Best Cordless Electric Lawnmower: Reviews and Complete Buying Guide

If you’re looking to cut the grass on the cheap, protect the environment, and get rid of all those annoying spark plug changes, an electric lawnmower may be the key that unlocks the door to a better looking and more hassle-free yard.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at the best cordless electric lawnmower that fits your situation. We’ve already covered the best corded electric lawnmowers and the best electric lawnmowers in general, so we’re going to be pretty specific on this post.

We’re going to help you find the mower that’s best for you. So with that said, let’s take a look at our top pick.

(If you’re interested in cordless gear no matter the weather, take a look at our Best Cordless Snow Blowers Guide!)

In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Picks…

Our Favorite Cordless Electric Lawnmower

Snapper XD 19-Inch

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Snapper XD 82V MAX Electric Cordless 19-Inch Lawnmower Kit with (2) 2.0 Batteries & (1) Rapid Charger, 1687915, SXD19PWM82K
  • Up to 45-minutes run time with the Briggs & Stratton 82V Lithium ion 2.0Ah Battery - kit comes with (2) 2Ah Lithium ion batteries and rapid charger
  • 19" Steel mowing deck with 3-in-1 design - mulch, bag or side discharge grass clippings easily
  • Smart, efficient load sensing technology - power adjusts to meet the demands of the cutting blades
  • Push button start and a single-lever, 7-position height-of-cut adjustment
  • Compact vertical storage capability saves room in a garage or shred

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Snapper’s 19-inch cordless electric lawnmower presents us with an option that is all that the industry should be. This is a great mower for a wide range of yards from very small to pretty stinkin’ big.

This mower comes with two batteries that should last you about 45 minutes each. A fast charger is included and can charge a battery in about 30 minutes, so you can mow by swapping one battery for the other and putting the spent battery on the charger. By the time you use up one battery, the other should be charged.

The Snapper 19-inch comes with a load-sensing technology: it can detect how much power it needs to mow your grass and adjust its output. This helps save your battery, but the 45-minute battery life will be drained faster on taller or thicker lawns.

Snapper’s mower comes with options to bag, side-discharge, or mulch your grass. We discuss the benefits of each of these options down in the Q&A section, so for now, just know that the Snapper can be customized to get your yard to look how you want it to. One possible downside here is that the bag isn’t very big, so you may need to empty it quite often if you decide to bag your grass.

This mower comes with 7 levels of height adjustment ranging from 1-3/8″ to 3-3/4″. Height can be adjusted using a lever, but some buyers said that the lever was a little hard to use. This mower isn’t too heavy but is one of the heftier options. It weighs 59.5 pounds and the handles can fold, so storage shouldn’t be difficult.

There is a 5-year warranty on the mower itself and a 2-year warranty for the batteries and charger.

What We Like:

  • Powerful enough to cut through tall or thick grass
  • Load-sensing technology allows the mower to adjust power output to your grass
  • Comes with two batteries that last up to 45 minutes and a fast charger that can charge a battery in 30 minutes
  • Allows you to bag, side-discharge, or mulch your grass
  • 7 levels of height adjustments
  • 5-year warranty on the mower, 2-year warranty on the batteries and charger
  • Handles fold for easy storage

What We Don’t Like:

  • The bag isn’t big, so you may have to empty it often
  • Height adjustment lever may be difficult to use
  • One of the heavier options

When all is said and done, this is a powerful mower that has enough customization options where you can get your yard to look just how you want it.

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Greenworks Pro 21-Inch

Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower, Two 2.0AH Batteries Included GLM801601
  • NEVER STOP CUTTING. Up to 45 minutes of run time with fully charged 2.0AH Battery
  • 2.0AH battery and charger included. Front wheels: 7 Inch
  • Brushless motors are more reliable and delivers gas equivalent performance to a 160cc gas engine
  • Smart Cut(TM) Load sensing technology
  • 3-in-1 Mulch, rear bag, and side discharge

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If you’re looking for the powerhouse of cordless electric lawnmowers, the Greenworks Pro 21-Inch might be a good fit for you.

At 21 inches, the Greenworks Pro has a wide cut diameter, meaning that you won’t have to make as many passes around your yard to cut all the grass. 2 batteries and a rapid charger are included. The specs on the batteries and charger are about the same as the Snapper: each battery should last you the better part of 45 minutes and the charger can charge the batteries in about 30 minutes.

Another feature of the Greenworks Pro is the load sensing technology. Your mower will be able to detect when it needs to amp the power up or scale the mowing down, making sure that you aren’t using too much battery for what you need.

Another point for this mower comes in the fact that it too can side-discharge, mulch, or bag your grass for you. It has 7 levels of height options ranging from 1-3/8″ to 3-3/4″, so this mower allows you to customize how you want your yard to look.

This mower packs a punch and it has a larger cut diameter than many other options, but that power comes at a price: this thing is heavy when compared to other cordless electric mowers.

The Greenworks Pro is still a lot lighter than almost any gas-powered mower you’ll find on the market, but it clocks in at 79.5 pounds. If you are looking for the easiest-to-handle mower on the market, this one may not be for you. It’s a good pick for someone looking to get rid of tall, thick grass or someone who wants a wide cut diameter for their electric mower.

This mower comes with a 4-year warranty on the mower itself and a 2-year warranty on the batteries and charger.

What We Like:

  • Wider cut diameter than many of its competitors
  • Comes with 2 batteries, each lasting about 45 minutes and a charger that can get batteries to full power in 30 minutes
  • Load sensing technology to deal with tough grass and still preserve your battery life
  • Allows you to side-discharge, bag, or mulch
  • 7 height options
  • Handles fold for easy storage
  • 4-year warranty on the mower and 2-year warranty on the batteries/charger

What We Don’t Like:

  • One of the pricier options
  • Almost as heavy as a gas-powered mower
  • Warranty isn’t as long as some

This mower is a great pick for those who want a wider cut diameter to reach all corners of the yard. This mower has the power to cut through thick grass but isn’t an ideal option for those who want a very light mower (for that, read on).

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Greenworks 40V 20-Inch

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Greenworks 20-Inch 40V Twin Force Cordless Lawn Mower, 4.0 AH & 2.0 AH Batteries Included 25302
  • G-max 40V Li-Ion battery system powers multiple tools for complete yard work system--includes one 4 Ah battery and one 2 Ah battery and charger , Voltage - 40 Volts
  • 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
  • Dual blades offer better cut quality, superior mulching and bagging capabilities; 5 position single lever height adjuster allows for a cutting height range of 1-3/4" to 3-3/8"
  • Kindly review the user manual under technical specification for troubleshooting steps and set up instructions

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Greenworks makes the list again with one of their products that’s a little bit more budget-conscious than the Greenworks 21-inch we reviewed above.

When buying a cordless electric lawnmower, one of the biggest factors in price is the battery that is included with the product. This mower helps those who are looking to get a great mower at a quality price by including one great battery and one that is so-so.

The great battery (4 Ah) will last you up to 45 minutes. The so-so battery (2 Ah), up to 25. This mower comes with smart technology that can sense when it needs to amp up the power to get through your grass, so your mileage may vary depending on whether or not you’re sporting a small Amazon Rainforest in your front yard.

The fast charger is included in this mower as well, so if you burn through the 45-minute battery, you can have it at almost full charge by the time you finish with the 25-minute battery. This mower has a neat feature that you can insert both batteries at once and it will switch to one battery after the other is depleted. This is a nice feature, but if you have a larger yard, we recommend starting to charge the depleted battery ASAP after finishing it.

One area this mower lacks in is cutting options. It has options for mulching and bagging, but no side-discharge is included or available for purchase. You can detach the bag to shoot grass out the back of the mower, but some may not like grass getting on their legs and feet. The mower has 5 positions for cutting height, ranging from 1-3/4″ to 3-1/2.

This mower is a great option for those who are looking to get the biggest cut diameter for the fewest dollars or for those who want a light mower that is easy to maneuver. This mower is small, clocking in at just 42.5 pounds, so it is possible that this mower has been stored in the Toy section of a Walmart by accident.

A 4-year warranty is included on the mower with a 2-year warranty on the batteries and charger.

What We Like:

  • Lots of cut diameter for a few dollars
  • Comes with two batteries and a rapid charger
  • Smart load technology
  • Lightweight compared to other options
  • 4-year warranty on the mower, 2-year warranty on the batteries and charger
  • Handles fold for easy storage
  • A great option for those buying on a budget

What We Don’t Like:

  • One battery isn’t great and will only last up to 25 minutes
  • Warranty isn’t as long as some others
  • No side-discharge option included or available for purchase
  • Fewer height options than some

This is a great mower for anyone who is wanting a lighter option or for those who want to get a lot of bang for their buck, but don’t mind sacrificing a bit as far as battery life goes.

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EGO Power+ 20-Inch

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EGO Power+ 20-Inch 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower - 5.0Ah Battery and Charger Kit
  • 3-in-1: mulching/bagging/side discharge
  • Advanced Arc-Lithium 5.0 Ah 56V Battery and Rapid Charger: Up to 55 minutes runtime
  • Push Button Start; 20 in. cut capacity
  • Folds quickly and easily for compact, upright storage
  • Includes: LM2000 mower, 5.0Ah Battery and Rapid Charger

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EGO Power+ went out of their way to create a mower that could chomp through some thick grass.

Their mower is 20 inches, but does a good job of cutting through thicker grass. EGO Power+ claims that this is due to proprietary battery technology. Their voltage (voltage usually equals power) is lower than the first 2 options we reviewed here, but many buyers say that this mower does an excellent job on thicker grass and that the battery lasts longer than normal before needing replacement.

The battery included with the EGO Power+ is a stout one: 5 Ah will allow you up to about 55 minutes worth of cut time, but this mower isn’t equipped with load-sensing technology, so it will go full speed ahead the whole time, draining your battery faster. A rapid charger is included and will get the charge done in about 30 minutes, but this mower comes with the 1 battery, not 2 like many other mowers.

This mower does allow you to side-discharge, mulch, or bag your grass. It has 5 height adjustments ranging from 1-1/5″ to 3-1/2″, so this mower comes with plenty of options to customize your yard look.

This mower weighs in at about 56 pounds so it is on the lighter side of cordless electric lawnmowers, so it will be easy to maneuver and store. It’s one of the pricier options, but it comes with a battery that is more powerful than usual and this mower includes long warranties: 5 years for the mower itself, 3 years for the battery and charger.

This is a good option for those who want to know for a fact that their mower will last a long, long time.

What We Like:

  • Battery tech allows for increased power compared to other batteries
  • Comes with an extra powerful battery and rapid charger
  • Allows you to side-discharge, mulch, or bag
  • 5 height adjustments
  • Weighs in at 56 pounds, so not too heavy
  • Handles fold for easy storage
  • Long warranties: 5 years for the mower, 3 years for the battery

What We Don’t Like:

  • Only comes with one battery
  • Run time will be less than other mowers unless you purchase another battery (they are pricey)
  • One of the less budget-conscious options
  • No smart load-sensing technology

Overall, this is a good mower if you are looking for an extra powerful battery, want to know for sure you can get through thick grass, or want long warranties for your mower.

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Worx 14-Inch

Worx WG779 40V (4.0AH) Cordless 14" Lawn Mower with Mulching Capabilities and Intellicut, Dual Charger, 2 Batteries
  • Uses two (2) 20V 4.0Ah batteries for extended runtime and 40V power
  • Patented intellicut technology delivers power on demand - save your battery for when you really need it
  • Foam padded handles provides a comfortable grip for reduced fatigue while cutting
  • Single-lever adjustment lets you select between (3) cutting heights
  • Includes dual Port charger with battery power level indicators

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The Worx mower is our top pick if you’re looking for a mower that is lightweight or very budget conscious.

This mower is small: it has a 14-inch cut diameter, but this little fella packs a punch. The Worx comes with the option to run your mower with or without “Economy Mode”. If you decide to go without Economy, expect lower battery life, but this mower will be able to get through the thickest of grass.

If you do run your mower in Economy Mode, you can expect up to about a 40 minute lifespan out of a battery. This mower includes 2 batteries and a non-rapid charger that can charge both batteries at the same time. Since the charger isn’t a rapid charger, you can expect that charging your batteries will take the better part of a few hours.

This mower does come with the option to mulch or bag your grass, but a side-discharge option isn’t included or available for purchase. As mentioned before, you can remove the bag, but you may not like getting grass clippings on your legs and feet.

It comes with 3 mowing heights ranging from 2″ to 3-1/2″. This mower is the lightest of the light, weighing in at about 35 pounds, so it can double as something made by Fisher-Price. The handles fold for easy storage.

This mower comes with a 2-year warranty on everything. It’s best suited for small yards or yards that are difficult to maneuver.

What We Like:

  • Most budget-friendly option
  • Allows you to choose between Economy and Burst modes for power or battery saving
  • Comes with two batteries and a charger that can charge both batteries at once
  • Very lightweight
  • Handles fold for easy storage

What We Don’t Like:

  • No rapid charger
  • No side-discharge option
  • Small cut diameter
  • Not many cutting height options
  • Not a long warranty

This mower will be a good option for you if you need a very light mower that’s easy to move around and store or if you are looking for the most budget-conscious option available.

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Things to Know Before You Buy…

What Size Electric Lawnmower is Best for My Yard?

If you didn’t notice, cordless electric lawnmowers come in a wide range of sizes from 14 inches all the way to 21 inches – over half a foot difference!

In general, the smaller mowers are more suited to budget buyers. It is worth keeping in mind that the bigger the mower, the fewer passes you’ll have to make through your yard. Here is a little chart that may give you an idea of how big of a mower you need. The cut width is in centimeters. Over the course of a few years, you may end up saving yourself a good bit of time and money with a larger mower.

Larger mowers are not always better though. If your yard has a lot of natural areas, koi ponds, raised gardens, turns, corners, or a lot of other things that will need to be mown around, a larger mower may end up causing more trouble than it’s worth. Smaller mowers are always easier to maneuver and a lot lighter when you’re turning.

If your yard will require a lot of maneuvering or if you’re looking for budget-loving options and don’t mind taking an extra couple of passes in the yard, we recommend getting a smaller mower. If your yard isn’t tough to get around and you’re lacking natural areas, we recommend going with the bigger mower if you can afford it.

The Big Deal About Little Batteries

In some brands of mowers, the battery is the biggest distinguishing factor between mowers, so it’s important to choose the option that’s right for you.

It’s helpful to remember that one of the biggest expenses of maintenance for your cordless mower will be your battery. You’ll never have to change the oil, spark plugs, or refill on gas, but one day your battery will give out on you. For that reason, we at OwnTheYard recommend mowers that come with 2 batteries.

Having a mower with more than a single battery will be helpful when one battery gives out on you after the warranty, but will also help ensure that you get a longer mowing time. Perhaps your grass is extra thick one week or you forgot to recharge your battery after your last cut – you can pop that extra battery in and get to work.

In addition to a mower with 2 batteries, it would be a good idea to go for a mower with a battery warranty of at least 2 years. This will protect you from that extra possible expense until you have time to get your money’s worth out of your mower.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need the mulching, side-discharge, or bagging options?

Before we answer this, let’s take a look at each of these features.

  • Mulching cuts each blade of grass twice: once from the ground, the second time from inside the mower to grind up the grass. The grass is then deposited beneath the mower. Mulching may require you to walk a bit slower as it is a more time-consuming process, but the grass clippings will be able to biodegrade into the ground and aid future growth.
  • Bagging causes all the cut grass to be collected in a bag so that it can be deposited elsewhere. This process is also a bit time-consuming, as you will need to empty the bag when it’s full.
  • Side discharging the grass is just what it sounds like: when the grass is cut, the mower shoots it out to one side. This can be the fastest way to cut the grass, but you will need to watch out to make sure your grass isn’t thrown into your natural areas or gardens.

If you’re looking to cut your grass as fast as possible, we recommend going with the side discharge option. You may end up leaving some grass clippings in your yard, but you can either cut over those clippings again or allow them to degrade au naturale.

If you have a specific spot you want to put your cut grass to allow it to biodegrade and nourish the ground in a certain area, we recommend going with bagging.

If you want your cut grass to go back into the yard to nourish it, we recommend mulching.

What options you need will depend on what your preferences are for how your yard looks and what you want to do with it.

Best Brands

Snapper

Snapper was founded in 1951 when they made the first self-propelled rotary lawnmower. Since then, they have become obsessed with making your yard look how you want it. They have a wide range of yard tools, mowers, and tractors to help you achieve your goals to own your yard.

Greenworks

Greenworks was founded in 2007 to begin solving a large and growing need: they wanted to make battery-powered equipment strong enough that it could compete with the gas-guzzling kings of lawn care. Greenworks hopes to help the environment by providing battery-operated lawncare equipment tough enough to solve all your yard needs.

EGO

EGO was founded in 1993 with the goal of making powerful and easy-to-use cordless technology for your yard. Their mission has been a success. Since founding, they’ve become one of the world’s largest tool manufacturers and can be found in 65 different countries.

Worx

Worx’s mission is to push the boundaries of what is possible in helping people take care of their homes. They strive to make innovations so taking care of your home and yard is easier (and maybe even more fun) than ever before.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our guide on the best cordless electric lawnmower! When it comes down to it, the best option for you is going to be the one that suits your needs best.

Ask yourself if you’ll be mowing in thick or tall grass, or whether your yard is on the larger side, or if you’re wanting to side discharge, mulch, or bag your grass.

Our favorite option is the Snapper 19-Inch. It’s strong, it’s big, it has a lot of height adjustment options, and it allows you to side-discharge, mulch, or bag your grass to dispose of it as you wish.

If you are looking for the lightest mower available or want the best budget option, we recommend the Worx 14-Inch. It’s not the best for big yards or for very thick grass, but it’s easy to push around, no problem to store, and your wallet won’t feel too much lighter after purchasing.

Whatever option you prefer, the best cordless electric lawnmower can cut your grass just as well as a gas-powered mower for a lot fewer dollars.