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Editor choice GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

80-volt, 21" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9.2
2 EGO Power+ LM2000 20″ 56V Cordless Lawn Mower

EGO Power+ LM2000 20″ 56V Cordless Lawn Mower

56-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9
Best value 3 GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 16" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.7
4 Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K 21″ 82V Cordless Lawn Mower

Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K 21″ 82V Cordless Lawn Mower

82 volt, 21″ cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.5
5 GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 20″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 20″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.3
6 GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 16″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 16″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 17" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.1

2018 Cordless Lawn Mower Buying Guide

Reviews & Buying Advice

The modern world is wireless in almost every way possible. Whether it’s wireless Internet or smart phones, we are used to moving around without being tied down. Why should electric mowers be any different? By choosing to purchase a cordless electric mower, a homeowner can just charge up the battery and then get to work. The following will look at what a buyer should look for in the best cordless lawn mower and then compare the features of three popular models.

What to Look for in a Cordless Lawn Mower

There are a great many cordless electric lawn mowers on the market today, and choosing the right one is an easy given all of the features that are available. When weighing the pros and cons of cordless lawn mowers to make a purchasing decision, there are three important things to keep in mind:

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Battery Voltage

The main reason to buy a cordless electric mower is because otherwise people are forced to drag an extension cord all over there lawn when they’re cutting the grass. Not only is this more convenient and safer, it makes it much easier to get to otherwise hard to reach areas. Thanks to this, homeowners are not limited to the length of their extension cord.

The lead acid or lithium ion batteries used with cordless electric mowers produce varying voltages, depending on the type and size in the specific mower. Homeowners definitely want more volts from a battery, since this means it can operate longer and will be able to cut more grass. The modern batteries used in cordless mowers can hold a charge for longer than ever before. Not only this, many of them can be recharged hundreds of times.

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Self-Propelled Versus Push

Many manufacturers give consumers a choice between a self-propelled mower or a push style mower. The battery of a cordless, self-propelled mower sends power to the rear wheels to drive a motor, which takes the mower either forward or backward. With this type of mower, all the operator has to do is to control the direction and the speed of the mower.

Alternatively, many homeowners these days choose to a purchase cordless, push style electric mower. In that case it will be up to operator to provide the physical force that moves the mower forward or backward. This makes the process of cutting a lawn a bit more physically demanding, but it’s not too different if the operator was already using a gasoline powered push style mower before.

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Mulch or No Mulch

It’s also necessary to decide what to do when it comes to grass clippings produced by a cordless electric lawn mower. The owner of the lawn mower can decide to use a bag to collect the clippings so the lawn is kept clean and neat. Unfortunately, many cordless electric mowers aren’t particularly good at backing up clippings. Of course, there are exceptions to this and some cordless electric mowers do a relatively good job of bagging clips.

However, something most cordless electric mowers do quite well is mulching grass clippings. When homeowners decide to mulch the clippings, an electric mower can certainly chop the clippings up until they are very fine. Then these clippings will quickly decompose, enriching the soil and the lawn in the process. Instead of removing nutrients from the soil, they are being put back into the soil.

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Our Top-Ranked Cordless Lawn Mowers

After weighing some of the features they might want, homeowners looking for the best cordless lawn mower on the market should take a look at the following cordless lawn mower reviews. We feel that these are some of the best mowers on the market, and have evaluated each for key performance and value factors.

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GreenWorks Pro GLM801601

Editor choice GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

80-volt, 21" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9.2

This 80V 21-inch cordless lawn mower checks all the boxers for a buyer that wants it all. It’s got the power, features, performance, reliability, and warranty that make it our editor’s choice in this category.

As battery-powered lawn tools grow in popularity, GreenWorks continues to grow as a company, now with an impressive lineup of more than 20 tools that work with the 80V lithium iron battery system. This GLM801601 mower comes with a charger and pair of 2AH batteries (or one 4AH battery, which changes the model number to GLM801602). Either model is a great value considering the cost of these beefy batteries needed to power a mower. Your choice whether you want one big battery, or two smaller ones. We’d probably go for the two smaller batteries unless you have a really big yard.

Operators can run this mower for as long as 45 minutes on one fully-charged 2AH battery; owners get a rapid charge for the 80 V 2AH battery of only 30 minutes, which matches the fastest charge of any mower in this category. This model uses brushless technology that is very efficient, delivering a claimed performance equivalent to a 160cc gasoline engine. The built-in sensor technology used allows the mower to detect greater resistance so it can increase power to the motor when necessary.

The GLM801601 cordless lawn mower features a 3-in-1 capability to either side discharge, mulch or capture clippings in a rear bag. Push-button start, smart-cut technology, and vertical storage round out the feature set of this mower.

The only potential drawback we can see is the 79.5lb weight, which could feel a bit heavy if you’re pushing this mower up a hilly lawn. That weight is lower than the 90-lb Snapper we reviewed, but higher than the 56.2lb EGO that came in at second place on our list.

Key Features

  • 21″ cutting width
  • 80V battery
  • Single Lever Adjustable Height with Cutting Range from 1-1/4 Inch – 3-3/8 Inch
  • Side Discharge, Mulching or Rear Bagging Capability

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EGO Power+ LM2000

EGO Power+ LM2000 20″ 56V Cordless Lawn Mower

56-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9

The name EGO is not a name that you would have heard of if you went mower shopping 20 years ago. But today, EGO is one of the leading cordless electric lawn mower manufacturers. The Power+ LM2000 is a very popular mower in the cordless, battery-powered segment. Buyers love the overall balance of power, size, and performance that this unit offers and not surprisingly, this unit gets great marks from buyers and reviewers alike.

In terms of battery technology, EGO uses a patented arc lithium technology in their batteries, which are compatible with other EGO tools. Users rave about this technology and the power the batteries produce, despite the voltage coming in a bit lower than other models that have 80V batteries. EGO claims that this mower with their battery offers true gas-like performance in a battery powered mower, and most users agree.

The LM2000 is backed by a 5-year warranty and the battery carries a 3-year warranty, so you’ve got quite a bit of peace of mind with this unit. To summarize, you really can’t go wrong with the EGO+ LM2000 if you’re looking at the higher-end cordless lawn mowers that can compete with the cutting performance of a gas-powered mower.

In the end, we feel that this mower has the performance, features, and warranty to be our editor’s choice. But so does the GreenWorks Pro GLM801601, and that mower has a 21″ cutting deck versus the 20″ found on the EGO LM2000, and a 56V battery versus the 80V. So it is by the slightest of margins that this mower comes in second on our list. Whether it will come in second on your list is up to you.

  • 56V battery
  • 20″ cutting width
  • 45 minutes cutting time
  • 30-minute charge time
  • 7-position height adjustment
  • Fold-flat design
  • 3-in-1 function for mulching, side discharge, and bagging
  • LED headlights
  • Push-button start

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GreenWorks MO40L2512

Best value GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 16" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.7

On first glance, the GreenWorks MO40L2512looks just like a regular lawn mower. But what makes this mower unique is that it’s an eco-friendly alternative to its gas-powered lookalikes.

This model features a 21″ steel deck and a 40V battery. A nice feature GreenWorks added to the MO40L2512l mower is the extra battery storage adjacent to the active battery. This will come in handy if you run out of charge while mowing—simply swap the battery on site and you’re good to go for another 45 minutes or so (that’s the estimated operating time on one charge).

In terms of value, the GreenWorks MO40L2512l comes out ahead of most other battery powered lawn mowers, because it’s a fairly basic mower. It doesn’t have all of the cool new tech gadgets and you definitely won’t find Bluetooth connectivity on this mower (wait, is that even a thing?).To its credit, the M040L2512l does have a feature called Innovative Smart Cut which automatically increases the blade tip speed when more power is needed. That’s a feature you’ll find on many battery-powered mowers.

With this model you will definitely get a good quality mower, with a nice 21″ cutting width, enough battery juice to mow your entire lawn (assuming it’s a reasonable size and can be mowed in about an hour), and best of all, a great price. For these reasons, we really like this cordless lawn mower.

Key Features

  • 21″ cutting width
  • 40V battery
  • Push button start
  • Smart Cut speed sensing

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Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K

Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K 21″ 82V Cordless Lawn Mower

82 volt, 21″ cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.5

The Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K cordless lawn mower is a 21 inch model that packs a lot of power—82 volts, to be exact. The mower comes with two 2AH Briggs & Stratton batteries and a rapid charger in a kit. That’s good for a running time of up to 45 minutes per battery, which is plenty to take care of a good-sized lawn.

This mower provides a 21 inch steel mowing deck, along with a three and one design. This means that it can either side discharge, bag or mulch the grass trimmings. This model does a relatively good job of doing all three. It also comes with smart technologies that senses the load and adjusts the power to meet the needs of the cutting blade. It provides a push-button start and a one lever height adjustment that has seven different positions.

Overall, this is a powerful mower at or near the top of the walk-behind cordless mower category. Snapper has a long history of building mowers, so if you’re looking to add another Snapper mower to your shed but are ready to say goodbye to the gas can, this is one of the best battery powered mowers on the market.

Key Features

  • 21″ cutting width
  • 82 V Lithium Ion Briggs & Stratton Battery
  • Rapid charger
  • 1.6 Bushel Bagger

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GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX

GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 20″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.3

The GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX cordless lawn mower is a 20 inch, 40V model that offers a number of great features, at a reasonable price. Of note on this model is the dual-blade deck design and the dual battery ports, giving you a good cut and lots of operating time. The 35402 comes in at 42.5lbs, making it an easy to use machine and without a self-propelled system, that lightweight design will come in handy if you mow a hilly yard.

The downside to the lightweight design, in our opinion, is the necessary and somewhat excessive use of plastic. When we think of mower decks, we tend to think of metal. But in this day and age, there are certainly some advantages to using a plastic deck, including the ones we outlined. Also it’s important to know that despite this complaint of ours, there are many users who love the plastic deck and swear by the feature.

This cordless mower is a good value since it offers a 20″ cutting width, but is priced a lot less than the higher voltage models (including our editor’s choice, also made by GreenWorks). So if you’re looking for that happy medium of size, performance, features, warranty, and want a lightweight mower, the GreenWorks 25302 could be for you.

Key Features

  • 20″ cutting width
  • 40V battery
  • Dual battery ports
  • Dual blade cutting deck
  • Rear Bagging and Mulching Capability

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GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX

GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 16″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 17" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.1

The GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX cordless lawn mower is a 16 inch, 40 V model that comes with a 4AH battery and charger. This is essentially a smaller version of the company’s 25302 20 model. The GMAC’s 40 V 4AH battery system provides power for a number of different tools included in an overall yard work system. Whether it’s through eliminating the fumes, noise and hassle of operating gasoline powered tools, this cordless mower makes the transition to battery powered tools much easier.

It is highly reliable, very low maintenance and easy-to-use. It is excellent for small-and medium-sized yards. It’s an excellent mower for those who want to reduce their homes overall carbon footprint. Once it’s charged up, one push of the button and it’s ready to go. The handle fold down for easy storage or transport and the battery offers as much as 45 minutes of operation.

The 16 inch deck, combination mulching and bag function – not to mention the adjustable cutting height with five positions – means this mower could be perfect for people who are concerned about the environment and would like to reduce the impact that may have on it. This mower is also extremely easy to use and maintain, with pushbutton starting and essentially no maintenance. All the operator has to do is push the start button, and off they go to cut the lawn. Another great feature is that the handle can be easily folded when the lawnmower is not in use. This makes it easier to store in a small space, like an outdoor lawn shed. It’s also useful when it’s necessary to transport this lawnmower.

Key Features

  • 16″ cutting width
  • 40V battery
  • Single Lever Adjustable Height with Cutting Range from 1-1/4 Inch – 3-3/8 Inch
  • Rear Bagging and Mulching Capability
  • 6 Inch Front Wheels with 7 Inch Rear Wheels

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Conclusion

Maintaining a lawn in excellent condition takes a lot of work, and having a high quality cordless lawn mower makes it much easier. Not only will this mower effectively cut and mulch a large lawn, it will do so without a great deal of maintenance and at much lower cost in the long run. The three cordless lawn mowers discussed above are all excellent machines that will give years of high quality service.

Editor choice GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks PRO GLM801601 21″ 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

80-volt, 21" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9.2
2 EGO Power+ LM2000 20″ 56V Cordless Lawn Mower

EGO Power+ LM2000 20″ 56V Cordless Lawn Mower

56-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

9
Best value 3 GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks MO40L2512 21″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 16" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.7
4 Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K 21″ 82V Cordless Lawn Mower

Snapper XD SXD19PWM82K 21″ 82V Cordless Lawn Mower

82 volt, 21″ cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.5
5 GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 20″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks 25302 G-MAX 20″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 20" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.3
6 GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 16″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

GreenWorks 25322 G-MAX 16″ 40V Cordless Lawn Mower

40-volt, 17" cordless battery-powered walk-behind lawn mower.

8.1
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