Mower has been fine for the price point. It retails for $279. Home Depot usually runs it for $249. I got Home Depot online chat to match a internet price of $199. If it was not so inexpensive I would have gotten the one with Honda engine, but it was at a good price for me.
It mulches fine, once I installed the bag correctly. Only issue I had was what most of the reviews state is they do not do a very good job of packing it during shipping. So if you order it make sure you inspect thoroughly. Mine was missing a rear hub cap but Cub Cadet sent it right out no problem.
When assembled you want to make sure you pull the handle bars out all the way to lock it down. That was the only issue I had in assembly.
Starts well every time.
I would recommend it if you do not want an expensive mower.