Top Ten Best Electric Battery Powered Lawn Mowers 2018

It doesn’t make any kind of sense to do lawn maintenance without a lawnmower, right?

People have been cutting grass since the dawn of agriculture. Before the lawnmower, farmers and groundskeepers used the scythe to trim grass and cut plants. In 1930, an Edwin Budding in Gloucestershire, England built the first lawnmower to cut grass on sports grounds and gardens. He was granted a British patent shortly after. This invention has only kept on growing. Eventually graduating to a motor with a cord to start the engine.

Lawnmowers have been perfected until we have reached the cordless battery powered electric mower. How are they better?

They are friendly to the environment, lighter, easier to handle and frustration-free! Electric motors can be turned on at the touch of a button and don’t need gas or oil or tune ups.

Thus, I have compiled a list of the top ten best electric battery powered lawn mowers that the market has to offer.

Model Name:Buy nowUse:Cutting Deck SizeMulching Capability Grass Collection BagDual BladesInter
Unique Feature*
BLACK+DECKER MTC220Garden-Sized12 inchesYes(Mower/Trimmer/Edger)
Sun Joe MJ401CGarden-Sized14 inchesNo
WORX WG775 (Best Value) Garden-Sized14 inchesNo
BLACK+DECKER CM1640Garden-Sized16 inchesYes(Autosense™)
Sun Joe iON16LMGarden-Sized16 inchesNo
Greenworks 25302Middle or Yard-sized 20 inchesYes(SmartCutter Tech)
EGO Power+Middle or Yard-Sized20 inchesYes(LED HeadLights)
Poulan Pro 967044401Middle or Yard Sized20 inchesNo
Earthwise 60120Landscape-Sized20 inchesNo
Greenworks Pro GLM801602 (Editor's Choice) Landscape Sized21 inchesYes(SmartCutter Tech)

When looking at electric lawnmowers there are some things to consider. I like to split lawn mowers into three categories. There are lawnmowers that are easy to maneuver over hilly terrain and around obstacles. Its batteries have a shorter run time to cover grass. I call these mowers “small” or “garden size”. These mowers are great for spot checking or mowing a small yard. Any mower with a coverage of less than 10,000 square feet on a single charge is classified into this category.

There are also mowers that can run up to an hour or two with a larger size cutting deck to cover mid-size yards and gardens. These are “middle” or “yard-size” mowers. These mowers can cover larger lawns or around 20 square feet or less.

Then there are big and powerful lawnmowers that can chew through anything, and can run long enough to cover a lot of land. These mowers are “large” or “landscape size”. These mowers can run around 30 square feet or more.

For this purpose, I like to concern myself with the following:

  • Cutting Deck Size
  • Battery life
*Keep in mind Battery life is sometimes dependent on how much power that the motor is obliged to put out. Then there are little features like a detachable bag in the back for grass clipping disposal and height adjustments.

If you do not know what to get then just get the #1 Best Rated Mower on the list or The Best Rated Electric Mower for the Money. Both lawn mowers will help you mow down your yard with no trouble.

Quick Buyers Guide

Here for your perusal is a quick Buyer’s guide if you do not wish to read the reviews.  Listed below are our all-stars,  the Best Rated Convertible Lawn Mower, the Most User-Friendly Electric Lawnmower, Best Rated Electric Mower for the Money, the Best Rated Electric Motor for Power, and the #1 Best Rated mower.

  1. BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and mower, 12”- Best Rated Convertible Lawn Mower
  2. BLACK+DECKER CM1640 16-Inch Cordless Mower, 40-volt – Most User-Friendly Electric Mower
  3. Greenworks 20-Inch 40VTwin Force Cordless Lawn Mower 25302 – Best Rated Electric Mower for the Money
  4. EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger Kit – Best Rated Electric Motor for Power
  5. Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower, 4.0 AH Battery Included GLM801602 – #1 Best Rated Mower

1. BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and mower, 12”– Best Rated Convertible Lawn Mower

The BLACK+DECKER MTC220 is great for small yards, going around obstacles, and hilly terrain. It is a garden-size lawn mower perfected to mow, trim, and edge yards. It has an ergonomical handle that is easy to adjust and carry around. The run time is fantastic, but it is suited to smaller yards because of its small deck size.

Design and Versatility

The MTC220 is a tool that can convert from mower to trimmer to edger. It has a pivoting handle and there are two deck height adjustments that go from 1.6 to 2.4 inches. The 1.6 setting is ideal for common grass and the second setting is good for a tougher species such as St. Augustine grass or Kentucky bluegrass.

It runs on batteries, but there is another model that comes with a cord. There is a foot pedal release that permits an easy transition from mowing to trimming.

For all its features, the mowing deck only measure 12 inches across. It is a good tool for homes that require lawn maintenance over difficult terrain and it is designed to fit in small storage spaces.


The trimmer/edger’s transmission is designed to maintain constant speed. It will not bog down and the AFS Auto Feed System is there for continuous and automatic line advancement. This keeps the user from having to stop and bump it and saves time.

Technical Details

The cutting width is 12 inches and the tool weigh 9.9 lbs. It requires one 20V battery. The package comes with a detachable mower deck, two batteries, one spool of trimmer string, a guard and an auxiliary handle. The spool model number is AF-100. The line size is .065 inches. When the battery is at 100 percent, the run time averages out to be about 4 hours. BLACK+DECKER offers a 2-year limited warranty for its products.

This tool is perfect for small yards and small jobs. It’s not good for everything. It will take more time to mow the yard than it would with a larger mower. It will also run through the battery faster if you push it through tough grass. I advise that you purchase an extra battery for tougher conditions.
  • AFS Auto Feed System
  • Drive
  • Ability to transition from mower to trimmer to edger
  • Easy to store
  • Light
  • Small
  • Battery loses charge faster through tougher grass


2. Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower – Lightweight and Compact

The Sun Joe MJ401C is a low-maintenance and affordable machine for yardwork. This one is a good serviceable garden-size lawnmower with mulching capabilities and it has features that makes life easier.


This mower does not start without the safety key, so you don’t have to worry about the kids or yourself.

On top of safety, this unit is easy to clean up including grass clippings. The black 10.6-gallon bag is easy to detach from the back for easy disposal. It has a height adjustment feature with three settings. The cutting height ranges from 1.18 inches to 2.52 inches.

For performance, the 28 V battery is rechargeable and has a built in LED battery level indicator. Charge time takes about four hours and a full charge gives about 30 minutes run-time. The square feet per charge is estimated to be 10,000 by the manufacturer. This mower is best used for small and medium sized yards and in places where the big mowers can’t fit. Once you are done with your yard, you don’t have to pull the battery out. You can the charger cord into it and let it charge.

Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® provides a 2-year limited warranty for its products.

Technical Details

The cutting deck measures 14 inches and weighs 22.1 lbs. when it is assembled with the battery installed. The wheels are 5.5 inches each. The battery capacity is 4.0 AH and the charging cable is seven feet long. The handle is collapsible for easier storage.

The downside to this lawnmower is that it must be plugged in to charge. It’s a good lawnmower for smaller yards, but it will lose charge faster if you push it through tough grass. Another thing to consider is that this unit does not start without the safety key. If you lose it, you can always get another from the manufacturer.
  • Safety
  • Lightness
  • Size
  • 2-year warranty
  • Affordable
  • Detachable bag for grass clipping disposal
  • If you lose the safety key then it won’t start, have to plug in to charge, loses charge if motor has to work harde


3. WORX 14-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Lawn Mower with Easy – Start

Feature, Removable Battery, and Grass Collection Bag – WG775 -Best Value Electric Mower

The WORX WG775 has a lot going for it even though it sits on the less expensive end of the spectrum. The 24-Volt battery can be detached for charging or you can just plug in a cable directly to the mower if that is your preference. It’s a good choice for smaller to mid-size yards. It’s a small or garden-size mower. It’s light-weight which makes it perfect for pushing up hill.

Battery Life

The mower cuts up to 6,000 square feet on a single charge and the battery provides up to 30 minutes of runtime. The unit also has a battery power level indicator so that its battery life can be monitored. The charge time takes about 4 to 5 hours.


The WORX WG775 has 3-in-1 functions. It mulches, rear-discharges, and bags the discharge.

It has three adjustable cut heights that go from 2”-3.5”. It’s a good mower if your turf consists of St. Augustine grass, Kentucky bluegrass, or Ryegrass. The nice thing about having a mower with a high cut range is that it is suitable for cutting taller grass down and keeps moisture in your lawn.

Technical Details

This machine weighs 33 lbs. The cutting deck is 14 inches. One 24V battery is required and it is included with the purchase. WORX provides a 3-year limited warranty. The rear bag has a capacity of .85 bushels.

One thing that is a point of concern is the cut height range is kind of high. It’s good for people who want their grass to be that tall, but for a garden size mower, it should be lower. Another thing that needs to be disclosed is this item is non-returnable.
  • Battery indicator
  • Grass disposal
  • Mulching capability
  • High cutting range
  • Nonreturnable


4. BLACK+DECKER CM1640 16-Inch Cordless Mower, 40-volt – Most User – Friendly Electric Mower

BLACK+DECKER designed this mower with multiple features in mind. It is a designed to be an efficient garden-sized mower with an autosense system for the mower and an easy to maintain design. The single lever height adjustment and safety settings are intuitive and easy to understand. The cutting deck can be counted on to never rust and only needs a brush to get grass cuttings off.


This lawnmower has a height adjustment with 6 settings. They range from 1-1/10 inches to 3-1/10 inches. This is great range in height settings for multiple types of turf. The handle folds down for convenient storage and it has a carrying handle for easy transportation. The 9.5-gallon bag is soft and has a hard top for checking if the grass bag’s fullness. This product comes with two 40-volt batteries and a charger.

For efficiency, the CM1640 model has Autosense™ technology. Autosense™ technology determines the thickness of the grass and adjusts the motor’s power depending on the grass. The motor kicks into high power for thick grass and the motor will conserve battery life while mowing through thinner grass.


This lawn mower takes one battery at a time, but it comes with two batteries, so you can charge one while using the other. Each battery provides 30 minutes of runtime minimum. This mower is compatible with BLACK+DECKER’s 36-volt battery system which includes a string trimmer, hedge trimmer, a sweeper vac, and a sweeper/blower vac.

Technical Details

  • 16-inch deck size
  • 47.75 lbs.
Keep in mind that while it does have autosense™ technology, the motor will burn through the battery faster if it has to kick into high power. Have that extra battery ready for when you need to switch over.
  • Light
  • Easy to clean
  • easy to store
  • Compatible with BLACK+DECKER’s 36-volt system
  • Autosense™ technology
  • Comes with two batteries and compatible with others from BLACK+DECKER
  • Batteries only provide 30 minutes each minimum
  • Batteries get depleted faster when motor has to push through tougher grass


5. Sun Joe iON16LM 40 V 16-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower with Brushless Motor – Best Rated Environmentally Friendly Electric Lawnmower

The Sun Joe iON16LM is one of Sun Joe’s latest in convenient lawnmower technology with an EnergyStar certification. Its whisper quiet brushless motor is powered by Sun Joe’s 40V EcoSharp® battery system. Sun Joe designed this small to mid-sized mower for hilly terrain with obstacles. The brushless motor is designed for battery efficiency and long-lasting motor life.


The 15-inch steel blade cuts a path through grass. The engine is Energy Star certified. The handle is foldable, and the grass bag attached has a 9.25-gallon capacity. The grass indicator window is at the top so all you have to do is look down to see how full the bag is. The iON16LM also provides a bag and discharge chute option. It requires one 40V 4.0 Ah EcoSharp® battery which comes with the product.

There are 6 settings provided by the height adjustment lever. The cutting height provided runs from 1.18 inches to 3.15 inches.


There is a safety key required for operation and a safety switch right underneath the Instant Start handle.


The 40 V EcoSharp® battery provides up to 40 minutes of run time. The engine is Energy Star certified. The lawnmower is also compatible with EcoSharp PRO 40 V 5.0 AH battery packs if you own other iON or iON PRO series tools.

Technical Details

  • 37.3 lbs.
  • 15 inch cutting width

This is mower provides great value for its price. Sun Joe provides a 2-year limited warranty for its products.

One thing that must be noted before purchase. This mower does not have mulching capability

  • 6 position height adjustment
  • Grass collection bag
  • Brushless motor
  • Safety switch and key
  • 2-year warranty
  • Compatible with iON Pro Batteries
  • No mulch capability


6. Greenworks 20-Inch 40VTwin Force Cordless Lawn Mower 25302 – Best Rated Electric Mower for the Money

The Greenworks 20-Inch 25302 model is expensive, but worth every penny. I named it best for versatility because it has good specs, has excellent performance, and is still light weight enough to maneuver around. This mower is a good middle ground if you are feeling uncertain about what you

Don’t be surprised when you turn it on and don’t hear the expected lawnmower engine roar! The 25302 has a quiet motor. This mower’s deck size and longer battery life makes this a strong middle or yard-size mower.

This model has SMART CUT Technology which means that the engine power will adjust based on the grass thickness encountered. The idea behind this feature is that the engine will preserve power by only putting out what is needed.

What about engine capability? Can it mulch? Can it handle twigs on the ground? Yes, it can. It boasts 10-inch dual blades that cut more efficiently for mulching and bagging.

Technical Details

The cutting deck measures 20 inches. There is a single lever for height adjustment for five positions between 1 ¼ inches and 3 1/8 inches. This lets you decide what the cut for your yard is going to be. For maneuverability, the mower is designed with 10-inch rear wheels and 7-inch front wheels for moving over terrain. The lawnmower weighs 42.5 lbs. total. Its lightness assists with maneuvering through tricky terrain.
The mower takes two batteries and has automatic battery switch over which switches from the first battery to the second battery once the first loses charge. One 4-AH lithium-ion battery will give you about 60 minutes of run time. With both batteries installed, it can run up to 120 minutes. It comes with both required batteries and a charger.


Let’s talk about coverage. Greenworks tools are covered by a 4-year limited warranty and their batteries are covered for two years. It’s reassuring to know that a company cares enough to make a promise to cover any defective workmanship for four years.

Greenworks G-MAX tool line

The Greenworks Lawnmower is only one of twenty-five tools that accepts the G-Max battery. The best part about the Greenworks GMAX line? You don’t get stuck wasting five minutes yanking on a cord. You push a button and the tool turns on. What about when you want to switch over to trimming weeds? You pull out the same battery from your lawnmower and stick it into your trimmer. It makes lawn maintenance simpler and easier.

A negative note. The SMARTCUT automatic technology is automatic. It will slow your mower down when there isn’t much grass and speed up when the grass gets thicker. You don’t get the option to manually speed the engine up or slow it down.
  • Light
  • 4-year warranty
  • 5 height adjustment settings
  • Quiet motor
  • SMART CUT Technology
  • G-Max Battery
  • SMART CUT technology doesn’t give mower control


7. EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower – 4.0 Ah Battery and Charger Kit – Best Rated Electric Motor for Power

If you prefer to mow the lawn at night, when the air is cool and there is no sun, then the EGO Power+ is the best option. The EGO Power+ has LED headlights sitting on top for mowing medium-sized yards at any time. A top of the line yard-sized mower, the EGO Power+ has a gas like motor.


On top of the LED lights, the EGO Power+ mower has a 3-in-1 function which includes mulching, bagging or using the side-discharge chute. The frame is specifically designed to be weather resistant. The entire mower is designed to be folded down for storage during the non-mowing season.

The motor is designed to give gas like power with an RPM of 3300 and 600W of power.


The battery and charger comes with the mower. The battery is a 56V 4.0AH Advanced Arc-Lithium battery. It has a quick 30-minute charge time and a
45-minute cut time.

The Arc-Lithium design is surrounded by EGO’s Keep Cool Cell technology for a long-lasting battery. The EGO’s Arc Lithium battery is designed to work with all EGO Power+ products, including the EGO chainsaw, the Ego trimmer, the Ego edger, the Ego blower, etc…

Technical Details

  • 20 inch cutting deck
  • 65.3 lbs.
The EGO Power+ mower is an excellent tool for mowing any time. One thing that is a concern is that the battery run time seems kind of short. However, I am willing to concede that the powerful motor is the tradeoff for that discrepancy. The battery charge time is really fast, but it makes a noise while charging. A fan turns on while the battery charges.
  • Strong Gas-like motor
  • Arc-Lithium Battery
  • 3-in-1 function including mulching
  • Bagging and side discharge
  • Fold down storage
  • Fast battery charge time
  • Shorter run time
  • Battery makes a noise while charging


8. Poulan Pro 967044401 40 V Electric Start Dual Blade Mower, 20” – Best Rated Electric Mower for Manual Control

The Poulan Pro 967044401 model is a yard-sized model perfect for medium-sized lawns. The Poulon Pro company is a solid competitor against giants like GreenWorks or Black+Decker. Like the Greenworks 25302, the Poulon Pro sports dual blades for efficiency. PoulanPro is proud of its instant start and silent engine design.

Features and Battery Specs

There is a 2-in-1 feature that offers mulching, rear bagging, and rear ejection. There is a single lever height adjustment with 5 settings on the top of the motor for easy access. The PoulanPro Cordless mower is backed by a 4-year warranty. The battery and charger are backed by a separate 2-year warranty. The batteries are compatible with other Poulan Pro Power tools and vice versa.

The batteries are 40V 4AH batteries. Even though the mower only runs on one battery at a time, it can house two batteries. Not only that, but it has
automatic battery switchover. You are not forced to stop when one battery is depleted. You can just keep on mowing.

Manual Control

The mower doesn’t have any auto sensory features that force the mower to slow down when going through thinner turf. The amount of power that the motor puts out is dependent on how far the trigger is pulled. I believe it is for this reason that PoulanPro does not identify the specific run time for its batteries.

However, the PoulanPro mower takes 40V 4AH batteries. When comparing it with other models, I have concluded that it is reasonable to roughly estimate that the run time is around 30 minutes each depending on how much power the motor puts out for performance.

Technical Details

  • 20-inch cutting deck
  • 7-inch front wheels
  • 10-inch rear wheels
  • 37.5 lbs.
This is a beautiful and easy to maintain machine. The features are very easy to use. There is one problem, but it has nothing to do with the mower. The manufacturer fails to disclose certain details on its website such as battery life and what the height adjustment settings are.
  • Automatic Battery-switchover
  • Manual control
  • Large wheels
  • Light
  • Mulching capability
  • Rear bag
  • Dual blades
  • Fails to specify approximate battery life and height adjustment settings


9. Earthwise 60120 20-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower – Most Affordable Heavy – Duty Landscape – Sized Mower

The Earthwise 60120 is a landscape-sized mower with a large 20-inch deck to cut a larger swathe across the yard. The 20-inch deck and the battery charge has led me to come to a definite conclusion that this mower is meant for large yards. The convenient features, heavy motor, and wide ranged height adjustment gives a lot of value for the price.


The Earthwise mower has 3-in-1 performance. You may choose between mulching, bagging, or side-discharge. There is an easy on/off mulch plug and a safety blade control mounted on the handle. The safety control does come with a safety key.

The single lever height adjustment can lower the mower for 1-3/4-inch grass and raise the mower higher for 3-3/4-inch grass.

Steering is made easier by the seven-inch front wheels and larger 9-1/2-inch rear wheels. The wheels have ball bearings to make them easier to maneuver and help it roll better. Unlike other electric mowers, this mower has metal parts and is heavier.

Technical Details

  • 20-inch deck
  • 101 lbs.
  • 3500 RPM
  • 24-V 12 AH Battery


The battery takes 15 hours to charge. It’s best to charge overnight and then mow your lawn in the morning. However, despite the long charge time, the battery doesn’t drain faster than you can mow your lawn. The battery can last long enough for a person to push through a mid-size yard of tough grass. The battery indicator will let you know when you are getting close to an empty charge. Be warned, do not charge the battery for 24 hours or more. That is bad for the battery. When it is not mowing season, follow the operator’s manual and charge the battery every thirty days.

One complaint that I can make about this mower is if it is much heavier than other electric mowers. If you are used to using an electric mower and start using the Earthwise for the first time, you might find it to be heavier than you are comfortable with.
  • 24-V 12 AH battery
  • 20-inch deck
  • 3-in-1 performance
  • large wheels for maneuverability
  • affordable
  • Heavy
  • Long charge time for Battery


10. Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower, 4.0 AH Battery Included GLM801602 – #1 Best Rated Mower

The GreenWorks Pro 80V System is offered as an option for those who want to find the “power” in their power tools. The durable steel deck is 21 inches. It boasts large wheels to maneuver through thick grass. The Greenworks PRO GLM801602 lawn mower is a landscape-size mower designed for durability with the power of a gas engine and less noisy than a vacuum cleaner. Greenworks provides a 4-year warranty for its products.


The deck has a 3-in-1 design for mulch, side discharge, and rear bag capability. There are 7 cutting height settings. The minimum cutting position is 1-3/8 inches and the maximum cutting position is 3-1/4 inches.

The DigiPro digital controlled brushless motor is strong enough to perform like a 160cc gas engine and it will last longer. The Greenworks PRO mower also has Smart Cut Technology that senses lawn density and signals the mower to put out power in accordance with optimal efficiency. The 4.0AH battery and charger is included.


The 80V 4AH battery takes a grand total of sixty minutes to charge with a total run time of 60 minutes. The Greenworks PRO mower is just one of the Greenworks Pro 80V tool line and if you already have one or are interested in buying another then you can save on battery costs.

Compatible Battery and Charger models – Listed here are a few compatible battery part numbers for reference.

  • GBA80200
  • GBA80400
  • GCH8040

Technical Details

  • 21-inch steel deck
  • 74.1 lbs.
  • 80V 4AH battery or 2AH battery
  • Rear wheel size-10inches
  • Front Wheel size- 8 inches
It is really hard to find a flaw in this machine’s design. One thing that can be noted is that it is a little heavy because of the steel deck. Some people prefer the lighter design because the wheels don’t leave behind a track in the lawn. Another thing is the knobs on the handle spin on easily… and spin off too easily.
  • Smart Cut Technology
  • Digitally controlled brushless motor
  • Large wheels
  • 21-inch steel deck
  • Weight
  • Battery
  • Knobs on handle spin off


Things to know when Selecting a Lawn Mower

If you are having trouble picking a lawn mower then these factors can assist you.

  • Battery Life
  • Cutting Deck Size

The battery life determines how long you can spend on the lawn maximum. 30 minutes? 45 minutes? When are you ready to take a break and put the battery in the charger?

The cutting deck size is important. The deck size lets you know how big a swathe you will cut in your yard and how fast you can mow your lawn. On a large lawn, the deck size will determine how much time you will spend mowing.

I use these two factors to determine what kind of work the mower is designed for. I have separated these lawn mowers into three categories.

  • Small or Garden-sized
  • Medium or yard-sized
  • Large or landscape-sized

Finally, the deciding factor is your lawn. You want to select a mower that will promote a healthy and beautiful lawn.

Height Adjustment and what it means to you

Something to look at is the cutting height. All of these mowers have adjustable cutting height, but the range is a significant factor. You want to know if you can cut the optimal cutting height for your lawn. Grass is a plant after all. You want to cut it in the crown (where the leaves begin) so that the grass will branch out and weave together for a beautiful turf.

Other important Concepts to consider

Don’t forget to think about the size of your yard and the kind of terrain that you need to maintain. Lighter and smaller is best for hilly terrain with obstacles dotting the yard. Then there is the question of your needs. Do you want a machine with mulching capability to make your life easier? What about warranty? You want a machine that you can feel confident buying.

  • Maneuverability
  • Grass Collection
  • Mulching and side Discharge
  • Safety
  • Warranty
  • Weight
  • Accessories

Hopefully, this list will be helpful in determining what your best choice for an electric battery powered motor is. Remember, electric battery lawn mowers are quieter, environmentally friendly, and a lot easier to maintain than a gas-powered motor!

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