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
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
Ozito Cordless Lawnmower LML-036
Ryobi RLM3640L (kit incl battery)
Stihl RMA 370
Victa Enviromower ENV369B