If you are thinking about purchasing a brand-new electric lawnmower, it’s important to realize that now is both the perfect time to do so (the technology has advanced considerably over just the last five or six years) and also one of the most challenging and complex times to do so – if only because there are so many different brands and so many different models to pick and choose from!
Compared to traditional gas power mowers, however, electric makes all the sense in the world. Gas powered lawnmowers are going to eat up a lot of space in your garage or shed, are going to require regular maintenance and repair, and consume a tremendous amount of fossil fuels (both gasoline and oil).
Combine that with their skyhigh levels of dangerous omission, the pollutants that they release, and the noise that they produce while you are actually operating them making the switch to an electric lawnmower seems like a no-brainer.
With so many different electric lawnmower options to pick and choose from, what is the best electric lawn mower and why? You can’t just dive right into the mix. You have to know what to look for, you have to weigh your options, and you have to choose an electric lawnmower that makes the most sense for you, your budget, and your intended usage.
Here are some important things that you are going to want to think about when it comes time to purchase a brand-new electric lawnmower today.
Power is everything
Unsurprisingly, most all-electric lawnmowers that you are going to come across aren’t quite as powerful as traditional gasoline-powered lawnmowers. The electric mowers that drive these machines just aren’t as “juiced up” as gasoline mowers are.
At the same time, there’s a lot of difference between a corded electric mower that runs off of 220 V juice and a lithium-ion battery lawnmower and you need to know which one is perfect for you, which one provides plenty of cutting power and efficiency, and which one is going to help you maintain your lawn and garden without costing an arm and a leg in energy.
For the most part, even the best lithium-ion battery mowers are only going to last about 40 minutes on a single charge before you have to replace the battery. A gas mower will run a lot longer than that in most circumstances, but as long as you have at least two batteries charging at all times you shouldn’t ever have to worry about running out of juice while cutting your grass.
Corded mowers are always more powerful, and if you have a small lawn or if you have plenty of extension cords and easy access to outlets outside this might be the direction that you should go in. Still, wrapping up all of those cords when you’re done can be a bit of a headache and inconvenience. It’s something to think about.
Overall cutting performance
The next thing that you have to look into when you are purchasing an electric lawnmower is the overall cutting performance that it is able to bring to the table.
This is one of the big advantages that electric mowers have over traditional gasoline-powered mowers, in that they can have much smaller, much thinner, and much sharper blades attached to them without becoming a safety issue.
Yes, gasoline powered mowers have heavy lawnmower blades that can chew through pretty much anything and everything imaginable – but they’re just as likely to tear up your long as they are to cut it perfectly. With razor-sharp and lightweight electric mower blades, you’ll be giving each and every individual blade of grass a haircut when you use your power, shaving it to the exact level that you are looking for without tearing the grass into tiny little pieces along the way.
At the end of the day, you also want to think about the overall form of the mower and how easy and convenient it is to pilot, any of the accessories that it gives you the opportunity to take advantage of, and the longevity rating of that particular brand in that particular model.
This is inevitably going to be a reasonably large investment on your end so you want to be sure that you are spending your money wisely on your new electric lawnmower.