Strongest electric lawn mower. 11 Best Cordless Electric Mowers: Easy Buying Guide (2023)
Best Cordless Electric Mowers: Easy Buying Guide (2023)
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- By Bobby Bernstein
- Updated Jul 10, 2023 at 6:20pm
Electric mowers aren’t what they used to be. Instead of the 20-minute runtimes and weak motors, the electric lawnmowers you’ll find available in 2023 are long-lasting and just as strong as gas-powered motors. So, consider retiring your gas guzzler and upgrading to an electric lawn mower. Below, find the best cordless electric mowers for sale in 2023.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Greenworks 21in 80v Brushless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Greenworks is a Champion of the cordless electric lawn mower game for a reason. They make a quality family of products in 40v, 60v, and 80v ranges, all with sharable battery capability. The Greenworks Pro 80v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower features a brushless motor, is self-propelled, and includes a 4Ah battery and charger. This thing is a high-quality machine with a steel 21-inch cutting deck with mulch, side discharge, or bag options for clippings.
At only 64 pounds, this mower is easy to move around. It cuts grass as tall as the motor housing when moving slower; the self-propelled rear-wheel drive can be adjusted easily to whatever speed you’re looking for. The seven-position, single-handle height adjustment raises and lowers all four wheels simultaneously.
The Greenworks Pro will automatically cycle itself higher and lower depending on the length of grass being cut. The 80v 4Ah battery lasts approximately 45 minutes and should get through a half-acre of mowing fairly easily. This cordless electric lawn mower will cut through just about anything and keep going. And when you’re done with your chores, storage couldn’t be simpler: once you’re through with our mowing job, fold the handle over and store it vertically in your garage or shed.
While I typically advise users of electric power tools to pick up an additional battery, the 80v models aren’t exactly cheap. The large energy capacity of the 4Ah may not make picking up a second one necessary unless you own another 80v power tool from Greenworks. And considering how well this mower works, I’d definitely want to look at more of what Greenworks produces.
Of course, that all depends on your lawn size and if you want to complete both the front and back lawns in one go or not. If you do, or you have a rather large lawn, I highly recommend buying a second 80V.
Worx WG779 14in 40v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
The Worx WG779 14in 40v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is a perfect example of what electric lawn care machines are capable of. You’ll have to keep an open mind. This mower is small and plastic (almost toy-like) yet it is a great tool to get some serious grass cutting accomplished. At around 35 pounds, literally anyone could mow the lawn with the Worx WG779. It runs quietly enough to mow the lawn early in the morning and not disturb the neighbors. The mower is easy to store by folding the handle over, picking up the machine, and carrying it to the garage or shed. Try that with your gas-powered lawn mower!
This cordless electric lawn mower comes packaged with two 20v 4.0Ah batteries with light-up charge level indicators that provide a combined 40v of power. The “Intellicut” system provides needed torque on demand when the grass gets thick and also the ability to conserve battery power. Simply twist the knob at the front of the mower depending on what your conditions are.
Keep in mind that the “Eco” setting will get you around 45 minutes of run time to mow around 5,000 square feet of lawn. The “Power” setting will get through that thick, long turf but will use up your battery power fairly quickly. Having spare batteries on hand saves time and is recommended, especially if you own any of the Worx line of 20v “Power Share” tools including grass and hedge trimmers. The right combination of tools all using the same battery system will definitely make landscaping maintenance quicker and easier.
The Worx WG779 features mulching, rear discharge, or bag options. A quick, single lever allows you to select between six height positions between 1.5 and 3.5 inches. The grass bag features a full indicator and an oversized carry handle when it’s time to empty the bag. Starting the mower is incredibly easy. If you need to move something out of your mower’s way, simply turn it off, move the item, and turn it on again.
Ego Power LM2142SP 21in 56v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
I know what you’re thinking. The price point for the Ego Power LM2142SP 21in 56v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is on the high end (okay, really high end) of the electric mower spectrum. However, if you’re looking at cordless mowers and you want as close to a gas-engine machine then there are a few reasons why you should consider picking up this particular package:
The Ego LM2142SP comes with two (TWO!) 56v 5Ah batteries. If you plan on using electric power tools, especially a string trimmer and leaf blower, nothing is worse than waiting for the cells to recharge. Having an extra 56v battery that’s charged and raring to go is a definite plus.
Considering a similar Ego mower costs 350-400 and the batteries run around 250 each (!), this package actually provides a bundle deal of at least a couple hundred dollars in savings.
5Ah batteries are larger and therefore provide a longer run time for your mower. Two charged batteries of that size will get you eighty minutes of mowing. Let me state that again: eighty minutes of operation. You could take care of approximately three-quarters of an acre with that kind of power.
This cordless electric lawn mower is on the real high end of power, quality, and style. It has a 21-inch steel cutting deck. It has a six-position height adjustment handle on the housing. It folds up like a Transformer to store in your shed. It’s self-propelled. This thing has EVERYTHING you need to knock out your medium to large lawn without breaking a sweat…all while making you the envy of all your neighbors.
Greenworks 2 x 24V (48V) 20-Inch Brushless Self-Propelled Mower
For many years, I used a professional-grade Honda gas mower to cut my own grass. That is, until now. The Greenworks 48V 20-Inch Brushless Self-Propelled Mower has really changed my outlook about the true capabilities of cordless mowers. This model features a steel mowing deck, solid construction and great battery life. Plus, the batteries are included along with a cordless drill for the same price as just the mower.
Everything about the mower is simple to use from the incredible one-lever height adjustment system to the drive controls on the handlebar. It literally took me less than 20 minutes to begin mowing the lawn after receiving the box. Some quality details about this Greenworks mower include rubber tires, a cloth bag for clippings, and, although the majority of the components are made of plastic, those components feel solid and not at all cheap.
The noise that this mower puts out when running is completely negligible. I wore a simple pair of earbuds to listen to music without needing to increase the volume at all. And although this model features a self-propelled drive system, I had no trouble pushing the mower without it.
So here are some downsides to the mower: first, the drive system takes a full three-count between pulling the trigger and activation. The same is true for disengaging the drive and moving the mower backwards. If I’m truly being nitpicky, the clipping bag is too small. That said, the lawn mower is a really great deal because it comes with two 5.0Ah batteries, a dual charger, and a cordless drill. Recommended.
Snapper XD 21 Inch 82V MAX Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
The name Snapper is synonymous with lawn mowing so I was happy to take a look at the Snapper XD 82V Max 21-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower. This model features push-button start, a durable steel 3-in-1 mowing deck with mulch, side discharge or bagging options, and up to 45 minutes of mow time with two Briggs Stratton 2.0 batteries (they’re included!). Charge time is around an hour, better than most other batteries I looked at.
The self-propelled variable speed transmission makes for a smooth time behind the controls. Snapper claims “load sensing technology” that allows the unit to cut through thicker patches of turf when you need it however there were a few other reviews online of this feature is somewhat hit and miss. Seven different cutting heights are available with a convenient single level height of cut adjustment. Like other cordless electric lawn mowers, the Snapper XD 82V MAX has is much quieter and requires less maintenance.
Despite the larger size and power of this model, the Snapper XD allows for vertical storage capabilities for a smaller footprint in your storage shed. The entire mower part is quite sturdy, made mostly of metal. It cuts very well with lots of power, equaling the quality of your average gas-engine mower. This model absolutely destroys weeds, stalks, and thick turf. Keep in mind that you should start on the highest cut setting and go from there to see how your experience and grass end up.
While you may laugh at other reviews from people actually looking forward to mowing their lawns, you may understand once you have a go with the Snapper XD.
EGO Power LM2021 20-Inch 56V Cordless Lawn Mower
If you’re skeptical of upgrading from gasoline to electricity, you owe it to yourself to look at the EGO Power LM2021 20-Inch 56V Cordless Lawn Mower. Any assumptions you may have will be wiped away once you experience what this machine has to offer.
The EGO LM2021 houses strong power in a premium, well-engineered package. A quick and easy conversion from the fold-away storage mode will have your mower ready to operate in just a few seconds. This model comes with an advanced Arc-Lithium 5.0Ah 56v Battery and Rapid Charger for approximately 60 minutes of runtime. The battery charges extremely fast in approximately 30 minutes per charge. If you need to mow for longer, considering picking up a spare battery kit.
This cordless electric lawn mower has plenty of get-up-and-go and should have no trouble with any overgrown lawn. Height adjustment of the blade is incredibly simple to adjust by using the bright green shift handle on the deck housing. I found that the bright green accent combined with the grayscale color scheme to be really nice. The mower just looks sharp overall. Plus, it’s got a steel deck that offers up professional-grade durability.
Lightweight and maneuverable, the Ego LM2021 isn’t self-propelled however you’ll have no trouble pushing this up and down and across any terrain, turf, or landscape. This cordless lawn mower will want to make you kick that gas mower to the curb for good.
Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
Greenworks fabricates a wide variety of battery-operated tools from leaf blowers to chainsaws to lawn mowers. There are three levels of power, 40v, 60v, and 80v, depending on a homeowner’s needs. The Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is a decent solution for small yards of around a third of an acre and for anyone looking to upgrade from the noise and fumes of a gas-powered engine.
The Greenworks 16-Inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is one of the highest-rated models online and it’s easy to see why: like other electric lawn mowers, this model is reliable, easy to use, and needs next to no maintenance. A simple push of the power button and you are ready to start cutting your grass. The 40v battery is easy to get in and out of the charger and the lawn mower. The handle folds down easily when finished for compact storage. There is a simple lever mechanism to adjust the mowing height.
There is no automatic propulsion however the mower is light enough that you shouldn’t have any problem pushing it across your yard even through thicker grass at the beginning of a season. Noise level is about half as much as a standard gas-engine mower. Cutting power is impressive, able to easily take care of 10,000 square feet on one charge. While a charger and battery are included with the mower, you might think about picking up an additional battery to avoid long waits between needed charges.
The Greenworks 16-Inch 40V Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is a great entry-level machine for small to medium homeowners that are looking to upgrade from that old gas-engine mower and get green. By the way, I’m a huge fan of the lime green color of this machine!
Scotts 60040S 19-Inch 40-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
You may only think of the Scotts brand for fertilizers and pest-control products but they also happen to make a tight line of battery-operated lawn care tools as well. Scotts 19-inch 40v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower features a brushless motor that delivers the performance of a gas-powered mower with increased efficiency and a decent 30-minute run-time. The Scotts 60040S comes packaged with a 5Ah battery and fast charger. This model is definitely meant to get small to medium yards mowed quickly.
Nice features include a handy battery level indicator on the control panel and a premium grass catcher bag. It features side discharge, mulching and rear bagging options. This mower is equipped with LED headlights which is good but it would have been nice to forget about mowing in the dark in favor of a little more power in the battery. The telescoping handles are simple and allow for convenient vertical storage with the flip of two levers and two pull handles. A steel tube front guard and lift handle are great premium touches as are the 4-year tool and 2-year battery warranties.
The Scotts 60040S features a sensor that automatically adjusts the blade speed when it encounters thicker grass that provides a clean and even cut. This cordless electric mower is incredibly light at approximately 50 pounds so self-propulsion isn’t necessary. It is very easy to push this mower too fast because of this…slow down to a pace you would use on a gas-powered model and you’ll find the Scotts will leave a nicely manicured surface.
Makita LXT 18 Inch 36v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
Makita is a leader in producing premium contractor power tools; they are consistently dependable and tough enough to be used in any sort of work conditions. When it comes to yard care, the Makita LXT 18-inch 36v (18v x2) Cordless Electric Lawn Mower doesn’t disappoint. It features zero emissions (it’s electric, after all), has enough juice to mow up to 7,300 square feet, and a large amount of reduced maintenance.
It’s powered by two of Makita’s proprietary 18v 5Ah LXT batteries. At the time of this writing, Makita includes four batteries and a dual charger with the purchase of an LXT power tool. While the initial purchase price might give you some sticker shock, keep in mind that Makita 5Ah batteries cost around 100 giving you a 200 savings on the bundle price.
With that sort of electric power capability, this mower can take care of a huge amount of property before requiring a charge. The Makita-built motor delivers up to 2,800rpm for plenty of cutting power. This mower spins up eagerly when taking on thick grass. A “Quiet Mode” setting reduces noise by providing constant speed control at 2,300rpm if you wish.
This cordless electric lawn mower offers ease-of-use features including quick height adjustments, mulching capability, and a commercial-grade steel deck. Using the bag to pick up clippings is highly efficient; you probably won’t know the bag is full until you begin to see grass behind you on the way to your next pass.
The LXT’s power rival gas-engine mowers so while, at around 60 pounds, it may not be as maneuverable as other electric mowers (made of plastic) changing terrain won’t faze this mower in the slightest. This model is very sturdy yet still offers up a foldable handle for compact storage.
A side note: This cordless electric lawn mower is part of Makita’s 18v LXT System, billed by Makita as the world’s largest family of cordless power tools powered by 18v lithium-ion slide-style batteries. Makita batteries have a reputation for really quick charge times in their categories, making your wait time much shorter when you want to slap a battery into another Makita tool for that other project waiting for you.
Echo 21-Inch 58-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Mower
The Echo CLM-58V4AH 21-Inch 58v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower isn’t the cheapest model on our list however its expensive cost turns out to be worth it because of the great performance in cutting a lawn, performance that would normally need a gas-powered mower to pull off. Zero gas fumes, virtually no noise, and just a fraction of the regular maintenance of a regular gas mower.
The cordless electric lawn mower comes with a 4Ah battery and charger that provides up to 40 minutes of mow time or around a 1/2-acre depending on conditions. This mower features a fantastic feature in the form of dual onboard battery storage to double it’s run time. If you have an average yard to mow, the Echo is well up to the task however picking up an additional battery will really boost your next mow. With two batteries, you’ll have enough juice and power to mow up to an acre of thick turf without the dreaded stop, recharge and wait cycle that is the bane of some electric lawn mowers.
The 58V brushless motor will give you serious torque and efficiency. Don’t let its simple look fool you. This thing is a serious contender for the best cordless electric lawn mower I’ve seen. The nine-inch wheels move the 21-inch composite cutting deck (with a lifetime guarantee!) across your landscape with power that you wouldn’t believe would come from a 56-pound machine that’s so quiet. It’s durable and tough and better yet, it feels like it while you mow. On top of all that, it’s got a five-year residential warranty.
Some challenges with the Echo: self-propulsion would have been nice but it’s not a deal killer since this machine is quick and light. You’ll have no issues pushing the mower across any terrain. And while seven adjustable height settings are great, you’ve got to set the height on each wheel individually. There’s no side discharge chute, either.
I’ve got to say however that those small issues are more than made up for with the package as a whole. The Echo CLM-58V4AH 21-Inch 58v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is simple, powerful, efficient, and, well, awesome. If anyone thought that electric lawn mowers would never equal a gas-powered machine, they would do well to look at the Echo.
Sun Joe 24V-X2-17LM Cordless Electric Mulching Lawn Mower
Sun Joe’s 24V-X2-17LM Cordless Mulching Lawn Mower offers some definitive cutting-edge grooming tech with this 17-inch wide landscaping machine. Two 24V 4Ah batteries are included along with the charger that combine for a full 48V of electric power with options to run for up to 65 minutes. Sun Joe’s 670 Watt brushless motor is engineered for efficiency that provides excellent performance and extended motor life to keep your mower running.
Customize your cutting height with the six-position adjustment level from one to three inches for how you want your lawn to look. The highest cutting adjustment on this mower may be lower than what you’re expecting so check it out to make sure. The 11-gallon collection bag prevents clippings from dropping to the lawn however a mulching option is present as well. While this mower doesn’t offer self-propulsion, the easy-glide wheels provide simple mobility and because most of the mower is made of lightweight but heavy-duty plastic, it’s light enough to push yourself with no issues.
Why Should I Buy a Cordless Electric Lawn Mower?
The cordless electric lawnmowers on our list range from 20 to 80 volts, with deck diameters ranging from a really tiny 12 (!) to a reasonable 21 inches. While manufacturers may claim certain run times or square footage per charge, keep in mind that your turf quality, turf height, and climate have a lot to do with the performance of your electric lawn mower.
On average, they will operate between 30 to 60 minutes or around 5,000 to 10,000 square feet before the battery will require a charge. Like gas-powered models with more horsepower, cordless electric lawn mowers with larger voltage motors will cut tall grass better, or if the mower is self-propelled since that requires more power.
With that comes a heavier mower and, of course, a higher price tag. On the other hand, mowers with smaller voltage mowers weigh less and are easier to maneuver for smaller yards of up to 2,000 square feet.
What Should I Consider Before Buying a Cordless Electric Lawn Mower?
Keep in mind the typical conditions of your particular grass at the height of summer. It’s no secret that tall, thick grass will lower the size of your mowed area per battery charge significantly.
Ditto that for damp and wet conditions that will clog up your cutting deck quickly and make your machine work much harder. Knowing when to mow the grass (typically mid-morning) is important.
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Even if you have a postage-stamp-sized yard, having a second battery on hand (or even a third if you are thinking of acquiring other battery-operated tools) is a very good idea so that you can save time, avoid the hassle, and reduce battery wear by using one battery while charging the other.
The size of your yard is the most important factor in determining the best cordless electric lawn mower for your needs. An electric mower is a good choice for yards that are about 10,000 square feet (1/4 acre) or less. You need to look at what cutting deck size (the actual width the mower will cut in one pass) makes sense as well.
The smaller your yard, the smaller the mower can be. A 16-inch mower may be perfect for a small yard, but you will most likely want a 21-inch mower for a larger yard to cut down on mowing time.
Also, consider your age and physical condition when choosing a cordless electric mower. A self-propelled mower may be appropriate for even a very small yard if pushing a lawn mower is challenging for you.
Will an Electric Lawn Mower Make My Lawn Healthier?
Gasoline spills, oil stains, exhaust fumes, and noise will all be eliminated if you make the switch from a gas engine to a cordless electric mower. But like you should with a gas mower, you will want to maintain your electric model regularly. The advice below not only will make your mower work more efficiently and also will contribute to a healthier lawn.
It’s better for the grass, for your mower, and for you if your lawn is mowed more often to a height within a range that the mower can comfortably handle. Since cordless electric lawn mowers are quieter and cleaner than gas-engines, this won’t be as much of a chore.
Keep your cutting deck clean. Optimum airflow under the mower reduces blade drag and helps the grass stand vertically for a clean cut.
Raise your mower deck up to reduce the amount of grass you remove with each mow, and remove no more than a third of the grass leaves with each cut. Most cool-season grasses are healthier, look better, and block weeds when they are cut in the 2½ to 4-inch range.
Keep a second blade on hand. Keep your blades sharp and swap out your working blade often. A sharp blade is healthier for your lawn and will reduce the electric draw of your battery.
I’m Still Undecided. Which is the Best Lawn Mower?
If you’ve used gas-powered mowers extensively, you may be hesitant to upgrade to a cordless electric lawn mower and think that you will give up speed and power. It really comes down to this:
If mowing speed and power are essential to you, if you have a tendency to let your grass get tall, if you occasionally or even weekly walk your mower into tall, non-turf grasses to keep border areas from overtaking your yard, or if you do regular shifts of volunteer work (it’s your turn to mow the soccer pitch or cut an elderly neighbor’s yard), then you should stick with a gas-engine mower.
If you have a small to medium-sized yard with cutting conditions that aren’t very tough, you regularly take care of your grass, and you don’t have a lot of elevation changes, a cordless electric lawn mower is far superior to a gas-engine machine in getting the job done quickly and quietly. Take a look at our list, though; there are some electric mowers there that rival their gas-powered cousins!
Here’s what changed my mind: I can now listen to music while mowing the grass without wearing ear protection! That made all the difference for me.
Best electric lawn mower: 5 best buys for all levels of expertise
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Shopping for the best electric lawn mower doesn’t have to be stressful. Much like the best lawn mower or best ride-on lawn mowers, you’ll find the best electric lawn mower offers ample choices and dozens to fit your specific lawn and level of expertise. And, if you are tired of finicky engines, jugs of oil, and never-ending cords, it might be time.
These power predecessors hone in on simplifying your life; like your favorite power tool or appliance, this battery-powered machine essentially does the work for you. There is no prep work required, and with one simple flip of the switch, most are ready to go in seconds.
Plus, unlike other lawn mower models on the market, the silver lining to finding the best electric lawn mower is the sound: they’re quieter than ever. Which is asking us is pretty great, which is why we went ahead and did something about it.
Whether you are looking to silence your louder-than-life model, simplify your weekend chores, or simply hoping to upgrade, we’ve found five of the best electric lawn mowers to accommodate every level of expertise, lawn size, and budget.
The 5 best electric lawn mowers to invest in
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Reasons to avoid
Starting our list is the Hart 40V 20” Brushless Self-Propelled Mower suitable for any yard up to ½ acre in size. Designed with brushless technology, this 40V electric lawn mower provides steady power without bogging down.
Plus, variable speed self-propelled technology for yards that feature slopes or hills and height modifications with a single-point height adjustment knob (instead of four wheels).
Most favorably, this 40V system is all power, no gas. This mower includes onboard battery storage to carry not one but two batteries; to ensure you continue mowing when one battery runs out (genius!).
Lastly, with telescoping and folding handles, you can seamlessly store this compact garage away when not in use, making it a no-brainer.
Reasons to avoid
The Ryobi 11 Amp 13-inch Electric Mower is a risk-free option. Backed by a three-year manufacturer warranty, this electric-powered machine is an excellent option for those looking to sway away from the traditional gas-operated mower.
This portable and lightweight version weighs in at only 23lbs and also offers collapsing handles for quick and easy storage.
There’s a single point height adjustment, swiftly inserting versatility, and customize this machine to coincide with the height of your deck (from 1 to 2.5inches), plus it’s environmentally friendly and essentially maintenance-free.
Reasons to avoid
The EGO Power 21′ Mower delivers long-lasting power, Rapid charging, and durability in all-weather conditions; while scratching the inch for anyone missing torque gas but is looking to avoid noise, mess, and fumes.
Here, this mower tackles even the toughest of mowing applications for all grass types and is suitable for up to 1/2 acres of lawns. With six adjustable options, versatility will reign supreme.
Plus, when paired with the proper 56V 5.0 AH ARC Lithium battery (not included), you’ll endure 45-minutes of uninterrupted, hassle-free use. Lastly, thanks to a sleek and lightweight construction, moving and storing the lawn mower will be as easy as using it.
Reasons to avoid
When investing in the BLACK DECKER 20-inch electric walk-behind push mower: there is a lot to be thankful. Among that list? You’ll be investing in clean, reliable electric power that starts in an instant every single time.
This electric lawn mower sports an exception 13 AMP motor that does it all: bagging, mulching, and includes a side discharge for up an up-to-20-inch width. With a 7-setting height, users can customize this machine to work between 1.5-inches and 4-inch lawns, as a 13-gallon nylon grass collection bag allows checking fill levels.
Furthermore, the edge max deck design is state-of-the-art. This feature allows users to cut up to the edge of fencing and flower beds, providing a clean, manicured lawn in minutes.
Reasons to avoid
The Sun Joe Mow Joe 12-Amp 14-in Corded Electric Lawn Mower is yet another lightweight and compact version on the market. Weighing in at 20 pounds, this choice is a lean, mean, and green mowing machine (literally).
Ideal for manicuring lawns without polluting the atmosphere with toxic carbon emissions, this machine turns on with a simple touch of the button. The rugged all-terrain wheels make it easier than ever to maneuver in those tight, hard-to-reach places and are suitable for year-round use.
Equipped with a durable steel blade, this electric lawn mower chops a 14-inch wide swath with each pass. Tailor the lawn cutting length with its 3-position manual height command, which corresponds from 1.18 inches to 2.52 inches.
Its 10.6-gallon hard-top rear bag conveniently handles grass clippings and separates smoothly for immediate disposal. A collapsible stem allows for quick and compressed accommodation when not in use.
And, lastly, this machine is ETL-approved, and the manufacturer provides a full 2-year warranty.
What is an electric lawn mower?
Electric lawn mowers, also known as battery lawn mowers, receive their power from a rechargeable battery instead of gasoline. Those batteries typically range anywhere from 36 to 120 volts, and many electric mowers come with a backup battery in case one runs dry.
What are the benefits of the best electric lawn mower?
Removing gas-fueled combustion engines from your garage is a liberating and transformative experience. When switching to one of the best electric lawn mowers, you’ll notice the following:
- A quieter experience: electric lawn mowers makes less noise than any other model on the market.
- Reduction in gasoline: you’ll save money by not having to run to the gas station to fill your gas-produced mowers.
- No gas engine equates to no spark plugs, oil changes, or filter replacements, reducing the cost of maintenance by hundreds.
- Wave goodbye to pull cords! Electric mowers start with a simple push of a button.
- You’ll go green: with no exhaust or emissions, you’ll reduce the pollution you’re putting back into the environment.
What to consider when selecting the best electric lawn mower?
The greater the voltage, the more the battery can handle. Invest in models with two batteries to ensure you get the most for your money and always have extra power on hand.
The wider a mower’s cutting width, the less time it will take to mow, which in turn, may protect battery life. Nevertheless, proceed with caution: a wider (or larger) deck may also cause the battery to work harder.
The more adjustments = more flexibility; you will be able to cut your grass to different heights. Most mowers can cut between 1-4 inches (any less, you will want to skip investing in this model).
It’s important to remember: the type of blades you select reflects how your lawn will look in the end. A handful of electric mowers user flatter blades that don’t lift the grass as much and preserve battery life. While other models use more exact, curved blades to get the job done.
Are you looking for a machine that does it all? If so, make sure that your electric mower also includes these bonuses.
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What Is an Electric Lawn Mower?
Electric lawn mowers all use electricity as a power source to cut grass. There are two types of electric lawn mowers. Corded lawn mowers draw power via electric outlets while cordless lawn mowers use a battery connected to the lawn mower. Both types of lawn mowers usually start with a single push. Electric lawn mowers need little maintenance. Occasionally, you need to clean dust and grass clipping off the mower and sharpen the blade.
Listed Below Are the Best Electric Lawn Mower Models.
In the chart below, you will find our top ten rated electric lawn mowers. For a more in-depth review of each model, please click on “Read Review.”
Ryobi 20 in. 40-Volt Brushless Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
3.1 out of 5
Kobalt 13 Amp Electric Lawn Mower
3.2 out of 5
WORX 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower
3.6 out of 5
Remington RM202A 12-Amp 19-Inch 2-in-1 Corded Electric Push Lawn Mower
3.7 out of 5
[RANKED] Top 3 Lawn Mowers of 2023!!
Black Decker CM1836 18-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
3.7 out of 5
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower
4.1 out of 5
Earthwise 50214 14-Inch 8-Amp Side Discharge/Mulching Corded Electric Lawn Mower
4.2 out of 5
GreenWorks 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower
4.3 out of 5
Snapper XD SXDWM82K 82V Cordless 21-Inch Walk Mower Kit
4.6 out of 5
EGO Power 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit
4.6 out of 5
How to Choose the Best Electric Lawn Mower
When choosing an electric lawn mower, calculate approximately how big the yard is that you will be mowing. Generally, cordless lawn mowers are used when you will be cutting grass that is 5,000 square feet or less. Corded lawn mowers can cover a larger area; however, make sure that your extension cord will reach as far as you need it to reach and that you have electric power sources available.
Types of Electric Lawn Mowers
When choosing an electric lawn mower, you will have two different types of models to choose from. The two choices are corded and cordless lawn mowers.
Corded Lawn Mowers were the first type of electric lawn mower to be invented. This type model is powered by an extension cord that is plugged into a power source. A corded lawn mower only requires an electric power source. It does not require gasoline. You simply have to plug the mower in and unplug it when you are finished. One disadvantage of a corded lawn mower is that you have the cord to contend with while you are mowing the lawn. You will have to maneuver the cord away from the mower so that you don’t run over it. Mowing over the cord can potentially be dangerous.
Cordless Lawn Mowers operate using a rechargeable battery. This type model has become very popular in recent years because it has all the advantages of an electric lawn mower without the hassle of dragging around a cord around your yard. The cordless lawn mower is generally recommended for lawns that are around 5,000 square feet or less. Batteries come in different voltages. The most common voltages are 18, 24, and 36 volts. The higher the voltage, the more powerful the lawn mower will be. It is recommended that you purchase two batteries so that you can mow the lawn when one battery is in use while the other battery is charging.
Things to Consider When Buying an Electric Lawn Mower
When purchasing an electric lawn mower, think about how much grass you will have to cut at a time. Consider your budget and how much money you wish to spend. Cordless models will cost more than corded models. Will you have access to an electrical outlet or not? If not, a cordless model would work better for you. If using a battery-powered model, you can charge one battery at any electrical outlet and then go out away from the power source as far as you need to using your other battery.
Electric Lawn Mower Features
Each electric lawn mower model will have different features to choose from. Some models will produce less noise than others. Some models will weigh more than other models and will be easier to maneuver. Others have different handlebars which you may want to consider before purchasing your lawn mower.
There are two types of electric lawn mowers: corded and cordless. I will explain the differences between the two types and cover the pros and cons of each below.
Corded Lawn Mowers
Corded lawn mowers are the original electric lawn mower type. They have the advantage of not giving off fumes like gas-powered mowers do. Corded lawn mowers also have a constant supply of power as long as you are connected to an electrical outlet. Both corded and cordless lawn mowers require less maintenance than a gas powered lawn mower does.
- plus Generates more power than cordless mowers
- plus Less expensive than cordless models
- plus No need to recharge batteries
- plus Uninterrupted mowing
- close Have to contend with the cord getting in the way
- close The cord can be unsafe if mowed over
- close Needs an electric power source
Cordless Lawn Mowers
Cordless lawn mowers were invented to take the hassle away from dealing with a cord like an electric lawn mower. While it has most of the advantages of a corded lawn mower, it will cost more and the battery will need to be recharged. If you want to continue mowing when the battery goes dead, you may want to consider purchasing an extra battery if a spare is not included in the initial lawn mower purchase.
- plus You don’t have to contend with the cord being in your way
- plus Safer because there is no possibility of running over a cord
- plus You don’t have to be near an electrical power source
- close Costs more than corded models
- close When the battery goes dead, it will delay your cutting
- close Sharp objects can tear it
Common Features of Electric Lawn Mowers
Both corded and cordless electric lawn mowers share some common features. I have listed three of the most common features below.
- check-circle-o Do not give off fumes the way that gas-powered lawn mowers do.
- check-circle-o Aren’t as noisy as gas-powered lawn mowers.
- check-circle-o Require less maintenance than gas-powered lawn mowers.
Best Electric Lawn Mower
After carefully reviewing the top ten electric lawn mowers available on the market today, I have picked the Snapper XD SXDWM82K 82V Cordless 21-Inch Walk Mower Kit as my choice for the best electric lawn mower on the market.
Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Lawn Mower
Before buying an electric lawn mower you may want to consider three things.
How Much Lawn Do I Have to Mow?
If you have more than 5,000 square feet of lawn to mow, most people will purchase a corded lawn mower. A cordless, battery-powered model will run out of power for a big job.
Will the Lawn I Will Be Mowing Be Near an Electrical Outlet or Not?
If you will not have access to an electrical outlet, then you will need to go with a cordless mower because it runs on an electrically charged battery. You would only need to use an electrical outlet to charge the battery when not in use.
How Much Money Do I Have to Spend on an Electric Lawn Mower?
Most of the time, corded lawn mowers are much less expensive than cordless lawn mowers.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying an Electric Lawn Mower
How much grass will I be cutting?
Generally, 5,000 square feet or less is all that most people use a cordless lawn mower for.
How much can I spend on a lawn mower?
There will be a wide price range in lawn mowers to choose from. Cordless mowers will cost more than corded mowers.
How far can an electric cord reach when using a corded lawn mower?
Most people don’t use more than a 100-foot extension cord for an electric lawn mower. The longer the cord, the less power you will have.
Why an Electric Lawn Mower Is Awesome
An electric lawn mower has several advantages over a gas powered lawn mower.
An electric mower will not give off fumes the way that a gas powered lawn mower does.
An electric lawn mower is much quieter than a gas powered lawn mower. If you have neighbors who live close by, an electric model may be a better option for you.
With an electric lawn mower, there is no need to clean or change parts like spark plugs, for example.
I have covered the basics of both corded and cordless electric lawn mowers. I have also reviewed our pick of the top ten electric lawn mowers available on the market today. I hope that this review has helped you to make your choice a little easier when and if you decide to purchase an electric lawn mower Carefully consider how much money you want to spend, how big the lawn area is that you will be cutting, and whether or not you will have an electric power source available when using your lawn mower. Making an informed decision before you purchase your lawn mower will help you have good experience with your your mower in the long run.
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Electric Lawn Mower Reviews
You probably are ready to say goodbye to checking the oil, yanking the start chain, monitoring the gas, and enduring the noise of your gas mower. You can’t even listen to a podcast with that thing on! Still, the best reason to buy an electric lawn mower is that it’s one step closer to a carbon-neutral existence. Do your little part to halt climate change—if you need a mower, buy electric.
Best Electric Lawn Mower
Hands down, the best electric lawn mower is the Ego Power Plus Mower. We’re basing this on reviews, reliability, and the fact that we believe in the company.
EGO isn’t a traditional mower company with an electric line. They aren’t an electric tool company that also makes mowers. EGO focuses on electric lawn products, and that FOCUS shows in their products.
What we like about the EGO is the obvious thought that went into the design.
- The EGO folds up into a rectangular shape that’s not only easy to get home from the store, but takes up less space in your garage.
- The EGO has a ridiculously simple height adjustment system that’s as easy as shifting an automatic car from park to drive.
- The EGO has lights, so you can mow in the dark. (Remember, electric mowers are practically silent; your neighbors won’t mind.)
- The EGO’s powerful lithium-ion battery charges in just 30 minutes, and mows for 45. Plus, the battery fits their other tools…if you have a little charge left over, use it to blow away some leaves.
Are Electric Lawnmowers Any Good?
Yes, electric mowers are good. If your lawn is in decent condition, gets dry enough to mow, and isn’t subject to infestation by excessive amounts of falling twigs or pinecones, and isn’t serving as the putting surface for The Masters, an electric mower will do just fine.
The main thing that should excite you about an electric mower is energy efficiency. You can use the same electric power that powers your hair clippers—power which in many states is increasingly generated with renewable resources. You’ll save money by using an electric mower, and you’ll also be doing your part to save the Earth.
Electric mowers will provide the quietest lawn care experience of your life. One of the worst aspects of mowing the gas-powered way is that, unlike with other outdoor work like weeding, raking, fence post digging—you can’t listen to music or the ballgame while you do it…even through headphones. With your largely quiet electric mower, noise pollution’s at a minimum. You can enjoy your favorite form of aural entertainment, and your neighbors will have peace and quiet.
Electric Mower Durability
Like any mechanical product, electric mowers are prone to the occasional breakdown. Most mowers carry a warranty that protect you against product defects. Any mower will need blade sharpening at some point. The known durability issue with electric mowers is that—if you choose a cordless one—the battery will eventually lose power. Most companies also offer a warranty on the battery as well, but the fact is that, like your car battery, it will need to be replaced every few years, depending on how much you use it.
Electric Mower Power Needs
A cordless mower simply needs its battery charged to run properly. Mower batteries vary in how long they take to charge. How long they will run depends on the terrain of your yard and how long your grass is. The longest-running cordless mower on the market, the EGO, runs about 45 minutes.
If you buy a corded electric mower, you can mow for as long as you like, but you must use a high-rated extension cord. Extension cords are rated by the size of the wires within, or wire gauge. The sizing isn’t very intuitive: the lower the number, the thicker the wire, and thus the more power can run through the cord. The size you’ll need will depend on the mower you buy, and how far away from your outlet you plan to mow. Consult the owner’s manual before you mow to avoid blowing a fuse.
Electric Lawn Mowers vs. Gas Lawn Mowers
This is the fun part. Let’s count the reasons you should choose electric mowers over gas ones.
Electric Lawn Mower Cost
Top-of-the-line electric mowers cost about the same as self-propelled gas mowers. Given that electric mowers are much lighter, and require very little exertion to push, you’re basically getting the same product without the hassle of using gas. On the low-end, electric mowers are cheaper than gas ones. You’ll have a tough time finding a gas mower for less than 150, while you many choices at that price point with electric mowers. The least-expensive electric mower we were able to find you can get for less than 100.
Electric Lawn Mower Performance
Gas has electric beat on pure mowing performance. The engines of gas mowers are more powerful, so they are going to do better with tough mowing tasks like high grass, wet grass, and debris. If you deal with these situations—you’re either going to stick with gas or buy a very high-end electric mower. The EGO runs at 3300 RPM, which is comparable to gas mowers. But the average person, with a relatively basic lawn, doesn’t notice any difference in performance between a gas and electric mower.
Electric Lawn Mower Energy Use
Using a corded electric lawn mower won’t save you much in energy costs—Consumer Reports estimates that you’ll save around 15/year. But you will be using cleaner energy—instead of polluting the air around your home with gas fumes, you’ll drop your emissions to zero.
Electric Lawn Mower Batteries
Most cordless electric lawn mowers now come with lithium-ion batteries, replacing the lead-acid batteries that most had used. Lithium ion batteries are longer-lasting and lighter than lead-acid batteries; on the other hand, they aren’t as powerful and cost more. Some models, like the Black Decker CM1936ZA 36V Cordless Lawn Mower, still use lead-acid batteries to generate a little more power. However, it’s 90 lbs; some cordless mowers weigh as little as 30 lbs.
Electric Lawn Mower Motors
Because your mower is creating torque with electric power rather than through internal combustion, it’s much quieter. Most make hardly any noise at all. The power of the motor depends on the voltage of the battery—the higher the voltage, the more powerful the motor. You’ll spend more for a more powerful mower.
Electric Mulching Lawn Mowers
Most electric mowers on the market have some sort of mulching capability, with a bag to capture the mulch or by shooting the clippings out the side of the mower. Don’t expect an electric mower to shred twigs, pinecones or other debris the way a heavy-duty gas mower might.
Used Electric Lawn Mowers
Most electric mowers on Amazon are available used on their site as well, usually at a 10-25% discount. You’ll find a pretty good selection on Craiglist as well. Just about everyone has a mower, and if they move or trade up they’ll sell theirs for a decent price. You do need to be careful, though, if you buy a used cordless electric mower.
The batteries of cordless models wear down over time, taking longer to charge and not holding as much of a charge. If you are buying a used cordless mower, you might ask for a test drive to see just how much battery power is left.
Going electric isn’t just about ease of use. It’s also about doing the right thing for the Earth. Along with choices like avoiding unhealthy chemical fertilizers, mowing your lawn with electric power will reduce your footprint on the only world we have.
The best electric lawn mowers to keep your yard under control
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Although gas-powered lawn mowers have their place on large lawns that require maximum power and runtime, their messy fuel mixes, harmful fumes, and environmental effects have many seeking another option. Luckily, electric lawn mowers don’t have these issues.
Advancements in battery design and capacity have made electric mowers a practical alternative to gas-powered machines, with long running times, quiet operation, and lightweight design. Perhaps most convenient of all, electric mowers feature push-button start mechanisms, which means no more frustrating pull cords.
All the mowers in this guide are either battery-powered or corded models that can be plugged into a standard home power outlet. These corded options are perfect for small yards that don’t require the portability of cordless options. Battery-powered models are a bit more versatile, though you’ll find that battery life varies. If you have a large yard or an incline, keeping two sets of batteries charged and ready may be necessary if you want to mow the entire space in one session. Just keep in mind that electric mowers won’t be as powerful as gas versions and aren’t ideal for extremely thick grass or brush.
We included the electric lawn mowers below based on several factors, including versatility, power, battery life, features, and overall performance. They’re available at various price points, so you should be able to find something that works for your budget and needs.
Our top picks for electric lawn mowers
Best electric lawn mower overall: Ego LM2102SP 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower. See at Lowe’sThe Ego Power LM2102SP 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower produces plenty of power, has a push-button start, and self-propels for nearly effortless operation.
Best electric mulching lawn mower: Toro 21356 Recycler SmartStow Cordless Lawn Mower. See at The Home DepotThe Toro 21356 Recycler SmartStow Cordless Lawn Mower offers mulching, bagging, and nine cutting positions, making it versatile and efficient.
Best budget electric lawn mower: Greenworks 25022 20-Inch 12-Amp Corded Lawn Mower. See at AmazonThe Greenworks 25022 20-Inch 12-Amp Corded Lawn Mower cuts the cost compared to other electric ones without cutting down its versatile trimmer options.
Best electric riding lawn mower: Ryobi RY48111 38-Inch Battery Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower. See at The Home DepotThe Ryobi RY48111 38-Inch Battery Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower is a hands-on option that still reaps the benefits of a traditional gas-powered ride-on.
Best lawn mower for small yards: Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Electric Lawn Mower. See at AmazonA narrow 14-inch cutting width makes the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Electric Lawn Mower ideal for maneuvering around small yards, and its affordable price is perfect for those on a tight budget.
Best electric lawn mower overall: Ego LM2102SP 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Pros: Powerful motor, quiet operation, Rapid-charging battery, foldable upright storage, headlights, good warranty
Cons: Batteries are expensive to replace (or stock spares)
Featuring a powerful 7.5 Ah battery, the 56-Volt Ego LM2102SP 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower offers the performance of gas in a convenient, cordless electric design. Its functionality and ease of use made it an easy choice for our top pick.
A three-in-one design allows you to choose between mulching, bagging, and side discharge of your grass cuttings, and the battery provides 60 minutes of runtime on a single charge. The push-button start makes it easy to start mowing right away, and thanks to a pair of LED headlights, you can safely mow at dusk or on overcast days.
The self-propelling feature of this mower also offers variable speed control, so you can customize it to whatever pace you prefer. A large, easy-to-use lever by the handle makes it simple to adjust these speeds. If you feel like getting some exercise, you can disengage this feature and push the mower manually.
We’re also big fans of the six cutting heights offered by the Ego LM2102SP allowing you to precisely set your preferred height from 1.5 to 4 inches. Although the 165-pound weight is heavier than similar models, the fold-up design is extremely convenient, especially if your garage or tool shed is tight on space. This mower comes with great warranty options that are slightly on the generous side compared with others.
Best electric mulching lawn mower: Toro 21356 Recycler SmartStow Cordless Lawn Mower
Pros: Fast to charge, wide range of blade position options
Mulching your grass while you mow allows you to reuse those valuable clippings instead of throwing them away with the rest of your yard waste. These mulched clippings break down and release nutrients back into your lawn, which both benefits your grass and makes less work for you after you’re finished. If you’d prefer not to mulch, you can also use the Toro Recycler as a bagging mower.
The mower uses a single 60V battery to power its 21-inch blade, and the brushless motor help it to operate as efficiently as possible. This should help increase the lifespan of the mower motor itself. The Toro Recycler’s runtime is about 45 minutes, which should be sufficient for medium-sized yards up to 1/3 acre. It can fully recharge in 2.5 hours.
You can adjust the handle of the Toro Recycler to two different positions, making it convenient for those who want to customize their mower to their specific height. This handle also completely folds down when the mower is not in use, so you’ll be able to store it vertically or potentially under a worktable.
Nine height settings allow for a wide range of positions. With a minimum cutting height of 1.25 inches, you can get very low. The steel deck of this mower is also more durable than other plastic or composite models and should hold up well under regular wear and tear.
Best budget electric lawn mower: Greenworks 25022 20-Inch 12-Amp Corded Lawn Mower
Pros: Seven-position height adjustment, foldable handles, four-year warranty
Cons: Corded design limits reach
Electric mowers don’t have to be costly, and the Greenworks 20-Inch Corded Lawn Mower is proof. This mower, offered at a budget-friendly price, still has plenty of bells and whistles and impressive performance. Its 20-inch steel deck offers durability, and the 12-amp, 120-volt motor (effectively 1440 watts) is powerful enough for easy mowing.
The mower includes three-in-one mulching, side discharge, and rear bag functions. It also offers a seven-position height adjustment, allowing you to choose cutting heights between 1.5 and 3.75 inches. The push-button start makes for easy operation, and the foldable handles allow for convenient storage or transportation.
This mower weighs just 56 pounds, so it’s relatively easy to push. While it’s a fairly basic design, this mower is suitable for homeowners or renters with smaller lawns, provided there’s access to a power outlet.
Best electric riding lawn mower: Ryobi RY48111 38-Inch Battery Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower
Pros: Excellent battery power, full of features, capable of large jobs
Cons: Requires more storage space than push mowers, higher price point
The Ryobi RY48111 38-Inch Battery Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower is a quality piece of equipment that pairs durable construction with the benefits of electric power. The steel frame houses a generous 38-inch blade deck, and three high-torque brushless motors provide maximized cutting power.
Assessing power is trickier because Ryobi doesn’t offer the same information as the other brands featured within this guide. Still, the 48-volt battery can last for about two hours or 2 acres of mowing time on a single charge so you can get plenty of work done quickly.
This mower is full of features. The seat is adjustable for your comfort, and the control panel is conveniently located for accessibility. The 12-point deck height adjustment gives you nuanced control over your mowing height, and its LED headlights allow for evening work. There’s also cruise control and USB charging. A cup holder and cell phone holder round out this machine’s excellent design.
This mower offers plenty of advantages over traditional gas-powered variants. With no belts, spark plugs, or filters, it’s a low-maintenance option. If you’re looking for an alternative to gas-powered riding mowers, the Ryobi is reliable, powerful, and quiet.
Best electric mower for small yards: Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Electric Lawn Mower
Pros: Lightweight, 10.6-gallon collection bag, low price
Cons: Too small for larger yards, only three height settings
The Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO electric lawn mower may not have the portability or width to be a practical option for larger yards, but its compact design and easy-to-use operation make it ideal for small or medium-sized ones. The relatively narrow width also makes it convenient to maneuver around tight landscaping elements like rocks or other obstacles that require more precision than a larger mower offers.
One reason I chose the Sun Joe for this list is that I appreciate anything that improves operation safety, especially involving lawn mowers. This model requires you to press the safety lock button and simultaneously pull the on trigger to power it up. It reduces the chance of you starting the mower unintentionally.
Because of the 14-inch cutting width, this compact mower is also well-suited for those who have limited storage space. It’s also incredibly lightweight. At just 29 pounds, it’s comfortable to use and makes its lack of self-propelling mechanism less of an issue.
I’ve used Sun Joe products in the past and have found them to be straightforward to operate. The user manual provides a clear diagram of how to effectively mow with a corded model and prevent running over your extension cord.
The Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO features three height settings, which is less than our other options. But if you are just looking for a hassle-free mower, this mower could be the perfect fit.
How we rate electric lawn mowers
After extensive online research from expert sources like Thriving Yard, we assembled this list of the best electric mowers you can buy. We also used our experience with large power tools to help evaluate battery life, runtimes, and power output.
Although we did not test all the options we chose, we reviewed owner and operation manuals, watched online tutorials, and consulted with lawn care equipment experts. We then used this information to create our five categories and choose the best option for each one.
We also used a set of specific criteria to help us evaluate and compare potential options.
- Battery Capacity: For cordless options, we paid close attention to the Ah (amp hour) of the included battery. In short, the higher the Ah, the more energy the battery can store, the higher power output, and the longer it will last.
- Charging Time: The time it takes to recharge a depleted battery can seriously affect the convenience of a cordless mower. If your battery can be recharged quickly, you’ll be able to get back to work soon, and there’s less of a chance that you’ll need to purchase a second battery.
- Runtime: Overall runtime per battery charge is probably the most important metric to consider when evaluating cordless mowers — obviously corded models will provide the longest. The longer the runtime, the better, especially for larger mowers that will be purchased to use on larger lawns.
- Weight: The lighter the mower weighs, the less effort it will place on the battery and the longer the overall runtime. We did our best to always choose lighter options whenever possible while still taking overall power into consideration.
What else we considered
Ego Power LM2101 56-V 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower: This was our previous top pick. Although it is a great option, we ultimately decided that its replacement, the EGO LM2102SP 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower and its self-propelled design, was a better fit. If a self-propelled option isn’t important to you, this Ego mower would be a great choice for anyone with a relatively high budget who is looking for a high-quality battery-powered mower.
Worx WR165 Landroid: The high price of this robotic lawnmower kept it off our list. But if the 950 price tag isn’t an issue, it could be a good fit for anyone looking to explore a unique mower option. Similar to a Roomba, this mower navigates entirely on its own and automatically adjusts the height of the blade to account for uneven terrain. It wouldn’t be practical for anything larger than 1/8-acre, though, so keep that in mind.
Electric lawn mower FAQs
How long do electric lawn mowers last?
Battery-powered mowers themselves can last up to 10 years, but their batteries will only last about 4 years before they’re unable to hold an effective charge. To ensure your batteries will last as long as possible, try to completely deplete the battery before recharging it. This will reduce the overall number of charging cycles placed on the battery, increasing its lifespan. You should also do your best to remove the battery from the charger once it’s fully charged.
Corded mowers have a similar lifespan as long as they’re cared for properly. There are no batteries to worry about, but their extension cords are just as important to pay attention to. This means using the correct gauge for the job, which indicates how thick the cord is. The thicker the cord, the more voltage will reach the mower and the less unnecessary work the motor has to do. Your mower’s operating manual should tell you the best gauge for the job.
How expensive are electric lawn mowers?
Electric lawn mowers are available at a wide range of prices, although corded models tend to be cheaper than battery-powered options. Corded mowers also won’t require any additional battery purchases over time. Size also plays a part. Large riding mowers can cost thousands of dollars, while smaller, compact machines, like the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO, our recommendation for small yards, can be found for about 140.
Neither requires the fuel or oil that gas-powered models do, which should cut down on the overall expense of the mower. However, the long-term cost of replacement batteries — which can cost hundreds of dollars — should be considered as well.
Is it safe to cut wet grass with an electric mower?
According to the Ego mower manual, you should avoid cutting wet grass with your electric mower for two reasons. First, the moisture can affect the electrical components of the mower and cause serious damage not covered by the warranty. Secondly, using your mower on wet grass is a potential safety hazard and can cause you to slip or fall and potentially injure yourself.
Wet grass can also present maintenance and cleaning challenges. It can become stuck on the deck and other components, and unlike gas-powered mowers, you can’t just spray it off with a hose. As long as you stick to cutting dry grass, you’ll have a much easier time cleaning up.
Can you leave an electric lawn mower outside?
Due to the electrical components and vulnerable batteries, we don’t recommend leaving your mower outdoors when it’s not in use. Both Ego and Greenworks recommend keeping their electric mowers indoors in a cool, dry space. They also state that you should never cover them with a plastic tarp, which can trap moisture that can damage the internal components. If you need to keep your mower outside, keep it elevated and off the ground. This will allow air to flow around it and prevent unnecessary moisture damage.
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