I really hate gas and electric mowers. The noise, the smell, the weight and the waste are totally unnecessary! Reel-type mowers like this Great States 5 Blade are easy to use, easy to store, dependable, safe, and great for handing off to the kids. We had a Great States mower for a couple years and recently got another reel mower from another company because it was on sale. Both perform very well and having two compact mowers that still take up less space than one regular gas mower cuts down on the time it takes to get the lawn done when you've got two people mowing together. It's a lot more fun too because without all the noise, you can hold an actual conversation with your fellow mower! Performance Excellent, light-weight, easy movement. Only complaint that keeps it from being a 10 is that it is more apt to get caught and stop suddenly on a branch (or even a gumball) than our other mower. Handling Turns on a dime. Light enough to pic up and carry if you don't want to drag it. Durability Very sturdy construction. I'm sure we will get years more out of it as long as we take care of it. (Cleaning, no water, etc.) Safety I let my 10 and 11 year old's run races up and down the yard as they mow. I wouldn't let a toddler handle it, but other than that, safe enough for anyone. Ease of Use You push it. The end. Engine Power No engine = great exercise. Mush less tiring than a gas mower too!