With Rising Gas Prices, These 8 Electric Lawn Mowers Could Save You Money
Skip the gas pump in favor of these popular electric lawn mowers this summer.
Gas prices in the United States are at an all-time high, with the national average hitting $4.30 on March 16. The cost of gasoline affects not only what you pay at the pump to fill up your car but also what you’ll spend to fuel your lawn mower. If you’re concerned about how rising gas prices might affect your lawn care this summer, now is the time to consider switching to an electric lawn mower, which can run on batteries or electricity.
At Bob Vila, our experts tested popular electric lawn mowers —including corded, cordless, and battery-powered—to compare their power and performance. Below are eight of the best electric lawn mowers of 2022, including our top picks along with customer-favorite mowers from reliable brands like Greenworks, RYOBI, and Black + Decker.
1. Greenworks Pro Brushless Cordless Lawn Mower
Of all the electric lawn mowers out there, our experts dubbed the Greenworks Pro the best. It starts up with just the push of a button and can run for up to 60 minutes on a single charge. One of the big highlights is its SmartCut technology, which automatically adjusts the blade speed and height based on the density of the grass.
2. Sun Joe Electric Lawn Mower
If you don’t want to spend hundreds on an electric lawn mower this year, we recommend the Sun Joe as the best budget buy. It has an adjustable cutting height and a rear-mount bag for catching grass clippings, and it felt more durable than some of the other mowers we tried.
3. American Lawn Mower Company Corded Electric Lawn Mower
We suggest this corded electric lawn mower as the best for smaller yards because it has a compact body design and large rear wheels that make it easy to navigate even the tightest of spaces. It also folds up for convenient storage when you’re finished mowing (great for small garages, too) and, at just over $100, it’s one of the more affordable electric lawn mowers out there.
4. Greenworks Brushless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
This self-propelled lawn mower is so effective our experts said it’s a close runner-up to the brushless mower (also Greenworks) as our top choice. The self-propulsion is easy to adjust based on your speed and the large rear wheels are great for flat yards and slopes alike. Its blades also automatically speed up or slow down based on the grass and terrain.
5. RYOBI Corded Electric Walk Behind Push Mower
RYOBI makes our experts’ favorite battery-powered riding lawn mower, but it also has a variety of corded outdoor equipment that’s highly rated at The Home Depot. This push mower, which boasts the brand’s signature neon green color, has a 13-inch cutting width that’s ideal for smaller spaces and only weighs 23 pounds.
6. Snapper MAX Step Sense Cordless Electric Lawn Mower
The Snapper MAX Electric Lawn Mower isn’t cheap—but according to our experts, it’s worth the splurge if you’re hunting for something higher-end. It runs on a powerful 82V lithium-ion battery and features self-propulsion that adjusts to your pace, a push-button start, a clippings bag, and seven cutting heights for almost any type of grass.
7. Black + Decker Corded Electric Walk Behind Push Lawn Mower
With more than 1,100 rave reviews, this Black & Decker corded electric push lawn mower is a favorite among The Home Depot shoppers. Many like that it’s so easy to use—it’s light enough to push around with little effort and it even has a flat edge on one side for cutting around flower beds or sidewalks.
8. Black + Decker MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Walk Behind Push Mower
Black & Decker also makes a cordless version of its popular push mower that runs on a 40V lithium-ion battery that can mow 1/4 acre in one charge. It has all of the same features that shoppers love about the corded mower but also comes with two powerful rechargeable batteries and a charger.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on March 16, 2022.