- LawnMaster L10
Best All Round
- Worx Landroid WR165
- Ambrogio 4.0 Elite
If you’ve got a grass lawn, you’ve likely experienced the tedium of having to mow it. Depending on the climate in your area you may have to do so regularly. A manual mower can be a decent way to get some exercise but it’s also a lot of time and effort spent. Thankfully it’s possible to reclaim that time by purchasing a robot lawnmower.
Lawn mower robots are basically garden Roombas. They trundle around your lawn cutting it to your preferred length then return to their charging station. They often require some effort to set up as you will need to install a boundary wire, but once that’s done you can leave the hard work to the robots. One really cool feature of these robots is that they are almost all really quiet, so you can even have them mow the lawn at night if you spend a lot of time out during the day.
As with all tech, there is a broad range of price points and feature sets available. To help you pick the ideal one for you, we’ve drawn up our list of the best lawn mower robots in 2021.
- Clip on extras
- Offset trimming system
- 8-inch cutting width
- Cutting Height: 20-50mm
- Maximum Lawn Size: 500m2 (1/8 acre)
- Maximum Incline: 20°
The Worx Landroid WR165 is the low-end model of the Landroid series and is designed for lawns of up to 500 square metres. It can handle inclines of up to 20 degrees, has a cutting width of 8 inches and a configurable cutting height of between 20 and 50mm. It also includes modular clip-on extras that you can use to add functionality such as a collision-avoidance system. The offset cutting system allows it to mow much closer to edges than some lawnmowers.
If your lawnmower happens to run over and cut your wire, the included wire joiners are a useful inclusion, they don’t even require you to strip the wire either. The side-mounted power adaptor allows the Landroid to find and then drive along its guide wire to get to its charging dock while also minimising how far it extends. Some users have reported a reduced battery life due to increased drag when it’s set to the highest cutting length, which may be an issue if you’re near the maximum lawn size and prefer a longer cut.
- Cuts in fast parallel lines
- Obstacle detection
- 19cm cutting width
- Cutting Height: 30-50mm
- Maximum Lawn Size: 500m2 (1/8 acre)
- Maximum Incline: 15°
The Bosch Indego S+ 500 is a smart lawnmower that optimises the cutting path. When you turn it on, it cuts the perimeter of the lawn along the wire first, then decides an optimal path using a parallel line system. This reduces the time needed to cut a lawn compared to driving in random directions. To prevent it from leaving distinct lines on your lawn it changes the angle of the parallel lines each run.
To prevent it from hurting anyone or getting stuck, it includes a bump sensor that makes it back off. It uses local weather forecasts to ensure it cuts during optimal conditions. It can also be specifically targeted at a small area if it needs extra attention. The battery can be replaced if it starts to wear out. Unfortunately, the 60-minute battery life leaves little room for battery degradation over time. while a garage is available to protect it from the rain while in its charging station, it’s not included and costs extra. Bosch also doesn’t directly sell this product in the US so it may be difficult to acquire.
- Low price point
- IPX5 rating
- Replaceable battery
- Cutting Height: 20-60mm
- Maximum Lawn Size: 400m2
- Maximum Incline: 19°
The LawnMaster L10 is a great cheap option for a lawn mower robot. One of the main areas it saves cost in is connectivity. It doesn’t actually have any control app or network connectivity, everything is programmed directly on the device through the keypad on the back. You can configure it with a once-a-day schedule or a once every other day schedule depending on the size of your lawn.
The IPX5 rating means you don’t need to worry about rain killing it. To prevent unauthorised adjustments to your settings, you can configure a PIN code on the L10. It can handle slopes of up to 19 degrees and lawns up to 400 square metres. The small battery life may be an issue for larger lawns.
- Treaded wheels for extra grip
- 7 hour battery life
- Can climb steep slopes
- Cutting Height: 25-70mm
- Maximum Lawn Size: 3200m2 (0.8 acre)
- Maximum Incline: 23.5°
The Ambrogio 4.0 Elite is a high-end robotic lawn mower. It can handle lawns up to 3200 square metres in size, has a cutting height between 25 and 70mm, and can mow up slopes of 23.5 degrees. Impressively, it can also drive up slopes of up to 45 degrees though it can’t mow while doing so.
The pet safety system allows it to sense specific tags intended to go on pet collars and to then give the sensed pets a wide berth. For particularly large lawns the software allows you to link multiple mowers together to share information on where has been mowed to minimise the repetition of work. The main downside is the extremely high price, especially considering it doesn’t include the necessary perimeter wire or any fixtures to hold the wire in place.
That was our round-up of the best lawn mower robots in 2021. Have you recently bought a robotic lawn mower? Which model did you go for, what sold you on it, and what has been your experience with it? Let us know down below.