OUR CHOICE FOR THE BEST ROBOTIC LAWN MOWER IN 2020 IS:
The Husqvarna Automower 315X:
Here is our full review.
You can be sure that in the future looking at photos of Grandad mowing the lawn himself will be like us looking at pictures of our own Grandads standing beside a cock of hay with a scythe in hand. The most quaint, and sympathy inducing, of all these images will of course be the push mower types but even the most fancy riding zero turn mowers are bound to seem a little unnecessary in the future. When that day will come is open to question but the fact is that robotic lawn mowers are with us already, and they are surprisingly cheap for such an exceptionally clever product.
If you’ve never seen one they look like vacuum cleaners; much smaller and more compact than any other type of lawnmower. They work with sensors to keep them inside perimeter wires that are laid along the edges of the lawn with some models using GPS technology too. The wires run back to a base station which is also the main base and charging point for the mower, with the mower automatically returning to base when its rechargeable battery gets low.
They are pretty much set up and go devices and once programmed require no oversight, though you’d probably be advised to keep an eye on it on the first few runs to check if everything is indeed going as it should and your programming doesn’t need any tweaking. They are also generally very quiet and can even be set to work at night, and in an improvement of most ‘normal’ lawn mowers they mostly can work in the rain, and handle fairly steep slopes, up to 30 degrees with some models.
Lastly, though this might not be a factor for some, if you have dogs in your garden, prepare to have much happier dogs in your garden.
There are a lot of robotic lawn mowers out there but one really stands out.
Here is our choice for the very best Robotic Lawn Mower to buy in 2020:
The Husqvarna Automower 315X
Husqvarna already had a tremendous reputation for producing quality lawn mowers, and not surprisingly, was among the first to get off the ground with robotic mowers. The pinnacle of its robot models is the Automower 315x which is suitable for lawns of up to 0.4 acres.
It costs around two thousand dollars, but is a superb investment. For such an outstanding, feature packed but easy to use machine you’ll not find better value. Its three blade spinning disk system cuts beautifully, it is easy and intuitive to program and the programming, and all sorts of monitoring too, can be done remotely from their nicely designed mobile app which, unlike most others, can connect through cellular data, and not just bluetooth, which means it can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world.
It is an intelligent machine and never seems to run into problems finding its way about and around tricky obstacles, it just turns up on schedule and does an impressively smooth job each time.
The 315X is certainly elegant and sleek, and very compact, weighing just 22 pounds and measuring 9.8×20.0x24.8 inches. But it gets around with a solid 2,300rpm, 58dB electric motor underneath. It cuts to a width of just under 9 inches and the adjustable cutting height goes from 0.78 to 2.36 inches, with its floating deck design doing a great job preventing scalping of the lawn when bumps appear.
It is a mulching mower, so good for lawn health and has no need for bagging. It can easily handle hilly lawns too, with slopes up to 22 degrees being easily managed. The power is supplied by an 18V/2,100mAh lithium ion battery that gives it just over an hour of power (70 minutes to be exact) and takes slightly less to recharge.
This mower is quiet, running at a maximum of 58 decibels, and, coming with LED headlights preinstalled, it can be used safely at night. It is also weatherproof and handles wet grass well. Though it does lack a rain sensor to tell it to return to base when the rain gets super heavy. (This isn’t a big problem with waterproof robotic mowers per se; the only issue being the extra cleaning involved when the wet grass clippings get stuck around the deck.)
The Automower 315X doesn’t come with a remote control, but has no need really with such an excellent app to use it from. It offers GPS, cellular and Bluetooth technology, even coming with its own free 10 year cellular plan which lets you connect to it from anywhere, and not just from within bluetooth range like most other robotic lawn mowers. The GPS technology also means it makes a perfect job of economizing its activity, almost never going over the same spot twice.
You can track pretty much anything from the app including if the mower gets removed from your yard. The inbuilt GPS will tell you exactly where it has gone and, what’s more, once removed from the yard it can’t be even started again without a PIN code, rendering it overall pretty useless as an item to steal.
Inside the box along with the mower you’ll have the base/charger, a power cable and nine extra blades. Not automatically included is the yard perimeter guide fence, but you can order from Amazon in the same delivery; just click on where it says ‘automower only’ at the top of the description to give you a choice between the automower only and automotor plus large installation kit or automotor plus small installation kit. The small installation kit will do for a boundary of 492 feet while the large will do up to 1312 feet, enough for just over an acre and a half of lawn, but be advised the Husqvarna Automower 315X Robot has a maximum workable range of 0.4 acres.