Are you looking for a new lawnmower that will do an excellent job cutting grass, make your lawn look beautiful and give your property great curb appeal? Having a tough time making a decision between a gas mower, corded electric lawnmower and a cordless mower? Which choice is best for you based on your needs and preferences?
If you’re looking to purchase a new lawn mower, you basically have three options: a gas mower, a corded electric mower, or a cordless electric mower. Which mower is right for you will depend on such factors as the size of your yard (or the size of the area where you’re going to be using the mower most often), your budget, your mechanical abilities, your personal preferences for things like noise, smell, and usability, and your views on the environment.
Let me explain in more detail. When looking at a gas mower—the traditional mower that your parents probably used—you need to consider the benefits and drawbacks it offers. If you have a large yard and tough grass, a gas lawn mower is probably a better choice because it’s more powerful than your typical electric mower, and will outlast a cordless electric model of lawnmower that may only be able to run for an hour before needing to recharge its battery. Gas mowers are also cheaper than electric, more durable, and don’t have a cord to limit their reach and mobility. Freedom of mobility and having good control and maneuverability is important when cutting grass and mowing lawns.
When considering an electric mower, if you have a small or medium-sized yard, if you are concerned with your environmental footprint, if you want a quiet machine that won’t jolt your neighbors out of their beds in the morning, if you hate the smell of oil and gas, or hate fussing with anything mechanical, then electric is a good bet. Just keep in mind that electric mowers can be pricey (although they ultimately save you money over time.) Electric mowers also tend to be lighter than gas models and you don’t have to fuss with a stubborn pull-cord to get them started.
The bottom line is neither a gas nor an electric mower are necessarily better—they each offer pros and cons that you’ll need to weigh before you take one home. It is ultimately your decision on whether a gas mower or a mower that is electric fits your needs.