BLACK+DECKER BESTA512CM Electric Lawnmower Review

Our Verdict: The Black+Decker BESTA512CM is one of the most popular multi-purpose lawn trimmers out there. Plus, the price tag is too tempting to ignore. If you have a small lawn and don’t have any problem with a corded mower, I recommend it strongly.

BLACK+DECKER BESTA512CM Mower Review At A Glance

The BESTA512CM from Black+Decker is a compact 3 in 1 electric corded mower option. It is very lightweight so will be easy to operate. The handle part that can be used as a trimmer too can be easily detached from the base to save storage space.

It takes a little time for maintenance so that’s a plus point. It costs very little too. In this article, I am going to point out some good and bad sides of this mower. So, keep reading to find out if it really deserves your attention or not.


  • It serves multi-purpose as a trimmer, edger, and lawnmower
  • A good option for a small lawn
  • Very lightweight
  • Easy to control and move around
  • Compact size so takes less storing space
  • Reasonably priced


  • The cutting path is small
  • You will always have to have an electrical outlet outside for this one
  • Cord connection can loosen over time

1# Easy To Use

The BESTA512CM from the brand Black+Decker was built to be lightweight. Now that feature makes the mowing part very easy by moving it around the lawn. If you feel like using it as an edger or a trimmer, you can do it simply by detaching it from the base.

The system of automatic feed spools also helps eliminate bumping and bizarre tangles of light. Just keep in mind that it’s not flawless and given its price tag, we can’t expect it to be.

It’s light enough that when you have to walk around flower beds or hack around trees, your arm won’t get tired. Just be careful of the cord, which as you go further on will make its own odd tangles.

It is possible to bump into or over things like flower-pots or such with the cord as it trails after you. Be aware of that.

2# Compact Size

This one is as compact as a lawnmower can get. It is basically a trimmer that can be attached to a base with wheels to use as a mower. Now the small size has its own series of benefits.

The first one is that you can reach any corner of your lawn with this one. No matter how tight the corner is. Not just corners, trimming the edge of your flower beds will now be more risk-free.

Then, there is the issue of controlling and pushing it. I don’t have to tell you how effortless it will be to push this one because the size says it all. Still, let me tell you a trick. You should move it around like a vacuum cleaner to get the best working experience.

3# Special Features

The PowerDrive transmission is there to help to make the most out of the torque produced by the 6.5-amp electric motor. For fewer string issues, the Automatic Feed Spool (AFS) system works like a charm. Yet I can’t say that it’s 100 percent perfect. Actually, nothing is, to be honest.

It has a cord retention system that helps to decrease the chances of untimely disconnection. Then, there is the 3 in 1 feature where you use this little piece of machinery as a Mower, edger, and trimmer.

4# Mowing Experience

If you are mowing a medium size lawn, you will feel the difference between using a 24-inch mower that is gas-powered and this 12-inch electric mower. It can’t possibly give you the best feeling when mowing a bigger lawn. But it has its fair share of advantages on a small lawn.

The BESTA512CM is intended for small yards, especially those that require a lot of edging and trimming. That is its strong suit and it handles that beautifully.

5# Performance

When you open the box for the first time, a wave of buyer’s regret may wash over you. It does seem to be pretty frail and flimsy at first glance. Still, in this emotional response, you shouldn’t give in.

This is not a heavy-duty mower intended to slice through vast segments of insanely dense grass, you just need to get it in your head.

It’s more of a multi-purpose trimmer, which you can also use like a lawnmower. It’s really very good when you take it in that way. The build quality of this one is versatile and you won’t have to bother yourself too much about the maintenance.

6# Low Maintenance

With the Black+Decker BESTA512CM, very little maintenance is required. You don’t even have to bother about removing or sharpening metal blades because it uses trimmer string.

Keep a close eye on the cord’s plug-in. As time goes by, it might begin to loosen the connection a little by continuously connecting and disconnecting it and moving it around. You can fix it with a small strip of electric tape though if it gets a little loose after some time.

7# Price

This one comes without the extension cord, so the price tag is reasonable. It costs as little as you will expect it to be.

The Bad

The only downside it has is maybe the extension cord and the fact that you will have to buy it separately. The cord makes it tricky to freely roam around your lawn and that’s irritating.


The BESTA512CM is recommended to those who are looking for a trimmer that can serve as a mower or edger too. So, a small lawn owner and those who don’t have any issues with a corded mower should really consider this one as a cheap budget option.

Its multi-purpose functionality will serve in your favor that is for sure. Plus, you will get the best out of your investment after this one.

Also Read: Greenworks 25022 Mower

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