Few persons care to use manual lawnmowers anymore – who can spare the effort and the time, especially when we have robotic lawnmowers. But many people may be wary of using evolving technology and hesitate to go leading edge. For the sensible set, the happy compromise is to use an Electric Lawn Mower with tried and tested, mature technology with decades of manufacturing know-how behind the machine. You even have a choice between affordable mains-powered corded lawnmowers and costlier battery-operated cordless ones.
To choose the right lawnmower you will have to go through a few factors (besides your bank balance). The size of your lawn, whether the ground is flat, sloping, or undulating, how often you intend to mow, and whether your lawn is continuous or whether it has obstructions or ‘islands’ such as small trees or bushes within it.
The larger your lawn, the more you could do with extra power and a wider blade to reduce the number of passes. Lawn size also influences choice of battery capacity (measured in ampere-hours) if you opt for cordless. Finally, though this may seem counter-intuitive, a bigger lawn suggests a cordless mower (whose batteries last up to an ample 40 minutes) because the sheer length of extension cords, laying and arranging the cords, and detaching and winding them up can be a decided nuisance. For very large lawns with a number of obstructions, a petrol lawnmower would be the best choice.
The less consistent and flat your ground, the more you could do with a lightweight, manoeuvrable, hover-type mower. If you intend to mow regularly and frequently, you can make do perfectly well with an inexpensive mower which is low in power and whose design and blade cut short grass well but have trouble with long grass. Finally, if your lawn has obstructions in the middle, a corded mower will have you tearing your hair out because you will have to keep threading your way through and back openings; on the other hand, with a cordless mower obstructions and garden arrangement are of no consequence – go where you please, as you please.
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Underneath we review five very different lawn mowers which vary not only in price but also in power, capacity, strengths, and features. However, all five share one attribute: quality.
If you can bear the cost, Murray’s cordless mower marks all the boxes with an ‘F’ – F for ‘Fantastic,’ be it build quality, ergonomics, power . . . anything.
Murray’s cordless lawn mower has a very powerful 1500-watt brushless motor. This is a cordless mower which runs on two 18-volt 5 Ah batteries which are supplied with a dual charger. The batteries are made by Briggs & Stratton. They accurately display the remaining charge in percentage.
These batteries are exceptional; they put that Energizer Bunny to shame. They have a rated run time of up to 36 minutes and actually manage more like 40-few. This mower is meant for lawns up to 640 square metres.
The blade width is 44 centimetres. A sister model with a 37-centimetre blade is also available. The very broad 44-centimetre width means you need to make fewer passes over your lawn. Cutting height is easily adjustable via a lever which can be set in one of 7 positions to select a cutting height from 25 to 75 millimetres.
This very powerful kit cuts long, wet grass with nary a hiccup. Where strength and cleanness of mow are concerned, this kit is unsurpassed. Moreover, it is also very good at collecting clippings and also picks up any leaves on the lawn. The grass collection bag is amply sized at 50 litres; however, on some units it tends to come loose and fall off. If that happens, simply gently pull and adjust its wire frame a little so that it fits more securely.
The handle is easily adjusted to one of three heights and has comfortable foam padding. In practice, this 14-kilogramme mower feels incredibly light and is unexpectedly manoeuvrable as if by some magic of engineering and ergonomics.
The mower has a carry handle at the centre rear. It is as firm and rigid as the rest of the kit – build quality is truly impressive, and it is well finished too.
Assembly is a ‘snap’ – literally and figuratively.
Murray’s cordless mower has everything going for it, including power, manoeuvrability, comfort, ease-of-use, capacity – it is a runaway Best Pick.
Murray provides a 5-year warranty on the mower and a 3-year warranty on the battery and charger.
- Gives the strongest, cleanest, and most consistently trouble-free of mows.
- Unusually wide 44-centimetre blade complemented by 7-step cutting heights from 25 to 75 millimetres.
- Exceptional battery capacity which, in turn, means exceptional lawn coverage and cutting time.
- Very expensive.
Ultra-light and manoeuvrable, and hovering and floating as it does, Flymo’s user-friendly mower is super-easy to use – and is super-easy on the pocket too.
Flymo’s TurboLite 330 is a corded lawn mower with an 1150-watt motor. Although it is a non-collecting budget model, it has a metal blade which is 33 centimetres wide.
Cutting heights are adjustable from 10 to 30 millimetres in four settings. Height is adjusted by adding or removing spacers using a supplied spanner – not very convenient, but hey, check out its price. As a small and inexpensive mower it has no grass collection box.
The best part about this mower is the hover. It does indeed ‘float on a cushion of air,’ as the marketing material says. This 6.5-kilogramme mower requires the barest of pushes which is a special relief over somewhat rough or undulating ground, and on slopes (though not steep ones). You can also mow with it by moving it from side to side. The aged and infirm will have no problems operating this mower.
Though the TurboLite 330 does not exactly ooze power, it can still cut grass that is up to 50 millimetres long. It can even handle damp grass.
Grass clippings tend to clump and stick on the underside and inner side of the skirt. Every so often you need to take a small stick or stout twig and clear out stuck grass from the underside.
However, cleaning this little kit is a quick and easy job.
The handles do not fold down completely in either direction unless you loosen the bolts. Also, the location and design of the orange start/stop levers on the inner side of the handles precludes it from being hung by the handle. However, this small and light kit is quite portable.
It is not exactly flimsy but is ‘lightweight’ in more ways than one.
Assembly comprises of attaching the handles and fastening a few nuts and bolts but it can be tricky and fiddly. The 10-metre cord is hard wired and not removable.
Flymo’s TurboLite 330 is a great choice for those who have small-to-medium-sized lawns and also those with undulating, uneven, or sloping lawns. At its price it just can’t be beaten, and for its price it delivers admirable performance, and it wins our Value Pick position.
Flymo, a Husqvarna, brand provides a 2-year warranty.
- Ultra-light mower actually hovers, making it incredibly easy to mow with.
- Really impressive on undulating and even on somewhat bumpy ground.
- Remarkably inexpensive, such a fine mower at the price is a steal.
- The handles do not fold down unless you loosen the bolts.
- Grass clippings clump and stick on the underside and inner side of the skirt.
- Not the most powerful mower, it will not handle large, overgrown lawns.
Discounting the odd unit that is defective, WORX’s cordless kit has fine-tunable power, handles all kinds of grass and ground, and is effortless to operate.
WORX’s WG779E.2 is a cordless mower powered by 40 volts via two 20-volt 2 Ah batteries.
Batteries and a dual charger are included. A mode selector knob at the front lets you choose between ‘Eco’ for normal grass and ‘Turbo’ for overgrown, wet, or dense grass.
The steel blade has a width of 34 centimetres. It can be set to six cutting heights ranging from 38 millimetres to 88 millimetres. Selecting a height is quick and convenient; simply shift and set a large and prominent lever between the body and a front wheel.
This mower automatically adjusts speed and power through differing grass conditions so as to maintain consistent speed and power, courtesy of WORX’s ‘Intellicut’ technology. In addition, it handles uneven and bumpy ground particularly well and on no small account because of its rigidity and sturdiness. Yet it feels so light and is so effortless in operation that you barely need to push it. The weak and elderly can ‘make hay’ with it.
This very effective and powerful mower can cut grass that may be wet or long – even up to about 12 centimetres. Yet is a comparatively quiet mower. It cuts quite close to edges. It collects clippings quite well in the 30-litre box. For a mower that is suitable for medium-sized gardens, the grass-collection box is a touch undersized.
Unfortunately, a little too often a defective unit gets into the supply chain. Such a unit will ineffectually ‘spin its wheels’ and blade, which will struggle and stop. Such defects are atypical but a mention is made as a caveat for prospective buyers.
It is rated to mow 230 square metres per full charge, and really does so too as long as the grass is not overgrown or damp and you mow on ‘Eco.’ Unfortunately, the batteries supplied with some units are defective; they do not properly hold their charge and their capacity is less than the rated 2 Ah.
It has a chunky and stout carry handle that matches the lawnmower’s sturdiness. It weighs 12 kilogrammes. Folding the handles is a bit of a drag but once done it is easy to carry and stow away.
There is no assembly to speak of; all you need to do is attach the handles and clip in the grass-collection box.
Such an excellent mower at such a low price is undoubtedly an attractive value for money.
WORX provides a 2-year guarantee extendable to 3 years if the purchase is registered within 30 days.
- Calibrated and controllable power by way of, respectively, the internal technology and selectable modes.
- Grass long or wet; ground flat or bumpy – this lawnmower just gets on with the job.
- Cordless, comfortable, effortless, and quiet mowing, all at an amazing price.
- Lax quality control means some units are defective; these struggle and simply stop mowing.
- Some batteries are defective; these do not have the full 2 Ah capacity or do not hold the charge.
- The grass collection box should have been bigger in view of the positioning of this mower.
Equipped with a hardened-steel blade, Bosch’s corded mower is power-packed yet ergonomic and light to operate, and boasts a few nifty features all its own.
Bosch’s corded UniversalRotak 550 has a 1300-watt motor that delivers consistently high torque to push through thick, dense growth. It boasts a hardened steel blade that is 37 centimetres wide. It is meant for lawns of up to 550 square metres.
It has 6 cutting heights from 20 to 70 millimetres. Selecting the cutting height is especially convenient and easy; simply press the red release button and pull or push the adjacent handle until the desired setting is shown in the window.
It is a powerful, rough and tough lawnmower that deals with wet grass, long grass, dense grass; any grass. Yet it is relatively quiet and has a gentle sound. The light but distinct stripe it makes is a nice bonus. The handles can be folded back over the body for storage.
Grass clippings are collected very effectively but the UniversalRotak also even collects leaves from the lawn. Leaves are sucked up by the airflow and are shredded en route to the grass collection box.
This lawn mower’s innovative design distinctly reduces physical exertion. What Bosch calls ‘Ergoflex’ includes ergonomic and cushioned handles and easy manoeuvrability that put no strain on the arms or the back even though this mower weighs 15.5 kilogrammes.
It has a grass comb that pulls in grass so as to cut it as tightly as possible along edges, which it actually does quite well.
The 40-litre grass box is collapsible and can be folded for storage and has a gauge. However, it is this grass box that is this kit’s weak point. It is a fussy thing and does not fit or sit securely. Sometimes grass gets caught in the seams and openings and does not empty cleanly.
A rigid and smooth grass box might have worked better.
The UniversalRotak is very simple to assemble but parts can be difficult to fit together.
The power cord is 10 metres.
Bosch provides a 2-year guarantee extendable to 3 years if the purchase is registered online within 28 days.
- Very powerful kit mows down dense and wet grass yet is ergonomic, quiet, and effortless to push.
- Efficiently collects not only clippings but also any leaves on the lawn, shredding them into the box.
- Grass comb to facilitate cutting extremely close to edges.
- It can be difficult to fit the grass box . . . and to keep it in place.
- Emptying the sub-optimally designed grass box is neither quick nor easy.
Though simple and with limited features, Flymo’s Chevron is a manoeuvrable, reliable and fuss-free kit; for small lawns it’s a great budget-friendly choice.
Meant for small lawns, the featherlight Flymo Chevron 32VC is a corded mower with 1200-watt motor.
It has a 32-centimetre metal blade that can cut at three heights: 20, 40, and 60 millimetres. A small lever between the body and a rear wheel makes cutting-height selection as easy as pie.
It is exceptionally light and manoeuvrable but is fairly powerful at the same time. It reliably gives a clean and neat mow, even over undulating or bumpy ground – this kit’s forte.
However, it cannot cut close to borders. On the other hand, it has sufficient power to mow a decent height of even damp grass so long as you don’t overdo it.
The icing on the cake is the rear roller; if you ever wanted a lawn striped like the Anfield pitch, you’ll get it with this mower!
It has a 29-litre grass collection box with a see-thru window so you can monitor how much it has filled up. It not only collects but, at least to some extent, compacts the clippings. Grass collection works near-perfectly and, therefore, is a top feature on this kit.
The blade’s width, grass-collection box’s capacity, and the length of the cord limit this mower to small lawns.
Unlike many another corded mower, this one has thoughtfully-designed hooks halfway up the handle around which you can conveniently wind the power cord.
It has a comfortable, well-positioned carry handle with which it is no problem at all to carry the Flymo Chevron 32VC’s mere 8.3-kilogramme weight to and from the shed.
Putting it together is an easy job and done in about ten minutes except for the grass-collection box, fitting which is a bit of a nuisance.
The power cord is 10 metres.
Flymo, a Husqvarna brand, provides a 2-year warranty.
- Sporting and unfussy, for a budget model this one works wonders even on bumpy ground.
- Collects nearly all the grass, leaving almost nothing behind for you to clean up.
- Such a light and manoeuvrable kit at so low a price is a super value for money.
- The 10-metre cord, 32-centimetre blade, and 30-litre grass box limit it to small lawns.
- Limited number and range of cutting heights.
- Cannot cut at all close to borders.
How To Start An Electric Lawn Mower
Some petrol lawn mowers are notorious for being difficult to start but electric lawn mowers – be they corded or cordless – are much more ‘user friendly.’
If your lawnmower is corded, plug it into a mains outlet, and turn on the switch. If your lawnmower is cordless, make sure the batteries are charged and inserted correctly and locked in position.
Tilt only a hover-type mower so that it is not resting flush on the grass when you start it. ‘De-tilt’ it after starting it and just before you and the mower are ready to go. Do not tilt standard lawnmowers for startup unless specified in the instructions.
Make sure no-one and nothing is close to the front of the mower or to the rotating blade.
If your mower has a safety key, insert it and turn it on. If it has a safety switch, disengage it.
Then simply press the ignition button.
Some mowers may have a dual-power system to prevent accidental startups. In such systems you have to depress a button and simultaneously shift a lever.
How Much Electricity Does A Lawn Mower Use?
A lawn mower uses electricity per hour as indicated by its power in watts. So our 1150-watt Value Pick will use 1150 watts per hour. If you want to know the cost of a lawn mower’s electricity consumption, calculate the amount using its wattage and your electricity rate in kWh (kilowatts per hour) times the number of hours used. Say you use the 1150-watt mower for two hours, and your electricity rate is 15 pence per kWh. This usage’s cost would come out to 34.5 pence.