Mowing the lawn, especially if it’s a big lawn, can be an arduous task. Getting every piece of grass an even length, making sure that every area is covered, and so on can be annoying, and that’s not to mention inclement weather conditions.
Luckily, modern technology companies have noticed the problems that mowing a garden can present and have come up with a nifty solution: the robotic lawnmower.
As the name suggests, robotic lawnmowers are just that. They happily move around a garden, cutting grass to an equal length and navigating tricky terrain while you kick back and relax.
Depending on your garden type, different mowers can work better than others. T3 has compiled a guide to which mower would be best for you.
1. Robomow RS630
Best for big gardens with hard-to-reach or rough grass
The Robomow RS630 is best for big gardens with hard-to-reach or rough grass. It’s big blade size—22-inches—means it can get through a lot of cutting in a short period of time, which, added to its three or four acre range, makes it versatile. According to Robomow, the RS630 can handle grass that is up to 15 cm long.
The RS630 is expensive, with a starting price of £2,499, but its ability to scale 20 degree slopes, battery life that lasts up to 70 minutes, and low noise level make it the ideal purchase for anyone looking at the top-end of robotic lawnmowers.
2. Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200 R
An exceptionally quiet and affordable mower
Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200 R
Flymo, the well-known garden appliance brand, has excelled itself with the 1200 R. The mower, which costs £650, is best for people who want a clean cut with no tyre marks or grass left around.
According to the company, the 1200 R has a blade design that is specifically designed to reduce mess which, when coupled to the excellent range—400 square meters—makes for a very useful machine that just gets the job done.
The mower is exceptionally quiet, at just 58 db(A), which is roughly the same volume as a spoken conversation.
3. John Deere Tango E5
A reliable and feature-packed mower
John Deere Tango E5
John Deere makes some of the most reliable utility equipment around—and the Tango E5 is no exception. It works in any weather condition across almost any terrain and does so quickly and quietly. Oh, and it has a range of over 1,750 square meters.
Of course, lots of other mowers do that, too, but the Tango E5 is famous for its blade design and quality, which John Deere is proud to talk about. Obstacles, like rocks, are protected against, which reduces the need to replace the blades or make repairs to the mower, ensuring that the £2,090 price is good value.
The focus on blades may seem trivial, but its something that makes the Tango E5 into one of the best robotic lawnmowers around and, as you will discover, can save an awful lot of time and energy.
4. Bosch Indego
A smartphone app-connected mower that makes your life easy
Bosch has excelled itself with the Indego, a £899 mower that employs several cunning techniques to make sure the lawn is mowed to perfection.
The first technique is parallel blades, that cut the grass simultaneously to avoid missing sections. This ensures that every inch of grass that needs to be cut is. The second technique is clever: Bosch has programmed the Indego to start mowing at different points throughout the lawn every time, which reduces the risk of over-mowing a certain section.
The clever technology doesn’t stop there, however. The mower comes with a smartphone app, to help track its progress throughout the garden.
5. Honda Miimo 500
Low profile and versatile, the Miimo 500 is a great option
Honda Miimo 500
Honda doesn’t just make cars, it also makes one of the most versatile robotic lawnmowers on the market. The Miimo 500, which costs £1,999 as new, has a range of up to 3,000 square meters and can handle adverse weather and garden conditions.
Slopes, inclines, and unruly grass are all taken within the stride of the Miimo 500, thanks to its clever design, which helps balance, and nifty blades. For example, each wheel is independently powered, which improves manoeuvrability.
The Miimo also has a mulching feature built in, which makes grass easier to handle after the cut.
6. E.zigreen EVO Robotic Lawnmower Wireless 800
One of the easiest systems to use on the market
E.zigreen EVO Robotic Lawnmower Wireless 800
Don’t let the name put you off: the E.zigreen EVO is one of the best robotic lawnmowers on the market—and one of the easiest to use.
It costs around £1,200, placing it squarely in the mid-range of the device class, but it has the features of a machine worth double, including an 800 meter range, the ability to trim edges, and a smartphone app that offers control over where it cuts and, more importantly, how it cuts.
Up to three distinct areas—a.k.a gardens—can be programmed in, too, which means it can be used on almost every house.
7. Husqvarna Automower 220AC
Low noise and great, varied cutting make this mower a winner
Husqvarna Automower 220AC
Husqvarna might not be a household name like Bosch or Flymo, but that doesn’t mean the company can’t make a mean lawnmower. The Automower 220AC, which starts at £1,800, is the perfect example of that.
According to Husqvarna, there are 5 things that make the 220AC special: reliability, an excellent cutting result, low noise pollution, a unique cutting system, and an anti-theft alarm. All of these are guaranteed by virtue of Husqvarna’s years making mowers and customer reviews, which are almost always positive.
The 220AC even comes with an app.
8. AL-KO Robolinho 3000
A master of inclines and low-weight too
AL-KO Robolinho 3000
AL-KO is another company that doesn’t quite have the brand recognition of the others but makes an awesome mower. The Robolinho 3000, starting at £1,899, can do all of the usual things—cut over a large area, cut evenly, and so on—but is far more rugged than some of its rivals.
According to AL-KO, the 3000 works on inclines up to 35%, thanks to its low weight—just 8kg—and clever design that mean it is less likely to tip over than some of the others. The 3000 can also work in adverse weather conditions, making it the ideal solution for laws around the world.