So you have decided to buy a cordless mower, but the choice is so large – which are the best cordless lawn mowers available?
It is important to put some time aside and do your research on cordless lawn mowers. For most people, buying an electric mower is quite a serious investment so you need to make sure you are getting the right mower for the right price.
We have spent hours and hours reviewing the best cordless lawn mowers that are available on the market today, and this allows us to take some of the hard work out of purchasing a new electric mower.
So take your time, read through this list and the connected in depth reviews and choose one that is right for you. And when you do make the purchase, be sure to let us know what you chose and how you think it performs!
The Best Cordless Lawn Mowers
Here you will find our list of the best cordless lawn mowers available at the moment. All of these electric mowers have been reviewed by us and you can read the full reviews by clicking on the review title below.
Keep reading past this list to see the criteria we use to judge mowers by and some other helpful hints and tips for choosing a mower.
- Our Review Score (Out of 10)
- Average Run Time (Minutes)
- Battery Charge Time (Hours)
- Battery Type & Volts
- Optimal Yard Size
- Cutting Path Width (Inches)
- Number of Cutting Positions
- Cutting Height Range (Inches)
- Self Propelled
- Mulching Capability
- Total Weight (pounds)
- Warranty Period
- Additional Features
- 8.6 Read Full Review
- 5 Year warranty
- Super powerful
- Not too heavy
- Quick charging
- Not self propelled
- Needs more handle positions
- 45 Minutes
- 1.5 Hours
- Li-ion 56V
- Not specified
- 1" - 3.1"
- 65 lbs
- 5 years
- LED Headlights
- 8.3 Read Full Review
- Twin battery system
- Long run time
- Nice and light
- Low vibration
- Not self propelled
- Auto throttle slow to respond
- 70 Minutes
- 1 Hours
- 2 x Li-ion 40V
- Mid size lawns
- 1-3/8" - 3-3/8"
- 45.5 lbs
- 4 years
- Auto throttle
- Dual cutting blades
- 10" rear wheels 7" front wheels
- Twin battery functionality
- 8.3 Read Full Review
- Powerful motor
- Nice and quiet
- 45 Minute - 1 hour run time
- Sturdy and well built
- Old technology batteries
- Long charging time
- Very heavy
- 45 Minutes
- 12 Hours
- Lead-acid 36V
- Up to 1/3 acre/14520 sq ft
- 1.5" - 3.5"
- 90 lbs
- 2 years
- Removable battery
- Single hand height adjustment
- 7.5 Read Full Review
- Very light
- Only 14" cutting width
- Struggles on long grass
- Uses old battery technology
- 40 Minutes
- 7 Hours
- Lead-acid 24V
- Up to 1/4 acre/10000 sq ft
- 2" - 3.5"
- 30 lbs
- 3 years
- Auto throttle
Why Buy a Cordless Lawn Mower?
If you are like myself, 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 lawn mowers can finally be considered seriously as an alternative to a gas powered mower.
There are many reasons why you should consider a cordless mower over a gas mower, and in this section we will take a look at a few of them.
Cordless Lawn 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.
Don’t Need to Buy Gas
How many times have you gone to mow the lawns, 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!
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 lawns 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 lawn mowers 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 cordless mowers do not use gas, and instead rely 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 require 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 to any other type of mower.
What we Look for in a Cordless Mower
There is a huge checklist we use when we are reviewing cordless mowers, and we wont bore you with that entire checklist 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.
How long a cordless lawn mower lasts before you have to charge or change the battery is pretty important. After all, there is no point having the most powerful cordless mower if the battery only lasts 10 minutes!
For this criteria we evaluate how long the battery lasts on each mower.
There are a few different battery types that different cordless lawn mowers use, some are much better than others and this is why we consider which battery type is used in each model.
Confused about the battery types? Check out our handy guide here.
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 users experience.
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!
For this criteria 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 the best cordless lawn mowers, we certainly do not. In fact – it has a high impact on our final scores as we believe user safety is of utmost importance.
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.