Picking The Best Electric Lawn Mower for 2018

If you are interested in a lawnmower that is inexpensive, does not release noxious fumes into the atmosphere and is very quiet, and if you have a small yard with not too many obstacles to mow, your best bet might be to purchase a corded electric lawn mower. Corded mowers don't cost an arm and a leg in gas, oil, and maintenance. They will also allow you to reduce your carbon footprint since they're better for the environment.

There are a few essential features to keep in mind when shopping for a corded mower. First, corded mowers in the marketplace today will give you the option of a 3-in-1 or a 2-in-1 design. Two-in-one designs give you the options of either mulching grass clippings or side-discharging clippings. Three-in-one designs add the functionality of bagging your clippings, which goes a long way towards keeping your lawn looking clean and neat.

Second, you should consider the deck size of your mower. A wider deck width provides a wider cutting path and means that many fewer trips required to mow your lawn. Third, you will be dealing with an extension cord and must have an electrical outlet nearby where you can plug it in.

Top Corded Electric Lawn Mowers

Greenworks 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower 25022
3066 Reviews
Greenworks 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower 25022
  • Durable 20-Inch Steel Deck
  • Powerful 12 Amp Motor
  • 3-In-1 (Mulching, Side Discharge, and Rear Bag)
  • 7-Position Single Lever Height Adjustment
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Black & Decker MM2000 13-Amp Corded Mower, 20'
216 Reviews
Black & Decker MM2000 13-Amp Corded Mower, 20"
  • 20-inch wide cutting path
  • 7-setting height adjustment from 1-1/2 inch to 4 inches high
  • Convenient carrying handle
  • 13-gallon nylon grass collection bag
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Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag
2145 Reviews
Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag
  • The Sun Joe Mow Joe uses a powerful, 12 amp, electric motor to quickly and efficiently mow your...
  • Easy push button start; no messy oils or gasoline and no load speed (rpm)is 3500
  • Three-position height adjustment up to 2-2/5 inches and size of yard is 1/4 acre or less
  • Compact design is easy to maneuver and takes up less storage space, rear wheel size is 5.5 inches

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Model

Amps

Deck Width

Our Rating

GreenWorks 25022

12 Amp

20"

5 out of 5

BLACK+DECKER MM2000

13 Amp

20"

4.5 out of 5

Sun Joe MJ401E

12 Amp

14"

4.5 out of 5

Earthwise 50214

8 Amp

14"

4 out of 5

BLACK+DECKER EM1700

12 Amp

17"

3.5 out of 5

Electric Lawn Mowers Average Rating: 4.3 Based on 5 Reviews

Electric Lawn Mower Reviews

Pros

  • plus
    3-in-1 feature supplies multiple choices (mulching, rear bagging, and side discharge) for grass clippings
  • plus
    Easy cord tail management (has a pigtail cord which secures nicely)
  • plus
    Very wide 10" rear wheels and 7" front wheels

Cons

  • minus
    Unsealed motor manages to get quite dirty
  • minus
    Wet grass tends to build up underneath the deck and sometimes slows blade down

The GreenWorks 25022 is a gem of a machine. It's available in 24 V and 12 Amp power, has a 20" steel cutting deck, and a single-lever height adjustment with 7 positions (1 1/2"- 3 3/4") that provides the ideal cut for most types of grass. We rated this machine 5 out of 5 stars.


Pros

  • plus
    Adjustable mowing height between 1.5" and 4"
  • plus
    7" front wheels and 10" rear wheels facilitate movement across uneven terrain
  • plus
    Lightweight (53 pounds) and has a 4-year warranty

Cons

  • minus
    There's no way to attach power cord to handle
  • minus
    Grass catcher is difficult to attach

The Black & Decker MM2000 features a 19" cutting blade, a strong 20" cutting deck, and a powerful 13 amp motor. With this machine you can side discharge, rear-bag, or mulch, three convenient methods of disposing of lawn clippings. We rated this machine 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Pros

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    Lightweight (29 pounds) and easy to assemble
  • plus
    Full 2-year warranty and is ETL (Edison Testing Laboratories) approved
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    Has a deck width of 16.5" and strong all-terrain wheels

Cons

  • minus
    Bag provided is a little too small
  • minus
    Cord attachment is plastic and a little wobbly

The Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe is a powerful mower that starts instantly and has a safety switch to make sure there are no false starts. It has a strong steel blade that cuts a 14" swath every time. It also features a manual height control with 3 positions, a hard-top 10.6 gallon rear bag for grass clippings, and a collapsible handle. We rated this machine 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Pros

  • plus
    Extremely quiet 'mini-mower'
  • plus
    Simple operation and a snap to put together
  • plus
    Effortless cleaning and simple storage with a fold-down handle

Cons

  • minus
    Cutting deck (14") is a little small and results in more lawn passes
  • minus
    Petroleum plastic off-gas smell

The Earthwise 50214 requires no oil or gas and is an environmentally sound choice for mowing your lawn. This 2-in-1 system is a mulcher and features a side discharge, an easy-to-use single-lever height adjustment, and a comfortable cushion-grip handle. We rated this machine 4 out of 5 stars.


Pros

  • plus
    Easy to assemble and affordable
  • plus
    Great for people with arthritis and other disabilities
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    Maneuvers well and is powerful enough to do the job

Cons

  • minus
    Clippings clump inside mulching gate and are hard to remove
  • minus
    Extension cord gets caught up in the height adjustment lever

The Black & Decker EM1700 comes with 6 different Edge Max settings that permit up-to-the-edge cutting, and also provides simple height adjustments for a 17" cutting path. This corded mower is compact and has a low-profile design, and is fantastic for mowing under obstacles and shrubbery. We rated this machine 3.5 out of 5 stars.

HOW WE RATED THE MOWERS

We carried out extensive research with the goal of providing you with what we believe to be the best five gas corded electric lawn mowers in the marketplace today. Hundreds of reviews were read and evaluated, and the merits of each lawnmower were considered. Which corded electric lawnmower is more reliable than the others? What are the pros and cons of each one? Is there any one-of-a-kind features worth mentioning? Does this mower come with a good instruction manual and a warranty? Finally, what is the cost of each particular mower? Does its performance warrant its higher price?

Read on to explore the relative pros and cons of the 5 best corded electric mowers available today. We use a star system for our ratings, with 5 stars being the highest possible rating given. Hopefully, our review of each machine will be helpful in allowing you to make a well-informed purchasing decision.

RELIABILITY (WARRANTY)

Our front-runner, the Greenworks 25022 corded lawn mower comes with a limited 4-year labor and parts warranty. The warranty protects against any defects in parts, materials or workmanship, and will replace or repair all parts that, through normal use, have been found to be defective. A 2-year limited manufacturer's warranty is available for both Black & Decker MM2000 and the EM1700. The Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe comes with a full 2-year warranty, as does the Earthwise 50214.

POWER (AMPS)

We measure electricity's rate of flow as electric current, and we measure electric current in Amperes, which has been shortened to the letter A or the word Amps. The larger the current, the more electricity is running. The 5 mowers reviewed range from 8 Amps (the Earthwise 50214) to 13 Amps (the Black & Decker MM2000) with the remaining mowers offering 12 Amps.

Whatever amperage your mower has, it is very important to make sure the outlet you are plugging it into has a GFI protected circuit (a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) which will immediately shut off the power circuit when it finds that the electric current is traveling an unintended path, such as through a person or water.

CUTTING PERFORMANCE (MULCHING, SIDE DISCHARGE, BAGGING)

SIDE DISCHARGE

Many people prefer to use a lawn mower's side discharge and block off the plate instead of mulching because it allows them to cut thicker, taller grass, and gives them the capability of closing the discharge plate when passing alongside flower beds. In the summertime, you might have to rake up any excess because the clippings might smother the remaining grass and cause brown streaks on the lawn.

MULCHING

Mulch is made up of grass clippings that are cut up into very fine pieces that fall onto the soil surface and will enhance the growth and overall health of your grass, plus release nitrogen and potassium into the soil. Mulching is excellent for the environment since it keeps grass clippings away from landfills. All of the mowers reviewed here today include mulching in their 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 feature.

BAGGING

Bagging grass clippings is the traditional way to deal with cut grass but has fallen into disfavor lately for a number of reasons, most of all because the amount of waste from grass clippings at landfills has increased dramatically. The greener method of dealing with grass clippings is to mulch them. However, if you prefer bagging clippings to provide better curb appeal and a cleaner appearance to your lawn, all of the mowers except for one (the Earthwise 50214) provide a bagging option for you. The GreenWorks model has a rear bagging option, the Black & Decker MM2000 includes a nylon 13-gallon collection bag, and the Mow Joe MJ401E provides a hard-top 10.6-gallon rear bag.

STORAGE

Electric lawnmowers typically need less storage space than gas models since there are no fuel containers to have to store or worry about. The GreenWorks 25022 has a handle that folds down for more compact, easy storage, and since it doesn't have a battery, you can safely store this mower in the shed during Winter. The same holds true for the Black & Decker EM1700 and the Earthwise 50214. The Sun Joe MJ401E has a great collapsible handle. The Black & Decker MM2000 has dual carrying and foldable handles.

EASE OF USE

To put it simply, electric lawn mowers are less noisy and do not require the use of oil and gasoline. They are lighter in weight and therefore easier to push, making maintenance much easier. They also have handle height adjustments and are easier to maneuver and store because you won't have to worry about a giant gas engine taking up a lot of space in your storage area. Ease of use in electric corded mowers depends primarily on two things - the length of the extension cord and the mower's ability to function while avoiding the cord.

WHY BUY AN ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER?

Electric mowers have been around almost as long as their gas-powered counterparts. They always had the reputation of being slow and not providing enough power. Enter lithium-ion batteries. They provide quieter operation - it's a fact that mowers with gas engines are usually twice as noisy as electric. They are lightweight. Batteries are much lighter than gas-filled internal combustion engines.

Electric mowers are eco-friendly. No carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere if your machine isn't burning gas. You won't have any used oil to get rid of (although eventually batteries wear out and will need to be changed). Electric mowers require little-to-no maintenance, they are started with a button, and they take up less storage space.

PROS

Much Quieter

Corded electric lawn mowers are the perfect choice for people with a small yard who want to have a quieter machine. They are significantly less noisy than a gas-powered motor which produces 95-105 decibels (above the safe level for warding off hearing loss). Electric motors operate at a much quieter level, producing sounds of 70 decibels or less, which is below the threshold of 85 decibels when most hearing problems begin.

Continuous Power

Just plug in the cord and mow. You'll never have to worry about your battery or other power source running out.

No Battery Replacements Necessary

Corded mowers will never need to have a battery replacement, they won't die because a battery needs to be recharged, they provide more cutting power, and they have a lower price tag than battery models.

Better For The Environment

Electric motors produce less pollution. There is no oil or gasoline to mess with, no exhaust fumes, and no fuel filters or spark plugs to change. There's never a lead acid battery that must be replaced or disposed of. One study determined that one gas-powered mower gives off the same amount of exhaust as two cars.

Easier Start-up And Lighter Weight

Electric mowers start-up with a button touch (compared to gas-powered models that must be started with a pull of the starter cord). There's never any downtime for charging. Pushing the mower is a snap since they're usually much lighter than a similarly-shaped gas-powered motor, and it's much easier to store for the winter.

Simple Maintenance

If your mower is well-maintained, then there will be only a few items to take care of. Blades should be kept free of dirt and grass after every use if you spray the underside of your mowing deck with regular cooking oil before mowing. Tighten up any loose nuts and bolts. Check the cord before each use.

Price

Corded mowers are usually cheaper to purchase than lawnmowers that are gasoline-powered, as well as cordless models.

CONS

Limited Mobility And Range

The first con of corded electric mowers is the fact that you will be limited by the cord length of your machine, how far away your outlet is, and the time needed to handle extension cords. Generally, a corded mower can only go around 100 feet away from the electric outlet. If you have a larger yard, you will need to have close access to a source of power and will probably need extension cords to be able to reach your property's outer limits. You also might have trouble with your corded mower if your yard is an obstacle course.

Not As Powerful As Gas Motors

Electric motors are not as strong as gas motors and will have a harder time cutting through wet grass or thicker grass. High-end electric models should be purchased if your lawn is especially lush and frequently wet or damp.

Accidents Can Happen

It is essential to keep the cord out of the path of the mower. It is possible to cut the cord accidentally and receive an electric shock. We recommend adding a GFCI receptacle to your electrical outlet. So the current will be automatically shut off if your mower runs over the power cord.

Weather Limitations

Using a corded electric mower during rainy season can be very problematic and dangerous.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

If you're looking for a mower that has the smallest environmental impact you're in the right place. Corded electric mowers are greener than any gas-powered mower and also greener than any mower that uses a lithium-ion battery. An estimate from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that gas-powered lawn equipment uses approximately 800 million gallons of gas annually. One gas-powered mower operating for 1 hour equals 8 new cars traveling 55 MPH for the same time period.

Corded electric mowers do not emit carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and other hydrocarbons into the air that inhibit plant growth and impair lung function. Also, they are very quiet and add less to our world's problems with noise pollution.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN CORDED ELECTRIC MOWER

DECK SIZE

Deck size is very important. If the deck is too small, it will take a lot longer to cover your yard. If the deck is too big, it will add to the weight that you would like to avoid. If your yard is large or hilly, weight becomes a significant factor to consider. Depending on the size of your yard we recommend getting a corded mower with a metal cutting deck of about 20".

HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT OPTION

Look for a height adjustment option, which typically ranges from 1" to 3". The best corded mowers will allow you to adjust the height by moving a single lever, and other mowers force you to adjust the wheels independently.

PUSH BUTTON START

Make sure to get push-button starting, which will contribute to the mower's ease and convenience. It should start up quickly and perform like a gas-mower without all those fumes when starting up.

AMOUNT OF POWER (AMPS)

Your corded lawnmower should have a large enough electric motor to be able to handle taller, tougher grass. We recommend a 12 Amp motor in most cases (although The Earthwise 50214 only has 8 Amps and reviewers say it gets the job done).

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHEAP AND EXPENSIVE MODELS

There are a few differences between cheaper and more expensive corded electric models, but no hard and fast rules apply here. One of the models we reviewed, is selling for around $80 and appears to have all of the bells and whistles of the other, more expensive models.

Corded mowers are cheaper to buy than cordless models merely because they don't need an expensive battery to run. The amount of electricity they use is minimal. The biggest reason that corded models cost less than cordless models is this - they have a cord that you have to learn how to handle, and they require a nearby outlet to plug into. If you have a smaller yard to mow, without too many hills, bends and oversized trees, and you are willing to learn how to deal with the cord, the corded electric lawn mower will be your best and most economical choice.

Corded mowers don't seem to fall into the traditional categories: Buy a cheap model, and it will only last a few years; or, buy a more expensive model which should last much longer and consistently provide superior results. Reviewers overall seem to be happy with both the cheaper and the more expensive models reviewed here today.

BEST SELLING & TOP RATED BRANDS

  • GreenWords
  • BLACK+DECKER
  • Sun Joe
  • Earthwise
  • WORX​​​​
  • Remington

HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT TO PAY?

Corded electric lawn mowers cost approximately the same price as gas-powered mowers, but the good news is that they're a lot cheaper to operate. The 5 corded mowers that we reviewed range from around $80 to $200, with a median price tag of $135. Very reasonable prices for the quality mowers that you'll be purchasing!

The Black & Decker EM1700 comes in at the higher range of prices, but it has many great features for the cost. It has a 6 setting height adjustment, as well as an Edge Max, which allows the user to cut to the very edge. It also has a full wrap bale-bar for easy bale switching, a cloth or plastic grass box, and a low profile design, which makes it perfect for mowing under shrubs.

The Earthwise 50214 is right in the middle of our price range and offers a 2-in-1 mulch and side discharge, 3700 RPM, 6.5" rear wheels and 5.5" front wheels, and a very comfortable adjustable cushion-gripped V handle.

The Sun Joe Mow Joe is the least expensive mower on our list, which might be because it is currently selling for 1/2 of its regular price. It features a 12 Amp motor, 3-position height control, a detachable grass catcher, and a 2-year full warranty.

CONCLUSION

After a comprehensive review of many corded electric models online, we have chosen the GreenWorks 25022 20-Inch 12 Amp Corded Lawn Mower as our favoriate. This exceptional machine has a strong 12 Amp motor, a steel 20" cutting deck, a 3-in-1 feature for side discharge, mulching, and rear bagging, and wide 10" rear wheels and 7" front wheels. This corded mower has a well-deserved rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

About the author

Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

2 comments
Christian - January 24, 2018

I really like GreenWorks 25022 20-Inch mower. The only downside with this mower is the battery life. I only get about 30-40 minutes max if I’m mowing really thick lawns. The upside is that it’s very light and even my wife can push this around without issues.

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    Mark Kelly - January 25, 2018

    I like it too!

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