Greenworks have really set the bar very high when it comes to both corded electric and cordless electric mowers, undoubtedly offering some of the best options out there. If you’re a small yard owner, the Greenworks 25142 may have attracted your attention. It's widely praised and really offers great value for money, and while pretty basic, offers everything you need to keep a small area of lawn in check throughout the year. As you can already tell, it's a mower we like, and in this Greenworks 25142 review, we're going to run through some of the things it does well, and talk about some of the things it could do better (if any).
Greenworks 25142 Review - Specifications
|Deck Size||16 inches|
|Number of Cutting Settings||5|
|Cutting Heights||5/8 - 2 5/8 inches|
Greenworks 25142 Pros: What Consumers Like About This Mower?
The Greenworks 25142 is a basic mower that does practically all of the basics well. We reviewed a lot of people's experiences to put together this review and found a number of aspects of this mower that were consistenly praised, which we're going to talk about below.
- Lightweight and Manageable – Whenever we talk to homeowners in the process of looking for a new mower, one of their biggest fears of making the wrong choice is getting saddled with a mower that is about as maneuverable as a tank. That scenario is no fun. But it's not one you'll face with the Greenworks 25142, as it's nice and lightweight at only 48 pounds, and is really easy to move around for most people. Pushing, turning and weaving in and around yard features is a piece of cake.
- Super Simple – Why make life more complicated than it has to be, right? The Greenworks 25142 really helps you to keep things simple. You have everything you need, but no fancy features. 5 cutting heights, push-button starts, and the fact that you have to push it (no self-propel, but you don't need it). The cutting height can be changed in seconds with the help of a little lever on the deck, and starting the mower up requires no real effort on your part. It’s like turning your TV on.
- It Goes Together Easily – Most people find this mower nice and easy to assemble, which is always reassuring, especially if you’re not much good at DIY. Nobody wants a product that’s like a Rubik’s cube to put together. People of all ages have commented that assembly was without problem and was done in around 10 minutes.
- Gives a Quality Cut – In this price bracket, and particularly given the fact that it’s an electric mower, we wouldn’t normally have super high expectations with regard to how well it cuts. But this is a Greenworks mower and they do tend to get it done. And boy does this one do well. Most people say that it’s powerful for an electric mower, cutting through most types of grass (even thicker varieties) with ease (although I personally wouldn't ever pit an electric mower against super tough conditions – thick weeds, super long grass, etc. That rarely ends well). Given that this is, without doubt, one of, if not the main thing to look for in a mower, this is a big thumbs up for the Greenworks 25142.
- 2 Different Cutting Options – If you’re new to mowing you might not be aware that there are a few different ways a mower can deal with clippings (3 to be exact - mulch, discharge or bag). This mower offers you two of those options – bagging and mulching. These are the two that I personally use most and look for when buying a new mower. Most users say that it mulches very well, which will have you creating some great natural fertilizer for your lawn. And it bags ok too, although we found that the general consensus is that it mulches better than it bags. The bag is on the smaller side (typical of a mower of this size), so you do have to empty it fairly frequently, which is why we only really recommend it for small yards.
- Superb Value for Money – I think other than the quality of the cut, this is the other big plus that we consistently came across when researching the Greenworks 25142 for this review. People rave about the value you’re getting for your money. It works well, feels like a solid product (although it’s important you don’t expect a super high-end finish for this price, as that’s quite possibly the only way you’ll feel disappointed if you buy this mower), and is super affordable. Even being pessimistic...if you get 2 seasons out of this, it works out at an insanely low price for 2 seasons of lawn maintenance.
- You Can Hear Yourself Think – I used to have a gas mower. When I changed to an electric model, it literally changed my whole mowing experience. I was no longer bombarded by the noise thrown out by a raging engine. For the first time in forever, I could hear myself think while I mowed. What joy! It’s the small things in life that make a difference, and you’ll notice this difference with the Greenworks 25142 for sure. Most people say that it is relatively quiet when in operation.
Greenworks 25142 Cons: What People Complain About
The main cons we came across for the Greenworks 25142 are not really cons in the sense that they’re not things that the mower does poorly. They’re characteristics of the mower, and if these characteristics either don’t line up with what you have in mind or the type of lawn you have, you can avoid experiencing them by simply skipping over this mower and finding another one that is more suitable. That said, we’re still going to talk about these “complaints” just so you’re aware of them.
- The Power Cord – If you buy a corded electric mower this is a necessary evil. Corded models are a lot cheaper, but you do have to figure out how to manage the cord while you’re mowing, which is undoubtedly not such an enjoyable experience as you get with say a battery-powered model (but you do pay a premium for that cord-free experience). Decide whether you’re happy to deal with the cord or not before you buy as it’s not going away.
- Grass Bag on the Small Side – I did already mention this a little earlier. We found that quite a few people say the grass bag on the Greenworks 25142 fills up pretty quickly, so if you plan to bag your clippings, you could be taking fairly frequent trips to your yard waste disposal or compost heap. To be fair to Greenworks, as this is a small mower, they're limited to how big they can make the bag. If it's too big, it can end up moving the center of gravity of the mower to the back end as it fills up, lifting the front end off the ground, and the blade is obviously at the front. Anyway, all three of the complaints we're covering here really just highlight why the Greenworks 25142 should only be bought for a small lawn or to mow small areas of grass (use as a "detail" mower to complement a larger riding mower would also be fine).
- It’s Narrow – A 16-inch cutting width is on the smaller end of the scale for a walk-behind mower. Some people see this as a disadvantage, as they have to make more passes to get the job done. I would argue that those folks probably should have opted for a bigger model. With a 16 inch model, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that you're only cutting a relatively narrow strip on each pass. That's just the truth of it. For a small yard, this size is perfectly acceptable, but for anything bigger, do yourself a favor and look at a bigger model. If you do have a smaller lawn, the narrow width here is a godsend for tight turns or any features you have to navigate. It also means it's smaller to store.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Greenworks 25142
Is the Greenworks 25142 Self-Propelled?
No, the Greenworks 25142 is not self-propelled. You have to push it to use it.
Does the Greenworks 25142 Store Vertically
No, this model cannot be stored vertically. Attempting to do so would be dangerous as it will not balance correctly if put in an upright position.
How High is the Handle?
The approximate height of the handlebar is 36-39 inches.
The Bottom Line
We've covered the main points that we discovered during our research, so now it's time to conclude our Greenworks 25142 review and cut right to the chase and point out exactly who we think this mower is best suited to.
Leave It on the Shelf
Greenworks 25142 Review Conclusion:
The Greenworks 25142 is undoubtedly of the the best budget mowers currently on the market, doing all the basics very well and providing the small yard owner with the perfect tool to keep lawns healthy and pleasing to the eye for a price almost anyone can afford. The only way you'll be disappointed is if you buy it for a use that it's not intended for.