Sun Joe MJ401E Review

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Updated June 27, 2022
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For those seeking for the best electric lawn mower for small lawns, the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO does well enough for its asking price, especially if you’re on a budget. Its cutting deck is wide enough to make quick work of small yards, while also being really easy to use thanks to its small, compact design.

Why We Like It – Sun Joe MJ401E

The Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO is a great mower for someone who passes on gas mowers, and needs a workhorse for smaller yards, thanks to its solid performing 13 amp motor.

  • Good performance for its price
  • Easy to use
  • Compact design
  • It’s a corded lawn mower
  • Rear bag fills quickly


For what you’re spending, the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO performs pretty well, provided it’s used in the right environment; it’s right at home with a small lawn. With its compact design, it works really well in tight spaces. Its cutting deck is 14-inches, making use of a steel blade and its motor cuts easily through various lengths of grass both wet and dry. However, the cutting deck is rather small compared to the Greenworks 25022, which is equipped with a 20-inch cutting deck.

Related: If you want an alternative electric mower, check out our Snapper XD review


The Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO was made really easy to use. All you do is plug it in and press the push button. Making height adjustments, use the manual height control. Simply move the bar connecting the wheels between three cutting heights. Since it’s a 2-in-1, you can switch between side discharges (comes out the back) or use the grass catcher to collect grass clippings. However, the grass bag does fill up rather quickly, unlike the American Lawn Mower 50514.

Sadly, it’s a corded lawn mower. You’ll be tethered to a cable the entire time. For many, this will be a frustrating experience. If you want a cordless electric lawn mower, pick up the Greenworks 25322.


The Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO’s value is a coin toss. The cutting deck is small compared to other electric mowers around the same price, but that isn’t a problem if you have a very small yard. Anything more than half an acre is too much. On the other hand, it’s a corded lawn mower. It doesn’t come with an extension cord in its package, unfortunately.

Related: Have a small yard? Then read our Worx 24V WG775 Powertank review to get the right mower for the job

Compared to other lawn mowers, the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO sharply falls. However, its value does rely on two factors 1) you’re on a budget and 2) you have a small lawn. If you fit within those two categories, the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO has solid value.

Sun Joe MJ401E Wrap Up

While the Sun Joe MJ401E-PRO is corded, it is electric; no gas required. Its rear bag is on the smaller size, but it isn’t that big of a deal if you have a small lawn. And in that environment, it performs well enough, easy to use, and its easy to store with its compact design.

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