The Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers That Save You Time And Energy
Mowing the lawn will always be a chore, but there are certain machines like a self-propelled lawn mower that can make the process easier on you. The best self-propelled lawn mowers cruise around your yard with minimal effort on your end, while creating a professional-grade cut you can be proud of. Our top pick is the Craftsman Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower for its moderate price tag and comfortable speed, but there are other great mowers that made our list, too.
The PowerSmart Self Propelled Gas Lawn Mower features a four-stroke engine and rear wheel drive to.  help you navigate up and down hills without much effort on your part.
While a self-propelled lawn mower looks like a push mower, it’s distinctly different. Unlike a push mower, a self-propelled mower powers itself forward while you simply do the steering. These are a great option for “anyone who values their time and energy,” says Noah James, owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance, a lawn maintenance company based in Surrey, Canada.
Self-propelled mowers also tend to be a little more rugged than push mowers and are better able to navigate hills and uneven lawns. “These mowers are designed to handle the toughest terrain, meaning that they can make short work of even the most challenging lawns,” says Tom Monson, owner of Monson Lawn Landscaping, a lawn care company based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
To find the right self-propelled lawn mower for you, experts say it’s important to consider elements like cutting width, your yard size, the power source you prefer and, naturally, your budget. With that in mind, these are the best self-propelled lawn mowers on the market to make mowing day a little easier on you. (While you’re at it, consider our lists of the best lawn mowers and best riding lawn mowers.)
Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Overall
Craftsman Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower
Cutting width: 21 inches | Power source: Gas | Weight: 73 pounds | Run time: Unspecified | Cutting options: Side discharge, rear discharge, mulching | Yard size: 1 acre
This Craftsman mower has a powerful 150cc Briggs and Stratton engine to help power through yards up to an acre—an impressive span for a machine that’s under 450. The 21-inch deck covers a solid amount of ground as it works, while 3-in-1 capabilities give you the options to side discharge, mulch or bag your grass clippings. Enjoy six height adjustments, ranging from 1.25 to 3.75 inches to get that just-right cut. Front wheel drive helps move this machine along at a comfortable pace. Keep in mind that this Craftman can easily handle uneven terrain, so you don’t need to stress about bumps and lumps in your yard.
Best Self-Propelled Electric Lawn Mower
Kobalt Self-Propelled Cordless Lawn Mower
Cutting width: 21 inches | Power source: Electric | Weight: 80 pounds | Run time: 80 minutes | Cutting options: Side discharge, mulching, bagging | Yard size: 1 acre
Kobalt’s 80-Volt Max is a powerhouse as far as electric self-propelled lawn mowers go. This machine can cut lawns up to an acre in size with an impressive 80-minute runtime. Startup is simple: Just push a button and get to work. The mower comes with two batteries and automatically switches to the second when the first runs out of juice, allowing you to keep working seamlessly. A single-lever, seven-position height adjustment lets you go from 1 3/8- to 4 1/8-inch cuts. There are even LED headlights in case you need to mow in dim conditions. This mower is designed to tackle both flat and hilly yards. Once the job is done, fold the handles down for space-saving storage.
Best Self-Propelled Battery Lawn Mower
Ryobi Brushless Cordless Electric Battery Walk Behind Self-Propelled Mower
Cutting width: 20 inches | Power source: Battery | Weight: 44 pounds | Run time: 42 minutes | Cutting options: Mulching, bagging, side discharge | Yard size: 1/2 acre
This Ryobi model is packed with features you want in a battery-powered mower. For starters, it’s lightweight, making it simple to steer around your lawn. It also offers an impressive seven height options, ranging from 1.5 to 4 inches, along with a 20-inch cutting width to tackle plenty of yardage in one pass. The mower allows for mulching, bagging and side discharge—your choice—and can go for up to 42 minutes before needing a recharge. Once the work is done, the mower folds up and can be stored vertically to save space.
eFORCE 56V 21″ Cordless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower w/ 5.0Ah Battery Standard Charger
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The DLM-2100SP self-propelled mower, powered by the eFORCE 56V battery system, delivers hassle-free mowing with legendary Echo power. With an auto-switch dual-battery dock, three quick-switch clippings discharge settings and a large 21-in. cutting deck, it makes cuts without compromise.
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The EGO POWER 21” Self-Propelled Mower delivers 6.0 foot-pounds of cutting torque—power that exceeds gas without the noise, fuss, or fumes. Its high-efficiency brushless motor delivers long runtimes, low vibration, and lifelong durability. Engage the self-propel system with either hand using the dual levers, and make speed adjustments with the dial at your fingertips. This cordless lawn mower delivers up to 50 minutes of run time on a single charge with the recommended 56V 6.0Ah ARC Lithium battery (available separately). The lawn mower delivers precision cutting with its advanced mulching blade and seven cutting height positions from 1.25 to 4 inches, adjustable with one hand. Three-in-one functionality delivers your choice of mulching, side discharge, or bagging your grass clippings; an easy-access two-bushel grass collection bag is included. This electric lawn mower includes bright LED lights for added visibility when mowing at dawn or dusk, and it folds flat for compact storage between cuts. Experience Power Beyond Belief with the EGO POWER 21” Self-Propelled Lawn Mower.
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Greenworks 21″ Cordless Battery Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
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Powerfully Smart. Tackle the toughest yards, one-handed—because Greenworks Smart mowers never bog down. When grass gets thick, tall, or wet, Greenworks sensors tell the TRUBRUSHLESS motor to rush power to the mower blades. The end result? The perfect lawn, every time.
Powerfully tough. The deck is forged with heavy-duty steel, ready to tackle any terrain. Add in algorithms and a brushless motor to reach unrivaled blade speed. Ka-pow!
Powerfully easy. Simple to start with just the push of a button. Effortless to mow because it’s self-propelled, no sweat! Gentle on the ears because it mows quietly. A cinch to store in small spaces—you can even hang it up if you want to.
Additional features include a 4-in-1 cutting deck lets you choose your cut finish from mulching, bagging, side discharge, or turbo mode for leaf pick up
Zero gas smell. Zero pull cords. Zero maintenance. Zero pollution breathed. Zero time wasted.
- 21″ Deck Size. Durable steel that plows through the tallest grass
- Push Button Start. Press and mow, no more cord yanking
- Intelligent TRUBRUSHLESS Motor Technology. 2x more torque, more power, longer runtimes, quiet operation, and extended motor life
- SmartCut Technology. Senses grass and auto-adapts power for the perfect cut
- Dual battery ports with Auto Switch technology – when one battery depletes, the mower’s power supply is automatically switched to the second battery
- EZ Fold handles are simple to use. Just pull, fold, and store in seconds – taking up to 70% less space
- 4-in-1 cutting deck lets you choose your cut finish from mulching, bagging, side discharge, or turbo mode for leaf pick up
- Single lever 7-position height adjustment offers a range of cutting heights to meet your specific needs
- Maneuver terrain easily with 10″ rear wheels and 8″ front wheels
- Battery Powers 75 80V Products. One battery to mow, blow, cut, trim, cultivate, and more!
(1) Pro 80V 21″ Self-Propelled Lawn Mower
Runtime: Up to 60 min. (w/ included batteries)
Dual Battery Ports: Extend your runtime by adding a second battery (sold separately)
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RMA 460 V Self Propelled Lawn Mower
Part of the AK battery series, the RMA 460 V self-propelled lawn mower features an 19″ deck width that is a great option for small to medium-sized yards under a half acre. This unit comes with all of the same features as the walk behind version of the RMA 460.
1) on a single charge
Grass Side discharge
70 litre grass catcher box with textile catcher bag.
Handle height adjustment
Handle height adjustment in 3 steps.
Foldable handlebar for space saving storage and easier transportation.
Cutting height adjustment
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The best electric lawn mowers
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Ego LM2102SP and LM2142SP [Staff Tested]
Highlights: 56V, Cordless, huge storage bag, headlights for evening mowing. Both models fold up easily for storage, have weather-resistant construction, and have a 21-inch deck size, with 3-in-1 mulching, bagging, side discharge options. Can buy with or without battery and charger.
- Same torque as a gas powered mower
- Huge collector bag
- Pin drop quiet while mowing
- Easy to store
- Can mow the lawn at night
The EGO 2102SP is a 21 in. 56-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Walk Behind Self Propelled Mower that includes a 7.5 Ah battery and charger, and offers 60 minutes of cutting time and a 60 minute charge time.
With more than 6,000 5-star reviews at Home Depot online and a reputation elsewhere for high performance and usability, the Ego is a top pick for an electric lawn mower that can easily handle larger lawns.
You can also buy the 2102SP model without battery or charger for 450 (View Price on Ace Hardware).
This mower delivers the same high torque as gas-powered mowers without the air pollution and noise, and at a lower price! If your lawn area is half an acre or more, this monster of a mower might be your new best friend. It even boasts headlights, so you can do a spot of evening mowing should you wish.
One big plus for the Ego is that huge collector bag, which means you can mow a large area of lawn without having to stop to empty the bag. The downside here, of course, is that the machine becomes quite heavy by the end of your run. Happily, this model doesn’t seem to lose traction at the front when the bag is nearing capacity, unlike some other models.
The LM2142SP (View Price on Amazon) is a 2 x 5 Ah battery model that is very similar to the LM2102SP 7.5 Ah model. The 2142SP offers a bit more flexibility in handle height, however, with 6 handlebar positions available rather than just 3. This makes it the better option if you’re a bit taller or shorter than average.
One other major difference between these two Ego mowers is that the 7.5 Ah model has a polymer composite cutting deck, while the 5 Ah model has a steel cutting deck. Both seem to perform extremely well across all kinds of grass, but the steel is, arguably, the more sustainable material.
The rear wheels on the 2 x 5 Ah model are also an inch bigger in diameter (10 inches vs. 9 inches), which may help with maneuverability in some situations and be better for sloping lawns. The 7.5 Ah model also weighs a dash more at 78.8 lbs compared to 75 lbs or the 2 x 5 Ah model.
The major difference between the two, though, is simply the run time. The 7.5 Ah gives you around 60 minutes of run time before you’ll need to charge the battery. And, of course, while you’re charging the battery, you don’t have a spare to use as a backup. With the dual battery model, you can use one 5 Ah battery for 45 minutes while charging the other battery, then switch them out to carry on mowing without having to take a break. This way, you could pretty much mow all day and, thanks to the LED headlights, all night if you wanted!
Both of these Egos have one easy-to-use shifter style handle that adjusts the height of all four wheels at the same time, which is much more convenient than having to adjust each one individually. Both models fold up easily for storage, and both have weather-resistant construction and a 21-inch deck size, with 3-in-1 mulching, bagging, side discharge options.
The Egos also offer independent self-propulsion, meaning you can turn off the mowing function but still use self-propulsion to move the mower easily from one spot to another, such as over surfaces that could damage the blades if they were moving.
Finally, both the Egos have a 5-year limited warranty and, if you buy from Home Depot, a 90-day return window in case you’re not happy with your new mower.
Oh, and the Ego Power 56 Volt battery/batteries are shipped separately and are compatible with all Ego Power products. This means you can save on the cost of the mower by buying the tool only, if you already have an Ego battery and charger. Or, consider this an investment in the future of your tool collection if you’ll also be replacing any snow blowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws or so forth in the next little while.
One other reason Ego make my list of eco-friendly lawn mowers is their adoption of green power sources for their research and development facilities and industrial park. In 2004, the company installed a 7,500 square foot Green Roof system on their RD facility, with savings of around 1.5 gallons of gas per square foot each year. The roof of their Green Power Industrial Park also features a 2-megawatt photovoltaic power station.
This ‘Blue Roof’ generates, year-on-year, the equivalent power from burning 755 tons of coal. This cuts sulfur dioxide emissions by 50 tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 1677 tons annually.
In addition, the Ego Green Power Industrial Park utilizes ground-source heating, air-conditioning and water-storage technologies. They estimate that their ground source heating system alone saves 1 million kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of 378 tons of coal. It also cuts sulfur dioxide emissions by around 25 tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 839 tons each year.
Ego hasn’t been in business quite as long as Black Decker, but they’re an innovative company with global reach. Established in 1993, they have long been invested in cordless electric technology and are now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tools.
Our experience after one year of using the Ego electric lawn mower
After a year of hands-on use, here’s what a member of our team, Taylor, has to say about his experience with the Ego mower:
I’m not the type of person who really enjoys and looks forward to mowing their yard, unlike many of my neighbors; it’s a chore that needs to get done just like any of the others that are part of owning a home. With that being said, the Ego mower is hands-down my favorite mower that I’ve used to date.