Updated: June 8, 2015
Battery Powered Lawn Mower Reviews:If you are like me, then you are getting fed up with repairing your gas lawn mower and considering going green. Lawn mowers have evolved over the years from push mowers, to gas mowers, to corded electric mowers and now we are heading towards battery powered mowers. Yes, just like the electric cars you hear so highly spoken about on TV. Just plug in the battery to charge it and off you go. The battery operated lawn mowers are not much different. The good news is that you get rid of the gas, oil, fumes, and cords. The bad news is that they are rather expensive compared to the more polluting alternatives. Why change to a battery powered lawn mower? There are many reasons, but the biggest being that more modern homes are being built on smaller lots with less lawn and many of these newer homeonwers don't need a high powered gas mower. A battery power mower will do just fine and probably give you less of a headache in the long run. The real question is - Is it worth the up front cost?
Choosing a Battery Powered Lawn Mower - My history with lawn mowers is probably not much different than any other homeowner who has a lawn that needs mowing. I started off with a gas mower, then changed to a Homelite corded model, and have now moved to the WORX battery mower. My thinking has changed over the years and so has my longterm outlook. I'm not someone who thinks "green" for the environment, but I want less hassle and more free time doing something other than mowing my lawn or taking the gas mower down for a repair. I researched the various types of mowers and read a great article in Consumer Reports that compared electric battery lawn mowers in terms of deck size, price, engine, ease of use, and much more. CR does an excellent job and it's worth the read for those that want the input. I must admit my older Homelite corded model was a measly 12 volts of power, leaving my lawn looking like it got a bad haircut on some days. When I went searching for a battery powered mower I wanted something that could get the job done right. The norm is 24 volt and 36 volt batteries - both capable of doing a great job. Deck size ranges from 14 inches to 20 inches. Although CR rates the Black & Decker and Toro as their recommended picks, I went with the Worx model since I found it for almost $200 less than those top models and it still does a good job of cutting grass. As we mentioned above, price is a big factor when buying a lawn mower run from a battery power source. Several models (Neuton & Greenworks) approach $500 - even a few of the Worx models are close to that cost. Black & Decker's run closer to $400-$450 and the Toro is $350. I was fortunate enough to find the Worx WG781 selling at Home Depot for $250 - that was with a $100 sale. If you are wondering 'how large' a lawn can be to be mowed adequately in one charge from these battery powered machines consider that the WORX can handle 17,500 square feet of lawn in a single charge. Most battery operated lawn mowers are best for smaller lawns that take less than 30 minutes to mow. I would say that is the vast majority of homes in America - especially those in suburban neighborhoods. The battery mowers will most likely weigh more than the engine counterparts, so pushing uphill is not easy. The push button start is a nice feature and did we mention no more gas or oil to fill or change. Let's hope the price continues to come down on these 'green' lawn mowers so more homeowners can own one and eliminate the noisy gas powered mowers. Reviews - Want to read a bunch of reviews on all the top brands - Amazon.com is your source (as well as that Consumer Reports article I mentioned). Amazon has all the specs, photos, and owner feedback and comments on nearly all the top rated models. You can browse the best selling battery powered lawn mowers here.