The Best Cordless Lawn Mower – 2018
Are you sick of the hassle & expense of your gas lawn mower? Maybe a cordless lawn mower would be a better fit – simply charge the battery, pull the trigger, and you're off!
After many hours of in-depth research & discussion with experts and home users, we believe the EGO Power+ LM2001 is the best cordless lawn mower for most domestic situations.
It’s not expensive, compared to gas lawn mowers, and its 20-inch wide deck, powerful 56-volt battery & 600-watt motor make it the best cordless mower available in our opinion.
The Best Cordless Lawn Mower In 2018 - Comparison
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Cordless Lawn Mowers - Advantages
Cordless lawn mowers have most of the same advantages as electric mowers - lighter weight, and significantly quieter than gas lawn mowers. The lack of expensive ongoing maintenance is another plus.
Recent advances in battery technology (in part driven by Tesla) have made some cordless mowers as powerful as corded electric models, and in many cases they can substitute for gas mowers, even for a large lawn area (up to 1/2 acre for some models).
The main advantage over a corded electric lawn mower is the lack of a power cord - where you're confined to within 100' of a power outlet with a corded mower, you can mow anywhere with a cordless model.
No cord getting in the way means no trip hazard, and no chance of it becoming entangled in the mechanism of the mower.
Storing the mower for the winter months is also less of an issue than with a gas mower - there's no gasoline tank to empty, no fuel stabilisers to worry about, and the mower itself will take up less space in your shed or garage.
Starting an cordless mower is easy - just pull the lever or trigger and you're away - no pulling the starting cord of a reluctant gasoline engine!
Cordless Lawn Mowers - Disadvantages
Cordless mowers do suffer from limited run time between charges, something that doesn't affect corded electric mowers. Gas mowers also have limited run time, however it take a few moments to refill a gas tank, compared to 30 minutes to several hours for a recharge, depending on your cordless model & whether you have multiple batteries.
You do have to think about storing, charging and replacing Lithium-Ion batteries after a couple of years (or worse, having to replace a perfectly good mower because the manufacturer has changed the battery style and no longer supports your model!). Replacement batteries can be expensive, and it's a good idea to check the replacement cost before buying your mower.
The other disadvantage of an electric lawn mower (both cordless & corded) is the lack of ultimate power & cutting ability compared to gas mowers. If you have a large area to mow, or if your grass gets particularly long or thick, you should consider a gas lawn mower.
#1 – EGO Power+ LM2001 20” 56V Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower
You can mow any time of the day or night, thanks partly to the integrated LED headlights, and also due to the much lower noise this mower makes than a comparable gas-powered mower (30% less noise according to the manufacturer.)
The included rapid charger will fully charge the battery in 30 minutes, giving you 45 minutes of run time.
Although EGO is a relatively new name in the power tool scene, it's part of a larger company established in 1993. EGO is now one of the largest power tool manufacturers in the world, selling over 10 million units a year worldwide.
EGO back this mower with a class-leading 5-year warranty on the mower itself, and 3 years on the battery.
- 45-minute cut time and quick 30-minute charge time
- Advanced Arc-Lithium 4.0 Ah 56V Battery and Rapid Charger
- Folds quickly and easily for compact, upright storage
#2 – GreenWorks 25302 Twin Force Cordless Mower
A vibrant color? Check! Innovative grass cutting technology? Check! What more could you want from your cordless mower?
The GreenWorks 25302 Cordless Mower is fitted with Twin Force dual blades which offers superior cutting, bagging and mulching of grass.
It comes with 2x 40V batteries, which allows the mower to automatically adjust for either longer run time or more powerful cutting - the patented SMART CUT technology which makes mowing your lawn a breeze!
The size of the cutting deck is a large 20”, which helps you save a lot of time because it mows a larger area in one pass, compared to smaller mowers.
This mower is also available in 19” and 16” sizes.
GreenWorks backs this lawnmower with a 4-year warranty.
- G-MAX 40V Li-Ion Battery System powers multiple tools for complete yard work system--includes (1) 4AH Battery, (1) 2AH Battery, and Charger
- 20-Inch cutting deck offers a great balance of maneuverability and cutting capacity making it ideal for mid-sized areas
- Innovative Smart Cut technology adjusts for power or runtime based on the thickness of your grass
#3 - Black + Decker CM1936ZA 36V Cordless Lawn Mower , 19"
The ultimate cordless mower in the Black + Decker range, the SPCM1936ZA proves its worth, with Instant Start, Mess-free Mowing Experience and the 3-in-1 function. This no-nonsense cordless mower runs on a 36 volt rechargeable battery and can cut up to 1/3 acre sites. An ideal mower to own, even though it leans slightly towards the expensive side of the price spectrum. Being a Black + Decker product, it should give you many years of trouble-free service.
Black + Decker back this mower with a 2-year warranty.
- Cordless electric lawn mower with removable 36V battery for cutting lawns up to 1/3 acre
- 19" 3-in-1 deck: mulching; bagging, and rear discharging
- Starts instantly with a key and quick pull of the handle
#4 – WORX WG775 Cordless Lawn Mower
The WORX WG775 is our favourite budget cordless mower, usually found for around half or less of the cost of our top 3 picks.
With a cutting width of 14”, it will not cut large areas as rapidly as the larger mowers, however this mower makes up for the deficit by being convenient to use.
It’s lightweight at 33lb, and easy to handle.
A single charge can provide up to 30 minutes’ run time, and it can cut up to six thousand square feet of lawn.
There is no need to yank a starting cord with this one – being electric, it has a button starter. The ergonomic handle which inclines at an upward angle facilitates better control and lessens fatigue during use.
This mower is backed by a 3-year warranty.
- Cuts up to 6,000 square feet with a single charge
- Easily manageable mower - only 33 pounds!
- 3-in-1 functionality: mulches, rear-discharges and bags
#5 - BLACK+DECKER MTC220
Perhaps you're on a tight budget, have a small lawn, and can't justify the investment in a separate mower, trimmer and edger? If so, Black + Decker might have the answer in the MTC220.
This unusual device converts instantly between mower, trimmer and edger.
While it can't do as good a job as a conventional mower (it doesn't use blades to cut the grass, instead using the same nylon string as a string trimmer), it may be enough for your needs.
It's lightweight, easy to handle, and it's small size is great for storage.
It comes with an included battery and charger.
This model is also available as a corded electric device, for a lower price.
Black + Decker provide a 2-year warranty.
- 3 tools in 1, easily converts from mower to trimmer to edger
- AFS automatic feed system ensures continuous work without bumping and having to stop
- Power Drive Transmission prevents bogging down
There were no recalls listed for any of the lawn mowers mentioned here at the time of writing (September 2017). However, it's always a good idea to check the latest information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website before buying any large, expensive or potentially dangerous product.
Do you own any of the lawn mowers mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!