Best and Worst Battery Lawn Mowers


CR is testing more battery-powered walk-behind mowers than ever before, to keep up with new releases in the rapidly growing category. For example, we have doubled the number of new self-propelled mowers. In total, we are reviewing 39 battery-powered walk-behind mowers this year.

To get ratings and reviews on the latest models in early spring, our testers travel to Florida to perform late winter testing on grounds that we specially prepare each year. We plant 1,800 pounds of grass seed (mostly annual rye, prized for its dense growth). We cut 500,000 square feet of grass in three modes: mulching, side discharge and bagging a total of 3,000 pounds of mowing. We mow both flat grass and slopes to get a feel for each model. We also take a look at the convenience features of each model we review.

Each model’s overall score in CR mower reviews incorporates all of this performance data, along with the reliability and owner satisfaction ratings predicted from our latest member surveys. The surveys use data from more than 78,000 lawn mowers and tractors that members purchased between 2010 and 2020.

Don’t know what kind of mower you want? Start with our lawn mower buying guide. CR members can browse our comprehensive reviews of over 100 lawn mowers, including nearly four dozen battery-powered lawn mowers from various brands: Atlas, Black + Decker, Cub Cadet, Ego, DeWalt, DR, Greenworks, Hart , Kobalt, Makita, Oregon, Ryobi, Skil, Snapper, Stihl, Sun Joe, Toro, Troy-Bilt, Wen and Worx.

Read on for ratings and reviews of this year’s best battery-powered walk-behind mowers, plus a few models that miss the mark.


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