I’ve been planning on buying a robotic lawn mower this spring and I’ve been researching various mowers furiously. Besides the coolness factor of these things, who wouldn’t want to buy something that mows the lawn while you do something else?
Because I’ve put so much time into this, I thought I’d make the ultimate robotic lawn mower review so that anybody else looking at these things wouldn’t have to repeat all the research I did.
So, here we go…
How Do Robot Lawn Mowers Work?
Robot lawn mowers don’t mow the lawn in the same way that you or I would. If you didn’t know any better you would almost think they were mowing randomly.
However, there is a method to their madness.
When you first get a robotic lawn mower, you need to set up the perimeter of your lawn. This means pegging a perimeter wire around the outside of your lawn and around any major obstacles in your lawn mower’s way. Many robotic lawn mowers also allow you to set up different “zones” in your yard, which basically breaks your yard up in to different chunks.
Once the perimeter is set up, the mower takes care of everything itself. It goes out by itself and mows until it needs to recharge. It uses the wire around the perimeter to determine its location.
What Features Should I Look for?
There are a number of different features that different robot lawn mowers have. In order to pick the best mower for you, it’s important to know what these features are.
- Power – All robot lawn mowers are powered by batteries. Some are charged up at a charging station that is connected to your home’s power outlet. Others can be solar powered. The type of battery can vary depending on the motor
- Lawn Size – every mower is made for a maximum lawn size. Popular lawn sizes are half acre, 3/4 acres and 1 acre.
- Type of cut – most robotic lawnmowers are mulching, which means the grass is cut so that the clippings are very short and can be left on the lawn. The main difference here will be the type of blade used.
- Direction of travel – some mowers move around the lawn clockwise, others move around counter-clockwise
- Pattern – some mowers mow randomly while others mow in a pattern
- Zones – mowers have different number of zones that can be programmed into the robot.
- Safety – most robot lawn mowers have sensors to tell it if it bumps into things. Most of them also have tilt sensors that turn the mower off if it flips over. I recommend not buying a mower if it doesn’t have safety features like this
Who Makes Robotic Lawn Mowers?
I plan to keep adding mowers as I research them. I have plans to review lawn mowers for LV-Robot, Robomow and Wolf Garten. If you are interested in any of these, click the links below and they will take you to the Amazon page for each of those companies.