Are electric lawn mowers better than gas-powered? Here’s the answer

Electric mowers are comparatively light in weight, allowing you to navigate them across your lawn and manoeuvre around tight corners
An undated image of a man mowing the grass with an electric lawn mower . —Thetechedvocate
An undated image of a man mowing the grass with an electric lawn mower . —Thetechedvocate

Back in the old days, by grazing animals, lawns and green pastures were kept trimmed to give a subtle, fresher, and greener look.

Then the technology evolved and gas-powered mowers were introduced that emit carbon, and in return pollute the same environment they were made to protect and clean.

Such gas-powered machines did significant harm to nature, resulting in the detrimental effects of climate change and global warming that we frown upon today.

Anyways, take a sigh of relief. Nature has, in the form of electricity-powered machines, allowed us to go green once again.

In this article, we’ll talk about why electric lawn mowers are worth using and better than gas-powered mowers.

Here’s why electric lawn mowers are worth using

Though gas-powered mowers are still found in abundance, a huge number of affordable electric mowers have made their way to the competition and provide a compelling alternative.

Regardless of your priority — power, convenience or sustainability — electric mowers are now sufficient to counter their gas-powered competitors.


  • Quieter: While gas-powered mowers produce a 95-decibel sound, equivalent to a motorcycle revving its engine, electric mowers can produce a 75-decibel sound on average, almost equal to the din of a washing machine. This makes them less disruptive and doesn’t wake you and your neighbours up when the grass is being trimmed by the gardener.
  • Easier to use: Electric mowers are comparatively lighter, which allows you to navigate them across your lawn and manoeuvre around tight corners.
  • Eco-friendly: As they’re electric, they don’t emit carbon like their rival gas-powered mowers that produce a surprising amount of carbon emissions and other pollutants too.


  • Shorter runtime: Once started mowing, everybody wants the job done in one go, but that’s something you may not achieve with an electric lawn mower as electric mowers last between 45 and 60 minutes per charge, especially if your lawn is spacious.
  • Less powerful: An electric lawn mower has a torque — a measure of the force that can cause an object to rotate about an axis — between two and 2.5 pound-feet. Whereas the average gas-powered mower has between 4.5 and 8.75 pound-feet, three times more than the electric mower. It indicates that with electric mowers, it is hard to cover challenging terrain like ups and downs in your yard.
  • Corded limitations: If you go for a corded electric mower, the limited length of the extension cord will restrict your movement, which would make it difficult to manoeuvre around obstacles and may not suit bigger lawns.