Ariens is another big name in the zero turn mower game, but do their products live up to expectations, or will you get a very pricey but very basic unit? Our expert landscapers have looked at multiple products and narrowed them down to 3 choices to make up this Ariens zero turn mower review. 

Premium Pick
Ariens IKON XD 60 in.
Editor’s Choice
Ariens Edge 52 in.
Budget Option
Ariens IKON XD 52 in.
Ariens IKON XD 60 in.
Ariens Edge 52 in.
Ariens IKON XD 52 in.
• Kawasaki FR691 engine
• 60-inch cutting deck
• Easy to maneuver
• Professional-grade transmission
• Fabricated deck
• Kawasaki FR651 engine
• Foot-operated deck lift
• High-back seat
• Advanced airflow
• High-back seat
• 13 cutting positions
• Large tires
Premium Pick
Ariens IKON XD 60 in.
Ariens IKON XD 60 in.
• Kawasaki FR691 engine
• 60-inch cutting deck
• Easy to maneuver
• Professional-grade transmission
Editor’s Choice
Ariens Edge 52 in.
Ariens Edge 52 in.
• Fabricated deck
• Kawasaki FR651 engine
• Foot-operated deck lift
• High-back seat
Budget Option
Ariens IKON XD 52 in.
Ariens IKON XD 52 in.
• Advanced airflow
• High-back seat
• 13 cutting positions
• Large tires

Reviews of the Top Ariens Zero Turn Mowers

1. Ariens Edge 52 in.

The Ariens Edge 52 inch mower  blends utility with comfort with a high-back seat complete with springs and ball bearings for suspension and vibration absorption. 

A 52-inch deck is our recommended size for medium jobs and the Edge has a 52-inch fabricated 11-gauge steel deck for the ultimate durability powered by a Kawasaki 726cc engine that gets the job done quickly. 

The deck lift is foot-operated and highly intuitive to help you maneuver around smaller and larger properties. You will be left with a pristine lawn with impeccable accuracy thanks to the zero turning capabilities. 

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2. Ariens IKON XD 60 in.

For those looking for commercial units for larger properties, our Ariens zero turn mower review showed the Ariens IKON XD 60-inch unit to be the best choice. Although the deck is larger, it’s still easy enough to maneuver and the 23HP Kawasaki engine ensures a smooth ride.

60 inches means the cut job gets done faster and the professional-grade transmission provides enhanced torque and load capacity. You will be able to turn corners faster and smoother than on other zero turn mowers for an even better response.

For its size, the unit is considered light and very mobile with a high-back seat for comfort and large tires for stability. 

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3. Ariens IKON XD 52 in.

The Ariens IKON XD 52-inch unit is smaller but comes with plenty of features even for the budget price. For starters, you get a 4-inch deep fully-fabricated steel deck with adequate airflow for better performance.

The high-back seat has armrests like the previous models just to take tension off of your arms and shoulders. The deck height is adjustable with 13 positions each at varying increments. Riders can easily access the controls and switch the position of the deck with the turn dial.

Despite the smaller size, the IKON XD 52-inch zero turn mower also comes with a 23HP Kawasaki engine. 

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Ariens Zero Turn Mowers Buyer’s Guide

Engine Power

Not every user needs a powerful engine. The engine power depends on the size of your property and the load you undertake. Our assessment showed that for residential acreages, a 23HP motor will do the job. If you are looking at commercial purposes, then our contracts recommend 26HP [1]

Cutting Performance

Our landscapers say to look for strong steel decks with adjustable cutting heights. With the height adjustability, you will be able to cut grass regardless of the length, which gives you much more flexibility.

Size and Design

The size of the machine depends on your property, but 50 to 61 inches is the recommended range for most jobs. Our team says zero turn mowers need to have high-back seats for user comfort along with armrests and maybe even a cupholder for convenience.

Our Top Pick For an Ariens Zero Turn Mower:
Ariens Edge 52 in.

After multiple Ariens zero turn mower reviews and tests, our team has agreed that the Edge takes the cake. The Ariens Edge 52-inch mower has a very durable fabricated steel deck construction that lasts longer and the Kawasaki engine can push the mower up to 7mph. At that speed, the rider can still feel comfortable in the high-back seat with springs and sealed ball bearings.

Robert