The Best Corded Electric Lawn Mower – 2019
A corded-electric lawn mower can save you a lot of money in comparison to a pricier gasoline-powered model, not only on the upfront purchase costs, but also in terms of ongoing maintenance and refueling. What’s more, electric lawn mowers don’t come with all the same drawbacks associated with gasoline models.
If you don't have a massive lawn, and don't want the noise, hassle, maintenance, and expense of a gasoline mower, you should consider a corded electric lawn mower.
You will need a power outlet within a reasonable distance of your lawn if you decide on a corded electric mower - if you don't have one, have a look at our reviews of the best cordless lawn mower, the best gas lawn mower, or the best manual push mower (if you have a smaller lawn).
Spoiler alert - our favorite corded mower is the Greenworks 25022 - it's available at a reasonable price, easy to assemble, lightweight, and capable of handling most lawns.
If you have a slightly smaller yard, the Sun Joe MJ403E might be worth a look - it's smaller and lighter than our #1 pick, but it's surprisingly powerful for such a compact and affordable machine.
Below, we’ve listed out 5 of the best models available, from a 14" budget model to a 20" beast which is comparable to some gasoline mowers:
The Best Corded Electric Lawn Mower in Comparison
#1 - Greenworks 25022 – The Best Corded Lawn Mower Overall
We believe this is the best corded electric lawn mower on the market - it has everything most people will ever need in a mower, at a reasonable price.
- 20" Steel Deck
- 12-Amp motor
- 3-In-1 (Mulching, Side Discharge, and Rear Bag)
- 7-position height adjustment (1.5" to 3.75")
- 10" Rear / 7" Front Wheels
- 4-Year Warranty
The Greenworks 25022 features an adjustable height setting, with 7 levels for varying the height at which your grass is cut, as well as making mowing easier on a range of surfaces, regardless of whether they're flat or uneven. The cutting range spans from 1.5" up to 3 3/4". The level is varied using a single lever system, which makes it straightforward to adjust the height without using tools.
Out of the box, this mower is relatively simple to set up, with minimal parts to be assembled. All in all, it'll take around 15 minutes for the average person to construct the mower. Once assembled, one of the most notable features is the steel deck (most corded mowers use a plastic deck) - though the steel construction (and larger deck size) make this mower heavier than most competitors, it should be more durable.
The handles fold down completely, so as to take up less space for storage purposes.
This lawn mower's powerful 12-Amp motor is capable of tackling thick grass and weeds, without stalling. Though it struggles more with mulching in wet grass, the 20-inch steel cutting deck tackles most small to medium yards with ease, and can even handle larger yards, perhaps with a power cord extension. In terms of grass output, a three-way design caters for rear bagging, discharge or mulching, so you can choose how your cut grass is managed.
One last point worth mentioning is that the 12-Amp motor will not struggle with smaller debris that can hamper some lawn mower’s success. Small to large weeds, and even small twigs won’t slow or stop the machine, so you can often get away without raking the lawn prior to use.
Who Are Greenworks?
Greenworks was established in 2007, by parent company Globe Tools group. Their mission is to deliver the best electric tools available, both corded and cordless - they don't manufacture any gasoline tools.
Greenworks and Kobalt are manufactured by the same company - in some cases, identical tools (except for the color) are available from different retailers.
As with most electric yard tools, there are some disadvantages to be aware of:
One of the main drawbacks with this mower, though minor, is the cord management system. There’s a clip to fasten the cord to the side of the mower, keeping it out of the way while mowing, but it’s not particularly strong. Though the cord never gets in your way sufficiently enough to be a safety hazard, it is better managed on some other machines. That said, the positives make up for this drawback.
Some users have reported that the grass dispenser can become clogged easily. This is more likely to be a problem with wet or long grass, and can be an issue with all electric mowers.
As mentioned above, this 20" mower is heavier than most rivals. That said, it's still less than 1/2 the weight of most gas mowers, and when pushing it, you don't feel like it needs to be self-propelled.
Click here to download the user manual.
Providing there's proof of purchase, Greenworks guarantee the product for up to 4 years.
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#2 - Sun Joe MJ403E - Lightweight & Powerful
Surprisingly powerful for a low-priced corded mower
- 17" Plastic Deck
- 13-Amp motor
- 2-In-1 (Mulching, Rear Bag)
- 7-position height adjustment (1" to 2.9")
- 10" Rear / 6.5" Front Wheels
- 2-Year Warranty
Sometimes, smaller yards require smaller mowers to get the job done well, and with its 17” deck width, the Sun Joe MJ403E may just fit the bill. At just under 32 pounds, this mower is incredibly lightweight and compact, yet still manages to squeeze in a 13-Amp motor, which makes it the most powerful corded lawn mower we've looked at.
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Assembly is straightforward, with very minimal work to do out of the box; simply hook up the blades and tighten the handles into place.
The blades are constructed out of steel and can be adjusted to 7 different cutting heights.
The 12-gallon grass catcher is a hard-top design that fastens securely, with a grass-level window so you can tell when it needs emptied.
As could be expected from a slightly smaller cutting deck, you'll likely need to make more passes than you would with a larger model. However, you won’t tire easily pushing this lawn mower around the yard.
Weight distribution & heavy-duty power cord requirements
One small problem with this mower is the weight distribution – it feels as if all the weight is towards the rear of the mower, which can make it want to tip up slightly, with the front wheels off the ground, when the grass catcher is full. This is more of a problem if the grass is damp (as it weighs more than dry grass), though it should be pointed out that Sun Joe don’t recommend you use this mower on wet grass anyway.
The assembly instructions aren’t as good as some rivals, but assembly itself is not complicated.
When folded for storage, the MJ403E doesn’t fold down quite as small as some rivals.
The disadvantage of the more powerful motor is that the MJ403E requires a heavier-duty extension cord than some other garden tools – you may need to buy a new extension cord to use this mower. Sun Joe recommend a 14AWG extension cord for up to 50 feet, and 12AWG for 50-100 feet (extension cords over 100 feet are not recommended with this mower)
Click here to download the user manual.
This Sun Joe electric mower has a 2-year coverage for problems arising as a result of defective parts or workmanship.
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#3 - Greenworks MO09B01 – Best For Small Lawns
Small & lightweight, not suited to larger lawns though
The Greenworks MO09B01 lawn mower has a mid-range motor, with 9-Amps of power behind it; this model is intended for smaller yards, and is also an ideal size & weight for older or less physically strong owners.
It folds down to a reasonably small size for storage.
The MO09B01 provides ample cutting power for most situations, though it can have a more challenging time with wet or thick grass. The included grass catcher & mulching plug cover all the grass disposal options.
The lawn mower features a 2-in-1 grass management system, which allows you the choice of bagging or mulching. All of this is mounted onto a heavy-duty frame, which sits on 7-inch rear and 6-inch front wheels. What's more, the cutting height can be toggled between 5 different settings.
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Greenworks provide a class-leading 4 year warranty with this mower.
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#4 - BLACK&DECKER EM1500
Lightweight, but a little underpowered
Featuring a lightweight, 15-inch deck, this lawn mower comes in at just 36 pounds in total, making it simple to maneuver even over longer cutting sessions. That's fortunate, given that the very narrow cutting deck will require you to make more passes of the yard, if you're cutting anything more than small area. Still, the compact and lightweight design is ideal for avoiding obstacles and handling small turning circles.
This lawn mower has an adjustable height cutting range that ranges from a minimum of 1-inch up to 3-inches, controlled via a single adjustable lever, and the cut produced is clean and powerful at any height. Speaking of power, the motor inside of the EM1500 mower is just 10-Amps; though not particularly strong in comparison to some alternative models, the benefit is that it can be used with standard home outlets.
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#5 - WORX WG719
Great maneuverability, but ultimately the design is compromised
The Worx WG719 is an interesting mower, in that the wheel design is both bad and good. Designed with castor front wheels, this mower has a reasonably tight turning circle, giving it good maneuverability when avoiding obstacles and lawn perimeters. Unfortunately, that same functionality is a nuisance when tackling slopes or attempting to cut a fine, straight line. Fortunately, though not ideal, the wheels can be locked into place with the push of a button.
In terms of what this mower does right, the push-button starter mechanism succeeds every time, and a one-touch foldable handle is perfectly suited for storing the motor away in small spaces, or standing up. What’s more, thanks to sacrificing a gasoline-powered engine, this motor runs extremely quietly, meaning that you can mow at more unsociable hours of the morning or evening without disturbing your neighbors.
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What Makes A Good Corded-Electric Lawn Mower?
Our buying guide will make sure you're informed before you decide which model is best for you.
If you’ve already made the decision to pick up a corded-electric mower, then you’ve already made one of the toughest choices; whether to invest in a corded design or a battery-powered design. Now, there are a range of other considerations to make.
Deck Size and Cutting Width
Consider the deck size of your prospective lawn mower, which is another term for the width of the cutting deck; this is typically expressed in inches. The wider the deck, the lower the number of passes that you will have to make to finish cutting your lawn. This means less time and less electricity invested in the task at hand.
Grass Management System
All that cut grass must go somewhere, which is why you should consider the electric mower's grass management system. Certain brands include 3-in-1 systems, which allow you to toggle between side-discharge, mulching or the ability to catch the grass within a built-in bag. On the other hand, some mowers don’t have a grass catching bag at all. Think about what’s right for you.
The ability to adjust the height of the cutting deck is important, as experts often advice not to cut grass down to less than 30% of its original height; this can weaken the blades, leaving them susceptible to damage. Most machines include this feature, but there are specific aspects of the mechanism to investigate. Firstly, check how easily can the height be adjusted, as some mowers have fiddlier systems, or ones that don't fix into place well. Secondly, consider how many varied height settings the motor includes. You should try to opt for a mower that has at least 4.
Push vs. Self-propelled
You'll need to decide whether you want a lawn mower that is self-propelled, or whether you're happy to put the work in to push it yourself. Self-propulsion can cost you more than a basic push mower, but if you have thicker varieties of grass or weeds, then you could benefit from a self-propelled mower. However, for thinner grass or smaller yards, a push-powered mower should be more than sufficient.
How to select the correct gauge extension
Residential users often mistake in buying the correct gauge extension for their power tools, assuming that any one would do. This misconception is not only dangerous for the tool, but can turn out to be a potential electrical hazard. Choosing the correct gauge extension can ensure your machine's maximum performance as well as a secure working environment for you.
Extensions are primarily classified as indoors (S) or outdoors (W). They differ on the basis of insulation; outdoors ones are built with stronger and more durable materials so that they can endure all sorts of outdoors stress (like moisture, temperature, chemicals, etc.) better. So for lawn mowers, look for the W. Next, check for the safety listing; whether it has been tested and validated by a credible testing agency to certify that the product has passed all sorts of safety standards.
Then, for the size, you have to consider the cord's length as well. This is because, based on the gauge, a cord can power an appliance of a certain wattage only at a certain distance. As the distance from the source increases, the current carrying capacity of the cord decreases. For example, a 16 gauge extension cord with 50 feet in length can power a 1625-watt appliance. But that same cord above 50 in length can only power appliances of up to 1250-watt.
Usually, these extensions have a number in their packaging in the format 'x/y', where the first number states the wire diameter and the latter stated the number of wires inside. The term 'wire gauge' refers to the the diameter of the conducting wire inside the cord. Some common wire gauges are 10, 12, 14, 16 an 18. The thicker a wire, the more current it can carry. But, the thicker a wire, the lower the wire gauge number (confusing, we admit). This means that, even though 18 is higher than 10 and should be meaning it is thicker and more powerful, the numbering was decided to be inversely proportional. To break it down, low number = thick wire = more current. Whoever came up with this reversed system to denote a thicker wire by a smaller gauge number, must be from another planet.
Now for the essential part, what size gauge to choose:
16 gauge extension up to 50 feet in length can work on a tool having up to 13 amps, while 100 feet 16 gauge would be appropriate for up to 10 amps.
14 gauge extension up to 50 feet in length will work on devices having up to 15 amps. 100 feet of 14 gauge should be used with tools having up to 13 amps.
12 gauge extension up to 50 feet long should suffice for devices having 16 to 20 amps, while 100 feet of this gauge is for devices up to 15 amps.
10 gauge extension is termed to be heavy duty and will work with devices ranging from 16 to 20 amps when the cord is 25 to 100 feet long.
The top mowers in this article have their amps ranging from 9 to 13, therefore a 100 feet 14 gauge or 16 gauge of the corresponding length should be adequate for the units mentioned in this post.
Maintenance / Cleaning
How to look after your new lawn mower, so it works as well as it can, and lasts as long as possible
The best time to conduct regular cleaning and maintenance on your electric mower is immediately following a job, while the grass and dirt is fresh. Firstly, ensure that your mower is off and unplugged from any power outlet.
You're best wearing gloves for this stage, to avoid cutting yourself on sharpened blades. After each use, you should remove all grass and soil from your mower's blades to prevent dulling of the instruments. This can be done using plastic or wooden tools.
Using the same tools as you've used to clean the blades, chip away at any stuck-on dirt and grass residue underneath your mower inside of the deck. Avoid using any metal tools, as these could scratch away protective paintwork that prevents rust.
After each use, you should thoroughly check over your lawn mower's power cord, watching out for any damage on the line. If you locate any nicks in the cable or exposed wires, follow advice on how to safely repair a cable, or consider replacing it if the damage is beyond repair.
Fasteners and wheels
As a result of vibrations in the machine, any nuts and bolts could gradually loosen over time. After each use, you should be careful to check each fastener to ensure that it has not come loose. This also applies to the fasteners holding the wheels in place.
Occasionally faults are discovered after a product has gone on sale, usually requiring the product to be recalled by the manufacturer.
There were no recalls listed for any of the lawn mowers mentioned here at the time of writing (March 2019). However, it's always a good idea to check the latest information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website before buying any large, expensive or potentially dangerous product.
Do you own any of the lawn mowers mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!