No one likes to mow the lawn. But the need of the Americans for larger and larger houses and bigger farms makes this earthly work all the more painful. Why should not you turn to robots to automate the job? We already have robotic vacuum cleaners, robotic mops and soon a ton of new companion robots if CES 2019 were an indication.
As the average American effort involved in turf maintenance is approximately 70 hours a year this is the case of time that could be more fruitful for more enjoyable things. The machines come for our jobs, so we can have our future robo-overlords manicure our lawns before they inevitably send us to pasture. Here are five of our most popular robotic lawnmowers that you can buy with money.
The Worx Landroid is one of the lower priced models on the market and one of the better priced models at its price point. It looks great and uses the same hallmark of orange and black as the rest of Worx's equipment and can mow up to a quarter of a hectare.
This robotic lawnmower uses artificial intelligence to maneuver through tight areas with minimal overlap mowing. A series of sensors helps the machine to avoid obstacles. You can not use the Landroid in the rain, but if the Landroid detects it, the device automatically returns to its docking station to wait for it.
Security features include a PIN number for operation and alerts when the Landroid leaves a certain radius.
We tested the Robomow RS630 a few years ago and it is still one of the leading robotic lawnmowers – though the price is a bit steep. However, for larger and more complex yards, you'll need slightly more lawnmowers than the Worx Landroid.
The Robomow RS630 manages yards up to three quarters of arable land and slopes up to 20 degrees unit ideal for most farms. It also has a rain sensor to prevent mowing in inclement weather and automatic charging when the mower becomes weak.
With an operating range of up to 78 dB (decibels), the RS630 is certainly louder than the Husqvarna Automower 450X (our next recommendation), but it's much quieter than an average lawnmower.
Husqvarna Automower 450X
The Husqvarna Automower 450X covers most turf – up to 1.25 hectares. While other models on this list include softer lines and warmer, matte color schemes, the Automower 450X is rather shiny, constructed RoboCop 2 and looks downright threatening in your front yard.
Like the other models, you need to "fence" the perimeter of your garden and garden beds for the first time before mowing (or better mowing). This means you can also customize the map of your garden via the app to mark additional zones to avoid. This is required for trenches or rougher areas where the mower must fight for proper traction.
You can schedule the mowing times over a given month so that the model can be trimmed as regularly or minimally as desired. Regular mowing minimizes clippings and ensures a cleaner garden. But the best thing about it is perhaps its quiet operation.
At just 58 decibels, this lawnmower is about as loud as air conditioning. If you really wanted to, you can probably mow in the middle of the night without waking the neighbors.
Honda Miimo HRM520
It's really no surprise that Honda – the company that brought us Asimo – was one of the pioneering manufacturers of lawn robots. Overall, the Miimo HRM520 is one of our most popular offerings on the market, with a 0.75 hectare mowing capability and impressive up to 25 degree slope capability.
With the HRM520's App, you can adjust the cutting height, start or stop the device and even manage a calendar, all from your smartphone. This model also uses an innovative "continuous cutting system" in which the machine cuts your lawn by one centimeter several times a week. Honda says it promotes better growth and health of the entire garden compared to fewer rare and larger cuts.
These regular matches also adapt as grass growth increases or decreases seasonally, and its patterns adapt appropriately as denser grasslands intersect for even more to be discovered. With three panorama sensors, the device can detect and avoid obstacles in the garden.
You have a smaller garden, but still want these great features? Instead, opt for the HRM310, which cuts up to 0.37 hectares.
If you're wondering if you want to buy your first robotic lawnmower or not, you'd better start making something affordable and then upgrade to a more sophisticated model on the road. In this case, the Robomow RX12 is probably the best option, as long as you know the limitations compared to the other models on our list.
The RX12 does not work with a paired smartphone app and there is no rain sensor to prevent the Robomow RX12 from falling through wet grass. It is also tailored to people with small farms: they are limited to only one-twentieth acre and slopes of less than 9 degrees incline.
With many robotic lawnmowers, if you break or do some work, you are mercy of the manufacturer for maintenance. However, this model has a unique, modular design that allows you to replace blunt blades or faulty parts without professional assistance – a must-have for first-time owners.
Nevertheless, if you're looking for a bargain to test the device, the Robomow Rx12 is hard to beat before it goes all-in with a world-class robotic lawnmower. Damn, if you have a small yard, you might never need it!