If you have a small lawn to keep in check, you're sick of your manual mower and have been dreaming of something motorized to make your life easier, the Worx WG779 is a product that you might want to investigate further. With a cutting width of just 14 inches, it's one of the smallest mowers that they offer and it's battery-powered, so you avoid the hassle of both power cords and gas canisters. But is it worth the money? Does it do the job it's been designed to do? These are both questions we aim to answer in this Worx WG779 review, where we'll outline both the pros and cons that users frequently find with this particular model.
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Worx WG779 Pros: What Consumers Like About This Mower?
During our research we found that there's plenty to like about the Worx WG779, as you'll see before. These are the main pros that we can across repeatedly.
- Easy to Maneuver – Without a doubt, the most commonly cited positive aspect of the Worx WG779 is that it's lightweight and easy to maneuver around. And that's a big deal for a lot of folks, who perhaps aren’t built to muscle a heavier mower around the yard, even if it does an outstanding job. We found lots of elderly users and women in particular that really appreciate the maneuverability of the Worx WG779 and the fact that mowing the lawn no longer means a “dogfight” that may end with you being too tired to do anything for the rest of the day. At just under 30lbs, most people should be able to manage to push it. It’s even reported to be fairly comfortable to mow on slopes and embankments.
- Easy to Put Together – Don't consider yourself to be a DIY whizz? You're going to be happy then, because this Worx mower is going to be right up your street. During our research, we found that just about everyone that mentioned the assembly of this product said it was nice and easy and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes (excluding charging the batteries) with no special equipment required. I’ve been known to be absolutely baffled by assembly instructions before, so when that doesn’t happen and everything just goes together nice and easy, you really do appreciate it!
- Cuts Pretty Well – Now there is a caveat here, but so long as you respect it, the WG779 should do exactly what you want it to and leave your lawn looking nice and “trim”. The thing is, you have to respect that this thing doesn’t pack the same kind of power as a gas mower. Now this is why I think it’s good if you’re transitioning from a manual push mower to this, as you’ll already be used to having to keep on top of your mowing and the power this thing has will actually be a bit of an upgrade. But if you’re moving to this from a gas mower, that’s where you need to be careful. Don’t think it’s going to be able to carve through tall grass the same way or not bog down in thicker grass. It will. The Worx WG779 does a decent job at cutting grass if it’s only “maintenance cutting” and not “rescue operation” cutting. A trim rather than an overhaul. If you follow that philosophy you’ll likely be happy with how it performs.
- No Hassle to Start – Just as the assembly is straightforward, so too is the start-up process. You push a button and hold down the lever. That's it. No yanking on a pull cord. It's as easy to fire up as your kitchen appliances. That's one thing you can't complain about when you choose to go electric.
- Great If You’re Short on Storage Space – As we already mentioned at the outset of this Worx WG779 review, this mower isn’t very big, which certainly helps when it comes to storage. But on top of that it is nicely designed so that when the handles are folded over and secured into position, you can stand it up vertically so that it takes up less space in your garage or shed.
- Not Too Loud – You know we said that the WG779 is as easy as a kitchen appliance to start? Well, it's about as loud as one too. You will notice the noise it makes, but it’s not annoying. You could have a conversation over it, slightly raising your voice. And it won’t make the neighbors mad either.
- Decent Build Quality – No one likes to buy junk that is only going to last a few months before you're shopping around for a replacement. And unfortunately, that seems to be the way the world has gone in the last few years. Easy come, easy go. But the Worx WG779 does feel fairly solid. Now I’m not saying it’s of super-duper, indestructible type build quality, but it’s not bad. A solid “medium” level kind of quality that shouldn’t break the first time you bump into something.
Worx WG779 Cons: What People Complain About
- Battery Performance – This is a real shame given that generally speaking the Worx WG779 is held in high regard in pretty much all other areas of its design. But we came across too many complaints about its battery performance to ignore. The main problem would appear to be that it just doesn't last as long as it should, with lots of folks saying they struggle to get more than 20 minutes of runtime. There were quite a few reports of folks saying they had to complete their mowing over multiple days because of this. The majority of people that seemed to be happy with the battery performance had very small lawns, and I think that’s really quite telling. Reluctantly, if you’ve got more than a postage stamp size lawn, you might have to give this model a miss for this reason. But otherwise, it could still be a great fit for you!
- Grass Catcher Awkward to Attach – This was really the only other thing that we saw mentioned a few times. It would appear that the catcher is designed in a way that doesn’t make it the easiest to attach properly. And if you don’t put it on properly, it’s not going to collect your clippings as well as it should. Please be aware, that as this mower is primarily aimed at small yard maintenance, if you use it on anything bigger you will be emptying the catcher quite often, as it’s not that big.
The Bottom Line
We're now going to wrap up this Worx WG779 lawn mower review by providing you with all of the "need to know" info to help you decide if it's for you.
Leave It on the Shelf
A mower that promises much and delivers on many levels, but the battery performance issues unfortunately make it unsuitable for many lawns. However, it can still be a great option. The elderly love it and it can also be a handy partner to a ride-on mower, squeezing into tight spaces that the big mower can't. Just make sure your circumstances match up well with its quirks and you'll likely be very satisfied.