What Makes a Comfortable Mower Seat?
If you're considering buying a zero-turn lawn mower, chances are you're drawn to speed and efficiency. But there's another important factor to consider: comfort. As great as it is to be able to mow your lawn quickly, it's also important to be able to do it comfortably. Before buying a lawn mower, you'll want to check out the seat to make sure it's a good fit.
Take a Seat
A lot goes into making a comfortable lawn mower seat, from lumbar support and suspension to upholstery material and cushion softness. Here's what to look for in a great lawn mower seat:
- Lumbar support: Mowing can be hard on your back, and one of the leading culprits behind back pain wile mowing is poor lumbar support. A seat with good lumbar support should be flush against the small of the back, helping to keep the shoulders and hips in alignment, and maintaining the natural curvature of the lower spine.
- Seat back height: Although your preferred seat back height is largely a matter of personal preference, it's generally best that the seat reaches just below the shoulder blades, allowing your arms to move freely while operating the mower. If the seat back reaches partway up your shoulder blades, it can cause pressure and neck pain and may make it uncomfortable to move your arms freely.
- Adjustability: It's nice to have options, and many modern zero-turn mowers have adjustable seats that give you the ability to adjust the seat to a height that comfortably fits your frame. As a general rule, you should always choose a seat that feels comfortable when your hips, knees and ankles are at 90-degree angles.
- Suspension: Durable suspension springs ensure that your seat can "go with the flow," staying comfortable even while traversing bumpy ground. Good suspension is especially important if you have a lot of yard to mow, or have a mowing business that forces you to spend a lot of time in that seat.
- Air flow: Seats designed for good air flow, like the ones on our Raptor models, keep you nice and cool when you're mowing on a hot day. Be sure to look at the shape of the seat and its built-in ventilation to judge its air flow.
- Longevity: You want a seat that's built to stay comfortable (and in one piece) over the long haul. Vinyl is a great material when it comes to standing the test of time. It holds up well to abrasion and routine wear and tear, plus it's fire-resistant and not easily damaged by chemicals.
- Armrests: Whether you want armrests is a matter of personal preference. Some zero-turn mowers have them, and some don't. If you do get armrests, make sure they sit at a comfortable level that keeps your arms well supported. Arm rests too high or too low can strain your back, shoulders and neck.
- Cup holders: A luxury perhaps, but cup holders are a nice feature that you'll be glad to have when you're mowing under the hot sun. These days, they're a common feature on most zero-turn mowers.
Of course, when you're considering what makes for a comfortable lawn mower seat, it pays to do your research. However, there's no substitute for actually sitting down and getting a feel for it in person. To test out some lawn mower seats for yourself, contact us today to find a Hustler dealer near you, and let's work together to find a mower that provides the comfort and efficiency you need.