Best Electric Mowers Compared, So You Can Ditch The Gas And Oil For Good!
With so many electric mower models available, it can be hard to choose one without second-guessing later. We want to help you choose a mower that you will be happy with for years to come. This means a dependable mower with the features you need at a decent price.
Here we will discuss some of the differences between gas and electric mowers so you can be confident that electric is right for you. Then we'll go deeper into the features you should consider when choosing the best electric model. But first, look at our picks of the four most popular categories.
1.25in - 3.75in
1.5in - 4.0 in
Stihl RMA 370
1.2 - 2.8 in
1.5 - 3.75 in
Top Overall: Troy-Bilt TB510 Electric Push Mower
This is a powerful mower with almost every feature anyone would ever need. The only thing missing here is a self-propulsion system. At 89 pounds, this is not the easiest electric mower to push. Other than that, this mower may be perfect for you if you are in the market for a higher-end mower.
The 21" deck is larger than most others. Getting the job done quicker saves battery life, not that battery life is a problem with this mower. In fact, the battery lasts longer than any self-propelled model's because it doesn't have to supply power to the wheels.
We like the attention to ergonomics that Troy-Bilt put into this design. The grips you hold while pushing are angled at about 45 degrees, which is much more comfortable than the typical 90 degree layout. It also makes it easier to control and turn the mower around.
Another great feature is the 3-in-1 deck that offers mulching, side discharge and collection options.
Best Self-Propelled: EGO LM2102SP
This self-propelled mower offers most of the features of the TB510. The most conspicuous difference is that there is no side discharge option. The clippings are collected in the bag or mulched. The handle and control layouts are better than most lower-priced mowers, but they are not as comfortable as the TB510's.
It is nice to see a self-propelled mower with such a long battery life. Ego claims 60 minutes of use per charge under normal conditions and a one hour recharge time. This may be the best mower for you if you have a large or hilly yard.
The propulsion power goes to the rear wheels. This is best for mowing uphill, but it takes a little getting used to if you have been using a mower that pulls from the front. The speed adjusts from a slow 1.8 MPH up to 3.8 MPH, which is comparable to a fast walk.
You may not want to hang this mower on the wall. It folds like most other electric mowers, so it could be hung. But at 168 pounds, it is dangerous to lift it by yourself.
Best Lightweight - Stihl RMA 370
This mini mower is a fantastic choice for smaller yards. It is tiny and weighs only 30 pounds, and it can be folded small enough to be stored on a deep shelf.
The 14" deck may add to your mowing time. There are no mulching or side-discharge options, so you will spend some extra time emptying the small collection bag as well. The bag is actually made of hard plastic and seems to be a little difficult to open, according to some online reviews.
A full battery charge only lasts about 40 minutes, but it recharges in only half an hour. If you have Stihl power tools, you will be interested to know that this mower uses Stihl's KombiSystem batteries.
The price of this model seems a bit high. You should expect at least a more powerful motor for the MSRP. It's still a decent value if you want a small and light mower.
Best Budget Pick - GreenWorks 25022
If you don't need a self-propelled mower and can deal with a cord, this may be your ideal mower. It is a powerful mower with features comparable to the best battery-powered mowers.
The 20" steel deck allows mulching, side discharge and collection. It adjusts to seven mowing heights with a single lever. We like the big nylon collection bag.
This is another model that really doesn't need to be self propelled. It weighs only 56 pounds, which makes it easier to push than all but the smallest battery-operated electric mowers. The rear wheels are big enough, 10 inches, to make 180 degree turns easy.
A 50 foot cord, with a stand-alone MSRP of $29.99, is included with this mower. That is a good size for a smaller lawn. If you need to get a longer cord to be able to mow a larger yard, you should know that a proper cord for this is not cheap. Cords for this mower have to be rated at 13 amps. Using a cord with a lower rating will reduce the motor's power and may cause it to overheat.
Want to learn more about the GreenWorks 25022? Read our full review here.
How To Pick The Mower That's Best For You
Let's explore the key features that you should consider when shopping for an electric motor.
Corded vs Uncorded
Corded mowers are lighter and usually less bulky than battery-operated ones. This makes them easier to push and store. The trade off is having to deal with the cord, especially when mowing around and behind shrubs and other obstructions.
Although corded models never have to be charged, they do have an effective range of 100 feet from a power source. Cords longer that this may not be able to carry enough electricity to the motor.
A great advantage of corded mowers is the price. They are usually much cheaper than cordless mowers, even when considering the possible extra cost of a longer heavy-duty cord.
It takes five times as much electricity to run the power through a long cord as the motor actually uses. This makes corded models use five times more electricity. But, assuming 11 cents per KWH, it only takes 50 cents to mow an average half acre of grass. Energy cost is not an important consideration for electric mowers anyway.
Self Propelled vs Push Mowers
Most electric mowers are not self propelled, even though they are best for large, hilly or inclined yards.
They are heavier than push mowers, but they supply their own drive power. This does cause them to drain their battery much quicker, so it is important to check the average battery life when looking for a self-propelled mower. You can disengage the drive mechanism and push the mower to save battery life, but keep in mind how much heavier these mowers are.
A push mower is a good choice for a smaller yard. They get the job done, and they can offer all the same features as a self-propelled mower. No drive mechanism generally means a lower price and a slightly lower electric bill due to less charging.
Wide decks save time. They also make the mower heavier and harder to push. A wide deck's heavy blades demand more power from the motor. Check the estimated battery life of wide deck mowers to make sure you can live any reduced run time.
Narrow decks are light and good for small lawns. They make a mower easier to push, so you may not need a more expensive self-propelled model. They also store more neatly and easily.
Electric vs Gas Models
Gas mowers are more expensive to operate and maintain than electric models. But they are usually more powerful. They also have the advantage of being easier to refuel. You have to store their gas, but you won't have to wait up to an hour for a battery to recharge.
Electric mowers are virtually maintenance free. They do, however, cost about $100 more than gas models with similar features.
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