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Top 7 Best Cordless Lawn Mowers and Reviews For 2020
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Cordless lawnmowers have quickly become one of the most popular types of lawnmowers currently available, we compared the different features, cutting performance, as well as the running and charge times to see how the most popular models from Bosch, Ryobi, Aerotek, Gtech and other big brands compare.
Cordless lawnmowers are now more than ever popular with homeowners. But why not? They are eco-friendly, less quiet and messy than petrol lawnmowers, more convenient than electric mowers, and usually lightweight and easy to use. Most importantly, cordless is equal to freedom. They totally suit the lifestyle of a modern gardener.
Now, there’s no denying that proper attention to your lawn will have it looking scenic throughout the seasons. And one of the ways you can tend to your garden is by investing in a lawnmower. There are many of them on the market, but choosing the best cordless lawnmower requires careful consideration of your needs against the features on offer. You’ll need to think about the size of your lawn, whether or not you want a striped finish, how high or low you want to cut your grass, and even how long a supplied battery will last out there. This just a scratch on the surface as we have detailed buyers guide to help you make an informed choice.
But before we go any further, we would like to bring to your attention our ‘Best Pick’, Bosch Rotak 430 Li Cordless Mower, which after much debate had been named as the mower ‘we think would be the best choice for most gardeners’. You can see a quick overview of it below but we have a detailed review of it plus other models further down.
Top 7 Best Cordless Lawn Mowers to buy which are included in this review
- Bosch Rotak 430 Li Cordless Lawnmower – BEST PICK
- Murray 36 V Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower – Runner-up
- Gtech Cordless Lawnmower
- Bosch AdvancedRotak 650 Electric Rotary Lawnmower
- Greenworks 40v 35cm Cordless Lawnmower
- RYOBI 36v ONE+ Fusion Lawnmower
- Einhell GE-CM 36LI Cordless Lawnmower
Cordless Lawn Mower Buyers Guide
Advantages of the new cordless mowers that use lithium-ion batteries
So what makes the new lithium Ion batteries better, the two main advantages are that they have much longer run times which gives you more cutting time per charge. The lithium-Ion batteries can also be fully charged in around 60-90 minutes from flat, which means you spend less time waiting for batteries to charge and more time mowing. Most models will mow for 30-45 minutes between charges, which is more than enough time to mow small and medium-sized gardens.
Other advantages of the best cordless mowers
- Lightweight, making them easy to lift, carry and push around corners and into tight spaces.
- Most models are compact, incorporating folding handles for easy storage.
- No harmful fumes and extremely quiet when in operation compared to petrol models.
- They provide 30-60 minutes of mowing and fully charged again in as little as 60 minutes.
- Maintenance-free, no fuel filters to change, oil changes or messy fuel to worry about.
- Having no cord trailing behind you means they can be used without having to worry about extension leads, avoiding obstacles and where their nearest plug socket is, pure freedom to mow anywhere.
- Simply plug the lithium-ion battery into the mower and you’re ready to mow.
Cordless Lawn Mower Reviews
Murray 36 V Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower
The Murray 36V Lithium-Ion 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower is intended for use in medium and larger gardens measuring up to around 640m², an area typically tackled by petrol mowers, hence this cordless model is an excellent, clean and low maintenance alternative. It houses a powerful 1300W motor with brushless technology to ensure optimum productivity, low noise and increased runtime. This kind of motor is also durable and low maintenance and far superior to brushed motors fitted to most models.
Powered by two Briggs & Stratton 18V 5.0Ah Li-Ion batteries, you can expect at least 36 minutes of mowing time from a single charge. It also comes with a charger and everything you need to get to work out of the box. Moreover, the supplied batteries can be used interchangeably with other 18V tools from Murray, so you may want to consider some of their bare tools like hedge trimmers and cordless strimmers and probably save some money as well.
As the title suggests, the cutting width is an impressive 44cm, which is perfect for large lawns, whilst the height of cut is adjustable from 25mm to 75mm. Adjustment is done by a single lever mechanism which is smooth and easy to operate making adjusting the height a straight forward process. While you’ll have to push this lawnmower to cut the grass, the razor-sharp blade plus great power output ensure minimal effort from you so you will find it a doddle to push plus it’s much lighter than petrol alternatives. It even has soft-grip handles that feel comfortable between the hands and they can fold down for compact storage after use.
The manufacturer also gave this lawnmower a large 50-litre collection bag so it can accommodate a serious amount of grass clippings and consequently, reduce trips to the green recycle bin. The hardtop fabric catcher features a ‘full’ indicator so you know when to empty and it easily detaches from the main body when needed to.
Last but not least, this mower comes with a 5-year warranty which is one of the longest warranties of any lawnmower. The batteries and charger are covered for 3 years though so just bear this in mind. This is a way better offer than what brands like Bosch provide which we think shows the confidence Murrey has in their products.
Here we have a quality lawn mower that meets nearly all the requirements for cutting large lawns. From the power and performance of a 1300W brushless motor to the 2 x 18V 5.0Ah Li-ion batteries which come included, the wide 44cm cutting diameter and a large 50 litre grass catcher, you can’t ask for more. We also like that there are 6 height of cuts as well as the ease of pushing the mower, thanks to soft-grip handles.
This one will surely take as little space as possible in the shed because the handles are foldable and because it’s a cordless model, you won’t struggle with maintenance. Better still, the product has an industry-leading warranty so you can rest assured of many years of service. Overall, the Murray 36 V Lithium-Ion Cordless Lawn Mower is a massive option if you want to mow a large garden without dealing with high maintenance and loud petrol engines.
Gtech Cordless Lawnmower 2.0
The Gtech Cordless Lawnmower 2.0 is the latest addition to Gtech’s range of lawnmowers and it certainly has some major upgrades. Its headline maker is the 40-min runtime, which we can all agree is much better than the 30-min mark that’s popular with many other models. This runtime is delivered by a 48V Li-Ion battery, which obviously is more capable than 36V counterparts. The battery charges in just 60 minutes and again that’s among the fastest charge times of any cordless mowers, and it’s hidden in a casing that shuts during both use and storage.
Ease of use is another positive with this mower; simply insert the battery, push the start button and pull the handle lever, and you’ll be on your way to shaping your garden. The mowers large wheels coupled with a lightweight body makes manoeuvring around the garden seem nearly effortless, allowing you to move freely around corners and bends of your lawn, not only in straight lines.
Gtech reengineered cutting blade to maximise airflow and reduce the bogging down of grass by mowing clippings to the bag quickly and efficiently. The folks at Gtech also used carbon steel to make a thick, durable blade with a cutting width of 42cm which make it perfect for medium and larger lawns. This one is perfect for cutting closer to the edges of your lawn and completing the job quicker because it covers a large area with every single pass.
In terms of cutting height, you can cut anywhere from 30mm to 80mm with 10mm increments in between enabling you to achieve a perfect lawn, be it a quick tidy up or a more comprehensive first mow of the season. Even the grass bin got a major upgrade to 50-litre capacity and there’s an indicator flap to inform when the bag needs emptying which is a nice touch.
Safety was certainly considered as there’s an operational safety key that has to be ‘On’ for the lawnmower to cut. You’ll also need to turn it ‘Off’ after work to store the mower. Then there’s something Gtech calls ‘smart storage’; the mower has been designed to fold down for space-saving storage and we mean really fold down into a compact size. Also, its carry handle and lightweight frame make it easy to push to and from the shed.
The Gtech Cordless Lawnmower 2.0 is a brilliantly designed model that anyone would love to own. Its 42cm cutting width puts it in the large garden category but even if you don’t have acres to cut, you’ll be happy with the performance of this mower. It offers the best runtime on the market as well as charge time, with its 50L grass bin and 6 cutting heights also features to be happy about with a close cutting height of just 30mm on its lowest setting. It comes at a price though and is fairly expensive but we think it’s well worth price and Gtech have done a fantastic job at designing this mower.
We noted that the grass bin has an awkward shape as it angles up at the back, but that’s not even a deal-breaker. In fact, we struggled to find serious negatives here and that’s why we say if you can match the price, go for it.
Greenworks 40v cordless lawnmower
We had previously reviewed the older version of this model which is still available and back then it was probably the best-priced model around and had proven very popular for that reason.
The model pictured above is the new version of the Greenworks 40v cordless lawnmower and the looks have certainly been improved but so has the performance as it has a longer cutting time of 40 minutes which is brilliant, it’s worth bearing in mind that you will only get close to the 40 minute cutting time if your grass is fairly short and mowed every week or two.
We were going to remove the older review of the older model but decided to leave it live so you can compare, the older model is reviewed below.
Corded alternative to our ‘Best Pick’
Bosch AdvancedRotak 650 Electric Rotary Lawnmower
The Bosch AdvancedRotak 650 Electric Rotary Lawnmower is one model that strikes a great balance between performance and affordability. To start with, this lawnmower has some tremendous power behind it in the form of a 1700W motor. This makes it ideal for medium to large-sized lawns, and capable of cutting overgrown grass, whether dry or wet although it will do a much better job with dry grass.
It also provides impressive speed and movement even for its large body, though you’ll have to be mindful when mowing into tight areas. Bosch also featured ProSilence function, which reduces the noise of the mower by up to 75%, an excellent feature if you are wary about the noise produced by lawnmowers.
This electric mower comes with a 10m power cable which is fairly standard for corded models. Should you need more length, you will need an extension cord. The attached ground steel blade is 41cm wide and is sure to give a clean, neat cut every time. You will need to sharpen the blade after every couple of uses to keep it in great shape and maintain durability. The cutting width is perfect for large lawns since it gives a decent combination of speed and efficiency.
When it comes to cutting height, this Bosch offers seven levels of adjustment ranging from 20 to 80mm. This means you can cut grass to your preferred finish depending on the season and can cut really low too. Just to give a tip, avoid setting low cut heights on longer grass. Start with a higher setting and keep lowering the height with each subsequent mow. The blade height is easy to adjust as is a matter of pushing a button, unlike many other models which utilise a lever mechanism to do the trick.
In addition, the AdvancedRotak 650 comes with a 50-litre collection box which we find suitable for catching large amounts of cuttings before emptying. As this mower is designed for gardens up to 650m², it’s only reasonable to have a matching grass box. Moreover, the box features a ‘full’ gauge that clearly indicates when it needs emptying, eliminating all the guesswork of stopping and checking if the grass is full. An integrated carry handle makes it easy to detach and transport the bag.
Better still, the blade has a useful LeafCollect design that makes it a breeze to collect up leaves from the lawn and chop them up alongside the grass cuttings. No need of a rake or leaf blower afterwards as this mower deals with the leaves. Another cool addition to the AdvancedRotak 650 is a grass comb, which assists in gathering up stray bits of cuttings along borders, edges, flower beds and paths, areas where models without this feature struggle to mow.
Moving on to the ergonomics, the mower’s double handles make it easy to push around. They also feature soft-grip padding and are perfectly shaped for your hands so you won’t feel tired sooner than the job is complete. The handles are also telescopic in that you can easily adjust to suit your height.
This AdvancedRotak 650 Lawnmower certainly boasts some top-of-the-range features yet it comes at a decent price but remembers it’s not cordless but we had to feature this as am alternative since its that impressive. The build quality is what you would expect from a leading brand. The mower is one of the most powerful out there and will make easy work of dealing with long and wet grass on fairly large lawns. We like that there are seven cutting heights allowing you to trim to your desired finish and a large collection box that let’s focus more on mowing and less emptying.
Another touch of class is the ergonomic, telescopic handles that make the entire mowing experience much easier. You’ll also love how quiet this mower is and don’t forget it folds down nicely for compact storage. All things considered, an excellent purchase with true value for money.
Ryobi 36v ONE+ Fusion Lawnmower
This Ryobi One+ Fusion Lawnmower is powered using two 18v batteries which gives it enough power to mow an impressive 600 square meters of lawn from just one charge.
It has an impressive 40cm cutting width which provides more coverage when mowing and the height can be altered between 20mm and 70mm using a simple lever to set the cut height. The large 50 litre collection ensures you can mow more and empty the clipping less, ensuring you mow the lawn in the least time possible.
The aerodynamically optimised cutting deck and 40cm blade ensure the best mowing performance and another clever feature includes the Vertebrae™ handle design for extended fatigue-free use for extra comfort.
Another useful feature is the EasyEdge™ combs, this ensure you can mow up to the edge of lawns and fences while still maintaining an exceptional cutting performance and neat job.
This Ryobi One+ Fusion Lawnmower is one of the most expensive models available but you are buying supreme performance and quality from a brand you can trust.
The unique two battery system does give you the extra power needed for those larger lawns, it will mow up to 600 square meters from one charge which most other mowers do not even come close to.
It can be up and running out of the box within around 5 minutes and when you have finished the handle folds back and the large 50-litre collection box folds down flat so the whole mower can be stored easily without taking up too much space.
If you have a larger lawn, this model is worth considering and you will not be disappointed. The only negative point is that the batteries take around 4 and 1/2 to fully charge which is nearly double that of the larger Bosch Rotak model which has similar performance.
Einhell GE-CM 36 Li Cordless Lawnmower
This Einhell GE-CM Li Power X-Change 36v Lithium Lawnmower is ideal for small and medium-sized gardens. This cordless mower has an impressive cutting width of 36cm and a 6 level cutting height which can be set between 25mm-75mm. It will mow up to 300 square meters of lawn from one full charge making ideal for even medium-sized lawns.
The fast-charging batteries (It has two), can be fully charged within 60 minutes which is one of the fastest charge times of any cordless lawnmower available.
It incorporates a large 40-litre collection box that has a ‘full indicator’ fitted, so you all ways know when the grass clipping needs emptying.
It comes with 2 years manufacture warranty for peace of mind and Einhell spare parts are readily available should you need them.
If your looking for a reliable, high-quality cordless mower and have a budget of around £300, then this Einhell GE-CM Li Power X-Change Lawnmower is worth considering.
This cordless mower is manufactured to a very high standard as you would expect from the German manufacture ‘Einhell’. It is reasonably quiet when mowing and will easily mow a medium-sized lawn up to 300 square meters from just one charge, this will give you around 40 minutes of consistent mowing.
One advantage this mower offers is that the batteries can be charged in around 60 minutes and it comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind.
Einhell also has full spares backup service, so you can get replacement parts if needed very easily without much trouble.
Another positive point is that the Power X-Change 36v Lithium batteries can be used in other ‘Einhell’ power X-Change tools’. This could save you some of your hard-earned cash if you plan on investing in some other power tool as they are much cheaper when purchased without batteries.
Overall, a very good mower, nice clean cut, easy to use and worth the extra cost when compared to other cheaper models.
Cordless mowers are here for the long haul and it’s only reasonable to buy one that suits your individual needs. Also, the benefits of a battery-powered mower are hard to beat, so you’ll be getting the best bang for the buck. And the best cordless lawn mower doesn’t have to be expensive such as the Bosch Rotak 430 LI Cordless Lawnmower; you can get the AdvancedRotak 650 Electric Rotary Lawnmower at half the price.
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