What is the Best Electric Lawn Mower for the Money?

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Electric Lawn Mower Review

The choice to use an electric or gas push mower for your lawn is a personal one. Going "green" is just one of the reasons to choose electric over gas.

Let's look at a decision matrix to arrive at an educated choice.

Gas powered lawn mowers

Advantages
Disadvantages
Best for moderate to large lawns
Heavy and may be hard to push
Has more power for heavy use
Requires strength to pull the starting cord
Easy to refuel in the middle of a job
Loud and noisy with heavy vibrations
Probably has a larger cutting blade
Must make a trip with a gas can to buy fuel
 
More maintenance required (oil and spark plug changes)
 
May produce harmful environmental emissions

Electric powered lawn mowers

Advantages
Disadvantages
Low maintenance
Not recommended for large or heavy mowing jobs
Best for small to medium sized lawns
Electric charge may run out before job is done
No gas trips
May be too small and light for 'bumpy' grounds
No fumes
 
Easy to start and recharge
 

Decision made...

After reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of buying an electric mower over a gas one, you have now decided that an electric mower is just the right way to go.

There are two initial decisions left to make:

  1. Will you buy a corded mower that never runs out of power? or
  2. Will you buy a rechargeable electric mower that does not need a cord?

If you have a very small yard, a corded mower will do just fine and you will never have to worry about the charge.

If your yard is about 14,000 square feet or less (one third of an acre), you may decide to go with the rechargeable cordless mower. We have used a cordless mower for about a year and really love it. We can mow our front lawn two times without re-charging.

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Reviews of electric lawn mowers...

  1. Black & Decker LM175 18-Inch 6-1/2 amp Electric Mower - I found this mower on sale today on Amazon for about half the going price for electric mowers. It may not always be on sale, but it is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars with 319 customer reviews. It is also listed as eligible for Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping for Amazon Prime members (worth the price of membership just for the shipping savings alone). See feature comparison chart below.

  2. Black & Decker CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable Battery - This one is a slightly heavier mower, but it is cordless and has a removable battery. You can buy an extra battery and switch them out in case you have too much lawn to mow for one charge. This mower is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars with 303 customer reviews. A self-propelled model is also available. See feature comparison chart below.

  3. WORX WG783 Lil' Mo 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless 3-In-1 Lawn Mower with Removable Battery - This is a small mower that would be great for those tiny little lawns that seem to be prevalent in urban developments. Its biggest feature is the 3-in-1 blade that mows, mulches and catches the grass clippings. This mower is designed for very small jobs and will only cut five to six thousand square feet. It is cordless and has an optional easy change spare battery. This mower is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars with 109 customer reviews. See feature comparison chart below.

  4. Earthwise 60236 20-Inch 36 Volt Side Discharge/Mulching/Bagging Cordless Electric Lawn Mower - This mower has only ten customer reviews, but they have rated it at 4.3 out of 5 stars. It has a 3-in-one grass trimming option and is designed for medium sized lawns. The Earthwise mower is heavy enough to handle bumps and bounces. It is cordless and has good value for the price. See feature comparison chart below.

  5. LAWNATRON Green 24V Self Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower with Premium Removable Battery -Mulch/Bag/Side Discharge Attachments / Battery Capacity Indicator - This mower touts a whopping 4.5 out of 5 stars based on eleven customer reviews. It is a heavy duty mower with a two year warranty. All attachments are included. This electric mower should have a long life and be maintenance free. See feature comparison chart below.

Electric mower feature comparison chart:

Model
Power
Cordless
Blade size
Weight
Black and Decker LM75
6.5 amp.
No
18 inches
35 lbs.
Black and Decker CM 1936
36 volt
Yes
19 inches
72 lbs.
WORX WF783
24 volt
Yes
14 inches
41 lbs.
Earthworks 60236
36 volt
Yes
20 inches
105 lbs.
Lawnatron 24V
24 volt
Yes
19 inches
98 lbs.

Helpful tips on choosing an electric lawn mower...

Father's Day is coming soon.

Is your guy tired of his old rickety gas lawn mower? Get him a new cordless electric grass mower for Father's Day! Then every year for the next five or six years, you can buy him another gift with the money you save.

Imagine - no gas smell on his clothes anymore; no arm spasms from having to pull a gas mower cord 50 times to get the darn thing started; no noise. Dad will love it!

What is your opinion?

Do you prefer gas or electric lawn mowers?

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Electric Lawn Mowers

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

Powerful 12 Amp motor for getting the job done ; California Proposition 65•Robust steel 20" cutting deck offers highest performance and durability•3-in-1 feature provides multiple options for grass clippings from rear bagging, side discharge and mulching capabilities for versatile needs•Single lever 7-position height adjustment offers range of cutting height from 1 1/2" to 3 3/4" for the perfect cut on all types of grass•Wider 10" rear wheels and 7" front wheels makes it easy to maneuver around uneven terrain and around your flower beds

 

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Comments - Are you still using a gas lawn mower? 9 comments

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hubby just bought a new lawnmower and I wanted an electric, he wanted gas. He won :( I hate filling it up with gas and would much rather prefer an electric with a battery. Oh well maybe next time when I go buy it myself.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

We have a riding gas mower for the 2 acres out back, but the electric is perfect for the front yard. I hope you get your wish. :-)


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I only have a tiny lawn so a little "Flymo" does the job nicely. That is if it stops raining long enough to get out there.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Oh, please send us the rain. Our whole state is turning into a desert.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I don't have a lawn but I do have a question, Lela. Is a small electric mower available for trimming way overgrown Chia pets? Just wonderin'.


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denisemai 4 years ago from Idaho

This is really great info, Austinstar. I wish we would have had this information before we bought our last mower!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

@rbj - There is a doll house version. Unfortunately the battery is so small it only mows a postage stamp size artificial turf lawn. Maybe you should invent one for Chia pets!

@denisemai - Hindsight is always the correct choice. Where's that time traveling machine?


BayouTiger 4 years ago

I have used electrics for the past several years, both corded and cordless, and the cost analysis is flawed by not including battery replacement at least every other year. I had the Worx cordless, and loved it except I could not live with replacing the $200 battery every year. Maybe others are better, but not from what I am hearing from other owners.

Even a cheapo corded has more power as well. I would never go back to gas for a small yard though. I also use a Fiskars reel for the lighter cuts/touch ups.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

We have not had to replace our battery even after 3 years. Hmmm.

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