Cordless electric walk-behind lawnmowers certainly give more flexibility than their corded cousins, but how do they compare with gasoline-powered lawnmowers? According to Consumer Reports, cordless electric mowers offer cleaner and quieter running, as well as easy maintenance. But their operating time between charges is limited, so they are not ideal for lawns larger than one-third of an acre.
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In the past, cordless mowers were limited in that they struggled in high grass, but advances in mower body design have helped improve performance on thicker lawns. Weight has also been an issue, with cordless mowers weighing 5 to 10 pounds more than equivalent gasoline models. The extra weight makes them harder to push over hilly terrain and may make it necessary for some people to use a self-propelled model.
Organizations that have tested cordless electric mowers indicate that they can make the cut on smaller lawns that are relatively flat. At the same time, they can be less useful on thicker lawns or rolling terrain.
Cordless electric lawnmowers are available from a number of manufacturers. They are generally more expensive than gasoline models, ranging in price from around $200 to $600 or more.