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 now||Use:||Cutting Deck Size||Mulching Capability||Grass Collection Bag||Dual Blades||Inter|
|BLACK+DECKER MTC220||Garden-Sized||12 inches||Yes(Mower/Trimmer/Edger)|
|Sun Joe MJ401C||Garden-Sized||14 inches||No|
|WORX WG775 (Best Value)||Garden-Sized||14 inches||No|
|BLACK+DECKER CM1640||Garden-Sized||16 inches||Yes(Autosense™)|
|Sun Joe iON16LM||Garden-Sized||16 inches||No|
|Greenworks 25302||Middle or Yard-sized||20 inches||Yes(SmartCutter Tech)|
|EGO Power+||Middle or Yard-Sized||20 inches||Yes(LED HeadLights)|
|Poulan Pro 967044401||Middle or Yard Sized||20 inches||No|
|Earthwise 60120||Landscape-Sized||20 inches||No|
|Greenworks Pro GLM801602 (Editor's Choice)||Landscape Sized||21 inches||Yes(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 16-inch deck size
- 47.75 lbs.
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.
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.
- 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..
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.
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.
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 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…
- 20 inch cutting deck
- 65.3 lbs.
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.
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.
- 20-inch cutting deck
- 7-inch front wheels
- 10-inch rear wheels
- 37.5 lbs.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 21-inch steel deck
- 74.1 lbs.
- 80V 4AH battery or 2AH battery
- Rear wheel size-10inches
- Front Wheel size- 8 inches
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.
- Grass Collection
- Mulching and side Discharge
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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