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Leigh Matthews is a sustainability expert and long time vegan. Her work on solar policy has been published in Canada’s National Observer.

Looking for a lawn mower that doesn’t contribute to climate change, and that won’t wake up your neighbor’s sleeping baby? We rate the best emission free, electric, lawn mowers on the market today, plus tips for buying the right electric lawn mower.

Gas lawn mowers degrade air quality

Think your choice of lawn mower doesn’t matter?

According to research published by Michigan State, “mowing the average lawn in the U.S. creates as much air pollution as driving the family car on a 200-mile trip,” which has many of us looking for greener options. We rated, and tested, emission free lawn mowers and listed our top picks below

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) places restrictions on emissions from lawnmowers, but there are no emission-free gas lawn mowers. Gas mowers also become less efficient and pump out ever-greater emissions the older they get.

As for electric mowers, these are tankless and instead rely on a cord or battery. Corded mowers have no mowing time restriction as they draw energy from your main electricity hookup. For battery models, battery time means how long you can use an electric mower before having to charge the battery again.

Most battery-powered lawn mowers are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are just bigger versions of the lithium batteries in our laptops and cellphones. You can store a lot of energy in a lithium battery compared to older types of batteries, which is why electric lawn mowers are now possible and, indeed, comparable in power to a gas-powered lawnmower.

Unfortunately, lithium batteries are expensive and deteriorate over several years, with their capacity decreasing as the cells in the battery die off. It’s a good idea, therefore, to have a spare battery and to replace the battery every few years to ensure good performance.

Avoid second hand electric lawn mowers

Beware second-hand electric mowers with older batteries; the mower itself may be sold cheap compared to a new model, but the included battery or batteries may be next to useless and cost more than the mower to replace.

The best electric lawn mowers

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Ego LM2102SP and LM2142SP [Staff Tested]

Highlights: 56V, Cordless, huge storage bag, headlights for evening mowing. Both models fold up easily for storage, have weather-resistant construction, and have a 21-inch deck size, with 3-in-1 mulching, bagging, side discharge options. Can buy with or without battery and charger.

  • Same torque as a gas powered mower
  • Huge collector bag
  • Pin drop quiet while mowing
  • Easy to store
  • Can mow the lawn at night

The EGO 2102SP is a 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Walk Behind Self Propelled Mower that includes a 7.5 Ah battery and charger, and offers 60 minutes of cutting time and a 60 minute charge time.

With more than 6,000 5-star reviews at Home Depot online and a reputation elsewhere for high performance and usability, the Ego is a top pick for an electric lawn mower that can easily handle larger lawns.

You can also buy the 2102SP model without battery or charger for 450 (View Price on Ace Hardware).

This mower delivers the same high torque as gas-powered mowers without the air pollution and noise, and at a lower price! If your lawn area is half an acre or more, this monster of a mower might be your new best friend. It even boasts headlights, so you can do a spot of evening mowing should you wish.

One big plus for the Ego is that huge collector bag, which means you can mow a large area of lawn without having to stop to empty the bag. The downside here, of course, is that the machine becomes quite heavy by the end of your run. Happily, this model doesn’t seem to lose traction at the front when the bag is nearing capacity, unlike some other models.

The LM2142SP (View Price on Amazon) is a 2 x 5 Ah battery model that is very similar to the LM2102SP 7.5 Ah model. The 2142SP offers a bit more flexibility in handle height, however, with 6 handlebar positions available rather than just 3. This makes it the better option if you’re a bit taller or shorter than average.

One other major difference between these two Ego mowers is that the 7.5 Ah model has a polymer composite cutting deck, while the 5 Ah model has a steel cutting deck. Both seem to perform extremely well across all kinds of grass, but the steel is, arguably, the more sustainable material.

The rear wheels on the 2 x 5 Ah model are also an inch bigger in diameter (10 inches vs. 9 inches), which may help with maneuverability in some situations and be better for sloping lawns. The 7.5 Ah model also weighs a dash more at 78.8 lbs compared to 75 lbs or the 2 x 5 Ah model.

The major difference between the two, though, is simply the run time. The 7.5 Ah gives you around 60 minutes of run time before you’ll need to charge the battery. And, of course, while you’re charging the battery, you don’t have a spare to use as a backup. With the dual battery model, you can use one 5 Ah battery for 45 minutes while charging the other battery, then switch them out to carry on mowing without having to take a break. This way, you could pretty much mow all day and, thanks to the LED headlights, all night if you wanted!

Both of these Egos have one easy-to-use shifter style handle that adjusts the height of all four wheels at the same time, which is much more convenient than having to adjust each one individually. Both models fold up easily for storage, and both have weather-resistant construction and a 21-inch deck size, with 3-in-1 mulching, bagging, side discharge options.

The Egos also offer independent self-propulsion, meaning you can turn off the mowing function but still use self-propulsion to move the mower easily from one spot to another, such as over surfaces that could damage the blades if they were moving.

Finally, both the Egos have a 5-year limited warranty and, if you buy from Home Depot, a 90-day return window in case you’re not happy with your new mower.

Oh, and the Ego Power 56 Volt battery/batteries are shipped separately and are compatible with all Ego Power products. This means you can save on the cost of the mower by buying the tool only, if you already have an Ego battery and charger. Or, consider this an investment in the future of your tool collection if you’ll also be replacing any snow blowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws or so forth in the next little while.

One other reason Ego make my list of eco-friendly lawn mowers is their adoption of green power sources for their research and development facilities and industrial park. In 2004, the company installed a 7,500 square foot Green Roof system on their RD facility, with savings of around 1.5 gallons of gas per square foot each year. The roof of their Green Power Industrial Park also features a 2-megawatt photovoltaic power station.

This ‘Blue Roof’ generates, year-on-year, the equivalent power from burning 755 tons of coal. This cuts sulfur dioxide emissions by 50 tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 1677 tons annually.

In addition, the Ego Green Power Industrial Park utilizes ground-source heating, air-conditioning and water-storage technologies. They estimate that their ground source heating system alone saves 1 million kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of 378 tons of coal. It also cuts sulfur dioxide emissions by around 25 tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 839 tons each year.

Ego hasn’t been in business quite as long as Black Decker, but they’re an innovative company with global reach. Established in 1993, they have long been invested in cordless electric technology and are now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tools.

Our experience after one year of using the Ego electric lawn mower

After a year of hands-on use, here’s what a member of our team, Taylor, has to say about his experience with the Ego mower:

I’m not the type of person who really enjoys and looks forward to mowing their yard, unlike many of my neighbors; it’s a chore that needs to get done just like any of the others that are part of owning a home. With that being said, the Ego mower is hands-down my favorite mower that I’ve used to date.

It’s quiet enough that I have no problems listening to a podcast or audiobook while mowing, which definitely couldn’t be said about my older gas mowers. The battery life is commendable, and assuming it hasn’t been too long between mowings, one large battery easily gets me through both my front and back yards without issue.

One of my favorite features is its ability to neatly fold up with a few quick releases of a lever or two. If you’re short on storage space for yard tools like I am (the growing arsenal of Ego products isn’t helping) this space-saving feature is super welcomed.

A surprise feature I found myself thankful for just recently was the LED lights. In Pennsylvania fall, there isn’t much time between the end of the workday and it being too dark to mow. I had half of my front yard left to mow while the sun was quickly setting, but the headlights on the mower made it a total non-issue.

Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower

Highlights: Boasts a powerful 80 V motor and a wide steel cutting deck, so you’ll probably be able to mow a half acre lawn in one charge.

Mower Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower
Price 240-700 (depending on batteries and self-propulsion)
Battery type Lithium ion 4 Ah (or 2 x 2 Ah)
Voltage 80V
Cordless Yes
Cutting width 21 inches
Self-propelling Self-propelling option available
Run time 60 mins
Product link View Price on Amazon

The Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower GLM801602 (View Price on Amazon) is a top pick for those looking to be convinced of the merits of electric mowers versus gas mowers. Providing the equivalent of around a 160 cc gas mower, the Greenworks 80 V models mean business and costs just 550 for the PRO 21-Inch 80 V with a 4.0 Ah battery and charger.

Both sets of batteries offer up to 60 minutes of run time with a full charge, and because there are two, you could just adopt a policy of one out one charging, for continual operation. Greenworks also make the Self-Propelled 80 V 21 Inch Cordless Lawn Mower (without batteries or charger) (View Price on Amazon) with all the same great features plus self-propulsion courtesy of the back wheels. This model is compatible with the 2 Ah and 4 Ah batteries and can also be bought as a self-propelled model with a 5 Ah battery and Rapid charger (View Price on Amazon), providing 70 minutes of run time and charging fully in just 75 minutes. Compared to the almost four hours needed to charge a single 2.5 Ah Black Decker battery, this charger and battery combo is much more efficient and user friendly.

The variable speed control on the handle of these self-propelled models can be set between 0.5-1.5 m/s, which is super helpful if you struggle to push a mower around, especially as it gathers grass clippings. The self-propelled Greenworks 80 V lawn mower may also be a good option if you have hillier terrain.

Both the self-propelled and push versions of the Greenworks 80 V 21-inch Cordless Lawn Mower have lovely large rear wheels measuring 10″ (24.4 cm), with smaller 8″ (20.3 cm) front wheels for maneuverability. Greenworks brushless motor provides for a longer run-time, more torque and more power, meaning less wear and tear, extending the life of the mower.

The minimum cutting height on this model is a little higher than on some other mowers, but there are seven possible settings, easily toggled using the large lever on the handle. This means it’s likely you’ll find a setting to suit your grass. The lowest setting is 1 ¼”, the second is 1 ⅔”, the third is 2”, the fourth is 2 ⅓”, the fifth 2 ¾”, the sixth is 3 1/7”, and the seventh setting is 3 ⅝”.

Smart Cut Load sensing technology may help extend battery time, and you can definitely tell when the motor is revving up to deal with tougher spots. If you’re using the push mower, you’ll want to slow down just before hitting denser grass, to give the mower a chance to adjust. With the self-propelled model, consider switching to the slower (snail!) setting if you’re in the faster (hare!) setting.

One small issue with the Greenworks Pro is the relatively low suction compared to the Snapper XD. This can mean that grass clippings don’t always get sucked into the collector on the first pass, necessitating a bit of back and forth. With the Snapper, the greater suction means you rarely need a second pass.

The Greenworks self-propelled cordless mower is arguably one of the best electric mowers for medium to large gardens and is made by a company with a reputation for excellent build quality and cutting efficiency. This mower is also quite attractive, as mowers go, but the foam handle jiggles a bit and could be a tad more robust.

The Greenworks boasts a powerful 80 V motor and a wide steel cutting deck, so you’ll probably be able to mow a half acre lawn in one charge. However, if your grass is long, dense, wet, or all of the above, chances are you’ll need to switch out the battery (and empty the collector) at least once to cover this area of lawn though. On the slowest self-propulsion setting, two 2 Ah batteries can provide for around 60 minutes of continuous operation, with around the same run time for a single 4 or 5 Ah battery.

The Greenworks may be too large for very small lawns, with its wide cutting deck and large wheels. That said, it can easily be used by smaller people for larger lawns, thanks to an adjustable handle with three different height positions, including one suitable for folks under five feet tall.

What we Like About the Greenworks Cordless Lawn Mower

One thing I really like about Greenworks is that you could buy this mower with a battery or pair of batteries and use those batteries for around 20 other power tools from the company, including their snowblower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, and polesaw. This not only saves you money and time, it also keeps resource use to a minimum, saving you from having to purchase, store, charge, and recycle numerous batteries for your power tool collection.

The Greenworks PRO charger takes just 30 minutes to fully charge a 2 Ah battery and around 75 minutes to charge a fully discharged 4 Ah battery. It has a useful diagnostic LED fuel indicator so you can see the current charge in the battery. This Rapid charger was Energy Star rated (the program has now been discontinued), has a compact design, and can be stored on a shelf or mounted on the wall. It is compatible with battery models GBA80200 and GBA400, but, and this is a big annoyance across the industry, this charger only works with Greenworks PRO 80 V batteries. It won’t work with other brands’ 80 V batteries. The same is true of the Ego Power batteries, though, so this isn’t an annoyance unique to Greenworks.

If you buy a Greenworks PRO lawn mower or other tool without the battery and charger, you can purchase their PRO 80V Lithium Ion Single Port Rapid Battery Charger GCH8040 for less than 100 (View Price on Amazon). This charger has a built-in fan to enable Rapid charge time without overheating.

Greenworks was founded in 2007 and quickly became an industry leader for electric power tools. So much so that they are now partly owned by tool giant STIHL. They opened an American headquarters in North Carolina in 2016, but their main office is in Sweden. As for their approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR), I can’t find any information on this side of the business. Instead, the FOCUS seems to be on making high quality electric power tools that are durable and energy efficient. I’ve reached out to the company for comment and will provide updates if/when I hear back from Greenworks.

Best Riding Lawn Mower for Rough Terrain – Our Top 8 Picks

You should pick the best riding lawn mowers for rough terrain. They are essential pieces of equipment for people with lawns and commercial areas that require it to be neat and clean at all times, but sometimes, when the terrain is too rough, a regular lawn mower won’t do the task. At times like these, you’ll need a machine that is powerful, strong, and up to the heavy task.

We’re here to help you with that, with a list of the 8 best riding lawn mowers for rough terrain. including their pros and cons, detailed descriptions, and all specifications. After reading this series of reviews, you’ll surely be able to find the lawn mower that best fits you, so keep reading to find out more!

The 8 Best Lawn Mowers For Rough Terrain

Lawn mowers for rough terrain vary widely and you should have the knowledge to choose the best one for you. Which one you choose will depend almost wholly on your specific needs. We give you eight different models to choose from.

1.Craftsman T225 19 HP Briggs Stratton Gold 46-Inch Gas-Powered Riding Mower

Craftsman is a brand that never fails to impress, and this product is just the cherry on top. They claim to deliver quality and efficiency. and this offers exactly that. With raving reviews and a top-notch build, there is no way this device won’t meet your expectations and be the best mower for rocky terrain you’ve ever experienced.

This gas riding lawn mower features a Briggs and Stratton gas engine. Briggs and Stratton make the best engines with a load of power. so we can say that the powerhouse of this Craftsman mower is a true beast.

It features a ready start option, so the operator won’t have to waste precious time trying to get the device running. Most riding lawn mowers take a long time to start, but the ready start feature frees you from all that trouble and lets the device start right up.

This zero-turn mower has a 46-inch deck, which is huge compared to other riding lawn mowers. This helps the mower deal with larger areas, making it good for home use but also commercial use, as it gets a large job done in a fraction of the time.

This device works extremely smoothly with its ability to clip grass in one quick sweep. Plus, it comes with a deck wash feature that saves time and keeps the underside of the mower clean.

If the deck’s underside remains uncleaned, residual grass clippings and other debris start to build up, which causes rust as well as a huge decline in the device’s value and capability to do the job. But with a deck wash feature, you can avoid all of that.

This equipment is equipped with foot hydrostatic transmission, which means it transits energy using hydraulic fluid. This automatic transmission can be extremely useful in maintaining and adjusting mower speeds.

This device is also capable enough to mow in reverse. which makes it easy to maneuver and comes extremely handy when mowing tough spots and rough terrains. With the mow-in-reverse feature, you’ll be able to tackle a rough spot in many directions, making sure that everything gets mowed perfectly.

Mowing can be a tough job, as it can take long hours of sitting in the same position and hours of fatigue and backache later. But not with the Craftsman mower, not at all! Craftsman made sure that the operator is comfortable riding it at all times, sitting in the high-back cushioned seat that provides optimum comfort. especially when working for long hours.

Plus, this device features high-quality 15-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels for better clearance and easy movement. You can make maneuvering easy around the yard with this Craftsman mower, because its wheels are specially designed for optimum comfort and productivity, especially across rough terrain. From our side, this mower gets a 10 out of 10!

However, there is one issue that many people face. Unlike most mowers, the skid plate on this mower is a square instead of a circle, which can cause inconvenience at times.


This gas-powered riding lawn mower is excellent for you if you’re looking for something to mow a larger area, making it ideal for commercial use. It is powerful, strong, user-friendly, and durable. With features like mow-in-reverse and ready start, this device stands out amongst the crowd of competition and showcases its productivity and efficiency.

Troy Bilt Pony 42X Riding Lawn Mower with 42-Inch Deck and 547 cc Engine Tractor

If you’re looking for a affordable lawn mower that will be great for a small lawn with rough terrain, Troy-Bilt is here to the rescue. It is everything you want in a lightweight machine for home use and light tasks. as it delivers so much productivity at a fairly low price point, so you must consider this one for your home.

This Troy-Bilt lawn mower features a premium 420 cc OHV engine with a built-in oil filter. A powerful engine means a powerful device, as the productivity and efficiency of any mower depend on the quality of the engine and how much power input can give into the device.

And this engine is a powerhouse. It makes sure that the device is capable enough to mow through the roughest terrain with no resistance. If you want a mower for rough terrain, looking at the engine is a must because the stronger the engine, the better it’ll mow.

This device has a 7-speed transmission. which is highly beneficial, especially on uneven ground, as it gives a lot of control into the hand of the operator. The operator gets to choose what speed the mowing should be done at, as different types of terrain need different types of speeds.

With the option of 7 speeds, the user gets to decide which speed will complement which terrain better. It also helps the operator get control over time. so if you want a quick job, a higher speed is better, but for a more intricate job, it’s better to go slow and steady.

This mower has a 42-inch steel deck. which isn’t as big as many other riding lawn mowers, making this one better for smaller lawns. But the steel deck has dual mower blades which ensure clean and smooth cuts and a crisper lawn, as it helps keep the lawn neat and polished.

Plus, it has a mulch and side discharge option that allows the user to turn the grass into mulch that can be used as a fertilizer for the lawn. With this recycling technique, you’ll never have to worry about getting rid of clippings and will get free fertilizer, since the grass has many useful substances that can be fed back into the soil to make it extra fertile.

Plus, this mower features a strong axle made of steel, which is durable and long-lasting. Also, it has a comfortable mid-back seat with ergonomic cushioning. And it can mow in reverse, which can help you mow rough spots and uneven land. With a weight of 485 pounds, it is a lot lighter than most lawn mowers and has dimensions of 70 x 48 x 35.5 inches. This mower gets an 8/10.

However, not everything about this mower is ideal. This equipment can be slightly uncomfortable for some as it makes too many vibrations while driving. These vibrations might seem harmless, but when the operator experiences them, they tend to be absorbed by the human body and can cause discomfort and fatigue later on.

Plus, the light weight of the mower makes it easy to maneuver and store, but it also makes the mower very unstable.


Despite some flaws, this mower has big positives: it is great if you have a small lawn, it is ideal for home use, it has a powerhouse engine, dual blades for clean cuts, a multi-speed option, and many more features that speak for its durability.

Husqvarna YTH24V54 54 in. 24 HP Briggs Stratton, Hydrostatic Mower

Husqvarna is one of the most trustworthy brands when it comes to durability and power. Their main aim is to make a difference in the lives of users who landscape and shape lawns and urban environments by providing sustainable solutions with innovation, passion, and a customer-friendly attitude. And all of these attributes of this brand are reflected in this YTH 24V54 lawn mower, which is a part of the amazing YTH series.

This mower has a powerful 24 HP Briggs and Stratton V-twin engine. This powerful engine will give you enough power to work through the roughest of terrains without any resistance. To work in rough conditions, a piece of equipment such as this one should have a huge power source, which gives the device enough power to get the job done. And with an engine like this, getting heaps of power won’t be a problem.

This engine is not just powerful, but also reliable. It features ReadyStart technology which makes sure that the device starts right up. Most mowers take several tries to get running, but when it comes to a quick start, you can fully rely on this Husqvarna mower. No matter what the day is, how cold the weather is, and how long of a job you did the last time, this mower will take no time to start up.

With the foot-pedal operated transmission, the user has control over the speed and direction of the lawn mower. This helps the user keep both of their hands on the steering wheel, giving them more control over driving.

Different kinds of terrains need different speeds, so with multiple speed options, the customer uses targets to decide what speed is ideal for the terrain they’re working on. This transfers all the control to the hand of the operator. At the end of the day, you should be controlling the mower, and not the other way around.

This hydrostatic riding mower will be a great option in terms of power and strength. The Stratton hydrostatic transmission is great, and just as good as a gas-powered or battery-powered riding mower.

This device has a 16 inches turning radius which helps the operator navigate through narrow spaces and tight spots. If you have a huge lawn with a load of obstacles like benches, trees, poles, etc., this one will be the best choice. With this device, you’ll be able to maintain every nook and cranny of your precious space.

Despite being high-powered and efficient, this device does not compromise on the comfort of the customer. The adjustable 15 inches high-back seat lets the user be comfortable throughout the job and avoid backache later on. The ergonomic steering wheel adds to increased comfort and an easy step-through design helps ensure that a smooth job is done.

The cutting deck is 54 inches wide. which is wider than most other lawn mowers, and helps you mow a large piece of land in a smaller time. Reinforced with a triple blade, the cutting deck makes sure that all the cuts are clean, the lawn remains neat and polished, and no grass is left unclipped.

This, simultaneously working alongside the air induction mowing technology and the four anti-scalp wheels. will make sure that the lawn is mowed properly. If you’re looking for a precise job in a large area with loads of obstacles, this mower will check all your boxes. This gas-powered mower has so much to offer because of which it gets a 9.5/10 from our side.

But not everything about this device is perfect. This device comes unassembled. and if you’re a pro with equipment, we’re sure that won’t bother you. But if not, you’ll have to hire someone to put it together which is an extra expenditure. Plus, the gas tank on this device is way too small. It needs to be refilled quite frequently which can be a huge inconvenience at times.


This is a great mower for a high obstacle lawn. If you want a job well done in very little time, this is the one for you, as its diverse features offer everything that you would expect from a high-end lawn mower for rough terrain.

Husqvarna TS354D 54 in. 25 HP Kohler V-Twin Hydrostatic Mower

We can tell you one thing for sure: Husqvarna will always deliver with high durability and constant efficiency. All their products, from motorbikes to garden equipment, have one thing in common: top-notch quality. The Husqvarna TS354D is no different. It is one of the best options to consider if you’re in search of a lawn mower that will last you a long time.

Top 5 BEST Riding Lawn Mowers of [2023]

With its 25 HP, 725 Kohler 7000 series engine. this zero-turn riding lawn mower is capable of delivering enough power and torque for the toughest of operations.

Its powerful engine ensures that the equipment can handle rough terrain, large areas, and hours-long tasks. The more powerful the engine, the better the job is done, so this engine gives the customers the perfect experience with efficiency, productivity, and durability.

This zero- t urn riding mower features a hydrostatic transmission with an electric locking differential that can be categorized as commercial grade because of its high power output. This allows the mower to maneuver to the maximum limit and the user gets to keep both their hands free for a comfortable ride as the hydrostat transmission is fully pedal-operated.

It also allows the operator to have control which ensures that consistent speed is maintained even in the roughest of terrains. Pedal operations are the simplest and easiest to navigate with lawn devices, especially if you’re doing a long job.

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The front axles are made from cast iron which is strong enough to maintain balance and stability. If the lawn mower isn’t stable, it’ll vibrate a lot, and send vibrations up the operator’s spine, resulting in fatigue and backache later on. But with the stability this device has to offer, you won’t have to worry about any of that.

Plus, the spindle housings are also made from cast iron which makes them durable and long-lasting. This mower is perfect for rough uneven terrain because of how well-balanced it is, unlike many other electric riding mowers.

This zero turn riding mower features a deep deck design that ensures maximum productivity. Plus, the airflow baffles and high-performance blades are an added cherry on top that makes the cutting procedure extra productive.

You have all options when it comes to this device: discharging, bagging, or mulching. Many people prefer bagging so they can discard the waste later on, but mulching is a much more eco-friendly option that turns the grass clippings into a fertilizer that can be used in your garden.

The mower includes many ergonomic features such as a comfortable high-back seat with armrests and a steering wheel set to the optimum angle which ensures that the user is comfortable throughout the job. Husqvarna makes sure that the operator won’t feel any fatigue afterward unlike other riding mowers.

And the cutting deck has a ClearCut feature for maximum efficiency and 10-gauge steel construction with welded reinforcements for increased durability. From us, this mower get’s a 9/10.

However, sometimes the seat can be extremely hard to install and there are no clear instructions in the manual. Plus, this mower has a 54-inch cutting deck which works fine for large lawns but for a small home lawn, this kind of heavy device might not be ideal.


Despite some drawbacks, this device will be great for you if you’re looking for a mower for a larger area for a long time. It has a powerful engine and many ergonomic features, including a powerful engine, hydrostatic transmission, pedal operations, deep deck design as well as a comfortable seat.

Craftsman E225 42-in. Lithium-Ion Riding Mower-56V Electric Powered Lawn Mower-Fast Charging, Red

If you’re looking for riding lawn tractors a little better for the environment. we’d suggest looking into battery powered and electrical options. They are better for the environment, give fewer emissions, and don’t empty the earth of precious fossil fuels.

Many people opt for gas-powered lawn tractors because they’re much more powerful and reliable, but surely, this mower is no less than any gas-powered mower.

The power of any lawn mower comes from the engine or, in this case, the motor. This Craftsman Mower E224 has a 56 volt, 1500 watt-hour, 30 AH lithium-ion battery which is capable of delivering one hour of continuous cutting time on a full charge. After an hour, you can recharge the battery to full and use it for another hour.

A motor this powerful will also make sure that the task at hand is done with utmost efficiency, so this mower doesn’t do half-effort jobs. but it will make sure that you’ll never go back to another gas powered mower again.

With this eco-friendly mower. you are not just saving the environment, but you’re also saving time and money that is needed for regular maintenance of other mowers by eliminating any need for changing gas and oil.

The only thing you’ll have to do is put the electric lawn mower on charge. Plus, unlike low gas and low oil, when the battery reaches low capacity, the device won’t start to bog, but it will keep on working at the same pace as before.

An important aspect of any lawn mower has to be its ease of use and ergonomic features, and this device isn’t lacking in either. The reverse and forward options are completely in the control of the operator using foot pedals. No need to suffer through hand controls when foot pedals are there for the rescue!

Plus, the steering wheel has a soft touch feature to ensure comfort. The mid-back seat is specially designed so the user won’t feel any fatigue later on, and the LED headlights are available to the user in case they want to go mowing in the dark. This allows the user to easily maneuver the device in all conditions and this mower has easy cruise control.

Also, the user is given a fast charge option that will enable them to charge the battery in 4 hours. Efficient, isn’t it? And this device comes with a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year battery warranty. This shows the trust and confidence the brand has in its product. This product gets an 8/10 as it is truly one of the best lawn tractors for uneven ground and uneven terrain.

However, there are certain things that you must know when using this mower. The on/off key is close to knee level and you can quite easily turn the machine on or off by accident. This won’t look like a big deal to a reader, but for the user, it can be highly frustrating to keep turning the device back on every time you accidentally turn the mower off.

Mowing in reverse can be particularly useful in rough terrains, as it helps reach almost impossible spots and ensures everything is neat and polished. But with this mower, mowing in reverse can be too slow and inefficient. If you feel like reverse mowing is something you don’t want to compromise on at all, then this device is probably not the right fit for you.


If you’re in search of an eco-friendly garden tractor, this can be a great addition to your ranks. It saves time and energy, protects the environment, is easy to use and has ergonomic features that make it comfortable for lawn care.

Ryobi 38 inches 100 Ah Battery Electric Engine, Riding Lawn Mower, RY48111

Ryobi is another fan favorite brand which puts out good quality and durability every time. Ryobi is best known for its powerful tools such as hammer drills, trimmers, metalworking equipment, blowers, and much more.

And their lawn mowers definitely stand out from amongst the crowd. You must be sick of seeing red mowers on this list, but this mower isn’t just unique in terms of specs, but also in its beautiful light green color.

This Ryobi RY lawn mower has a deck of 38-inches, which is quite small compared to other lawn mowers, but that is why it’s perfect for smaller lawns. as it will be easy to maneuver in a petite area and will do the job well with tight and narrow spaces. This riding lawn mower will exceed all your expectations with its 100 Ah electric engine.

Unlike gas-powered mowers, this mower doesn’t cause excessive damage to the environment with eradication of unnecessary fumes and consumption of precious fossil fuels. Electric mowers are extremely eco-friendly which makes them even more attractive. Plus, this one has an engine as strong as any other gas-powered mower.

This ride-on mower can give you up to 2.5 hours of runtime or 2.5 acres of lawn mowing on a full charge. It can cover a large area, is perfect for longer home jobs and is a great option for residential use. Just one full charge will be able to mow your entire lawn.

Plus, it doesn’t need a fancy and heavy outlet to charge. unlike many electric lawn mowers, as you can charge it through your standard 120-volts outlet.

The mower has powerful motors that make sure that any task at hand is performed perfectly and productively. It has three brushless motions that provide immense power to the mower to deal with high working hours and rough terrain. These motors make sure that this mower shows maximum performance.

This corded electric mower weighs 595 pounds which is fairly standard for a riding lawn mower. The deck has 2 blades that make sure the grass is cut neatly and perfectly.

There are twelve positions of deck adjustment. ranging from 1.5 inches to 4.5 inches, that can all be reached manually and make sure that your lawn gets leveled cuts. As multiple positions allow the operator to have more control over the job, you can choose whichever height you desire for different parts of the lawn.

Mowing can be a hard task, especially if you have fussy neighbors. But with this Ryobi riding lawn mower, you won’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbors, because it is whisper quiet. It emits only 70 dB of noise. which is nothing for a device this tremendous.

And above that, this device has LED headlights for getting jobs done even in the dark, a USB phone charge for everyone who can’t bear a minute without checking their DMs, and several cruise control features. For that, this one gets an 8.5/10.

However, not everything is as perfect as it seems. The user manual says that this mower should not be cleaned with water. This makes the maintenance so much harder. All you can do is wipe the dust and dirt with a cleaning cloth or wipes, which can be a huge struggle.


This electric riding lawn mower is the one for you if you want to do a noiseless job with a suitable deck size for maximum clippings in steep hilly terrain. It’s perfect for people who work from home or have their kids homeschooled and need a powerful engine. Plus, it’s powerful and eco-friendly, so you can use it for large yards.

Snapper 2911525BVE Classic RER 28 inch 11.5 HP 344 cc Engine, Riding Mower 2691525

If you’re looking for a lawn mower on the compact side, this one will do the thing for you. This compact lawn mower isn’t lacking in power, as it features an 11.5 HP Briggs and Stratton power-built 4-cycle OHV engine that makes it capable enough to do heavy-duty jobs.

This lawn mower is perfect for homeowners because of its compact frame and lower price point. It will be easy to carry from one place to another, so what more can one want?

It has a 28-inch cutting deck which isn’t as big as most lawn mowers, but it suits residential homeowners. With a 28-inch turning radius, it is perfect if you have a high obstacle lawn with trees, benches and other ornaments, like garden gnomes and small fountains. Many people like to crowd their space with decorations, and if you’re one of them, this mower is the one for you.

Plus, this lawn mower has a vertical stand-on-edge capability, which makes it perfect for homeowners who have minimal space to store such a heavy piece of equipment.

Many people like to store their gardening tools in a shed in the back, but if your shed is too small, overcrowded, or you don’t have a shed at all, this lawn mower is here with its vertical standing ability and compact body to save space.

It has a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.35 gallons and its operators use five disc drive transmissions. This offers the user five mowing options and a range of different cutting heights, varying from 1 inch to 4.5 inches. You can manually adjust these heights using a lever on this gas-powered mower…as easy as pie!

Additionally, this mower is convenient with its user-friendly controls. It has a HI-VAC deck, which ensures a smooth and efficient mowing experience. And it has a 3-year warranty, which only speaks for the high level of trust the brand has in the product.

You get a 5-speed option. which allows you to pick whatever speed is convenient for you. This lawn mower gives so much control in the hand of the user and makes the job easy and simple for the operator. For that, and many more reasons, this mower gets a 7.5/10.

However, the placing of some controls is a bit inconvenient. To reach a control, the operator has to take their eyes off the mowing duty and that is not just dangerous but also impractical. Plus, with this mower, it can be quite a challenge to mow close to objects. despite the high turning radius.


This device is great for you if you don’t have enough storage space and are looking for a compact and easy-to-store lawn mower. That one can be a hard task to find but with this mower, we hope your search is over!

Husqvarna YTA24V48 24V Fast Continuously Variable Transmission Pedal Tractor Mower, 48″/Twin

Another one from Husqvarna, as this brand proves itself again and again to be a star! This mower is sure to meet your needs and satisfy you to the fullest. It features a fast auto transmission which is great for engine power delivery but also lowers the maintenance, making it one of the best zero-turn mowers.

At this point in time, there is no way one can go without their cell phone, and this device aids you to always have your mobile right by your side by featuring a charging port. Plus it has a choke-less start and an electric clutch that are both worth mentioning.

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This mower has an air induction mowing technology that improves the airflow within the deck, which helps in lifting the grass up and enables cleaner and smoother cuts. Plus, using a fender-mounted deck lever that is spring assisted, this device ensures easy and convenient operation. So, it gets 7.5/10 from us.

The fact that makes this mower stand out among the crowd is its amazing warranty with a 3-year limited warranty, 5-year frame and front axle warranty. and a 10-year cutting deck warranty. That’s amazing!

However, it does have some flaws, as it doesn’t work great on hills.


Despite its difficulty with hills, this mower is great for you if you’re looking for a long warranty, for all three domains: overall, frame and cutting deck. With its low maintenance and high quality. it is sure to become your favorite in no time!


If you’re looking for a lawn mower to fit all your needs, any one from the above list might be it. You have to analyze first what you want and what you’re looking for and then make a decision accordingly. Think about whether you want a zero-turn lawn mower, best push lawn mower for rough terrain, a heavy-duty riding lawn mower, electric powered mower, or anything else.

After you’ve listed what you want, use this list as a guide to find the best lawn mower for rough terrain, best zero turn mower for rough terrain. best self-propelled lawn mower for rough terrain. best lawn mower for wooded areas. and best heavy duty lawn mower. Hopefully, this will help you in your search!


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The Best Robot Lawn Mowers of 2023

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If you find yard work difficult or are simply tired of doing it, a robot lawn mower can make the job much easier. The best robot lawn mowers can provide an even cut without supervision, even if your lawn is uneven or on an incline.

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What to Look for in a Robot Lawn Mower in 2023

Though they don’t get the same attention as robot vacuums or Smart thermostats, robot lawn mowers are some of the coolest Smart home gadgets on the market. have started to drop over the past few years, so if you don’t mind spending at least 800 to automate your yard care tasks completely, they’re worth picking up. But several factors must be considered before you rush out and buy a robot lawn mower. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out how big your yard is. Robot lawn mowers are rated for different size yards—and there’s nothing worse than going through the laborious setup process only to realize it won’t cut your entire property. If you can’t find a singular robot that supports your backyard, you can also set up multiple robots to cut different sections—though that, of course, ups your costs significantly. Aside from the size of your yard, you’ll also need to look at how sloped it may be. Robot lawn mowers are surprisingly heavy, and not all of them are up to the task of traversing inclines every day. Uneven yards and random obstacles typically aren’t an issue for the best robot lawn mowers, but hills are the one thing that can trip up these futuristic devices, so make sure the one you can handle the incline you need it to. The installation process is the last thing to consider when purchasing a robot lawn mower. Most products use a boundary wire, which must be placed around the edge of your property. This ensures your robot never wanders into restricted areas or your neighbor’s yard, and it can be time-consuming to get these working properly. Some robot lawn mowers use GPS positioning to monitor their location and remove the need for boundary wires, although many still prefer the physical boundaries offered by guide wires. Once you’ve researched and figured out your yard’s slope and dimensions, you can invest in a robot lawn mower. If you need help narrowing down your options, here’s a look at five of the best available right now.

Best Robot Lawn Mower Overall: Worx Landroid L

Considering its price tag, the Worx Landroid L packs an absolute punch. For less than 1,500, you get a powerful robot lawn mower built to handle up to half an acre, supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, and features a unique Power Share battery that allows it to work with other Worx tools.

However, one of its coolest features is the floating blade disc, which automatically lifts to produce an even cut when traversing uneven terrain. It also ensures the robot never gets stuck on a tricky part of your lawn. You’ll even find a brushless motor inside—a feature that allows the tiny Landroid L to run longer than comparative brushed motors and cover tons of square footage despite its small footprint.

Rounding out the Landroid L spec sheet is a built-in LCD to quickly check its settings, a height adjustment knob, and a rain sensor that ensures it’ll never be cutting wet grass. And like most robot lawn mowers, this one cuts your grass into fine particles, which means no bagging is required (and the grass particles serve as additional fertilizer for your yard).

You’ll need to install a boundary wire, which is a sticking point for almost all but the most premium robot lawn mowers, but that’s a minor complaint for an otherwise well-rounded device.

Worx Landroid L

The Worx Landroid L offers incredible value for your money, with impressive AI navigation, impressive performance, and the ability to handle a yard up to half an acre.

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Best Budget Robot Lawn Mower: Gardena Sileno City

Few robots with a price tag under 1,000 are worth your money, but the Gardena Sileno City is one of them. It’s not a good fit for sprawling backyards, but if you live in the city and have a small patch of grass, the Sileno City should be at the top of your list.

Lawn mowers aren’t known for being quiet, but somehow the Sileno City manages to operate at noise levels of just 57 dbA. That’s almost half the value of regular lawn mowers, making this an unintrusive way to manicure your lawn without disturbing nearby neighbors or other members of your home. And despite its quiet motors, it can still handle hills with up to a 35-percent incline.

Another departure from the norm for the Sileno City is its design. Most robot lawn mowers look utilitarian and industrial, but this one is decidedly modern and futuristic. It won’t be to everyone’s liking, but it’s hard to complain when you look at the price tag.

Other notable features include a cutting height ranging from 0.8 to 2 inches, a 75-minute charging time, and the ability to navigate tight spaces thanks to its slim design. In short, this is one of the best robot lawn mowers for small yards around.

Gardena Sileno City

It’s not designed for large yards, but the Sileno City is highly affordable, incredibly quiet while operating, and features a robust smartphone app for added control.


Best Robot Lawn Mower for One Acre: Robomow RK4000

The Robomow RK4000 brings tons of cool features to the table. Beyond the ability to set up multiple mowing zones and starting points, it boasts some of this list’s most rugged wheels, allowing it to cruise over uneven terrain without batting an eye.

If you’re sitting on a property that’s one acre in size, there’s bound to be plenty of uneven ground or other debris that’ll throw a wrench into your robot lawn mower’s performance. But with a narrow design, brushless DC motor, and staggered blades for an even cut, the Robomow RK4000 shouldn’t run into many issues.

While you can probably find a few products with lower price tags capable of handling a one-acre property, none are as robust as this. Toss in anassortment of safety features (such as auto-stop when the device is lifted and child-lock), and the Robomow RK4000 makes a great companion for your sprawling lawn.

Robomow RK4000

Designed to handle one-acre properties with ease, the Robomow RK4000 is a no-frills device that gets the job done without any qualms.

Zero-Turn Mowers

There are only so many hours in a day and zero-turn mower technology can help you make the most of them. Easy to learn and operate, zero-turn mowers help you achieve shorter mowing times, use less fuel and cover more ground over the course of the machine’s lifetime. Take advantage of 180-degree maneuverability and confidently earn your stripes.


Welded into the DNA of every Gravely zero-turn mower is the power and performance you need to do the job right. From easy-to-use controls to dynamic framework to optimized lines of sight, our machines are built Smart and strong—right down to the last detail.

Here are three features you won’t want to miss.

Fully Tubular Frame Design

High-strength, premium-grade material withstands force from any direction

Computer-developed for maximum fatigue life and reinforced stress points

Designed Deck Leveling

Optimized grass lift requires less horsepower and better fuel efficiency

Simple, minimum wear points make it easier to adjust as necessary

Constant Belt Tension System

Self-adjusting belts ensure constant tension and consistent blade tip speed

Extremely precise cutting results and longer belt life

Had my 148z since 2006. Been waiting on it to tear up so I can trade up. No such luck. 3rd Gravely in my family. Dad bought his last in 1965. Cut grass into the 90’s. Just a review for the lasting.

Lots of power, heavy duty construction, and great service from the folks at Triple C here in conway Ar. Twenty hours on it so far, and love it.

This mower makes a clean cut, is very easy to drive and is sturdy. The transaxles are heavy duty which is important when pulling a large leaf vacuum machine. The owner’s manual is not complete in that.