Electric or Petrol Lawn Mower: We help you choose

Posted on 29 March 2022 

After spending 23 hours comparing 60 machines when writing our comparisons, here are our tips to help you choose between electric and petrol lawn mowers.

 

The electric lawn mower, ideal for a small garden

GOOD POINTS
  • Less expensive
  • More environmentally friendly
  • Quieter
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to maintain
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • Less effective on tall grass and in large gardens

Being electrically powered, this type of mower has several ecological advantages, as it does not emit CO2 and consumes little energy. It is also less noisy, which is more convenient for the neighbourhood.

There are two subcategories: corded, which is less manoeuvrable but lighter, or battery-powered, which offers greater freedom of movement, but you have to pay attention to the autonomy of its battery. Both are simple to use and fairly easy to maintain, especially due to the absence of a motor.

However, the main disadvantage of the electric mower is that it is more limited in terms of surface area, i.e. it is more suitable for small to medium sized gardens. Also, because it is less powerful, it is not so efficient at cutting tall grass. Therefore, the maintenance of your garden must be very regular.

 

The petrol lawn mower, practical for large areas and tall grass

GOOD POINTS
  • More powerful
  • Wider cut
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • More expensive to buy and maintain
  • Noisier
  • More difficult to handle
  • Less ecological

The petrol mower has a wider cut and a larger capacity, which allows it to cut very tall grass (and therefore mow less frequently) and to make fewer passes over the lawn. This mower is also more powerful and therefore more suitable for larger areas.

Already more expensive at the time of purchase, it is also much more expensive in terms of maintenance and fuel, as it runs on petrol and oil. Therefore, it requires regular maintenance of the engine and oil change system.

Other disadvantages are that it is a bit more difficult to handle and to start (except for the self-propelled models) due to its heavy weight. It is also quite noisy, which does not exactly please the neighbours, and it pollutes almost as much as a car.

 

In conclusion

Your choice therefore depends on several criteria, the first of which is the size and condition of your lawn. However, the two types of mower also differ in terms of power, price and ecology.

In short, if you have a small, easy-to-mow garden, we recommend an electric mower, but if you have a larger plot, a petrol model is best.

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