Types of electric lawn mowers
So, what is an electric lawn mower?
These grass cutting machines get their power by either getting plugged into an electric outlet, or with a rechargeable battery.
They can be hand-held, pushed, ride-on, or come as a self-driving mower. Now becoming increasingly affordable, they are also relatively easy to run and maintain.
Electric lawn mowers can be a popular choice for people who want a lawn mower that is eco-friendly, makes less noise, is easier to move around, doesn’t require petrol (so is therefore cheaper in the long run) and can provide precise quality grass cutting. They also come in two versions - corded and battery-powered (cordless).
Corded electric lawn mowers
A corded electric lawn mower uses electricity from an outlet through the cord, and is generally recommended for your average to larger size lawn.
Pros: Being plugged in means you never have to worry about running out of power. They are also pretty lightweight for using around the yard, and overall make for a more economical and eco-friendly choice.
Cons: A cord can be potentially hazardous if someone is to trip or if you accidentally mow over it. Ensure you have provisions in place when using a corded electric product inside and outside the home, such as ensuring the grass is dry, taping down your cord in the home, and ensuring not to run over it with your lawn mower.
Battery-powered electric lawn mowers
Cordless electric lawn mowers are battery powered, and can accommodate most backyards, from small to quite large.
Pros: No cord means less of a hazard, and larger mobility without having to stay within the realms of how far the cord stretches. They are also cost-efficient and are a great 'green' alternative to mowing.
Cons: You will need to remember to charge the lawn mower before use, and once it’s out of power, it cannot be used until you recharge. Battery powered electric lawn mowers are also typically heavier due to the battery insert. Cordless electric lawn mowers are pricier, but are often much more convenient.
Self-driving electric robot lawn mowers
These are the latest in lawn-mowing tech. Just as robot vacuum cleaners can sweep and mop your home with the touch of a button, so too can these new lawn moving robots.
Pros: Sit back, relax and enjoy the power of technology to do the hard work for you. These robots can cut your lawn to perfection without you needing to lift a muscle.
Cons: Much like any new technology, these come with a hefty price tag compared to their electric human-pushed counterparts. While these robots are designed to cut your lawn methodically and perfectly, obstacles can obstruct the path and the mower can decide to avoid them altogether.