After spending a couple days using the EGO Power+ cordless electric lawn mower we were seriously impressed with both the mower itself and the progress that lithium-ion technology has made in the last few years.
The EGO is no longer rated as being the best we have tested, as its features have since been surpassed by the Greenworks Pro and the Snapper XD (read our reviews here and here) in our battery-powered mower comparison. But, it's still a solid mower and here a just a few of the highlights from our testing.
Our house in the Pacific Northwest sits on a 1/3 acre lot, and that's almost the upper limit that you would want to attempt to mow with any battery-powered mower.
While our lawn is thick, it's not the same as what you might find in the Southeast U.S. So keep that in mind with this review.
We ordered our mower on a Friday, and it arrived the following Wednesday. Upon delivery, the heavy cardboard package was in good shape. The EGO mower ships completely assembled and all that you need to do is unpack it. You will have to insert the wire support structure into the grass bag, but this takes only a minute or so.
It comes with a couple keys, a mulching and bagging attachment, a side discharge attachment, lithium-ion battery, and charger.
Switching between the bag, mulching, and side discharge takes only a few seconds. Both the mulching and discharge attachments fit into the same place on the mower. The bag attaches in moments, using a couple of hooks that rest on the back frame of the EGO.
You should first fully charge the battery before using the EGO mower. Our EGO (the 4.0 amp/hour model) took about 30 minutes to reach a full charge. Installing the battery is very straightforward. Lift the green plastic hood and slide the battery into place. Press down until you hear a click. The power light on the top of the battery should illuminate, and you're ready to roll.
Adjusting the height of the mower deck of the EGO is done with a single lever on the left side of the mower. It controls the height at all 4 wheels simultaneously. The adjustment is very easy and requires little strength since EGO mowers are so lightweight.
Once the height is set, you're pretty much ready to go. At this point, you'll want to install the key in the mower. To start, you simply press the key down while pulling up on the motor engagement lever. Within a couple seconds, the mower is on and the blade is spinning.
As mentioned previously, our grass isn't as thick as some varieties in other parts of the country, but it's still relatively thick. That said, the EGO had no difficulty cutting through even the thickest parts of the lawn.
When starting the mower, it is helpful to either lift up the blade by pushing down on the handle or start it on a smooth surface like a driveway. This allows the electric engine to spool up to full speed quickly. As a test, we started it on an un-mowed section of the lawn, it still starts just fine, but you can tell the engine struggles a bit more getting up to full speed.
Our EGO mower was not a self-propelled model, but these mowers are so light that it's hard to imagine needing that feature unless your yard has lots of hills. Mobility is excellent, and the slightest downward pressure on the handle lifts the blades off the ground, making quick turns a breeze.
In terms of noise, you'll barely even notice that it's on and it's comparable to an idling car.
The specifications on the EGO Power+ 56V mower say that it will run for 45 minutes or so per charge. This number is most likely somewhat dependent on the thickness of the lawn you're mowing. Ours was able to cut our lawn twice without a re-charge, and took around 45 minutes each time.
The recharge time was as EGO advertised: right at 30 minutes for a full charge.
Mowing around obstacles with the EGO is easy. The blades will reach within a few inches of the obstacle with the mower deck gently pressed against it. Using the side of the mower deck, you can quickly circle the obstacle, and very little uncut grass is left.
The deck is made of plastic, so you're not going to want to bang the mower too hard against obstacles. That said, the fact that it's a bit flexible seemed to be an advantage as bumping into things causes no damage at all.
We bag all of our grass clippings, so we tried the bag attachment first. EGO mowers do a great job picking up grass clippings and don't pick up much else. There was a bit of pine straw in the yard, and pretty much all of it was left behind after going over it with the mower.
The EGO's mulching attachment works surprisingly well. Most of the grass clippings that were left behind were small enough not to be noticeable. This might not necessarily be the case with thicker lawns, especially those in more humid regions.
The side discharge chute attaches at the same place as the mulching attachment. Simply press it in place and the spring loaded back flap holds it in place.
The chute works fairly well, but don't expect to get much distance on the grass clippings. They all basically ended up in line with the right rear wheel. But if you're not bagging or mulching, you're probably not too concerned about leaving grass clippings behind anyway.
The folks at EGO did a great job designing mowers that will take up minimal space in your garage or shed. When you're finished using the mower simply fold it up and roll it where you want it. It takes up almost no space at all.
Compared to a traditional lawn mower, using an EGO is extremely convenient. You can just roll it up against a wall. There's even a handle on the front that allows you to easily maneuver the mower when it's folded up.
They recommend storing the battery in the charger rather than in the mower to ensure a full charge at all times. All in all, it takes less than a minute to unfold, pop in the battery, and attach the bag. MUCH easier than dealing with gas, oil, spark plugs and the rest.
While the EGO Power+ 56V battery powered mower isn't designed for those with yards larger than 1/3 acre, we were VERY pleasantly surprised with its performance and features. It's nearly silent, does a great job with bagging, and we never once had an issue with it bogging down due to the thickness of the yard. The battery charges in no-time flat and it's lightweight enough for just about anyone to use it with little exertion.
If you've been itching to dig the gas mower, EGO Power+ Mowers are a great place to start. We HIGHLY recommend it.
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Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and can contact him via email.