If you are interested in any of these models, make sure that you read the features list fully before making a purchase. This list primarily focuses on electric mowers as a way of protecting the environment from the gasoline fumes of other push lawn mowers.
- GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower
- EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit
- Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower
- WORX 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with Easy-Start Feature, Removable Battery, and Grass Collection Bag – WG775
- BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower, 12″
- EGO 21″ 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Self Propelled Lawn Mower (Battery and Charger Not Included)
- GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 40V 16-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower, (1) 4AH Battery and a Charger Included
- WORX 20-Volt GT 2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower with Tilting Head and Single Line Feed – WG160
- 16″ ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Lawn Mower (Battery and Charger Not Included)
- BLACK+DECKER CM2060C 60V Max Power Swap Mower, 20″
- WORX WG772 56V Lithium-Ion 3-in-1 Cordless Mower with IntelliCut, 19-Inch, 2 Batteries and Charger Included
Are you looking for a quieter more eco friendly way to mow your lawn? Or perhaps you’re tired of dealing with the maintenance, fuel, and oil required by a gas-powered mower.
Whatever your particular situation, there are electric options out there that offer less noise, less maintenance, lower cost of ownership, and are for the most part more user friendly.
In this post we are going to take a look at the best electric lawn mowers on the market. We’ll review them based on their cutting power, features, charge duration, and overall ease of use.
We’ll also discuss their disadvantages. It’s not all roses when it comes to electric and battery powered lawn equipment.
We’ll separate the hype from the real world performance to help you determine if an electric mower is your best option.
By the time you’re done reading you’ll know (a) if an electric mower is a good solution for your yard and (b) which model is the best suited for your needs.
Electric Lawn Mower Reviews
Before diving into the individual product reviews lets take a few minutes to discuss your options when it comes to mowing your lawn. Essentially you have two choices; gas and electric (or you can hire a landscaper of course). Let’s take a quick look at the advantages of both to determine which makes the most sense for your yard.
Gas Powered Mowers
Gas mowers have been around for nearly 100 years. The design is simple. An internal combustion engine powers the mower blade which spins and cuts the grass.
There are a couple varieties including push, self-propelled and riding.
Here are a few of the advantages of a gas-powered mower.
- Run-time: when it comes to run-time gas powered mowers beat everything except corded electric models.
- Cutting Power: gas powered mowers offer superior power. They can cut any type of grass including thicker grasses in wet/humid climates.
- No Cord: many electric models have cords. Obviously a gas mower doesn’t.
- No recharge: while you might have to refuel during a mow depending on the size of your yard, it only takes a couple minutes. Charging an electric model takes at least 30 minutes.
- Ride Instead of Push: gas engines deliver lots of power. Riding and zero turn mowers do ALL the work for you. There ARE riding electric mowers but they are prohibitively expensive.
To sum it up gas-powered mowers excel at cutting larger yards (1/2 acre and up), thick grass, or yards in wet or humid climates. They require a decent amount of strength to operate, though self-propelled models certainly help in this regard.
Battery Powered & Corded Electric Lawn Mowers
Electric mowers have a long history too. They’ve been around nearly as long as gas-powered models, but have always required a cord.
In the last few years Lithium-ion batteries have developed to the point of offering enough power and life to be used in lawn mowing applications. Most consumer models are push only. There are some riding electric models but they are considerably more expensive.
Here are some of the advantages of electric mowers.
- Quiet operation: gas-powered mowers are generally twice as loud as electric. This means you can mow any time of day without disturbing the nieghbors.
- Lightweight: electric motors are significantly lighter than internal combustion engines. Many electric models weigh less than 60lbs. This is especially important for older folks.
- Eco-Friendly: not burning gas means you’re not releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There’s also no used oil to dispose of, though eventually the battery will wear out and need to be replaced.
- Little to no maintenance: gas engines require regular oil changes, draining the fuel at the end of the season, and replacing spark plugs. An electric model requires none of this.
- Ease of use: gas engines generally require a pull start. Electric models use a button. Much easier.
- Reduced Storage: while many electric models are smaller in size, not having a gas can and extra oil in the garage can clear up some space.
Electric mowers are ideal for folks looking for a quieter mower that can handle a small yard. Most battery powered models can cut between 1/3 and 1/2 acre before needing to be recharged. Obviously a corded model can handle more, but you’re somewhat limited by the length of the cord or your patience for dealing with extension cords.
Though they will work on thicker grasses, electric models are best suited for thinner types of lawns. If you’re lawn is thicker, you’ll need to mow more frequently. You’ll also want to be sure that the lawn is relatively dry. This helps improve the quality of the cut.