If you've never owned a cordless lawn mower then really now, in 2022, is the time. This is because aside from the safety aspect of not having a 240-volt cable within splitting distance of a fast-spinning blade, cordless lawn mower technology has now developed to a place where you really don't have to spend much at all to get a quality wireless turf master.
Of course, cordless lawn mowers are also just so much easier to use, too, with owners not having to deal with the constant lassoing around plant pots and garden furniture that mowing with an electric lawn mower invariably entails.
Sure, a petrol mower is arguably as quick to get going but they need a lot of TLC and chances are the fuel you left in the tank last autumn will have gone off and the mower won’t start. And even if it did start first time, a petrol mower isn’t a great choice for an urban environment, not with all that noise and smelly fumes. These beasts are better suited to the countryside where lawns are generally bigger.
Today’s battery-powered mowers are invariably as powerful as their electric-driven associates while their high-tech Lithium Ion batteries are quick to charge and provide between 25 and 60 minutes of hassle-free mowing – plenty long enough for the average UK garden. Really, nab yourself one of these efficient cutting-edge sward swallowers and you’ll be back in the hot tub faster than a squirrel up a tree.
Right now is a good time to buy the best cordless lawnmower: demand is low because lawnmowers are a spring/summer purchase for most people; retailers are often keen to get rid of their existing stock to make way for the latest models; and winter sales mean some really big discounts can be bagged.
This buyers’ guide deals specifically with the best cordless lawn mowers on the market, which means every model in the list is battery powered. If that's not what you need, we also have guides to the best petrol lawn mower, the best robot lawn mower and the best ride on lawn mower.
The best cordless lawnmowers you can buy today in 2022
We’ve found that the majority of the mowers we test cut grass exceptionally well, which is ultimately what they were designed for. Yes, some are a bit better at doing the edges while others are easier to manoeuvre. But in the main, we’ve found that the biggest differences – and why one mower in the same price band is ultimately better than another – lie in the construction and design of the handlebar interface, the cutting height mechanism, the materials used in the chassis, the power of the motor, the battery system, the mower’s weight and its asking price.
In our opinion, this little Kärcher meets all the above criteria. For starters, it looks pretty cute in all that bright yellow livery but, more importantly, it’s also very well assembled for a cordless model at this relatively low price band.
Although the handlebar system adopts the standard budget-priced wing-nut system for tightening, it’s a much more sturdy set up than others on the market and it’s also height adjustable to some degree, and foldable. The four-level cutting height lever, meanwhile, is of the cheaper variety, but it works perfectly well.
The big 18v 5ah battery is another brilliant facet because its edges are coated in a rubbery texture that should theoretically prevent the plastic housing from cracking if dropped. Uniquely, this battery also features a useful LCD screen that displays the remaining battery juice as a percentage and as a countdown in minutes when charging. This writer got about 40 minutes of use out of it (four cutting sessions), though it did take about two hours to fully charge. I should add that the battery needs to be pushed in firmly till you hear a click. You may even need to give it a good old shove to engage. Bear this mind, because some users have returned their units thinking they weren't working.
The Kärcher’s 33cm cutting deck, 35-litre grass catcher and decent cutting height range make the mower suitable for any small-to-medium sized lawn. What’s more it also comes with a mulching plug for those who want to feed nitrogen-rich cuttings back into the lawn.
This writer was very impressed with how well this little Kärcher cut: it never bogged down even in longer grass and it cut right to the edge like most Bosch models do. It also left a nicely manicured finish in its wake.
If you’re looking for a lightweight and efficient lawn surfer that performs exceedingly well, then consider putting this one at the top of your list.
To see how our number one choice of wireless lawnmower stacks up against some quality opposition, be sure to check out T3's Kärcher LMO 18-33 vs Flymo EasiStore 300R Li comparison feature.
This writer used the large 51cm cordless Cobra for a whole summer and it’s a beast in every respect. The Cobra MX51S80V is equipped with an 80-volt brushless motor and it runs on two 40v 5Ah Li-ion batteries that just seem to last forever. In fact, after every first complete mow of my 200m² lawn, both batteries still show full power with all eight LEDs alight. Combined, the batteries should provide up to 92 minutes of cutting on a full charge.
Like its petrol-based stablemate, the Cobra MX534SP – which you can read about in our guide the the best petrol mowers – a fan-type mechanism attached to the blade helps fling grass cuttings towards the back of the large 60-litre grass collector so it fills up much more than most other mowers I’ve tested – and that means fewer trips to the compost bin.
The Cobra MX51S80V is an exceptional cutter and powerful enough to scythe through even long damp grass without so much as a hiccup. Moreover, the motor speed increases automatically whenever the blade detects extra resistance. And for such a large model, it’s one of the quietest cordless models I’ve ever used.
At 29 kilos, this mower isn’t light but the onboard single-speed self propulsion makes using it a breeze. That said, it doesn’t feel too unwieldy even when used without the self propulsion because it has nice big rubber wheels that help make it easy to push.
The Cobra MX51S80V has seven cutting heights (from 25-75mm) and comes with a mulching plug and a side chute. It also comes with both batteries and two fast chargers (about 60 minutes to charge from empty). The handlebar assembly, meanwhile, can be adjusted to a vast range of heights – from ultra tall to a profile that's low enough for even a gnome to comfortably use it.
If you have a large tennis court-sized lawn, then do check this model out because it’s one of the most efficient wide-decked cordless models on the market.
If you've got a small to medium-sized garden and want to maximise the cordless bang for your buck, then the LawnMaster 24V Lawn Mower is the system for you.
While its looks don't raise the eyebrow, the spec and runtime delivered for the price definitely do, with this mower coming with not one but two 2.0Ah batteries in the box. This means that you've got a total of 120 minutes (two hours!) of run time available to you, which is enough to cover all but the largest of gardens.
And the great thing is that when one battery is in use, the other can be charged with the included LawnMaster 24V Fast Charger, which can charge a battery back to full power in just 60 minutes. As such, you'll never be in a position where you're without power. Very nice.
The brace of batteries and charger are not the only things included in this mower's box, either, with a Mulch Plug for mulching action if desired also included.
In terms of core cutting credentials the 24V Lawn Mower delivers, too. The 34cm cutting width isn't huge, but perfectly sufficient for medium and smaller gardens (officially rated up to 300m2). Its six different cutting heights – ranging from 20 to 70mm – means you have plenty of options to master your sward as you see fit.
The grass collection box is also rather spacious at 32L and it collapses, too, which is good for storage. And speaking of storage, this lawn mower also comes with folding handles, which allow it to be compactly stored away.
There's some really nice extra details, too. The LawnMaster 24V Lawn Mower comes with a rear roller to deliver a smart striped finish to the turf, and as the name suggests, its cutting blades are powered by a brushless 24V motor, which means it runs quieter than many rivals.
In terms of caveats to an instant buy, you have to consider that this mower does not have its own self-propulsion system. Also, the 34cm cutting width is not huge – it’s perfect for medium and small lawns, but for those with very large gardens, something bigger and wider like the Cobra above will be preferable.
It's easy to recommend this cordless lawn mower, as it delivers a fantastic all-round package directly out of the box. There's no expensive accessories required to make it operate at 100 per cent, and that's refreshing. And especially considering its affordable price point.
For a mower with a large 42cm cutting deck, the exceedingly good looking white Gtech CLM50 is one of the lightest (13kgs) mowers in its category – so light you might think they’d forgotten to put a motor in it.
Unlike most lawn mowers, the Gtech CLM50 adopts a different type of blade. In fact it’s half a blade with a counterweight on the other end. Made from carbon steel, this blade is said to be just as efficient while requiring less energy. All I know is that it cut my large test lawn supremely well, and right to the very edge of the border. It also produced finer cuttings than most other mowers I’ve tested. It’s a shame this model can’t mulch because those finer cuttings would be perfect to eject back into the lawn.
The motor’s well worth a mention since it features automatic variable speed: in short to medium grass the blade rotates at a steady pace, but as soon as it feels the resistance of longer grass, it speeds up dramatically, cutting the offending fronds with effortless aplomb. I managed to eek just under 40 minutes of running time from the 48v battery. And it took just 60 minutes to charge.
Noise level is another major consideration when purchasing any lawn mower and this model is one of the quietest on test. The handlebar uses quick-release latches like most other manufacturers and it can be folded into three for easy storage. However, the handlebar height can’t be adjusted and, as it stands, it feels almost too tall for this 5’6” lawnsmith. Thankfully the soft spongy handlebar can be held in a lower position but a simple height adjuster really would make a difference.
Other features include a fixed battery key that can’t be lost, a battery power indicator that is visible at all times and a large 50-litre grass collector that clips on and off with consummate ease. Speaking of which… If there’s one niggle here, it’s that the blade doesn’t fling the cuttings back far enough into the grass collector so it never fills to full capacity before it requires emptying, which means you will need to make a few more trips to the compost heap.
Verdict? If you have a medium sized lawn and a price of £500 isn’t an obstacle, then slap some readies down on this one because it’s one of the best cordless mowers we’ve tested. It’s super light, a doddle to manoeuvre and it looks the business, too.
There's loads to love about the Ryobi 18V ONE+ Cordless 33cm Lawnmower, and we feel it sits in a sweet spot for many garden owners who don't have huge swathes of turf to master (up to 100sqm officially).
You get a modest-size 33cm cutting width, 5 different modes in terms of cutting height, a 4.0Ah battery to power it, and a lightweight and ergonomic design with collapsible grass catcher box and foldable handles.
While not included in the starter kit price, which includes a 4.0Ah battery and charger, you can buy an extra 5.0Ah battery, or pick up the mower with it in a bundle. We think having two batteries on any cordless mower is a smart choice, and we think that if you have a medium-size lawn, it could be a wise investment. For those with small gardens, the 4.0Ah on its own will be sufficient.
But from a usability point of view this Ryobi is very approachable thanks to its light weight (just 11.12kg), which makes scooting around a lawn easy. Overall, a strong option from a respected maker.
If the excellent little Kärcher reviewed above is too small a model for your sward, consider getting your palms around this equally excellent larger model which has a cutting deck of 36cm. Granted, an extra 3cm of blade width doesn’t sound like much but in the course of an average cut it will definitely shave off a few minutes. The larger 45-litre fabric grass collector (10 litres more) will also entail fewer trips to the compost heap. And like the smaller model, this one also comes with a mulching plug.
Aside from the larger body and bigger grass box, the 18-36 also benefits from a more widely adjustable folding handlebar so it’s arguably an even better choice for users of shorter stature. But perhaps the biggest improvement over the smaller model is the height adjustment method. Where the 18-33 involves a short bendy plastic lever that is admittedly a bit fiddly, this one has a whopping four-level gear stick that is a cinch to engage. Its cutting height range, too, is a bit wider than its diminutive stablemate.
The 18-36 uses exactly the same rubberised 18v 5aH battery and, as this writer has eulogised above, it’s the best cordless battery system I’ve thus far used. Its LCD not only displays accurate battery level in percentages, it just seems to go on and on. Like the smaller model, I’m guessing you’ll easily get 40 minutes of cutting time out of it. The 18-36 weighs more than the 18-33 and it’s not quite as effortlessly manoeuvrable, but it’s a no brainer if you have a medium-sized lawn.
To see how this top-rated mower stacks up against quality competition, then be sure to check out T3's Kärcher LMO 18-36 vs Gtech Cordless Lawnmower 2.0 comparison feature.
We gave theStihl RMA 443 VC a maximum score of 5 stars on review and it's easy to see why – this is a system that delivers everything a serious gardener needs to slay sward and master turf.
Not only does the Stihl RMA 443 VC offer six different cutting heights but it also comes rocking a vario drive self-propulsion system, too. This means that the mower can automatically move forward as desired, eradicating pushing effort and making its weight a lot easier to manage. The speed at which the mower will move automatically can be configured, too.
On top of this the Stihl RMA 443 VC also offers an interchangeable battery system, meaning that one battery can be stored on the mower while another is in use. This allows for hours of cutting time and therefore all but the most massive gardens can be handled in one cutting session.
Designed in the UK, this T3 Award-winning cordless Cobra is equipped with a small 34cm cutting deck and a 35-litre fabric grass collector, making it the perfect little mower for an average sized urban sward. Being so small and made almost entirely of plastic, it’s light enough to carry and a doddle to store. It’s also admirably quiet.
Despite using a brushed motor instead of a more expensive brushless one, this titchy mower really impressed us with its cutting efficiency, even in relatively long damp grass. We estimate about 30 minutes of use on a single one-hour charge of its Samsung battery – enough power to cover up to three separate sessions on a small 10m x 8m lawn. For added convenience, it has a battery power indicator just below the start button on the handlebar.
The Cobra sports five cutting heights (25mm to 75mm), a simple height adjustment lever and, for the price, a very good collapsible handlebar system that incorporates quick-release clips instead of awkward screw threads. This is a great value model that’s efficient, easy to manoeuvre and compact enough for easy storage.
We've got a great Cobra MX3440 vs Einhell GE-CM 18/33 Li comparison feature that supplies even more detail about this top cordless lawn mower.
The Bosch CityMower weighs just 9.9kg so it’s really easy to push around and carry between lawny sections. Crucially, it comes fitted with Bosch’s comfy Ergoflex handlebar system that is perfect for both righties and lefties.
For those with a typical urban lawn, this thing passes much muster. Its height adjustable 34cm cutting deck and 31-litre grass collector are of optimum size for a 300 square metre lawn and, because it's fitted with extended grass combs, it also cuts right to edge of the lawn. And that means less strimming.
The CityMower has also got a clever processor on board that ensures the blades maintain a constant speed through any length of grass, thereby allegedly increasing the 18v battery’s capacity by up to 20%. Even with that boost, the mower will run for about 25 minutes on a hour-one charge, which is about average for a mower of this dimension.
The CityMower comes with a battery but if you already own a set of Bosch power tools that use the 18v system then opt for the ‘solo’ model and use one of your own batteries instead.
This little compact mower cuts exceptionally well and is light enough for even the weakest knee’d lawnsmith to push around and carry. And being a Bosch, you can be sure it’ll go on running for many summers.
Here’s a model that screams ‘buy me’, and for more reasons than just the way it looks, which is frankly fantastic. Aside from boasting a durable long-life 46cm steel cutting deck that’s a perfect size for up to half an acre and possibly more, this exceedingly powerful 60v model is also equipped with variable-speed self propulsion, a long-life brushless motor, a mulching plug and side chute and a large 55-litre fabric grass collector. It doesn’t come with a battery or charger so bear that in mind when ordering.
The Greenworks’ self propulsion speed is adjusted using a rocker throttle with two little icons on either side – a snail for a comfortable walking pace and a hare for what can only be described as a brisk march. In our test, it cut a swathe of lawn with effortless precision, never once bogging down, even when it hit a stretch of really tall grass.
Its seven cutting heights (25mm to 80mm) are effortless to adjust and its two-way folding handlebar system is superbly designed and capable of being used at three different height positions, including one low enough for someone under five feet tall. The whopping 60v battery provides between 60 and 80 minutes of cutting time on the slowest self-propulsion setting.
Despite its size and weight (28kgs), the Greenworks GD60LM46SP is surprisingly easy to store without taking up too much space – simply fold up the handlebar assembly and store it in an upright position.
If you have a lawn in excess of 300 square metres and positively loathe mowing it, then this cool-looking lawn barber could be just the ticket to get you off your butt and onto the turf.
Stihl swaggers onto the lawn with a stupendous machine that looks like no other mower on the market. Instead of a standard two-strut handlebar that’s awkward to fold and a bit rickety, the RMA 339 comes with an unflinchingly solid mono bar that simply unlatches and folds over on itself. The bar can also be easily adjusted to two heights with a simple flick of a latch.
However, it’s not so much the folding aspect that makes this handlebar arrangement so unique, it’s the massive amount of free space it provides on the left hand side when it’s time to lift out the grass catcher. With other mowers, the act of removing the grass box involves two moves: one to unlatch the box from between the handlebar and the other to reach around the back of the handlebar to pick it up. By contrast, with this model you simply lean down, unlatch the collector and pick it up. All in one tidy move. Another handy facet is that the all-plastic 40-litre grass collector can be unhinged at the back to empty it all at once without having to shake it up and down.
From a mowing point of view – which is, after all, what you’re most interested in – the Stihl is a lawn virtuoso, cutting grass evenly and with little fuss, almost to the very edge. It’s quite heavy but easy to manoeuvre and its wide 37cm cutting deck is a great size for medium sized lawns. The height adjuster is one of the best yet – just pull the handle out a few centimetres and lift or lower the cutting deck with almost zero effort.
Like the Gtech and smaller Stihl model further up this list, this model also features automatic blade speed adjustment. This means that in standard-length grass the motor hums along at low revs, saving battery power in the process. But when it detects a section of long grass, it seems to almost double the power, scything through it like a knife through blancmange. As soon as it’s passed through, the motor reverts to its more sedate pace again. You can safely expect about 40 minutes of cutting time on a full charge.
As is the case with most Stihl products, this mower is usually sold without a battery or charger but if you already own any Stilh products that already use the 36v system, you can simply hot swap between tools.
For the well-heeled lawnsmith looking for a reliable, efficient and superbly designed mower that’s actually a pleasure to use, this Teutonic model is about as impressive as it gets.
German brand Einhell enters the swardsmanship market with a great budget-priced model that, while not the prettiest of lookers, does the job and does it well. This is a 33cm mower so consider it if you have a small lawn; at just 10.9 kgs, it’s also light to carry and easy to store.
This model comes with a battery and charger and is one of the cheapest ready-to-run models you can buy. It’s generally well designed and equipped with a brushless motor for unswerving reliability, a simple fold-over handle bar assembly for easy storage, and a three-setting height adjuster that takes the chassis from 25 to 65 mm – enough range for most types of common grasses.
If you’re not bothered by looks and just want a descent small-bodied mower that costs less than £200 complete with battery and charger, then you can’t really go wrong with this Einhell.
Here’s another top trimmer for small to medium sized city lawns. In our test the Greenworks performed very well, collecting every last tuft of turf while leaving a very smooth finish. It comes with a 35cm (14 inches) cutting deck, a 40-litre collapsible mesh grass collector, five cutting heights (20mm to 70mm) and an interchangeable 40v Li-ion battery that keeps the freakishly quiet brushed motor running at full tilt right up to the last drop of juice.
The Greenworks is a doddle to push around and, at 15kgs, it’s easy enough to carry. I managed to get three separate cuts out of the battery, equating to around 30 minutes of continuous use on a single charge. Available with or without a battery, the Greenworks is a great budget priced option for hassle-free cordless mowing of smaller lawns.
Like small city cars vs large cars, bigger mowers tend to feel and look more luxurious. They are also likely to be equipped with fancy telescopic handlebar systems and slick cutting height adjusters. As a consequence, large-bodied mowers are also proportionately more expensive to buy than their smaller brethren. But what if you had a large suburban lawn and didn’t want to spend a fortune on a cordless mower big enough to handle it?
Enter this wide-bodied stablemate to the T3 award-winning MX3440V reviewed above. The Cobra MX4340V has a wide 43cm (17-inch) cutting deck, 50-litre fabric grass collector and a brushless motor that are all on a par with premium-priced models like the Gtech and Greenworks. However, this model costs almost half the price, complete with 40v 5Ah battery and charger. Uniquely, it even has a battery power indicator on the handlebar assembly to let you know how much juice is left. And speaking of juice, you should get up to 50 minutes of running time out of it which is exemplary for a mower of these dimensions.
Yes, the folding handlebar system isn't as posh as some of the more expensive models but, guys, it’s a mower not a status symbol.
This cordless Flymo has the narrowest cutting deck on this page (30cm) so definitely consider it if you have a titchy lawn. You shouldn’t have any problems storing it either since it’s not only the smallest folding mower we’ve come across but it stores in an upright position with its 30-litre grass collector clipped to the handle bar. Of course, being so small means it is blooming light, too – like 8.8kgs light.
The EasiStore is equipped with two 20 volt batteries which gives it a max rating of 40 volts. No I’m not sure either why Flymo didn’t just use one 40v battery instead.
Nevertheless, you can charge both batteries at the same time (three hours) using the simple splitter device that comes with the charger. You should get about 30 minutes of mowing time out of the batteries, which is about average for a baby mower.
The EasiStore cuts just fine and pretty close to the edge – it even has a rear roller for creating stripes on the lawn. It’s also quiet enough to not scare the neighbour’s children. However, I’m not impressed with the cutting height system which requires manhandling the front and rear axles and clipping them into a lower or higher position.
Other than that rather irritating foible, the Flymo EasiStore 300R Li is still a worthwhile model for postage stamp-size lawns.
Why a cordless lawn mower is usually the best lawn mower
For most lawnsmen (lawnspersons?), we'd now recommend a cordless mower such as the ones listed here.
That's because there are few less compatible duos than a 240-volt electric cable and a fast-spinning blade, and with UK garden sizes ever shrinking, petrol mowers are just totally OTT for most people, especially in cities. We estimate that the whole cordless mowing process from getting it out of the shed to finishing the job is almost twice as fast as when using a corded model.
However, some cordless models may struggle in extra long grass so best avoid tackling any untamed pastures (we’re talking really long grass here, the sort that hasn’t seen a lawnmower in months). If cutting grass that's about six inches long, fear not if your cordless model cuts it unevenly, leaving chunks of flattened grass in its wake. This is normal for any mower doing its first-of-the season cut. The secret is to set the cutting deck to the highest setting and tilt the mower back a little to allow for even more space around the blades. Once you’ve done one pass, run over the lawn again in the opposite direction or, better still, leave it after the first cut and return a day later for its second cut. Then gradually lower the cutting deck for subsequent sessions until it looks like a golf course fairway. At least that’s the theory.
Cordless mowers' lithium-Ion batteries are relatively quick to charge and provide between 25 and 60 minutes of hassle-free mowing, which is plenty long enough to completely cut an average UK garden.