Getting the Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Means More than Voltage
36V, 40V, 56V, 80V, 120V… how in the world are you supposed to choose the best battery-powered lawn mower with all those choices? Is bigger better? We got our team together to look at the most important aspects of performance, features, and value to help you decide which model is the best cordless lawn mower for your lawn!
We didn’t just look at battery-powered lawn mowers, we brought in gas models as well. This not only lets us see how the cordless class does against itself, but to also see how close they’re getting to replacing gas mowers. Check out the gas lawn mower results here.
We’re going to give you the winners first, but we realize you may prioritize some aspects over others. Be sure to check out how we tested each category, where each battery-powered lawn mower finished in them, and their overall final rankings and scores as listed.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower: Self-Propelled Mowers
Kobalt 80V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (KMP6080-06)
As the results came in from our testing, Kobalt’s 80V self-propelled lawn mower didn’t find its way to the top of any category we tested. But it simply refused to score poorly in any of them. Its consistently high performance in the categories that matter most push it above its competition to make it the best cordless lawn mower in our test.
Greenworks Commercial 82V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (GMS250)
Greenworks Commercial moves up to a dual-blade 25″ deck with a more stout design than most of the cordless mowers we tested, though it struggles to keep its blades cutting in overgrown grass. Like Kobalt, it scores very high in most categories. Its major hiccup is in price, moving it away from what most residential customers are willing to pay and into the realm of professional users. That’s the price you pay for the higher quality build.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower: Push Mowers
Makita 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lawn Mower (XML03PT1)
Makita puts together a solid mower and packs it with four batteries in the kit. That gives it a massive advantage in the amount of area you can cut without buying more batteries. Better yet, its dual-port Rapid Optimum Charger gets two batteries fully charged in just 45 minutes—fast enough that you can cycle your four batteries all day without waiting on the charger.
Stihl 40V Lawn Mower (RMA 510 US)
Stihl’s RMA 510 sets a high bar that only Makita was able to eclipse. It doesn’t outright win any category we tested, taking the win with consistently high finishes like Kobalt’s 80V. If all that sounds good, but you really want a self-propelled mower, Stihl should be delivering that model to dealers later this year.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower for Large Lawns
Greenworks Commercial 82V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (GMS250)
With just one battery, Greenworks Commercial cuts more area on one charge than any other cordless lawn mower we tested. Its 0.85 acres has some competition from EGO, Kobalt, and Makita before leaving a large gap to the rest of the field.
EGO 56V Peak Power Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (LM2140SP)
Using the two 5.0Ah batteries that come in the kit, EGO’s dual-port Peak Power lawn mower cut just 0.03 acres less than Greenworks Commercial. Need more? A pair of 7.5Ah batteries should net you close to 1.25 acres of mowing.
Most Powerful Battery-Powered Lawn Mower
EGO Peak Power Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (LM2140SP)
In a torturous cutting scenario, EGO’s Peak Power system crushed the competition, including all but one gas mower.
Proof Load Testing
Redback 120V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (1077479)
No mower, cordless or gas, put up the blade tip speed that Redback’s 120V model did under a heavy load. It’s the only mower we saw top 200 MPH tip speed!
EGO 56V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower (LM2100SP)
EGO’s single-port competitor actually increased its RPMs more than Redback, topping out just 0.6 MPH short of 200 MPH under a heavy load.
Quietest Battery-Powered Lawn Mower
Worx 2 x 20V WH751
Worx put on a show of how to reduce noise, producing just 74 no-load decibels. The next closest? 3 decibels higher, and that’s double the sound pressure level .
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Value
Greenworks Pro 60V Self-Propelled Mower (MO60L01)
I’ve said from the beginning that Greenworks’ 60V line is my favorite that they make. With a $399 kit price tag, their self-propelled lawn mower does most everything well and that’s enough to edge out Kobalt’s 40V self-propelled model for the best value.
Battery-powered Lawnmower Testing Methods and Results
Many of the manufacturers represented here have multiple cordless lawn mowers. Since we’ll refer to most of them by their voltage, here are the actual model numbers along with a link to the websites for more information.
- Craftsman CMCMW270Z1 V60 Self-Propelled
- EGO LM2100SP 56V Self-Propelled
- EGO LM2142SP 56V Peak Power Self-Propelled
- Greenworks Commercial GMS 250 82V Self-Propelled
- Greenworks MO60L510 60V Self-Propelled
- Kobalt KMP 5040-06 40V Self-Propelled
- Kobalt KMP 6080-06 80V Self-Propelled
- Redback 106648 120V Self-Propelled
- Ryobi RY40LM10-Y 40V Smart Trek Self-Propelled
- Ryobi RY40LM30 40V Smart Trek Self-Propelled
- Snapper 1687982 XD 82V StepSense Self-Propelled
- Black and Decker CM2060C 60V Max PowerSwap
- Echo CLM-58V4AH 58V
- Makita XML03PT1 18V X2 (36V) LXT
- Redback 107478 40V
- Stihl RMA 510 36V
- Worx WG751 40V Power Share (2 x 20V)
Tested Batteries and Kit Packages
A lot of our tests boil down to the battery or batteries that come in the kit. Many of the brands offer different size batteries that you can use to extend your cutting capacity beyond what we tested. Remember that “Max” voltages drop by 10% to their nominal voltages shortly after use. Here are the batteries that came in the kits we tested:
- Craftsman 60V: 1 x 7.5Ah (405 Wh)
- EGO 56V Single Battery: 1 x 7.5Ah (420 Wh)
- EGO 56V Dual Battery: 2 x 5.0Ah (560 Wh)
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 1 x 5Ah (369 Wh)
- Greenworks 60V: 1 x 5Ah (270 Wh)
- Kobalt 40V: 1 x 5Ah (172 Wh)
- Kobalt 80V: 1 x 6Ah (432 Wh)
- Redback 120V: 1 x 3Ah (324 Wh)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 1 x 6Ah (216Wh)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 1 x 6Ah (216Wh)
- Snapper 82V: 2 x 2Ah (288Wh)
- Black & Decker: 2 x 2Ah (270 Wh)
- Echo 58V: 1 x 4Ah (204 Wh)
- Makita 36V: 4 x 5.0Ah (360 Wh)
- Redback 40V: 2 x 4Ah (288 Wh)
- Stihl 36V: 1 x 6.3Ah (227 Wh)
- Worx 40V: 2 x 5Ah (180Wh)
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Cutting Area
Runtime is a big deal with cordless lawn mowers since the batteries take so long to charge back up. They’re not like an 18V power tool that’s ready to go after a 30-minute lunch break.
We used our tested runtime numbers to get the total area you can cut given the diameter of the blade. Keep in mind that the area figures are ideal numbers and most of us will lose 5% – 10% because we need to overlap our lines slightly to avoid any mow-hawks (get it?).
Before we could calculate runtime, we needed a way to put a consistent load on each mower because grass is too inconsistent to make it fair for every mower. Using runtime from actual cutting, we knew we were trying to hit roughly 75% of our tested no-load speeds using the Greenworks 60V mower as our baseline. It ran for 61 minutes with no load and actually cut for 46 minutes in our yard.
We proof-testing multiple sizes of steel tabs to create air resistance and decided on 1″ x 1/2″ steel tabs welded perpendicular to both sides of the blade, giving us 47 minutes of runtime with our baseline mower.
We ran each mower under no load and then with the steel tabs to establish their respective runtimes and how they change compared to no load. For the self-propelled mowers, we used a photo-tachometer to set each drive to 2.5 MPH based on RPM and wheel diameter.
The more efficient mowers lost 15% – 20% of their no-load runtimes while the least efficient dropped more than 30%.
For straight-up runtime on a maintenance cut, no one gives you more runtime than Kobalt’s 80V (91 minutes) with just over an hour and half. Greenworks Commercial comes close at 85 minutes. Craftsman (61 minutes) is the only other cordless model to give you more than an hour.
When you look at the full kit, keep in mind that EGO’s Peak Power and Snapper include two batteries, so their kits give you twice the runtime. Not to worry, we’ll make sure they get credit for it in the scoring.
For the push mowers, Worx has the longest maintenance load runtime at 57 minutes followed by Makita at 51, both using two 90 Wh batteries for power. Perhaps there’s something to that two-battery design after all!
Like EGO and Snapper on the self-propelled side, Black & Decker and Makita have two sets of batteries in their kits, so your total kit runtime is double.
With the runtime and blade diameter numbers in hand, we calculated how much area each mower could cut at 2.5 MPH.
Greenworks Commercial (0.85 acres) edges out EGO’s Peak Power mower (0.82 acres) by a hair with Kobalt’s 80V (0.77 acres) not far behind—all eclipsing 3/4 of an acre.
You’ll have to work harder to maintain 2.5 MPH with a push mower. If you can keep up the pace, Makita’s four-battery kit lets you cut up to 0.77 acres. Redback’s 40V model (0.52 acres) gets a little more done than Black & Decker (0.50 acres) in a distant second and third.
Using the information we learned from this test, here’s the max size lawn we’d recommend with the battery(ies) that come with each kit. You can always cut larger lawns if you buy additional batteries.
- Craftsman 60V: 1/2 acre
- EGO 56V Single Battery: 1/2-acre
- EGO 56V Dual Battery: 3/4 acre
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 3/4 acre
- Greenworks 60V: 1/3 acre
- Kobalt 40V: 1/4 acre
- Kobalt 80V: 3/4 acre
- Redback 120V: 1/4 acre
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 1/4 acre
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 1/3 acre
- Snapper 82V: 2 x 2Ah 1/2 acre
- Black & Decker: 1/2 acre
- Echo 58V: 1/3 acre
- Makita 36V: 3/4 acre
- Redback 40V: 1/2 acre
- Stihl 36V: 1/3 acre
- Worx 40V: 1/2 acre
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Cutting Power
Blade speed tells us how well each mower handles a maintenance load and a heavy load. We started with the no-load RPM of each blade and used it to calculate the tip speed based on their diameters. We repeated the measurements with 1/2″ tabs and again with 2″ tabs to simulate maintenance and heavy loads.
One of the advantages we see with brushless motors and their electronics is the ability to increase RPMs under a heavy load. That increases the tip speed and lift of the blade to effectively deal with the tougher cut.
That extra power increase comes at a cost, though. Mimicking real-world conditions, our 2″ tabs cut our baseline mower’s runtime to roughly 1/3 of its no-load. If you’ve ever tried cutting tall, wet grass, 1/3 of the runtime is a pretty good estimate of what you get.
On a maintenance load, Craftsman (188.5 MPH) keeps its tip speed the highest, closing in on 190 MPH. Ryobi’s RY40LM01 (177.2) is more than 10 MPH behind and Greenworks 60V (172.5 MPH) drops almost another 5 MPH from there.
The push mowers don’t fare much better with Echo (176.8 MPH) leading the pack, followed by Stihl (167.8 MPH). There’s a significant drop off from there.
Things get interesting when the going gets tough. Redback’s 120V puts the speed on, lifting its blade tips to 200.5 MPH, followed closely by EGO’s single-battery model at 199.4 MPH. While a few others get close, none of the other self-propelled models hit 190 MPH.
Stihl (191.7 MPH) is the only push mower to exceed 190 MPH, though Echo makes it a competitive race at 187.6 MPH. Makita (171.1 MPH) sits in a distant third before the rest drop off.
What’s interesting here is that even though brushless motors have the ability to increase speed, not every battery-powered lawn mower we tested did. EGO’s LM2100SP increased an impressive 33.7 MPH and Redback pulled an extra 29.6 MPH of effort.
On the other hand, Ryobi’s RY40LM01 dropped 7.2 MPH and Craftsman lost 24.4 MPH.
The real winner is in the push mowers with Makita, calling on an extra 37.4 MPH under a heavy load. Not wanting to be left behind, Stihl did a fine job with a 23.8 MPH increase.
Bonus: Real-World Torture Test
We let a section of grass grow for two weeks without mowing and took our top contenders out to see what they could under the worst possible conditions. The grass was more than 8″ tall in most areas and we forced them through at 2.5 MPH. When the blades quit, we measured the distance. Here’s how the results shook out:
- EGO Peak Power: 60.5′
- Greenworks Commercial: 37′ (it did more pushing the grass than cutting it on the back of that measurement)
- Kobalt 80V: 36′
- Makita: 30.5′
- Stihl: 30.5′
- Craftsman: 21.5′
- Ryobi RY40LM03: 20.5′
- Snapper 82V: 18′
Not only did EGO put a huge gap on the entire cordless competition, but it also mowed farther than all of our gas mowers except Honda!
Note: Because we could not control the density of the grass and didn’t test every mower in it, these results were not used in the final scoring. They’re still pretty dang telling, though!
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Battery Efficiency
Battery efficiency isn’t nearly as important as the amount of grass you can cut on a charge. However, it is helpful to see who is getting the most out of their watt-hours if you’re deciding what size battery to add when you want more cutting area.
By comparing based on watt-hours, it eliminates the volts vs amp hours discussion and breaks it down fairly no matter what voltage the motor is.
We’ve broken it down two ways to show you what to expect on a weekly maintenance cut. The more traditional is how long you can run the mower for every watt-hour of battery capacity you have (min/Wh).
Like the cutting area, we’re also taking things a step further to show you the cutting area you get for every watt-hour assuming a 2.5 MPH pace (square feet/Wh).
These numbers represent what you can expect from a maintenance cut and start to drop drastically when you let the grass grow more than a couple of inches.
Greenworks Commercial is your leader from the self-propelled mowers. At 0.23 minutes per watt-hour, it edges out Ryobi’s RY40LM03 (0.22 min/Wh) and Kobalt’s 80V (0.21 min/Wh).
Not having to drive the wheels seems to be a benefit for the push mowers. Worx leads that group with 0.32 min/Wh, followed by Makita (0.28 min/Wh) and Redback’s 40V (0.24/Wh).
The more relevant measurement of cutting area per watt-hour brings into account the cutting swath of each mower. Greenworks Commercial takes its leading min/Wh and 23-1/4″ cutting swath to give it a big lead with 100 square feet of cutting for every watt-hour. Kobalt’s 80V and Ryobi’s RY40LM03 share second place with 77 square feet per watt-hour.
The push mowers show their advantage again with Worx leading all cordless mowers at 110 square feet per watt-hour. Makita (94 sq. ft./Wh) makes a strong showing as well. Once again, the two push mowers with a 2 x 18V/20V Max battery configuration are on top of systems that have more watt-hours at their disposal.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Noise Level
One of the major benefits of cordless mowers is the lower noise levels compared to gas. We expected lower noise and several models made it under 80 decibels.
To test noise level, we used our SPL meter and checked the sound on a road away from any houses. With Tom Gaige as our “standard” user (he’s 5’8″), we measured the decibels as A-weighted, slow response from his ear.
This test shows how much sound the mowers produce on their own. When you’re cutting grass, the numbers will be a little higher, particularly when you hit thick grass that the motor drives more power to deal with.
Snapper (78 decibels) and Greenworks 60V (78 decibels) lead the way with Greenworks Commercial (79 decibels) and Kobalt 40V (79 decibels) wrapping up the sub-80 group for self-propelled.
The only real concern is with Reback’s 120V 88 decibels—a mark that’s 2 decibels higher than Honda’s gas mower.
Push mowers dip a bit lower with Worx producing just 74 decibels while Makita and Redback hit 77.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Feature Set
By far the biggest feature on a cordless lawn mower is a self-propelled drive. It pretty much neutralizes any weight concerns other than getting it home from the store.
But that’s not all there is. Here’s a list of what we looked for, why it’s important, and who has it.
In general, steel decks are more durable than plastic but make a heavier mower. We prefer a steel deck, especially on a self-propelled mower that doesn’t have an effort penalty for the extra weight.
- Craftsman 60V: Steel
- EGO 56V: Plastic
- EGO 56V Peak Power: Plastic
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: Steel
- Greenworks 60V: Steel
- Kobalt 40V: Steel
- Kobalt 80V: Steel
- Redback 120V: Steel
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: Steel
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: Plastic
- Snapper 82V: Steel
- Black & Decker: Plastic
- Echo 58V: Plastic
- Makita 36V: Steel
- Redback 40V: Steel
- Stihl 36V: Steel
- Worx 40V: Steel
Single Point Height Adjustment
Single-point height adjustment means you can adjust all four wheels at one time. It makes adjustments easier, but the reality is that most of us will set it once and change it very little over the course of the lawn mower’s life.
The downside is that for some cordless lawn mowers, single-point height adjustments introduce extra flex that’s not there on four-point adjustments. It’s one of the reasons you see commercial gas lawn mowers stick with a four-point design.
- Craftsman 60V: 2-point
- EGO 56V: 1-point
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 1-point
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 1-point
- Greenworks 60V: 1-point
- Kobalt 40V: 1-point
- Kobalt 80V: 1-point
- Redback 120V: 1-point
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 1-point
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 1-point
- Snapper 82V: 1-point
- Black & Decker: 1-point
- Echo 58V: 4-point
- Makita 36V: 1-point
- Redback 40V: 1-point
- Stihl 36V: 1-point
- Worx 40V: 1-point
Height Adjustment Range
All of these cordless lawn mowers have the height range to cover most grass species. However, there are some (like St. Augustine here in Florida) that you can reasonably cut 3-1/2″ or higher for the healthiest lawn.
While there’s no baseline here, check to make sure the mower you’re looking at cuts the height you need. Greenworks 60V and Makita both have maximum heights under 3-1/2″.
- Craftsman 60V: 2″ to 4″
- EGO 56V: 1-1/2″ to 4-1/4″
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 1-1/2″ to 4-1/4″
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 1-1/2″ to 4″
- Greenworks 60V: 1″ to 3-1/4″
- Kobalt 40V: 1-1/4″ to 4-3/8″
- Kobalt 80V: 1-1/4″ to 4-3/8″
- Redback 120V: 1-3/4″ to 4-1/4″
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 1-3/8″ to 4-1/2″
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 1-3/4″ to 4-1/2″
- Snapper 82V: 1-1/8″ to 4-1/8″
- Black & Decker: 1-1/4″ to 4″
- Echo 58V: 3/4″ to 4″
- Makita 36V: 1-1/8″ to 3-1/8″
- Redback 40V: 1-1/8″ to 3-5/8″
- Stihl 36V: 1-1/2″ to 4″
- Worx 40V: 1-1/2″ to 4-1/4″
Height Adjustment Levels
More height adjustment points mean more control from the smallest to largest heights. While there’s some variance in the group, none of these lawn mowers have too few height points.
- Craftsman 60V: 6 levels
- EGO 56V: 7 levels
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 7 levels
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 7 levels
- Greenworks 60V: 7 levels
- Kobalt 40V: 7 levels
- Kobalt 80V: 7 levels
- Redback 120V: 7 levels
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 7 levels
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 7 levels
- Snapper 82V: 7 levels
- Black & Decker: 7 levels
- Echo 58V: 7 levels
- Makita 36V: 10 levels
- Redback 40V: 7 levels
- Stihl 36V: 6 levels
- Worx 40V: 7 levels
Having two or three handle height positions give those of us that are really tall or short a better chance at finding a comfortable grip to mow at. Worx is the only model to give you just one handle position.
- Craftsman 60V: 3 positions
- EGO 56V: 3 positions
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 3 positions
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 3 positions
- Greenworks 60V: 3 positions
- Kobalt 40V: 3 positions
- Kobalt 80V: 3 positions
- Redback 120V: 2 positions
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 2 positions
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 2 positions
- Snapper 82V: 3 positions
- Black & Decker: 2 positions
- Echo 58V: 3 positions
- Makita 36V: 3 positions
- Redback 40V: 2 positions
- Stihl 36V: 2 positions
- Worx 40V: 1 position
Here in Central Florida, the vast majority of homeowners and Pros use the mulching function rather than bagging or side discharge. But that’s not the case across the entire country.
With cordless mowers gaining popularity in nearly every market area, it’s important that any mower has all three options. And every one of these cordless lawn mowers does.
With a gas engine, you have to store your mower on a relatively flat surface. That’s not the case with battery and all of the cordless lawn mowers we tested have the ability to fold up the handles and stand vertically to take up less space.
Waiting on a battery or two to charge kills your momentum when you’re trying to get the lawn cut. You’re better off having a spare set instead of mowing part of the lawn, waiting for a charge, and then starting up again. Some brands embrace that with chargers that take hours while others get you back in the game faster.
EGO includes a Rapid Charger in their kits and they lead the charging rate by a big margin. Their batteries have a higher capacity (420 and 280 Wh), so they’re not the fastest to go through a full cycle, though. That award goes to Snapper who gets their 2Ah pack (144 Wh) back in the game in just 30 minutes, followed by Makita’s dual-port charger filling both 5.0Ah packs (180Wh) in 45 minutes.
Here’s the charging rate (watts) of each charger along with the estimated time it takes to get one included battery (two for Makita and Worx) fully charged so you can keep mowing.
- Craftsman 60V: 108 watts (3 hrs, 45 min each)
- EGO 56V: 420 watts (1 hr each)
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 420 watts (40 min each)
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 295 watts (1 hr, 15 min each)
- Greenworks 60V: 108 watts (2 hrs, 30 min each)
- Kobalt 40V: 79 watts (2 hrs, 10 min each)
- Kobalt 80V: 288 watts (1 hr, 30 min each)
- Redback 120V: 108 watts (3 hrs each)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 63 watts (3 hrs, 26 min each)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 63 watts (3 hrs, 26 min each)
- Snapper 82V: 295 watts (30 min each)
- Black & Decker: 108 watts (1 hr, 15 min each)
- Echo 58V: 232 watts (53 min each)
- Makita 36V: 234 watts (45 min for 2 batteries)
- Redback 40V: 72 watts (2 hrs each)
- Stihl 36V: 234 watts (59 min each)
- Worx 40V: 108 watts (1 hr, 40 min each)
Additional Battery Bay
If you need to switch batteries, sometimes you have to stop and walk back to the garage or shop. Some battery-powered lawn mowers have an extra battery bay to let you store another pack onboard. Even better, a few have an active second port and some automatically switch over so you can mower without interruption.
- Craftsman 60V: Single bay
- EGO 56V: Single bay
- EGO 56V Peak Power: Dual active bays
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: Dual active bays
- Greenworks 60V: Single bay
- Kobalt 40V: Single bay
- Kobalt 80V: Single bay
- Redback 120V: Single bay
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: Additional storage bay
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: Additional storage bay
- Snapper 82V: Additional storage bay
- Black & Decker: Dual active bays with manual switchover
- Echo 58V: Additional storage bay
- Makita 36V: 2 batteries required
- Redback 40V: Single bay
- Stihl 36V: Additional storage bay
- Worx 40V: 2 batteries required
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Value
If you’ve been around us long, you know value means a lot more to us than price. It’s what you get for the money. Better performance and a higher quality build cost more and every manufacturer is looking for the sweet spot. When they get the right combination, it’s worth paying a bit more for a product that fits your needs better.
For the way we prioritize the rest of the results, the Greenworks 60V lawn mower leads the self-propelled group. Kobalt’s 40V model is just a point behind and Ryobi’s RY30LM03 wraps up a well-deserved third-place value.
Worx easily leads value for the push mowers while Black and Decker scores high as well. Redback finishes off the podium finishers for that group.
Best Battery-Powered Lawn Mower Final Rankings
In addition to the ranking, we’ve included the score and the category or categories it scores more than 90 points in to help you decide which one is the best cordless battery-powered lawn mower for you.
Keep in mind that the mowers are only compared to the others in its class—self-propelled doesn’t directly compare to push.
- Kobalt 80V: 92.1 points (Cutting Power, Cutting Area, Noise Level)
- Greenworks Commercial 82V: 90.1 points (Battery Efficiency, Cutting Area, Noise Level)
- EGO 56V Peak Power: 89.4 points (Torture Cutting, Cutting Area, Noise Level)
- Snapper 82V: 86.8 points (Cutting Power, Noise Level)
- Greenworks 60V: 86.3 points (Cutting Power, Noise Level, Value)
- EGO 56V: 84.5 points (Cutting Power, Noise Level, Value)
- Craftsman 60V: 84.4 points (Cutting Power, Value)
- Kobalt 40V: 83.0 points (Noise Level, Value)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM03: 80.4 points (Noise Level, Value)
- Ryobi 40V RY40LM01: 79.1 points (Noise Level)
- Redback 120V: 78.7 points (Cutting Power, Value)
- Makita 36V: 89.9 points (Cutting Area, Noise Level)
- Stihl 36V: 86.5 points (Cutting Power)
- Worx 40V: 85.6 points (Battery Efficiency, Noise Level, Value)
- Redback 40V: 83.2 points (Noise Level)
- Black & Decker 60V: 81.2 points
- Echo 58V: 79.1 points (Cutting Power)
Why You Should Consider a Cordless Lawn Mower
The best battery-powered lawn mower for you gets your lawn cut on one charge. No matter which model that is, they all share some common characteristics. There are no gas emissions and no gas engine to maintain. You still need to clean it off when you’re done, but the maintenance is much easier and takes less time.
They’re also quieter. The early bird gets the worm and if you want to start mowing at 7:00 on Saturday morning, your neighbors can probably sleep through it. More of a night owl? Many cordless mowers have headlights and you’re unlikely to disturb your neighbor’s Lord of the Rings marathon at 10:00 PM.
Those are some of the more obvious reasons, but one of my favorites is the ability to put the battery in and mow. There’s no cranking, no choke, and no fuel cut-off valve. As long as you have enough batteries to get the entire lawn cut, it’s an easier system to work with than gas.