Ten Best Quiet Lawn Mowers 2017 + Mini Buyers Guide

Whether you’re a professional landscaper or a homeowner who wants to keep their lawn, garden, or other green space looking trim and neat, there are a number of exciting new breakthroughs in lawn mowing technology that are transforming the experience by drastically reducing the amount of noise produced when operating a lawnmower. Instead of creating a disturbance that could potentially disrupt neighbors, members of the household, or the general public, today’s new quiet lawnmowers allow users to quickly and efficiently cut and trim grass without producing a lot of noise.

A Mini Buyers Guide for Choosing the Right Quiet Lawnmower

Before choosing the right quiet lawnmower for you, it is important to assess how you will plan on using your new lawnmower. For smaller yards that will be frequently mown, a more narrow, hand-powered model could be the ideal lawnmower for your needs. For larger yards and more substantive landscaping needs, a lawnmower with a bigger deck (a wider cutting swathe) and a more powerful motor could be a worthwhile investment.

Today’s quieter lawnmowers come in three basic types:

 

Human Powered

Human-powered lawnmowers have been around for more than a century, but many of the older designs suffered from an inability to handle thicker clumps of grass, taller grass, and debris with ease. Today’s new human-powered models take advantage of engineering breakthroughs to ensure that the lawnmower is easy to operate, tough enough to handle more challenging areas of grass and debris, and come with a variety of useful attachments, including grass catchers. Human-powered lawnmowers are not just virtually silent when in use but come with the added advantage of being a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way to perform basic lawn and garden care.

 

Electric Motor

The first electric lawnmowers relied on lengthy cords to operate, making it difficult and cumbersome to perform large trim jobs or do quick clean-ups on trouble spots in your yard. Today’s advanced electric lawnmowers have been engineered to be incredibly quiet when in use, and many come with powerful, rechargeable batteries so that no lengthy extension cords are needed. Electric lawnmowers not only operate far more quietly than traditional gas-powered motors, they provide for a more pleasant cutting experience as there are never any messy, explosive, and stinky fuels to deal with.

 

Gasoline Motor

Although no gas-powered lawnmower can hope to operate as silently as a human-powered lawnmower, some of today’s leading lawn and garden equipment manufacturers have revolutionized the design of their lawnmowers in order to combine the power and reach of a gas-powered mower with new breakthroughs in sound reduction technology.

 

10 Of The Best Quiet Lawnmowers

With so many breakthroughs in quiet lawn mowing technology, it wasn’t easy to find the very best models available on the market today. After carefully reviewing all of the bestsellers, we have crafted this list of the top 10 best quiet lawnmowers.

 

ProductImageFeaturesPrice
GreenWorks 25052 16-Inch Reel Lawn Mower with Grass Catcher2-in-1 feature provides mulching and rear bag capabilities

Zero fumes, No Gas, Quiet and Easy to Use for a Green healthy lawn
$$
Gardena 4020 12-Inch Silent Push Reel Lawn Mower 300Handle comes apart for compact storage and transportation

Contact-free cutting technique, cutting cylinder and bottom blade do not touch each other
$$$
Sun Joe MJ502M Mow Joe 20-Inch Manual Reel Mower with Catcher9 position manual height adjustment

1 Year Warranty

Comes with a generous 6.6-gallon detachable catcher
$
Husqvarna 967623405 Automower 315 Robotic Lawn MowerPowerful performance handles rough terrain, step slopes, large and complex areas, heavy rain and is quiet enough to work at night.

Delivers silent and emission free operation with a cutting capacity of 1/4 acre

Robotic lawnmower
$$$$$
Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower28 V rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to a quarter acre

Built-in push-button LED battery level indicator

Full 2-year warranty
$$
Black & Decker CM1936Removable 36V battery for cutting lawns up to 1/3 acre

19" 3-in-1 deck

Single lever height adjustment for cutting heights of 1-1/2 in. to 3-1/2 inches
$$$
Snapper XD SXDWM82K 82V Cordless 21-Inch Walk Mower KitUp to 45-minutes run time with the Briggs & Stratton 82V lithium ion 2.0Ah battery - Kit comes with 2 each of the 2Ah lithium ion battery

21" Steel mowing deck with 3-in-1 design

Push button start and a single-lever, 7-position height-of-cut adjustment
$$$$
ALEKO GHPM12 5-Blade 12 Inch Hand Push Lawn MowerCutting height adjustments 0.5 - 1.8 inches

Removable grass catcher, 5 Metal blades
$
Razarsharp Minimower13" Cutting Width & Only weighs 29 lbs

Durable, High-lift blade with Optional Mulching Kit

Quiet & Safe 14 Amp Motor with Zero Emission Performance
$$
16" 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Walk-Behind Lawn MowerG-MAX 40V 2Ah Li-Ion Battery System with battery charger included

Height range from 1-1/4 inch to 3-3/8-inch, over 5 different positions

16-Inch cutting deck
$$$

 

GreenWorks 25052 16-Inch Reel Lawn Mower with Grass Catcher

This efficient lawnmower comes with a generous 16-inch cutting path to quickly make light work of even larger lawns and gardens. The GreenWorks 25052 has four different height settings to cut grass anywhere from 1 1/8″ to a lengthy 2 1/4″ . The big 10-inch front wheels and two-inch rear rollers make operating the GreenWorks 25052 nearly effortless. Because the GreenWorks 25052 requires no gasoline, motor oil, or electricity, it is an excellent way to sustainably keep your lawn and garden looking trim and beautiful.

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Gardena 4020 12-Inch Silent Push Reel Lawn Mower 300

Designed to be virtually silent when in use, the Gardena 4020 features a hardened steel cutting cylinder covered in a non-stick coating for effort-free pushing and operation. The Gardena 4020 improves on traditional push mowers with a design that ensures that the cutting cylinder and double blade do not touch, allowing users to trim grass with ease. Although the Gardena 4020 weighs just 17.6 pounds, it is a whisper quiet and efficient way to keep lawns, gardens, and other green spaces trim and neat.

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Sun Joe MJ502M Mow Joe 20-Inch Manual Reel Mower with Catcher

The Sun Joe MJ502M is a twist on the traditional push mower because it comes with a generous 6.6-gallon detachable catcher to make clean-up simple and easy. The Sun Joe MJ502M has two large 10-inch wheels in front and two 6-inch wheels in rear for ergonomic operation. The Sun Joe MJ502M can be adjusted to up to nine different settings for optimal grass height. As it has no motor, the Sun Joe MJ502M is virtually silent when in operation.

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Husqvarna 967623405 Automower 315 Robotic Lawn Mower

Few experiences can compare to seeing how efficient a robotic lawnmower can keep your lawn, garden, or other green space looking trim and neat. The Husqvarna 967623405 is rugged enough to handle rough terrain, complex terrain, and even rain while cutting up to 1/4 acre without a recharge. Designed for “set it and forget it” operation, The Husqvarna 967623405 trims grass almost completely silently, using three pivoting cutting blades to ensure a healthy and even cut every time.

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Sun Joe MJ401C 14-Inch 28-Volt Cordless Push Lawn Mower

The SunJoe MJ401C is a battery powered cordless mower, which offers an incredibly quiet and smooth mowing experience. The removable safety key prevents false or accidental starts, great safety feature  if you have curious kids running around and playing in the yard. The SunJoe MJ401C is best suited to small or mid size lawns, powered by a 28 V rechargeable lithium-ion battery which provides peak performance for an area up to a quarter of an acre. This mower comes with a full 2-year warranty.

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Black & Decker CM1936

From one of the premiere manufacturers of lawn and garden equipment, the Black & Decker CM1936 comes with a powerful 36-Volt battery that allows users to cut up to 1/3 of an acre with no need to worry about cords. The Black & Decker CM1936 has a generous 19-inch deck to make quick work of larger green spaces, while the one-touch adjustment lever allows you to adjust the height of all four wheels simultaneously. The Black & Decker CM1936 can be used with additional batteries (not included) for larger lawns and green spaces. The Black & Decker CM1936 starts instantly using a key and is designed to operate nearly silently.

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Snapper XD SXDWM82K 82V Cordless 21-Inch Walk Mower Kit

The powerful 82-Volt lithium ion battery on the Snapper XD SXDWM82K allows users to continuously trim grass for up to 45 minutes without stopping. The generous 21-inch deck of the Snapper XD SXDWM82K gives users the option of mulching, bagging, or blowing cut grass out a side vent. The Snapper XD SXDWM82K comes with seven different height selections and can bag up to 1.6 bushels of grass and clippings.

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ALEKO GHPM12 5-Blade 12 Inch Hand Push Lawn Mower

The ALEKO GHPM12 is a classic push mower requiring no expensive gasoline, motor oil, or cumbersome electric cords to use. The cutting height on the ALEKO GHPM12 ranges from as low as half an inch up to a generous 1.8 inches. The ALEKO GHPM12 uses five metal blades to easily and cleanly cut through thick grass and undergrowth while the included removable grass catcher makes clean-up easy and simple. Weighing just eight pounds fully assembled, the ALEKO GHPM12 has an ergonomic design ideal for anyone to use with ease.

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Razarsharp Minimower

Whether you’ve just got a small lawn or are shopping for a quiet lawnmower to perform quick trims, the Razarsharp Minimower may fit the bill. Weighing just 29 pounds, the Razarsharp Minimower uses a 14-amp motor to quickly cut through grass up to 13 inches across. The Razarsharp Minimower comes with a high-lift blade to prevent clogging while the whisper quiet operation makes this convenient to use without disturbing neighbors or members of your household. The Razarsharp Minimower must be operated with an extension cord (not included).

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16″ 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Walk-Behind Lawn Mower

This innovative lawnmower from Ryobi is designed to work with all Ryobi 40-Volt lithium ion tools and appliances. The generous 16-inch deck on the Ryobi cordless lawnmower makes cutting and trimming large green spaces easy while the mulching and bagging options keeps your lawn looking clean and healthy. The Ryobi cordless lawnmower can be adjusted to cut grass between 3/4 inches up to 2 3/4 inches high. When you’re done trimming, the Ryobi cordless lawnmower has fold-down handles to make storage simple and easy.

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