9 Best Electric Lawn Mower Reviews [May 2019 ] Cordless & Corded

Best Electric Lawn Mowers of 2019 – Top 9 Cordless & Corded Models

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** This post was updated on: May 1, 2019 ***

There's nothing worse than dropping $400+ on an electric lawn mower only to find it's too weak to actually cut your grass.  While electric lawn mowers used to be just plain awful, today's battery powered mowers have come a LONG way in terms of cutting power and run-time.

In this post we're covering the best battery powered lawn mowers on the market.  We rank them based on their cutting time & power, features, charging time, and overall ease of use.

Table of Contents

Best Electric Lawn Mower Summary Table

Best Electric Lawn Mowers - Cordless Models

Here’s our list of the top 6 best cordless lawn mowers currently available.  These models offer comparable power to many traditional mowers.

1. GreenWorks G-MAX PRO 80-Volt 21-inch Battery-Powered Cordless Lawnmower

The GreenWorks G-Max PRO 80V is our top pick for best electric lawn mower on the market.  It offers lots of power, excellent run time, short charging cycle, and a great price.

The GreenWorks G-Max cordless offers VERY impressive performance.  In fact our top two choices are the closest things to a gas-powered mower that we've tested to date.  They offer great power, excellent cutting ability, and enough battery life for most smaller yards.

The basis of all this power is an 80V lithium-ion battery system.  This same system is compatible with all the products across the GreenWorks PRO line.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 21-inch cut
Deck Material: Steel
Battery: 2 - 2AH 80-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: Yes
Dual blades: No
Cutting time: 70 minutes

Charging Time: 30min (2Ah battery) 60 min (4Ah battery)
Weight: 62lbs
Warranty: 4 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

This electric lawn mower comes with two 2.0Ah batteries and easily handled our 1/2+ acre yard with plenty of charge remaining.

Like most mowers in this price category, the G-MAX PRO uses a brushless motor for excellent torque, reliability and, of course, battery efficiency.

The G-MAX offers bagging, mulching, and side-discharge options.  With all this functionality, you'll never miss the oil changes, noise, and gas fumes of your old gas-powered mower.

Pros

I was very impressed with both the mulching and bagging functions.  The G-MAX PRO had no problems with the vast majority of our lawn.

There are a few places that grow pretty thick and these required a second pass when bagging, but even my old gas mower sometimes struggled in these areas.

While the GreenWorks offers slightly less power than the 82V Snapper, I was blown away by its performance.  It comes in at 28lbs lighter and offers similar run-time, making it my pick for the best battery powered lawn mower on the market.  It's as close to a gas mower as anything I've tested.

Update:  We recently tested the Yard Force 120V mower.  It is more expensive, but offers performance that matches a gas mower.

While just about every electric mower out there tells you to avoid wet grass this unit did quite well.  The speed from the 80V brushless motor was more than enough to ensure an even cut.

One of the big benefits of an electric mower is the capability to store them vertically.  The G-MAX PRO folds up easily and stores quickly.  At nearly 62lbs you most likely won't be tossing it up on a shelf, but once folded up it took up less than half the space of my old gas model.

Generally speaking you have to sacrifice durability to save weight, but the G-MAX PRO uses a steel deck that can handle the rough and tumble of just about any lawn.

Cons

Like many mowers that utilize brushless motors the G-MAX can sense power needs and allocates more juice when needed.  While this sounds like a great feature, in reality the engine has no way of knowing it's about to encounter thicker grass.

As a result it spools up the extra power a step or two AFTER it's needed and you end up with some grass that doesn't get cut cleanly.

To be fair the brushless motor power sensing feature was consistent across all the models we tested.  Simply slowing down before you hit thicker grass will help alleviate the problem.

Those with thicker lawns of Bermuda or St. Augustine should expect shorter run-times due to the density of these particular grasses.

The only other thing I would like to see is a self-propelled model.  As of right now there's not one available though GreenWorks says it's in the works.

Performance

Along with the 82V Snapper XD, the G-Max PRO 80V is the closest thing on the market to a traditional gasoline powered engine.  Starting it up is as simple as pressing a button.  You'll be amazed at how quiet it is.  You could literally talk on the phone while using this mower.

The deck height offers 7 different levels and can quickly be adjusted using a single lever. ​

Maneuvering the G-MAX is VERY easy.  The 8" front wheels and 10" rear wheels combined with it's overall light weight makes maneuvering around objects and getting it into tighter spaces a breeze.

The only time I noticed the engine bogging down was when cutting taller, thicker grass on a humid day.  At this point it required two slower passes where my old gas powered unit might've require just one.

As expected the side discharge works great, but this isn't much of a test.  I was really impressed with both the bagging and the mulching capability.  Even in taller grass both features performed really well.

Many electric lawn mowers lack the engine speed to create enough suction to consistently bag all of the grass clippings, but this was only a problem in the densist parts of our lawn and I found that by slowing down before hitting those patches it helped immensely.

The G-MAX PRO is listed as having a 35 minute run-time per 2Ah battery and I was actually able to push it a bit beyond that to finish both my front and back yard.  It comes with two batteries and each only take 30 minutes to charge.  So if you're always charging the second one, you can just about run all day.

If you opt for the 4Ah battery you can expect a longer run-time; around 50-60 minutes.  This battery takes about 60 minutes to fully charge.​  If you want more information, check out our Greenworks lawn mower review.

GreenWorks provides a four-year warranty, with a two-year warranty on the lithium-ion batteries. The brushless motor comes with a 10-year warranty, which is one of the best benefits of this particular unit.

Why It's My #1 Pick

If you're looking for an electric mower that offers similar performance to your existing gas powered unit, look no further.  The Greenworks amazed me with it's performance, maneuverability, and length run-time.

The fact that it folds up and can be stored vertically means it takes up VERY little room in your garage.  At 62lbs its a good bit lighter than the 2nd place Snapper (and most other models we reviewed).

In terms of maintenance all you have to do is sharpen the blades annually and remove the batteries when it's not in use.

2. Yard Force 120V 22-inch Battery-Operated Electric Lawn Mower

While the Snapper 82V and Greenworks 80V offer impressive cutting power, we recently had the opportunity to review the Yard Force YF120v RX, the most powerful electric lawn mower on the market.

The YF120vRX offers truly impressive performance.  It's as good or BETTER than some of the gas powered mowers we've tested.

In terms of cutting power, bagging, and mulching this guy beats out all the mowers in this competition.

The only downside is that it's also a good bit more expensive than it's competition.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 22-inch cut
Deck Material: Steel
Battery: 2 - 2.5AH 120-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: Yes
Dual blades: No

Cutting Time: 100 minutes (both batteries)
Charging Time:
 30 minutes
Weight: 90 lbs
Warranty: 5 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

Pros

The Yard Force offers performance that rivals many of the well known gas engine brands:

  • best mulching capabilities of the group
  • strong = effective bagging even with thicker grasses
  • 30 min battery charge = uninterrupted mowing for larger yards
  • durable steel deck with simple to use height adjustment (7 levels)

As with all the other mowers in this comparison the Yard Force utilizes load sensing technology.  It ramps up power when it senses thicker grass.  While it can still bog down, it performed better than everything we've tested to date.  It even ranked as one of our best lawn mowers for steep slopes.

In our test yard each battery would last about 40 minutes.  This means we could leave one on the charger and mow continuously by switching out the batteries when needed.  This makes mowing even larger yards really easy.

Cons

As with the Snapper the Yard Force is a fairly heavy mower.  This isn't an issue when mowing as it's self-propelled, but it you need to move it around for storage it can be a bit cumbersome.

One little quirk we also noticed was that releasing the self-propel lever in preparing for a turn will cause the wheels to lock.  This is most likely a safety feature.  If you give the mower a little manual push it will unlock the wheels allowing you to easily turn.

High Price:  performance and quality come at a price.  The Yard Force is a good bit pricier than the other mowers in this competition.

Performance

The Yard Force is truly a step above other electric mowers on the market.  The additional power offered by the 120V battery system shows in all aspects of it's performance.

Even when mowing grass that was thick and slightly damp it powered through with little difficulty.  Some especially thick grass required multiple passes when to ensure proper bagging or mulching, but otherwise very little in the way of clippings were left behind.

We haven't had the opportunity to try it out on leaves, but the powerful suction leads me to believe that it would handle these with little difficulty.

The 12" rear wheels are ​the largest of the group.  Why does this matter?  Larger rear wheels allow for better maneuverability and help keep the mower going in a straight line when it encounters irregularities and bumps in your yard.

While it is the most expensive of the group, the Yard Force is probably the only model I would recommend for yards with thicker grasses and exceed 1/2 acre.  Even if you only get 30 minutes from your batteries, you'll still be able to swap batteries to keep mowing.  If it wasn't for the higher price this unit would easily get my vote for the top performing electric lawn mower on the market.

3. Snapper XD 82-Volt 21-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review - Self Propelled

Last year this was our top pick in this category.  Now in second place by just a nose is the Snapper XD electric lawn mower.

It's 82V power supply offers cutting performance that VERY closely matches the first place Greenworks and even gas-powered mowers.

The primary reason I've got in second place is that it's 10lbs or so heavier than the Greenworks even though it offers very similar performance.  This model is self-propelled so it isn't too much of an issue, but lifting it up for storage takes a bit of muscle.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 21-inch cut
Deck Material: Steel
Battery: 2 - 2AH 82-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: Yes
Dual blades: No
Cutting time: 90 minutes (both batteries)

Charging Time: 30min (2Ah battery) 60 min (4Ah battery)
Weight: 74 lbs
Warranty: 5 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

Pros

This mower is the first that we've reviewed that offers performance that is on-par with those using a traditional gasoline engine.

And it shows in everything it does including:

  • excellent mulching capabilities
  • bags like a traditional gas-powered mower
  • pushes through thicker and even wet grass
  • metal deck more durable that plastic of the competition

I was seriously impressed with the performance of the Snapper.  In terms of power and flexibility it's the next best thing to a gas-powered mower.  Only the heavier weight kept it from taking 1st Place.

Cons

This extra power and solid construction DOES come with additional weight.  While the EGO Power+ tips the scales at 65lbs the Snapper comes in 50% higher at 90lbs (making it the heaviest of all the models we reviewed).

This puts it on par with gas-powered mowers for weight.  If this is an issue you might want to consider their self-propelled model.

The Snapper offers an 82V  lithium-ion battery paired with a Briggs & Stratton brushless motor.  This allows the Snapper to sense the power needs of the mower "on-the-fly".

To do this it utilizes a complicated artificial intelligence (AI) built into the motor.  While this sounds complicated, it basically translates to more power when you need it and less when you don't.  It also helps extend the charge life of the battery allowing this unit to handle larger yards than it's competitors.

Performance

The Snapper is another great alternative to a traditional gasoline powered engine.  Just as with the G-Max, the only time it really bogged down was when cutting extremely tall grass on a humid day.

At this point it required two slower passes where a gas engine would require just one.

the best electric lawn mower models use lithium ion batteries

Adjusting the cutting height is extremely easy and can be set to 7 different levels.  ​

It's capable of mulching, side-discharge, and bagging.  We did notice that when bagging you're not going to get the same amount of suction as with a gas engine so there were more clippings left behind than we would like.  Slowing down in thicker areas greatly improves the bagging on the Snapper.​

If you're looking for an electric mower that offers similar performance to your existing gas powered unit, look no further.  The Snapper amazed us with it's performance, maneuverability, and length run-time.

The fact that it folds up and can be stored vertically means it takes up VERY little room in your garage.  If the 90lb weight is an issue, check out the GreenWorks G-MAX our 2nd place mower.

And in terms of maintenance all you have to do is sharpen the blades annually and remove the batteries when it's not in use.  For more information you can read our full Snapper XD 82V review.

4. Snapper XD 82-Volt 21-inch Cordless Electric Mower - Push Mower

While the self-propelled Snapper is nice, we found that the push mower actually did a better job mulching.

This could be because of the extra power consumption going to the drive motor.

But if you're going to be cutting thicker grass or counting on your mower to leave no trace of cut grass this is best choice.

Other than the mulching capability we could find no significant difference between this and the self-propelled model.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 21-inch cut
Deck Material: Steel
Battery: 2 - 2AH 82-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: Yes
Dual blades: No
Cutting time: 90 minutes (both batteries)

Charging Time: 30min (2Ah battery) 60 min (4Ah battery)
Weight: 74 lbs
Warranty: 5 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

5. EGO Power+ 20-inch 56-Volt Rechargeable Cordless Electric Lawn Mower - For Small Yards

The folks at EGO pulled out all the stops with this battery powered lawn mower.  The Power+ 20" is one of the most advanced mowers in the rechargeable lawn mower category.

Until we had a chance to review the Snapper, this mower was the closest of all those we tested to a gas powered unit.

The 20-inch deck is comparable to many combustion engine models, but at 63 lbs it is considerably lighter.  One thing you'll notice with electric mowers is most use a plastic deck instead of metal.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 20-inch cut
Deck Material: Plastic
Battery: 5 Ah, 56-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: Yes
Dual blades: Yes
Cutting time: 55 minutes

Charging Time: 30min 
Weight: 62 lbs
Warranty: 5 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

They're certainly not as durable, but they are significantly lighter.

Pros

The grass clippings management allows for mulching, bagging or side discharge depending on your preference.

The EGO Power+ is surprisingly quiet.  Their literature states it operates about 30 percent below that of a gas-powered mower of comparable size, but it seems even quieter than that.

Another nice feature is the fold-able design.  It takes no time at all to fold it up and store it out of the way in the garage. This premium mower even includes LED headlights to allow for early morning or evening work, which is possible with quiet, electric equipment.

The Power+ is available with three different battery pack options.  For larger yards there's the 7.5Ah (Amp hour) battery package (max 90 minute runtime).  There is a 5.0Ah (max 60 min run-time) battery package for slightly smaller yards, and rounding things out there's the 4.0Ah (max 45 min run-time) package.  All three of the batteries can be recharged in about 30 minutes.

You’ll be able to complete a small or medium-size lawn on one charge, as long as you don’t wait too long between mowings. This equipment will handle longer grass but the extra effort WILL drain the battery a bit more quickly. The EGO Power + is not self-propelled but this shouldn't be a problem because it’s incredibly lightweight, considering the performance it delivers.

Cons

We read a few complaints from reviewers about how it performs in damp grass so we tried that out too.

Two things.  First the blade slows down pretty significantly when the grass is wet.  We ended up with some swirl marks rather than cut grass.

Secondly, the wet grass tends to stick to the plastic around the blade and in the chute rather than cleanly entering the bag.  But we ONLY noticed this when the grass was damp.

Performance

EGO stacks conveniently

OK.  The Power+ is truly a solid lawn mower.  Assembly and startup are a snap.  Literally the push of a button.

Cutting height is adjustable between 1 1/2" and 3 1/2" which is a little on the low side.  Changing the height is easy with the lever located on the left side of the mower.  It adjusts all four wheels at the same time.

We were really surprised both with the amount of power it has and how QUIET it is.  It's powered by a 600W high-torque magnetic motor that spins at 3300RPM.

The battery performance was solid all the way through mowing a 1/3 acre lot (about 40 minutes).  In some of the thicker sections of our lawn it did slow down just a touch, but we just adjusted our ground speed accordingly and noticed very few missed spots. 

The rechargeable batteries took right at 30 minutes to complete.  With two batteries you could charge one while using the other and never have to stop mowing.

Being able to fold the unit and stand it on end is great for saving space in a crowded garage.

All in all the EGO is a great mower for smaller yards.

EGO power+ in shipping box

Behind the Snapper and G-MAX but...

While the Snapper took first place in our testing the EGO does weigh 30% less. This can translate to a good bit less effort when mowing ( unless of course you opt for the self-propelled).  If weight is an issue for you, the EGO might be the way to go.

Since it's based on 56V batteries it's not going to offer the same cutting power, but still PLENTY for thinner lawns.

The recharge time of 30 minutes makes this mower very convenient because you’ll have so little downtime. The dual-blade design is a big plus, as is the auto-switchover for batteries.  If you'd like more information check out our full EGO LM2101 lawn mower review.

6. Sun Joe 40-V 16-Inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower - Budget Pick

With the Sun Joe iON16LM cordless lawn mower, you do away with gasoline, oil, exhaust fumes, pull cord, of course. But you also have no extension cords to contend with, because this is a 40 V, 16-inch cordless model.

This rechargeable lawn mower uses the EcoSharp battery system (lithium ion) and gives you quiet performance of 40 minutes (up to 65 minutes) powering a brushless motor for battery efficiency.

The Sun Joe 16-inch is ideal for mid-size lawns and makes short work of smaller lawns, of course.

Instant start with the push button gets you mowing quickly, and the ergonomic handle placement provides maximum comfort. With durable steel blade, all-terrain wheels and six-position height adjustment, this is the perfect cordless product for small lawns and medium-size lawns.

The grass bag is of the 9.25 size to hold plenty of clippings and it detaches conveniently for disposal.

The SunJoe cordless mower is the smallest of the three reviewed, at 16 inches. But for a small lawn, this can be the perfect choice. You’ll get about 40 minutes of uninterrupted mowing, though you may be able to cut for a full hour in thinner, lighter grass.

The SunJoe is very light, at just under 35 pounds, so it’s perfect for seniors and for younger people who struggle to push a gasoline-powered unit.

Key Specifications

Deck Size: 16-inch cut
Deck Material: Plastic
Battery: 4AH 40-Volt Lithium-Ion
Auto battery switch-over: No
Dual blades: No
Cutting time: 40 minutes

Charging Time: 120 minutes
Weight: 37 lbs
Warranty: 5 Years
Battery Warranty: 2 Years

In fact, the SunJoe with brushless motor is a remarkable lawn tool for its size and weight. You’ll be able to cover a lot of ground with the all-terrain wheels and six-position height adjustment.

Cordless Lawn Mower FAQs

Q: Are Battery Powered Mowers Any Good?

With proper maintenance and care battery-powered mowers will last as long as a traditional mower.  The batteries will eventually wear out, but this usually takes 5-6 years.  Replacement batteries are easy to find.

Q​: How long do battery powered lawn mowers last?

Battery-powered cordless lawn mowers can easily last 5 or more years.  Lithium-ion batteries provide ample power and can be re-charged in as little as 30 minutes.  The top battery powered mowers now rival traditional mowers.

Q​: What is the best self propelled electric lawn mower?

The Snapper XD 82V is the best self-propelled electric lawn mower.  It offers smooth control with batteries that are powerful enough to handle yards of up to 3/4 acre.  Self-propelled lawn mowers work by pulling power from the motor to drive the wheels.  This makes mowing much easier.

Q​: What is the most powerful electric lawn mower?

The Yard Force YF120V is the most powerful cordless electric lawn mower on the market.  This mower can handle thick grass and can run for over an hour on both batteries.  The batteries can be used one at a time to extend cutting times.

Q​: Which Electric Lawn Mower is Best?

The Greenworks G-Max 80V is the best electric lawn mower.  It offers a good balance of power, features, and price.

Q​: Is an Electric Lawn Mower Better or Gas?

Electric lawn mowers are better for 4 reasons:

  1. they have zero emissions and are better for the environment
  2. they are quieter than gas mowers
  3. over time they are less expensive as they require no gas and oil​
  4. electric mowers don't require you to keep gas and oil in your garage/shed

Q​: What does brushless lawn mower mean?

Brushless lawn mower refers to the electric motor used within the tool.  A brushless motor can sense work load, so when more power is required the lawn mower draws more power to help complete the task.

Our List of the 3 Best Corded Electric Lawn Mowers

The following electric mowers have a cord.  They obviously require a bit more care when being used, but they also offer more power and they never run out of power.  Here are our top 3 corded electric mowers.

There are definitely some downsides to having a cord on your mower.  It can be EXTREMELY tedious trying to deal with the cord with every pass through the yard.  That said, they offer the advantage of never needing to recharge.  They also offer more power than most of the cordless lawn mowers on the market.

7. Best Corded Electric Lawn Mower: Black & Decker MM2000

The Black & Decker corded mower is our pick for the best corded electric lawn mower with a cord.  It's a great option for anyone with a relatively small yard.  It offers plenty of power for cutting thicker grasses, great mobility (for a corded unit), and flexibility in terms of clippings disposal.

The 20" cutting deck is durable and houses a 19" cutting blade.  The 13 amp motor is powerful enough to handle just about any type of grass.  That said, you'll want to take it slow through thicker grasses as the blade will start to slow and you'll notice spots that are unevenly cut.

It offers the convenience of mulching, rear-bagging and side discharge, allowing you to dispose of your grass clipping as you please.

The mowing height is adjustable to seven different positions between 1 1/2" and 4".  All four wheels are adjusted at the same time using the lever located on the top of the motor housing.

The Black & Decker offers excellent maneuverability with 10” rear wheels and 7” front wheels, making it easier to navigate around flower beds and trees, and to move across uneven terrain.

This hard-working mower is remarkably lightweight at 53 pounds and it comes with a four-year warranty.

Specifications

Cutting capacity: 20-inch cut
Motor: 13 amp
Height Positions: 7
Dual blades: No
Folding design for easy storage
Weight: 53lbs
Wheels: 10 inch rear, 7 inch front
Deck Material: steel

Final Thoughts

The GreenWorks came in first for a couple of major reasons, including the steel cutting deck and the relatively light weight of 53 pounds. It's a durable choice for someone moving to their first corded mower.

​It's 13 amp mower is powerful enough to handle most lawns and it folds up quite small for storage. All in all it's a great unit.

8. Sun Joe Mow Joe 20-Inch 12-Amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower

Use the Sun Joe MJ408E for grass cutting with side discharge, for mulching or use the 14.5-gallon rear-collection bag to dispose of grass clippings, and you’ll wonder why it took so long for you to make the switch to this powerful electric motor.

With a 20-inch path and seven-position, manual height adjustment you’ll be able to make your lawn look just as you envisioned.

The Sun Joe comes with a two-year warranty, and is the green solution for lawn grooming you’ve been searching for. No gasoline, oil, fumes or pull cords. And you won’t have to take it to the shop for a new spark plug and tune up.

It’s ideal for small yards and medium-sized yards and will handle tough grass with its 12-amp motor. Of course, with this corded electric model, start-up is immediate – just the push of a button.

You’ll be able to take care of all your lawn-care tasks with little time out for maintenance. You get the power of a gas engine with the convenience of electricity.

Specifications

Cutting capacity: 20-inch cut
Motor: 12 amp
Height Positions: 7
Cord: Heavy duty
Folding design for easy storage
Weight: 52lbs
Wheels: 10 inch rear, 7 inch front
Deck Material: plastic
Detachable Bag: yes
Warranty: 2 Years

When you mow for the first time with the SunJoe MJ408E you’ll wonder why you didn’t choose an electric mower sooner. Of course, you have no pull cord, no gasoline and less noise, but you also get the benefit of a mower that will do the job but only weighs 52 pounds. It comes with a suitable two-year warranty and 12 Amp motor so you can use it with peace of mind. No worrying about replacement or repair any time soon.

The 20-inch cut will allow you to cover lawns up to medium size without spending a whole day doing it. Choose from one of seven cutting-height positions and benefit from the large, grass-catching bag for convenience.

9. Earthwise 20-Inch Corded Electric Mower

The name says a lot about the benefits of this 20-inch, corded electric lawn mower. The 50520 gets you away from gasoline, fumes and oil, and starts immediately.

No pull cord to frustrate you and waste valuable grass-cutting time. You also have the convenience of the 3-in-1 system for mulching, rear-bagging for grass clippings or side discharge.

Single-lever height adjustment makes it extremely convenient to choose your grass height and the 20-inch path allows you to cover a lot of yard in a little bit of time.

The 50520’s performance will be more than satisfactory, as you get the grass-cutting ability of gasoline power with the convenience of all-electric operation. The metal frame will hold up for years, giving you long-term service without having to worry about breakdown.

With the 100-foot cord, you’ll be able to reach almost any part of a small yard or a medium-size yard, a great benefit when you’ve had to work hard just to get your gas-powered mower started in the past. With the Earthwise mower you just plug in and go. And, you’ll be doing your part to protect the environment – no exhaust, no fumes. The larger back wheels make the 50520 very maneuverable as well.

Specifications

Cutting capacity: 20-inch cut
Motor: 12 amp
Height Positions: 7 (1 1/2" - 4")
Cord: Heavy duty
Weight: 62lbs
Wheels: 9 inch rear, 7 inch front
Deck Material: Metal
Detachable Bag: Yes
Warranty: 2 Years

Do your part to protect the environment with the Earthwise 20-inch corded mower. It’s a bit heavier than some of the other mowers at 62 pounds but it is built to handle almost any grass conditions in a small- to medium-sized yard. It has a metal frame, which makes it very durable. The cord will get you to the corners of your lawn at 100 feet.

The manufacturer backs it with a solid two-year warranty and you’ll like the fact that you can adjust cutting height to four inches (for those who want to leave their lawn a bit longer and thicker).

Buying Guide for Corded and Cordless Mowers

With electric lawn mowers you essentially you have two choices; cordless (battery-powered) and cord.  Let's take a quick look at the advantages of both to determine which makes the most sense for your yard.

Corded vs. Cordless (Battery Powered) Electric Lawn Mowers

extension cord required for corded models

Electric mowers have some limitations you don’t experience with gasoline power. For example, with a corded mower you are limited to the area the cord allows you to reach. To maintain larger lawns, you must have access to a power source, and may have to use extension cords to reach the outer limits of the property.

This makes corded mowers better suited to smaller yards with good access to outdoor power.​

Choosing to go with a cordless mower eliminates this restriction but you are then subject to the amount of time the battery power gives you. Improvements in battery technology have greatly extended this time, but you’ll still have to be aware of the power available in a rechargeable, cordless lawn mower.

Battery Operated Lawn Mowers

Pros

  • extra mobility
  • no extension cords
  • battery can be swapped for charging

Cons

  • some models have short battery life
  • replacement batteries are expensive
  • less power than corded models

Mowers with batteries offer complete freedom of movement.  Today's lithium ion batteries supply a great deal of power and can hold a charge beyond any battery that's come before.

As with any battery they will eventually run out of juice.  Having a second charged battery is a great way to keep this from slowing you down.  Some lithium ions can charge in as little as 30 minutes.  This means you can charge one while the other is in use.

Generally speaking battery powered mowers won't have as much power as a corded model.  They won't do as well on thick grass, and they really don't like wet grass.  So if you live in high humidity climate you might have to either mow more frequently or go with a different option. 

Corded Mowers​

Pros

  • no battery to replace
  • won't die before finishing the lawn
  • more cutting power
  • lower price

Cons

  • power cords difficult to manage
  • may need extension cords to reach entire yard
  • storage of extra cords

Since mowers with cords tend to be more powerful, they are better suited for thicker lawns or climates that are relatively humid.  This will keep the blade from ripping the grass out by it's roots instead of cutting it.

​On the flip side they require a cord long enough to reach every corner of your yard.  This also means you'll need to spend time managing the cord so it doesn't get run over.  This can be frustrating at first, but once you've figured out a mowing pattern it gets much less so.

Considerations When Choosing Your Electric Lawnmower

What makes so many people choose electric lawnmowers?  Often the response is rather simple. The lack of noise and the fact they don’t have to buy gasoline and oil.  Maintenance is much easier, and it is much lighter and easier to push.

That said, electric mowers aren't perfect.  Let's take a look at some of pros and dispel a couple myths while we're at it.

Lower Cost of Ownership

lower cost of ownership

Depending on the model you're looking at, many electric units are priced comparably to their gas powered brethren.  They run on electricity which is cheaper than gas and oil, so there is some cost savings in terms of operation.

The downside?

Lithium ion batteries eventually wear out and need to be replaced.  They can also just flat out die on you.  In addition, should anything go wrong with your electric mower, you're going to have a harder time finding someone to service it for you.

Lower Noise Levels

You’ll experience a significant difference in noise level with electric models. Measurements made during comparison tests show mowers running on gasoline produce noise at a level of 95 to 105 decibels. This is above the level considered safe for avoiding hearing loss.

Less Pollution

Electric motors create less pollution.  One study indicates a gas-powered mower emits just as much harmful exhaust as several cars.  If the environment is a concern of yours, these models are much cleaner.

Lightweight & Easy to Use

push button power on off

You may also find the electric mower to be much easier to use, simply because you can start the motor with the touch of a button.

Gas-powered push mowers require you to pull the starter cord, which is fine if your mower is fairly new and is kept in perfect running condition. However, older mowers can be quite difficult to start. A well-maintained electric model generally has one item of upkeep – sharpening the blade.

Pushing an electric mower is easier as well, because they are generally much lighter in weight than a gas-powered mower of the same dimensions. You’ll enjoy the quiet operation of electricity, compared to the exhaust noise and engine noise of gasoline equipment. In general terms, an electric mower will be a simpler, less-stressful tool for keeping the grass cut.

Struggle With Thick or Wet Grass

electric motors struggle with thick grass

Because they aren't as strong, some electric mowers don't cut through thicker grass as well as gas powered engines. They will also struggle with wet grass.

While there are budget models out there, to get anywhere close to the performance of a gas mower you'll have to spend a bit more.  This is especially true of the lithium-ion cordless models.

If you feel like you're ready to make the jump to electric it would be worth giving some thought to the conditions in which you currently mow.  Is your lawn usually damp or wet?  Is your lawn especially thick?  If so you'll need a mower at the more powerful (and expensive) end of the spectrum.  If you need help figuring out what type of grass you have, check out this tool.

Advantages of Battery Powered & Corded Electric Lawn Mowers

ego's lithium ion battery charger

Electric mowers have a long history too.  They've been around nearly as long as gas-powered models, but have always required a cord.

In the last few years Lithium-ion batteries have developed to the point of offering enough power and life to be used in lawn mowing applications.  Most consumer models are push only.  There are some riding electric models but they are considerably more expensive.

Here are some of the advantages of electric models.

  • Quiet operation: gas engines are generally twice as loud as electric.  This means you can mow any time of day without disturbing the neighbors.
  • Lightweight: electric motors are significantly lighter than internal combustion engines.  Many electric models weigh less than 60lbs.  This is especially important for older folks.
  • Eco-Friendly: not burning gas means you're not releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  There's also no used oil to dispose of, though eventually the battery will wear out and need to be replaced.
  • Little to no maintenance:  gas engines require regular oil changes, draining the fuel at the end of the season, and replacing spark plugs.  An electric model requires none of this.
  • Ease of use: gas engines generally require a pull start.  Electric models use a button.  Much easier.
  • Reduced Storage: while many electric models are smaller in size, not having a gas can and extra oil in the garage can clear up some space.

Electric models are ideal for folks looking for a quieter unit that can handle a small yard.  Most battery operated models can cut between 1/3 and 1/2 acre before needing to be recharged.  Obviously a corded model can handle more, but you're somewhat limited by the length of the cord or your patience for dealing with extension cords.

Though they will work on thicker grasses, electric models are best suited for thinner types of lawns.  If you're lawn is thicker, you'll need to mow more frequently.  You'll also want to be sure that the lawn is relatively dry.  This helps improve the quality of the cut.

Should You Go Electric?

Use of an electric mower should be matched with your specific lawn-care needs.  In general, if you have a small yard and the grass is relatively thin and easy to mow, you can give these mowers some serious thought. But, how small should the lawn be to make it suitable for moving away from gasoline?

A general rule of thumb is they will work fine for lawns up to 1/3 acre and in some cases up to 1/2 acre.  Anything more than that and you're either going to need to buy extra batteries, or use extension cord lengths that are just too difficult to manage.

If you have a 1/2 acre yard with good access to external power, few trees or other obstacles, and grass that isn't terribly thick then either a corded or battery operated lawn mower should get the job done.

If your yard has lots of obstacles you will DEFINITELY want to go the cordless route.  And if you're past the 1/3 acre in size you'll want to look for cordless units that allow quick swapping of the batteries.

Lithium Ion vs. Other Technology

When you buy a cordless mower, pay particular attention to the type of battery, the voltage, and the expected lifetime of that battery. Lithium-ion will probably be the way to go, as this technology is slowly moving into the field once dominated by alkaline and other battery technologies. First, look at voltage delivered. Most of the units we've reviewed offer similar voltage.

Lithium-ion batteries tend to last quite a bit longer than other technologies, with some tests showing they provide service three or four times as long as a traditional battery construction. You should also give serious consideration to the cost of a cordless electric mower. The price will generally be higher than a corded or gasoline-powered mower.

In general terms, lithium-ion batteries have what technicians call higher energy-density than most other rechargeable batteries. They store more energy for their size and weight, which is a major consideration for electric lawn mowers. Lithium-ion batteries also operate at a higher voltage and, in testing, have a lower self-discharge rate than other batteries.

They hold the charge longer in the case of high-quality batteries they may hold their charge for months in average weather conditions. This battery type can be smaller, lighter, produce higher voltage and hold the charge longer.

Final Thoughts

Each mower you’ll shop for will have some indication of cutting height. Most new models now have height adjustment, usually ranging from about an inch to in the three-inch range. You should also pay close attention to whether this adjustment is made by moving each wheel up and down individually or if you can make height adjustment with the movement of a single lever.

One-button/push-button starting is one of the key benefits you get from moving away from a gas-powered mower. After all, convenience and ease of use are the two primary factors you should consider when making the investment in an electric mower.

Based on our reviews you will probably get the best service and performance from a high-quality lithium-ion battery. Be sure to take some extra time to understand the difference between lithium-ion batteries and other types of batteries. When you shop for the best cordless lawn mower pay attention to the battery use and design. The extra knowledge will pay off in the long run.

More Lawn Mower Resources

The Best ZTR Riding Lawn Mowers on the Market

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_motor​

https://www.thetoolreport.com/winterizing-your-ztr-lawn-mower/

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About the Author Jason

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.

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