I started out bagging two years ago, then this past year, I switched to mulching after reading so much about it here and elsewhere. The mulching was great as far as solid mowing and not having to get off of the mower ... I was liable to runn out of gas before I had to get off. As far as appearances, mulching did ok, I really have no complaints about its appearance, except with bahia. It can handle leaves without a hitch. This year, I just put the bagger bag on and, oh my! What a difference. I feel that I can go through thicker grass, leaves, etc. quicker with the bagger than with the mulch kit. I'm using a Scag Tiger Cub with a 19 HP Kaw. And as far as appearances go, well, it just looks SO much better when it's bagged, to me. The bagger that I'm using is the one that Scag sells for the STC, it's a spindle-driven, three bag system, works quite well. This is just my opinion. Anyone else notice the same or the opposite? Anybody do both at different times of the year?