I've had electric, then petrol and now use a manual push lawn mower on a sizable lawn. As long as you don't let it get too long it's the most efficient and environmentally friendly option, also SILENT, I just wish neighbours would switch.
What I got out of the article was that basically re-chargeable cordless electric mowers are very weak. They don't have enough power, the time enabled to mow is too short and the difficulty of waiting for a re-charge to finish the job is a pain in the ass.
I actually have a Craftsman 18-inch and a 16-inch Reel Mower that work well as long as the yard doesn't get too long. As I have a new grass type I've never owned before, Bermuda grass, I was unaccustomed to how thick it got. I debated over getting a larger reel mower, an electric corded mower or a gas mower like I owned many years ago when I had a different house.
Here's the larger type Reel mower I considered: ( 1st choice )
Don't forget the electric robot lawn mowers! The battery capacity doesn't matter much, since they can return to their charging station by themselves when needed.
When it comes to hand-controlled ones, my guess is that either the lawn is small enough to be finished with a cordless in a single charge, or (on larger lawns) the cord needs to be too long to be practical. So I don't see much point in a corded electric, use a cordless one for small lawns and a gas powered one for big lawns (or a robot).
Extra tough grass on a small lawn might be an exception where a corded mower becomes useful, though.
It's really all about the power. That was the message I got out of the original article I posted. It's not about the environment, noise or convenience. Cordless mowers don't have the horsepower or capacity to really push through a thick lawn. Electric robot mowers are the worst since they are usually small and don't have a human to push them for extra torque. More gimmicky than anything. However if you keep the grass really short and run them every other day I guess they could manage.
I ended up buying a gas powered self-propelled mower 159cc that had variable speed that adjusted to the user. It has discharge in a bag, discharge out the side or mulching. Mulching means it continues to chop what it cuts within the body and slowly spreads it about underneath it's path. However the mulching takes the most power and frequently kills the engine when a wad of grass sticks between the blade and circular undercarriage. As much as that happened and I had to restart it, I knew a cordless or corded electric mower could have never done any better by far.
Now that I have cut it, I will try to maintain it with my Reel mower and not let it get so overgrown. I definitely recommend a Reel mower if your yard is medium to small in size and you like the peace and quiet while doing it.
Right? Back when shorts were actually shorts. Not the stuff the younger generations are wearing now that are nothing more than long pants that end halfway up from the ankle to the knee. I hate those, especially those capri pants on women. It just make the feet look bigger by showing more skin right above the foot. Generally your ankles are not sexy so what the hell?