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Robotic Lawn Mower Reviews: Welcome to the Future!

Why Should I Get a Robotic Lawn Mower?

I know what you’re probably thinking. Why get a robot to mow your lawn when you can do it yourself, right? Aside from convenience being the main reason for getting one, the biggest is probably aesthetic. If you get a robotic lawn mower to do your mowing for you, then you won’t need to worry about putting off this particular chore. No matter what the weather is, whether it’s sunny or rainy, a robotic lawn mower can go out there and cut your grass.

It’s also not just a manpower thing, either. A robotic lawn mower can cut grass much better than humans pushing a sled-type mower could, too. A robot can follow straight lines cleanly, and could also account for shifting elevation and terrain. You or a human mower will probably struggle to do the same.

One more thing: it’s not loud, either. You can run your robotic lawn mower at any hour without disturbing the neighbors, if that’s your thing.

If you’re still a bit skeptical of how they work, watch this video to see how a robotic lawn mower can adjust to any terrain and elevation (in this case, cutting grass on an uphill slope):

Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Expensive?

The straight answer to this question is yes, a robot lawn mower will cost you a pretty penny no matter which way you look at it. It’s an investment, after all, and investments usually come with hefty price tags in the range of hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of dollars.

The good thing, however, is once you get over that initial cost of purchasing a robotic lawn mower, the energy costs will even out and pay for what you spent for the thing. A friend who's an electrician in Perth did some experimenting with this and concluded that robotic lawn mowers only use as much electricity as a light bulb, so the energy one of these needs will amount to a very tiny fraction of the purchase price. As long as you keep your robot mower well-maintained and living long, it will save you energy costs you might spend on fuel for your traditional mower (or money for grass-cutting services).

So the bottom line is if you can manage to make the initial purchase, your new robotic lawn mower will pretty much earn back the high price tag in your energy savings. Not a bad reason at all to consider getting one.

Robotic Lawn Mower Reviews 2018

The Worx WG794 Landroid is a great first choice for a robotic lawn mower, and for good reason. This model has got pretty much all the bells and whistles one would need in a lawn mower: can cut just about any grass, it’s really easy to set up and program, it can work its way around obstacles with its smart navigation feature, it also has the ability to adapt and mow sloping surfaces, it automatically docks itself in its charging station or takes shelter from the rain and getting itself safe from accidents with its self-sufficiency protocols. It’s also hard for thieves to steal and use with its built-in PIN lock and alarm.

Key Features

  • Cutting height: 1.6"" - 4"" with five cutting height positions
  • Maximum cutting surface: .25 acres
  • Smart navigation using AIA technology allows for intricate, narrow cuts, cuts on inclines and declines, as well as cutting around obstacles
  • Automatically returns to base in case of rain or low battery


PROS

  • Really easy to use
  • Mows on just about any terrain
  • Low noise
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    Good security

CONS

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    Setup may be tedious
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    Programming is right on the mower itself, no remote programming
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    Some reports of maximum battery life dropping after some time

The Husqvarna Automower is also a fine choice for an entry-level robotic lawn mower—and if you’re particular about how your little lawn-mowing robot looks, the Automower’s appearance may win you over than most other models. It has most basic features you need in a robot mower such as smart navigation that deals with elevated and sloping surfaces, as well as obstacles in its way, as well as weather and rain resistance. Its manufacturer Husqvarna actually bills it as the “smartest lawn mower” on the market, and it may very well live up to that moniker.

Key Features:

  • Smart navigation handles elevation and obstacles
  • Weather-resistant
  • Unique and precise cutting system
  • Maximum cutting surface: 0.37 acres
  • Automatic charging system
  • Cutting height: 0.8 in - 2.4 in


PROS

  • Sleek look
  • Easy to use
  • Completely battery-powered
  • Leaves small grass clippings to act as natural fertilizer
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    Self-sufficient
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    Works in all weather

CONS

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    Tracking can be inconsistent
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    Obstacles can easily make it stuck

The Robomow RS622 stands out from the rest of the competition with its smartphone control feature. You don’t have to keep programming the mower on the robot’s interface itself—you can use your phone to direct it remotely! That’s pretty much a great feature for those who might have trouble programming the mower itself, or for those who want to stay indoors while their mower does the work.

The only thing is other than that, the Robomow RS622 doesn’t have any other features that make it stand out; but if all you need is a robotic lawn mower that has all the important basic features (smart navigation, self-sufficiency, rain sensing) with that smartphone compatibility, this is a good choice.

Key Features:

  • Customisable installation options
  • Full control from smartphone app
  • Smartmow navigation system allows for best maneuverability and motion
  • Longer lifespan and faster area coverage than other mowers because of wider cutting width
  • Self-sufficient with adjustable rain sensitivity sensor
  • Can handle slopes up to 36%
  • Maximum cutting surface: 0.5 acres


PROS

  • A lot of customisation options
  • Wide cutting width
  • Remote control via smartphone app
  • Self-sufficient

CONS

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    Few cycle adjustment options
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    Heavy wheel tracks may require additional manual lawn maintenance
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    Inconsistent programming logic

This simple-looking robotic lawn mower is one of the cheaper entry-level options if you’re looking for a good model to start with. It has many of the basic robotic lawn mower features, but the problem lies there—it’s the most basic, and more basic than what seems to be the entry-level models is not that great. 

Even if it’s just a step below some of the other models on this list, not having features that should come with your usual mower is not a good look. Though it’s weather-resistant, the GARDENA 4069 R80Li does not have smart navigation or any self-sufficiency features. Still, there’s a market for this type of robotic lawn mower, and if you want something that’s hassle-free and simply cuts grass like it should, this may be the lawn mower model for you.

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Key Features:

  • Changeable cutting height: 7" to 2" (2 to 5 cm)
  • Weather-resistant
  • Works for just about all garden types



PROS

  • Easy to install and schedule
  • Easy to place garden wires for tracking
  • Customisable cutting height
  • Solid blades
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    Low noise

CONS

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    Basic, rudimentary features
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    No smart navigation or incline support
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    No security features

The McCulloch ROB 1000 is a sleek-looking robotic lawn mower, but don’t let its good looks fool you—it’s also quite basic, without adding much in the way of innovative features. The good thing is that it has some features you should expect in a robotic lawn mower, but the bad thing is that it doesn’t have all of them. So the McCulloch ROB 1000 is stuck in the middle of really basic and state of the art; it’s just a model that would be better off having everything the best robot mowers in 2018 already have.

Still, again there is always a market for models like these, so If you’re looking for something to start with but also care about looks, this isn’t a bad model to choose.

Key Features:

  • Maximum cutting surface: 0.25 acres
  • Can cut on slopes
  • PIN lock and anti-theft alarm
  • Anti-accident safety features


PROS

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    Easy to use and program
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    Weather-resistant
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    Low noise

CONS

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    Unreliable customer service
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    Not enough boundary wires
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Conclusion

Before you find out which robotic lawn mower is the best out of the bunch, a grain of salt: even though this technology is pretty revolutionary for what it does, it’s still an imperfect piece of tech at the end of the day. Some reports state that you may still have to do some manual grass-cutting after the robot finishes its job, so it means that robotic lawn mowing as a technology still has some ways to go in terms of improvement. You may want to wait until better iterations of these models come out.

However, if you want to try out robotic lawn mowers and see how they do with your lawn, then by all means, go for it! This market wouldn’t exist if the robots didn’t get the job done somehow, and they really still do some things right. Plus the benefits are still there, with the long-term energy savings paying off the initial investment cost making it a worthy purchase. Just keep them well maintained, and these beauties will save you heaps on light bills in the long run.

And speaking of maintenance, if you happen to live around Perth, I know a good 24/7 Perth electrician that can help you out with robotic lawn mower maintenance.

So, for the clear winner here: the best robotic lawn mower you can get right now is the Husqvarna Automower 315. It looks great, it’s precise with its cuts and sustainable with its methods, and it has the right package of basic and advanced robotic lawn mower features. Anyone who could use automatic mowing could benefit from the Husqvarna.

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