The Best Battery Powered Lawn Mower for 2020
Our Top Picks
Editors Pick: GreenWorks 25223 G-MAX 40V
“I was impressed by the power through thicker grass as well as the longevity of the 2 lithium ion batteries..”
Best Features: WORX WG774 Intellicut 20″ Mower
“I really like all of the features of the WORX WG774. It’s easy to push and maneuver, has decent battery length and good power.”
Top Value: Black & Decker CM2043C 20″ Cordless Mower
“This battery powered mower isn’t going to mow your 10 acre ranch, but it will get your lawns looking nice without breaking your back or your bank.”
Best Battery: EGO Power+ 21 Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Mower
“Cool looking design, solid battery life and enough power to handle nearly any backyard make this one of my top battery power lawn mower choices.”
Best Power: Snapper XD SXDWM82K 21 Inch Cordless Mower Kit
“The Snapper XD is a serious player in the cordless lawn mower game. It has a ton of power from dual 82V lithium ion batteries and 45 minutes of run time.”
Best Self Propelled: Greenworks 21-Inch M-210-SP Self-Propelled
“At 70lbs, you don’t even notice the weight, even when mowing thick grass.”
Best Mower for Large Yards: Yard Force YF120vRX Lithium-Ion 22”
“If you have large areas to mow, the Yard Force YF120vRX will make quick work of it”
Best Battery Riding Mower: Ryobi 38 in Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower RY48111
“If you have an extremely large area of lawn to maintain this Ryobi is the riding mower to buy. You will get 2.5 hours run time from the 48V 100 Ah battery.”
Best Robotic Lawn Mower: Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 315
“The Automower is so quiet you can schedule it for night mowing without bothering the neighbors. The AutoMower 315 weighs about 20 pounds and has a 70 minute mow time on full charge.”
Top 5 Cordless Mowers We Reviewed
So you’re shopping around for the best battery lawn mower for your buck? The new generation of cordless, battery powered lawn mowers aren’t your Daddy’s old mower. These beauties pack power, style and some cool tech into an otherwise boring piece of gear that sits in your garage 99% of the time. Let’s face it, lawn mowers aren’t the sexiest of backyard tools. At least for me, they bring back nightmares of having to mow the yard as a kid when I’d rather be out doing something fun with my friends. If you are going to blow a few hundred bucks on a tool, wouldn’t a nice chain saw or nail gun be a lot more rewarding?
There are a lot of models & options available, so we put together our list of the best cordless lawn mowers that won’t break the bank, but will still get your lawn looking amazing.
TOP PICK – GreenWorks 25223 G-MAX 40V 19-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower
The GreenWorks Model 25223 mower came as the #1 lawn mower pick for 2019/2020. It has a bunch of amazing features that any homeowner will love. GreenWorks is a relatively newcomer to the home & yard care industry, but don’t let that bother you. They make an extremely high quality product which can be seen in the 25223 mower. With this lawn mower you get two 40V lithium ion batteries and charger (same as the B&D model above). You also have a 7 way, single lever grass height adjustment which can handle even the tallest grass. 3 in 1 bagging, mulching & discharge ability.
The handle collapses for easy storage and transportation. This model has a 19″ cutting width and weighs in at only 53.1 pounds, which makes it very easy to push and maneuverable around borders and other objects. This mower has over 2 hours of charge time and has enough power to tackle just about any lawn. The GreenWorks Pro 25223 also has power adjusting technology which senses the grass height and increases or decreases power as needed to help save the battery. With 69% 5 star ratings at Amazon, others also agree that this is a solid lawn mower, with plenty of power on tap. A bonus is if you already own a leaf blower by GreenWorks, the batteries are the same. Sweet!
Even though the company is newer to the market, I really like the GreenWorks Pro 25223 G-Max. I was impressed by the power through thicker grass as well as the longevity of the 2 lithium ion batteries. It’s very nimble due to the lower weight which makes mowing 800+ sq/ft a breeze. This unit is very comparable to the B&D unit above. The price is a bit higher, but I could honestly go with either unit and be completely satisfied.
- Only 53.1 pounds
- 10″ rear wheels
- 2 40V lithium ion batteries + charger
- Over 2 hours charge time
- 7 level height adjustment
- SmartCut Technology
- 4 year limited warranty
- Not self propelled
#2 WORX WG774 Intellicut 20″
I’ve had very good experiences with the WORX brand products in the past. I’ve owned a WORX leaf blower back in 2018 as well as a hedge trimmer. Both have been going strong for over a year now so I was excited to test out the WORX WG774 Intellicut 56V.
WORX did right by me, so I was sure this lawn mower would perform just as well as their other gear, and I was right.
The WORX has all of the features you would expect in a quality cordless lawnmower in this price range. It comes with 2 56V batteries and charger that will let you cut up to 9,400 sq/feet of lawn. It features a 2 in 1 mulching and rear bagging option and easily folds down into a compact unit for easy storage. I was able to mow relatively tall grass with ease and got about 50 minutes of run time. I even let the kids push it around and they didn’t struggle, even in thicker grass.
One of the cool things that I haven’t seen on other lawn mowers is the wash out port. You can literally hook up a hose to the port and it will clean under the deck, removing all of the grass clipping debris that accumulates. I love this feature. You can use the “Turbo Mode” for an extra boost of power, but keep in mind you’ll run through the batteries fast if you use Turbo too much.
The WORX weighs in at about 65 pounds, which is pretty average. Unfortunately, this unit isn’t self propelled, so if you have hilly areas to cut, it will likely be a bit of work with this mower. But for flat yards, this lawn mower performs great. A 3 year manufacturers warranty is included. And if all this wasn’t enough, it’s got a awesome looking design, which you all know I like.
I really like all of the features of the WORX WG774. It’s easy to push and maneuver, has decent battery length and good power. It would be nice to see larger bag capacity, but for small to mid sized lawns, this is a solid choice. The price is under $500, which is great for a dual 56V battery powered lawn mower.
- 19″ actual cut width
- (2) 56V batteries + charger
- Ultra lightweight at only 65lbs
- 3 year tool warranty
- 1 hour mow time
- Easy mow height adjustment
- One of the quieter mowers tested
- Steel Deck
- Fully collapsible for quick storage
- Doesn’t bag wet grass well
- Not self propelled
- Mulching drains battery fast
#3 Black & Decker CM2043C 20″ Cordless Mower
Black & Decker has been making high quality, affordable power tools and equipment since 1910 and the CM2043C cordless lawnmower is no exception. While this mower is a bit on the higher end price wise, I really like the features packed into this model.
You get two 40v MAX lithium ion batteries, which gives you plenty of run time to get your lawns mowed without having to sprint around the yard hoping it charge. The variable speed motor does an excellent job in conserving battery life which extends the run time. This model also features mulching, side ejection and bagging. The height adjustment is very simple, with 6 settings that can cut from 1.5″ to 4″ and handle all varieties of grass.
Did I mention that this lawn mower can actually sense the thickness of the grass and adjust the power when it needs more juice for the really thick stuff or drop the power for lighter grass. Again, this conserves battery life, which is a brilliant feature. If you’re tired of gas powered mowers and gummed up carburetors that never start when you need them, the Black & Decker CM2043C is one of the premier mowers on the market.
The Black & Decker CM2040 is light weight, has a long run time at 2.5 hours, comes with a couple lithium ion batteries and is powerful enough to handle nearly any residential yard work. This mower isn’t going to mow your 10 acre ranch, but it will get your lawns looking nice without breaking your back or your bank. Definitely put this model on your short list of mowers to consider.
- Comes with two 40V lithium ion batteries
- 2.5 hour run time
- 20 inches of wide cutting path
- AutoSense grass height tech
- 2 year limited warranty
- Brushless Motor
- 59 lbs
- A little more expensive than other models in it’s class
#4 EGO Power+ 21 Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Mower
You’ve probably seen some of the commercials on TV for the EGO line of cordless yard equipment, including the EGO Power + cordless lawn mower. The first thing I thought when I saw the advertisement was how cool and modern the mower looked. They did a very nice job on the aesthetics of the EGO Power+ mower. So much so that it makes you want to go mow the grass (ok, maybe it’s not that cool looking). But it does have some style, that’s for certain. This model is self-propelled, so you will have no problem mowing hilly yards and thicker grass.
As for features and performance, it’s extremely quiet, has a good bit of power(600w High Torque motor) and features a 56V Lithium-ion battery which gives you up to 2 miles of mowing time. This mower folds up into a very compact unit that makes storage a breeze. If you’re like me, where garage space is at a premium, you’ll be more than satisfied with how little space this mower need when folded down.
A few other cool items to note are the 5 year tool / 3 year battery warranties. LED headlights for those times when you just have to mow your lawn at 2:00am, and multi-adjust height settings for getting the perfect cut.
Cool looking design, solid battery life and enough power to handle nearly any backyard make this one of my top battery power lawn mower choices. The 5 year warranty is a nice bonus as well. The price is about what you would expect for a 21″ cordless mower, but the single battery and tendency to clog under tall grass bring the EGO Power + down a notch. Still a great mower for the price and features plus it has excellent reviews on Amazon.
- 21 inches cut width
- 56V lithium ion battery
- Compact folding capability
- Weather resistant construction
- Rapid battery charger included
- Mulching, bagging or discharge capability
- 30% less noise than gas powered mowers
- 5 year tool warranty / 3 year battery warranty
- Only 1 battery included
- Heavier than other models in it’s class
- Has a tendency to get clogged when mowing very high grass
#5 Snapper XD SXDWM82K 21 Inch Cordless Mower Kit
I’m thoroughly impressed with nearly all of the goodies included with the Snapper XD. This lawn mower is a beast and while it’s a little more expensive, in the $450 range, if you have some serious mowing to do, and don’t want to go with a gas lawn mower, definitely put the Snapper XD on your short list of lawn mowers to consider.
So you get about 45 minutes mow time from two Briggs & Stratton 82V Lithium-ion batteries, which is more than enough to handle most residential lawn mowing applications. The a batteries charge very quickly, so even if you do run out of battery power, you don’t have to wait long to get enough charge to finish your mowing job.
This unit is one of the heavier models I reviewed, coming in at 90 pounds, but it still considerably lighter than most gas powered models and relatively easy to maneuver. One Amazon purchaser said that even his 10 year old daughter could push the lawn mower with ease. However, I would like to see them make a self-propelled version of this mower, just to help a little with the additional weight.
The ergonomics of this lawn mower are great and it looks cool too (that’s important right?) It’s very comfortable to push and it folds up nicely for storage. Neighbors have commented on how quiet it is compared to the old, gas lawn mower I had for years. It’s nice to know that there’s less noise pollution in the neighborhood.
Another nice perk is that there’s a full Snapper yard care system that includes a leaf blower, chain saw, hedge trimmer & weed edger. They all use the same battery system, so it’s a 100% interchangeable system.
The Snapper XD is a serious player in the cordless lawn mower game. It has a ton of power from dual 82V lithium ion batteries and 45 minutes of run time. With easy push button starting and 7 lawn height adjustment settings, you can take down even the tallest grass. This unit is extremely quiet, which will make the neighbors happy and it folds into a very compact size for easy storage. The Snapper XD made my top 5 battery lawn mower least with ease and has solid reviews on most of the popular shopping sites.
- 21″ cut width with 3 in 1 bag, discharge, mulch options
- 45 minute run time
- (2) Briggs & Stratton 82V Lithium Ion 2.0Ah batteries
- Push button start & 7 position cut height adjustment
- Extremely quiet
- Brushless Motor
- Compact folding for vertical storage
- Heavier than other models at 90 lbs
Best Self Propelled Mower – Greenworks 21-Inch M-210-SP Self-Propelled
The M-210-SP is one of the latest self propelled battery powered mowers from Greenworks. It features a durable 21″ steel deck which will allow you to tackle big lawns with ease. With this lawn mower you get a quiet brushless motor that has tons of torque and a long life. The 3 in 1 design of this mower allows you to easily rear bag, mulch, or side discharge your grass clippings. A great feature you won’t find from many other manufacturers is the dual battery port, which allows you to store one battery, while the 2nd battery powers the mower. When one battery runs low, you have battery number 2 ready to roll, saving you a trip back to the garage.
Other cool features include an onboard USB port for charging cell phones, tablets and devices. The M-210-SP has SmartCut technology which automatically adjusts the cutting height depending on the height of the lawn. Easy push button start is nice as well. When you’re all done, this model folds up into a small footprint for vertical storage. Obviously the self-propelled feature is the main allure for this particular mower. At 70lbs, you don’t even notice the weight, even when mowing thick grass.
This package comes with one 40V Greenworks battery and rapid charger. The 40V GMAX battery is interchangeable with the full line of Greenworks 40V tools, including hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, edgers and snow throwers. You can expect to get about 40 minutes of run time on a fully charged battery and batteries will rapid charge in approximately 30 minutes. Like all Greenworks battery lawn mowers, you get a 4 year warranty on the machine and 2 year warranty on the battery/charger. Yes, the price tag is a bit hefty, but you’re getting a solid self propelled mower in the Greenworks M-210-SP. You’ll be glad you spent a little more on the self propelled model.
Best Mower for Large Yards – Yard Force YF120vRX Lithium-Ion 22” 3 in 1 Mower
WOW! Right out of the gate the Yard Force YF120vRX 22″ self propelled mower is a MONSTER. This unit boasts a 120vRX brushless motor that has torque and power for days. So much so that you’ll think you’re using a gas powered mower which is exactly what you need if you’re going to be mowing larger yards. What makes this mower especially effective for big yards up to 1/2 acre is the dual battery port, which let’s you run for over 100 minutes when the twin 120v Lithium Ion batteries are at full charge. You can recharge a battery in about 30 minutes and be back on the job in no time. This package comes with the mower, (2) 120v Li batteries and the quick charger.
As for the mower construction, it is rock solid and heavy at 109lbs. But don’t let the weight of this cordless lawn mower scare you. The self propelled motor makes pushing this unit through tall grass a breeze. The 22″ steel deck converts from bagging, to mulching, to side discharge with no hassle at all and the bag release is smooth and easy. The YF120vRX has easy push button start, single lever mow height adjuster and a quick release adjustable folding handle. Speaking of folding, this model folds down to 70% of it’s normal size. This makes storage in your garage or shed so easy. So the bottom line with the Yard Force is that if you have some serious lawn to cut, I’m talking in the 1/2 acre or more range, this beast will handle it without issue. You’ll think you’re using a gas mower with all the power on tap. You’ll find the price tag to be on the higher end, but let me tell you that you’re getting so much bang for the buck with this model, that you’ll quickly forget about the price once you start mowing down the back 40 of your property at record speeds.
Best Battery Riding Mower – Ryobi 38 in Electric Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower RY48111
If you have an extremely large area of lawn to maintain, having a riding mower is essential. If you also like the convenience and simple maintenance of a battery operated mower, you’re going to love the Ryobi 38″ electric rear engine riding mower. While there are still not a lot of options for battery riding mowers, Ryobi has a winner on it’s hands with the RY48111. This model looks like a hybrid of a riding mower and dune buggy. Don’t let the looks fool you as this mower can handle seriously tough lawns..hills and all.
If you’re worried about the battery life, don’t. You will get 2.5 hours run time from the 48V 100 Ah battery, which will let you mow approximately 2.5 acres of lawn. To charge the mower, simply plug it into any standard 120v outlet. Some of the other features included with this lawn mower are LED headlights, USB phone charger, cruise control, 38″ dual blade deck and 12 position manual deck adjustment. According to other owners, you can safely take this mower on 10-15% inclines without spinning the wheels. At 595 pounds, you will want to avoid soft or wet areas of your yard. You will easily leave some major tire tracks in the ground or even get stuck. Just something to be aware of.
If you choose to go with this Ryobi, you’ll not only have a reliable machine that can handle even the largest mowing jobs, but you’ll be helping the environment by removing the harmful gas fumes produced by traditional riding mowers. It’s definitely a big investment, but riding mowers have never been cheap. In comparison to equivalent gas riding mowers, the Ryobi is a value and one you should consider.
Best Robotic Lawn Mower – Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 315
If you’re all about new “smart” technology then a robotic lawn mower just might be what you need to keep your lawn looking great while you sit back and watch the football game. Can you image how much time you’ll have for activities when you let your new robot mower handle the yard care duties? Believe me, it’s got my attention as well. So here’s the specs and details for this Husqvarna model. The AutoMower 315 weighs about 20 pounds and has a 70 minute mow time on full charge. You can charge the battery in one hour. The 315 can be adjusted to cut the lawn from 0.8″ to 2.4″. The max incline this mower can handle is approximately 22 degrees.
To set things up, you will need to have boundary wires installed around your yard either by yourself or an authorized installer. These keep the mower on your property. After all, you don’t want to be mowing your neighbors yard right? You will also need to install the [email protected] app on your mobile device. From there you can set and adjust the mowing schedule. The Bluetooth connectivity works up to 100 feet. Next, the Automower will train itself to learn your yard so it can smartly mow your lawn perfectly every time. The grass clippings are cut very fine and act as natural fertilizer for your grass. No bags to empty or endless raking.
The Automower is so quiet you can schedule it for night mowing without bothering the neighbors. Imagine waking up to a gorgeous lawn after a good nights sleep. Rain or shine, the Husqvarna AutoMower will keep your yard looking amazing while you spend your free time doing the things you enjoy.
Cordless Lawn Mower Buyers Guide
Even though most of the cordless lawn mowers on the market today are very similar, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on a few of the details for what you should be looking at in a new battery mower. Take a second to read through this buyers guide and you’ll have no problem picking the right lawn mower for your lawn.
Battery Voltage & Run Time
You probably noticed that there are some different battery voltages in the units I reviewed above. Anywhere from 40V up to 84V. So does this mean the 84V battery will last twice as long as a 40V battery? Not necessarily, while you will get more run time from the larger voltage battery, the voltage is similar to the horsepower of the lawnmower. The higher voltage battery, the more power the electric engine can produce. The higher voltage lawnmowers will generally cost more than lower voltage models, so take that into consideration when choosing a model.
Mower Blade Cut Width
This is fairly self explanatory. A 19″ cut width will cut less grass in a single pass than a 21″ cut width. While this may not seem like much, it’s usually best to get the most cut width you can afford, but don’t sacrifice battery voltage or other nice features just for the larger cutting width.
Lawn Mower Weight
This can be a big deal, especially for homeowners who are older or not able to push a traditional, heavy gas powered mower. Most of the cordless mowers weigh between 40 an 90 pounds, and you will notice the difference in weight after pushing it for 30 minutes, especially in thicker grass. A mower in the 50-60 pound range will be powerful, yet light enough for just about anyone to use without problem.
Consider Going Self-Propelled
The benefits of using Self Propelled Lawn Mower
- You don’t have to push the mower around
- You can use the mower on uneven and hilly lawns
- You can use clipping bag that would be to heavy for a push mower
- You can enjoy features like electric starter
Self Propelled walk behind mowers usually have a 5 to 7 HP four-stroke engine and a cutting swath 21 or 22 inches wide, allowing you to cover more ground with each pass.
Most self propelled mowers provide three cutting modes: bagging, which gathers clippings in a removable catcher; side-discharging, which spews clippings onto the lawn; and mulching, which cuts and recuts clippings until they’re small enough to settle and decompose within the lawn.
Mulching is the most recommended method by lawn specialists because it leaves the clippings on the lawn, producing fertilizer for the grass and contributing to better soil. If you are cutting thick, high grass then you might prefere bagging and the self propelled mower helps you carry more load each time
Single vs. Dual Blades
This comes down to personal preference really. The only mower I tested with dual blades was the Poulan and it performed nicely, but not any better than the single blade models. This was the first dual blade lawnmower that I had ever used, but I don’t think it’s a “must have” feature. More importantly is keeping your blades sharp. Using a mower with a dull blade will look like you tried to mow your lawn with butter knife.
Corded Lawn Mowers vs. Cordless Mowers
Electric Lawn Mowers
The big issue for corded electric lawn mowers is having to deal with that power cable. The cable clearly limits just how far you can you can go from your power source. Also if you have trees, shrubs and garden ornaments to navigate around then this becomes increasingly difficult with a cable trailing behind you. To increase your range you could use an extension cable, but this has serious safety implications in that it increases the risk of running over and accidentally cutting the cable. Also makes it more likely that your cable will become tangled up along the way.
Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers
Cordless electric lawn mowers have no such limitations. You just have to make sure that your battery is fully charged and you can mow away without having to worry about an electric cable. The range of your mower will be limited of course by how long the battery will hold its charge; the premium lawnmowers have batteries that will allow it to mow a third of an acre from a single charge. If your lawn is larger than this then you could purchase a model where you can remove the battery. This then gives you the option of buying a second battery to increase the range of the mower; simply swap over the batteries when the charge of the first one has run down.
Having a battery on board does increase the weight of the lawn mower slightly, but they’re still very easy to push along.
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