In many facets of our daily lives, companies are offering environmentally friendly solutions that promise to be kinder to the environment and reduce pollution. We see it happening with cars as the move to all-electric has seen rapid growth in the last few years. We also see it in our homes with new technology in appliances and other areas that help reduce energy use and waste.
Home and garden activities haven’t been left out of the eco-friendly push as organic lawn care services, fertilizer, and grass treatments are now common. So it stands to reason that lawn mowers now have some great eco-friendly options as well. From zero power consumption to reduced emissions, there should be an option for everybody.
Below, we’ll look at the top 7 eco-friendly lawn mowers and you can decide if one may be right for you.
Skil PWRCore 40
This is a great option for smaller lawns or grassy areas that can be cut in under an hour. The Skil PWRCore 40 uses interchangeable 40v lithium-ion batteries to propel both the mower and power the blade.
What’s great about this model is the batteries can charge in well under an hour, reducing energy costs and avoiding long charging times in the process.
The Skill PWRCore is also a great entry point into the world of electric mowers with a list price of only $399. But even at that entry-level price, the mower comes with a lot of features you wouldn’t expect.
For an entry-level electric mower with great options and also propulsion, the Skil PWRCore is a solid choice.
- $400 MSRP
- 18″ cutting width
- Self-propelled with variable speed
- 1.5-inch to 4-inch cutting height adjustment
- Telescoping handle for storage
DeWalt 21.5-inch Electric Mower
If you want to save even more energy but still go electric, you can choose a mower with an electric-powered blade but no self-propulsion. This, of course, means you’ll be providing the energy to move it forward, but you can get more cutting time out of a smaller battery that way.
So for those looking for the ultimate in energy conservation, these all-electric push mowers are a great option.
We like the DeWalt 21.5-inch mower in this category. You can get an hour or more of run time from its relatively small 20v batteries. It is a bit heavy though, so consider this only if you’re willing to put in the effort. But such a low-voltage battery that can run for an hour is only possible when there is no propulsion provided.
- $549 MSRP
- 21.5-inch cutting width
- 2 – 20v lithium-ion batteries
- Bag, mulch, or side discharge options
- 1.5-inch to 4-inch cutting height adjustments
Fiskars Stay Sharp Reel Mower
Sticking to the trend of saving energy, you can’t possibly save any more energy than using a good old-fashioned reel mower.
Not surprisingly, these have had a bit of a resurgence in recent years and you can find plenty of models at your local home store. This is partially due to their simplicity and also due to their unbeatable eco-friendly credentials.
One of the top reel mowers is the Fiskars Stay Sharp model. A bit heavier and more expensive than other reel mowers, the Fiskars reel mower makes up for it with quality. Both in construction and cutting performance, the Fiskars really shines.
This heavy-duty reel mower really exudes quality, even before you actually start to push it. The construction is high-quality and it will likely last as long as your house. Not many other mowers can do that.
- $190 MSRP
- 18-inch cutting width
- 1-inch to 4-inch cutting height adjustment
- Stay Sharp blades reduce the need for sharpening.
- Eject mulch to the back or front of the mower
Ambrogio Twenty ZR Robot Mower
Moving on from reel mowers which require you to do all the work, we move to something that requires zero work. The Ambrogio Twenty ZR robot mower can cut your entire lawn and all you have to do is tap a button on the connected phone app.
This all-electric robot mower uses a complex array of sensors to move about your lawn and provide an even cut with its floating heads.
What’s even better is these robot mowers don’t even require a perimeter wire to operate. This means you can be up and running soon after opening the box.
- $1700 MSRP
- 8-inch cutting width
- 25.9-volt lithium-ion battery
- 4 hours of run time per charge
- Control via app or control panel
Greenworks Pro 80 Volt
For those with larger lawns who need something a bit more powerful than the previous entries, there is the Greenworks Pro 80-volt cordless lawn mower.
This self-propelled mower is one of our favorites for larger lawns and it comes packed with features while still being competitively priced for its size.
The large 10-inch wheels in the back and 8-inch wheels up front handle uneven surfaces easily. There are also options for bagging, mulching, or side discharge.
- $690 MSRP
- 21-inch cutting width
- 80v – 4Ah lithium-ion battery with fast charger
- All-steel deck
- 1-3/8ths to 3-3/4 cutting height adjustment
- One-hour run time per charge
Worx Power Share 4.0 Ah 14″ Mower
One of the most popular budget electric mowers is this nice offering from Worx. Coming in at only $265, this mower is friendly for almost any budget but still has the features to handle most modest-sized lawns.
A single charge on the Worx Power Share will give you 5,500 square feet of coverage on one charge. The batteries swap out rather easily so spares can be put in if you need to go longer.
This is a push mower with no propulsion, but it keeps the weight very manageable at under 40 pounds. Another nice touch is this environmentally-friendly mower comes packaged with a mulch bag and a grass bag. Some other higher-priced electric mowers only offer these separately.
- $265 MSRP
- 14-inch cutting width
- 1.5-inch to 3.5-inch cutting height adjustment
- 40v – 4Ah lithium-ion batteries
- Cut-to-edge design for close and clean edges
Ego Power 2102 SP Cordless Lawn Mower
One of the best overall mowers for any application combined with a near effortless self-propulsion system, this Ego Power mower is perfect for almost any lawn.
The variable speed self-propulsion makes pushing this mower almost too easy as it can match your exact walking speed. No more speeding up or slow walking to match your mower with this model.
The large 21-inch cutting width can make quick work of larger lawns and a powerful brushless motor can run for a solid hour before needing a recharge.
This Ego Power model has options for mulching, side discharge, or bagging with a two-bushel bag included. It also has a traditional design with some nice modern touches, like a clever handle that easily folds vertically for storage.
Overall, this is a great do-it-all mower that has the power and ease of use to make mowing a breeze. It also does it all in an eco-friendly style with very low noise and zero emissions.
- $600 MSRP
- 21-inch cutting width
- 1.4-inch to 4-inch cutting height
- 56v 7.5Ah lithium Ion battery
- Variable speeds ranging from .9 to 3.1 mph
- One-hour runtime on a single charge
Tips For Choosing An Eco-Friendly Mower
When choosing an environmentally-friendly lawn mower you will want to start with whether you want a completely manual option like a reel mower, or one of the various electric models.
If you choose to go with an electric, decide whether you want a push mower or a self-propelled mower. The push mower will require less energy and thus a smaller battery, which does conserve energy.
Finally, decide on your grass type and cutting conditions. For taller grass or thick grass, you’ll want a higher voltage mower that is up to the task as lower voltage models may bog down in heavy conditions.
Whatever your choice is, the good news is that there are plenty of battery-powered mowers for keeping a perfectly manicured lawn all while being friendly to the environment.