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Greenworks 25322 Review

This low-cost lawn mower has an above average runtime, but its narrow cutting deck is not self-propelled
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Price:   $300 List | $268 at Amazon
Pros:  Above average runtime, descent power, quiet
Cons:  Narrow cutting deck, not self-propelled, relatively hard to push
Manufacturer:   Greenworks
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 1, 2019
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  • mowing - 35% 4
  • battery - 25% 5
  • handling - 25% 6
  • ease of use - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Greenworks 25322 is a low-cost mower that is best suited to low-demand lawns. While the model has a reasonably long runtime and descent power, it lacks self-propulsion, has a narrow cutting deck with minimal cutting height settings and is by comparison hard to push. The shortcomings in the areas of ease of use and handling — such as the unfolding and battery release mechanisms — add-up to make this machine less than desirable despite its competitive price.


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Pros Above average runtime, descent power, quietExtensive runtime, rapid recharge, massive cutting deck widthGreat handling, good at edging, broad cutting deckFantastic folding mechanism, long-lasting battery, rapid recharge timeFast recharge, fairly quiet, easy battery removal
Cons Narrow cutting deck, not self-propelled, relatively hard to pushFairly expensive, more mower than some may needLimited runtime, prolonged rechargingLacks self-propulsion, below average cutting deck width, stiff bailLackluster maneuverability, expensive, limited runtime
Bottom Line This low-cost lawn mower has an above average runtime, but its narrow cutting deck is not self-propelledThis do-it-all mower eats up turf like Popeye eats spinachAn inexpensive mower that delivers above average performance in every category except battery lifeAn easy to use mower that is great for newbies but will satisfy old hands as wellThis mower offers few features to rationalize its steep price tag
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Rating Categories Greenworks 25322 EGO LM2102SP Ryobi RY40190-Y Worx WG774 Snapper...
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Specs Greenworks 25322 EGO LM2102SP Ryobi RY40190-Y Worx WG774 Snapper...
power 6 7 7 5 7
estimated cutting area (square feet) 9,196 ft² 14,275 ft² 7,031 ft² 12,302 ft² 4,382 ft²
measured recharge time 60 mins 57 mins 250 mins 105 mins 30 mins
folding/ unfolding ease 7 9 7 10 7
measured noise 72.8 dBA 71 dBA 71 dBA 72.4 dBA 72 dBA
measured cutting gap (inches) 1 in. 3/4 1/2 in. 3/4 in. 15/16 in.
measured cutting deck width (inches) 13 3/4 in. 18 1/8 in. 17 in. 15 1/4 in. 17 5/8 in.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Ostensibly the Greenworks 25322 is a fine mower. It has a relatively long runtime, a wide range of cutting heights, decent power, and it's relatively quiet. With these kinds of accolades one might wonder why this machine isn't rated a bit higher. What knocked this mower down in the rankings is its poor showing in our ease of use and handling analysis. The mower is not self-propelled, which usually isn't that big of a deal, but it is also hard to push and maneuver. Compounding these issues is the mower's narrow cutting deck, which requires the operator to do more pushing compared to other models in the class. There are a number of other features, such as the battery release and handlebar folding mechanisms, that lack an attention to detail that didn't go unnoticed by our testers.

The petite proportions of the Greenwrks make it better suited to small lawns
The petite proportions of the Greenwrks make it better suited to small lawns

Performance Comparison



Likes


There is a good deal to like about the Greenworks. The mower is powered by a 40-volt, 4 amp-hour battery, which makes for a pretty long runtime. Given the power source, this mower can cut an estimated 9,196 square feet of grass. If this isn't enough runtime, the battery recharges fairly rapidly at 2 hours.


While the narrow cutting deck suggests that this mower isn't designed to tackle the most demanding jobs, when used in the right context it has ample power to mulch tall grass without too much fuss.


Finally, the Greenworks is quiet. We measured the noise produced by this mower from where the user stands, and it checked in at 72.8 dBA. That is fairly quiet when compared to others in the class and certainly more quiet than the gas-powered mowers of yore.


Dislikes


Our primary concerns about the Greenworks 25332 are focused on the ease of use and handling features. While these features do not directly contribute to the mower's effectiveness at cutting the grass, they certainly contribute to the enjoyment (or at least the lack of frustration) one derives from the task.

As has been previously mentioned, this mower is not self-propelled. The absence of this feature requires the user to push the mower as opposed to walking behind the machine as it motors along. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing so long as the lawn is relatively flat and well maintained, the Greenworks presents some resistance when we put it to task. Moreover, it lacks the maneuverability that we have come to expect from the smaller, manually-propelled mowers.


There are also a few minor issues we have with the design of this model's battery system. First off, the battery is a bit of a pain to remove. We prefer models where this task can be accomplished with one hand, but as it is the Greenworks will require two hands for many users. This inconvenience is due to a hard to access battery release, and a cover wants to close when it is in the raised position. The battery meter is under the cover as well, meaning that one can't monitor the battery life from the cockpit of the mower.

As a final point, we have some issues with the mower's folding/ unfolding mechanism. While the folding portion of the system works like a charm, the design does not allow for standing the machine on its end, which significantly increases the storage footprint. Additionally, when it comes time to unfold this puppy, it's an overly complicated, somewhat forceful task.

A tester struggling to unfold the Greenworks handle
A tester struggling to unfold the Greenworks handle

Value


It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While the same can be said of value, we have a more objective definition that we like to work with when assessing the bang for the buck quotient of a product. We think that a product has value if, when compared to other products in its class, it is less expensive and of the same quality. Likewise, if the product is of a greater quality and costs the same amount of money, it too is of greater value. By this standard the Greenworks does not offer the consumer a great value. That is not to say that this product is without value. On the contrary, we think that one gets pretty much what they pay for with this mower.

The narrow 13 3/4" cutting deck will mean the user will have to make more passes than many of the other models in our review
The narrow 13 3/4" cutting deck will mean the user will have to make more passes than many of the other models in our review


Conclusion


The Greenworks 25322 is a middle of the road mower that costs about what it is worth. This mower performs admirably in assessments of power and runtime but falters in evaluations of maneuverability and ease of use. Moreover, this mower has a narrow cutting deck that requires more passes than many of its peers to complete the same task, and thus it exacerbates some of its handling issues. If you have a flat, low maintenance lawn this machine will work.


Nick Miley and Austin Palmer