Manually mowing the lawn is not the nicest task there is at home.
Wouldn’t you rather lie in the hammock in your garden than mow the lawn or something else?
Engage in activities other than looking after the lawn in your garden?
But now there is a solution! A robotic lawn mower! This one does all of the work for you.
We bought a robotic lawn mower earlier this year and can now say that life has never been better.
He has become a valuable member of the family, and we never want to go without such help in the garden again!
Robotic lawn mowers are not cheap products bought on a whim. A purchase should be carefully considered, which is why we give you our recommendations in this test so that you can buy the right robotic lawn mower.
For the most part they cost a fair amount of money to ensure you get the best value for money we’ve made a list of the best robotic lawn mowers for 2021.
With all the features you want at a great price, you need to know what to look for when buying.
We’ve put together a buying guide that hopefully should make things a little easier.
After reading our tests, you will know exactly what a robotic lawn mower is all about.
Weatherproof – As the lawnmower often works outdoors and usually on its own, one of the most important criteria is whether the machine and components are waterproof or waterproof and whether it comes with a rain sensor as standard.
Check that your Lawnbott can withstand extreme conditions such as heat, cold and rain.
You don’t want the electronics or engine to be incapable of handling the various weather changes, being overly sensitive and in constant need of attention or even repairs.
The auto mowers with rain sensors stop mowing as soon as the rain starts and make their way to the base or charging station. As soon as the rain stops they continue where they left off. So you don’t have to worry about anything anymore, which is a huge advantage!
Components – It goes without saying that like normal lawn mowers, robotic lawn mowers have mechanical components, cutting blade, drive, axles, etc …
You need to consider these when deciding on a robotic lawn mower, from the blades, to the engine, the front and rear wheels, to the engine, the structure, and much more.
While they can add to the overall cost of the device, they also add value as it offers high quality performance and lasts much longer than a machine that saved parts and labor. For this reason, we only test products from well-known manufacturers who have made a good name for themselves in the garden area over the years.
Charging stations – you buy a robotic lawnmower so you don’t have to spend time recharging it or manually changing batteries.
Most robotic lawnmowers have a docking station or base that the mower automatically returns to when it needs to be charged.
Depending on the size of the area being mowed, you may need more than one charging station and may need to run guide wires so the mower can find its way back to the base without getting lost.
This is relatively easy to do in practice.
Navigation System – To be considered a well-designed navigation system, you need three things: cables or grass detection sensors, a video camera, and a satellite link. With these three elements, you have an effective navigation system that works well and won’t let you down.
So when you buy a robotic lawn mower you need to carefully examine and confirm how well the system is built, because a robotic mower is only as good as this system and without it you really have no chance of mowing well.
Lawn cover – robotic mowers are designed for different lawn sizes.
Be sure to check the cover if there are multiple zone settings and mowing patterns.
Some of them can navigate boundaries and move from one area to the next without the need for guidewires. Some robotic lawn mowers can also be controlled via smartphone and the mowing area can be set in the app.
Safety – It goes without saying that most robotic lawn mowers take various safety measures – from tilt and lift sensors that turn off the machine,
as soon as it is lifted off the lawn. They are also designed to
that the blades are a safe distance from the edge of the machine so that there is enough space to turn around or divert in the event of obstacles.
Some robotic lawn mowers have a PIN code function for security and protection against theft.
For security reasons, some robotic lawn mowers have a theft alarm that goes off when the device is removed from your yard and others have a PIN code system for added security. All of this can be set in one app.
Environmentally friendly – Most mow bots are energy efficient and run on rechargeable batteries. Because they are powered by electricity, there are no toxic emissions like a fuel-powered lawn mower.
The noise of the robotic lawn mower tested here is also kept within limits and does not pollute the environment too much.
Timers and Settings – While some robotic mowers have a settings panel where you can program them to suit your needs and schedule,
others work via a smartphone, an iOS app or a Bluetooth connection.
This is a handy feature as you can choose when and how you want your Lawnbott to start and stop mowing.
Adjustable Height – You can adjust the height of the device to cut the grass according to your preferred height.
Multi-zone – The multi-zone function allows the automatic mower to travel to different areas of your garden without you having to reset the locations.
This is only necessary if your lawn is of different sizes and areas.
Reliability – We consider this an important characteristic.
Buying cheaply could cost more in the long run, and the feature savings could also mean upgrading sooner than hoped.
A robotic lawnmower is an investment. We therefore recommend that you treat it as such.
Spend as much as you can afford.
In the long run you are guaranteed to save money and a lot of time and frustration if you invest in a device that offers more functions than a cheaper device.
Here I would like to introduce you to the four best automatic lawn mowers in my opinion. Below you will also find a detailed description of the individual robotic lawnmowers and a list of the advantages and disadvantages that each individual device offers.
Worx WR140 Landroid M
WORX is a brand that prides itself on its range of unmanned mowing vehicles, and the Landroid is a prime example. When compared to some of the other robot lawnmowers on the market, this is well-priced and has a lot of value-added features.
Currently robot lawn mowers are fairly expensive, making them more of a luxury purchase rather than an everyday household item but that is where the Landroid has the advantage. It comes in under $1000 and is very much targeted at the average consumer while still offering excellent performance capabilities and specs.
It is powered by a 28V Li-ion battery that takes approximately 1 and a half hours to charge, and is capable of mowing about 1,000 square meters on a single charge, but we think that is under ideal conditions with no hiccups at all.
Overall the WORX Landroid is probably one of the best robotic lawn mowers around: there are reports that it can be time consuming to set up, but once it is done, it is quick and easy and it runs quietly, which means you can cut the lawn day or night. We like that it runs on electric energy and that you are able to program it via your smartphone – you don’t even need to be at home while it mows, let alone in the garden.
If you have an uneven lawn, the Landroid is the perfect machine for you. It is filled with state of the art electronics allowing the Landroid to take care of your uneven turf easily. It has a built-in shock sensor system which allows it to go around obstacles with proficiency, avoiding your children’s favorite toys and toes.
Because the lawn robot is relatively new on the market and there are a limited number of manufacturers at the moment consumers have a lot of updates to look forward to, with more products coming out at competitive prices. Even in its short existence the Landroid has already undergone a few changes and we predict that in the not too far future it will be able to mow edges and be able to run faster.
We love this WORX Landroid – it has everything you need to keep your lawn neatly cut and is suitable for various sized gardens. The low price doesn’t take away from how well it works, or rather WORX, and even though there might be more features on more expensive options, chances are you won’t really use them. This sticks to the basics and delivers.
- We like the lightweight design
- It automatically mows the lawn
- Low running cost
- It is eco-friendly
- It has built in sensors and a mobile application control
- Affordable price
- Can be time consuming and tedious to set up
- Can’t mow the edges
- Relatively slow when compared to push or rideable mowers
Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 310
Another uncomplicated robot mower is the Husqvarna Automower 310 that can mow up to 0.35 acres of lawn. This is one smart ‘MoBo’ – if it can’t finish the entire lawn on one charge it goes back to its docking stations, recharges and goes back, where it stopped, to finish the job. There is no remote, app or wireless connection but it does come with a touch-pad with an LCD display screen that allows you to schedule and set the mower.
The Husqvarna robot lawn mower has a rather unconventional blade system, with three carbon steel razor blades encased in a cutting disc. The law is left healthier with a much finer cut than a lot of the other robotic mowers; however, it needs replacing every two to three months, which is going to increase maintenance costs. It has a maximum incline of 20 degrees and is more suited to yards that are either level or only have slight slopes. There is no multiple zone capability on this model, which could be a problem if you have a lawn that has dividers or different types of terrain. There is no rain sensor so you will have to keep an eye on the weather or check forecasts to make sure it’s not left out in the rain.
The Husqvarna Automower 310 includes some great safety features including obstacle, tilt and lift sensors that shuts the mower down or redirects it and it has a PIN code lock, with has an anti-theft alarm, and also stops unauthorized people of any age turning it on. There are a few updates we would like to see, like an app or Bluetooth connectivity, a rain sensor, and a more budget-friendly blade system. However it’s still a great auto lawn mower that is easy to operate and handles smaller, uncomplicated lawns well.
- Easy to operate
- Extra security features
- Frequent charging needed
- No rain detection
- No remote control
Gardena 4069 R80Li Robotic Lawnmower
The robotic lawnmower for an easy life, more free time and a perfect lawn. For medium sized gardens or such with more complex structures.
Lawn care can be so easy! The GARDENA R80Li keeps grass stalks accurately to the correct length, and you can enjoy your leisure time. Thanks to the SensorCut System, the Robotic Lawnmower does not cause lawn stripes, but rather leaves a perfectly maintained carpet of lawn. It runs so quietly that it is hardly possible to hear it mowing the lawn before it returns fully automatically to the charging station. The mowing times are freely programmable. Therefore the Robotic Lawnmower is only in operation when you require it.
Effortlessly mow – and enjoy your free time
The GARDENA robotic lawnmower mows the lawn on its own and recharges itself at the charging station. You can enjoy a beautifully maintained lawn and have more free time.
Ideal for more complex lawn areas
This GARDENA Robotic Lawnmower is perfect for medium-sized lawns. Due to the high cutting capacity it can be used for more complex lawn area.
Works also during rain
No summer weather is too bad for a GARDENA Robotic Lawnmower. Developed to be on duty around the clock, it is designed to function properly and unattended regardless of the weather conditions.
The anti-theft alarm function, installation lock and PIN code ensure reliable anti-theft protection.
Low-noise, emission-free and energy-saving
This robotic mower is significantly quieter than common electric, battery-operated or petrol-driven lawnmowers and has a low energy consumption.
- SMALL YARD CUTTING PATH: 7″ cutting width ensures an efficient and effective cut in smaller yards up to 1/20 acre (2, 180 square feet) and inclines up to 8. 5 degrees
- MOWS IN DIFFERENT ZONES: Can be easily be wired to automatically travel to different zones within your yard, returning to the base station after completion
- SMART HOME CAPABLE: Joining the Alexa smart home ecosystem, Robomow will cut your grass on voice command. Operate and communicate with your mower via smart phone, web app, or voice activation. The personalized web app lets you manage your mower from any place, any time.
- EASY TO SET UP AND EVEN EASIER TO USE: Installation takes less than an hour and you are equipped with a unique one-button operation. Peg wire around the perimeters of the mowing area, set your weekly mowing schedule, and relax while Robomow mows for you!
- INTEGRATED RAIN SENSOR, QUIET CUT, AND SAFETY SYSTEM: Returns to the base in rainy weather and restarts when weather imrpoves. Reduced noise level keeps this mower working even during quiet hours. Valid code is required to operate.