Greenworks garden tools and lawn mowers are big sellers and it’s easy to see why. As one of the most affordable 16” lawn mowers, the Greenworks 40V 25322 model has won over countless homeowners because it is relatively cheap and does a good job for small to medium-sized lawns.
For a cordless lawnmower at this price point, the 16” Greenworks battery-powered lawn mower is remarkably well made. I’m not going to suggest that this is the ultimate in professional-grade durability, you’d have to pay considerably more if that is what you’re after. It is, however, great value for money.
A lot of plastic, albeit pretty good quality, is not quite what you’d expect from a commercial-grade lawn mower. The Greenworks 16” cordless mower in no way pretends to be in this league. The materials are good enough for weekly mowing in summer. If treated well, the trusted Greenworks 25322 should last for many years. It is a lightweight, easy-to-use battery-powered lawn mower. In this regard, it is a fine machine at a wonderfully affordable price.
After doing some extensive research, I’ve looked at what people love about the Greenworks 16” lawn mower and what has left them less than impressed. I’ll be sharing my findings with you in this Greenworks 40V 16” lawn mower review.
Greenworks 25322 40V 16” Lawn Mower | Comprehensive Review
Specs & Features:
- 16” deck.
- Runtime: up to 45 minutes (4 AH G-MAX battery).
- Small to average yards, up ¹̷₃
- Mulching or rear bagging.
- 5 height positions from 1¼” to 3³⁄₈”.
- Adjustable fold-down handle.
- 1,200W output power, 1,800W maximum power.
- No load speed: 3,500 RPM
- Rear wheels: 7”; front wheels: 6”.
- Weight: 37.8 LBS.
- Warranty: 3 years for mower and battery.
There is nothing exceptionally great about the Greenworks 40V 16-inch cordless lawn mower. It is, in all respects pretty ordinary. I think the reason why this model is one of the most popular has a lot to do with the reputation and range of Greenworks 40V cordless power equipment.
In the low to mid-priced battery tool market, Greenworks is one of the most sought-after brands. For the average homeowner, Greenworks lawn mowers, and the plethora of other 40V tools available, provide us with all we need without paying premium prices. The advantage of a single battery platform for all your gardening and power tool needs speaks for itself.
It is with this in mind that I set about reviewing the Greenworks 25322 battery-powered lawn mower. My expectations weren’t too high. After all, this mower is obviously not intended to impress landscapers and commercial users. It is a basic machine with the intention of providing good quality at an affordable price.
Power and Battery Time
I don’t expect a domestic-grade 16” lawn mower to provide heaps of power. As a result, I’m not at all disappointed by the 1,200 watts of power at the blade. For this size cordless mower, I believe the power spec is ample.
Not everyone agrees with me on this. After reading many customer reviews, I found the most common complaint to be a lack of power. Though, I attribute this mostly to unrealistic expectations. People who have recently made the switch from gas to battery-power have been a little disappointed at the performance of the Greenworks 16” lawn mower.
If you’re cutting wet, long, or thick grass, it is not the best. For most of us, this should not be an issue. Dense grass types might pose a problem for the Greenworks cordless mower, especially if the lawn has not been mowed in a while. If you keep your lawn at a reasonable length and don’t have to cut the grass when it’s wet, it should be perfectly fine for most types of grass.
Battery time, like the power output, is okay but certainly not brilliant. The manufacturers claim that you can work for up to 45 minutes using a 4AH battery. In ideal conditions, this might be possible. Realistically, you should expect around 30 minutes, a little more if you don’t use the mulching feature. It takes 2 hours to recharge the battery. If you’re mowing a large lawn and don’t want the inconvenience of waiting for batteries to charge, you’ll need extra batteries.
Since a 16” lawn mower is intended for smaller yards, the battery time shouldn’t be an issue. Mowing ¼ acre in half an hour, is perfectly easy to achieve.
Quality and Design
The Greenworks 16” cordless lawn mower is not self-propelled. Since it is a lightweight machine, weighing less than 38 pounds, with fairly large 7” wheels at the rear and 6” wheels at the front, maneuverability is great, despite no assistance from the motor.
Considering that this mower isn’t brutishly powerful, no propulsion assistance is actually a blessing. You want all those watts at the blade, not helping you propel a machine that is already really easy to move.
The low weight is a result of using mostly plastic. While I always prefer to see more metal on garden equipment, the Greenworks 25322 is surprisingly tough. The hardened plastic can take quite a lot of punishment and, of course, plastic doesn’t rust.
The handle is made of metal and is adjustable. It also folds down for compact storage and has padding to make your job of mowing the lawn more comfortable. The blade is also made from metal and appears to be quite durable. Damage from stones is probably inevitable, but it won’t become dull too easily if you don’t abuse it.
A chunky height adjustment lever makes it super easy to get just the right cutting height from 1¼ to 3³⁄₈ inches. A large lever on the deck allows you quickly select any of the five height settings.
At around $300 for the mower, including a 4AH battery and charger, the Greenworks 25322 is a great deal for a 16” cordless lawn mower. In its class, the affordable Greenworks mower is ideal for small yards up to ¹̷₃ of an acre.
While I’m not overly impressed with Greenworks customer service, this is an established brand with a notable presence throughout North America and most of the world. To this end, the generous 3-year warranty is a great reassurance.