Corded vs. Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers

extension cordBlack and Decker 36V batterySo you’ve decided to get rid of the gas can, the oil and the tune-ups. You’re sick of the pull cord and not knowing if you’re going to get the mower started again. You’re looking at electric lawn mowers and you need to decide whether to go with a corded mower or one with a battery, also known as a rechargeable mower. In this article I’m going to give you the pros and cons of each so that you have all the info you need to make an informed decision.

I’m going to be honest with you here, electric lawn mowers are not as powerful as a gas powered machine. No matter which way you go, whether corded or cordless, you’re not going to have the same power. If you love the roar of the engine and to be able to almost run to get through your mowing task you might need to rethink your decision.

First let’s take a look at corded mowers. You might be interested in my post about the best corded electric mowers 2012 has to offer. Let’s list the pros and cons of a corded electric mower.

Corded Electric Mower Pros

  • no gas, no oil, no tuneups and no exhaust fumes
  • more power than most battery operated models
  • lighter weight than almost all battery powered models
  • instant starting with no pull cord
  • no downtime for charging
  • no lead acid battery to have to replace
  • no dead battery to have to dispose of
  • great for small to medium sized yards
  • no issues when storing for winter

Corded Mower Cons

  • you have to deal with an extension cord
  • the extension cord can cost a fair amount
  • if you have a lot of obstacles in your yard it could be a hassle
  • they don’t make iced tea

Okay the iced tea won’t happen with any mower but all the other things are actually pros and cons for an electric corded lawnmower. The pros do seem to outweigh the cons at least from my perspective. If you are concerned about the environment then a corded model may be the greenest powered mower available. Until they can make a battery that does not use toxic ingredients or one that lasts forever then the corded mower is still your greenest option in a mower with power.

All right now let’s take a look at the cordless mowers and their pros and cons.

Cordless Electric Mower Pros

  • no gas, no oil, no tuneups and no exhaust fumes
  • enough power for most yards
  • no extension cord to drag around
  • no pull cord and instant starting
  • easy to maneuver around obstacles

Cordless Mower Cons

  • batteries add significant weight
  • not as powerful as some corded mowers
  • batteries eventually need replacing — this time can be extended with proper care
  • need to be careful with winter storage
  • dead batteries are not good for the environment
  • Limited operating time
  • initial cost is higher

Other Considerations

From the list of pros and cons for each type of mower you should be able to see what factors you like and what you don’t. Most people that end up getting a corded mower are okay with dealing with the cord. If you think that will be just too much frustration for you and you don’t mind the added weight then a cordless mower might be your choice. Go for the cordless. If you really are concerned about how green you are being then definitely go for the cord. Another thing to remember with the cordless models is that if you have a lot of hills on your property they can be very difficult to push up and down them because of the significant weight of the mower. Now this shouldn’t be a concern if you get a self-propelled model. Also with a cordless mower I say it’s easy to maneuver around obstacles and that is because you do not have a cord but they are not as light so keep that in mind.

Either choice will be a step in the right direction away from the gas oil and stench of a gas powered beast. Nowadays there are some very nice gas powered mowers but all of them still have the same needs. You have to keep a can of gas around to keep them powered up, they need tuneups and oil changes. Don’t forget they all have exhaust. Another thing that was pointed out to me is the fact that you actually get hotter when using a gas powered mower because the heat of the engine is right in front of you and your walking in the trail of heat. For some people there is a noticeable difference in the comfort when mowing with an electric lawn mower.
Best Corded Electric Mowers 2012
If you think you’re going to go with a corded lawnmower be sure and read the article listed under important information on the right. It’s the one about buying an extension cord. Also you will want to familiarize yourself with the PDF that is linked both on the right and at the top of the page. I’m also going to do an informational article about Watt hours and amps so watch for that if you’re looking at a cordless mower.

Corded vs. Cordless – Final Thoughts

No matter which type you choose corded or cordless you will still have some pros that they both share. The one I didn’t mention in either list was the fact that all electric mowers are generally only half as loud as a gas mower. A lot of people tell you that electric mowers are actually quiet. If you think vacuuming your house is quiet then yes you could say that but they do make noise. The biggest pro the both of them share is the fact that there’s no gas, no oil, tuneups, exhaust fumes and especially no pull cord. If you want to get greener and save your shoulder get yourself an electric lawn mower. Corded or cordless, you decide.

To cleaner quieter mowing,


PS – If any of you had any other pros or cons for either type of mower please be sure and leave them in the comments section and I’ll add them to the post. Also if you have any particular mower that you would like me to do an in-depth review on please leave me a note in the comments for that also, or you can use the contact page, I will get the e-mail.

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