Are Electric Riding Mowers Worth It?

Written by: Greenworks Blog Team


What are the Benefits of an Electric Riding Lawn Mower?

If you're in the market for a new riding mower, you're no doubt weighing the pros and cons of an electric versus gas mower. There is no denying that an electric riding lawn mower can make quick work of a big mowing job – and with a wide cutting deck, single-touch button start and smooth operation, it's clear that they're a top choice to consider. 

But if you're wondering, “Are electric riding mowers any good?” – we're here to help. Let's take a dive into some of the benefits of electric riding lawn mowers and also tackle the myths surrounding electric versus gas lawnmowers

Man using Greenworks Zero-Turn Riding Mower

Electric Riding Mowers are Quieter

Did you know that electric riding mowers are up to 4x quieter than gas? Greenworks riding mowers have a total power output equivalent to 24HP – but without the fumes and noise from an internal combustion gas engine lawn mower. 

You – and your neighbors! – will love the quiet purr instead of loud, gas-induced roar of an electric riding mower. Pro tip: the Greenworks 60V riding tractor mower and Greenworks 60V zero-turn mower come with headlights, so you can even mow in the dark without disturbing anyone. 

Women mowing lawn with Greenworks zero-turn riding mower

Easier to Maneuver

Wondering how to use an electric riding mower? It's easy!  Lawn vehicles like the Greenworks zero-turn mower and tractors have maximum maneuverability, thanks to brushless motors in the wheels. Tackle hills, flower beds and trees with ease. Plus, you won't have to mess with starter plugs or pull cords – simply click in your fully-charged batteries, push the start button and you're ready to mow! 

Man driving zero-turn near flower bed

Less Maintenance

It's true – electric riding mowers are less maintenance than their gas counterparts. A few perks of the lower-maintenance riding mower lifestyle include:

  • No gas fillups – ever!
  • No swapping filters, changing oil or replacing parts 
  • No winterizing 
  • No pull-cord drama 
  • No costly tune-ups and repairs
Man driving Greenworks zero-turn mower near barn


You might have caught the recent news stories about the environmental benefits of electric mowers – especially in light of California's recent initiative to promote zero-emission lawn care. As more states join in the air and noise pollution battle, electric lawn mowers are the quieter, cleaner and more efficient mower choice. 

Man and horse standing near Greenworks zero-turn lawn mower

Electric Riding Lawn Mower Myths Debunked

Man and woman with Greenworks riding mower in front of house

Let's take a look at some of the most common myths surrounding electric riding mowers:

MYTH: You won't have enough battery to finish mowing your lawn.

- False! While running out of battery power mid-mow is undoubtedly inconvenient, it's similar to running out of gas in the middle of the backyard. Simply swap the batteries and get back to mowing -- no trips to the gas station necessary.

MYTH: Buying an electric riding lawn mower is much more expensive.

- False! Thanks to recent technology innovations, electric riding mowers are now comparable in price to their gas counterparts. Additionally, the total operating cost is significantly lower than the ongoing yearly maintenance, upkeep and necessary refueling required by gas-riding mowers.

MYTH: Electric riding lawn mowers have less power than gas riding mowers.

- False! With a Greenworks zero-turn riding mower, you can cut up to 2.5 acres with 10% more power than a 22cc gas mower. Plus, with a constant blade tip speed of 17K ft/minute and the industry's fastest cutting time of 8mph, you'll have plenty of power to get the job done.

MYTH: Electric riding lawn mowers have fewer models and features than gas mowers.

-False! Electric riding lawn mowers like Greenworks come in tractor and zero-turn mower models -- with the versatility of choosing either the 60V and 80V platforms. Electric riding mowers like Greenworks also come with all the high-end comforts you would expect: a premium adjustable seat, multiple cupholders for your favorite beverage and an LED light for early or late mowing sessions.

What is the Future of Electric Riding Lawn Mowers?

Man looking at Greenworks zero-turn mower in the distance

Here at Greenworks, we're a battery-first company. We've created the best, most sustainable batteries on the planet and designed our home and garden tools, lawn vehicles and mowers around our powerhouse batteries. 

The future is green – and here at Greenworks, we're committed to powering your life in a way that works for you AND the environment. It's a win-win: you enjoy best-in-class battery-powered equipment with no fumes, gas, emissions or mess. 

As for the future of electric riding mowers, we're just getting started. As an industry leader, Greenworks is at the forefront of creating innovative new mower designs to meet our customer's ever-changing needs. As new environmental concerns continue to surface, you have our commitment that buying a Greenworks electric riding mower is worth it – for the planet AND for your lifestyle. 

Already decided on an electric riding lawn mower, but not sure which one to choose? Check out our Greenworks Mower Buying Guide or Zero-Turn vs. Riding Mower deep-dive to help you decide!
Greenworks Blog Team

Written by The Green Team, a creative arm within Greenworks Tools.

Our team of writers, designers and content creators bring a breadth of experience and a touch of fun to all things tools. With an assist from the Greenworks product teams and technology experts, we’re here to provide helpful and engaging content to make your yard (and life!) beautiful.

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