The Best Electric Start Walk Behind Mowers

Don't strain yourself and expend unnecessary energy trying to pull a lawn mower's cord just to start it. With electric start-enabled lawn mowers, you can get a revving engine with a simple push of a button. This can save you a lot of time and may help prevent fatigue and muscle pain while you work to maintain the beauty and health of your lawn.

Black & Decker CMM1200

The Black & Decker CMM1200 doesn't just have an electric start, but runs completely on electricity--ideal for those who want to cut back on the use of fossil fuels. It garnered positive reviews from Mother Earth News magazine in its April/May 2009 issue, which found that it performed just as well as other electric mowers that had a higher power rating. The magazine liked the mower, saying that it was better than gas mowers in certain conditions, and consistently outperformed other electric mowers. Available at The Home Depot, Sears, Lowe's and direct from the manufacturer

Honda HRX217K2HMA

The Honda HRX217K2HMA is the only model in Honda's HRX mower series--Honda's most expensive and self-described "ultimate" lawn mower line--with an electric start. Additional features include twin blades; a self-propelled cruise control setting; the ability to both shred, mulch and bag lawn debris; and seven cutting heights to accommodate all lawns. This helps carry on Honda's reputation, which earned a coveted five stars for mower performance, durability and maintenance in 2009 in J.D. Power and Associates' two-year mower research study. Honda was the only company to receive this award. Available at Sears, The Home Depot and authorized resellers

Black & Decker MM875

Of the six walk-behind lawn mowers that Consumer Search gave its "Best" designation to in 2009, the Black & Decker MM875 is one of only two with an electric start. Consumer Search picked this model after aggregating reviews from renowned critics like Consumer Reports magazine, as well as user reviews on the Web sites of retailers like Sears. Stand-out features include customizable mowing settings, a lifetime warranty for the mower's solid polymer casing, and collapsible handles for compact storage in your garage or shed. Available at Lowe's, The Home Depot and direct from the manufacturer

Neuton CE 6.2

The Neuton CE 6.2 is one of the brawniest and heaviest mowers from Neuton, and was given a 2009 Editors' Choice Award from the critics at Organic Gardening magazine. The magazine voted the Neuton mower as the best out of all electric mowers, thanks to features like a large and easy-to-read battery gauge and the mower's ability to consistently tackle most mowing jobs. Available direct from manufacturer

Cub Cadet CC 500 EL

Wired magazine called the Cub Cadet CC 500 EL the "Hummer" of the electric mower industry, with the reviewer saying the mower was the most powerful the magazine tested and that "human frailty" was the only limiting factor. Additional features that the critics liked was the mower's easy-to-use grass bag, as well as its well-constructed steel body. Available direct from manufacturer and at authorized resellers

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