Rear engine riding mowers are an ideal choice if you have little space to store it or tight gates and spaces to maneuver through.
They're also a more affordable alternative to larger lawn tractors and zero turn mowers.
Because the deck pivots with the front axle, you'll find it provides a smoother cut through turns. You have better visibility with less obstruction in the front, and you can breathe comfortably knowing the exhaust fumes are behind you.
Cutting width is worth considering when shopping for a rear-engine rider. With a larger deck size, you'll cut more grass with each pass. However, measure your gates and tighter spaces on your property to make sure you're not going too big.
A more compact deck size will allow you to get through those tough-to-fit places, minimizing how much trim work you'll have to do later.
If you have no tight spaces, then the widest deck will allow you to finish mowing in less time. Take a walk around your property and determine which deck size will suit you best.
A hydrostatic transmission, which automatically changes gears as you accelerate or decelerate, provides a gentler ride but comes with an added price tag.