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Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense review

Super smart and with loads of features, Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense also has an amazing battery range.

Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense Automatic Drive Electric Lawn Mower
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Our Verdict

The Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense is one of the smartest electric mowers out there. From auto driving to power delivery, this takes the work out of cutting your lawn. Lots of grass collection options, a solid steel deck, seven cut heights and a five year warranty make this one of the best electric mowers you can buy.

For

  • Long battery life
  • Self-propelling
  • Dual battery
  • Five year warranty
  • Vertical storage

Against

  • Grass collection could be more efficient

The Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense has a big name and a really big list of positive features to go with that. From smart self-propulsion to intelligently managed dual battery power, this is a really well made electric mower to make the switch from gas a no brainer.

As an innovator in self-propelled mowers back in 1951 Snapper is still pushing the limits of what can be done on lawns across America.

Self-propulsion is a nice feature but you can limit that if you want to save battery, not that you'll likely need to with this one hour performance. The cutting area is large at 21-inches and a big bag lets you collect grass without needing to stop often.

Lots of adjustable features plus easy fold down for storage make this a really smart mower that does it all for a pretty decent price. 

So is this the best electric mower for you? Read on to find out all you need to know.

Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense review: Design and build

  • 90lbs weight
  • 82 volt system
  • 21-inch cut area

The Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense uses a powerful 82 volt system to run an impressive 1500 watts Briggs and Stratton brushless motor for plenty of cutting power across the 21-inch blade area. That's got more power than Greenworks 21-inch 60V MO60L410 and Stihl RMA 510 V.

The lightweight design helps to make this maneuverable while the self-propulsion system aids in making uphill work less effort. You still get a steel deck so you know it's strong and reliable.

One of the really important design positives here is the dual battery system which allows you to run off two batteries or one. That means you can be charging one while the other one keeps you cutting.

Use a simple push button to start and then you can pick what to do with the grass including bagging, mulching and side ejecting as you cut. With seven height positions you should be able to find the ideal finish regardless of the grass length to start with.

The folding handle saves 70 percent of space so this can be easily stored, even in an upright position to take up less room in your garage. 

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Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense review: Features

  • Auto speed self-propulsion
  • Rapid charging
  • Load sensing tech

The Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense is smarter than most thanks to its intelligent load sensing tech. This will vary the power output depending on what's being cut, so you're not using up more power when cutting short grass, for example. It will simple draw more power when it detects it needs it for longer or thicker grass patches. All that means saving on power so you get the longest battery life performance.

The StepSense drive system is able to detect the walking speed of the user and adjusts to suit. Essentially this means it'll add enough power to pull along so that you don't have to put your back into mowing - ideal for hills. 

The dual battery system has a rapid charger which allows you to get one battery up to charge fast so you can swap out or tandem with another battery. These vary from 2Ah up to 5Ah.

There is a 1.7 bushel bagger which can collect grass clippings up to 2.1 cubic feet so you don't have to keep stopping to empty that, making the job even quicker and easier. 

The five year warranty is also a huge feature showing just how well made this machine is and giving you peace of mind.

Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense review: Performance

  • Reassuringly weighty
  • Steady drive
  • Great battery performance

The Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense isn't light and flimsy like some electric mowers, it's a reassuring 90 pounds. This means it feels strong and doesn't flex so all obstacles are overcome. The same is true for power where that brushless motor churns out the same amount as a gas equivalent, only far more quietly. 

While you get two 2Ah batteries as standard, that'll get you 45 minutes of use tops. Opt for the larger 4 or 5Ah batteries and you're looking at over an hour easily. That smart power output adjusting system really works. Charge times are also great with just half hour getting you back to full on the 2Ah batteries and double that for the 4Ah units. 

Even the self-propulsion of this mower is smart, adjusting to suit your pace. This feels really natural and means you don't have to think about adjusting speed or power – just point and go. On more delicate areas you may notice it takes a little delay to slow to nothing, unless you pull it to a stop. It's not a big deal just worth keeping in mind if you have a small lawn.

The foldaway arm does make this great for storage but it's still not a light unit to lift up, should you plan to hang this up on its side. The bag also needs to be placed separately, but you could hook it on or above to save space that way.

That adaptive power is worth another mention as it's great if you have varying types of grass in your yard since this will adapt perfectly. That means there's a nice even finish across your grass. The only gripe is some grass does escape the bag if you fill it too much but then that's the case with lots of mowers. 

Should I buy the Snapper XD 82V Max StepSense?

If you want lots of power, quiet running and a smart self-propulsion system paired with a smart power delivery - this is for you. Get all the features and power of a gas mower but with the ease of use of electric. 

There are few other electric mowers that offer so many features or such range but if you want to save money there are cheaper options out there.

If you're still set on a gas mower, then check out our round up of the best gas lawn mowers, while those with big lawns will want to take a look at our guide to the best ride on lawn mowers.