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How Do I Choose the Best Lawn Mower Seat?

Most lawn mower seats are covered in vinyl or plastic, both of which are waterproof.
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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 July 2014
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One of the most basic components of any riding mower is the seat, as you cannot typically use it without this item. Whether you already own a riding lawn mower and need a new seat for it, or are considering the seat types when purchasing a new mower, there are a few details to think about. The size of the lawn mower seat is important, as both the back and the part that you will sit on vary in size. You should also consider the material it is made of, as the comfort and appearance often depend on this detail. Finally, think about whether you need extra additions on the seat, such as armrests and adjustability.

The height of the backrest is one factor that varies from lawn mower seat to another. Some feature a high back so that you can lean backward comfortably when driving the lawn mower, while others have a low back. Both types usually provide some support to the lumbar part of the back since this is the lower area of the spine, so they are both often considered ergonomic. This means that you should choose the lawn mower seat that is most comfortable for you, which will depend on whether you like to sit back while riding the mower. Additionally, you should decide whether you want a cushioned lawn mower seat or a bench seat before you make your purchase.

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Many lawn mower seats are covered in either vinyl or plastic, both of which typically stand up to rain since they are waterproof. Of course, the vinyl type is usually considered more comfortable, while the plastic kind is typically more durable. If you will use it often, comfort is likely quite important to you, whereas a seat that will sit in storage most of the time should typically be more durable than soft. When selecting the material, you should also consider the color and design. Note that most seats are plain black, but some can be found in brighter colors or even patterns, such as camouflage.

It is typically easy to find a basic lawn mower seat, but if you plan to use it often, consider buying one with additional features. For example, some come with armrests so that you can relax the arm that you are not using to drive the lawn mower. Some seats are also adjustable, allowing you to move them backward and forward or up and down so that you can be as comfortable as possible.

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