8 best robot lawnmowers 2017: why do it yourself?

Top tech-packed cutting machines to groom your garden while you laze around in the summer sun

Mowing the lawn can be an arduous task. Luckily, modern tech companies have noticed the problems that mowing a garden can present and have come up with a nifty solution: the robotic lawnmower.

If you just want an instant recommendation, we consider the Robomow RS630 the best robot lawnmower on the market right now. 

It sports a robust build, can tackle any slope up to 35 degrees and packs really big blades that can slice through rough grass with ease. Want more options? Then read on.

How to choose the best robot lawnmower for you

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.

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 - for example, if you have a MASSIVE garden you'll want a large lawnmower with plenty of battery life, and if you have a small-but-hilly garden you'll need a mower with plenty of power and grippy wheels. Blade width is important, as are other features, such as the ability to remote control the mower with your smartphone.

The 8 best robot lawnmowers you can buy today

You're definitely in the right place - T3.com 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

Good for rough areas
Big blade size
Up to 35 percent slopes
Expensive

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, 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

Attractive price point
Nice and quiet at 58 db(A)
Other models have more features

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 Series II

A reliable and feature-packed mower

Best-in-class blades
1,750 square-metre range
Over two grand

John Deere makes some of the most reliable utility equipment around—and the Tango E5 Series II 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.

The focus on blades may seem trivial, but its something that makes the Tango E5 Series II 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

Smartphone app is neat
Several cutting techniques used
Aesthetically weaker than competition

Bosch has excelled itself with the Indego, a mower that employs several cunning techniques to make sure the lawn is perfect.

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 HRM300

Low profile and versatile, the Miimo is a great option

Excellent maneuverability
Auto mulching feature
Massive 3,000 square-metre range
Not a lot

Honda doesn't just make cars, it also makes one of the most versatile robotic lawnmowers on the market. 

The Miimo HRM300 has a range of up to 2,200 square meters and can handle adverse weather and garden conditions.

Slopes, inclines, and unruly grass are all taken within the stride of the Miimo, thanks to its clever design, which helps balance, and nifty blades. For example, each wheel is independently powered, which improves manoeuvrability.

6. E.zigreen EVO Robotic Lawnmower Wireless 800

One of the easiest systems to use on the market

Good smartphone app
Programmable areas
Easy to setup and use
Range isn't great

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's 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.