Black & Decker MM275 Review

This corded electric mower receives overwhelmingly positive reviews for its light weight and easy operation. Some users take issue with having to manage the cord, but most reviewers prefer that to replacing a battery or dealing with gasoline.

Black & Decker MM275 reviews on the Sears website highlight the ease of navigating this 38-pound machine around a small yard, as well as the cutting power of its 9-amp motor. One user credits this model with plowing through thick grass growing over a septic tank -- which proved too much of a challenge for a gas mower. In reviews on Amazon, users also tell of easy starts (no pull string to yank), good mulching, and the oomph to mow up small hills. The biggest drawback to this model, reviewers say, is also its strength; that is, electric power. Lots of users have something to say about the cord, and a few just couldn't deal with it. But those who master its management or chalk it up as a minor inconvenience are quite happy to be free of gas models and well satisfied with this machine.

Where to buy

The Black & Decker MM275 (starting at $174, Home Depot) features an 18-inch mowing deck made of polymer (no rust) with a side discharge (chute can be removed). The cutting height can be set to six positions ranging from 1 to 3.5 inches and a lever lets users adjust all the wheels at once. This mower can mulch as it mows; a bag for clippings is sold separately. The mower has a 100-foot range from an electrical outlet and is intended for plots smaller than a quarter of an acre. Buyers must purchase an extension cord separately.

The Black & Decker MM275 is an environmentally friendly option that finds favor with consumers who take on the chore of lawn maintenance. The 6.5-amp Black & Decker LM175 (starting at $159) is lighter, cheaper, and garners similarly positive reviews, although it has no mulching capability.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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