How to choose an electric mower? The buying guide

To properly maintain your grassy land, you will need to use your mower for more than fifty hours each year. It is therefore preferable to invest in a model adapted to your needs, comfortable to use and efficient. If you have a small lot or you prefer to opt for an electric mower, discover our tips for choosing your model.

Models of electric lawn mowers

There are several models of electric mowers.

The corded electric mower

The corded electric mower is a model suitable for mowing areas between 200 and 800 m². As their name suggests, these mowers have an electric wire and can only work when plugged into the mains. Depending on the size of your land, you will need to opt for a longer or shorter extension cord and be careful not to cut the line while mowing, which can be restrictive.

However, these machines consume little energy, are very efficient, less noisy than thermal models, easy to start and use, but also easy to maintain. However, to be sure to buy a reliable and solid model, avoid the first prices and invest in a mower from 150 to 175 euros at least.

The battery-powered electric mower

Battery-powered electric mowers are also very efficient and easy to use, but they are only suitable for areas that do not exceed 500 m², as the battery life is limited to an average of 30 minutes. Obviously, and we recommend it, you can invest in the purchase of a second battery to double your usage time. This will also allow you to mow your lawn while the other battery is charging and not get stuck in the event of a failure.

If the price of these mowers is interesting and approaches that of corded electric mowers, be careful about the price of batteries. Indeed, some manufacturers sell their machines at low prices, but charge you the batteries at more than 200 euros each.

The electric air cushion mower

If you have a very small area to mow, an electric air cushion mower may be a solution. These small models hover over the grass with a blast effect. Easy to handle and light, they are on the other hand a little less efficient than the previous models and are only suitable for very small grassy areas.

The robot mower

These mowers work alone and mow the lawn for you, in your presence or in your absence. These mowers are very practical for maintaining large areas to mow without effort.

There are two cutting modes: with peripheral wire, which consists of placing a wire all around the surface to be mowed to delimit the robot’s intervention zone, and without peripheral wire, to be reserved in gardens where the areas to be mowed are well delimited naturally. If your garden is flat and easy to mow, a basic model will suffice. On the other hand, if it includes slopes, irregularities, obstacles, recesses or narrow passages, it is recommended to invest in an advanced model and with more features.

Unfortunately, these well-practiced robots are expensive, since it takes up to 2,000 euros, or even more. In addition, they are more painful and expensive to maintain than the others.

How to choose your electric mower?

To choose your electric mower well, you will need to take into account several important criteria.

A self-propelled mower or not?

Not all electric mowers are self-propelled. While this feature is not necessarily useful on flat and small terrain, it can be very interesting and comfortable for a sloping or irregular garden, as it makes mowing and handling easier.

Cutting width

The cutting width can vary from 30 to 60 cm! Depending on the surface of your land and any obstacles therein, choosing the right width is very important.

Most models also offer to adjust the cutting height, often between 2 and 6 cm. Rarely available on entry-level electric mowers, it is an attractive option to more easily cut the grass to the desired height.

Finally, when it comes to cutting, some mowers have an easily accessible, removable and cleanable blade. This is significantly more convenient for the maintenance of your mower and guarantees to extend its life without asking too much effort.

The power

The power of the mower must be directly related to the surface to be mowed for the device to be effective. If your yard is up to 300 m², a small power of 1000 W or less is sufficient, which corresponds to entry-level models. Between 1000 and 1500 W, you can mow an area of ​​250 to 600 m² with comfort. You are then in the range of the most efficient electric mower models. For areas over 1000 m², opt for a top-of-the-range mower over 1500 W. Below this, the level and quality of the cut will be far from suitable.

The pickup device

The plastic collector remains the most common device on electric mowers. To avoid unnecessary efforts, we advise you to opt for the largest possible bin, in order to limit the return trips to empty it. 30 liters is a minimum capacity for your comfort.

However, also pay attention that the bin should be easy to remove, secure and empty. This is a detail that is important when the area to be mowed is far from negligible! Canvas collection boxes are very comfortable for mowing because they are lighter, they absorb noise and dust better. However, they are more difficult to empty.

However, some electric mowers do not have containers. Some kick grass to the side, requiring manual collection after mowing. Others have the mulching function which consists of crushing the mown grass into fine debris which is immediately redistributed in the lawn and which serves as a natural fertilizer. Be careful, however, because your grass thus stimulated will grow back faster and will have to be mowed more often. Thus, if your lawn is naturally more beautiful, it will require more maintenance time.

Safety and comfort

Some electric mowers are equipped with a height-adjustable handlebar. This detail is useful for mowing your lawn more comfortably and avoiding back pain and premature fatigue. Others offer a foldable handlebar, which is even more practical for storing the mower if you run out of storage space.

Make sure that the device is equipped with an emergency stop button in the event of a problem. In addition, some machines are equipped with a disengageable blade to empty the grass collector without switching off.