We have three lawn mowers. Here is my comparison of two of them –
Positives of a Gas-Powered (Rotary) Mower Over A Push (Reel) Mower:
It is self propelling
It is wider and covers more area
It mulches better
It mows more completely
It doesn’t get stuck on sticks
Positives of a Push Mower over a Gas-Powered Mower:
Much less expensive
Doesn’t require gas
Easier to start
Less likely to chop off a finger
If a kid can push it, he can run it
Makes almost no noise.
My recommendation: If you have a small yard, go for the push mower.