I Tested And Ranked The Best Lawn Mowers For Women In 2023
If you’re a woman looking for a reliable lawn mower, these options are affordable, easy to use, and (very) durable. I guarantee they’ll get the job done in terms of cutting and finish.
FYI, prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.
1. Sun Joe Electric Scarifier + Lawn Dethatcher with a Collection Bag
Top-rated: 16,591 ratings
Highlight: Detachable thatch collection bag for easy disposal.
Helpful review: "This thatcher is absolutely amazing. Last year I purchased a Greenworks 12" 10 amp. thatcher and thought what I pulled out of the lawn was substantial. Well, it kind of stopped on me this year so I researched Sunjoe products and purchased their 15" 13 amp. thatcher. Man, what a difference. In one pass I pickup up more dead grass with the Sunjoe then in 5 passes with the Greenworks. It was also twice as fast because of the increased power. Don't be hesitant about purchasing this product. You will be more than satisfied. By the way, I first used my mower to pick up the dead grass but had to empty the bag after two passes. It was easier to rake to the center and just pick up and throw into my yard waste container. Did not use the bag supplied by the manufacturer as it also filled up way to quickly." — Visual Graphics Inc.
Trending review: "It’s plastic, so I was worried. Got it assembled and read the minimal instructions. I have St. Augustine grass so again, worried. I mowed first then hit it will the de-thatcher and dang was there way more then I thought. Basket was a waste of time so I just ran the mower over it again and got a 50 gal trash can of dead grass. Excited to see if it makes a difference. Rain is expected tomorrow so fertilizer is the next step to a beautiful lawn. Held up well and so far pleased with the purchase." — S.K.
Reassuring review: "It cost $80 to rent a gas powered dethatcher for 1 day from Home Depot. So I figured why not purchase one for $190 and it will pay for itself in 2-3 uses. I was very impressed with how well and quickly it got the job done. The bag for the unit is kind of small and I found myself having to empty it often. Not that big of a deal, but still. I have a small yard, and the first round of the front yard I filled up four 50 gallon lawn and leaf bags with thash. Took me two hours. One tip is to run the lawnmower with bag over the lawn once you are done with the dethatcher. The unit feels a little cheap at first with all of the plastic. But it has a two year warranty. I recommend this item." — Richard Boehmer
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2. GARDENA SILENO City Automatic Robotic Lawn Mower with Bluetooth app and Boundary Wire
Top-rated: 6,763 ratings
Highlight: SILENO keeps mowing rain or shine and cuts all shapes of lawns within the boundary wire limits, from simple to complex including slopes of up to a 35 percent gradient (19°).
Helpful review: "This is an extremely convenient little device, if like me you absolutely hate mowing, don’t mind a little setup and prep, and don’t care about a “perfect” lawn. So let me preface this full review with: I absolutely loathe mowing. I tend to avoid it as much as possible and as such my yard frequently gets out of control very quickly in the Florida rain. That being said, this little guy is exactly what someone like me needs, something to make my yard look presentable without all the hours of manual work. And it’s probably the coolest thing I now own.
Prep and Setup
I definitely suggest watching the YouTube videos from the manufacturer on how to unbox and setup the mower. The included guide was quite lengthy and a little hard to follow, but after watching the videos, setup was a breeze. Unboxing everything was also easy, everything was packed and labeled nicely, and I was actually surprised with how compact the mower was. You absolutely need to clear out your yard of any large branches or obstacles that the mower might catch on. I did see it get stuck on some branches that I missed cleaning up.
The hardest and lengthiest part of setup is definitely setting up the boundary/guide wire. This process involves outlining your yard with the included wire. These wires connect back to the base station where I’m assuming it then gets power to tell the mower where the boundary limits are. There’s also a guide wire that runs from the base station to the boundary wire where they’re spliced together with an included coupler. If you’re not familiar with cutting and joining wires this might seem a little daunting but honestly after watching the videos it was very straightforward. The biggest thing is to absolutely make sure the wire is firmly in the ground. The instructions give 2 options: One using stakes and the other to bury the wire. I opted to use the stakes, but I made the initial mistake of not using more of them closer together and the mower got tangled in the wire, this was an easy fix by making sure about every 2 feet of wire a stake was put down to hold it down (they included a lot of stakes).
Running the mower
As soon as you power on the mower you go through a simple install wizard to set your preferences and schedule. You also can override the schedule to test it out and let it run. You should definitely watch it the first time to make sure it runs smoothly but after that it’s basically set it and forget it. I don’t know if it could handle large brush, but I had mowed my lawn a few weeks prior, so it didn’t have to work very hard. I watched it go for about 30 minutes before I went back inside where I continually checked on it, it didn't get stuck and after a couple hours made it's way back to the base station to charge up for the day.
Setting up the App
There's another review on here that mentioned not having the Bluetooth model and not being able to use the app, which got me thinking the one I had also didn't have Bluetooth. Turns out all their models have Bluetooth, you just need to have the app open and turn off the mower while it's in the station and turn it back on. It was listed as P0.2 on my phone, I renamed him to 'Fenton'. My Android phone picked it up almost immediately and I was pretty happy with the options, which allows you to better select your schedule or spot mow a specific area where you place it and of course manually start it for a set period.
Charging Station Cover
The weather is quite sporadic here in Florida. Getting the charging station cover or "Garage" is a nice addition to not have to worry about it. It provides a nice little cover from the extreme heat and the Florida downpours. While the guide says the mower is built for all types of weather, I do recommend getting the cover if you'd like a little more peace of mind. Install takes all of 5 minutes and looks like it's built to last.
The mower is insanely quiet, I only ever heard the blade when it hit a taller piece of grass. I was also very surprised with how maneuverable it is. I have very soft, leaf ridden soil and so my push mower constantly digs into the always wet soil, and it makes it pretty difficult sometimes to mow. This little guy I guess is light enough that it hasn’t gotten stuck. All that being said, this mower is not a “do it all” type of device, at least not for my yard. I set my boundaries to basically a large open area, I’ll have to touch up the areas where I thought it wouldn’t work very well because of large brush or just obstacles that would get in the way. I would highly recommend this mower to people with very “simple” yard layouts and those who hate mowing. For me it’s extremely convenient having a freshly kept yard without doing any of the work." — Loc C.
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3. American Lawn Mower Company Four-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower
Top-rated: 11,536 ratings
Highlight: Capable of cutting grass up to 4 inches tall.
Helpful review: "I’m not knocking people with allergies; I have food and pet allergies and they suck, and it sucks when people make light of them. But with my former gas powered mower, I was convinced I was allergic to grass. Sneezing fits galore. Every. Time. $#%^ you, cut grass. With this, I might, MIGHT, sneeze once. Because there’s no gas exhaust fumes blowing up into my face, there’s no huge kick up of whatever I just mowed: dirt, grass, whatever. So my point is, you really might not be allergic to grass. You might be allergic to gas powered mowers. If I could cure my food and pet allergies this easily. I’ve bought this twice. They do require a bit of a learning curve. Like do not go over rocks or roots, flip this over so that the rear stabilizer wheel isn’t touching the ground when going over sidewalks or driveways (and the blades won’t spin). I didn’t do that with my first one, and compromised the rear stabilizer wheel, which you need to run this. It’s expensive to replace, near $40 with taxes and shipping from the company’s website, so I just bought a new mower. I did get 4 years out of my first mower, so I got my money’s worth.
The new mower seems like they addressed that issue; the rear stabilizer wheel looks much tougher. The blades are also sharper than my previous one. You can sharpen these with sharpening compound by removing one wheel and cranking the mechanism backwards. I’m sure there are detailed instructions out there on the vast Internet, and you can do that with ALL of these, including the wooden ones from the 50s you might find at yard sales for pennies. I anticipate, now that I know what I’m doing, the new one will last me far beyond 4 years.
Another huge plus is you save on gas here, because this requires no gas. You also save on a gym membership, as this is quite the workout but not undoable. It's like pushing baby carriages or shopping carts. And saves on time! No more filling the tank (and spilling gas). No more checking the oil and pressing the primer and pulling the rip cord and unclogging the clumps of cut grass from the blades and cursing the stupid, much heavier gas mower for not working (and sneezing, sneezing, sneezing all the while). This takes me about the same time as the gas mower did, and I’m just mowing here, casually walking along appreciating nature.
It’s super easy to put together, no crazy hand or wrist strength required (future sharpening of the blades will require some hand and wrist strength). About the only downside is that twigs and leaves and other small objects can get caught in the blades and will stop this. Full stop. It’s more of an annoyance, as your nice momentum will come to a sudden jerking halt. But it’s part of the learning curve if you don’t want to rake your lawn every time.
Love the red color. Amazon offers these at the cheapest prices I’ve come across. Remember, I had to look for a replacement, was even waiting for the VINE gods to drop one, which never happened *boo*. So I highly recommend this. Really a beautiful piece of engineering that I wish I’d taken a chance on sooner. Take care of it a bit and it’ll take care of you." — Photographer
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4. Greenworks 14-Inch Dethatcher - Full Power up to 150 Feet
Top-rated: 14,876 ratings
Highlight: 4 year warranty - double the industry standard.
Helpful review: "This thing is extremely light, assembles in minutes, and does a pretty darn good job! I've been dethatching my lawn for years with commercial grade rentals from the local hardware store. Usually I would rent a machine for a couple hours to do my 1/4 acre lot and that would cost me around $50-60 each time. I didn't think that price was unreasonable so I kept doing it for years. I found the Greenworks 10 amp electric model the other day for $90 and I thought what the heck give it a try! I'm glad I did!
This was my first experience using an electric dethatcher so I wasn't sure how it would compare to a commercial gas powered one. At first I struggled a bit trying to keep the cord out of my path but that was to be expected. Once I figured out a system I was dethatching pretty efficiently. I will be the first to say I really should've cut my grass first, to help with the whole operation. But I was in a time crunch as it just arrived yesterday and there was rain in the forecast.
With all that being said this dethatcher did a really good job(on the highest setting) of removing the thatch while leaving the good grass in place. After reading some of the reviews on here I was really careful not to pull the dethatcher backwards while it was running. Because it is super light it is easy enough to tip up and turn to go the opposite direction you came from.
For my 1/4 acre lot I filled up my full size truck bed plus a couple more big lawn bags. Some asked if this is self-propelled. It is NOT! But with the rotating tines you don't really need to push it either! It really is just a matter of guiding it along your path and making sure you are going at a slow steady speed to get all the thatch.
Pros: it's lightweight, pulls thatch without harming good grass, inexpensive, and very easy to operate. Cons: it's corded so that is a bit of a pain. But in summary, I highly recommend this lawn mower because it really gets the job done, affordably!" — Jamie L.
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5. Greenworks 16-Inch Cordless Push Lawn Mower + 4.0Ah Battery and Charger
Top-rated: 8,746 ratings
Highlight: Up to 45 minutes of runtime on a fully charged 4.0 Ah Battery.
Helpful review: "This is a great mower for trimming around the house before or cleaning up after a larger mower. It is narrow, light, can be height adjusted on the fly and can reach the places a heavier mower would need considerable strength and stamina with minimum effort. The slow startup cycle is a great safety feature as well as if the bail is released the blade stops immediately. The feature that allows the mower to "idle" until it starts engaging the grass works very well. It allows me to reach places that I used to have to weed eat because of slope or tight fit. It is virtually maintenance free and easily folds down for compact storage. It is light enough the built in handle lets most people carry the whole thing and put it away. I got this mower largely in part because I have two existing Greenworks tools that use a smaller but interchangeable battery.
I looked at a lot of reviews about the 40v battery. This one holds a charge well and charges relatively quickly. It has very good staying power and does not tail off too much before low voltage shutdown occurs. It is a LiPo battery and has the same strengths and weaknesses of all lipo batteries and rechargeable batteries in general. They all last a lot longer if they are fully discharged, allowed to cool, then fully recharged, then allowed to cool before placing it into operation. If you finish your job and plug the battery onto the charger so it will be ready for next time, you will decrease the available amp hours over time degrading the battery. If you have a good size yard and this would be your only mower you would need spare batteries which are expensive. If you think of it as an alternative to weed eating it is great. All this being said, no matter what you do the battery will finally wear out just like your car or any other battery. In this case a LiPo has a very long life as long as it being charged and discharged completely, but periods of inactivity can be hard on them just like the battery on a cordless drill.
This is so much lighter than the self propelled Honda I had been using. If you have ever had to keep letting a mower down the hill and pull it back up and hope you don't slip and get your foot under the mower, this is a life changer. It's great for those hard to do areas that are too large to weed eat. I am also tired of fighting with my gas mower getting it going every spring. It's a great mower. Batteries are expensive and should be taken care of." — Jerry D.
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6. WORX 14-Inch Lawn Mower with Two 20V Batteries
Top-rated: 4,337 ratings
Highlight: A single lever lets you set the height you want to cut your lawn, depending on the season, or just your preference.
Helpful review: "I saw some negative reviews about battery life, which I don’t have the same to report. This lawn mower uses the larger 4amp batteries (2), and I can mow my entire yard (approx. 75’x50’) and it takes about 2 bars on the battery gauge and I then use one battery to run the weed whacker just fine. The only “negative” would be the lowest/shortest cutting height is not very close cutting to the ground (approx. 2.5” blade length) The bag does seem sort of small, but not a huge problem (IT WILL LOSE CUTTING POWER IF RUN WITH A FULL CLIPPINGS BAG). It’s very lightweight and quieter than my Shark vacuum. Damp grass doesn’t cause any function issues, neither does thicker weeds. Assembly was just four bolts to attach the handle. No flat ground in my back yard and this mower handles the terrain very well." — Lexi Federman
Trending review: "I am a 115 lb little woman. I love that this was easy to assemble, lightweight enough to carry down my steps one handed, easy to start and stop, not hard on the hands when mowing, and it’s not extremely loud. It DOES work with the same batteries their trimmer uses, which I also love, but not well. The batteries it comes with are a tad bigger, and they have a charge indicator button which is really cool. The trimmer batteries both at full only lasted taking it down the edge of the driveway and to the curb. Just edges. I had what looked like 20% and 30% charges on the big batteries when it arrived, and that actually lasted it until almost the entire front facing first side of the lawn. Not the back, and not the skinny side of the house. But that was substantial. I know that’s not helpful if I can’t quote square footage or acreage, I’m sorry. But so far I’m really liking it. I’ll update if anything comes up!" — Julianne Andrews
Reassuring review: "This is an impressive lawn mower. Solid, well-constructed, easy to set up and use, easy to start up, and cuts the grass evenly and nicely. While the large box used for shipping the lawn mower arrived damaged on one end, there was no damage to the lawn mower inside. This is not a lightweight mower. So be very very careful removing it from the box. I love the two batteries. The charger works easily and well. I love how easy it is to adjust the mower height and to adjust to mower arm height. You can tell that a lot of thought and good engineering went into the design of this item. I did read several comments about battery drain when using the self-propelled feature constantly. That is understandable when you consider the weight of this mower, and having batteries power the self-propelling of it for a prolonged period of time. So, I avoided using the self-propelled on easy parts of my yard. It takes me 70-90 minutes to mow my entire lawn, and the batteries were still well above 60% full afterwards. I used the self-propeller for about 30 mins of that time. Battery drain will also be influenced by the height of the grass being mowed, the number of hilly areas being mowed, and the speed you set for the self-propeller. For me, the two batteries were more than adequate for my mowing needs. Now, always be careful when using the self- propeller. Release the self-propeller bar before making 180-degree turns, or if you plan to pull the lawnmower backwards. Also, be sure to not use the self-propeller bar while starting the lawn mower. If you do, the lawn mower will quickly pull away from you. You’ll get the hang of this lawn mower pretty quickly. I feel very comfortable using it now after mowing my lawn a couple of times. Best and warmest wishes to you all." — Robert J.
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7. StaySharp Max Reel Mower by Fiskars
Top-rated: 2,057 ratings
Highlight: New reversible grass chute can be positioned to direct clippings forward, away from your feet, or backward and downward.
Helpful review: "Let me start this off by saying that this mower isn't for everyone - if you're buying it expecting it to replace your self-propel gas mower, you're only setting yourself up for disappointment. If you legitimately enjoy mowing and you don't have too big of a yard, I HIGHLY recommend getting this and enjoying your time outside as I have.
To begin with, getting this mower to work was a labor of love. When my mower first arrived, I immediately noticed that the plastic chain guard was cracked and broken right out of the box. Then, when I took it out to try mowing with it, I found it was almost impossible to push through my grass. I compared the height with my other reel mower and while the other one would cut like a breeze, the Fiskars was almost impossible to push. I still had faith in the brand so I requested a replacement. When the replacement arrived, it had a different issue - one of the bolts holding on the reel blades was improperly assembled, creating a snag point where I could only lower the cutting blades to a certain point. With a little help from my hammer I was able to get the height lowered, but lo and behold I ran into the same issue where it required Herculean strength to push. I had my wife come out and help and I had my father try when he was over - all three of us complained that it was nearly impossible to push through grass that wasn't terribly long nor thick. Running out of patience but willing to give it one more go-round, I opted for another replacement. Once this one arrived, I was immediately optimistic because this one had no damage on it at all. I pulled it out of the box, set the height to about two inches and took off. This thing cut through my grass like a dream. I've held off on reviewing it to see if it would remain a great mower and a few months later it still hasn't let me down.
Because of the shade in my back yard, my grass tends to grow extremely fast and thick but this mower hasn't complained once. When I try using my electric (13-amp corded) mower, I continually have to stop and lift the blades off the ground to let some of the clippings drop if I'm not using a bag. With the StaySharp Max I just power through with minimal effort. The InertaDrive really makes a difference as my grass gets thicker and allows me to cut it down with ease.
InertaDrive makes pushing through grass effortless.
InertaDrive also matches your speed - if you feel like sprinting back and forth, the blades will match your speed and cut the grass accordingly.
This thing weighs quite a bit and makes it easy to follow the lines in the grass.
Super quiet - I barely need to turn up the volume on my music when I mow.
18" cutting width means fewer passes compared to my old 16" wide reel mower.
Disperses grass clippings somewhat more evenly than the clumps left by my old standard mower.
No need for gas, oil, batteries, or cords.
The height adjustment lever makes changes quick and painless.
Cons: The weight can be problematic if you have a hill like the one in my back yard. The InertaDrive really exists to keep the blades spinning faster, not to act as a drive train to help push the mower. Also, it doesn't mulch, but I can't imagine how you would do that in any real sense with a reel mower. And, like all reel mowers, a woodchip or a stick will bring you to an immediate halt. Make sure your yard is clear of debris.
Once I finally got a fully-working mower, I could not have been more pleased with my purchase. No one in my family believes me, but it used to take approximately 75 minutes to cut both my front and my back yard with my old, corded 21" mower, and now I can cut everything in less than an hour with this mower. It has a narrower cutting deck but it makes up for it with the simplicity of turning and going instead of struggling with the cord.
Some other pros that might be specific to me because I'm me - it's much more beneficial to the wildlife in my back yard. Since I've moved to this house, I have dozens of these little tiny frogs that are constantly jumping around in my grass. Because of the mechanics for reel mowers, there is only one cutting surface - a horizontal line where the spinning blades contact the cutting surface that cuts the grass down. Outside of extremely poor planning, I can rather safely push the mower throughout my grass without having to worry about them getting sucked up, "mulched," and wetly deposited in my yard. Like I alluded to earlier, I rather enjoy mowing my yard, and push mowers make the whole process feel more natural.
My wife has commented that our yard looks better with this mower and it's made me a happier person, so if you think that using a push reel mower is for you, this should be your ultimate destination. For me, I started off with a much cheaper version and tested it out to see if this style of mower was for me. Once I agreed that reel mowers would be my mower model of choice, I decided I wanted to upgrade to whatever would give me the best-in-class experience and the Fiskars StaySharp Max has not disappointed." — Eric Orzechowicz
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8. Makita Brushless 18" Lawn Mower Kit with 4 Batteries
Top-rated: 1,103 ratings
Highlight: Cuts over 1/3 acre in 43 minutes or less with four 18V LXT 4.0Ah batteries.
Helpful review: "I highly recommend this lawn mower, because it's simply excellent in many ways. But first, I want to explain why. I had very specific needs when I was looking for a mower:
1. Teach my teenager how to take care of the lawn
2. A cordless mower that could finish the job without changing batteries
3. Mower had to be reliable
4. Enough power to handle taller grass if we let it go for too long
5. Adjustable height and good features
I have been using this mower for about 9 months now and have some opinions. Overall the mower does what it should. It can handle the entire lawn on a single charge with about 1/2 battery life left over. It has all the features I need like battery level indicator on handle, quiet mode, adjustable height, removable bag, handle folds down to allow for more compact storage. When you hit taller or thicker grass it tends to stall out. I probably am mowing too fast so I just slow down a bit and its not a problem. This could also be solved if I adjusted the height higher but I dont want to make two passes on the lawn. The mower is quiet but powerful overall. I store this outside under an overhang and it works perfect even after some severe monsoon storms in Texas where the unit has gotten wet. When I want to clean the machine I just use a hose, turn the unit over, and spray everything down top to bottom. It starts up every time without an issue. I like that I can use my other Makita batteries if for some reason the batteries die, but I have not had that issue yet. My 14 year old son quickly learned to use this without any problems.
To conclude, if I had a larger lawn, I would have bought the wider version to reduce the mow time. But this one works great for my purposes. Makita continues to make innovations and reliable products that you can use and abuse for years and they continue to run strong. I would recommend this mower to anyone looking especially if you already have Makita tools at home." — Value Hunter
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9. BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 Electric Lawn Mower with Trimmer and Edger
Top-rated: 7,705 ratings
Highlight: Corded mower, trimmer and edger combined in one compact machine.
Helpful review: "We live in the CA high desert, with a yard that's usually bare dirt. With the record rain this year, suddenly we had a "lawn". I had a basic weed eater, but the idea of using that to chop down a half acre of rye grass was daunting. After reading the mixed reviews here, I had my doubts, but crossed my fingers and ordered; and after one weekend I am impressed. Everything worked as advertised. The majority of the yard is sloped and bumpy. Despite this, the trimmer never dislodged from the wheeled base while in use. It tackled thick clumps of perennial rye grass up to 6 inches high with no problem. Using a vacuum cleaner motion worked best, as it sometimes takes a couple passes to get a clean cut. The sparser areas looked good after a single pass. I have never had an extension cord supplied with a yard tool, and here was no exception. All three of my 3-prong cords fit with no issue - a 2-prong cord is not required. It draws 6.5 amps, so a medium duty cord (14ga) is a wise choice for longer reach. It used trimmer line at a comparable rate to my Toro trimmer. B&D suggests using their pre-wound reels, but there are instructions for re-winding it yourself with standard round .065 trimmer line available anywhere. The wheeled base is high impact plastic, and seems durable. I have the wheels set at the higher setting (2.3 inches). No issues with it keeping that setting. The low setting is 1.5". Noise level is the same as any other electric line trimmer in my experience. The handle is adjustable; I'm 5'8" and it was comfortable to use, and a lot easier than carrying the trimmer around. As for me, I say, 'Well done, Black & Decker'." — KnC Books
Trending review: "I am a single woman. I was looking for something very simple that did not require gas, that was not too big, and that was extremely easy to use. I am so happy I took a risk and purchase this lawnmower! I did have to watch a couple of YouTube videos to completely understand how to put together the mower. I got pretty far on my own, but I could not properly get the trimmer into the mower frame. But, thankfully there are several YouTube instruction vids on how to put it together. I did not realize the mower did not come with an extension cord, so I could not use it right away. But, I bought a $15 50foot extension cord, and it did great. This is my first time ever mowing a lawn. I did not go in an orderly fashion. This mower gets pretty close to the ground, so it can do a very short cut if you like shorter cuts. All in all, if you were looking for something inexpensive, your space is not too big, this is a great option. It is very easy to use. And it is beginner friendly !!!" — Jasmine
Reassuring review: "I almost didn't buy this due to the negative comments. I am so glad I disregarded them. First, so many complaints about how easily the top separates from the bottom. If you operate it correctly...it won't. The top is designed to quickly disengage pretty much by lifting up on the handle. The handle does not need to be lifted to operate this. So many complaints about how it is only good for small yards. Duh. This is basically a string trimmer that they attached a base to make it easy to run in a level pattern. I have a 20x30 bird/hummingbird garden and needed a small maneuveral mower to trim this area. Works perfectly for the job it was designed for. Oh, and I've found that it works better if I operate it like a vacuum cleaner instead of mowing straight lines as I would with the actual big mower. I have been very very happy with this!" — Poppy
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10. EGO Power+ Lithium-ion Cordless Lawn Mower with a 5.0Ah Battery and Rapid Charger
Top-rated: 1,915 ratings
Highlight: Up to 45 minutes of run time on single charge with the recommended 56V 5.0 Ah ARC Lithium battery.
Helpful review: "Love this thing. I replaced my 10 yr old Craftsman 21" mower after the self propelled system stopped working despite adjusting it. Bought this instead. Love it! It is light and easy to make turns. I almost have to chase it up the hills. So much quieter. Can now mow the lawn in the morning and not worry about waking the neighbors up. Battery life is good and speed of charging is amazing. Definitely get two batteries however. If you need to switch out the first one, it will be recharged by the time you use up the second one. So you could potentially keep rotating them. My lawn is about a 1/3 of an acre and takes 1 1/2 batteries worth of charge to finish it. Only caveat is the rear discharge chute is too narrow. If you are really plowing through tall grass or it is wet, it will clog. Haven't tried bagging yet nor using the mulcher insert yet. Would definitely consider this purchase however if you are thinking about getting an electric mower." — A. Covert
Trending review: "The best things about the Ego are what it doesn't do. It doesn't use stinky gas, it doesn't blow stinky exhaust on me. It doesn't shake, it doesn't make much noise, doesn't stall when I hit the thick patches, it doesn't require yanking on a starter cord. The controls do require a bit of mastery. The batteries charge faster than I use them. I'm mowing about 1/3 of an acre that I usually do in two parts on different days, so I could easily get by with only one battery. It weighs as much as a regular self-propelled mower and maneuvers about the same. Performance-wise, it absolutely puts my old 6.5 HP gas mower to shame." — Clay T.
Reassuring review: "I have a very tiny strip of grass and weeds and small rocks and have just been using a weed eater on it for several years, but I'm an old lady and just got fed up with it, so decided to splurge on this totally unnecessary tool. I'm so glad I did. Now, I can't wait for the grass and weeds to grow so I can go out and mow. It only takes me 5-10 minutes (that's how small the area is). So I'm really tempted to just keep going and do my parts of my neighbors' yards too, but I don't want to spoil them. Now, I'm hoping my Black and Decker battery string trimmer and blower die so I can buy some more EGO stuff." — Kay Strand
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11. Craftsman Gas-Powered 21-Inch Lawn Mower with Bagger
Top-rated: 2,547 ratings
Highlight: 21-inch cutting deck helps trim grass in one quick pass for an easier yard job.
Helpful review: "This mower was the best investment. The cutting is nice and clean-looking, the maneuvering is easy, and it's really lightweight to handle! When the package arrived, I was quite pleased that it didn't weigh a ton.
There were a few issues I had with how the shape of the box was in when it was finally delivered. You could tell it was roughed up from not being handled with care. There was the original tape that it was sent out with. It was pulled at certain places and the top wasn't even closed. But the postal service had used shipping tape 7 times amongst the top to hold it shut, which was a bit worrisome thinking that something could have fallen out in transit. Then when the carrier arrived, they carried it over to the designated spot asked to place it and just tossed it down as if it wasn't there problem anymore. I was mildly irritated, but by no means was the manufacturer responsible for the shape it was in when it finally arrived. I just wanted to make that clear because a lot of the time, customers review certain items received being under the impression it's the sellers fault, when it isn't!!
Now with the mower itself, when I removed it from the box, it was in pristine shape, Thank Goodness!!! Great job on the coating and color. The manuals and oil were in a sealed bag which was nice. Didn't have to worry about a mess everywhere if something spilled or leaked out. Easy to read and follow for the instructions on the "How To" parts. Looking at the mower itself - to put it in place was actually pretty self-explanatory! Pull this, bend here, screw this in place, and it was done. 20mins. Good from start to finish! And I really like how the pull cord is allowed to be pulled and in place along the side of the handle. Less back breaking bending over every time. And the gas cap has a feature in it that clicks when putting the cap on. So you're not having to use a monkey wrench to try and get it off due to accidentally putting it on to tight, which I have done in the past accidently.
Now for the pleasure of the performance. It took 2-3 pulls to start it for the first time, as I was expecting (being it was the first time). But it started up and ran so smooth! The Auto Choke feature of it is a nice touch, so no pushing a plastic bubble to prime it. The throttle/Red Handle is set at a great setting. Doesn't sound like a helicopter taking off or a motor boat on low. I was a bit excited to be honest. It doesn't have a handle grip, but again, it was not an issue being as it was a nice smooth finish with the coating so it doesn't feel rough on the hands. The red bar that you hold down before you pull the cord is the same nice smooth finish, and there's no hand pinching when holding the two together!
With the pushing, the shells are a nice size. Not bulky and over the top, but makes great for right maneuvers when needed in my opinion. We have a rough yard being out in the country, but it didn't faze it one bit. Ran over the bumps and dips as if they weren't there. (Not that it's like mowing in a rock quary or anything but still) No hitches or stalls with the tall grass areas. Which means the blade is beautifully sharp. I did choose the option of using the side chute for dispelling the grass. If I used the bag to catch it, I'd be emptying it every other row. The mulching option I thought about, but the grass was to tall for my comfort to use it at the time. But will try it out eventually, I Promise!!!
We live on a 1 1/3 acre lot outside of town, so that gives an idea of how much I had to mow with it. About 1 whole acre of yard with this was no trouble at all. And after I was finished mowing, I left it set to do the whole, "Cool Down" thing, as some may do just out of caution when a mower has ran for almost 4 hrs with 15 min breaks ever hour as to not over heat it to death. Tilted it back and wiped the excess grass off the blades and in the pocketed area behind the blades, as well as the top, and it was done.
I would highly recommend this mower for anyone who is looking for an affordable HIGH quality mower. It really saved me a bundle compared to the other options I had. Thank you Craftsman for making yet, another satisfied customer!!!" — Caleb A. Temple
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