Husqvarna HU800AWDH Lawn Mower Review

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Husqvarna HU800AWDH

The Husqvarna HU800AWDH walk behind lawn mower is a serious contender in the top gas lawn mowers available today. The combination of the powerful Honda motor, the build quality of the body, and the amazingly powerful 4WD self-propelled feature makes it a must-see before you make your final decision on which mower to buy.

So what else makes this Husqvarna mower so worthwhile? Let’s take a look!

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  • Lots of power
  • Starts very easily
  • AWD Self propelled
  • Mulcher works great
  • Hose attachment for easy cleaning


  • Mowing deck is a bit flimsy and flexes more easily than some may like
  • Can be hard to pull backwards out of difficult spots

Detailed HU800AWDH Review

Ease of Use

Probably the best thing about the Husqvarna HU800AWDH is how easy it is to use.

Starting the Mower

Honda GCV Mower
The Honda GCV engine gives this mower all the power it needs

Starting this lawn mower is a breeze, even after after sitting for months without being used over winter it will likely start the first time and without any coughing or spluttering. This is, of course, all thanks to the Honda GCV engine.

Self Propelled

If you have a hilly yard then you will likely be thankful for the all-wheel-drive self-propelled feature. It really makes going up those hills a breeze, this will be especially appreciated by an elderly user who doesn’t have the strength to push a mower up hills by them self.

There is not much to complain about here, but one issue we did have with this, as we occasionally lost traction when the grass was a little wet – not so much that it was dangerous, but just enough to be annoying.

The other problem we noticed was that if you do get yourself into a tough spot that needs to be backed out of, you may have a tough time pulling the mower backwards. I wouldn’t call this a deal breaker, and the problem can be mitigated by being aware that this situation may arise and planning your mowing route accordingly.

Husqvarna HU800WDH maintenance
The hose attachment on the deck makes it easy to clean

Hose Attachment

Most people remember to change the oil on their gas lawn mower, but many people forget to clean the cutting deck! Cleaning the cutting deck stops premature rusting and keeps your blades in tip-top condition.

The Husqvarna HU800AWDH has a built in hose attachment that makes cleaning the cutting deck very easy.

Cut Quality

The cut quality of the Husqvarna HU800AWDH is top notch, it leaves your grass lovely and even with not a stray long blade to be seen! The 22″ cutting deck is a great size and it offers a four point cutting height adjustment.
The “3-in-1” cutting system is great too, what this means is that it comes with everything you need to bag your clippings, re-mulch the grass or side eject the clippings.

The mulching works as it should and there is no sign of any cut grass after it has done its work.

self propelled lawn mower
The cut quality is great

Motor Power

As usual, Husqvarna have gone for a Honda motor to power this machine. The high quality Honda GCV Engine 190cc four stroke provides tonnes of torque and the motor can power through pretty much anything you can throw at it. In fact, we actually could not find anything that this mower struggled with!

Build Quality

For the most part, the build quality is great. The one problem we did come across is that the deck can feel a bit flimsy compared to some other mowers on the market. This flimsiness did allow for a bit of flex in the cutting deck which may be a problem in some situations. I actually read one review where the users deck has flexed enough to cause the blades to hit it!


The price of the Husqvarna HU800AWDH lawn mower is a bit higher than many of its competitors, but we feel this is with good reason. The ease of use and power that this mower provides makes it worth the money and if they tried to make it any cheaper, the end product would be inferior.

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Aaron is the founder of and Essential Home and Garden. With over 15 years of hands-on experience in home ownership, lawn care, and gardening, Aaron is a seasoned expert in areas like lawn care, DIY, HVAC, and pest control.

5 thoughts on “Husqvarna HU800AWDH Lawn Mower Review”

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    I have had countless number of mowers in my 50 years as a homeowner…mostly craft man. This mower may be a little heavy for the faint hearted and frail people but the features : easy start, AWD Honda engine (indestructable ), make it the best mower I have ever owned…BY FAR !! I would recommend it over any other push mower on the market today
    June 9/2023

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    WRT hard to pull backwards: It is hard to back up unless the machine is allowed to coast forward after the drives are disengaged. Coasting may not be possible in a tight position but it is not hard to slide the fromt wheels until it can be coasted/pushed forward. Love this machine on my hilly lot at age 78.

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    My hu800awd will not shut off when I let go of handle dangerous to empty bag

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    It does a very good job mowing. I’ve had mine less than a year and have had to replace 2 belts & a transmission. The belt needs to be a heavier belt. Not sure its built for the long haul.

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    This is the sixth Husqvarna mower that I have bought. Have not had a problem with any of them. Bought the HU800AWDH several months ago and has exceeded my expectations. I appreciate the power and the all wheel drive. Best mower I have ever had and give it a 5 star rating.

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