Cordless vs. Corded Electric Lawnmowers: Which One to Choose?

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As years rolled by, traditional lawnmowers lost a lot of market share to modernized electric lawnmowers. The reason for this is not farfetched. Electric lawnmowers are more environmentally friendly when compared to gas-propelled lawnmowers. However, electric lawnmowers are not without their fair share of drawbacks. They normally come in two basic varieties:  Corded and cordless. Click here to learn more

Corded electric lawn mowers might seem like a good idea until the cords are accidentally wrapped around a tree stump or you have a wide area to mow that the cords can’t reach. So you choose a cordless variant, only to find that they offer less power and require long hours to charge the battery system.

Which of them do you go for? In this article we will lay bare the facts and allow you to choose what you think is best.

Cordless vs Corded Electric lawn mowers

1.  Convenience

In terms of convenience the obvious advantage is tilted towards a cordless electric lawnmower.  The convenience of not having to put up with the cord of a lawnmower is the reason why cordless alternatives were invented.  If you are tired of annoying cords snaking around the yard then it might be time to make the switch to a cordless alternative.

With a corded lawnmower, you always have to be within the reach of an electric socket that ensures the machine is always connected to grid electricity supply.  For this reason, corded electric lawn mower’s coverage areas are limited to the length of the cords.

2. Battery Charging

The advantage of dragging a corded electric lawn mower across the lawn means that you are always connected to a power supply. This isn’t the case with cordless lawn mowers; mowing sessions are typically limited to battery runtime. This can be quite frustrating if you have a lot of grounds to cover. You will need to constantly break your routine to have the batteries charged for about an hour. To mitigate this problem, you need to invest in a spare battery to increase runtimes. This is a financial commitment most owners are reluctant to take.

3.  Weight

In terms of weight, both corded and cordless electric lawn mowers are lighter than gas-propelled lawnmowers. The extra weight of a rugged battery system makes cordless alternative weigh more than corded lawnmowers.  Although, a fully grown adult without any physical impediments will have no problems with the difference in weight, mowing on hilly terrains can become challenging.

4. Maintenance

Maintaining a cordless and corded lawn mower shouldn’t be much of a hassle. For cordless lawnmowers you need to make sure that the batteries are charged and cleaned after every mowing session. Additionally, you need to get the batteries replaced after every 4 to 6 years because the battery cells gradually die out and might not be capable of holding in any charge.

5. Cost

How much does it cost or what is the difference in cost between a corded and cordless electric lawnmower. The inclusion of an expensive battery system is the reason why cordless electric lawn mowers are costlier than corded electric lawnmowers.  I know a few homeowners who prefer the convenience presented by cordless lawnmower and are willing to stake out extra dollars on them. It is a matter of choice, personal preferences and your lawn mowing needs.

For example, a corded 2015 model from a manufacturer can cost anywhere near $300 -$350 while a cordless alternative with the same feature from the same manufacturer cost $550 – $750.

6. Power

Till date, electric lawnmowers are not as powerful as gas-propelled lawnmowers. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t equipped with strong engines that offer a reasonable amount of cutting power.  Cordless lawn mowers may struggle to get by a heavy job and this can tell negatively on the battery system. Sooner or later, the battery charge will run out of power.