If you’ve got better things to do than spend every Saturday pushing a noisy gas-powered mower around your yard, consider investing in a robot lawn mower and letting it do the work for you. Get started with some of the best we’ve tested.
The Automower 315X is a sleek-looking machine. Its two-tone plastic shroud with slim headlights and stylish wheels make it look more like an exotic race car than a lawn mower. It measures 9.8 by 20.0 by 24.8 inches (HWD), weighs 22.2 pounds, and is designed for lawns of up to 0.4 acres. Husqvarna offers seven different models for smaller (up to 0.25 acres) and larger (up to 1.25 acres) lawns, ranging in price from $1,499.95 to $3,499.95.
The 315X has an IPX4 weatherproof rating, which means you can leave it out in the elements. Unlike the Worx Landroid and the Robomow RS622mowers, however, the 315X lacks a rain sensor that will send the mower back to the charging base when it detects rainfall. The 315X has no trouble working in the rain, but you’ll have to keep the cutting deck free of wet grass clippings to ensure proper operation.
The top of the mower has one hatch that opens to reveal the control panel, another that hides the cutting height adjustment dial, and a large red Stop button. The control panel has 19 buttons (including a numeric keypad) and a 2.6-by-1.5-inch color screen.
- Excellent cutting and edging performance.
- Slick mobile app.
- Includes Bluetooth, cellular, and GPS radios. Quiet.
- Installation costs extra.
- No rain sensor.
Bottom Line: The Husqvarna Automower 315X is a state-of-the-art robot lawn mower that is packed with features, including GPS, Bluetooth, and cellular technology.
In addition to the Robomow RS622 Friendly Vac sells four other models. The $1,099 RM510 is for small lawns, and can handle up to 5,500 square feet. Next is the RC306, which can cut lawns up to 6,500 square feet for the same price. The RS612 costs $1,599 and can cut lawns up to 13,000 square feet, while the RS630 can tackle up to 32,000 square feet for $1,999.
The Robomow RS622 looks like a lawnmower that has been stripped of its front wheels and push handle. It sports a heavy-duty green and black plastic shroud that’s weather resistant, so you can leave it out in the elements without fear of rust or water damage. The mower is sizable, measuring 29 inches long by 26 inches wide by 12 inches high and weighing 51 pounds. There are two 8-inch treaded wheels at the rear and a 3-inch roller under the front bumper. The bumper’s built-in sensors will stop the blades from rotating and force the mower to change direction when it comes in contact with any object. The mower uses a floating deck design that allows it to conform to the contours of your lawn, and can navigate slopes of up to 20 degrees.
- Does an excellent cutting job.
- Very quiet.
- Can be controlled from iOS or Android device.
- No bag needed
- Requires lots of initial preparation.
- Unusual scheduling method.
Bottom Line: The Robomow RS622 is a very effective robotic lawn mower that, once set up, completely takes over your lawn cutting responsibilities.
- Wide blades cut grass eve at the very edge if a perimeter
- Can work with slopes up to 35 percent
- Can divide the work area into zones
- Bluetooth control
- Won’t work in rain
- Small area for a high-end model
Bottom Line: The Robomow RS612 slashes a lot of the pain out of lawn care. Its automatic operation will keep your yard looking tidy. The Robomow isn’t perfect for every yard, and you’ll still need to put in a little work and a lot of cash if you add the robot lawnmower to your yard care routine. But it’s a good product for folks who love a good gadget, dread cutting the lawn, and have the budget to do something about it.
Measuring 10.1 by 15.1 by 21.5 inches (HWD) and weighing 20 pounds, the black-and-orange Landroid M is a bit smaller and lighter than the Husqvarna 315X and the Honda Miimo HRM310 mowers. It uses a floating deck design that allows it to traverse hills and valleys without scalping your lawn, and can handle slopes of up to 20 degrees.
The Landroid M’s 7-inch cutting width is the smallest of any mower we’ve reviewed, but that’s because this mower is designed for smaller lawns (up to 0.25-acre). It uses the same type of spinning-disk-with-three-pivoting-blades cutting mechanism as the Honda Miimo HRM310 and Husqvarna 315X mowers, only smaller. Its 2,800rpm motor is powered by a 28-volt/2,500mAh lithium-ion battery pack that provides 60 minutes of power and requires 90 minutes to charge. The Landroid’s 63dB sound rating is a tad louder than the Honda Miimo and the Husqvarna 315X, both of which run at 58dB, but it is still quiet enough to run at night without disturbing the neighbors.
- Solid cutting performance.
- Easy to program.
- Built-in rain sensor. Quiet.
- Lacks wireless connectivity and a mobile app.
Bottom Line: The Worx Landroid M is a robotic mower designed for smaller lawns that does a great job of cutting quietly, though it lacks any sort of wireless connectivity.
430X looks as gorgeous a futuristic as you’d expect from the robot in this price class. It has a waterproof LCD display and buttons hidden under a cover, just behind the large orange emergency break
Home appliance companion applications tend to be sloppy and unpolished, despite being the primary method for controlling the device. Luckily, this is not the case with Husvarna; the application looks and works great both on Android and iOS. You can use the application to control the device or schedule mowings. Thanks to the GPS unit, you can view its location in real time or track the path it took last time.
One of the best features of Husqvarna Automower 430X is it’s 3/4G network module, which lets you control it remotely no matter where you are. You don’t have to stand next to the mower or be connected to same WiFi network to use the application.
430X has a latern on it’s nose which means you can safely use it in the dark without risking stepping on it.
The blades will stop automatically inn contact with a solid object, be it a rock or a toy left in the backyard. That makes the robot much safer compared to conventional lawn mowers which rarely have that sensitive sensors. The cutting blades under 430X are quite small compared to a traditional mowers which further minimizes the potential damage it can make.
430X has several features to protect it from theft. For starters, it can only be activated with a PIN code. It also comes equipped with GPS tracking which will show you where the robot was taken. It will automatically notify the application if it’s lifted up while in operation. This doubles as a mechanism to notify you in the unlikely event of robot falling over.
- Robot looks great
- The mobile app is good
- Device can be controlled over 3G/4G network
- It’s quiet
- Intelligent mowing modes
- Light at the head of the robot
- Permeter has to be surrounded with a wire like with traditional automatic lawn mowers. Perimeter can’t be assigned with just GPS.
- Initial setup is complicated
Bottom Line: For me, the 430X Automower is a fantastic mower, just like every other Husqvarna model I’ve reviewed. But do not take this as bias, they really are just that good.
Husqvarna has done a brilliant job with the 430X, it just goes to show what 20 years’ experience in the market can do for you. I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with this mower and if you have the garden for it, I would not settle for anything less.
Author: Mike Trout
John Mike Trout is an American Professional Baseball player. He was born California. John Mike is a 2 MLB All-Star. He loves to write about baseball.