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How to choose an environmentally friendly lawnmower.

We offer two types of environmentally friendly lawnmowers at Clean Air Gardening:

Manual reel mowers
Electric lawn mowers

How do you choose between our different models?
It depends on what you require in a mower.

Corded Electric Lawnmowers

Corded electric mowers are generally lighter than cordless mowers, since they don't have a battery. They also cost less than cordless models. The only "disadvantage" is that you have to deal with the hassle of dragging around an extension cord. For smaller lawns however, this usually isn't a problem. In this category, we carry the small 13 inch cut Yard Machines electric mower model.

Cordless Electric Lawnmowers
We carry the Earthwise cordless electric mower. It is a 24V cordless mower powered by two standard 12V batteries. It is designed to run up to 45 minutes, so it is suitable for a small to medium sized lawn.

Robotic Lawnmowers

Friendly Robotics used to make a robotic electric lawnmower under their own brand name, and under the Toro iMow brand name. This company went bankrupt, and the mower was no longer available for a while. Now they are evidently back in business making robot mowers again, with an updated design. We recommend avoiding these mowers, because robots are evil and will eventually attempt to take over the world. We don't want to have any part of that, so we avoid selling robots.

Reel Mowers
(also known as Manual Mowers, or Push Mowers)
Reel mowers are the ultimate in environmentally friendly, quiet and maintenance free mowing. You push, they mow! Although people unfamiliar with reel mowers will try and tell you otherwise, modern reel mowers are not difficult to use and don't require much more effort than power mowers. See our testimonials section and hear what actual customers have to say. You can also visit the Complete Guide to Using and Choosing a Reel Mower.

A reel mower takes a bit longer to use than a power mower, although it is a much more pleasant experience. If it takes 45 minutes to mow with a traditional gas mower, it might take 60 to 70 minutes with a reel mower. There are some situations where a reel mower is not appropriate. We don't recommend them for lawns over 7,000 to 8,000 square feet. It's possible to use them on larger lawns than that, but the time commitment isn't realistic for most people.

Reel mowers will not cut tall weeds or dandelions. Because of their design, they simply roll over tall weeds instead of cutting. Reel mowers also don't do well if you have a lawn that is filled with debris such as sticks and rocks. They also have trouble if you let the grass grow for several weeks without cutting, and often require two passes to cut in that situation. If you have a well-maintained lawn that isn't too big and you mow every week, you'll love using a reel mower.

We carry a few different reel mower models, including the Scotts Classic and the Brill Luxus 38. The Scotts Classic is a bigger mower with an ultra-high 3 inch maximum cut. The Brill Luxus 38 is a smaller German engineered mower with hardened steel blades and a "silent cut" design.

See our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information about mowers and other products.

And don't miss our Reel Mower Buyer's Guide, if you are specifically interested in a push or electric reel lawnmower.