Electric Lawn Mowers Review

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Why Buy an Electric Lawn Mower?

Every year electric mower manufacturers continue to unveil advanced mower technology in an effort to outpace their competitors and take control of the market. This year the competition is at its hottest point, and these manufacturers are creating a plethora of innovative and advanced electric mowers that feature increased power and better mowing performances than their predecessors.

The reality is gas mowers are becoming old news. Sure they can be powerful, and the expensive ones are pretty reliable, but the costs of using gas are beginning to outweigh the benefits. And as we continue to shift from gasoline to more earth-friendly fuels to power our machines, we find that many energy sources have the ability to perform as well as gasoline – and electricity is one of them.

Today electrically powered lawn mower motors are capable of providing the same amount of horsepower as a gas powered motor. Combine this attribute with the fact that the maintenance an electric mower requires is far less than that required of a gas, and you can see why electric mowers are seeing a rapid growth in popularity. Find more information regarding the rise of cordless electric mowers, as well as the best electric mowers compared, by browsing our articles on electric lawn mowers.

Why torture yourself with the toxic fumes and irritating maintenance requirements of a gas lawn mower? The electric mower movement is in full swing, and the Black & Decker SPCM1936, Cub Cadet CC 500 BAT and Toro e-Cycler are the current leaders of the pack.

More benefits of switching from gas to electric include:

  • No pull-string start
  • Minimal mower maintenance
  • No choking on gas fumes
  • Lower noise levels
  • Lower long-term costs

Electric Lawn Mowers: What to Look For

Electric lawn mowers can essentially be broken down into two groups – corded and cordless. Corded mowers are powerful and effective options for small lawns with few obstacles, but many people find being tethered to an outlet too limiting while mowing. Thus, cordless electric mowing options are quickly becoming the norm for modern mower buyers. Below are some of the other features you'll want to consider when you chose which electric mower to purchase.

Performance
We assume that choosing your next mower to purchase will have little to do with how pretty it is and more to do with how well it cuts grass. That is why our top mowers are also our best performing mowers. For this category we reviewed how well the mower cuts grass; how well it bags, discharges, or mulches; and how effective any additional or special features are – such as how well a self-propelled mower propels itself.

Durability
As with any outdoor power tool, a lawn mower's durability should factor greatly into your decision to purchase. For this category, we studied the materials and parts that make up each electric mower for vulnerabilities that tend to lead to premature break downs. An important design feature we considered is a mower's deck material. Decks made from a polymer seem to last the longest, stand up to more damage than metal decks and don't rust when cleaned. We also factored in the design and material of a mower's wheels, battery and battery charger. The electric lawn mowers that rank highest in this category maintain quality mowing performance for a long period of time and require the fewest repairs.

Design & Ease of Use
For the design portion of this rating, we considered a mower's overall accessibility – how easy it is to use the mower's available features and to use the mower itself. The main factors include a mower's weight and size, whether the battery is removable, and the difficulty of switching between mowing modes.

For the other part of this category, determining a mower's ease of use, we considered the overall features each mower has to offer and how the features combine to enhance the overall mowing experience. In other words, the electric mowers that rank highest in this category are the ones designed with the user in mind.

Other notable design features include:

A self-propel function is convenient, as some electric mowers can be heavy.
A removable key-start prevents unauthorized use or accidental startup.
A bail handle cuts power to the blade while the mower is on.
One-touch height adjustment means you won't have to individually adjust each wheel's height.

Help & Support
High quality support for an electric lawn mower is important since your grass continues to grow whether or not your mower is functioning. The companies we reviewed all provide good support; however, some tend to go above and beyond answering a customer's call for help – and these are the ones that ranked best in this category. Companies that offer timely email and phone support, convenient service center locations, and thorough information to help you get the most out of your mower are our top manufacturers in this rating.

There are a great number of reasons to be informed when buying your electric mower. Whether you are looking for something simple to mow your small yard, or you're interested in something that rivals the top gas mowers available, we've gathered the information you need in order to make an informed decision.

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Features
Bag
Mulch
Discharge
 
 
 
Safe Start (key)
 
    
Removable Battery
 
NA
Battery Remaining Indicator
NA
 
 
Single Lever Cut-height Adjustment
 
 
Self-Propel
  
 
    
Performance
Optimal Yard Size 1/3 acre 1/4 acre 1/4 acre 1/4 acre 1/4 acre 1/3 acre 1/3 acre 1/6 acre 1/4 acre 1/4 acre
Battery Run-time (minutes) 45 - 60 40 - 50 35 - 45 35 - 45 NA 45 - 55 45 - 55 25 - 35 40 - 50 40 - 50
Battery Charge-time (hours) 12 12 14 10 NA 14 12 7 2 15
Volts/Amps 36v 48v 36v 48v 12a 36v 36v 24v 36v 24v
Design
Weight (pounds) 92 75 77 95 52 91 69 31 35 102
Front Wheel Diameter (inches) 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 5.5 6.5 7
Rear Wheel Diameter (inches) 9 8 8 8 8 8 10.5 5.5 6.5 9.5
Deck Width/Cutting Swath (inches) 19 19 20 20 19 19 19 14 15 20
Cut Height (inches) 1.5 - 3.5 1 - 3.5 1 - 4 1.5 - 4 1.25 - 3.5 1.5 - 3.5 1.2 - 3 1.8 - 3.3 .75 - 2.75 1.75 - 3.75
Battery Type Lead-acid Lead-acid Lead-acid Lead-acid None Lead-acid Lead-acid Lead-acid Lithium-ion Lead-acid
Deck/Housing Material Polymer Steel Steel Steel Polymer Polymer Polymer Polymer Polymer Steel
Help & Support
Warranty 2 years 2 years 2 years 3 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 2 years
Phone
Email
FAQs
 
 
   
Operator's Manual Online
 
   
Service Center Locator