Whether you have a yard that is big or small, they both share one thing in common. They need to be maintained. A large part of yard maintenance is keeping the lawn nicely mowed and in fact I think it can go a long way in improving the overall look of your property.
Previously a mower was something that was bulky, smelly and expensive, but not anymore. These days, the best electric lawn mower can do just as great of a job as a gas powered mower. A small electric lawn mower can take up little space whilst delivering a lot of power, and along with a chainsaw is the perfect accompaniment to your tool collection.
Finding the best electric mower is now easier than ever with so many great options available. A list of the best electric lawn mowers for sale can be found below including in depth electric lawn mower reviews to help you to find the best electric mower 2017.
- 1 2017 best electric lawn mower comparison chart
- 2 What are the advantages of electric mowers over gas?
- 3 Is the best electric lawn mower corded or cordless?
- 4 Other things to consider when looking for top electric lawn mowers…
- 5 Top 10 electric lawn mowers reviews
- 5.1 The best cordless electric lawn mower review
- 5.2 The best corded electric lawn mower review
- 5.3 The best small electric lawn mower review
- 5.4 The best cheap electric lawn mower review
- 5.5 The most powerful electric lawn mower review
- 5.6 Remaining top 5 electric mower reviews
- 5.6.1 BLACK+DECKER EM1700 17-Inch Corded Mower with Edge Max Review
- 5.6.2 Black & Decker MM2000 13-Amp Corded Mower, 20″ Review
- 5.6.3 Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower Review
- 5.6.4 WORX WG775 Lil’Mo 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower Review
- 5.6.5 Remington RM202A 12-Amp 19-Inch 2-in-1 Corded Electric Push Lawn Mower Review
2017 best electric lawn mower comparison chart
Use the table below to compare electric lawn mowers for sale to help you find the best electric lawn mower to buy. Below you will also find reviews of the top rated electric lawn mowers.
|Name||Image||Size||Weight||Type||Mulcher (Y/N)||Price||Our Rating (/5)|
|GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX Lawn Mower||20”||43 lbs||Cordless||Y||Check||4.5|
|BLACK+DECKER EM1700 Lawn Mower||17”||39 lbs||Corded||N||Check||4.0|
|EGO Power+ Lawn Mower||20”||65 lbs||Cordless||Y||Check||4.5|
|Black & Decker MM2000 Lawn Mower||20"||53 lbs||Corded||Y||Check||4.5|
|Sun Joe MJ402E Mow Joe Lawn Mower||12”||30 lbs||Corded||Y||Check||4.0|
|WORX WG775 Lil'Mo Lawn Mower||14”||32 lbs||Cordless||Y||Check||3.5|
|Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe Lawn Mower||14”||28 lbs||Corded||N||Check||4.0|
|Remington RM202A Lawn Mower||19”||50 lbs||Corded||Y||Check||3.5|
|BLACK+DECKER MTE912 Lawn Mower||12”||13lbs||Both||N||Check||4.0|
What are the advantages of electric mowers over gas?
Previously I would have supported the argument that gas powered mowers were superior over a lightweight electric mower, but not anymore – especially now as many of the best gardens around the world embrace the low emissions of an electric mower. Electric mowers have improved greatly over the years, and their reliability and power are being acknowledged more and more.
Although they are still more appropriate for smaller yards, their benefits over gas mowers cannot be denied. Whilst there are many other gas vs electric mower benefits, here are some of the things that are echoed in reviews of electric lawn mowers.
Electric mowers are quieter
If you are moving from a gas-powered mower to an electric mower, one of the most noticeable differences of the top electric mowers will be their sound (or lack of).
A good electric lawn mower operates at half the decibel level of its gas powered alternative. This makes them more comfortable for prolonged use, and allows you to ditch the ear muffs.
You will save money on gas
Perhaps the biggest advantage of cheap electric mowers is their ability to save you money. Unlike a traditional gas powered mower that requires you to regularly purchase and fill with gas, electric lawn mowers only require you to charge their battery or plug them into the wall.
If you regularly use your lawn mower, it is easy to see how this can save you money. The lack of a gas motor also means that maintenance costs are non-existent.
Electric mowers are better for the environment
Without the fumes produced by an engine running on gas, electric lawn mowers are better for the environment. It was reported that gas powered mowers produce as much emissions as car trips. They produce little emissions whilst also causing a minimal amount of disruption with lower noise pollution.
Electric mowers do not require a pull cord to start
I know I am not the only one that has spent a good afternoon pulling the cord on my gas powered mower that just wont start. You will see most electric mowers start with the use of a key, lever or button. This makes them incredibly simple and fast to operate.
Is the best electric lawn mower corded or cordless?
There are two main types of electric lawn mowers on sale – corded and cordless electric mowers. Each type has their own advantages, but usually the main determinant for choosing between the best corded electric mower and the best cordless electric mower is by surveying the type of yard you have.
A corded mower requires an electricity connection. Something that corded electric lawn mower reviews appreciate is that the lawn mower can be used continuously. They are also usually the simplest to start in electric start lawn mower reviews.
However, as their cord length limits them, an extension cord is often required which can be expensive and lead to a drop in some voltage. As such, corded mowers may be the best electric lawn mower for a small yard that lack obstacles for the cord to wrap around.
- Can be used continuously
- Easy to start
- Limited by cord length
- Extension cord can be expensive
Cordless mowers have the benefit of running on battery power and therefore do not require an electricity connection to run. Electric cordless lawn mower reviews often mention that the main drawback is the battery life.
Cordless mowers can also be heavier due mostly to their large battery size. They are the best option for yards with trees and other obstacles not suitable for a corded electric mower.
- Runs independently
- Can be very powerful
- Great for properties with trees
- Limited by battery life
- The battery can be quite heavy
Other things to consider when looking for top electric lawn mowers…
Gas powered mowers are usually preferred for one reason – they are powerful. These days, this is not the case. The best small electric lawn mower can be just as powerful if you know what to look for.
An electric mower’s power is determined by both its voltage and battery. A higher voltage leads to stronger torque, thereby delivering a more powerful cut. More power is not always necessary though, and this is greatly determined by the type of grass that is being grown. Most top rated electric mowers have about 30 – 60 volts of power.
Keep in mind that electric lawn mower prices will be higher for a higher voltage, so unless needed, one of the cheap electric lawnmowers for sale might be just as useful.
One of the main drawbacks of cordless electric lawn mowers for sale is that they are limited by their run time. Whilst gas powered mowers will run whenever they have gas and corded mowers will run with an electricity connection, cordless mowers rely on their sometimes short battery life.
Run time refers to how long the electric mower will operate before needing to be charged. Because battery life is what determines this in our cordless electric mower reviews, the electric lawn mower ratings are greatly influenced by it.
Most cordless electric lawn mower reviews state the battery life can be around an hour, with cheap electric mowers lasting around 40 minutes and the best electric cordless mower lasting upwards of 70 minutes before requiring to be charged. Most electric mower batteries charge within 2 hours.
To minimize the disruption to your lawn mowing, it is not rare to find the best electric cordless lawn mower include an additional battery so that you may always have a spare one on hand.
One of the biggest determinants of the best electric lawn mower for you should be your yard size. Electric mowers are perfect for smaller yards of around half to a quarter of an acre, and most cater to this size.
This is not to say that the best electric lawn mower for a large garden does not exist. The most powerful electric mower options out there can handle upwards of an acre with some reviews of electric lawn mowers stating they cut even more. The manufacturer usually provides the yard size that the electric mower is suitable for.
It is also worth considering the condition of your yard. Steep, rocky or weedy yards may require a more powerful electric mower, and so take this into consideration when looking at electric mowers for sale.
Size and weight
When considering the mower’s size, it is necessary to look at both the dimensions and weight to determine the best rated electric lawn mower.
A small electric mower can be found around 12 inches in size. This can be more appropriate for small lawns and maintainer jobs rather than larger lawns. Larger electric mowers can be found around 21 inches in size so that can handle even larger yards.
Regarding weight, there are both good and bad things about having the lightest electric lawn mower. The lightest electric mower has the benefit being easier to push, but may not deliver the same quality cut as a heavier unit.
Because accidents can happen it is worth considering the warranty offered by your manufacturer when you buy an electric lawn mower. Many of the brands seen in electric start lawn mower reviews offer on going support to ensure the smooth operation of your electric mower, with most warranties in the range of 2 to 5 years.
Some companies even offer the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty for peace of mind, and this can be found in many electric lawn mower deals. This may be worth considering for those that are first transitioning from a gas-powered mower to an electric mower.
Top 10 electric lawn mowers reviews
From using and researching the best electric lawn mower reviews, we have compiled a list of the top ten electric lawn mowers to help you find which electric lawn mower is right for you.
The best cordless electric lawn mower review
GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 40V Twin Force 20-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower Review
Starting with the best electric cordless mower, the GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX is a powerful, lightweight and easy to use mower that is perfect for mid-sized properties.
For a cordless mower, it is certainly powerful. The mower uses 2 x 10-inch blades under a 20-inch cutting deck, which greatly reduces the time spent mowing and makes it versatile enough for different pieces of land. Pushing the mower is also simple with large rear wheels and a lightweight body, and features height adjustment for differing types of grass.
The best feature for me is that the 20-inch model provides two batteries, one 4AH battery with 120 minutes of life and one 2AH battery with 60 minutes of life. Each battery operates independently and automatically switches over from the dead battery to the charged one. This feature saves time between switching batteries, and the 20-inch model also features a battery life indicator.
I do agree with another electric lawn mower cordless review that stated this mower needs emptying more frequently than a gas mower, but this is a small price to pay for what is a fantastic cordless mower.
The best corded electric lawn mower review
GreenWorks 25112 13 Amp 21-Inch Corded Lawn Mower Review
In the world of electric mowers there are only a handful of brands I trust, and as you can see GreenWorks is obviously one of them. GreenWorks have created what I believe to be the best electric corded lawn mower with the GreenWorks 25112 13 Amp 21-Inch Corded Lawn Mower.
This is an impressive and efficient electric mower that is made great by its versatility. The mower not only has the ability to slice through some of the toughest grass with a 19.5 inch blade, but with 7 different blade positions, rear and side bagging and mulching, it is one of the rare all rounder electric mowers.
As mentioned, the blade is 19.5-inches, and positioned under a 21-inch metal deck, and although this does not result in the closest cut the safety of the mower is improved. I also found that the best cut appears to be at around 3-inches height.
The handle is both adjustable and foldable, making storage simple. I must agree with other corded electric mower reviews that state they do not like the plastic screws that are used to hold the handle, but overall, this is still an excellent corded mower.
The best small electric lawn mower review
BLACK+DECKER MTE912 6.5-Amp Electric 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower, 12″ Review
A major benefit of electric mowers for some is their compact size, and if you want the best small electric mower then look at the Black+Decker MTE912. This electric mower is perfect for simple edge trimming to entire lawn mowing for those that do not require anything more complicated.
The mower has been designed for yards of around 1200 feet, and does a great job at cutting light grass. In comparison to other small electric lawn mover reviews, this lawn mower can at times seem more like a vacuum where you go back and forth to get the perfect cut. This is due to its light weight which may be a benefit to some.
Two 20V batteries are included with the mower, with many Black and Decker electric lawn mower reviews stating that each battery lasted around 15 minutes. Remember however that this lawnmower has been designed for small lawns, and so many will not require much longer.
There are several reasons why I think this electric mower is a standout. It is incredibly light and easy to use, and holding down the switch during use (although frustrating) does work to making the mower safer. The mower also does a fantastic job at trimming with the foot pedal, and adjustable wheel height, and is available in both corded and cordless.
It is not easy to create the best lightweight electric lawn mower without forgoing some power, but I still think this electric mower is a standout.
The best cheap electric lawn mower review
Sun Joe MJ402E Mow Joe 16-Inch 12-Amp Electric Lawn Mower + Mulcher Review
Cheap electric lawn mowers that can handle more than just a small patch of grass are hard to come by, but the Sun Joe MJ402E proves that they do exist. When considering what makes the best cheap electric mower, I think it is best to keep it simple.
If you want something that is useable straight out of the box then this is it. Simple to set up and use, the electric mower is a simple corded electric mower with a 16-inch deck and 6 different cutting heights. The blade itself is 15-inches and provides a clean cut with relatively good power that is best for a small to medium yard size.
The rear grass catcher is 9.3 gallons in size, which is on the smaller side and may need emptying more frequently. Sun Joe has also included a two year warranty with the mower.
This is the best price electric lawn mower for the size and simplicity that it offers.
The most powerful electric lawn mower review
EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower Review
One of the major things many people are looking for in reviews on electric mowers is power, and with better mowers becoming available the gap between the power of gas and electric mowers is narrowing. The EGO Power+ is a perfect example of this.
When considering the best value electric lawn mower, I like to see the benefits of electric mowers combined with the best of mowers in general. This electric mower is cordless and includes a fast charge feature so that the battery is charged in 30 minutes. This particular model includes 45 minutes of cut time, but offers batteries to improve it to 90 minutes.
The mower folds to one of the flattest I have seen, and the 20-inch blade takes advantage of the deck size, working to reduce the time spent cutting the lawn.
Another great feature seen on this model is LED lights that give visibility for cutting the grass at any time of day. Do note, however, that the mower is best suited for shorter cuts.
With EGO’s 5-year warranty and 3-year warranty for the battery, this is the best electric mulching mower warranty I have seen, and shows just how confident they are in their product.
Remaining top 5 electric mower reviews
BLACK+DECKER EM1700 17-Inch Corded Mower with Edge Max Review
I enjoy writing Black & Decker electric lawn mower reviews due to their fantastic products, and I could not go past the Black and Decker EM1700. A corded mower with a cutting deck at 17 inches, this mower is powerful and versatile in almost all conditions.
The mower features height adjustment to 6 different levels, is extremely easy to push and leaves you with a powerful and clean cut. The mower’s power makes it suitable for a larger yard (with the right extension cord), and features a low profile that delivers what it promises.
The mower benefits from the typical advantages of corded mowers such as never having to buy a battery and the ability to used continuously, but also picks up considerably more grass than some of the other mowers on our list. Although this is not a mulching mower, one Black and Decker electric mower review stated that is can in fact be used without the grass catcher.
If I could make one recommendation it would be that the mower folded flatter, but this is a small request and for the power this mower offers, it is definitely worth considering.
Black & Decker MM2000 13-Amp Corded Mower, 20″ Review
One of the larger corded mowers on the market and with some of the best electric corded lawn mower reviews is the Black & Decker MM2000.
Heavy yet light to push and powerful, this is a true replacement for a gas motor that will last a long time. Even if you are not a fan of corded electric mowers I encourage you to take a closer look at this one.
The wheels are easily adjustable to 7 different heights with the adjustment handle located conveniently at the top of the mower (inconveniently this can also lead to a tendency for it to be knocked out of place). At 12 gallons the mower has a large grass bag that can also get quite heavy between cuts due to its ability to catch so much grass.
So why do I love this mower? Like other electric corded lawn mower reviews, I want a close cut. This mower can cut lawn between 1 and a half to 4 inches, and so for me, it is perfect.
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower Review
Have a small yard? The Sun Joe MJ401E is all you may need. This electric mower is an even smaller and compact version of the above Sun Jose to suit those that need even less.
The mower comes basically preassembled and is powered with a handle above. The deck size is only small offering a neat cut for smaller yards. The mower also has three limited height selections, and the handle is collapsible. The grass bag is also detachable so storage is simple. It is also worth noting this version does not mulch.
12 amp mowers are usually larger than this so you can trust the mowers power and durability. A fully plastic design does leave it feeling slightly toy like, but as long as it gets the job done we are happy.
For many of you mowing is more rare than common anyway, so for a cheap and efficient electric mower that gets the job done every time, this mower may be all you need.
WORX WG775 Lil’Mo 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower Review
WORX are one of my favorite brands so it was interesting for me to review the WORX WG775 cordless lawn mower. I found that this is the best electric mower for a small lawn, but could also be suitable for a medium size lawn.
This small cordless electric lawn mower is very lightweight and is one of the better ones available. In use it did not bog and cut the grass very clean. The wheels feature a height lock to ensure that you are cutting at the length you desire, and this provides a tight neat cut. The mower runs quietly and so you can be comfortable cutting at any time of the day. You also have the option of mulching, rear discharging of grass or catching in the bag.
The one thing this mower lacks is the ability for side discharging of grass. This is something that is essential for me and I was quite disappointed to find that the mower did not include it, but I still think it deserves a top rating for its power and performance.
Remington RM202A 12-Amp 19-Inch 2-in-1 Corded Electric Push Lawn Mower Review
A compact and lightweight electric mower are two of the most common requests for a small yard, and so it is easy to see why the Remington RM202A is popular.
The mower shares features with many of the best electric mowers. It can be set to 6 different positions for mowing your lawn with a 19-inch wide cutting deck, offers a push-drive design and is comfortable to use and handle. It also mulches and is the best electric mulching mower from Remington.
What makes this a 2 in 1 is that you have either the option of disposing the grass on the side or by mulching. This is a benefit for those that want to save time emptying a grass catcher, and also reduces the mowers weight. The side discharge of this mower also works well and the cut is powerful.
There is only one thing missing on this mower… the grass catcher! For many, this is a benefit reducing both the weight and bulkiness of the mower, but if this is a requirement for you, you may want to look at other electric push mower reviews. For me, this mower is one of my favorite lightweight push mowers.
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