I don’t have a lawn that needs to be maintained, but if I did, I would want a cordless battery-powered push mower like the Ryobi 40V (RY40112A kit, RY40100A bare mower).
Obviously larger lawns and fields are better mowed with ride-around or robotic mowers, but for smaller lawns the Ryobi walk-behind mower looks quite good.
The cordless mower has a 16-inch cutting deck, quick height adjustment, large wheels, 3/4″ minimum cutting height, and mulching capabilities.
The handles even fold up and collapse down for storage. It looks like this is accomplished using large tool-free levers.
Runtime is said to be 40 minutes. The kit comes with two 40V batteries which charge completely in 90 minutes.
According to Ryobi, this mower is suitable for lawns are yards 1/4 to 1/2 acre in size.
Price: $349 for the 2-battery and charger kit, $169 for the bare tool.
Black & Decker’s 19-inch ($399 via Amazon) and 18-inch ($310 via Amazon) 36V cordless mowers look like reasonably good alternatives, but I find the Ryobi to be more visually and functionally appealing. The bumper on the front, large carrying handle on the top, and large levers and adjustment knobs make the Ryobi mower look a little more polished.
Do you use an electric battery-powered lawn mower? Which would you recommend?