Corded Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Corded Electric Mower
Going green is as popular as ever. So are corded electric lawn mowers.
They're ideal for smaller yards, and they don't cost a fortune in gas and maintenance. Best of all, they're great for the environment, reducing your carbon footprint.
When it comes to purchasing a corded electric lawn mower, there are three important details you should consider:
- The size of the mower's deck
- The way the mower discharges grass clippings
- The kind of extension cord you might need
Corded electric mowers come in a wide range of deck widths, from a 14” cutting path up to a 20” cutting path. The wider the cutting path, the fewer trips you’ll need to mow your lawn, and the faster you can move on to other activities.
A wider cutting deck is generally more expensive, so you’ll need to decide if you want to pay a little more now for some extra leisure time later.
Do you prefer to bag your grass trimmings or leave them on the ground?
Corded electric mowers that have a 2-in-1 design let you spread your clippings over your lawn in one of two ways:
- A side or rear-discharge chute that expels longer grass clippings
- A mulching setting that cuts clippings extra-fine and leaving them below the mower as fertilizer
A 3-in-1 corded mower gives you those options plus one more: you'll also be able to bag your clippings to keep your lawn looking neat and clean. Corded electric mowers are generally more efficient as mulching mowers, but having the option of bagging lawn debris is attractive for many homeowners.
Corded electric mowers require you to purchase an extension cord to use them. You'll be able to mow in a radius the length of your extension cord from your outlet.
However, don't try to extend your mowing capability by getting a longer cord! To safely power your lawn mower, look for an extension cord that matches the following criteria:
- No longer than 50 feet
- 12 to 14-gauge thickness
- UL listed and CSA certified for outdoor use
Your corded lawn mower's product manual may also contain suggestions for the best type of cord to ensure that you're using your mower as safely as possible.