How to buy the best electric lawn mower

best electric lawn mower

How do you choose an electric mower?

Are you looking for a new electric lawn mower – may be as an upgrade from an older model or because you’ve got your own lawn to mow for the first time.

Either way, an electric lawn mower will suit you if you have a relatively small lawn, you want a quiet machine and you are not worried about having to handle the extension cord as you mow.

If you’re in that category, then there are some good value models out there and the expert information you’ll find here will help you make the right choice.

If you want to buy the best lawn mower for your situation and you think that an electric lawn mower might suit you, this article will give you the well-researched guidance you need.

To be clear, in this article we’ll be looking at corded electric mowers – i.e. mowers with a cord or lead that has to be plugged into the electricity supply. We look at cordless electric lawn mowers in a separate post.

How does an electric lawn mower work?

Your electric outlet delivers power, via an extension cord, to an electric motor seated on the top of the mower deck.

In the most common arrangement, at the flick of a switch, the motor delivers power to spin the rotary cutting blade that is seated in the deck housing. Some modern models use a cutting line, like a string trimmer, instead of a steel blade.

Your lawn is cut as you push the mower, or the mower self-propels itself, around your lawn as a result of power from the motor being directed to the wheels.

Size and power of electric lawn mowers

Corded electric lawn mowers range in size, with 13 to 21 inch cutting widths and 10 to 13 amp electric motors. A good example of the small electric lawn mower is this Ryobi 13 inch 11 amp model:

If you have a small garden or, importantly, only limited storage space for your mower, then a small electric lawn mower is likely to be a good option for you. The smaller mowers are easier to turn in tight spaces and lighter to carry out of storage.

However, the smaller the cutting width, the less lawn you can cut in each pass, so the longer it will take you to cut the lawn. If your lawn is small anyway then this is unlikely to make much difference to you.

Types of electric lawn mowers

Apart from the differences in size of motor and cutting width, there is not a huge amount to distinguish different types of corded electric lawn mowers.

These machines are light in weight and designed for small flat areas, so they are generally all push mowers.

The main distinction lies in the means of grass discharge. Some mowers are 3 in 1 mowers, offering side discharge, mulching and bagging options, whilst some only offer bagging and mulching.

There is full discussion of these various option on our page showing you how to compare lawn mowers.

How do electric lawn mowers compare to gas/petrol powered lawn mowers?

Electric lawn mowers are cheaper, quieter and more environmentally friendly than gas powered lawn mowers.

They are also lighter in weight and usually smaller and easier to store.

Apart from blade sharpening or replacement, little maintenance is required with an electric mower, whereas a gas mower needs fuelling, oil changes and sometimes a bit of tinkering to get it started.

On the downside, corded electric mowers are less powerful than gas mowers, so they are not suitable for rough ground and long, wet or tall grass.

At the risk of stating the obvious, they are also limited in range by the length of an electric extension cord.

The extension cord also makes it less easy to mow freely than is the case with a gas powered or cordless electric model, especially if you have trees, shrubs or other features in you lawn.

This ‘cord management’ issue, as it is rather grandly called, is one of the main reasons why people might opt for a gas or cordless model.

If you want to avoid the noise and maintenance issues associated with gas models then a cordless lawn mower might suit you. However, cordless models are much heavier and more expensive than corded models and even the best are limited to a run time of around an hour to an hour and half by their battery life.

Features to look out for in electric lawn mowers

Best electric lawn mower:  Greenworks model

Corded electric mowers are the cheapest kind of mower available, so they are do not generally have tons of features.

However look out for the following:

  • The right grass discharge option for your preference – bagging, mulching, side or rear discharge, or all 3
  • A cord holder that lets you mange your cord more easily when you turn
  • Enough height adjustment for your needs and, preferably, a single lever adjustment mechanism
  • Comfortable handles
  • Handles that can be adjusted to your height
  • Handles that fold for easy storage
  • Decent size wheels for better stability and traction.

The other most important point to remember is the bigger your lawn, the bigger the cutting width of your mower should be. This is because it will take you less time to cut with a wider mower, because you’ll cover more ground with each pass.

Likewise, if you have a bigger lawn or rougher type grass, you’ll want to opt for a more powerful model.

Best uses for electric lawn mowers

A corded electric mower will suit you if:

  • You have a smallish, flattish lawn to mow
  • You have few or no obstacles in your lawn
  • You want a budget lawn mower option
  • You want a quiet, environmentally friendly lawn mower
  • You want a light weight machine
  • You want the minimum in maintenance
  • You don’t have an inbuilt urge to tinker with engines
  • You don’t mind ‘cord management’.

A word about ‘cord management’

It sounds like something they should run classes in doesn’t it? But actually it’s quite straightforward.

First up, start at the point on you lawn nearest your power outlet and then mow away from there.

So, if your power source is in the bottom left corner, start there and mow up the lawn first and then progress across to the right.

Try also to keep you cord on the same side of the mower as your power source.

You should also make sure you get an extension cord that is properly rated for your mower.

A 14 gauge cord up to fifty feet long, will be fine for a load of between 10 and 15 amps.

For a similar load but a greater length you’ll need a 12 guage cord, like the LifeSupply cord featured above.

US Buyers

The mowers below are current Amazon best sellers. So these are worth considering given that the best sellers are almost exclusively those that have received a high number of good customer reviews.

Are you a UK buyers? There are further options for you below.

And, if you think about it, the best experts for judging these mowers are the people who are using them on a regular basis.

Bestseller No. 1
Greenworks 12 Amp 20-Inch 3-in-1Electric Corded Lawn Mower, 25022
  • Powerful Cutting: The 12 amp motor and 20-inch steel deck with a 3600 RPM work together to cut through the toughest grass with ease
  • Versatile Cutting Options: The 3-in-1 system allows for mulching, rear bagging, and side discharge, giving you the flexibility to handle clippings in various ways
  • Easy to Use: The easy push button start and single lever 7 position height adjustment make using the mower a breeze, while the cam lock handle allows for easy folding and storage
  • Efficient and Durable: The durable steel 21-inch cutting deck gets the job done quickly and efficiently, while the AC corded power provides unlimited run-time with no gas, oil, or emissions
  • Extension Cord Requirement: It is important to use a 14 gauge 50’ or 12 gauge 100’ extension cord (not included) for optimal performance
SaleBestseller No. 2
BLACK+DECKER Lawn Mower, Corded, 13-Amp, 20-Inch (MM2000)
  • CORDED – Corded design offers unlimited runtime for even the biggest jobs.
  • POWERFUL ELECTRIC MOTOR – 13 Amp motor supplies ample power for cutting through thick grass and overgrowth.
  • TOOL-FREE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT – A single lever adjusts the mower deck’s 7-setting cutting height between 1-1/2 in. to 4 in.
  • EDGEMAX DECK – Deck design allows precise cutting close to fences and landscape borders, reducing the need for trimming.
  • 3IN1 VERSATILITY – Choose from 3 mowing modes: mulching, bagging, or discharging grass clippings from the side.
SaleBestseller No. 3
BLACK+DECKER Electric Lawn Mower, 10-Amp, Corded (BEMW472BH)
  • Lightweight corded electric mower gasless 10 Amp 15 inch electric mower for powering through rough grass.Ideal for 1/8 acre.Voltage : 120 V. Product Application : Cleaning.
  • Comfort grip bike handlebar design reduces friction and enhances maneuverability for small lawns
  • Enhanced clipping collection winged blade yields 30% better clipping collection
  • Push button start no-hassle startup easy-to- use features
  • Adjustable cutting height 6 adjustable cutting heights ranging from 1 inch to 3 inch
Bestseller No. 4
CRAFTSMAN Electric Lawn Mower, 20-Inch, Corded, 13-Ah (CMEMW213), Red
  • 13 Amp Motor with 20 inches Deck – Power through tall grass
  • 3-in-1 Capacity – Rear Bagging, Mulching and Side Discharge
  • Winged Blade – Improved Cutting Performance
  • Easy Fold Handle – Allows for Vertical Storage
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty, refer to “Warranty & Support” section below for full details
Bestseller No. 5
Electric Lawn Mower Grass Cutter Machine,Corded, 12 Amp, Dethatcher,13-Inch with Collection Box
  • 【13-Inch】–The Lawn Mower have Smaller size and weight make The Lawn mower very comfortable to use, carry and store. Fits through narrower areas and around obstacles easier than larger mowers.
  • 【Powerful】–The Lawn Mower have12 Amp motor supplies ample power for cutting through thick grass and overgrowth.
  • 【3 Levels of Height Adjustment】–The Lawn Mower have 3 position height adjustment offers a range of cutting height from 1-Inch to 2.2-Inch for the perfect cut on all types of grass.
  • 【More Better】–The Lawn Mower is No oil. No gas. Just plug it in. Very productivity.electric motor is more better than the gas.
  • 【easy to use】–The Lawn Mower is Lightweight and very easy to operate It’s so quiet requires to no maintenance.  
Bestseller No. 6
LawnMaster MEB1216K Electric Lawn Mower 16-Inch 12AMP
  • 【16-INCH Cutting Width & High Efficiency】With a 16-inch metal steel blade,Electric Lawn Mower with 12AMP powerful motor provides a speed of 3500RPM
  • 【6 CUTTING POSITIONS】 From 1″ – 3″, with a one touch height adjustment lever
  • 【Adjustable Handle & Efficient Grass Collection 】 Grass Collection rate of 8 Gallon Large Capacity grass bag is up to 98%. Lawnmowers are designed for 3 adjustable handle length
  • 【Folded & 32lbs Lightweight】The wheels are 6.69” and 8.86” in size, only 32lbs, easy to rotate, labor-saving and easy to control
Bestseller No. 7
BLACK+DECKER Electric Lawn Mower, 13-Amp, Corded (BEMW213), 20″, Orange
  • Push mower comes with 13 Amp motor to power through tall grass
  • Electric mower can adjust height with 6 settings for precise cutting specifications
  • Push lawn mower comes with easy Fold handle for convenient storage when not in use
  • Lift handle for easy transportation
  • Comes with 20-inch mower deck
Bestseller No. 8
LawnMaster ME1218X Electric Lawn Mower 12AMP 19-Inch
  • 【18-INCH CUTTING WIDTH & HIGH EFFICIENCY】With 19-inch high impact rust resistant deck, electric Lawn Mower with 12AMP powerful motor provides a speed of 3600RPM
  • 【2-IN-1 FUNCTION】Mulch or side discharge
  • 【6 CUTTING POSITIONS】 From 1.5″ – 4″, with a one touch height adjustment lever
  • 【Folded & 35lbs Lighter】The wheels are 6.7” in size, 35Lbs easy to rotate, labor-saving and easy to control
Bestseller No. 9
American Lawn Mower Company 50514 14″ 11-Amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower, Black
  • Electric lawn mower with a powerful 11-Amp motor to cut all types of grasses; High efficiency, yet low-maintenance motor for gas-like cutting power.Motor : 120V, AC only, 60Hz, 11 Amps
  • Corded electric lawn mower with a large 14″ cutting width and 5 changeable cutting height adjustments from 1″ to 2.5″
  • 2-in-1 rear discharge and mulching system that includes a hard-top 9-gal grass bag with grass level indicator for easy disposal
  • Corded lawn mower with adjustable handle height and position for easy and comfortable handling; Compact and slim frame with foldable handles for easy storage and transport
  • Lightweight and maneuverable; planet-friendly gas-free lawn mower
SaleBestseller No. 10
Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Electric Lawn Mower w/Collapsible Handle, 3-Position Height Control, 10.6-Gallon Bag and Side Discharge Chute, 14″/13 Amp, Green
  • [POWERFUL]: 13-amp motor cuts a 14-inch wide path.No Load Speed (rpm) 3500
  • [ADJUSTABLE DECK]: Tailor cutting height with 3-position height control
  • [STEEL BLADES]: Durable 14-Inch steel blade cuts with precision
  • [ACCESSORIES]: Includes 10.6-gal bag and discharge chute
  • [PRO VERSION]: Comes with rear discharge chute (MJ401E-DCA)

Last update on 2023-10-30 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Interestingly, most of the best sellers are on the small side, which probably reflects the fact they these mowers are generally used for the smaller lawns.

If I was looking for a bigger model, then the 21 inch, 13 Amp Greenworks model is a great option:

UK buyers

For buyers in the U.K, here is an excellent selection of top electric mowers, with a variety of sizes to cater for most gardens. However, as indicated above, corded electric mowers don’t work for very large spaces because of the limitations of the electric cords.

AL-KO 34E Comfort Electric Rotary Lawn mower

£189.00  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

-34 cm cutting width
-Powerful 240V 1200 watt induction motor
- Suited to small lawns of up to 300m2
- 6 stage cutting heights (28 to 68mm), easy to change due to the spring loaded support
- High volume (37 litres) grass catcher with aerodynamic air channel.
- 16m cable Length
- 15kg weight
- 3 year manufacturer's 3 year warranty (2 year machine + 1 year parts only)

AL-KO 40E Comfort Electric Lawn mower (incl. mulch plug)

£219.00  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- 240v 1400 watt induction motor
- 40cm cutting width
- 6 stage, centrally adjusting cutting height from 28mm to 68mm
- Easy emptying 43 litre collection box volume, with fill level indicator
- mulch plug to allow for mulching instead of grass collection
- Weight - 19kg
- Folding handles for ease of transport and storage
- 2 year manufacturer's warranty.

Bosch Rotak 32 Electric Rotary Lawn mower

 out of stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- Motor : 1100w Powerdrive electric
- Cutting Width : 32cm
- Cutting Height: 20-60mm with 3 way cutting height adjustment
- Grass Collector : 31 litres
- Lightweight 6.6kg design
- Ergonomic handles
- Grass combs which provide close cutting up to walls and around flowerbeds

Bosch Rotak 34 R Electric Rotary Lawn mower

£149.99  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- 1300w Powerdrive electric motor
- 34 cm cutting Width
- Lawn Drum for creating stripes on your lawn
- 6 stage cutting height adjuster - 20-70mm
- 40 litres grass Collector
- Integrated ergonomic carry handle
- Manufacturer's 2 year warranty
- Grass combs for close cutting up to walls and around flowerbeds
- Easy push wheel design

Bosch Rotak 650 Electric Lawn Mower

 out of stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- 1700 W Powerdrive motor for constant power even in long grass
- Width of cut: 41 cm
- Height of cut: 20- 80 mm with 7 height cutting system and one button operation
- Hardened and ground steel blade
- 50 litre grass box capacity and digital display to prompt emptying
- Sound power level: 89 dB(A)
- Weight 20kg
- Warranty: 2 Year Parts and Labour (This can increased to 3 years)
- Up to the edge grass cutting, including walls and flower beds
- Ergoflex - Ergonomic handle design for an easy mowing experience
- Lightweight and compact for convenient storage and mobility
- Leaf Collect blade shreds autumn leaves into the collection bag
- Grass combs
- Motor overload cut-out
- High tech rubber coated wheels and composite bearings

Bosch Rotak 36R Electric Rotary Lawn mower

£169.99  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- Electric rotary mower
- Power : 1400w motor
- Cutting Width : 36cm
- Hardened steel cutting blade
- Grass combs which mow the grass right up to the edge
- Bosch airflow technology
- Quick click handle system for easy assembly
- Cutting Heights : 6 adjustments from 20 - 70mm
- Ergonomic handles reduce fatigue
- Lawn drum to produce stripes on lawn
- Grass Collector Capacity : 40 litre
- Weight : 12kg
- Warranty : Manufacturer's 2 year

Bosch Rotak 550 Electric Lawn Mower

 out of stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- 1300 Watts Powerdrive motor for consistent power even whilst cutting longer grass
- Width of cut: 37 cm
- Height of cut: 20-70 mm
- Height cut settings: 6, with one button operation
- Cutting system: Hardened and ground steel blade
- Grass box capacity 40l (collapsible bag), with digital display
- Sound power level: 89 dB(A)
- Weight 15kg
- Warranty: 2 Year Parts and Labour (can be increased to 3 years)
- Up to the edge grass cutting, including walls and flower beds
- Ergoflex - Ergonomic handle design for an easy mowing experience
- Lightweight and compact for convenient storage and mobility
- Powerdrive motor
- Fitted with LeafCollect blade for shredding fallen leaves
- Grass combs
- Motor overload cut-out

Cobra GTRM34 1200W 34cm Cut Electric Lawn mower

£106.99  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- Great Value
- Motor : 1200w
- Cutting Width : 34cm / 13 inch
- Cutting Heights : 7 stages from 20 - 75mm with central cutting height adjustment
- Grass Bag Capacity : 40 litres with collection window
- Rear Roller for lawn stripes
- Mains Cable : 10 metres
- Weight : 12kg
- Sound Level : 96dB
- Warranty : Manufacturer's 1 Year

Cobra GTRM38 1400W 38cm Cut Electric Lawn mower

£121.99  in stock
as of November 26, 2023 9:08 pm

- Motor : 1400w
- Cutting Width : 38cm / 15 inch
- Cutting Heights : 6 stages from 20 - 75mm with central cutting height adjustment
- Grass Bag Capacity : 40 litres with collection window
- Rear Roller for lawn stripes
- Mains Cable : 10 metres
- Weight : 12kg
- Sound Level : 96dB
- Warranty : Manufacturer's 1 Year

Summing Up

As with all outdoor power equipment, it’s a matter of horses for courses when choosing the best electric lawn mower for your needs.

If your circumstances fit within the categories outline under ‘best uses’ heading above, then a corded electric lawn mower is likely to suit you well.

However, if you’ve anything much more than a quarter of an acre to mow, or you might have in the future, you might be well advised to think about a gas or cordless lawn mower model.

Just beginning your lawn mower research? Start with our definitive guide on how to buy the best lawn mower.

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