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I did a lot of research before buying the Ego Power+ self-propelled LM2102SP. The lawnmower consistently ranks at or near the top of most reviewers’ lists for the best electric lawnmowers, and it’s a decent value for power. Wirecutter, for example, calls the LM2102SP the second best choice among electric lawn mowers, but it’s the same as the top pick, with fewer features. You won’t miss them, and this one is significantly cheaper. The differences between these two are analogous to a GMC Yukon versus a Cadillac Escalade SUV.
So what is Ego’s LM2102SP? It is a self-propelled electric lawn mower that is very capable, has a long battery life and is attractive to boot with gray, black and green colors. Just bought mine after years of gas powered mowers and the occasional use of lawn services. Last fall, when I killed two different gas mowers (one was 25 years old and the other probably 10), I decided to switch to electric. It wasn’t a knock on gas, I just wanted to try an electric mower and it seemed like the universe was telling me the time had come. I have a decent yard on a slope and I was pleasantly surprised by the cutting power of the LM2102SP. Better than the venerable gas models I gave away. I can cut the front and back on a single charge — the 56-volt 7.5-amp lithium-ion battery delivers on the promise of 60 minutes of run time. With the fast charger, you can recharge it in about 60 minutes.
The headlights are fine, but small, and this electric mower does make some noise. Like a hair dryer on the low setting. Not as much as a petrol engine, but you may want to think twice before mowing very early in the morning. That said, 8am through dusk is fair game in the summer as far as I’m concerned.
Other cool stuff: It’s super easy to raise and lower the deck depending on how short you want your grass, and the self-propelled power is adjustable so you can slow down in tight spots. The plastic housing is also lighter than any metal mower of this size. I’m curious how this Ego holds up. Outside of a gummed carb and the occasional oil change, my gas-powered mowers have been solid for years. Sometimes the Craftsman started the first pull in April, after sitting in the garage all winter.
The Ego’s torque is impressive — hold on tight or you can do a wheelie — and it’s reminiscent of driving an EV for the first time. Your right hand gets tired of holding the self-propelled arm and the “throttle” of the engine, but you get used to it. It’s like wearing a golf glove for 18.
I’ve been mowing grass since I was probably 12 or younger, and I’ve used some machines that can best be described as historic. Admittedly this is my first new lawnmower and my first electric after decades of rehab so there is a bit of a wow factor. That said, I wanted to upgrade and dive right in. This may be too much machine for some. There are smaller, cheaper and less powerful options for those with flat or smaller yards. That said, this is pretty close to the Tesla of lawnmowers. I don’t plan on buying a ride-on mower so this is it until I go back to the yard service.