The EGO LM2101 is the highest-rated electric-battery mower on Consumer Reports by far. Its lowest category rating is for its bagging for which it is rated “good.” Despite testing the push option the reviewer found this mower was easy to operate and had effortless handling. However they found the 40-minute battery runtime to be fairly short a common issue with cordless electric mowers. Techaeris tested the EGO LM2102SP and found the battery lasted 60 minutes which was long enough to finish the reviewers 1/3-acre lawn. He estimated that the yearly cost to operate the EGO would be $1.50.
In the following guide we mainly focus on walk-behind mowers since the majority of lawns are served perfectly well by these machines. However if you have a lawn that is larger than half an acre you may want a riding mower. If you have a yard that is between a quarter and half an acre consider a self-propelled model. This basically means you do less pushing. Self-propelled mowers are especially helpful on hills. Also pay special attention to blade size. Look for a mower with a blade thats at least 20-inches long if you have a larger yard. Conversely if you have many narrow areas to mow a smaller deck the area within which the blade spins around is best.
The Honda HRX217VKA is at or near the top of all of the expert best lawn mower lists including Popular Mechanics Top Ten Reviews and Lawn Mower Review. The testers at Consumer Reports gave this model top ratings for handling bagging and mulching and “very good” ratings for ease of use and side discharging. Additionally the reviewer estimated the breakage rate by the fourth year of ownership to be 16% which is well below any of the other mowers they tested.