The size and shape of your lawn bears heavily on the type of lawnmower you ought to go for. For smaller patches of land, having a ride-around mower, for instance, would be impractical, not only because there isn’t enough space for it to move around freely but also in terms of the fuel or energy you’d be needing to operate it. Gas mowers, particularly, are likely to be more of a hassle for smaller plots – they’re more difficult to maintain, heavier and, not to mention, spew out carbon emissions not doing you or the environment any favors.
Electric options are considerably more ideal for smaller yards – compact, quieter and lightweight, they’re simpler to maintain and much more practical for keeping smaller lawns nicely tended. Here are our top picks for the best electric lawnmowers for smaller lawns.
Snow Joe Mow Joe MJ401E
This powerful mower packs all the effectiveness of a gas-powered counterpart, but without any of the bulk or environmental pollutants. Armed with a 12-amp motor which can be turned on with the simple flick of a switch, this corded mower is designed to make the job of tending to your lawn as easy as possible. You get to pick one out of three cutting heights using the mower’s in-built height control depending on the amount of trim you wish to give the grass. The motor itself is capable of clearly cutting a path 14 inches wide. Tough, all-terrain wheels let you maneuver it over both flat and uneven surfaces for the smoothest cut, with a removable grass catcher to collect all the clippings to make disposal easier.
All these benefits, bundled into a compact, lightweight machine which can easily be maneuvered into small or narrow spaces, make this the perfect lawnmower to keep your small patch of land looking its best.
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BLACK+DECKER 3-in-1 Trimmer/Edger and Mower
Combining three landscaping functions into one deceptively simple-looking machine, this versatile trimmer, edger and mower is designed specifically for homes with small yards in mind. A corded version equipped with a 6.5-amp motor which delivers consistent power throughout the toughest of grass, this mower is ideal for use over areas up to 1,200 square feet. With a 12-inch cutting width, you get to switch this four-wheeled mower between two available height options, and use the foot pedal to swiftly and easily swap between the trimmer and the edger depending on your needs. The lightweight structure is easily maneuverable using the ergonomic handle which can be adjusted for height, while the compact design lets you work it into tight spaces or mow smaller patches of land efficiently.
Earthwise 14-Inch Corded Electric Lawn Mower
With a versatile height adjustment range accommodating anywhere between 1.5 to 4 inches to make it ideal for various terrains – especially if your lawn is sloped – all you need to do is plug this mower in to get to work. The 5.5 inch front wheels and 6.5 inch back wheels also make this a durable option for uneven terrains, the lightweight design making it perfectly simple to pull and push uphill or downhill.
A ‘mulching’ mower, this 8-amp machine trims grass into fine clippings and discharges them from the sides, sprinkling cleanly mulched grass and doing away with the need of raking up cut remnants or having to dispose of larger clippings. The manoeuvrability is perfect for irregularly proportioned yards, as you can use this mower to clip grass right up to the edges, without needing a trimmer. The handle can be folded to make storage of this compact device even easier.
GreenWorks MO14B00 Corded Lawn Mower
With a compact, narrow design that lets you slide neatly around edges and maneuver easily in smaller, confined spaces, you get to adjust the cutting height between 3.2 and 8.5 cm with a simple, one-handed lever option. The corded mower offers both mulching and rear-bagging functions, safely discharging clipped grass into a bag to dispose of later, with a 9-amp motor perfect for tending to smaller yards.
Choosing the Best Electric Mower for Smaller Yards
Gas mowers might be the heavy-duty giants we need for medium to large sized lawns, but are certainly overkill for smaller lots of land. Manual mowers, of course, are an option, but if you’re looking for something that works just as efficiently with less effort, especially if you are trying to avoid physical strain due to disability or age, electric is the way to go.
Corded electric mowers let you connect to a plug point and maneuver around smaller lots of land with relative ease. A plug-in mower not only provides consistency and a smooth mowing experience, but let you use mowers with motors of anywhere between 6 to 12 amps, ideal for efficiently mowing smaller lots. Furthermore, plug-in mowers don’t require bulking up your machine with fuel carriers or batteries and do away with the need to replace parts to keep it working properly. Not to mention, corded electric mowers are also almost a fraction of the price of cordless, battery operated options. This makes for a lightweight, affordable, easily maneuverable machine mobile enough to let you steer around with ease in your lawn, especially for getting at those hard to reach edges otherwise impossible to mow or trim using bigger lawnmowers.
Mowers with a range of adjustable heights also let you tailor the cutting height of the blades to that suited to the condition of your yard. The best electrical mowers come with at least three adjustable heights, easily switchable using levers or foot pedals accessible effortlessly. Meanwhile, cutting widths between 12-14 inches are perfect for smaller yards.
Depending on your preferences, a lawnmower which makes it easy to handle the discharge is also a crucial aspect to look out for when picking your machine of choice. Some options come with handy rear-bagging features, catching the clipped grass trimmed up into a container that, ideally, can be removed to easily dispose of the clippings. If disposal is difficult for you, or you can’t find a mower with a detachable rear bag, you can also opt for a mulching option – the mower shreds the cut up grass finely and expels it over your lawn, working as compost for your garden as well as doing away with the extra work of raking up and getting rid of larger clippings.