True that almost a decade ago, electric mowers did exist but the experience of switching to one from its gas-gazzling counterpart was more like being out of the frying pan into fire. Because they were useless and more of a gimmick.
However, the companies such as Sun Joe ironed that notoriety attached to electric lawnmowers once for all, by providing top quality viable rivals of gas mowers. Since its launch in 2004, Sun Joe is heartedly committed to give astute lawn care solutions to its customers.
Therefore, you can now very confidently choose to purchase your electric lawn mower from a wide lineup of reel, hybrid, corded and cordless electric mowers by the winners of New Product Innovation Award by National Hardware Show’s 2017, bidding adieu to fumy, fussy and fuel-hungry gasoline mowers.
In order to shoulder some of your buying burden, in this article we have compiled our well-researched reviews about Sun Joe’s electric lawn mowers with the hope that this read will help you narrow your choices down to a few options,best-suited to your requirements,before you actually get enticed by the dealers in the market. Let’s dive deeper into it then!
|Sun Joe Mow Joe Lawn Mower/Mulcher|
|Sun Joe iON16LM Brushless Lawn Mower||Electric, Cordless|
|Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Lawn Mower||Electric|
|Sun Joe Mulching Lawn Mower||Electric|
|Sun Joe MJ401C Push Lawn Mower||Electric, Cordless|
|Sun Joe MJ400E Lawn Mower||Electric|
|Sun Joe MJ401C-XR-SJB Lawn Mower||Electric, Cordless|
|MJ402E Mow Joe Lawn Mower||Electric|
|Sun Joe Turning Radius Lawn Mower||Electric|
1. Sun Joe MJ403E Mow Joe Lawn Mower/Mulcher
Right out of the box, it may make you laugh madly due to its space-car flimsy appearance. But once you start wheeling it around after easy assembly, MJ403E will even gulp the grass where your dog gets disappeared. The mere fact that it is originated by the best snow-blower manufacturers, Sun Joe, should be a sigh of relief for you.
With its sturdy 13-amp electric motor and 17-inches deck, you will actually realize that lawn cleanup was never a taxing job.
As the name suggests, it is mulcher cum mower. For mowing, all you have to do is to ignite it with a push button and watch it smoothly tailoring the grass with utmost precision, leaving a 17-inches wide path neatly ironed behind you.
And, if you choose to mulch, just insert the mulching plug and detach the grass bag at its rear. Now you will see the fresh and finely cut snippets of grass falling behind, fertilizing your lawn for free.
Fortunately, MJ403E has got a spacious grass bag with the capacity to store 12-gallons of grass blades making your mowing an uninterrupted and enjoyable experience. Moreover, it can also be detached very easily if you choose to convert your mower into mulcher.
If you have made up your mind for it, be cautioned that this whole unit is built with plastic and should be treated ‘just right’ if you want it to live with you longer. The foldable handle-bar, however, is built in steel with double joint within which makes its storage easier for those home owners who have small storage space or lawn sheds.
What I love about this model is its security switch which is missing in many of its counterparts. So, don’t fret if you have small children or pets running around when you are mowing. You can just switch the safety switch on, it will automatically halt its operation sensing any obstruction in its way while you walk behind.
Overall, it is very well-suited to small and medium sized lawns and delivers a reliable performance in mulching as well as mowing.Like all the other mowers by Sun Joe, MJ403E is committed to stay Green and doesn’t spit fumes and performs almost silently.
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2. Sun Joe iON16LM Brush less Cordless Lawn Mower
Equally efficient on fine as well as coarse grass lawns, this yellow colored lawnmower is a more recent model which comes with a premium lithium-ion battery that takes merely 1.5 hour to get recharged. Yes, you read it right!
Owing to this distinct feature, Sun Joe iON16LM 40-Volt is a must-buy for those who have been derailing their mowing just because their mower’s cordless battery wasn’t sufficient to mow their large lawn and they had to wait for full 12 or more hours to wait for their acid battery to recharge.
Apart from this, Sun Joe iON16LM 40-Volt comes with a sturdy but easy-to-detach grass bag. In addition, grass indicator window is a real con to its credit. This lets you see peak in and the flap which is located at the top of this grass bag lies flat when the bag needs to be evacuated.Its ergonomically designed handle maximizes the user comfort.
Not to miss is its brushless motor which performs relatively more reliably and longer than a brushed motor. It also reduces noise and ascertains longer life span. With an environmentally conscious perspective, Sun Joe has designed Joe iON16LM 40-Volt, like most of its peers, in grey, green and black color and ensures carbon-free operations to save environment. It can be easily assembled by beginners when unboxed as its assembly is tool-free.
As long as you provide it proper maintenance and care, it can prove itself to be a decade long partner.
The best about Sun Joe iON16LM 40-Volt is its hassle-free cordless operations with long battery run up, which has made it a dominant choice of modern urban home owners, with an added benefit of its ‘all-terrain’ wheels which are crafted to mow any grass type on any surface.
3. Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO Lawn Mower w/Side Discharge Chute
Another Electric lawn mower from the same brand is MJ401E-PRO,which is elegantly crafted to the needs of small and medium-sized lawns with certain solid features. The top feature which when revealed to me left my mouth shaped into an open ‘O’ is its being only and only 28 pound in weight. Incredibly light for a lawn mower!Isn’t it so?
However, this light weight doesn’t make any compromise on its performance. Thanks to its powerful motor and quality blade which together ensure all the operations are being handled in perfect fashion.
Moreover, its lighter build makes its operations noticeably silent not to cause any annoyance to the neighbors or elderly members in family.
Much to your comfort, its assembly is just a breeze. Even the most in dexterous hands can put it together in the first attempt. Its quality can well be conjectured by the fact that Sun Joe guarantees its exchange with a brand-new same product in case of any failure in the first two years from the buy date.
While this fact doesn’t add much to the unit itself. However, it is quite relieving for you to have a product assuring this long warranty.
Also, its three-point height adjustments can be made smoothly without making use of any tools. The bagger option gives you as clean as golf course lawn while collecting the grass snippets in it. Its rust proof decker ascertains durability for a longer time period.
One factor to be brought into consideration while making its purchase, however, is that the cord shipped with the unit is a 14 gauge while you might have to replace it with a 16 gauge cord, especially if you are using a 100ft cable.
In sum, striking a fine balance between performance and ease of use, this mower can really be your machine!
4. Sun Joe Mulching Lawn Mower w/Grass Catcher
This more recent model with two rechargeable batteries appears more like Black and Decker’s lawn mower in its shape and intent. You will be pleased to know that its two batteries with ION+ 24-Volt 2.0 Ah lets you mow your garden for 65 minutes at a stretch. Isn’t it a remarkable difference from mere 30 minutes run time as many other models come with?
To add to more power, this model comes with 1200 W motor which can well chop up to 15.5 inches wide weeds and branches to give you a pristine clean look of your lawn.
Much to your relief, there is an onboard oiler installed in this model which will automatically keep the engine lubricated and you will not have to spend extra time and money on its maintenance after, say, four to seven mowing sessions.
In order to ensure top-notch safety, the manufacturers have imbued in it the features such as safety button which when applied stops accidental starts, kick-back brake which may be applied to halt the operation in the middle of mowing, a built-in hand guard and a sheath which ascertains safe storage at the end of the work.
With fine cut quality, powerful dual batteries and motor it is a nice little mower as long as you have a small patch of land to mow.
As for deck, it has 17 inches mowing width. This means it needs just a few passes to clear your lawn of long grass and weeds.
I must add here that its wheels could have been better built to keep the dirt and grass blades from accumulating in the inner part.
Another issue with this model is that its handle is not easily foldable to the front side which means the machine would occupy more volume in your tool shed. However, if storage isn’t a problem for you and you can manage to clean the interior of its light shallow wheels, it is a wonderful machine for your lawn.
An added advantage of this mower is its two years long warranty. Many users have reported that brand new mower was delivered to their address after they lodged their complain. So, go with Joe’s top quality customer’s service.
5. Sun Joe MJ401C Cordless Push Lawn Mower
If you live in a place with brutal cold and chilly frost, this tough guy can get the job done with equal brutality for you in just a few passes with one charge. Once charged, the battery will not drain out even if you pick this after a month from your creepy little shed. It will mow your lawn with absolute ease giving you pristine pruned grass at the end of the day.
Apart from being quiet and environmentally conscious machine with two years warranty from the manufacturers-the features which go true for each Sun Joe model-MJ401C can easily be ignited with a push button and has an LED indicator which lets the operator monitor the level of battery.
Moreover, it has a removable key to keep it from accidental start, if a child happens to get hold of it, as its space car like looks may entice an intrigued child to try on it.
With its 28-volt 5Ah lithium-ion battery, you can expect respectable performance from MJ401C and can mow up to 12,000 square feet on a single charge.
After that simply plug it in to charge for the next mowing. The storing of this already tiny mower becomes easier when it folds its arms over. Its super light weight makes it easy for you to stack it even on the topmost shelf on your attic.
What I love about this model is its being cute in looks. Knitting your brows? Yes, this cuteness factor really doesn’t have anything to do with its performance, though. However, it’s a pleasant difference from conventional electric mowers.
On the downside, its battery is attached to the unit and can’t be detached. Which means you have to push the whole unit to the charging port instead of just bringing the battery, which is a hassle to the majority. However, if that doesn’t concern you much and your lawn is not overly large in size or damp, MJ401C is a durable machine for you to own.
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6. Sun Joe MJ400E Lawn Mower w/ Grass Collection Bag
As soon as you unbox, you would know you are going to love this light weighted machine which is far too powerful for its tiny size and weight.However, this doesn’t mean it is inefficient and can’t handle a densely grown yard. Even if you have ankle high grass grown in your yard, it will chew it all up in no time, with its powerful 12-amp motor.
Moreover, this light weight makes it easy for the elderly people to walk behind it with ease and gives it an edge over its bulky rivals in maneuvering around the corners and narrow paths with precision.
Right after unboxing it, all you have to do is to assemble it without any tools at hand. Push the start button and pull the lever back to whirr it to life. Its tool-free assembly is easy for the beginners too.
Continuing, its steel blade cuts a crisp 13.4 inches wide area with each pass. Its height control adjustable to three various heights lets you give a personalized cut to your yard.
Its whisper quiet operations will let you listen to your phone kept a furlong away from you. It is eco-friendly and doesn’t spit any fumes in the air you breathe in. This feature is very well watched out by Sun Joe as they are highly committed to create a positive impact on the surroundings.
One possible issue with this mower could be that its wheels become wobbly with the passage of time. However, it can be easily addressed by clipping the wheels aligned with the help of small clips.
Overall, it will provide you an effortless experience to do your yard and serves as a humble keeper. And let’s not forget that this model too is backed by full 2 years warranty-Customer care is the top-most priority of Sun Joe.
7. Sun Joe MJ401C-XR-SJB Lawn Mower w/Brushless Motor
Its powerful battery makes it an ultimate choice in all the rest of the cordless models by Sun Joe. This rechargeable lithium-on battery comes with 28-volt, 5-amp and is capable of mowing 12,000 square feet of your yard in one go on a single charge.
So, time to say goodbye to the tangled extensions coming to your feet, obstructing the otherwise smooth lawn operations. Apart from this, its 10.6 gallons grass catcher contributes more to hassle-free doing of your lawn. You will now not have to run to empty the bin once every while as this detachable bag makes disposal quite easy.
Its deck with 14 inches width has a durable blade made of premium quality steel which cuts the weeds, turf, soft or tough blades and sticks coming to its way in one single pass.
Not only this, its 3 positions height adjustments allow to choose customized grass height, though manually.
What’s more, it has got a removable safety key which prevents any accidental starts.
Tell you what, you can never go wrong with Sun Joe as they come with a generous warranty. So be assured that they will satisfy you till the end.
The only possible qualm with is related to battery is that it doesn’t automatically stop charging when the indicator indicates that it is full. Therefore, it is highly likely that its overcharge results in battery failure.
Another possible worry is that battery can’t be detached from the unit. And you have to run the whole mower to the charging port in order to charge it.
Thirdly, it isn’t replaceable. Its degradation necessitates replacement of the whole unit. However, it is durable enough to live for at least five years. These issues with battery really make one think why Sun Joe didn’t bring these concerns into consideration while manufacturing such a decent model.
8. MJ402E Mow Joe Lawn Mower + Mulcher
If you are seeking a greener and grooming lawn solution, that is not only better for you, but for you lawn as well as for the environment at large, say hi to MJ402E which like other Sun Joe electric mowers provides you no-gas, no petrol, no tune-ups, no fumes and no pull-cords experience of doing your yard.
Featuring a manual yet convenient 6-position height adjustment control, MJ402E wavers with a detachable rear bag with 9.3 gallons capacity. Not so bad to disrupt your mowing, I believe!
The unit carries a full 2 years warranty as well. Its 12-amp electric motor is good enough to gulp all the grass and weeds on your lawn in a few passes with its 15-inches wide deck with its powerful steel blades.
With virtually zero maintenance, years after year, you can well start your unit as instantly as you start your room fan on. All you have to do is to simply plug it in and go, leaving no carbon prints on mother earth.
The fact that it is corded should not bother you as long as you have a small or medium-sized lawn.It rather provides you an uninterrupted mowing operation and satisfaction for having accomplished your task in a go, sparing time for other chores.
What I suggest you is to start mowing from the area closer to the power outlet so that backtracking doesn’t chop your cord.
The most I love about this mower is a cute little button that flips itself up to warn you that the grass catcher is full and must be emptied.
9. Sun Joe 360-Degree Turning Radius Lawn Mower
MJ404E-360, a three-wheeler mower by Sun Joe, lets you kick turf off with unprecedented precision, giving you a meticulously pruned lawn which you have been dreaming of.With its expertly designed front wheel which swivels up to 360 degrees to mow the close turns around your flower beds, fencing and fountain across your patio.
It will exceed your expectations of giving your lawn a touch-up mowing and you can confidently insert it into the areas you would have avoided with a four-wheeler.
Not only this, you can also very easily fold and put it in your car trunk to take it to your elderly mom’s home for her to try.
Although its grass bag with the capacity to hold gallon is not large but adequate enough not to annoy you after every while for emptying. Also, its removal is quite easy.
True that its cord requires some forethought before you actually make for it, yet it makes mowing hassle-free, at least no messing with battery recharging and its timely removal by setting a reminder on your phone to avoid possible damage in case of overcharging that also shortens its life span.
My verdict on it is that it is a must-have as the manufacturer has dexterously combined the performance of gas-fueled unit and convenience of an electric motor in this unique package.
Factors to Bring Into Account While Buying Sun Joe Electric Lawnmowers
Since all Sun Joe lawnmowers are eco-friendly, quiet, made of plastic body and come with two years warranty, therefore, you don’t need to check these four things while walking through the list of specs with each Sun Joe mower.
However, the other features such as motor power, deck size, blade size and shape, safety equipment, size of grass catcher, type of battery, charge and run time-narrowly, length of cords vary in order to cater the needs of different buyers. So, lets delve deeper into the guide to find which mower best suits your lawn need:
- Your Yard Size
An important factor to picture in your mind before you even think of buying you a lawnmower is your yard size. Let’s in the first place not forget that Sun Joe or any electric lawnmower is not basically designed for large lawns or commercial farmhouses.
You cannot simply complain that your electric mower stuttered and seized up and finally broke down while you were mowing in your say 15,000 square feet long lawn-turned-into-meadow.So, if you are purchasing Sun Joe for more than 12, 000 square feet of are, you are going to make a mistake.
But, yes for small or mid-sized lawns it is a successful mower with no fuel, fumes and tune-up hassles. Let me be more specific, Sun Joe electric lawnmowers come with different capacities with the maximum 12,000 square feet. After knowing your lawn size choose the one best suited to it to avoid multiple passes which may get you tired at the end of the job.
- Your Grass Type and Lawn Topography
Almost all the Sun Joe electric mowers change their first possible impression of being something mistakenly delivered from Fisher Price, once you assemble and start wheeling around as they are built to munch on as hardest of grasses as St.Augustine. However, each model narrowly differs in this respect.
Simply put, if you have a lawn with uneven patches and shrubs you should go for the one with steel blade and wider deck so that you may not have to walk behind it for a range of passes and get the job done in the least rounds. Choose a smaller deck and just a fine blade if you don’t delay your mowing and do it at frequently put regular intervals.
Likewise, if you have many narrow places to mow in your garden, go with MJ 404E-360 which is a three-wheeler and has easy insertion with your tight corners. Choose a four-wheeler if you have just a plain square or rectangular patch with no hurdles within.
- Easy availability of spare parts
An important check to make before you actually settle for any mower is to make sure the spare parts are easily available at your local dealer or being timely delivered if you choose to order online. It is because no matter how sternly a machine is built, it has to wear and tear as the time passes. And you don’t want to end up sitting cross handedly with the mower kept in front of you malfunctioned just because the rarity of its spare parts,
For Sun Joe, you don’t need to worry for the first two years from your buying date as their customer service is one of the best in the town. And they would deliver you not only the part you complain about, but the whole new unit. After the warranty years, however, you may need any spare part. So, make sure they are available in the nearby store otherwise you would end up with your abandoned garden.
- Your Budget
Coming up with the budget you specified for your Sun Joe electric lawnmower will not only save you from the subsequent curtailing over necessary expenses but also help you narrow your choices a bit down. Sun Joe mowers have different features translating into different pricing. However, since they all are hailing from the same brand, you will not notice as substantial price difference as you might see across the brands.
- What Bothers Me More-Cords or Rechargeable Battery?
A necessary question to ask yourself while purchasing your Sun Joe electric mower is what is more troublesome for you-cords coming behind or derailing the operation mid-way due to battery discharge.
First off, I would advise the very small lawn owners to go for the cordless one as it will suffice you for 30-45 minutes depending upon the model you choose.
For larger lawn owners corded is advisable as long as they do not get troubled by the jingle of cords coming to their way and can constantly keep pushing cords and extensions back so that they don’t get chopped with grass.
- Where are Sun Joe lawn mowers made?
Sun Joe garden decors and garden tools are designed in Carlstadt, NJ and are manufactured in five different countries- China, India, Japan and Taiwan. And the country origin is usually mentioned in the specification list of each item. Their corporate headquarters which is in new jersey regulates all the other branches with the help of company’s support staff.
- How long does it take to charge a Sun Joe lawn mower?
Four hours on average. However, this time narrowly varies model to model. Also, charging time depends on how much the battery was discharged before it is set to recharge
As for battery life, it may go for five full years before being degraded.
- Is Sun Joe made in America?
Precisely, yes. Sun Joe lawnmowers are actually designed in Carlstadt, NJ and are made in five different locations- China, India, Japan and Taiwan. And the country origin is usually mentioned in the specification list of each item. Their corporate headquarters are in New Jersey from where their support staff regulates the units in different countries.
- Is Sun Joe Lawn Mower better than Goplus?
While neither may be tagged as right or wrong, as much of ‘being best’ depends on your requirements and budget, the latter is tested to be not so good on medium sized lawns and has relatively difficult height adjustments as you would have to take its wheels off to adjust to a different height, the former is relatively expensive. However, once invested, you will forget to spend more bucks on its maintenance. Let me also mention that Sun Joe’s 2 years long warranty speaks of its excellent customer service which may not be beaten by any other brand.