Best Electric Lawn Mowers

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 7, 2019
Traditional gas lawn mowers take a lot of room in your garage, generate fumes and are noisy. Luckily, recent technologies gave us electric lawn mowers that take less space, start quickly and work almost without noise. We compiled the review of 5 best electric lawn mowers to help you choose the one you need. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
POWER
CUTTING WIDTH
CUTTING HEIGHT
CUTTING MODES
COVERAGE
COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY
USABILITY
WEIGHT
Warranty
 
PROS

Using the single-lever 5-position height adjustment mechanism, you'll be able to change the cutting height to anything between 1-1/4-inch and 3-3/8-inch for the best, most precise cut in all environments. The push-button start means no pull cords here, no messing with the gas, no maintenance from season to season. 

CONS

The full charge won't always allow you to cover the advertised area. 

OUR VERDICT

The GreenWorks 25322 doesn't necessarily differ that much from your average electric lawn mower but there's enough here to separate the model from its mediocre peers. It isn't more powerful but the mower is definitely more practical and effective.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Cordless

POWER

40V, 4Ah

CUTTING WIDTH

16 inches

CUTTING HEIGHT

1.25" - 3.375", 5 positions

CUTTING MODES

Rear bagging, mulching

COVERAGE

21780 sq.ft. (~4300 sq.ft. on a single charge)

COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY

1.5 bushels

USABILITY

Smart Cut™ technology, push-button start, foldable handle, 1 rechargeable battery included

WEIGHT

37.5 lbs (without batteries)

Warranty

4 years (2 years on the batteries)

PROS

The grass indicator window will let you know when to empty the 9.25-gal grass bag. The bag easily detaches for convenient disposal. The collapsible ergonomic handle maximizes user comfort and allows you to adjust it the way you see fit.

CONS

The lawn mower is a little loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The Sun Joe iON16LM is one of the most environmentally conscious choices. But don't let its friendly nature fool you. What we have here is a real lawn ranger, a powerful machine that will help you keep your backyard looking nice and pristine.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Cordless

POWER

40V, 5Ah

CUTTING WIDTH

15 inches

CUTTING HEIGHT

1.18 - 3.15 inches, 6 positions

CUTTING MODES

Bag and discharge chute

COVERAGE

21780 sq.ft.

COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY

1 bushel

USABILITY

Corrosion-resistant deck, no-tool adjustment and setting, instant start and safety switch, collapsible handle, grass indicator window

WEIGHT

34.2 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS
A spring loaded lever ensures convenient cutting height adjustment. An optimal solution for those consumers who deal with mid-sized and large lawns.
CONS
The cord slips in the retainer, so it is advised to wind the cord around the handle.
OUR VERDICT

The GreenWorks 25022 is better to deal with if what you want is continuous operation from the grid. This model is very popular among users, it can bag and mulch, has more than adequate power, and it comes at a low price.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER
12 Amp
CUTTING WIDTH
20 inches
CUTTING HEIGHT

1.5 - 3.75 inches, 7 positions

CUTTING MODES

Rear bagging, side discharge and mulching

COVERAGE

21780 sq.ft.

COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY
1.42 bushel
USABILITY

Foam padded foldable handle, easy cam lock on the handle, cord lock, spring-loaded height adjustment lever

WEIGHT
56 lbs
Warranty

4 years

PROS
The light weight makes this lawn mower handy even for ladies and old-aged people.
CONS
You have to turn this mower over in order to adjust the cutting height.
OUR VERDICT

If your backyard is rather small in size, the Sun Joe MJ401E can be your top choice. It performs well, can cope with most tasks, and, unlike cordless models, it doesn't tend to discharge midway, making your yard chores easier.

detailed parameters
TYPE
Corded
POWER
12 Amp
CUTTING WIDTH
14 inches
CUTTING HEIGHT

1.18 - 2.52 inches, 3 positions

CUTTING MODES

Bag and discharge chute

COVERAGE

10890 sq.ft.

COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY
1.14 bushel
USABILITY
Corrosion-resistant deck, No-tool adjustment and setting, Foldable cushioned handle
WEIGHT
29 lbs
Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Smart Cut™ technology, adjusting the mower's power or runtime based on the grass thickness, allows you to optimize and streamline the cutting process. With 7-inch front wheels and 10-inch rear wheels, you'll be able to maneuver through different terrains.

CONS

The mower is relatively large and heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

The GreenWorks 25302 gives you a little bit more of everything. The model's maneuverability is up there with the best of them, the cutting performance is second to none in its price range, and the overall practicality and convenience don't leave a whole lot of room for complaints.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Cordless

POWER

40V, 4Ah and 2Ah

CUTTING WIDTH

20 inches

CUTTING HEIGHT

1.75 - 3.375 inches, 5 positions

CUTTING MODES

Rear bagging, mulching

COVERAGE

21780 sq.ft.

COLLECTION BAG CAPACITY

1.5 bushel

USABILITY

Smart Cut™ technology, push-button start, foldable handle, enlarged front and rear wheels, 2 rechargeable batteries included

WEIGHT

42.5 lbs (without batteries) 

Warranty

4 years (2 years on batteries)

GreenWorks 25322

Push-Button Start

On many levels, the GreenWorks 25322 doesn't differ that much from your run-of-the-mill, mid-range electric lawn mower. In some ways, however, the model is better and these "ways" are enough to separate the mower from its inferior counterparts. For one, these counterparts seldom come equipped with anything similar to the model's push-button start. Admittedly, it is a small thing but it does make a solid difference.

There are no pull cords here. You won't have to mess with the gas. There is going to be practically zero maintenance from season to season. Just push the button and you are very much ready to start cleaning your yard from the neglect.

Of course, that isn't the only thing that works in the model's favor. The 16-inch cutting deck deserves some love too. Thanks to this deck, you'll be able to maneuver through small- to medium-sized yards with efficacy and poise. You shouldn't have any issues with different terrains nor should you run into obstacles too difficult to overcome. Getting a touch too poetic but you understand the point we're trying to make here.

As far as the coverage is concerned, the model doesn't necessarily disappoint nor deliver. It should be able to cover somewhere around 4500 square feet on a single charge, which isn't bad but nothing we haven't seen before in other mid-range electric lawn mowers.

Review of GreenWorks 25322 16-Inch 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

Change the Height

Of course, the fact that this is an electric model in the first place is always a plus. It lets you trim down on the carbon footprint as much as the next electric mower. But that "next" electric mower probably doesn't have the single-lever 5-position height adjustment mechanism that this particular model comes packing. With this mechanism, you'll be able to change the cutting height to anything between 1-1/4-inch and 3-3/8-inch for the best, most precise cut in all environments.

Now, this is a modern Greenworks mower, meaning that the Smart Cut technology has definitely made the cut. In simple terms, the technology works by sensing how high and dense the lawn is and effectively applying the amount of pressure necessary to cut the grass. It doesn't undercut nor does it overcut.

Finally, there's the model's 2-in-1 feature that delivers rear bagging and mulching capabilities for multiple use.

To rephrase our earlier point, the GreenWorks 25322 doesn't necessarily differ that much from you average electric lawn mower but there's enough here to separate the model from its mediocre peers. It isn't more powerful but the mower is definitely more practical and effective.

GreenWorks 25322 16-Inch 40V Cordless Lawn Mower in the use

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Sun Joe iON16LM

Environment's Friend

There is a lot to like about this electric grass mower. But, if we were forced to choose one particular aspect of the iON16LM model that defines this machine better than the rest of them, its environmentally friendly design would probably take the cake.

Thanks to the brushless motor that runs on a rechargeable 40V EcoSharp battery system, you will be able to ditch oil, gas, those obnoxious fumes, as well as the inconvenient pull-cords and extension cords. The battery will give you up to 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge with no carbon emissions.

But despite the eco-friendly and seemingly toothless design, what we have here is a real dynamo. The said brushless 600W motor gives you increased battery efficiency, outstanding motor performance, as well as extended motor life. It should last for about 2 thousand hours, so you'll be able to keep your mowing game strong season after season.

The motor itself is robust but so are its components. The durable steel blade cuts with solid precision. It doesn't feature the most outstanding cutting width but a 15-inch wide path that it mows in a single pass will be enough for your average user.

Review of Sun Joe iON16LM 16-Inch 40V Cordless Lawn Mower with Brushless Motor

Lawn Ranger

Motor aside, there's a lot about the model's design that we could talk about. For starters, we could mention the corrosion-resistant deck, a part that makes the whole machine quite a bit more durable to the wear and tear of time.

The rugged front and rear all-terrain wheels also deserve some recognition as they make it much easier for you to maneuver in and around tight spaces.

Sure, it has one or two flaws. The biggest issue that most people have with it is the relatively loud motor that runs counter to the advertised "whisper-quiet operation". But it really isn't that much louder than your average cordless electric lawn mower, so we wouldn't really hold it that much against the model.

Plus, what it lacks in quietness, the mower more than makes up for in ease of use. You won't need any tools to adjust the model nor to tweak its settings. It takes but a single push of a button to get this machine started. The collapsible ergonomic handle maximizes user comfort and allows you to adjust it the way you see fit.

Speaking of adjusting things, the 6-position height adjustment lever makes it really easy to choose the grass cutting height. Finally, the grass indicator window will let you know when to empty the bag if you choose to go with the rear bagging mode.

To put all of it differently, the Sun Joe iON16LM is one of the most environmentally conscious choices. But don't let its friendly nature fool you. What we have here is a real lawn ranger, a powerful machine that will help you keep your backyard looking nice and pristine.

Sun Joe iON16LM 16-Inch 40V Cordless Lawn Mower with Brushless Motor in the use

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GreenWorks 25022

Type

The GreenWorks 25022 is a corded electric lawn mower, which means it requires access to a source of power, or, for the lack of one, use of an extension cord. This model comes with a 12-Amp electric engine, delivering high efficiency and allowing using the tool continuously under considerable load. The advantage to the GreenWorks 25022 is that it can be used on both small and large lawns equally effective, which makes it a practical solution for almost anyone.

Review of GreenWorks 25022 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower

Performance

The 20" cutting deck allows you to cover a big area in a single sweep, thereby reducing the cutting time. 7 positions of the cutting height will let you choose the optimal height of grass for your lawn. The minimum height is 1.5" and the maximum is 3.75". GreenWorks mower features three cutting modes: bagging, side discharging, and mulching. This model is able to easily mow a lawn of up to 21780 sq ft. It goes without saying that such performance is really impressive.
GreenWorks 25022 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower in the use

Usability

This lawn mower is equipped with a convenient power button that ensures quick engine start. The handlebar is covered with a soft foam pad that provides a comfortable grip. The handle height can be adjusted to 3 positions, so you can tailor it to your needs. What is more, the handle folds up for convenient storage or transportation. The spring loaded lever provides easy adjustment of the cutting height. Finally, the capacious grass collection bag of 1.42 bushel easily detaches for cleaning.
Detailed review of GreenWorks 25022 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower

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VIDEO
Best Selling Lawn Mower on Amazon Review [GreenWorks 25022 Corded Lawn Mower]
 

Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO

Type

This corded electric lawn mower is equipped with 12-Amp engine that is able to develop velocity of up to 3500 revolutions per minute. This model is designed for use with a 14-gauge outdoor extension cord. It should be noted that the cord length should be less than 100 ft. Notwithstanding that the cord of such a length will be more than enough to take care of a small- or medium-sized lawn or backyard.
Review of Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO 14-Inch 13 Amp Corded Lawn Mower

Performance

The small cutting width of 14" makes this lawn mower highly maneuverable. In other words, it is able to mow the grass in narrow places and between different obstacles such as trees, benches, and walkways. 3 cutting height positions from 1.18" to 2.52" give you an opportunity to choose the needed height of your lawn. To crown it all, this lawn mower will be perfect for lawns of the area up to 10890 sq ft.
Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO 14-Inch 13 Amp Corded Lawn Mower in the use

Usability

The Sun Joe MJ401E is very simple to handle and needs no special maintenance or any other adjustment tools. The body is made of plastic that makes the entire construction light; the mower weight is just 29 lbs. Furthermore, plastic won't rust and will last for many years. The cable clip will fix the power cable on the handle so as to prevent tearing. The collapsible handle of this lawn mower allows for easy and compact storage when not in use.

Detailed review of Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO 14-Inch 13 Amp Corded Lawn Mower

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VIDEO
MJ401E - Sun Joe 14-Inch 12-Amp Electric "Urban" Lawn Mower - Live Demo
 

GreenWorks 25302

Smart Cut

The GreenWorks 25302 doesn't look that different from your average lawn mower. It is a little more massive and its weight measures 42.5 pounds without any batteries or additional accessories, about the only issue we have with this machine. Then again, considering how much of a powerhouse it is, the weight and size make a considerable amount of sense.

Let's start with the cutting width. Equipped with a 20-inch cutting deck, the model gives you an excellent balance between maneuverability and cutting capacity, making it perfectly suitable for mid-sized and above-average lawns. With its dual blade setup, the machine is able to provide increased cut quality, better mulching, and superior bagging capabilities.

But the biggest selling point here is easily the Smart Cut™ technology. Automatically adjusting its power or runtime based on the grass thickness, the model allows you to optimize and streamline every part of the equation, from the energy costs (seeing that you'll be recharging the batteries a lot less often) to time and effort.

As far as we're concerned, this very technology is exactly what makes this product such an attractive and popular electric lawn mower among different customers. But it's not like every other part here is subpar either.

Review of GreenWorks 25302 20-Inch 40V Twin Force Cordless Lawn Mower

Huge Wheels for any Terrain

With high-end models, some things are a given. You'll be hard-pressed to find a mower with a similar price tag that doesn't incorporate different cutting positions, for instance. Here, you can use the 5-position height-adjusting lever to manipulate the cutting height from 1-3/4" to 3-3/8". This way, you should be able to tackle any grass, no matter how tall it is.

The same thing can be said about the cutting modes. As per usual, the model allows you to choose between mulching and rear bagging. Needless to say, the former will let you fertilize the soil, while with the latter you won't have to collect the grass afterward.

Of course, other aspects vary from model to model. For example, here, you have a hard top rear bag that conveniently indicates when the bag is full and needs to be emptied. You also have huge 7-inch front wheels and 10-inch rear wheels making it easier to maneuver through different terrains.

Finally, no Greenworks machine would be complete without the Greenworks G-MAX 40V Li-Ion System that's perfectly compatible with more than 25 tools from the eponymous company.

In conclusion, the GreenWorks 25302 gives you a little bit more of everything. The model's maneuverability is up there with the best of them, the cutting performance is second to none in its price range, and the overall practicality and convenience don't leave a whole lot of room for complaints.

GreenWorks 25302 20-Inch 40V Twin Force Cordless Lawn Mower in the use

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What Is an Electric Lawn Mower?

Every house owner desires to have a flawless, spectacular lawn and the majority spend a lot of time and effort towards that goal. However, doing that with a traditional lawn mower just doesn't make any sense these days. An electric model will cost you a little more but you'll hardly regret making that transition. Electric lawn mowers facilitate this complex task and make lawns neat. There are a wide variety of lawn mowers, yet electric models are easily one of the simplest and the most effective. They are absolutely harmless for the environment; they are quiet and lightweight. Hence, they can be used virtually by anyone, beginners and professionals alike. We have reviewed the 5 most popular and high-performing models available and highlighted the key features that are worth taking into consideration when choosing one.

If you own a large lawn of an acre or more, look at riding lawn mowers and gas lawn mowers designed for effective mowing of big areas.

Best Electric Lawn Mowers

What Features to Compare

Type

When choosing an electric lawn mower, you need to consider where you're going to use it and how you plan to do it. These will let you decide what type of a lawn mower will suit you most. If you have a big lawn, turn towards electric models powered via the mains. With one of these, you'll be able to mow continuously without recharge, making them the best choice for those who need to process rather large lawn(s) on a regular basis. And vice versa, if your lawn is on a smaller side, buying a battery-powered tool will suffice. Despite being small in size, they are able to process areas up to 0.25 acres and can work for up to 45 minutes on one charge. These figures directly depend on the battery capacity and the load. Keep note that if you have a spare battery, you can always increase the tool performance. Of course, battery-powered lawn mowers aren't as powerful as corded models, but the maneuverability and convenience of use they offer are hard to beat.

Performance

Next, you should consider the mower performance. First of all, check the cutting width of a tool, as it will tell you how quickly it'll take you to finish the job. The bigger the cutting width is, the better. That said, if you have a small lawn of intricate landscaping with plenty of pits and obstacles, it might be better to consider choosing a tool with a narrower cutting width, offering more maneuverability and "reachability". The next parameter to consider is the cutting height adjustment: obviously, the more options, the more versatility. Furthermore, check what cutting modes are available. For example, the bagging mode will release you from the need to collect grass by hands, and the mulching mode will allow you to fine grind grass and fertilize the ground while maintaining the right humidity at the same time.

Usability

Finally, you should consider additional functions included. By this, we mean several things. One of them is a collection bag capacity: if you do not want to clean the tool several times during use, make sure to choose a bigger bag (1.5 bushels or more). Another one is the handle adjustability - this will let you use the mower with more comfort, allowing you to tailor it to your needs. Foldable design is another strong point, making the tool storage easy and convenient. Some other extras include a charge indicator letting you see when the battery is about to run out of charge, the tool weight, and whether the mower uses any other advanced technologies simplifying its maintenance and use. With all of this in mind, choosing a lawn mower that will be right for you should be easy.

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