Ariens Zoom 34 Review

Ariens Zoom 34

The Ariens Zoom 34 ZTR (zero turn radius) mower offers a lot of bang for your buck if you are considering moving up  into the zero turn mower class type of riding lawn tractor.

Considering you will probably spend hundreds of hours on your next zero turn mower, it is important to find out if the Ariens Zoom 34 in. 14.5 HP Briggs & Stratton zero turn mower will “makes the cut”.

If you are looking for a complete Ariens Zoom 34 review with all the details (including  special features, zero turn attachments, customer testimonials, and issues to watch out for ), you found the right page.

Our team went to great lengths to make sure you had all the information needed to make a an informative decision on the Ariens Zoom 34 ZTR lawn mower so you could get on with your mowing!

Is the Ariens Zoom 34 right for you?

The Ariens Zoom 34 mower is the entry model of the Ariens zero turn mower line of ZTR mowers (i.e., Zoom 34, Zoom 42, Zoom 50, Zoom XL 42, etc.) and is probably best suited for average weekly residential mowing of home owners who need to mow grass on small city lots to land owners who need to mow up to about two acres of land.

Does size matter?

That depends on your needs my friend. Because the Ariens Zoom 34 has a 34 inch cutting deck, it is ideal for homeowners who live in the city because you are able to pass through most gates leading from the front to the back yard without a problem. Moreover, the compact size of this mower allows home owners to store this mower inside a small shed or average garage if space is an issue.

The smooth touch control clutch allows you to manipulate it precisely.

In addition, the efficient size and controlability of the Ariens Zoom 34 makes maneuverability around tight spaces such as shrubs or flower beds a cinch compared to other larger zero turn mowers. Some owners of the Ariens Zoom 34 lawn mower reported being able to mow around objects as small as a flagpole.


The Ariens Zoom 34 ZTR mower is powered by a 14.5 HP/500cc Briggs & Stratton engine. Since 1908 Briggs & Stratton has been building, air-cooled gasoline engines and  is the world’s larges manufacture today. That being said, you’re probably in good hands.

The 14.5 HP engine gives the Ariens Zoom 34 a maximum forward speed of 6.0 mph and a 3.0 mph max speed in reverse. Most owners found their mow time had been reduced between 50-60% from their walk behind mowers or standard lawn tractors.We found the speed of this mower was never a problem for owners. In fact one owner said,

It’s like a carnival ride when I’m doing the 1 acre of lawn.


In regards to comfort, the Ariens Zoom 34 comes equipped with a mid-back seat with supported springs underneath to help with shock absorption. If you plan on being on your mower for extended periods of time you should look for a mower with mid-back to high-back seat for additional back support. Many zero turn owners have claimed reduced back pain when switching to this zero turn mower versus their walk behind push mower. Another owner said

I’ll never go back to push a mower and best of all no more back pain!

Many home owners, change the cut height of their grass depending on the time of the  year. The Ariens Zoom 34 ZTR meets those needs by offering 7 cutting height positions ranging from 1 to 2 inches. Additionally, the grass discharge system is rated better than most and discharges the grass with minimal clumping.

Special Features

Probably the best special feature Ariens Zoom 34 owners rave about is the “mechanical foot lift” included on this model. The foot lift allows you to raise the mowing deck while moving to pass over things such as sprinkler heads, tree stumps, or other protruding objects.

The height adjustment pedal is excellent, makes more expensive models seem featureless, as this is one of its greatest features…

Ariens ZTR Mower AccessoriesAriens Zoom 34 Attachements

The Ariens Zoom 34 is attachment-ready for many additional zero turn mower accessories such as a: non-powered bagger kit, mulching kit, trailer hitch kit, spreader, dump cart, poly roller, aerator dethatcher, sprayer, seat and wheel covers.

The Ariens Zoom 34 mulching kit seems to be one of the more popular attachments for this model because it allows closer cutting from both sides. Additionally, if you are sensitive to noise or would like to quiet the noise level, the Ariens Zoom 34 mulching kit seems to muffle the mower noise. The non-powered bagger is another popular accessory.


In regards to speed, some Ariens Zoom 34 owners complained of a loss of traction on wet grass; however, this is to be expected on any type of riding lawn mower moving at fast rate of speed. To their  point, if the Ariens Zoom 34 had wider  rear tires, increased traction could probably be improved. Moreover, these same narrow wheels have been known to cause ruts in the turf if not careful or careless.


The Ariens Zoom 34 zero turn mower is a fantastic choice for the cost conscious zero turn mower  owner who wants the major benefits of a ZTR mower without the high cost and need for a commercial ZTR mower. This mower is a great choice for the average everyday homeowner in the city all the way up to land owners who have 1-2 acres of land.

The Zoom 34 is easy to use, has great maneuverability, and reduces mow time by at least 50% from a standard walk behind mower. One of the greatest features is the mechanical foot lift that many mowers that cost more do not include.

If you want to save time, hassle, and energy without spending an arm and a leg, the Ariens Zoom 34 zero turn mower ticks all the boxes.

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