This content originally appeared on Mashable for a US audience and has been adapted for a UK audience.
For some, mowing It is a leisurely pastime. However, for most of us that is not the case. Or the grass, for that matter. Mowing the lawn sucks.
If you fall into the latter camp, a robotic lawnmower may be the answer. It is a worthwhile investment and will make mowing your lawn a completely relaxing experience. Think about robot vacuum cleaners, like the ever-popular Roombabut for the garden.
Deciding to invest in a robotic lawnmower is easy. But choosing the right model for you is as hard work as pushing a gasoline lawnmower down a particularly steep garden path. That’s why we are here to help. Here you will find important information about the robotic lawnmower.
How do robotic lawnmowers work?
Robot lawnmowers are battery-powered and, for the most part, operate automatically on a pre-programmed schedule, which the user sets through an app. When not in operation, they are securely placed in a charging port connected to an outdoor outlet.
When it’s time to mow, they mow the grass at a predetermined height, creating grass clippings so fine that they essentially become mulch. While you would take a traditional lawnmower out to the lawn when the grass is a little long, a robotic lawnmower will typically run on a daily basis to cut only the top portion of the grass and keep it at a set level. Cutting height options may vary from model to model.
How do robotic lawnmowers know where to mow?
Robot lawnmowers learn where to mow based on a perimeter wire, which they will place around the edges of the lawn to form a boundary. It’s like an invisible force field that the lawnmower automatically detects. Setting up perimeter wire can be a headache. In fact, most of the negative user reviews have to do with the perimeter wire in some way. The companies featured in this roundup offer fairly comprehensive installation guides on YouTube in addition to the package instructions.
Robot lawnmowers are an example of fairly new technology in the grand scheme of things, so the category still has some kinks to work out. It’s possible, for example, that the lawnmower might miss a spot or two and you’ll need to double-check it with some scissors.
What features do robotic lawnmowers offer?
Consider at least three basic categories: yard size, hills, and budget. The mowers on this list are generally best suited for gardens of less than an acre. Each mower also indicates the maximum incline it can climb while still achieving a successful cut. In general, you’ll pay more if you want to cover more ground and climb higher hills.
Other things to consider include built-in rain sensors, quality of companion apps, weather resistance, and GPS, which are addressed in the recommendations below. You may also want to consider the ability to navigate narrow passages, adapt to weather conditions, or the ability to cut to the edges or around difficult areas.
What is the best robotic lawnmower?
That will depend on your garden and your gardening needs. The decision has to be yours, but we recommend that you consult this selection of impressive models from top brands such as Flymo, Bosch and Worx.
These are the best lawnmower robots of 2024.