The Best Cordless Lawn Mower – Battery Powered Mowing
Battery powered lawn mowers have a lot of benefits over traditional gas models. They are lighter, they require almost no maintenance and they don’t require a trip to the gas pump when you run low on fuel!
But not all cordless electric lawn mowers are alike, or even use the same technology. Some use Li-ion batteries, others use lead acid, and some even use Ni-cd!
And don’t even get me started on the electric motor types, the cutting width, the run time, the charge time… there are SO many models to choose from and specifications to consider.
But don’t stress, in my time as an electronics technician I learned a lot about battery and motor technology – and my time as a professional gardener taught me exactly what it is that a mower needs to be the best.
So save yourself some time and take a look through our list of the best cordless lawn mowers (otherwise known as the best battery powered mowers) and choose one with confidence.
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Battery Powered Lawn Mower Comparison Table
Use the table below to quickly compare the specifications of each model, or keep scrolling down to read the detailed reviews.
Greenworks Pro 80V 21-Inch Lawn Mower
Snapper XD 82V MAX Cordless Electric 21 Push Lawn Mower
TACKLIFE Cordless 40V Lawn Mower
Greenworks 48V 21-Inch Self Propelled Battery Lawn Mower
Worx WG779 14 Cordless Lawn Mower
EGO Power LM2142SP 21-Inch 56-Volt Mower
Makita XML03PT1 36V Battery Lawn Mower
Battery Powered Lawn Mower Reviews
- Comes with two 2Ah or 4Ah batteries
- Rapid charger included
- Run time of 60 minutes with 2Ah batteries
For an all-around dependable, hard-working electric mower, you can’t go wrong with the Greenworks Pro 80V.
This mower cuts and runs like a gas mower but without the hassle, smell, or noise.
It comes with two 2.0Ah batteries delivering about 45 to 60 minutes runtime, depending on which speed setting you use. These batteries give the mower enough power to cut through thick grass as tall as the oversized wheels.
For properties under an acre, you should be able to get the job done in one go. For larger yards, you will love the Rapid charger that comes with this set. With this specialty charger, you can charge a dead battery in just 30 minutes.
You also have the choice to purchase this set with two 4Ah batteries that will last you twice as long on a single charge.
The Greenworks Pro features a brushless motor, 21-inch wide deck, and large 10-inch rear wheels. The handle is fully adjustable and collapsible for easy storage. You can set the deck to 7 different height options for more precise cutting and a healthier lawn.
- Quick start operation
- Only 30 minutes to charge batteries
- Highly adjustable
- Comes with a 3-year warranty
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- 90-minute run time
- 30-minute charge with Rapid charger
- Load sensing technology
The Snapper XD is comparable to the Greenworks Pro in features and price.
This heavy-duty mower also comes with two 2.0Ah batteries that charge in just 30 minutes on the included Rapid charger. But these batteries have an even longer run time of up to 90 minutes, making it the best model for larger yards.
Another great feature if you have large projects to tackle is this mower’s intelligent load-sensing technology. The power level automatically adjusts based on grass height, thickness, and dampness to give you an even cut across all areas of your lawn.
The standard kit includes the 21-inch wide mower, which weighs a hefty 90 pounds. You also have the option to go with the smaller 19-inch mower, which weighs only 60 pounds. This slimmer mower is excellent for smaller yards and those that require more precise edgework.
Both options feature a brushless motor, large 10-inch rear wheels, and seven adjustable cut heights. Like other electric models, the handle is adjustable and collapsible. The body is made predominantly of alloy steel for lasting durability.
- Runs at full power until the battery dies
- Only 30 minutes to charge batteries
- Highly adjustable
- 5-year warranty
For a less expensive option, the Tacklife 40V mower is worth considering.
This mower, which retails for quite a bit less than our top choices, is a great cordless mower for those with smaller yards. The slimmer, 16-inch deck width and lighter build make it highly maneuverable in tight spaces.
The included 4.0Ah battery can run for about 30 to 40 minutes. However, it does take 100 minutes to charge and only one battery comes with the set. If you have a small lawn, these drawbacks don’t tend to be an issue.
Despite the short run-life, this is still a powerful mower. It can cut through tall grass with ease and won’t bog down as the battery runs out.
The Tacklife 40V features a brushless motor, six adjustable blade heights, and works with the included bag or can be set to mulcher mode. Our favorite thing about this motor may be that it weighs only 31 pounds. That light weight does mean it is predominantly made of plastic, but this doesn’t seem to cause any durability issues in light and medium use situations.
- Only comes with one battery
- Cannot buy batteries separately
- Not as durable as others
For those with hilly yards or more ground to cover, the Greenworks Self Propelled Mower is worth a look.
This innovative mower comes with all the same great features and dependability you’d expect from any Greenworks product and has the benefit of a self-propel option. No more cranking your back pushing a heavy mower up hills or through thick, wet grass. Just engage the self-propel lever and let the mower pull you along.
Unlike our first Greenworks mower choice, this one comes with two 24V, 5.0Ah batteries. This means it has a shorter runtime and isn’t quite as powerful. But it is still an excellent choice for average-use situations.
With both batteries installed, the mower will run for about 45 minutes. Each battery takes about 150 minutes to charge (unless you upgrade to a Rapid charger), but the set comes with a double port charger so that you can charge both batteries simultaneously.
The Greenworks Self Propelled 48V features a brushless motor, seven adjustable height settings, and a turbo boost button for powering through thick grass and debris. Another thing we love about this mower is that you can store it vertically by collapsing the handle and setting it up onto the steel braces.
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Another great option for those shopping for a battery-powered mower on a budget is the Work 40V Mower.
This is one of the best-priced mowers we found that still delivers in terms of power and usability. It comes with two 4.0Ah batteries that offer a runtime of about 25 minutes. These batteries take a long time to charge, so your best bet for larger yards is to buy a second set of batteries to have on hand.
This model of Worx mower is available in a slim 14-inch deck width up to the more standard 21-inch width. We like the 14-inch variety for its easy maneuverability, light build, and budget-friendly price.
All models come with the Worx Intellicut technology that automatically adjusts torque based on grass height, thickness, and similar factors.
This mower features a brushless motor, six adjustable height settings, and an impressive, 35 pound, lightweight frame. The set also comes with a dual-port charger.
If you want a mower that can do it all, look no further than the EGO Power 56V.
This powerful mower comes with two 56V 5.0Ah batteries that give it an impressive 80-plus minute run life. These batteries charge faster than anything comparable and are ready to go another round after 40 minutes.
The long-run life, quick charging, and excellent self-propel mode make this mower a great choice for larger yards. It has no problem handling thick grass, hills, or leaf debris. And with the press of a lever, you can take the strain off your back thanks to the adjustable speed self-propel option.
All that power and those extra features will cost you with this mower, but it is well worth the extra money for what you get. The only downside to these Ego mowers that we’ve found is the redundant safety features.
The switches within these features are prone to failure, which prevents the mower from starting. While this is a rare occurrence, it can be hard to fix given Ego’s less than superb customer support.
The EGO Power features a brushless motor, six adjustable height settings, and adjustable handle height. It even has bright LED headlights to help light your path in the shadows.
Despite the largely plastic body, this mower weighs nearly 90 pounds. Luckily, with the self-propel feature, you don’t have to worry about pushing around that weight.
- Powerful batteries
- Can run off of one or two batteries
- Adjustable self-propel speed
- 5-year warranty
Another powerful, dependable mower on the higher end of the price spectrum is the Makita 36V Mower.
This durable 94-pound mower has the look and the feel of a gas mower without the inconveniences. It is made with alloy steel and will last longer than most plastic-heavy mowers on the market.
The kit comes with four 18V batteries. Two batteries are required to run the mower. These will last about 50 minutes before needing to be recharged.
Thanks to the dual-port charger and short, 45-minute charge time, you can swap out your set and keep mowing as long as you need. This feature makes this mower perfect for large yards.
The Makita 36V features a brushless motor, an impressive ten height settings, and a quiet mode that reduces the noise output by restricting the RPMs. This is a pricier mower option, but you won’t find a more dependable or durable electrical mower for large jobs.
If you have a larger yard but need a budget electric mower, the Sun Joe 24V is a great option.
This affordable mower runs off a single 24V 5.0Ah battery with an impressive run life of 40 minutes. That’s enough time to mow most medium to large-sized yards. And the battery only takes about an hour to charge.
Another thing that makes this mower great for larger properties is its lightweight construction. At 23 pounds, it is the lightest dependable mower we found. There is no need for a self-propel feature with this mower; it is easy to push and maneuver all on your own.
The 14-inch wide deck adds to this maneuverability and makes this mower easier to use in tight spaces.
The Sun Joe 24V features a brushless motor, three height-adjustable settings, and a sleek, easy-clean design. It is made predominantly of plastic and is not going to be nearly as durable as other options. But considering all you get for the price, it is still a great option for light use situations.
Why Buy A Cordless Mower?
If you are like me, then in the past, you may have considered cordless electric lawn mowers as a bit of a fad and not worthy of your attention.
The first generations of cordless lawn mowers were indeed a poor choice when compared to a gas mower, poor battery performance and low power motors meant that purchasing one of these mowers was a waste of money.
But with the Rapid improvement in battery and electric motor technology, cordless electric lawn mowers can finally be considered seriously as an alternative to a gas powered mower.
There are many reasons why you should consider these devices, and in this section, we will take a look at a few of them.
How many times have you gone to mow the grass, only to realise that you never went and filled up that gas can after you used the last of it last time. So you have to get in the car, go find a gas pump and then come home and fill up the mower.
Well with cordless mowers, you don’t need to worry about that any more. Simply make sure your battery(s) is charged after each use and you are ready to go next time!
Cordless Mowers Weigh Less
Cordless mowers in general weigh less than most gas powered mowers. This makes them much easier to push around the yard and also means they are more user friendly to users who have trouble pushing a heavy gas mower.
They are less tiring to use and you will find yourself feeling much less drained after pushing around a cordless mower.
The best cordless lawn mowers are much less noisy than their gas powered alternatives. Most gas powered mowers range in noise levels from 84dB to 94dB – which is quite loud.
Now if you compare a cordless lawn mower to this, the loudest cordless lawn mower we could find is 75dB, which is about the same volume as a standard washing machine.
So if you are wanting to mow your yard early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the heat, then you can do so with a cordless mower without disturbing the neighbors!
Did you know that gas models contribute 5% of the USA’s greenhouse emissions? “Surely not!” I hear you exclaim, but it is true. Gas powered lawn mowers are not subject to strict regulations as motor vehicles are that require them to incorporate emission-reducing technology. Thus, they are pollution spewing machines!
Because a cordless mower does not use gas and instead relies on battery power – they are much more environmentally friendly. Even when you take into account the emissions required to manufacture the lawn mower and the electricity required to charge the battery, they are still considered to harm the environment many times less than a gas mower does.
Very little maintenance is required to keep a cordless lawn mower safe and operational. It does not require a regular oil change as a gas mower does and can almost be classed as maintenance free.
Of course, you should always inspect your lawn mower before each use to make sure everything is as it should be and is operational, and cordless lawn mowers also need to be kept clean so their venting systems work correctly. But this is no different from any other type of machinery.
What We Look For In A Cordless Electric Mower
There is a huge checklist we use when we are reviewing cordless mowers and we won’t bore you with that entire document here. We will, however, give you a quick run down of the basic areas we look at.
This will help give you a better idea as to how each mower is scored.
In short, here is what we look for – but read on for the full details:
- Battery specifications
- Ease of use
These days most decent cordless mower battery types are Li-Ion. But there are two other specifications on batteries that are important: Ampere Hours and Voltage.
Want to learn more about these important details? Check out our cordless tool batteries guide.
Ease of Use
How easy a cordless lawn mower is to use is what we consider to be one of the most important criteria for a review.
Ease of use covers many different items, just some of these include:
- Starting procedure – how easy the mower is to start
- Charging procedure – how the mower is charged, where the charger is plugged in, is the battery removable? etc.
- Storage procedure – is the mower easy to pack away to store?
- Adjustments – how easy it is to make adjustments to the settings on the mower (mulching mode, cut height etc)
The deck width is essentially the width of the grass that the mower cuts in a single pass. A mower with a larger deck width will cut more grass and require fewer passes than a mower with a smaller deck width.
Generally, a larger deck width means a better mower. But it also has downsides such as more weight, more power required and the maneuverability is generally lower too.
It doesn’t take much brain power to think of reasons why weight is important in a cordless mower.
After all, the lighter the mower the easier and quicker it is to push around the yard.
There is nothing more annoying than having a mower that loses power when you hit the longest grass in your yard. And this is why another of the most important criteria for the best cordless lawn mowers is the power available to the user.
The best cordless lawn mowers should be able to push through reasonably long and even wet grass without breaking too much of a sweat.
This is one of the key criteria we judge a mower by as it makes such a huge difference to the user’s experience.
Additional Features and Safety Features
Many cordless mowers come with additional features which I would not necessarily call standard. This may be anything from an auto-throttle which adjusts the power to the mower automatically, to headlights which you can use to mow when it is dark! We look at each additional feature and how well it works.
While many users neglect to consider safety features as an important factor when selecting a cordless mower, we certainly do not. In fact – it has a high impact on our final scores as we believe user safety when mowing the lawns is of utmost importance.
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There are many safety features in use on most cordless mowers, from ensuring that the mower cannot be inadvertently started by a child, to safely directing sticks and stones that have been hit by the blades harmlessly to the ground.
Article Update Notes:
April 29 2019 – Removed Black and Decker CM2040 (click to see single review) from list. Added Worx WG774.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers of 2023 [Reviews]
Batteries are the future of motor power in lawn mowers. Battery-powered lawn mowers are more convenient and versatile than plug-in varieties. Untethered by an extension cord, battery-powered mowers offer freedom of movement without sacrificing power.
But what are the best battery-powered lawn mowers on the market? We shortened your shopping list (we hope) by comparing battery-powered lawn mowers on power, cutting width, weight, customer reviews, and price to spotlight 8 champs (overall and in various categories).
Battery-powered walk-behind mowers cost anywhere from 80 to 700. (Riding mowers can cost considerably more.) We highlight mowers here from all price ranges to give you the best choice in every class:
- “Inexpensive” – less than 250
- “Moderate” – 250 to 600
- “Expensive” – Above 600
Why are battery-powered lawn mowers becoming so popular? The global effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption has led to massive improvements in battery power and longevity. Now more than ever, battery-powered tools are practical alternatives to their gas counterparts.
Looking for an eco-friendly replacement for your old gas mower? Shopping for your very first lawn machine? We’ve looked at dozens of battery-powered options and come up with 8 great choices for your next mower.
Top 8 Battery-Powered Mowers — Reviews
Best Battery-Powered Mower: Greenworks 40V Mower Series
A leader in battery-powered tools, Greenworks lawn mowers are built with ease-of-use in mind. This series of mowers runs on a 40-volt battery, which is interchangeable with a whole line of outdoor tools.
Our top pick for the best battery-powered mower is the 16-inch Greenworks model. It’s perfect for small- to medium-sized lawns and can mow up to half an acre on a single battery charge.
This Greenworks battery-powered mower weighs just 37.5 pounds, making it one of the lightest cordless mowers on the market. It has a push-button electric start and can run uninterrupted for up to 45 minutes.
Greenworks’ “Smart Cut” cutting system increases power to the blade when it encounters resistance, so thick patches won’t slow you down.
The 16-inch model takes our top spot for its low price tag, weight, and maneuverability. The 40V series comes in a range of sizes. With 14-inch, 17-inch, 19-inch, and 20-inch cutting widths available, you can choose the best battery-powered mower for your yard and budget.
Power Source: 40V lithium-ion batteryBattery Life: 45 minutesDeck Width: 16 inchesDeck Height: 5 settings, 1.25 inch to 3.75 inchesWeight: 37.5 lbsMulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Inexpensive
Best Self-Propelled Mower: EGO Power 21-Inch Select Cut
Self-propelled lawn mowers are ideal for larger yards or for people unable to push a conventional mower. This rear-wheel-drive machine from EGO Power takes the hard work out of mowing.
EGO’s “Select Cut” system uses two blades. A fixed top blade does most of the work, while the smaller bottom blade can be swapped out for multiple functions. The lightweight mulcher blade is best for normal mowing, as it puts less strain on the battery, but a heavier “tri-cut” blade is included for tackling thicker grass or overgrown yards.
Like most of the options on this list, the EGO Power mower is multifunctional and is great for mulching, bagging, or side-ejecting grass clippings. It can power itself to over 3 mph with a variable-speed throttle.
The EGO Power 56V battery charges in 50 minutes and delivers up to 45 minutes of work. It’s also compatible with EGO’s entire line of power tools.
At only 76 pounds, this machine is one of the lighter self-propelled battery-powered lawn mowers on the market and can be operated without engaging the drive function.
Bonus Points: This model has LED headlamps for mowing at dusk or dawn. The single-lever height adjustment has 7 settings, ranging from 1.5 to 4 inches.
Power Source: 56V ARC lithium batteryBattery Life: 45 minutesDeck Width: 21 inchesDeck Height: 7 settings, 1.5 to 4 inchesWeight: 76.8 lbs Mulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Moderate
Best Budget Mower: Sun Joe MJ401C
Sun Joe is a reliable brand for simple, effective lawn tools. This cordless battery-powered lawn mower is one of the most affordable electric lawn mowers available. Though you give up some features in the name of affordability, this mower is a great pick for urban and suburban yards under a quarter of an acre.
At 23.1 pounds the Sun Joe MJ401C is light and extremely maneuverable. It’s great for mowing around garden beds and in tight spaces. It has a detachable collection bag and can side-eject clippings, though it does not have a mulching function.
The mowing deck is 14 inches in width and can be manually set to 3 height positions. Though it lacks the bells and whistles of more expensive options, this little mower stands up to the competition.
Power Source: 28V lithium-ion batteryDeck Width: 14 inchesDeck Height: 3 settingsWeight: 23.1 lbsMulching: NoBag Included: YesPrice Range: Inexpensive
Snapper XD 82V MAX
Boasting an incredible 90-minute battery life, this mower delivers the power of a Briggs Stratton engine with the convenience and low impact of a battery-powered mower. The load-sensing technology automatically adjusts the motor’s output to save energy and extend battery life.
The heavy-duty mower blades and high-powered motor add considerable weight to this mower, so we don’t recommend it for exceedingly hilly yards.
Power Source: 82V lithium-ion batteryBattery Life: 45 minutes per battery (2 included)Deck Width: 21 inchesDeck Height: 7 settingsWeight: 90 lbsMulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Moderate
Greenworks Pro 80V
If you have a thicker lawn, or simply need the power to tackle overgrown areas, Greenworks’ 80-volt pro battery-powered lawn mower gives you the torque of a gas engine without the maintenance or fuel cost.
This mower comes with two 2.0Ah batteries to deliver a full hour of mowing time on a single charge. The included Rapid charger can fill a battery in just 30 minutes, giving you an almost infinite cutting time. A Greenworks Pro 80V version with a single 4.0Ah battery also is available, giving you a 45-minute run time per charge.
Greenworks’ “Smart cut” technology automatically increases motor power when encountering resistance, and the large 10-inch rear wheels and 8-inch front wheels navigate difficult terrain with ease. For heavy-duty mowing, this battery-powered mower can’t be beaten.
The major drawback to this mower is its weight. Its durable steel construction and bulky motor make it a heavier option. It’s available as a self-propelled option with the 4Ah battery system.
Power Source: 80V lithium-ion batteryDeck Width: 20 inchesDeck Height: 7 settings, 1.5”-4”Weight: 79 lbsMulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Moderate
Makita 36V 21-inch Commercial Mower
Designed with commercial jobs in mind, Makita XML07 has the power and longevity to tackle big yards. It comes with 4 batteries, all of which can be inserted into the mower at once to automatically prolong your run time. With all four batteries, this mower can deliver up to 90 minutes of cutting time without stopping.
- The durable steel mowing deck is designed to stand up to debris and rough terrain.
- 10 cutting heights, adjusted with a single lever.
- The grass catcher bag has a simple but ingenious indicator loop on top that expands as the bag fills. It comes with a removable mulching plug and a side discharge chute.
- An ergonomic soft handle for easy pushing
- A “quiet mode” that automatically caps the motor RPM to reduce excess noise.
Because this Makita is one of the toughest, most durable electric mowers on the market, it’s also one of the heaviest. Weighing in at over 100 pounds, it can be a workout to push around a hilly yard. Fortunately, the Makita XML07 also comes as a self-propelled model for a few extra bucks.
Power Source: 2x 18V lithium batteries (4x included)Battery Life: 45 minutes (2 batteries)Deck Width: 21 inchesDeck Height: 10 settingsWeight: 115 lbs (with all 4 batteries)Mulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Expensive
Black Decker 3-in-1 Cordless
This ingenious design combines two essential lawn care tools in one. The standard string trimmer converts into a cordless mower in seconds.
Weighing in under 15 pounds, this one tool can mow, trim, and edge small lawns. It’s light enough to use on steep slopes that other mowers can’t handle.
However, with only 40 minutes of battery life included, the Black Decker string mower is not a great option for larger yards.
Power Source: 20V batteryBattery Life: 20 minutes per battery (2 included)Deck Width: 12 inchesDeck Height: 1.6 or 2.4 inchesWeight: 14.5 lbsMulching: NoBag Included: NoPrice Range: Inexpensive
Best Riding Lawn Mower: Ryobi RY48110
Ryobi has been pioneering electric mowers for years. With environmental laws limiting future sales of gas-powered lawn care equipment looming, this riding lawn tractor is designed to give suburban and rural lawn owners a greener option.
With a 2-hour run time, this mower can tackle yards up to 2 acres in a single charge. It can bag, mulch, or side-eject clippings. Equipped with cruise control, LED headlights, and even a USB phone charger, mowing with this tractor is easy and convenient.
Ryobi also manufactures a more affordable 30-inch variant and a 42-inch zero-turn mower for even larger lawns.
Power Source: 48V lead-acid batteryBattery Life: 2-hour chargeDeck Width: 38 inchesDeck Height: 12-positions, 1.5-4.5 inchesWeight: 678 lbsMulching: YesBag Included: YesPrice Range: Expensive
Buyers Guide: Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
A lawn mower can be a big investment. This buying guide will go over the different types of battery-powered lawn mowers and their specifications to help you make an informed purchase. We’ll also talk about the metrics we used to create this list.
Types of Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
There are many options to consider when purchasing a battery-powered lawn mower. This list has compiled front-runners from three main categories:
Corded Electric Lawn Mowers
The easiest way to get power to any appliance is to plug it into your home’s existing AC power. All you need to run a corded mower is a good extension cord long enough to reach the far corners of your yard.
Corded lawn mowers are better for small yards, as they’re limited in range by a physical tether. It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to avoid running over the cord while mowing, which can become annoying over time.
Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
New advances in battery technology have led to reliable cordless mowers that can run for an hour or more on a single charge. Modern batteries are Rapid-charging and easy to swap out, so homeowners can mow larger yards without a gas lawn mower.
Though battery-powered lawn mowers weigh and cost more than corded counterparts, they’re still lighter and less expensive than gasoline-powered machines.
Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers
The key feature of a self-propelled mower is that the motor powers the wheels as well as the blade. This allows the operator to walk behind and steer without putting much effort into pushing the machine. Battery-powered self-propelled lawn mowers are more expensive than traditional push mowers, but save a lot of time and exertion.
If you have a larger lawn or can’t manage a heavy mower, self-propelled mowers make lawn care a far easier task.
Electric Riding Mowers
While not common on the market, the demand for electric tractors and riding mowers is increasing as fossil fuels fall out of favor. Using the same technology that has been improving electric vehicles, electric riding mowers can run for two hours or more on a single charge, enough time to tackle large rural lawns.
What to Look for in a Lawn Mower
When researching battery-powered lawn mowers, we used several factors to determine the value of our top picks. Stacking the various features against cost, we focused on four major specs:
Battery-powered mowers are generally measured in volts. Corded electric power is measured in amps.
The higher your engine’s power level, the faster your blade will spin. This means taking on thicker or taller grasses. Low-powered engines may need multiple passes at different cutting heights to accomplish what a high-powered motor can do.
The width of a mower’s cutting deck determines the number of passes you’ll need to make to cover your lawn. A wider deck means a shorter overall task but comes with a major drawback. Wider blades are heavier and require more power to operate. This means wider mowers tend to be more expensive.
If you have a small yard, it may be most cost-effective to spend a few extra minutes working with a smaller machine. If you have intricate landscaping or lots of garden beds, a smaller mower will generally handle curves and corners more efficiently. See our top picks for the best lawn mowers for small yards to find the perfect mower for you.
Simply put, a heavier mower is going to take more effort to push. Most motors, especially higher-power engines, get much heavier as they increase in power. Steel parts are more durable than plastic but add to a mower’s overall weight. If you have physical limitations, a heavy mower can be a dealbreaker.
The heaviest mowers, however, are the self-propelled variety. Once you hit the weight threshold that comes with a powered drivetrain, the total weight becomes a less significant factor.
If your yard is large or has lots of hills, consider a lightweight or self-propelled option.
Price is the most important factor in determining an item’s value, as it’s the basis of comparison for all the other stats.
FAQ About Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers
What is the best battery-powered lawn mower to buy?
The Greenworks 40V series comes in a variety of deck widths with a fast-charging battery. For most lawns, this option will provide plenty of power at an affordable price. For larger lawns, consider a self-propelled option, like the EGO Power 21-inch mower.
What is the easiest battery-powered lawn mower to push?
Out of the mowers on this list, the lightest weight belongs to the Black Decker 3-in1 string mower. The lightest traditional mower on the list is the SunJoe MJ401C. Self-propelled options like the EGO Power Select Cut mower are heavy but do not require difficult pushing.
How much should I spend on a battery-powered lawn mower?
A Smart buyer can find reliable mowers at any price point. Many of the mowers on this list are under 250 and can run for years with proper care. A lawn care enthusiast or a person with a large, difficult lawn may want to invest more in their yard work tools to save time and effort.
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The 6 Best Battery-Powered Mowers You Can Buy Today
Lawn mowers are useful in maintaining your lawn’s aesthetics and health. They come in different sizes. Some are gas-powered, others electric, and others battery-powered. Each type has its pros and cons. Electric mowers are considered strong and efficient in cutting long and thick grass. They are also relatively cheaper than gas-powered mowers. However, this type generates less torque, so they may not be ideal for all terrains.
Battery-powered mowers have been gaining traction. This type gives you the freedom of mowing without being tethered to cords. Their battery also quickly recharges as you mow, bringing high power efficiency. We have some great suggestions if you are in the market for the best battery-powered mower. We will also look at things to consider when shopping for the best battery-powered mowers in 2023.
- Cordless mower with up to 45 minutes runtime
- Easy to operate and lightweight
- 5-position height adjustment
- Silent, and hassle-free maintenance
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- Best for small to medium-sized lawns
- Removable grass catcher for easy disposal
- Adjustable cutting height
- Rechargeable 28V lithium-ion battery
- 10.6-gallon collection bag
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- Dual power options (battery or cord)
- Up to 70 minutes runtime on a single charge
- Available in gray and green colors
- Push assist and adjustment options
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- Powerful PWR Core lithium-battery with 2x battery life
- Efficient and powerful brushless motor
- Single lever height adjustment with 6 settings
- Foldable handle for easy storage
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- Longer runtime and quiet operation
- Exceptional performance, like gas-powered
- Single lever with 5-position height adjustment
- Mulch, rear bag and side discharge
- Maintenance free mower
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- Six Ego 56B battery pack for peak power
- 10 position height adjustments
- 42 deck with zero turn radius
- Three-in-one function (mulch, bag and side discharge)
- 5-year warranty on mower, battery and charger
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Best Overall: Greenworks 40V Mower Series
Greenworks makes high-quality lawn mowers, and the Greenworks 40V Mower Series is no exception. It packs a 40V lithium-ion battery with 45 minutes of battery life on a full charge. This allows you to get more of your mowing done without power disruptions. This 40v push lawn mower has a fast-charging battery, so you can get back to cutting grass in no time. At just 37.5 pounds, this mower is the lightest on the market. It is easy to use and maneuvers through small and medium lawns with high efficiency.
Greenworks 40V Mower Series has a single lever 5-position height adjustment that you can adjust depending on the environment. This makes it more versatile. It also has a feature that allows you to use it with mulching and rear bagging options. It is quiet in its operation and has no emissions, making it environment-friendly.
This mower is maintenance-free and delivers more power even for rugged terrain. It comes with a three-year warranty, and the package includes a grass collection bag, charger, 40V 4.0Ah battery, and a user manual.
Best Budget: Sun Joe MJ401C
(Please note that as of July 19th, 2023, the Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower is currently unavailable on Amazon. Please check back later.)
Sun Joe is a good choice for simple and effective mowers. The MJ401C is an affordable option suitable for small to medium yards. It is best for urban and suburban residents with less than a quarter-acre lawn. Although it sacrifices some features, it is still ideal for users who want to carry out simple mowing tasks. It packs a 28V 4 Ah rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers up to 25 minutes of battery life on a full charge. The blades are durable and sharp, giving a crisp cut with high precision. You can adjust the height with the 3-position control to get the cut you need. The wheels are designed to withstand all terrains. It also features a collapsible handle for easy storage. It is easy to start and use. You only need to press the built-in start button and get moving. It also features a safety switch to prevent it from accidentally starting. The collection bag has a capacity of 10.6 gals and is easily detachable for quick disposal.
Sun Joe MJ401C is lightweight and maneuverable in all spaces. Although it lacks a mulching function, this cordless mower still delivers efficient performance for small to medium size yards.
Best Self-Propelled: Ryobi 40V HP Brushless CrossCut 21-Inch
RYOBI 40-Volt HP is a multiblade self-propelled lawn mower that provides the power of gas-powered mowers and the efficiency of a cordless mower. Its premium brushless motor delivers more power and motor life and runs longer.
Equipped with dual 40-Volt 6Ah batteries, this lawn mower has 70 minutes of runtime on a single charge. This makes it ideal for larger yards of up to 3/4 acre. Rryobi I 40V is designed with a cross-cut multiblade system with two blades for high-level cutting. If your yard has long and thick grass, this mower will effortlessly cut it. If you need more run time, you can utilize the single blade.
Ryobi mower is easy to start. With a button push, your mower will be up and running. The rear wheel is self-propelling and features Smart TREK technology that matches your speed that of the mower. Using the 7-position single-point height adjustment, you can easily select your grass height between 1.5 and 4 inches.
The 3-in-1 mowing functions allow you to choose between bagging, mulching, or side discharge functions. You can fold the handles for easy storage. The grass catcher bag is detachable for easy and quick emptying. It also has a strong and durable build that makes it durable. The five-year warranty provided means your investment is secure.
Best for Small Lawns: Skil PWRCore 20 18-inch
Skil PWRCore 20 is an industry leader in cordless mowers. It features a digital brushless motor and two PWR CORE 20 4.0Ah lithium batteries that deliver high power and unrivaled performance. The batteries are wrapped with cooling materials so they can run longer. With just a push of a button, you can conveniently start and control the mower without hassle. The handle is foldable for compact verticle storage.
This mower has six adjustment settings meaning you can adjust to your preferred grass height. Better still, adjusting the height is relatively easy; you can do it with one hand. It is quieter than gas-powered mowers, so you won’t have to put up with a noisy and loud roar.
At 35.05 Pounds, it’s astonishingly lightweight, so maneuvering it around the hills and rugged terrain is no workout. As for performance, it cuts grass well enough, leaving a smooth cut that looks perfect. It is straightforward to set up right out of the box and has less than 7 deck height alternatives. It can mulch or collect cut grass, but the grass catcher is small.
Best for Large Lawns: Greenworks Pro 80V 21-inch
Greenworks Pro 80V provides the torque and power you need to cover a 1/2-acre. It can handle thick and overgrown grass with the torque of a gas engine. It is strong and built with high-quality materials of optimum performance. The mower features two 2.0Ah batteries that can last up to a full hour of mowing time on a single charge. A Rapid charger can juice up your battery’s mower in just 30 minutes.
It is quieter than most competitors and delivers an extended motor life in its operations. With the 5-position height adjustment, you can control the height of the grass to your liking. With a single push on the start button, you can get the mower moving, making it easy to use. The 3 in 1 design gives you the mulch and rear bag grass clippings and side discharge functions.
If you have intensive mowing to do, Greenworks Pro 80V is your best bet. This mower is maintenance-free. With zero gas or oil emissions, GreenWorks is environmentally friendly. However, it is heavier than the others mowers we have listed here. The bulky motor and the steel construction add to the mower’s overall weight, making it a bit bulky to push around.
Best for Riding: EGO 42-Inch ZT Mower (ZT4204L)
If you want the comfort of riding while still mowing your lawn, EGO 42-Inch ZT Mower is your ideal mower. It includes four 10.0AH Batteries and a fast charger to give you an infinite mowing time. The 6 EGO 56V ARC Lithium batteries provide super power to cut up to 2 acres on a single charge. The featured three driving modes allow you to choose and control the speed. You can seamlessly switch between Sport, Control, and Standard.
This mower has a speed of 3-7 MPH but can go up to 8 MPH in travel mode. The ten-position cutting height adjustments and the 3-in-1 function help optimize your mowing, ensuring you get the preferred grass height. The mower has premium features like LED lights, USB charging port, and Bluetooth. It provides much power and stability for long mowing sessions.
It is also maintenance-free. The only thing you need to do is sharpen the blades for a crisp cut, and that is something easy to do. Its 5-year warranty makes it a worthy investment. You can be sure that you are safe if anything goes wrong in the first years of use.
It is significantly lighter than the other brands and has more traction to go up and down hills while maintaining excellent performance. The suspension seat is also comfortable for extended cutting sessions.
How to Pick the Best Battery-Powered Mowers: Step by Step
With so many innovative battery-powered mowers on the market, picking the right one can be tough. Mower brands often compete for dominance in the market, and each tries to outdo the other with innovations or features. To help you make a better choice, we’ve listed crucial things you need to look out for.
Although gas engines are cheaper, battery-powered mowers are emission and maintenance-free, saving you costs in the long run. Battery-powered lawn mowers come in different price points, with cheaper ones going for less than 300 and premium costing 500 and more. Some premium models have advanced features, which means they’ll cost more. When shopping for a battery-powered mower, look for one that fits your budget and has all the necessary features.
Runtime is the time the mower can operate on a single charge. If you have a large yard, it means it will take more time to mow compared to smaller lawns. If you have an acre to mow, you will need a powerful mower with more than 60 minutes of runtime. For small to medium size lawns, 60 mins or less will suffice.
The weight of your mower is a crucial factor to consider when buying the best battery-powered mowers. Heavy mowers require extra effort to push around your lawn compared to lightweight mowers. High-performance mowers are often packed with heavy motors, steel parts, and batteries, adding to the overall weight of the mower.
With a lightweight mower, you can be fast and cover a large area within a short time compared to the weighty ones. be sure to check the weight of the mower before purchasing, or better still, go for a self-propelled mower that won’t require pushing.
Deck size determines how wide the mower will cut on each pass. Depending on your chosen model, it can be as narrow as 14 inches or as wide as 60 inches. The standard size for most battery-powered mowers is 21 inches. However, if you have an acre to cover, you need larger decks. Also, consider the height adjustment features to ensure you maintain the right grass height.
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Most mowers come with three mowing modes: side discharge, mulch, or bag grass clippings. However, this is not standard for battery-powered mowers. Some have one or two. While you may not need all these capabilities simultaneously, it’s good to consider a mower with all three. This means you will restore nutrients to your lawn and collect grass clippings for a quality and clean cut.
What to Know Before Buying a Battery-Powered Mower
Battery-powered mower technology is becoming popular as people discover the freedom of cordless mowers. Before you purchase this valuable home improvement tool, you need to know how durable it is. Check whether the motor is brushless as it tends to be energy efficient, unlike brushed motors. A metal deck will serve you longer compared to plastic decks.
Also, check out the brand reputation from online reviews of those who have used the mower. It will give you an unbiased view of the brand’s track record to decide whether it’s worth it. If you need additional features like battery-saving modes or more cutting options, check that before making a purchase. Be careful not to pay extra costs for features you might not need.
Using a Battery-Powered Mower: What It’s Like
Battery-powered mowers give the convenience of a cordless tool that doesn’t keep you tethered in one place. Most of these mowers are quieter than their gas-powered counterparts providing a convenient mowing experience. Since they have zero emissions, they are ideal for conserving the environment. Better still, you won’t have to worry about oils and gas as the only maintenance you do is sharpen the blades.
While more costly than their gas-powered counterparts, they provide exceptional performance and longer runtimes. That’s not to mention they are easy to assemble, use and store. When choosing a battery-powered mower, it is important to consider the size of your lawn and terrain, as this will affect the battery’s runtime and power.
The 6 Best Battery-Powered Mowers You Can Buy Today FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How long do battery-powered lawn mowers last?
With proper maintenance, battery-powered lawn mowers should last between eight and 10 years. However, because a battery’s charge capacity decreases over time, you will likely need to replace the battery after about five years.
What maintenance does a battery lawn mower need?
For efficient performance, battery lawn mowers need regular blade sharpening and cleaning. The moving parts should also be checked to ensure all the bolts and nuts are tight.
How do I choose a battery mower?
To choose the best battery mower, consider things like your lawn size, brand, durability, deck size, whether you need a push, self-propelled, or riding, and any other additional feature that is important for you.
What is a major disadvantage of the battery-operated lawn mower?
They are less powerful compared to gas-powered mowers. Battery-powered lawn mowers generate substantially less torque on average which means a gas mower will be a much better choice to tackle challenging terrains like hills and dips.
What is the best voltage for a battery lawn mower?
The standard voltage for most battery-powered mowers is 12 volts. This keeps users safe from probable short circuits and shocks.
Do battery-powered lawn mowers need maintenance?
Cordless mowers require little to no maintenance. However, they need regular care and checks, like cleaning, sharpening, and changing blades.
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Top Battery Powered Commercial Mowers
Last year, California Governor Gavin Newsom banned SORE (small off-road engines) emissions. The ban outlaws the use of gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and other lawn care equipment.
The reason behind the change is to protect the environment. Small engines produce a large quantity of carbon pollution. In fact, using a gas-powered leaf blower for only one hour produces the same amount of pollution as driving in a car for 1,100 miles. That’s a lot of pollution.
Where does this leave landscaping and lawn care companies? In a newly battery-powered world with plenty of questions. Questions like how much will this cost me, is charging batteries time-consuming, and what are the best machines for my business?
Fortunately, Arborgold is constantly observing the landscaping industry. Our software is designed especially for businesses like yours. Staying on top of industry trends is one of the ways we support our clients.
Whether you’re in California or simply looking to reduce carbon emissions, here are the top battery-powered lawn mowers to consider.
A Bit About the Top Battery Powered Lawn Mowers
According to Protool reviews, there are a number of important factors to consider before ranking any battery powered lawn mower including:
Continuous mow time is an important feature for lawn mowers. In gas-powered machines, mow time lasts between the initial fuelling and eventual refuelling. In battery-powered machines, mow time is the duration of a battery charge. When the battery runs out, it must be recharged or replaced.
Electric mowers vary on mow time. Some brands, like Mean Green will run seven to eight hours before needing a charge. Brands like Gravely. feature a quick-swap battery system to let you mow all day. Some batteries only last 90-minutes and take half the time to charge. It depends on your machine.
Landscaping companies take on lawns of all shapes and sizes. Electric mowers work well on a variety of lawn types, but hills are not their specialty.
The problem with electric mowers on hills is that they generate less torque than their gas-powered counterparts. Torque powers lawn mower blades. Battery powers the lawn mower. When the mower diverts power to get up and down steep hills, power to the blade is reduced.
Changing and Charging
Some brands of battery-powered lawn mowers can have batteries swapped on a job site. This minimizes time wasted between charges if you’re stocked on fully charged batteries.
Some models need to be recharged between uses. Charge time depends on the size of the machine and battery. Your manufacturer can provide you with specific instructions based on the mower you purchase.
Cost to Charge
One of the most frequent questions we see about electric mowers is how much it costs to charge vs. fill up on gasoline. Charging cost depends on battery size. Smaller batteries might only take 45-minutes to charge and cost about 0.04 in electricity. That said, some larger commercial mowers require four batteries to operate.
Still, the electricity to gas cost ratio is obviously a benefit. It may cost more as an initial investment to purchase a large battery-powered mower, but the ongoing costs are more affordable than gas mowers in many ways.
Gas-powered mowers are noisy. For landscaping companies, loud mowers mean annoyed staff, clients, and neighbors. It also limits the time when work can be done, so the peace isn’t disturbed.
The top battery-powered lawn mowers make very little noise. They also don’t vibrate the way gas mowers do. This makes for a more comfortable ride during long work hours.
Gravely Commercial Electric Mower
Our Choice for Top Battery Powered Lawn Mowers
Choosing the best battery-powered mower means exploring all your options. There are too many popular mowers to list them all. Here are our top battery-powered lawn mower choices of the year:
1. Gravely Pro-Turn EV
This mower features six unique models, ranging in deck size from 48” to 60”. All units host a 16 kWh Li-ion battery and electric transaxle drive system with a ground speed of 11/5.5 mph. At the smaller end of the spectrum, the Pro-Turn EV mows 4.8 acres in an hour, while the larger models mow up to 6.1 acres per hour.
This battery-powered mower uses proprietary spindles with blade slip to reduce potential damage during impact. They also offer large LCD displays to tell your crew when blades are engaged, batteries are low, and other important information.
2. Greenworks Commercial CZ 52R 82V 52” Commercial Ride on Zero Turn Mower
Every mower has its pros and cons. This Greenworks commercial mower has a deck size of 52” and a maximum speed of 10 mph. It’s built for durability with an 8-gauge steel deck. What’s truly spectacular about this model, however, is that it rides up to 14 acres on one battery charge. It also offers fleet app connectivity for real-time GPS reporting.
On the cons side of things, the CZ 52R 82V only includes a 1.7kW charger. A faster, 7.7kW charger is available but must be purchased separately.
3. Mean Green ZTR Riding Mower
The Mean Green battery powered riding mower has a 74” deck and an eight-hour maximum battery time per charge. The mower is powerful, with a high speed of 13 mph. Mean Green compares it to a diesel mower with 40-horsepower.
As far as batteries go, there are three to choose from. The ZTR can be purchased with 14.5 kWh, 22 kWh or 35 kWh batteries.
4. RYOBI 40V HP Brushless 21” Mower
This is a small push mower. While many landscaping companies rely on ride-on machines, push mowers are handy for small yards and small jobs. The RYOBI 40V HP is the master of push mowers in the battery-powered lineup.
A push button starts, and rear-wheel drive makes for convenient lawn care maintenance. The mower is self-propelled and has high-performance traction. It offers 70 minutes of straight run time.
RYOBI built this mower to tackle ¾-acre properties. It uses two 40V batteries and consists of a 21” deck built from polypropylene for lightweight work.
5. Greenworks Commercial 82-Volt 21″ Brushless Push Mower
Greenworks Commercial also offers a push mower with similar specs to the RYOBI model. A heavy-duty steel 21” deck is accompanied by a 5Ah battery. This machine rides 1.5 acres on one charge and uses a three-in-one cutting system. It has settings for mulch and leaf pickup.
A major benefit to this push mower is the commercial-grade brushless motor. A push start makes it simple to operate, while SmartCut technology ensures it doesn’t waste energy when there’s no grass to cut. Grass sensors keep it honest, and keep your team moving quickly to finish commercial jobs.
Hopefully, some of these top battery-powered mowers have what you’re looking for. As California weeds out SORE exhaust by 2024 and with New York following closely behind, it’s beneficial for landscaping companies to make the switch.
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If you’re making the switch from gas to battery, our software can help make the transition a breeze. From adding new tools and machines to inventory to ordering spare parts, chargers, and batteries. Arborgold software has your back.
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