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Electric and battery lawn mower reviews

Suitable for small city yards, and convenient to use.
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Test results for 8 electric and 8 battery lawnmowers, priced from $134 to $599

Electric and battery lawnmowers 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 an electric lawnmower a nuisance to drag around the cord, and a battery-powered mower only runs as long as the battery lasts.

Of the models tested, eight use a power cord, and eight run on a rechargeable battery.

We tested them all for cutting performance, ease of use, and noise.


  • Electric and battery lawnmowers 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 our Backyard section.

Electric lawnmower brands and models tested

Black & Decker EMax32
Flymo Chevron 34VC
Flymo Turbo Light TL350
Homelite HLM400AC
Honda HRE370
Morrison Electric Mower 380mm 552464
Ozito Ecomow Electric Mower ECO-320
Victa Lawnkeeper Electric ESP360

Battery lawnmower brands and models tested

Bosch Rotak 37 LI
Gardena PowerMax Accu Li-Ion 36A Li G4035-32
Makita LM430DWB
Ozito Cordless Lawnmower LML-036
Ryobi RLM3640L (kit incl battery)
Stihl RMA 370
Victa Enviromower ENV369B
Worx WG785E

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