Test results for 12 electric lawn mowers, priced from $139 to $599
Electric lawn mowers are fume-free, start at the press of a button, are comparatively quiet, tend to vibrate less than petrol mowers, and some of the models tested are very compact and lightweight — and they’re pretty good at cutting grass too.
You could easily mow the old suburban quarter-acre block with one of these machines, but if your garden’s any bigger, you’ll probably find it a nuisance to drag around a cord.
Of the models tested, 10 use a power cord, and two run on a rechargeable battery.
We tested them all for cutting performance, ease of use, and noise.
- Electric lawn mowers are very convenient for smaller yards: you don’t need to store petrol and they cut grass well. Cordless battery-operated models are even easier to use than mains-powered ones, but generally more expensive.
- Do you need a lawn anyway? You’ll save lots of water without one. But if you do want your own green belt, we have some water-saving tips for you.
For more information on Lawnmowers, see Backyard.
Please note: this information was current as of November 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
Electric lawn mower brands tested
- Al-Ko 38 E Classic
- Enviromower Enviro 500 Model ECO500Y *
- Flymo Turbo Lite 350 Model Tl350
- Flymo Turbo 400 Model Tl400
- Flymo RE370 Model U371el
- Honda HRE370
- Masport Phoenix Cordless
- Morrison Hover Mower 552463
- Talon Eagle Cut & Catch AM2053
- Victa Lawnkeeper Electric ESP300A
- Victa Lawnkeeper Electric ESP360A
- Victa Tornado Electric EBP 360A
* Victa branded model is Enviromower which is mechanically identical with a different colour.