Top 5 Best Electric Lawn Mowers for Jan. 2017
If you’re old enough to remember the early days of electric lawn mowers, you probably also remember that no matter how careful you were, it never took long to run over and destroy the mower’s power cord. Corded electric lawn mowers are still with us, of course, but to our mind there’s no way they can compete with today’s modern cordless battery powered lawn mowers.
Here is GroomNStyle’s review of the top 5 best electric cordless lawn mowers currently available.
1. Ego LM2001 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower
There are a lot of electric mowers which cut grass very nicely. The reason the Ego LM2001 earns our top ranking is that it does the job more quickly, thanks to its large deck and a battery which recharges faster than its competitors.
The team looked at the battery first; it’s a 56-volt lithium-ion battery, so it can produce 40% more power than the “normal” sized 40-volt battery usually found on lawn mowers. This battery will run for as long as an hour, and only requires only about 30 minutes to recharge. Sixty minutes should be enough to cut most small lawns (1/4 acre or so), but if it’s not, you don’t have wait long in order to finish up. And all of that power comes from a battery weighing only about three pounds, making this a very lightweight lawnmower to push – a very good thing, because the one feature the LM2001 is missing is a self-propelling function.
The more grass a mower can cut in one pass, the faster you’ll be able to finish the job, and the Ego’s large 20-inch deck allows you to cut nearly swatches nearly two feet wide. You can lower or raise the lawnmower’s height from 3.5 inches down to 1.2 inches, making it easy to cut tall grass as well as do regular maintenance mowing. And the 3-in-1 function, which lets you choose between bagging, mulching or discharging your clippings from the side chute, works extremely well.
The LM2001 has LED headlights so you can work at night, and folds up into an easily-storable size. The only limitation is that it’s not ideal for mowing steep banks.
To most people, a lawn mower is just a lawn mower – until they start using one and quickly realize what they don’t like about it. GroomNStyle doubt you’ll find many things to dislike about this model.
Looking at the specs of the Ego LM2001 3-in-1 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower:
2. GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX Cordless Lawn Mower
This is another lightweight mower (in fact, lighter than the Ego) that runs on power from lithium-ion batteries – and when we use the plural for “batteries,” it’s because the distinctive feature of the Twin Force G-MAX is that it has two of them onboard. The dual 40-volt batteries can combine for about 70 minutes of cutting time, allowing you to finish a lawn well over a quarter-acre in size without needing to recharge.
Other nice features of this lawnmower include a 20-inch deck for a wide cutting area and oversized wheels for maneuverability. But the most interesting is its proprietary “automatic power adjusting” system, which conserves battery time by only feeding the mower the power it needs for the job at hand, and feeding extra power when cutting thicker or heavier grass.
There’s a rear discharge for collecting clippings, or the lawn mower can mulch as it cuts.
The GreenWorks 25302 is sleek, stylish and extremely easy to push (again, there’s no self-propelling feature), and a terrific choice for medium-sized lawns.
Looking at the specs of the GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force G-MAX Cordless Electric Lawn Mower:
3. Black & Decker SPCM1936 Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Note – the SPCM 1936 self propelled model is no longer available on Amazon. The links below now direct users to the Black & Decker CM1936ZA 36V Cordless Lawn Mower – which is not self propelled.
Those who are looking for a self-propelled electric lawn mower – and who don’t mind a much heavier machine – should find the SPCM1936 the right choice. One reason it’s so heavy is that it runs on a 30-pound lead-acid battery, which can either be charged while in the mower or when removed; GroomNStyle were not a fan of the older style lead-acid models because they take a long time to charge (12 hours for this one) and have to be plugged in if they’re not being used. They’re fine for smaller yards and for small gardens, though, with the charge lasting between 45-60 minutes and letting you mow about 1/3 of an acre.
As far as performance, the Black and Decker delivers as well as the two other models we’ve reviewed so far, cutting almost any size grass you can throw at it and moving easily thanks to its variable-speed self-propel mode, which is controlled by a handle and can “learn” your personal pace of mowing.
The 19-inch polymer cutting deck is a little smaller than on the mowers we’ve previously discussed, but it’s close enough to still make a good dent on your lawn on each pass. The SPCM1936 also has the now-common 3-in-1 mulch, bag or discharge options, as well as a one-touch system for changing mowing height.
You can probably tell why this electric lawn mower didn’t challenge for the top spot on our list – the battery, with its associated weight and charging-time limitations. But when it comes to the simple question of whether or not it can do a nice job mowing your lawn – it certainly can.
An in-depth look at the Black & Decker SPCM1936 Cordless Electric Self-Propelled Lawn Mower’s specifications:
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4. Sun Joe iON16LM Cordless Lawn Mower with Brushless Motor
Here is our choice for homeowners with small lawns and for small gardens and a relatively small budget to match. You may associate Sun Joe with snow blowers, but they’ve used their technological knowledge to build a lawn mower with the same strong performance as their snow machines. Specifically, this mower uses a strong brushless motor which last longer, puts less drain on the battery and creates less vibration and noise than similar lawn mowers.
The iON16LM uses a 40-volt lithium-ion battery, which means that it is lightweight (37 pounds) and easy to push (there’s no self-propelled feature, but none is really needed). And even though a battery charge will only last about 40 minutes, recharging only takes half-an-hour.
That’s why the team think this is a great choice for smaller lawns and gardens that are 1/3 – 1/4 of an acre in size. The only real drawbacks are that the deck is only 16 inches, requiring an extra few passes to get all of the grass cut; and there’s no mulching feature available, although a grass-catching bag comes with the machine.
A lower price cordless lawn mower that would be great for a smaller lawn (up to 1/4 acre) and for someone with energy who does not mind a few more passes due to the smaller 16 inch deck.
Here are the specs for the Sun Joe iON16LM Cordless Electric Lawn Mower:
5. Ryobi RY40112A Cordless Electric Lawnmower
There is one thing GroomNStyle liked very much about the Ryobi RY40112A, but also a couple of negatives which knocked it down to number five on our list of top 5 best electric lawn mowers.
Here’s what we liked: the mower comes with two 40-volt lithium-ion batteries; only one of them can be used at a time, but the second one can be recharging while you mow so you can minimize downtime. Additionally, the batteries are interchangeable with those on all other Ryobi tools and lawn equipment.
We weren’t as thrilled with the batteries’ recharging time of 90 minutes (compared to 30 minutes with the lithium-ion batteries in our other reviewed models), and the smaller cutting footprint of the RY40112A’s 16-inch deck.
This lawnmower is lightweight, efficient, and cuts grass exactly the way it should. It’s not quite as versatile as some of the competition, only allowing a maximum cutting height of 2 ¾ inches, but it will still do the job quite nicely for a small garden and lawn.
The specifications for the Ryobi RY40112A Cordless Electric Lawn mower:
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