The Best Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers (Updated) 2018

by | Sep 19, 2018

EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower
EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower
GreenWorks 25223 G-MAX 40V 19-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower
GreenWorks 25223 G-MAX 40V 19-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower
Poulan Pro 21 in. 58-Volt Cordless 3-in-1 Push Lawnmower
Poulan Pro 21 in. 58-Volt Cordless 3-in-1 Push Lawnmower, PRLM21i

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

Fortunately, 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.  There are a lot of models & options available, so we put together our list of the best battery powered lawn mowers that won’t break the bank, but will still get your lawn looking amazing.

Top 5 Battery Powered Lawn Mowers

I’ve had great experiences with the Poulan brand products in the past. I’ve owned a gas powered Poulan chainsaw as well as a gas powered Poulan leaf blower. Both lasted for years and the only reason I got something new was because I was given a Stihl chainsaw from a friend and I wanted to upgrade to a more powerful leaf blower. Poulan did right by me, so I was sure there would be no issues with the Poulan Pro cordless mower, and I was right.

This model has all of the features you would expect in a battery powered lawnmower in this price range. It comes with 2 40V batteries and charger that give about 1 hour mowing time. It features a 2 in 1 mulching and rear bagging option and easily folds down into a compact unit for easy storage.

Now, aside from all those nice goodies that come with this mower, I particularly like to features. The dual blade configuration is awesome. They handle even a couple weeks worth of un-mowed lawns with ease. Second, the automatic battery switch over feature is super convenient. When the motor detects the primary battery is getting low, it will switch over to the second battery, which is a nice time saver.

The Poulan is also one of the lightest mower I tested, weighing in at just over 65lbs. That’s nearly 1/3 the weight of the Snapper XD and you can definitely feel the weight difference when mowing a mid sized yard. This mower comes with a 4 year tool warranty and a 2 year battery/charger warranty. And if all this wasn’t enough, it’s got a great looking design, which you all know I like.

I really like all of the features of the Poulan Pro. It’s easy to push and maneuver, has decent battery life 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 around $360, so it’s definitely not a bank breaker.

Top Features

  • 21″ cut width w/ 2 blade configuration
  • (1) 58V batteries + charger
  • Ultra lightweight at only 65lbs
  • 4 year tool & 2 year battery warranty
  • 1 hour mow time
  • Easy mow height adjustment
  • One of the quieter mowers teste

Needs Improvment

  • Doesn’t bag wet grass well
  • Smaller bag than other units
Black & Decker has been making high quality, affordable power tools and equipment since 1910 and the CM2040 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 battery life to get your lawns mowed without having to sprint around the yard hoping the battery holds charge. The variable speed motor does a great 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 CM2040 is one of the best battery powered models on the market.

Summary

The Black & Decker CM2040 is light weight, has great 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.

Top Features

  • Comes with two 40V lithium ion batteries
  • 2.5 hour run time
  • 20″ wide cutting path
  • AutoSense grass height tech
  • 2 year limited warranty
  • 59 lbs

Needs Improvment

  • A little more expensive than other models in it’s class

The GreenWorks Model 25223 battery powered mower came in second on our list and has a bunch of great 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 25223 also has power adjusting technology which senses the grass height and increases or decreases power as needed to help save battery life. With 69% 5 star ratings at Amazon, others also agree that this is a solid battery powered lawn mower, with plenty of power and battery life on tap.  A bonus is if you already own a battery powered leaf blower by GreenWorks, the batteries are the same. Sweet!

Summary

Even though the company is newer to the market, I really like the GreenWorks 25223 G-Max. I was impressed by the power through thicker grass as well as the life 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.

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Top Features

  • 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

Needs Improvment

  • Not self propelled

You’ve probably seen some of the commercials on TV for the EGO line of cordless yard equipment, including the EGO Power + cordless mower. The first thing I thought when I saw the advertisement was how cool and modern the mower looked. They did a great job on the aesthetics of this lawn mower. So much so that it makes you want to go mow the yard (ok, maybe it’s not that cool looking). But it does have some style, that’s for certain.

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.

Summary

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 20″ 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.

Top Features

  • 20″ cut width
  • 54V 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

Needs Improvment

  • Only 1 battery included
  • Heavier than other models in it’s class
  • Has a tendency to get clogged when mowing very high grass
Ok, I’m thoroughly impressed with nearly all of the features included with the Snapper XD. This 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 powered mower, definitely put the Snapper XD on your short list of battery 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 lawn mowers. One Amazon purchaser said that even his 10 year old daughter could push the 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 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 powered 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.

Summary

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..

Top Features

  • 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
  • Cuts like a gas powered mower
  • Compact folding for vertical storage

Needs Improvment

  • Heavier than other models at 90 lbs

Cordless Lawn Mower Buyers Guide

Even though most of the cordless lawnmowers on the market today have a lot of the same features, 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 lawnmower for your yard.

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.

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.

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.

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 Electric Lawn Mowers vs. Battery Powered 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 LAWNMOWERS

Cordless 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 best mowers 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.