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Best Electric Lawn Mowers 2020 | Battery-Powered Mower Reviews


After spending weeks testing in our own backyard and even traveling 2 hours to a sod farm, our team is ready to release our picks for the best electric lawn mowers in 2020. Whether you’re looking for the most cutting area, the best cut quality, a good budget pick, or something else, our experts have weighed in.

The good news—there are a lot of quality battery-powered lawn mowers to choose from this year!

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask in the comments below and we’ll let you know what our choice would be!

Best Electric Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Overall

EGO 56V 21-inch Select Cut Mower with Touch Drive Self-Propelled Technology LM2130SP

The EGO Select Cut Mower tops our charts as the best electric battery-powered lawn mower overall thanks to a design that does just about everything well. We love that the stacked-blade system comes with everything you need to optimize mulching or bagging.

The mower also has excellent power. It’s not quite as much as the EGO Peak Power model with dual battery slots, but it’s still higher than most. Cut quality and runtime remain solid as well.

If you like the EGO Select Cut concept, but don’t want the self-propelled drive or want to save some money, there’s a push mower version, too (LM2130). As far as residential models go, neither of these best electric lawn mower picks should steer you wrong.

Price: $449 bare, $649 with 7.5Ah battery and charger

Best Self-Propelled Battery Lawn Mower

Residential: Kobalt 80V Max 21-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower KMP 6080-06

As the top overall pick, EGO’s Select Cut is also our best electric self-propelled mower for residential use. We can’t, however, neglect to mention the Kobalt 80V KMP 6080-06 as another of our best electric lawn mower picks. It scored higher than the Select Cut in cutting power with remarkably good cut quality. It also scored excellent in value. For a battery-powered lawn mower, the Kobalt almost makes you forget it’s not gas.

The only chink in the armor is runtime, where it falls short of covering half an acre on a charge. We recommend it for lawns 1/3-acre or less. That still covers a pretty large percentage of homes. Plus, you can always buy extra batteries.

Price: $599 with 6.0Ah battery and charger

Best Electric Commercial Lawn Mower: Greenworks Commercial 82V 25-inch GMS 250

Greenworks GMS 250 best electric lawn mower

A large cutting area and dual active battery ports make the Greenworks Commercial 25-inch mower a self-propelled winner as the best battery lawn mower on the commercial side.

As the name indicates, Greenworks designed this model for professional use, giving it a more durable build. Note the steel deck, for example. It has an excellent feature set to go along with quiet operation—just 79 decibels from our operator’s ear.

The price might be an obstacle for some, and you’ll need to visit a dealer to get your hands on one to try it out.

Price: Starts at $649, $1220 as tested with two 5.0Ah batteries and charger.

Also Consider:

Makita 18V X2 21-inch Commercial Self-Propelled Lawn Mower XML08

Makita busted into the realm of professional cordless lawn mowers in a big way with their latest updated products. Another favorite commercial self-propelled pick for best battery lawn mower has to be the XML08. It features a self-propelled drive and steel deck (there’s also an aluminum deck version).

With better than expected power from its 18V X2 (36V) motor and four active battery ports, this rigidly built mower feels like a professional model should.

Price: $719 bare, $849 with four batteries and dual-port rapid charger

Best Cordless Push Lawn Mower

Makita 18V X2 21-inch Commercial Lawn Mower XML07

best cordless lawn mower Makita XML07

There are a ton of really good battery-powered push mowers to choose from. Makita’s XML07 18V X2 commercial mower has everything we love about the XML08 minus the self-propel drive, making it our top choice as the best electric push mower.

It has a solid commercial build, excellent power, and four active battery ports (two batteries are required for operation). It also has a handy Quiet Mode and a whole lot more. Makita’s latest entries into battery-powered commercial lawn mowers are looking very promising.

Price: $569 bare, $699 with four 5.0Ah batteries and dual-port rapid charger

Also Consider:

Greenworks Pro 60V 21-inch Lawn Mower with Steel Deck 2520002

If you’re looking for a push mower on more of a homeowner budget, Greenworks’ 60V line is a solid balance of weight and performance. Their 21-inch push mower has a steel deck that’s a win for durability and its kitted 4.0Ah battery should give you the runtime to cut up to 1/4-acre during the growing season. This tool clearly belongs on our best battery lawn mower list.

Like its self-propelled brother, it has two battery ports with an automatic switch and a turbo button to crank up the power when you hit a thick patch of grass.

Price: $399.99 with 4.0Ah battery and charger

EGO 56V 21-inch Mower LM2101

If you’re looking for the lighter weight of a poly deck, the EGO LM2101 21-inch push mower makes a lot of sense. It comes loaded with convenient features such as LED lights, single-point height setting, and vertical storage to go along with its solid performance.

Pair it with EGO’s 21-inch high-lift blade for the best bagging efficiency and a cleaner cut.

Price: $399 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

Toro 60V Max 21-Inch SmartStow High Wheel Push Mower 20367

Toro’s 22-inch SmartStow push mower is slightly more expensive then EGO and Greenworks at $419. However, this 60V max mower also cut very well in our tests. Its recycler deck and blade combination make it a great choice if you prefer to mulch and its the quietest mower we’ve tested.

Price: $419 with 4.0Ah battery and charger

Best Electric Lawn Mower for Large Lawns

Greenworks 25-inch Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (82V Commercial and 60V)

In our testing, the Greenworks Commercial 25-inch mower won our pick as the best battery-powered lawn mower for large lawns. It simply cut more area than any other walk-behind by a pretty wide margin. Part of this is due to it having a wider cutting area. Its twin overlapping blades cover 23.75 inches.

Double-dipping with its two active auto-switching battery ports offers the opportunity for a lot more runtime as well. Using two 5.0Ah batteries, you can expect to cut well over an acre of typical grass and more than 1.5 acres on a light load.

With the Commercial 82V’s price tag out of reach for most homeowners, there’s also the Greenworks Pro 60V 25-inch mower model available that you can find on the company website.

Price: $599.99 (60V), starting at $649 (Commercial 82V)

Also Consider:

EGO 56V 21-inch Self-Propelled Mower with Peak Power LM2142SP

The EGO Peak Power mower seems appropriately named considering it’s the strongest battery-powered walk-behind we’ve tested. When you’re not trekking through a jungle of overgrowth, all that muscle has the added benefit of endurance.

Using the 5.0Ah batteries that come in the kit, you can easily mow more than half an acre on a regular weekly cut. Raise the stakes by using 7.5Ah packs or 10.0Ah batteries and it’s even more impressive.

Price: $749 with two 5.0Ah batteries and rapid charger

Best Cordless Mower for Small Lawns

Sun Joe 40V 16-inch iONMAX Lawn Mower iON16LM

best battery-powered electric lawn mower for small lawns

Sun Joe has a reputation for lightweight, maneuverable mowers that are easy on your wallet. We chose the Sun Joe 40V 16-inch iONMAX as the best electric mower for small lawns. Its 40V motor gives it more power than some of the other small blade options and its sub-40-pound weight easily maneuvers around landscaping and other tight spots.

Price: $259.99 with 4.0Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

Ryobi 40V 16-inch Push Lawn Mower RY40140

Similar in scope as Sun Joe but just breaking the 40-pound barrier, Ryobi’s 40V 16-inch push mower is another excellent choice. It also lives on the 40V max (36V nominal) platform, though it uses a brushed motor instead of Sun Joe’s brushless. However, this mower still maneuvers well in those details areas and small lawns.

Price: $259 with 4.0Ah battery and charger

Best Electric Riding Lawn Mower

Residential: Greenworks 48-inch Residential Zero Turn Mower Lithium Z RZ48R

Best Electric Riding Lawn Mower: Greenworks 48-Inch ZTR

The Greenworks 48-inch residential zero turn mower landed at the top of our list for the best battery-powered riding mower thanks in large part to its lithium-ion power source and having a larger deck size than most of its competition.

It uses a total of 5 brushless motors: two for the drive wheels and three for the blades. With the ability to cut up more than 2 acres at up to 7 MPH on a single charge, it has the feel of a quality residential ZT without the same noise, emissions, and maintenance.

Price: Starts at $7499

Also Consider:

Ryobi 42-inch Electric Zero Turn Mower 100Ah RY48ZTR100

Ryobi’s 42-inch RY48XTR100 is another zero-turn mower that’s easier on your wallet. Using lead-acid batteries rather than lithium-ion, its 100Ah energy bank can mow up to 3 acres on a charge.

There’s also a 75Ah version that’s about $200 less. If you’re close to the edge of its 2.5-acre range or your grass grows fast and thick, spend the extra and go with the 100Ah model.

Price: $4199 with 100Ah battery set and charger

Keep Your Eyes Open!

EGO has a zero-turn slated for next season that promises to shake up what you should expect from a residential battery-powered ZT!

Commercial: Mean Green 74-inch EVO Zero Turn Mower

Mean Green EVO zero turn

Mean Green is pushing the envelope further with a 74-inch deck on its flagship EVO ZTR. It delivers an impressive cutting width and day-long 8-hour max runtime. Combined with a 13 MPH top speed and 37 HP equivalent power, this is the electric riding mower to get when you have a lot of property to cut.

There are a lot of accessories to choose from—including a solar canopy! Mean Green certainly lets you customize the mower to suit your particular commercial needs.

All of this electric innovation comes at a cost, though. You’re looking at a minimum of $28,500 to get in and closing in on $35,000 if you want the most runtime. That’s before you add accessories.

Price: $28,500 (22kWh) – $34,499 (35kWh)

Also Consider:

Greenworks 60-inch Ride-On Zero Turn Mower Lithium Z GZ 60R

Greenworks covers the commercial slot with its 60-inch Lithium Z professional ZTR. There’s a lot to love in the design (more than we have space for here). One of the big deals is its trio of independent brushless motors on the blades (two others drive the wheels). Each one only receives as much power as it needs, preserving battery when it can and delivering more when necessary. There’s also a Hi/Low button you can set to match the general conditions of the area you’re mowing.

Aside from that, driving it feels like, well, driving a professional zero-turn, though its 10 MPH top speed is a bit under some gas models. There’s plenty of feedback on the control panel, and you can cut up to 12 acres on a charge with its 4-hour runtime.

Price: Starts at $20,999

Best Cheap Cordless Lawn Mower

Under $500: EGO 56V 21-inch Self-Propelled Mower LM2102SP

If you’re shopping with a sub-$500 budget, you don’t have access to the top-tier mowers, but you’re still in a range that offers excellent power and a self-propelled drive system. At the top of our list is EGO’s LM2102SP.

It has a 21-inch deck, excellent cutting performance, and comes with a monster 7.5Ah battery that can keep you running up to an hour. When it comes to getting best value electric lawn mower, this is it.

Price: $499 with 7.5Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

Greenworks 60V 21-inch Self-Propelled Mower 2520102

Greenworks’ latest-generation 60V self-propelled lawnmower is also high on our list. With more power than its predecessor, a push-button Turbo mode, and two automatically switching battery ports, it’s a nice fit for larger lawns.

Price: $449.99 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

Skil PWRCore 40 Self-Propelled Lawn Mower SM4910-10

New for 2020, the Skil PWRCore 40 self-propelled lawn mower has some solid DNA and performs at a higher level than most 40V mowers we’ve tested. It’s a solid all-rounder that’s easy to use.

Highlights include a center-mounted speed selector that clicks into place, making it tougher to accidentally bump to a different speed and a PWR Jump charger that gives you a super-fast charge to 30% when you need to wrap up the last few lines before calling it a day.

Price: $479.99 with 5.0Ah battery and PWR Jump charger

Under $400: Kobalt 40V 20-inch Self-Propelled Mower KMP 5040-06

Moving to the sub-$400 level, you start to give up some power and features, but it’s still possible to get your hands on a self-propelled mower. Best for smaller lawns under 1/4-acre, Kobalt’s 40V 20-inch self-propelled mower comes with a 5.0Ah that runs up to 30 minutes.

Price: $399 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

Hart 40V 20-inch Self-Propelled Mower HLPM021

Relative newcomer, Hart, offers another solid value with its 40V self-propelled mower. Like Kobalt, it has a 20-inch deck, single-point height adjustment, simple operation, and is a good fit for lawns under 1/4-acre.

One thing you want to look out for is the variable speed slider in the middle. It’s not very stiff and some of our testing team members had a tendency to bump it on turns and change speeds.

Price: $349 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

EGO 56V 21-inch Push Mower LM2101

If you’re willing to trade off the self-propelled drive for mower cutting power, EGO’s LM2101 is the way to go. Packed with a 5.0Ah battery, you get a solid balance of cutting performance and runtime with the larger 21-inch deck size.

Price: $399 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

Under $300: Hart 40V 20-inch Push Mower HLPM011

While there are a lot of battery-powered mowers under $300, our picks for the best cheap cordless lawn mower are able to stick with a 20-inch deck and 40V motors.

The Hart HLPM11 makes a compelling case by including a brushless motor for power and packing a 5.0Ah battery to give you more runtime than most of the competition in this price category. Even better, it comes in well under budget at $249.

We like this as an inexpensive option for lawns under 1/4-acre.

Price: $249 with 5.0Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

Ryobi 40V 20-inch Push Lawn Mower RY401110-Y

Ryobi scratches a lot of the same itches as Hart’s 20-inch push mower but comes in a little more expensive. If your lawn is closing in on a 1/4-acre, the 6Ah battery Ryobi includes gives you little more runtime to work with.

Price: $279 $259 with 6.0Ah battery and charger

Best Quality Electric Lawn Mowers

EGO Power Plus 56V Line

When we pulled the team together to determine the best quality battery-powered lawn mowers, it was clear we had to look at the entire range from entry-level to top-tier. While there are a lot of brands we recommend, we believe EGO gives you the best quality.

There’s a ton of research and development that goes into each design before an electric lawn mower ever reaches production. EGO seems to dial it in nearly perfectly with each release from the bottom of the line to the top. To top it off, they’re confident enough to back their mowers with a 5-year warranty.

Best Battery Lawn Mower Power

EGO 56V 21-inch Self-Propelled Mower with Peak Power LM2142SP

There’s simply no walk-behind electric mower that has the power of EGO’s Peak Power. Whether testing in acres of Floratam or in our own backyard, it out-cuts the competition.

When we tested a large group of mowers in serious overgrowth, the Peak Power kept cutting further than most of our gas mowers, including several commercial models. Only the gas-powered Honda HRC216 had the muscle to cut farther.

Price: $749 with two 5.0Ah batteries and rapid charger

Best Electric Lawn Mower Runtime and Cutting Area

Greenworks Commercial 82V 25-inch GMS 250

Our picks for the best battery mower runtime are exactly the same as our recommendations for large lawns for the exact same reasons. That’s because they cut the most area when we tested them.

Price: $599.99 (60V), starting at $649 (Commercial 82V)

Also Consider:

EGO 56V 21-inch Self-Propelled Mower with Peak Power LM2142SP

Price: $749 with two 5.0Ah batteries and rapid charger

Best Cordless Lawn Mower Noise Level

Toro 60V Max 21-inch SmartStow High Wheel Push Mower 20367

Best Cordless Lawn Mower Noise Level: Toro 60V Max 21-Inch SmartStow Push Mower

Toro’s 60V push mower is the quietest mower we’ve tested—just 73 decibels at our operator’s ear. With most cordless lawn mowers sitting in the high 70’s to the mid-80’s, getting the noise that low is a significant achievement.

Price: $419 with 4.0Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

Worx 40V Power Share 20-inch Lawn Mower WG751

The Worx WG751 is nearly as quiet as Toro, measuring 74 dB(A) on our SPL meter. This model is getting pretty tough to find, though.

Price: $359 with two 4.0Ah batteries and charger (two batteries required to run)

Snapper XD 82V 21-inch StepSense Self-Propelled Mower 1687982

Snapper’s XD 82V StepSense makes it as the only self-propelled model to make the top 3 in our quiet list. At 78 dB(A), it’s one of very few self-propelled models to keep the noise below 80 decibels.

Price: $599 with two 2.0Ah batteries and rapid charger

Best Electric Lawn Mower Cut Quality

Toro 60V Max 22-inch SmartStow Personal Pace High Wheel Mower with 7.5Ah Battery 20366

Toro 60V self-propelled lawn mower review

As we started looking for the best battery-powered lawn mower cut quality, we needed a model that could cut evenly along with highly effective mulching and bagging. By the time we emptied the final bag, the Toro 60V Max Personal Pace mower gave us the best balance of all three with one mower.

Price: $659 with 7.5Ah battery and charger

Also Consider:

EGO 56V 21-inch Select Cut Mower with Touch Drive Self-Propelled Technology LM2130SP

EGO’s innovative approach to electric mowers came in a close second to Toro. The stacked blade system makes it more effective in higher and thicker grass than others. Plus, the package comes with one blade optimize for bagging and higher runtime and one that chops finer for better mulching.

Price: $449 bare, $649 with 7.5Ah battery and charger

Ryobi 40V 21-inch Smart Trek Self-Propelled Mower RY40LM10-Y

Ryobi’s 40V Smart Trek mower has excellent lift that does a great job of bagging and makes for decent mulching. The caveat here is power. Once you get past a light to medium cut, the motor has a hard time keeping the blade RPMs up and the quality begins to drop quickly.

Price: $599 with 6.0Ah battery and charger

How We Tested the Best Electric Lawn Mowers for 2020

Power

Brushless motors make testing power much more challenging because of their ability to sense and adjust to the load the blade is experiencing. To gauge it, we cut an overgrown section of grass to a manageable height and follow it up by seeing how short we can cut an even standard height section of grass.

The more effectively a battery-powered lawn mower can reclaim overgrowth and the shorter it can effectively cut a baseline height, the more working power it has.

Runtime

How much runtime an electric lawn mower has is only part of the equation. The best information is how much area you can cut on a charge. We start with a section of grass cut to a standard height and then see how long we can mow on one battery charge as we cut it down to 3 inches.

Once we know that, we calculate the maximum area you should be able to mow without having to stop and recharge.

Cut Quality

We test three basic areas of cut quality: evenness, bagging efficiency, and mulching efficiency.

Evenness is simple enough—we gauge how even the cut is by looking for blades that stick out and areas that may have been cut shorter than intended.

Bagging efficiency is a matter of seeing how much grass is left behind compared to the amount that is collected in the bag.

Mulching efficiency takes in consideration the size of the clippings the mower drops and whether it creates any clumping or trailing.

Noise Level

With noise, we get out our trusty SPL meter and measure the decibels in an open area. We use an A-weighted, slow response measurement taken from a 5-foot, 8-inch operator’s ear.

Build

We consider the quality of the build based on the materials and how well the mower is put together. We’re looking for solid components that will last well beyond the warranty period, a rigid construction, and protection for the electrical components and batteries.

Hills, Slopes, and Uneven Terrain

Sure, it’s Florida and we don’t have many legit hills. But we do have sloped lakesides and ditches to go along with plenty of uneven ground. We drive or push our mowers to see how well they hold wheel traction mowing uphill, downhill, side-to-side, and bumping along.

Features

In addition to any standout features, here’s a list of the standard items we look for:

  • Brushless motor
  • Drive type and function
  • Deck size
  • Deck material
  • Height adjustment
  • Height range and number of levels
  • Handle positions
  • Discharge options
  • Battery ports

Value

For our team of experts, value is much more than just price. It’s about what you get for what you pay. An expensive model may very well be the best battery mower value if it’s performing far enough ahead of the budget brands to justify it.

Best Electric Lawn Mowers for 2020 Buying Guide

As you’re deciding on the best battery lawn mower for you in 2020, there’s a lot to consider. These electric mowers are a long way away from when we started with battery power.

What’s Your Budget?

While you can get a battery lawn mower for less than $300, plan on spending at least $500 for a quality model and more than $700 for the best electric lawn mowers.

That can cause a bit of a conflict. When you look at what you can get for the same price on a gas mower, you get more power and features from that gas engine. It won’t have the noise, emission, and maintenance benefits, though.

Are Battery Riding Mowers Viable?

There are a few riding mowers available for both professional and homeowner use. Professional crews have options such as Greenworks’ Lithium Z zero turn (they also have a battery-powered UTV).

Homeowers have more choices with well-known brands Ryobi, Cub Cadet, and Craftsman (along with several others) providing a handful of zero turns and more traditional lawn tractors.

There are sure to be more coming soon for both types of users, including a highly-anticipated ZT from EGO.

The models we’ve tested work well and do the job they’re designed for. However, there are two key trade-offs you need to keep in mind. One, there’s a big premium on the cost compared to a gas model. Two, at the moment you need to plan for long charge times.

A third consideration is simply that this class of electric lawn mower is still relatively new. It’s possible to keep a gas model running for 10 years or more and repower it if necessary. With a full electric power plant, we simply don’t know what kind of service life to expect with proper maintenance.

As battery technology continues to move forward, keep your eyes open for the first graphene or silicone lithium batteries. They’re able to take a charge much faster than standard lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries and have the potential to get you back in the saddle quicker.

Residential or Commercial Quality?

On the surface, there’s not a huge difference between commercial quality and residential quality walk-behind battery lawn mowers.

At the high end, power doesn’t seem to vary much. In fact, the most powerful we’ve tested—EGO’s Peak Power—is technically a residential model.

What commercial battery mowers have going for them is a design and feature set that’s much more tuned in to what professionals ask for. Some of that is merely the difference between what homeowners and professional crews prefer on a mower. But there are differences in the quality of the components that brands choose for their separate lines. That said, the best residential models rival commercial quality from what we’ve seen.

Greenworks Commercial and Stihl rely exclusively on their dealer networks. You get additional support during and after the sale that you won’t find at big-box retailers.

Electric riding mowers are a completely different ballgame. With those, you’ll find a much greater difference in design and performance, along with a massive gap in cost.

Self-Propelled vs Push Drive

Considering a self-propelled drive doesn’t have a huge effect on your runtime, it’s a feature you should get if it’s in your budget. Look for variable speed control and try working it in the store before you bring it home. You can usually tell in just a few minutes if it’s comfortable and natural for your hands.

Look for a mower that disengages its drive easily when you want to pull the mower back. Some systems have a hard time letting go and force you to drag the drive wheels rather than allowing them to roll.

Let’s not completely rule out the classic push mower style, though. When you’re on a budget, you can easily save $100 or more without losing cutting performance if you’re willing to carry more of the workload.

If that’s the direction you’re heading, look for a poly deck to help reduce weight and wheels with low rolling resistance to make your job a little easier.

Self-Propel Drive Adjustment

Our testing team generally prefers a variable speed dial separate from the presence bar. Taking a different approach, Toro’s Personal Pace and Ryobi’s Smart Trek systems offer a self-adjusting speed that some folks like.

As you’re trying different adjustment styles, look for an adjustment that’s on the stiffer side or has positive stops. This will reduce the chances of accidentally knocking it to a different speed if your hand hits it or the terrain is bumpy.

Keep an eye on the location of the dial as well. Front and center is convenient to make adjustments on the fly. However, some people hit that position with their hand or hip as they turn. If that’s you, you might prefer your adjustment on the side so you don’t accidentally change your speed with each turn.

Steel vs Poly Deck

In the gas-powered world, there are really no poly decks—most are either steel or aluminum. The cordless lawn mower world is much different with poly decks in every direction.

Steel is more durable, but it’s very unlikely you’re going to wear through a poly deck over the life of your battery-powered lawn mower. Poly also has an advantage in design. It’s much easier to make subtle changes in the shape that optimizes airflow for better lift, mulching, and bagging than a steel deck.

Like we said, steel is more durable. If you have a lot of small rocks you kick up when you’re mowing or perhaps your 15 year-old doesn’t pay quite as much attention as you’d like, then a steel deck can extend your mower’s life. Plus, it just looks good.

Bag, Mulch, or Side Discharge?

You probably already know whether you prefer to mulch or bag. Here in central Florida, we usually mulch to return nutrients to the lawn and avoid stopping every 10 minutes (literally) to dump the bag.

Sometimes, however, you go on vacation or the weather prevents you from hitting your normal mowing day. That’s when side (or rear) discharge becomes helpful.

Instead of keeping the grass up in the deck for finer mulching, it kicks it out. You could bag it, of course, but you’d spend a lot of time emptying. For the sake of getting your cut back under control, side discharging can help keep you moving along when your grass gets long.

Look for a mower that gives you all three options and keep that side discharge chute somewhere handy just in case you need it.

Deck and Blade Size

Most of the best electric lawn mowers have 20 or 21-inch deck sizes with slightly smaller blades (Makita is one brand that lists the actual blade diameter rather than the deck diameter).

There are smaller models appropriate for smaller lawns or areas with a lot of landscaping to work around.

There are also larger models. Greenworks Commercial and Greenworks 60V both have 25-inch models available. Battery-powered riding mowers run up to 42 inches or more on the residential side and 74 inches for commercial.

The larger deck sizes are most helpful on lawns over 1/4-acre where they offer more significant time savings. For lawns 1/4-acre or less, the standard 20 or 21-inch deck is usually fine.

Single Point vs Multi-Point Deck Height Adjustment

There’s no doubt that single-point height adjustments are more convenient than adjusting each wheel. The relatively lighter weight of cordless lawn mowers also makes it a more viable solution.

Don’t completely discount two or four-point adjustments, though. A four-point system typically has a more rigid construction over single point. Plus, you can kick your front wheels one notch higher than the rear to improve your bagging efficiency.

This one is really about what your preference is. We find most people set their height once and leave it, so a four-point system may not be all that bad from a convenience standpoint.

Multiple Battery Ports

If you have a lawn that’s more than 1/3 of an acre, there’s a good chance you can benefit from multiple battery ports. There are three possibilities: a second storage port, a second active port with a manual switch, and a second active port with automatic switching.

Automatic switching is the most convenient and usually comes on higher-priced mowers. Manual switching and simple storage take some extra effort, but not as much as going back to the garage or trailer for another battery.

Height Range

The majority of electric lawn mowers have all the height range you need to cover a wide variety of grass species. If you prefer to cut at heights over 3-1/2 inches or under 2 inches, just double check that the mower you’re looking at covers it.

Why Buy an Electric Lawn Mower?

The best electric lawn mower for you should get your lawn cut on one charge. No matter which model that is, they all share some common characteristics. There are no gas emissions and no gas engine to maintain. You still need to clean it off when you’re done, but the maintenance is much easier and takes less time.

They’re also quieter. The early bird gets the worm and if you want to start mowing at 7:00 on Saturday morning, your neighbors can probably sleep through it. More of a night owl? Many battery-powered mowers have headlights, and you’re unlikely to disturb your neighbor’s Lord of the Rings marathon at 10:00 PM.

Those are some of the more obvious reasons, but one of our favorites is the ability to put the battery in and mow. There’s no cranking, no choke, and no fuel cut-off valve. As long as you have enough batteries to get the entire lawn cut, it’s an easier system to work with than gas.

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Brian K Haley

Why weren’t the Stihl and Husqvarna mowers included? Also, Dewalt had an electric mower. I don’t expect a lot from the Dewalt but being a lot of people are already on their cordless system, I’d be interested to know how it compares.

Donald Patrick

I have one and it does the job … quiet and have two batteries so can do the complete yard with the same mind set … sometimes could use more throwing power to get the catcher completely full … but adequate in warm weather …. same problems as gas units when there has been a recent rain. The whole package is the greatest part… no fuel shortage, oil checking and overall maintenance schedule is a nice change.

Todd

One aspect that might be tough for you guys to test in Florida is slopes.

I picked up the Greenworks 25″ 60V version on July4th sale for $500 with 2 batteries.

Due to the wider-not-longer architecture, it does fairly well cross-cutting a long, steep slope without ‘crabbing’ as badly as some mowers. Every big helps build confidence.