Maintaining an immaculate lawn takes more than love and dedication — it requires the right tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently. But with so many machines on the market, how do you decide which are right for you?
Consumer Reports’ Chief Scientific Officer James Dickerson stated battery-powered tools are superior to those running on gas engines. Dickerson explained the tools that utilize lithium-ion batteries can be recharged, emit “a fraction of the harmful emissions produced by running gas tools,” and are better for the environment.
Simon Mu, the deputy director for the clean vehicles and fuels group at the Natural Resources Defense Council, added, “These little lawn tools with two-stroke engines [gas-powered engines] are, in some cases, putting out 20 to nearly 300 times the emissions of a car.”
Now that you know the importance of investing in rechargeable tools, it’s time to go shopping. Here are eight electric lawn tools that will transform the way you take care of your yard.
1. Don't just mow — mulch!
Promising review: I am super impressed. The battery lasted the whole time ... the mower is light [and] super easy to use. No pain in the butt pull start, no gas, no fumes. For the first time ever, it was not a chore to mow my yard. Why did I wait so long?
2. Mow any time
Promising review: Pulled it out of the box. Charged batteries and mowed back yard. Literally nothing to put together. Mowed fantastic. Super quiet. Lightweight. Easily adjustable for kids and wife to mow. Propel is fast too.
3. Keep it neat
Promising review: My neighbors might or might not know but I secretly compete with them on who can keep their lawn looking sharp, tidy and on point. This tool right here does the job and makes all the difference. I like it! I like it a lot!
4. Stay in control
Promising review: My husband loves this edger. It cuts deep and is easy to use. The battery is [also] long lasting.
5. More bang for your buck
Promising review: This is perfect! I love this set and when the battery runs down, you can either stop or exchange it for the fully charged second battery. I am back to being able to maintain my 2 acre lawn and I'm saving money to boot.
6. Don't feel intimidated
Promising review: Very good hedging tool. A lot easier to handle than an equal size gas style one. Covered the same ground [that used to take] 6 hours in 1 hour.
7. The perfect combo?
Promising review: This thing is amazing — it does almost everything you need ... to keep your yard looking good! Huge confession — I haven't used it as much as my son has. He actually loves using it so much that I don't get to touch it very often!