Electric lawnmowers are often quieter, easier to use and more environmentally friendly than their gas engine equivalents. Today’s models are so efficient that they can handle a wide variety of lawns at an affordable cost – and we choose the best from our reviews, starting with that Ego LM2102SP (Also check out our list of the best robotic mowers).
What about batteries? Lawnmower batteries are easier to maintain than gas engines and are generally cheaper to maintain. However, they have a lifespan and may need to be replaced. The life of a mower battery can vary. However, expect your lawnmower battery to perform poorly after a few years. You can extend their lifespan by storing them in moderate temperatures and making sure they charge at least once a month during the off-season. Otherwise, look for brands with affordable and readily available replacement batteries.
What about corded mowers? When the electric mowers first came out they were mostly wired as this was the best way to get enough power to the motor. Of course, the last thing you want in a lawnmower is a live power cord. When battery models (albeit more expensive) came out, the market immediately shifted. Nowadays there are battery mowers that are suitable for both tiny lawns and larger lawns that even corded lawnmowers would have had problems with, which has largely displaced corded models from the market – and removed them from this list.
Ego 21 inch LM2102SP
Ego combines some of the best cordless mower features in one model without driving the price too high. This 56 volt lawn mower can run for up to 60 minutes on the high quality ARC lithium battery, while the lightweight plastic design (as is common with cordless mowers) makes it easy to maneuver.
The Ego LM2102SP Six different height settings are included and the mower has mulching and bagging functions. There are even LED lights when you get up at dawn to mow the grass. We also appreciate the included battery, which is easily compatible with other Ego products if you want to expand your battery-powered garden tools with blowers, weed eaters and other lawn tools.
Greenworks 21 inch MO80L410
Greenworks remains one of the leading names in battery powered lawnmowers because of models like this powerful 80 volt mower. The rugged design includes larger wheels for more difficult terrain and options for side discharge of grass debris. A full charge takes up to an hour. It has a steel frame design that is heavier and more difficult to handle but is built to last.
The Greenworks MO80L410 even has a self-propelled option, which is an interesting choice for a cordless mower. The self-propelled model diverts some of the battery power and motor function to the wheels to give the mower a kick while it’s running, like many gas-powered mowers do. It shortens battery life and isn’t required for lightweight plastic frame mowers, but it’s a nice feature for a steel frame version like this one. You will see that other steel frame models on this list have self-propelled options as well.
Snapper XD 21 inch SXD21SPWM82k
Do you want even more power? Snapper is happy to use this 82 volt steel frame mower that is focused on durability and cutting power. The three-in-one design offers mulching, bagging and side unloading. There are seven different height positions to choose from and load sensing technology that can add extra strength to the blades when they hit thick grass. A self-driving mode is also included.
The battery of the Snapper XD SXD21SPWM82k takes about 45 minutes on a single charge. The model we selected contains two batteries that you can replace on longer projects. Just charge one battery while using the other.
Toro 22-inch 20363
This 60-volt lawnmower has a slightly wider 23-inch deck for a wider cutting path and can cover up to a third of an acre on one battery charge.
The Toro 20363 has several different cutting heights and a self-propelled mode with several different speeds. We also like the three year full battery guarantee that comes with this mower.
Yard Force 22-inch YF120VRX
This yard force model is a great choice for frequent gardening and commercial lawn maintenance. The 120-volt model can cope with the harshest mowing situations and has an innovative feature that few cordless mowers offer: two battery slots that allow you to connect two batteries at the same time and switch from one to the other. There are several self-propelled options available. This is another mower that has sensors that can be used to increase the blade speed if necessary.
The entire package may offer too much power and features for smaller yards, but the Yard Force YF120VRX thrives at tackling larger tasks.
Black + Decker BESTA512CM
Of course, some people have very small lawns or areas of grass that need a light, inexpensive touch. In these cases, a cable mower is a good choice and an affordable option, which is why Black + Decker offers this convertible electric mower. It mows a 12 inch wide path for clippings of grass, then turns into an edge trimmer or even a trimmer to take care of nearby projects.
All in all that Black + Decker BESTA512CM is a good choice for people who might only have a strip of lawn on the sidewalk but still want to make sure it looks its best.
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