Best mulching EGO?

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After a lot of research, I am gifting hubby with a new EGO for father's day. He does not like the bagging feature and self propel isn't necessary. What is the best option? Thanks
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none of them mulch well.  If you want a good mulcher get a REAL mulcher, as opposed to one (such as Ego's) that only advertise that they mulch.  We all know they don't mulch well.  Some very good mulchers uses 2 blades, for example.  No Ego has 2 blades and I doubt that they will offer 2 blades as a retro-fit (due to power constraints)
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Everyone does agree with Dave.  I have the LM2102SP and have been very happy with it.  I have mowed my yard exclusively using the mulching function.  My bag and side chute remain unused.

There is a long discussion with lots of opinions here https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/not-mulching

I think the bottom line is that results and level of satisfaction will vary based on your lawn and expectations. 
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Oops. Correction
Everyone does *not* agree with Dave
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First of all Susie, what an awesome idea for a Father's Day gift!!!

Second, most consider the original 20" mower the best mulched, but having said that, most are pleased with the results of their 21" mowers. Some people (not all as some would suggest) are unhappy with the mulching of their 21" mowers. The newest 20" steel deck mowers with brushless motors are the most expensive and we have little feedback on them yet.

Third, Home Depot has a 90 day satisfaction guarantee if you're not happy with the mower. If your lucky guy isn't thrilled with his new mower he's welcome to return or exchange it.
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EGO sells a 20 inch mower with a steel deck now at Home Depot online. I'm betting my money on the idea that that mower will mulch the best depending on what blade you put on it, but the deck seems like it is the kind of deck you need for mulching.
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Don't judge a book by its cover... the plastic Ego mowers all have a completely different shape underneath than the upper form would indicate; two different molded pieces. ;-)
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I'll be another one to say no, we don't "all know" Ego's mowers don't mulch well. I've had the 20-inch mower for two years and have been thrilled with its mulching performance.

Complaints seem to be with denser Southern lawns, especially with the 21-inch mowers.

Blue makes a good point that Home Depot's exchange policy is great if you aren't happy with whichever mower you try.
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Agreed. Mine mulches perfectly. Never had an issue. Northern climate
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Mine mulches ok as well.  Not earthshattering, but adequate, and the small bit it doesn't do that bigass noisy mowers do is FAR outweighed in convenience.

I'll say it, Dave is full of mulch.

He doesn't speak for the rest of us, so wondering where he got that claim?

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Jacob, all that and I forgot to chime in about my own mower, LOL.  I'm in the North as well and have no mulching issues with my 20". :-)
Thanks everyone. I think I will hold out for the LM 2021. I hope it becomes available in Canada soon.
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This thread is a joke.  If one searches for "mulching" or some variation thereof, you will find plenty of complaints.  Seems today is the "I love the mulching performance" crowd's day to post here.  Pretty funny, actually.  Here is a sampling of the threads addressing mulching problems.  YOU decide.

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/mulching-52hibptfoh835

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/not-mulching

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/will-the-new-blade-solve-the-mulching-problem-will-thi...

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/mulching-tip-for-21-mowers
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I'm not saying that reviews are the be-all and end-all indicator of a product's performance, but they are a good indication of trends. Since it's pretty likely that a large portion of customers mulch their lawns, these should be relevant.

HD reviews for the 21" SP mower:


And for the original 20" mower:


Clearly, not everyone is disappointed in the cutting and/or mulching performance of their Ego mower.

Don't shoot the messenger, Dave, it's not like I'm making this stuff up. ;-)
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From Consumer Reports

Can the best electric self-propelled mower hold its own against a highly rated gas model in Consumer Reports' tests? To find out, we pitted the top-rated Ego LM2102SP, $600, the only electric self-propelled model we recommend, against the Toro Recycler SmartStow 20340, $400, a similarly equipped model from the top tier of our ratings of gas mowers.



Cutting

The Ego and the Toro cut well in side-discharge mode, but the Toro takes top marks for mulching without leaving clumps behind. The Ego mulches well too, and unless you’ve got an eagle eye, you probably won’t see a huge difference between the two.

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If Ego ever makes a battery-powered grinder Dave has an ax he'd like to use it on.
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Note that the responses on all of Dave's links are the same as they are here: Most people are happy, he really isn't, and most problems seem to be related to certain types of Southern lawns with the 21-inch mower.
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Poor Dave, sad for him he didn't notice it soon enough to rid himself of this horrible problem.

But wondering why?  Wasn't 90 days enough to know he hated it?

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Not that it will help the original poster, but there is a great freedom in not knowing what mulching is or particularly caring if the mower will mulch well or not.   I just hope it cuts grass.  My new 20 inch (bad back and knees- I paid premium for 13 less pounds) is out in the car waiting to be assembled.  I will let you know how it cuts but mulching?  Not sure what that is or why I would ever want to do it.   
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Mulching is when you do not bag the cut grass nor have it shot out a side chute on the mower.  Rather the grass is chopped up under the mower deck and dropped onto the lawn.  Saves the hassle of bagging and generally a cleaner look than side discharge.  You want it, you'll love it.
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I think you give me too much credit for caring for what the yard looks like.  As I said in another in another post, my goal is to keep the neighbors at bay, otherwise I could care less about it.  Too many books to read and too little time.    Nice explanation on mulching.  Thanks.  

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