HRN and HRX might seem like these two series have major differences between them, it is quite untrue.

Not only do you save money with the lawn mowers of the HRN series, but they are also able to perform almost equally to the ones from the HRX series. With only a few additional features, the HRX lawn mowers are good for people who want to get extensive yard work done. Below are the specification upgrades that a person would get with the HRX series lawn mowers:

Mower Deck

The mower decks of the HRX lawn mowers are made of Nexite composite – which is meant to be resistant to corrosion, rust, as well as dent. On the other hand, HRN mower decks are made of steel which are sturdy as well. However, the Nexite composite of the HRX mower decks provide a lifetime warranty that the steel mower decks of HRN series do not.I personally find that the steel mower decks of the HRN series promise to be durable enough for residential customers. The “lifetime warranty” given by the Nexite mower decks might be more suitable for commercial customers – who would use the lawn mower for heavy duty work.


The engine of the HRX mowers are Honda’s GCV190, whereas the HRN mowers have the GCV160 engine. These two engines are very close to each other. However, the major difference lies in the 5 millimeter wider bore that provides an extra 30cc and 1 horsepower. Besides the slight extra power difference, both of these Honda engines come with a potentially long life expectancy.Once again, a residential customer might not have much use out of this small additional power in the HRX mowers.


The starting option of the HRX lawn mower is a premium feature as compared to the HRN lawn mower. To start the HRX lawn mower, you just need to push an electric start button. However, to start the HRN lawn mower, you need to pull a cord – which could be quite time-consuming as compared to the electric start button of the HRX lawn mower. Even though it should not be much of an issue for someone that can pull a cord, both residential and commercial customers might prefer an electric start button for ease of use.


The HRX lawn mowers come with a “Select Drive” system – which is used to control the hydrostatic transmission of the mower. On the other hand, the HRN lawn mowers have a “Smart Drive” system – which is an automatic variable speed control system, where a user chooses pre-set speeds from 0 to 4 mph. The “Select Drive” system of HRX lawn mowers is favourable in the sense that a user can control the speed precisely, instead of making use of pre-set gears like you need to in HRN lawn mowers.

What is in the box?

  • 1 x Honda HRN216VKA Gas Mower.
  • 1 x 10W-30 oil.
  • 1 x Grass catcher bag.
  • 1 x User manual.

Pros: Things We Love!​

  • It is self-propelled.
  • It has a “Smart Drive” – which is an automatic variable speed control system.
  • It comes with twin blades with micro cut system.
  • Its Honda GCV160 engine comes with an auto choke system.
  • It has 3-in-1 clip director – with the options to mulch, bag, as well as discharge.
  • The handlebar is pretty easy to manage as well as comfortable.
  • It has a pretty big grass catcher bag. Therefore, you do not need to empty it frequently.
  • It comes with a 3 year residential warranty.

Cons: Points of Improvement

  • As it is a gas mower, it tends to be quite noisy when it operates.
  • It has a cord-pull system instead of an easy start button. Oftentimes, it can take a few pulls for starting this mower.
  • It does not have a built-in quick wash port. Therefore, cleaning the grass clippings that are stuck on the mower can be a hassle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it easy to push around if I choose the push type option?

A: The Honda HRN216VKAis a self-propelled lawn mower that does not require any manual pushing around. However, this mower is easy to carry around your yard almost tirelessly due to its ideal weight and height.

Q: Would this be suitable for mulching?

A: Yes, absolutely. The Honda HRN216VKAcomes with excellent twin mower blades that produce small clippings – therefore, a great mulching experience overall.

Q: Should I get electric start?

A: The Honda HRN216VKAcomes with a cord-pull option for starting. Even though this mower turns on just fine with the pull of a cord, you can choose to get a lawn mower with an electric start if you find that to be more convenient for you.

Q: Does it have a clutch to stop blades?

A: Yes, it comes with a blade brake. You can stop the blades from rotating, without cutting off the engine.

Q: Can I cut thick grass with it?

A: Yes, you can. The Honda HRN216VKA comes with enough horsepower to produce high quality cuts even on difficult-to-cut grass, such as thick grass.

Q: Is it better than Toro mowers?

A: I find that Honda mowers are much lighter and easier to manoeuvre as compared to Toro mowers. Therefore, in my opinion, Honda mowers are more convenient to use if you are a residential customer.