Yes, mower week is still here. Today we are covering the 80V Kobalt Lawn Mower. If you missed our head to head, feel free to check out head to head mowers and how they all performed against each other. If you would rather just check out the Kobalt, feel free to keep on reading. As a spoiler alert, the Kobalt was not our top pick and scored 358 out of 400. So does this mean it’s not worth a look? No, not at all. While there are things we see need improvements, there are also things to love about this mower. It’s just wasn’t our top pick when you take everything into consideration.
Kobalt Lawn Mower Overview
You may look at this mower and the Greenworks and think to yourself, hey they kind of look a like. Well I am sure it’s because Greenworks makes the Kobalt mower, but it’s more of an observation than a researched fact. The Kobalt lawn mower is based on an 80V platform which has power, but unfortunately the batteries are only a 2Ah battery. Good news is the charging wait time is only 30 minutes. While some manufacturers decided to go with a composite plastic deck, the Kobalt has a steel deck which has it’s own pros and cons. The steel is great for durability, but the extra weight can be cumbersome for those people who are dealing with hills. Now I am not sure if the 21″ steel deck has anything to do with it, but I have to admit, this produces a great cut and the bagging isn’t bad either. The mower offers 3 mowing options where the user can either bag, mulch or use the side discharge. Did I mention this is made with a brushless motor? The brushless motor should give it more power and a longer runtime since these types of motors are more efficient.
Starting the mower is easy. Just press a button and pull back on the lever, yes it’s that easy to get up and running with this mower. One item we liked about this mower is how easy it is to adjust the heights. With a single lever you can adjust the height either up or down. No more messing around with each wheel. There are 7 different positions you can pick from for mower height. If storage is a premium in your garage or shed, no worries as it’s easy to lower the handle over the unit to save on space. As a final note, the mower comes with a 5 year warranty for the peace of mind.
Kobalt Lawn Mower Thoughts
Bottom line the Kobalt mower isn’t too bad. Would I buy this mower? No, I would pass on this mower for a couple of reasons. First, the price tag is hefty at $499. The 2Ah battery is pretty weak. Yes, it’s 80v, but voltage isn’t everything. I am not a huge fan of the extra weight of the steel deck and the mower does seem a little clunky. The wheels and handle are a little sloppy also. However this does do an awesome job with the cutting and bagging. The cut quality is a huge improvement over their older model. I have to say it was one of the best cuts we tested and if you check out Lowes, people are extremely happy with this mower and giving it 4.5 stars out of 5. I just think for $499, there are other mowers that are a better buy.