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Sunjoe Lawnmowers Pros and Cons

sunjoe pros and cons

When you start looking at Sun Joe lawnmowers, you may notice a very defining difference between them and regular lawnmowers: they’re environmentally friendly. Sun Joe is also a fairly young company which means they haven’t had the time to make a big name for themselves. Does that mean their mowers are not as good, though? Quite the opposite!

Sun Joe lawnmowers are high-quality and affordable lawnmowers. If you’re not familiar with the brand, however, you may still have some doubts. If that’s the case, keep reading for a comprehensive pros and cons list as well as things you should know about the company.

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What You Should Know About The Sun Joe Lawn Mower Brand

As we mentioned above, Sun Joe is a younger brand. They’re a branch off Snow Joe, a company that aims to sell and produce environmentally friendly snow blowers at an affordable price.

Sun Joe only makes lawnmowers that are safe and eco-friendly. Instead of regular gas powered mowers, Sun Joe sells cordless and corded mowers. They have some models that are even self propelled, though their mowers are already very lightweight.

Sun Joe’s mowers are powered by lithium-ion batteries and are fully electric. Unlike gas lawn mowers, you won’t have to buy fuel and perform maintenance checks on spark plugs and air filters. Electric mowers are considerably easier to maintain in this regard.

As Sun Joe’s main business model is to make affordable lawn mowers, it shouldn’t be surprising that most production is done in China. They have a large distribution center in North Carolina, so all their products are shipped from the United States and within the United States.

Sun Joe Lawnmowers Pros

As an environmentally friendly brand, Sun Joe already has a lot of great benefits. All their lawnmowers are affordable too. To help you fully understand all the pros of buying a Sun Joe lawn mower, though, we’ve created an easy list.

1. Multiple Operation Methods

Sun Joe offers three different operation methods: battery powered, corded, or manual. No matter which method you prefer, you’ll be able to find a model that you like and can afford. 

While some people may quickly overlook a manual lawn mower, others appreciate its simplicity. Since these mowers are electric, they’re much lighter to push around. In addition, the manual mowers are quiet and come in widths from 14 to 20 inches for small to larger lawns.

The corded and cordless mowers are incredibly easy to start. With just the push of a button, you have a running mower. No loud roar, no tugging, and no disrupting your neighbors.

The corded mowers come with a power range of 6.5 amps to 13.5 amps depending on the model you buy. Unfortunately, the cord will hinder your mowing capabilities.

Sun Joe’s cordless lawn mower is fully battery operated. The batteries tend to last around 90 minutes so as long as your lawn isn’t too big, you’ll be able to finish it on one charge. Of course, you can also choose the voltage of your lawn mower to better suit your lawn mowing needs.

Sun Joe also recently came out with a hybrid model that can be used with or without a cord. This can be especially useful for those who have a bigger lawn. For example, you can plug the lawn mower in while you’re within range of a power outlet then unplug it and use the battery to finish up.

2. Cutting

Sun Joe has multiple models that range in cutting width and height. All of their mowers have easy-to-adjust cutting height levers that give you a range of 1 inch to 4 inches. Of course, it depends on what model you purchase as some mowers will be more limited, but Sun Joe certainly provides enough adjustment variation to make most people happy.

Sun Joe isn’t limited to mowers for small yards or mowers for large yards. They offer a wide selection of mowers that all have different cutting widths. The smallest lawn mower is only 11 inches wide while the largest is 20 inches. Even the larger models are fairly easy to maneuver so you can get through difficult areas.

Another thing you may be concerned about is what to do with the grass clippings after you’ve mowed. Again, rest assured that Sun Joe has this covered too.

Some models allow for both discharge bags (or a grass catcher) and mulching attachments, while others only allow one or the other. Likewise, certain models have a side-discharge attachment, while others use a rear-discharge attachment. Whichever methods you prefer, you’re bound to find a Sun Joe mower that offers what you need.

3. Affordable

Sun Joe is all about affordable sustainability. When they first launched, their goal was to design eco-friendly mowers for under $100, and they have managed to do this. The cheapest model hovers around $70, and it’s a manual lawn mower. From there, you’ll see prices jump a bit to $100 to $120 for the cheap options.

You can find mid-range mowers for $130 to $300. In addition, you’ll be able to find some more powerful mowers here. There’s a decent range of corded and cordless mowers with a power range anywhere from 28 volts to 40 volts.

As can be expected, Sun Joe also sells more expensive models. These are the more powerful, larger mowers that may be better suited for commercial use. Nevertheless, prices remain affordable considering the impressive power and features of these mowers.

4. Quiet

Unlike gas powered mowers, electric mowers are quiet. You can use them at any time of the day without worrying about disturbing your neighbors. Even if you don’t enjoy mowing your lawn before sunrise or super late at night when most people may be sleeping, the option is there!

Sun Joe mowers are quiet enough that you can get away with mowing your lawn whenever you want. Once you get used to the quieter hum of the electric mowers, you’ll wonder why anyone uses gas mowers.

Sun Joe Lawnmowers Cons

As with any brand, there are some downsides to Sun Joe lawn mowers. However, they are incredibly few, which is impressive for such a young brand. In addition, not many customers have complaints about the mowers, which should say something about Sun Joe as a whole.

Nevertheless, let’s take a quick look at some of the things you should keep in mind.

Limitations with Corded Mowers

Although it’s expected, it’s still disappointing that Sun Joe’s corded mowers have a maximum length of 100 feet which is inconvenient if you don’t have a power outlet easily accessible.

While you could connect more than one cord, it’s not recommended as the power decreases, and the lawn mower becomes less efficient. So unless you’re certain that 100 feet is enough to cover your yard, you should look into some of Sun Joe’s other options.

Some Trouble with Grass Bag Attachments

One complaint we have is with the grass bag attachments. If you decide to use a clippings bag, you’ll probably notice that it makes the lawn mower back heavy. This can result in the mower tipping up, which leads to uneven or insufficient cutting.

Another problem with the bags was that they didn’t always stay on. This problem was particularly noted with the Sun Joe MJ403E mower. The grass bag handle tended to fall off, and the fullness indicator wasn’t always accurate.

Final Verdict

Sun Joe lawn mowers are an affordable way to become more environmentally friendly with your lawn care. They have enough models to suit any need, and you won’t find their prices unreasonable. If you’re looking for a reliable and eco-friendly lawn mower, Sun Joe won’t disappoint.