Top 5 Best Robotic Lawn Mowers For 2019 – Buyers Guide & Reviews

Top 5 Best Robotic Lawn Mowers For 2019 – Buyers Guide & Reviews

Top 5 Best Robotic Lawn Mowers For 2019 – Buyers Guide & Reviews

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If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden and less time mowing, then it might be time to invest in one the best robot lawn mowers

We have been reviewing  robotic lawn mowers for the past 3 years and have seen some big improvements and well as prices starting to become more affordable. When we first reviewed robotic mowers, the cheapest model you could get was around £100, now you can pick a good model up from a well known brands such as Worx for around £400 but we found around £500 to £600 was a sweet spot for getting performance and value for money.

In our latest update we have done big overhaul with 3 of the 5 models we recommend being new to our latest update on the best robotic lawn mowers in 2019. 

We are a big fan of robotic lawns as they simply do such a good job at maintaining your lawn, leaving you with more time to do those jobs around the garden you can't get a robotic to do, just yet! or maybe you would rather spend you're weekends relaxing on the sun lounger.

In this guide we go over the different features robotic lawnmowers have such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile apps to control your mower directly from your phone, and flexible scheduling capabilities so you can set it to only mower when your at work or even at night, most models are super quiet. We finish our guide by reviewing in detail our top 5 favourite models and explain the pros as well as the possible pitfalls. Not every model is great for uneven ground for example or handle slopes very well.

If you're wondering which mower we think is the best robot lawnmower for most home owners, we think that the majority of people can't go wrong with the Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower. Its a mid priced model and probably the most popular model currently available, and for good reason. It has a good cutting width of 17 cm as well as a range of cutting heights from 20mm to 50mm. It can handle slopes up to 20 degrees and also features collision sensors that actually work.

Best Pick

Although only suited for gardens up to around 400 m2, which the majority of people probably have, the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower is our overall winner and is way ahead of some of the other more expensive models which are available, and surprisingly much cheaper than most.

Although only suited for gardens up to around 400 m2, which the majority of people probably have, the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower is our overall winner and is way ahead of some of the other more expensive models which are available, and surprisingly much cheaper than most.

It offers great value for money given its many features and saves you hours of time. For instance, it boasts highly sensitive collision sensors, this is great if you have pets as it will reverse back if it bumps into anything and just carry on. Its worthing noting that the blades positioned well under the mower so there is no fear of it harming animals which was our first concern when we reviewed these mowers

The multi-functional mower mows and mulches at the same time, eliminating the need to dispose of grass clippings, this is actually for the lawn as it adds goodness back into the lawn and as you can have it mowing daily or every other day, you don't actually see the clipping.

A very efficient mower with 30m2 per hour coverage, the Flymo 1200R is our favourite model as although there are more advanced models, this model does everything most people need, no smart phone function but do you really need this, probably not, it would be a nice touch but its not essential and doesn't effect i performance.

Getting the boundary wire setup and the base positioned takes a few hours but once this is done it literally does all the work itself.

If you do have a larger than average garden over 400m2, then our Runner-up model the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower, which you can see below, is a great alternative as it's still affordable and capable of mowing lawns up to 1000m2.


Robotic Mower Comparison Table

Model

Working Area M²

Cutting Heights

Slope

Battery

Cutting width

Our Rating

Price

BEST PICK

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

400 

20-50 mm

14 degrees

18v / 1.6 Ah Lithium-ion

17cm

1000 

20-50 mm

14 degrees

18v / 2.1 Ah Lithium-ion

17cm

Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower Powered by Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery, Black

500

20-60 mm

26 degrees

24v / 2.0 Ah Lithium-ion

18cm

AL-KO Robolinho® 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower

500

25-55 mm

24 degrees

20v / 2.25 Ah Lithium-ion

20cm

WORX WG790E Landroid M II Robotic Mower 28V/18cm

800

20-60 mm

20 degrees

28v / 2.0 Ah Lithium-ion

20cm


Robotic Lawn Mower Buyer’s Guide

In this buyers guide we will look at some of the features incorporated into robot lawnmowers and what they actually do, we also discuss what makes a good robotic lawnmower and what to look out for when choosing a suitable model that is right for your garden.

Some models are not great on uneven lawns for example, so this might be something you need to think about if your lawn is not perfectly level.

The main thing to think about, is the size of your lawn. if its under 400 square meters, any of the models would work just fine but depending on the model, they have limitations to the size of the lawns they can cut, some for example have a maximum lawn size of 400 or 500 square meters while others will easily cut a large lawn which is 700 square meters. Some are are terrible on sloped lawns while other excel.

Below we go over some of the benefits of using a robot lawnmower other other mowers

The big plus is convenience - more time to relax or do more important garden task

Robotic mowers are very convenient and this make them very attractive. The mower does all the work for you once you have it setup, this usually take a couple of hours but once its all setup its virtually runs itself. You may need to quickly nip round the edge of the lawnmower every couple of weeks with a strimmer or edging shears to keep the lawn edges tidy but that's it. This gives you more time to enjoy your garden and relax.

They are more environmentally friendlier

With fossil related fuels acting as major players in the field of pollution, machines operating on renewable energy are a sight for sore eyes. Electric lawnmowers are much more environmentally friendly compared petrol mowers.

They return clipping to lawns which adds nutrients back to the lawn for a greener, healthier lawn.

The consistent cutting and dispensing of clippings back onto the lawn is one of the most advantageous features the mower has to offer. The systematic approach lets the clippings act as fertiliser and the moisture retainers for a greener, healthy lawn.

But cutting the lawn daily or every other day, robotic lawnmowers only trim a little each time they mow the lawn, this means it only applies a small amount of cutting back onto the lawn so you still have super tidy lawn.


Runner-up

With coverage of up to 1000m2 which is around quarter of an acre, there is no contending that the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower is the best pick for larger lawns that are perhaps a little to big for the Flymo model to handle. This works day or night, rain or shine, and it’s fully programmable.

Ideal for larger lawns while still being affordable and easy to use

With coverage of up to 1000m2 which is around quarter of an acre, there is no contending that the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower is the best pick for larger lawns that are perhaps a little to big for the Flymo model to handle. This works day or night, rain or shine, and it’s fully programmable.

It cuts to lengths between 20mm and 50mm, tackles slopes of up to 25 degrees, and like all robotic lawnmowers, leaves fine clipping in the lawn which help feed the lawn. Just like the Flymo model, it is pet friendly and will reverse if it hits anything and just carry on mowing.

Just like our 'Best Pick', this mower doesn’t have any sophisticated features, so it’s a great buy if you need an easy-to-use robotic lawn mower for larger gardens. It basically has all the same features and specification as the Flymo but it has a larger capacity battery of 18 V / 2.1 Ah to cope with larger lawns.

What to consider when choosing a robotic lawnmower

Ease of use and setup

Some models are complicated to setup and use, specially the more expensive models with lots of features you probably never use.

We recommend looking at models with easy to setup controls with a limited number if options. Its amazing how many people send them back when they realise how difficult they can be to setup when they but models with fancy features and apps connected to mobile devices or home wifi.

The essential options you really need include the ability to set which day and what times to mow. This will allow you to mow whenever is convenient for you, because most models are very quiet, mowing at night is a good option or during the day if your at work.

What size lawn you have

All mowers have a maximum area coverage they can mow, for example the Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower has a maximum mowing area of 400 sq.m which is plenty for most British gardens, while the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower has a maximum mowing area of a very impressive 1000 sq.m which is perfect for very large gardens.

The ability to mow on slopes or over uneven lawns

All mowers have a maximum slope gradient they can climb, some models its around 14 degrees such as the Flymo model, while other mowers are better suited to sloped lawns and can easily mow up 24 degrees such as the more expensive AL-KO Robolinho 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower.

If your lawn is fairly level with no sloped areas this will not be a concern.

Security features

Most good models have security features, the models we recommend have key code pads and alarms. The alarm is activated when the mower is lifted off the ground, if it not put back on the ground within around 8 seconds it activates the alarm which helps deter would be thieves.

The key pad is used to activate the mower when it's setup and if the alarm goes off to reset it. If it was to be stolen it would not work as you would not have the key code, only the owner would have this. One some models it also only works with the base it comes with and charged on.

In the end, they don't really stop someone stealing it but they render it worthless if stolen, and hopefully ensures its not stolen in the first place.

Safety features such as sensors to detect pets and obstacles

Most models come with sensors which sense obstacles, this allows it to mow around trees and other objects. It also ensures they are safe around pets. If the mower bumps into a dog for example it would reverse immediately and mow in a different direct.

One of our concerns was the blades, we only recommend models where the blades are positioned well under the mower, so even if your animal was slightly bumped, there is no chance of them being harmed.

Another safety feature we ensure they have is that the blades stop straight away when lifted off the ground for obvious reasons.

Cost & budget

What you spend will depend on your budget, we found that you could get a good robotic lawnmower for level lawns with slopes up to 24 degrees for around £500 with more advanced models costing £600-£700.

if you have a larger lawn up to 1000 square metres, you would probably need to budget around £600+ for the lower end of the market models to well other £1000 for advanced models.

Warranty

Most models comes with a warranty of around 2 years, some even have 3-5 years. The longer the warranty the better. With such an expensive item the safest bet it looking at models with 2 years plus.


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Flymo Lithium-ion Robotic Lawnmower 1200R Review

**OUR BEST PICK**

The Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower is probably the best robotic lawnmower that you would say is affordable in Robotic Lawnmower terms, none of the them are what you would call cheap, however this model offers the best features and performance at a good price and it always seems to be dropping, when we first reviewed this model it was around £1000, now its nearly half that price only 18 months later and has probably been improved.
  • Large working area of 400m2 +/- 20% which is ideal for most garden sizes.
  • Cuts around 30m2 per hour, gives around 6 hours of cutting time a day.
  • Irregular navigation system means it cuts in all directs, this prevents treat marks and help give a more even finish
  • Thanks to the automatic charging system, it returns on its own when it needs recharging.
  • Battery powered – 18v 1.6Ah Lithium-ion battery.
  • Easy installation - Simply lay the boundary wires and program the mowing schedule.
  • Mows and mulches which means it returns the clipping to the lawn and fertilises the lawn to keep it healthy.
  • Offer multiple cutting heights between 20-50mm so you can get the perfect finish for your lawn.
  • Works day or night, sun or rain.
  • Anti theft key code (cannot be used without it) and alarm that sounds when lifted to help prevent theft.
  • 2 year warranty for full peace of mind.

Just like most models, the Flymo model has been designed for easy installation, the Flymo 1200R Robot Lawnmower comes with a DVD to help you get setup and running as well as a manual and a quick guide to refer to.

Installation is fairly straight forward, all you need to do is lay the boundary wires, this takes the longest amount of time, maybe a couple of hours, it can either be pegged to the lawn or buried, we prefer to lay the wire under the ground, that way its out of the way, specially if you have children running around.

What we like is that the robotic mower can be set to operate on different days and times and it works on its own at the programmed times, even when it rains. 

Whether you have an uneven garden or there are obstacles in the area, the 1200R mows in an irregular pattern meaning it covers all areas regardless of the garden shape. The boundary wire along with highly sensitive collision sensors helps the mower to avoid any obstacles, it really is genius.

It’s worth mentioning that a full charge of this robotic mower lasts up to 60 minutes and when required, it takes itself to the charging station to recharge and then it will carry on mowing.

Installation is fairly straight forward, all you need to do is lay the boundary wires, this takes the longest amount of time, maybe a couple of hours, it can either be pegged to the lawn or buried, we prefer to lay the wire under the ground, that way its out of the way, specially if you have children running around.

What we really like about all the models we have seem, is that you don’t have to worry about disposing of grass clippings. The 1200R blades cut the grass repeatedly into tiny unnoticeable pieces which eventually disappear into the soil, acting as natural fertiliser. We have have talked about mowing lawns before and returning the clipping as this is an excellent way of feeding the lawn and keeping it looking greener. With the robotic lawnmower mulching the clipping and returning them to the lawn, this results into a well cared for lawn without much effort.

If your wondering about having grass clipping everywhere as we first did, because the mower can mow everyday or at least every other day, you can't actual see the clipping as they are so small because it cuts often.

With cutting heights of between 20-50mm, the robotic mower allows you to set your desired grass level. You will probably find that if you have a bumpy lawn, you can set the height according until you get it just right, its a little bit if trial and error but once you found the perfect setting it job done. 

If your garden is anything up to 400m2, this  Flymo model will complete the job in a matter of hours, working at 30m2/hr. The best part is that it can work both day and night, this means you can set it to mower at night or very early morning for example and because it super quiet, and it really is amazing quiet, it will not disturb anyone.

In the long run, it saves you so much time because after programming to your desired settings, you’ll only have to sit back and wait for results.

The Flymo Lithium-ion Robotic Lawnmower 1200 R control panel is easy to use and program and can be set to mow on certain days between certain times

Our recommendation

The Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower is probably the best robotic lawnmower that you would say is affordable in Robotic Lawnmower terms, none of the them are what you would call cheap, however this model offers the best features and performance at a good price and it always seems to be dropping, when we first reviewed this model it was around £1000, now its nearly half that price only 18 months later and has probably been improved.

With a maximum cutting area of around 400m2, this is probably within the size range of most gardens, which is why we chose this model as our 'Best Pick'. Its one of the easier models to setup and program which can all be done from the mowers control panel. it has a good cutting width of 17cm and more than enough cutting heights.

Its worth mentioning that it manages 400m2 fairly easily, I would think it could probably do a little more if needed, maybe 500m2. 

Overall the quality is outstanding and performance is as good as you would expect once everything setup. It would be nice if it had a little smart technology incorporated into it, perhaps an app that tells you if the alarm is going off because its been lifted up and the ability to tell it not to mow today, for example if storms are due that day.

That being said, this would likely increase prices so while it does not have these features, Flymo are able to other a model that gets the job done with minimum effort on your part.

its worth noting that this model now appears to be one of the most popular robotic lawnmowers on Amazon.co.uk by a long way, with over 250 reviews which you can check out here if your interested. You can learn a lot from them.

9 out of 10 times, this is the model we would recommend if your garden is within the recommended size capacity. If you do have a larger lawn, then our next pick, the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower seems to have all the same great features but with a larger capacity battery so is able to mow lawns up to 1000m2. Check it below to learn more.

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Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower Review

**Runner-up**

The Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower certainly has the good features we look for in a robotic lawn mower. Its easily programmable, delivers good results, and its coverage is more than double of our 'Best Pick' by Flymo which makes it a good alternative if you have a large garden.
  • Perfect for larger lawns up to 1000 sq m and can handle slopes up to 25 degrees 
  • Wide 17cm cutting width with 5 cutting height setting between 20mm and 50mm.
  • Easy to setup and program
  • Anti theft alarm that sounds when lifted and security keypad that ensures it cannot be used without the code.
  • Features left and tilt sensors.
  • 1 year warranty for peace of mind.

The Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower is an adequate machine that can get the job done come rain or shine, but it lacks the bells and whistles of more advanced model, however its the best alternative to our 'Best Pick' if you have a larger garden with extremely similar specs, it could nearly be the same lawnmower with a different battery. 

It comes with everything you need to get up and running including boundary wire (200m) enough for most gardens, 400 staples for fixing the boundary wire, and all the necessary connectors.

Just like the Flymo model, Installation is easy – lay the boundary wire around the perimeter of your lawn and around any obstacles like flower beds and staple it to the ground. We recommend putting it under the ground but it may be a little easier to lay it on the surface first to test the mower for a few days, then place the wire under the ground in the same place it been stapled to the surface. Remember, the boundary wire plays a crucial role of telling the robotic mower where to cut so it needs to be right and its easier to set this up above ground first incase you need to alter it.

Back to the robotic lawnmower, it is fully programmable, so you can set it to mow at specific times  and days. It has a good range of cutting heights (20mm min, 50mm max) so you can get the perfect finish.

In regards to slopes, these generally aren’t a problem either as long as there not to steep but it can struggle a bit if it wet, however its high performance motor and wheels enable the ROB to cut slopes with a gradient capacity of up to 25 degrees so most of the time, it will be just fine.

What we like and one of the reasons we named this as our 'Runner-up' is because It comfortably covers an area up to 1000m2, which is great for such a small robot mower.

What we like and one of the reasons we named this as our 'Runner-up' is because It comfortably covers an area up to 1000m2, which is great for such a small robot mower.

Like most robotic lawn mowers, the ROB cuts in random patterns to prevent creating track lines on your lawn. This sounds like it will produce irregular results, but it actually delivers a consistent smooth finish. That’s because the robot mower is meant to cut everyday so it won’t miss any part of the grass. And when ROB’s battery goes too low, it cleverly finds its way back to its charging station. It recharges fully in about 50 minutes and then returns to work if it hadn't finish quiet finished mowing. Totally automatic, you don’t need to do anything.

As we most models, it cuts fine grass clippings that quickly break down to return nutrients back into the soil, resulting to a thicker, healthier, greener lawn. No grass bag to empty and you’ll never push a mower to cut grass again. The robotic mower is also extremely quiet at just 57dB of sound whilst it mows, probably one of the quietest. We noticed that most other mowers produce more than 60 decibels of noise.

McCulloch designers also thought about safety and theft-prevention when they made this robot lawn mower. For instance, if some sneaky theft lifts the mower, it produces a loud audible alarm and the mower will not work at all, hopefully this is help put off any would be thieves. It can only turn back on by inserting a secret PIN code that only you the sole owner has.

In addition, your robotic mower is only paired to one charging station, otherwise, it will never work with any other. So if someone steals it, it will just be a useless toy, probably wouldn't help you if they took it but it does act as a deterrent.


Conclusion

The Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower certainly has the good features we look for in a robotic lawn mower. Its easily programmable, delivers good results, and its coverage is more than double of our 'Best Pick' by Flymo which makes it a good alternative if you have a large garden.

We really like it's quiet operation, arguably the quietest robot mower out there, so it won’t disturb anyone at night.

Overall, a decent choice for large lawns but a little bit expensive for its simplicity, still is probably the next best model before going into models that cover other a £1000. The only real downside is that it only includes 1 year warranty, would be nice to at least have 2 years for such an expensive product. Other than that, this is a great mower for lawns up to 1000m2.

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Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower Review


The Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower is a good match for small to medium sized gardens. We like the way it can be set to work for specific hours per day and how easy the touch screen is to use and get everything up and running.
  • Mowers lawns up to 500 sq m and handles slopes with ease up to 26.5 degrees.
  • Handles uneven ground well.
  • Powerful Samsung 28v Lithium-Ion 2Ah battery provides around 60 minutes if cutting and charges in only 60 minutes before retuning to cut the lawn again.
  •  Easy to setup using the control panel, choose when to mower and how long for.
  • Cutting heights of 20mm to 60mm.
  • Built in safety setting means the blades will stop turning as soon as its lifted up.
  • Security alarm and keypad.
  • 2 years warranty and 7 day after sales support for peace of mind

The Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower falls within the affordable range of robotic lawn mowers and it provides a straightforward way of tending to your lawn.

This model is a very similar price to our 'Best Pick' by Flymo, it probably just as easy to setup, it also had a wide cutting height of 20mm to 60mm, the Flymo highest setting is 60mm. It also charged faster as it only takes 60 minutes, although this sounds better it probably want make much difference in reality. It does however mow lawns up to 500 sq m which is 100 more than the Flymo.

Installation involves establishing a working zone using a supplied boundary wire and pegs as with all models, take a couple of hours for most people. What we like is the simplicity, it doesn’t require any complicated programming, just select when to mower and how for how long, maybe selecting your desired cutting height ranging from 20mm to 60mm, ideally start with a higher setting working your way downwards. Once the perimeter is set, it’ll roam around freely, cutting grass to the selected height.

As mentioned, this mower can cover an area of up to 500m2, perfect for average sized lawns. It comes with three additional cutting blades with a width of 18cm. The blades are designed to create mulching, consequently chopping the grass clippings into fine particles back into the lawn. This results to a healthier, nourished lawn.

Built-in sensors allow this robot mower to operate flawlessly. The mower can navigate around obstacles or even change directions to avoid hitting anything.

When the battery goes low it will return itself to the docking station and will recharge in only 60 minutes.

Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower as a handy stop button and easy to change cutting heights using a knob as pictured

One thing that makes this Yard Force stand out of the crowd is that it can overcome inclines of up to 50 percent, that way more than another mower making it a great choice if you have steep gardens. 

It also includes a set of safety features including an anti-theft alarm and personal PIN code. Once the mower is lifted, the blades stop working and it shuts off within 8 seconds of inactivity. It will then require a four-digit PIN to continue operation. Also important to mention is that this mower uses a Samsung 28V Li-Ion battery 2Ah that delivers a runtime of 60 minutes as already mentioned and takes about the same amount of time to recharge which is fairly quick compared to most other models.

It is quiet too and you could easily have it working at night without noticing any noise. It takes on slopes no problem, probably the best model in this regard and its built-in sensors respond very well.

Our recommendation

The Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower is a good match for small to medium sized gardens. We like the way it can be set to work for specific hours per day and how easy the touch screen is to use and get everything up and running.

It is quiet too and you could easily have it working at night without noticing any noise. It takes on slopes no problem, probably the best model in this regard and its built-in sensors respond very well.

You're probably wondering why this is not our 'Best Pick', after all, it charged faster, has a higher maximum cutting height of 60mm, which is better for cutting longer grass for the forst time, for example at the start of the season and it has a larger lawn capacity of 500 sq m, which is 100 sq m more than the alternative Flymo. 

The truth is that it probably does deserve the 'Best Pick' spot, specially when you consider it about the same price as the Flymo model. However, we currently can't find enough information online or reviews to backup our claims.

When we review products, part of the process is to read other user reviews on sites like Amazon as they give other insights into the product which we might not of noticed or had, it also gives a good idea of the companies customer service as well as long term use, does the battery die after only 12 months for example.

For this reason we named it as our 'Runner-up Model' as it looks very promising and everything we know at the moment is positive, maybe in 12 months this model will replace our 'Best Pick' when we have more feedback. For now, it remains a good choice and is better for larger gardens.

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AL-KO Robolinho 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower Review


The AL-KO Robolinho 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower operates uniquely compared with many robotic mowers. This model is compact and agile with durable components and sophisticated technology that make it a reliable companion for daily lawn care.
  • Ideal for lawns up to 500 sq m and will easily manage sloped lawns up to 24 degrees thanks to the rubber coated high grip wheels.
  • Very easy to setup with a LCD screen and just 6 buttons,
  • Infinitely adjustable cutting height from 25 mm to 55 mm so you get the perfect finish
  • Wide 20cm cutting width.
  • Powerful 20v/ 2.25 Ah Lithium-ion battery provides extended run times.
  • Security sensors detect when it been lifted sounds alarm.
  • Light weight at approximately 7.6kg.
  • Very quiet mower at only 60 dB(A).
  •  2 years warranty for full peace of mind.

The AL-KO Robolinho 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower is just new on the market and it has a set of competitive features that put it up there among the best robotic lawn mowers. This one is intended for small to medium lawns up to 500m2 and is on the higher price side of mowers. It installs in a few steps just like all the models in this review which involve setting up the perimeter wire, connecting the base station, and configuring your settings.

Engineered in Germany and manufactured in Austria, this model has been built to the highest technological standards. It features DCS (Double-Cut System) which cuts and chops grass clippings before returning tiny particles to the lawn as organic fertiliser as we have discusses before. It includes a powerful software that controls and displays various information through its display box. For example, you can adjust the cutting height from 25mm to 55mm through a simple turn of a knob and you can see the values on the display panel.

Engineered in Germany and manufactured in Austria, this model has been built to the highest technological standards. It features DCS (Double-Cut System) which cuts and chops grass clippings before returning tiny particles to the lawn as organic fertiliser as we have discusses before. It includes a powerful software that controls and displays various information through its display box. For example, you can adjust the cutting height from 25mm to 55mm through a simple turn of a knob and you can see the values on the display panel.

In addition, built-in sensors allow the mower to detect obstacles including persons and pets and avoids them for their own safety.

A feature this model does have which I don't think any of the other models have is a “Home” button which when pressed, it commands the mower to stop on its tracks and return to its base station. Other models will only be shut off then transported to their base stations, so the “Home” function is a big plus.

Its wheels are rubber coated to provide powerful traction and a proper grip on the ground. These can tackle gradients of up to 40%, so no problem even if your lawn is not flat. And with a sound level of only 60dB, it’s unlikely that you or your neighbours will hear this mower during operation.

The Robolinho is powered by a 20V / 2.25 Ah Lithium-Ion battery which delivers a runtime of up to 50 mins and recharges in 60 minutes.

This model has just been introduced into the online market and there wasn’t feedback reported yet as of the time of writing. It’s also a little more expensive than the other models we have reviewed.

AL-KO Robolinho® 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower is sleek and looks great

Our recommendation

The AL-KO Robolinho 500 E Robotic Lawn Mower operates uniquely compared with many robotic mowers. This model is compact and agile with durable components and sophisticated technology that make it a reliable companion for daily lawn care. 

An integral feature of this mower is its Double-Cut-System as it delivers a perfect cut and chops grass clippings and them returns them back to the soil as natural minerals and nutrients, we really like the home button, this could be useful if you water you lawn or need the lawn clear for some other reason, you just need to press the button and it will go back to its base.

If you are looking for a robotic mower with high manoeuvrability and reliable sensor technology, this one is worth considering. In general we have used Al-Ko tools before and there very high quality so we have no reason to think this model will anything but impressive.

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WORX WG790E 1 2 Landroid M Robot Lawnmower Review

**BEST FOR LARGER LAWNS**

The WORX WG790E is one of the most technologically advanced models with build in collision and rain sensors, however everything is well explained for a user-friendly operation and its very easy to setup.   This model is a great choice for larger gardens or if you have different zones you need to mow as this model also have 'zone setting' unlike any of the other model we reviewed.  This model has now been out for a few years and has had some software updates to improve it, this means that is also now available at a much better price than previously.
  • Suitable for larger lawns up to 800m2 thanks to the powerful 28v battery.
  • Easily cuts on sloped lawns up to 20 degrees.
  • Super quiet at only 63 dB means it can at night without disturbing the neighbours, 
  • Security pinlock and anti theft protection with alarm.
  • Adjustable height setting between 20-60mm for the perfect lawn.
  • Programmable timer for weekly schedule.
  • Equipped with rain sensor so you can program it not to mow in the rain.
  • 3 years warranty when you register online.

The Worx Landroid comes fully packed with a set of features intended to take care of your lawn autonomously. Just like our other recommendations, it fantastically simple to install and program, this robotic mower even explores narrow segments of your garden without getting stuck.

The weatherproof construction means you can leave the mower out regardless of the weather and this model even has a rain sensor, it can mow in the rain but typically it will return to base until it stops raining.

At 8.9kg, we think it’s moderately light for its size dispite other models being lighter, this model can cut up to 800m2 which is double that of our 'Best Pick' by Flymo.

Once the majority of the job is done, it's easy to change to edging mode to handle those difficult to cut edges of your garden. There’s even a 'Zone Mode' which allows you to customise the treatment your lawn gets relying upon which part of your garden the mower is working on. So with a touch of straightforward programming, you should simply push a button and let the Landroid lawnmower do all the diligent work.

In addition, smart technology empowers the lawnmower to cut on slopes of up to 20 degrees, so don't be put off if your garden isn't consummately level, it also deals with uneven lawns fairly well too.

With regards to your desired grass height, you can set the dial anywhere between 20-60mm and accomplish the ideal cutting height as with most models.

WORX WG790E Robotic Lawn Mower side view - perfect for large lawns up to 800 square meters

Safety is an essential part as far as any lawnmower is concerned. The Landroid M Robotic Lawnmower features unpredictably sensors that identify pets, kids, and garden furniture with perfect precision.


Our recommendation

The WORX WG790E is one of the most technologically advanced models with build in collision and rain sensors, however everything is well explained for a user-friendly operation and its very easy to setup. 

This model is a great choice for larger gardens or if you have different zones you need to mow as this model also have 'zone setting' unlike any of the other model we reviewed.

This model has now been out for a few years and has had some software updates to improve it, this means that is also now available at a much better price than previously.

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Final Conclusion

We feel we have certainly named some of the best robotic lawnmowers in our reviews, the prices have come down drastically over the past 3 years, some as much as 50% and many have been updated to make them even better.

The Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower is well worth considering, specially if your lawn is smaller than 400m2 and its the only model with a large number of reviews on Amazon.co.uk so you can get some great user feedback from there for further reassurance.

One thing they all have in common is that you need to setup the boundary wire, this is what takes the most time to setup, the robot mower itself, only takes a few minutes to setup and program, set your days and timers and its ready run.

At first we thought it would be better to have the wire under the ground, that way we assumed it was out of sight and out of the way, However we have since come to the conclusion that it perfectly fine above the ground as the staples hold it tight to the lawn, once the lawn has grown, usually 2 to 3 weeks, you can no longer see the wires its just below the grass.

If you have children running around and the border wire passes in front of a patio or path, maybe then I would put the wire under the ground, other than though, I don't really see the need to.

If you have a larger garden over 400m2, i would recommend the Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower or Yard Force SA500ECO Robomower.

If you have a very large garden over 500m2, then the WORX WG790E is the best option

Best Pick

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

Although only suited for averaged sized gardens, which the majority of people have, the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower is our overall winner. It offers great value for money given its many features and saves you hours of time. For instance, it boasts highly sensitive collision sensors for the safety of kids and pets in the garden.

The multi-functional mower mows and mulches at the same time, eliminating the need to dispose of grass clippings. A very efficient mower with 30m2 per hour coverage, the Flymo 1200R is hard to reject. Get ready for your neighbours looking enviously over the fence as this robotic mower is a novelty.

Thats it, we hope you have found our reviews useful, if you have any questions or want to share your experience with any of the robotic lawnmowers we have reviewed, feel free to comment in the comments section below.


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