You may still think that robot lawnmowers are still one of those quirky gadget crazes from the early-mid 00s.
Well, they're definitely still around and the tech behind them has improved a lot since then. Now there's a huge range of robot mowers to choose from, you can buy and pretty much all the major lawnmower manufacturers have an automatic lawnmower in their lineup. With the now fairly expansive choice of robot lawnmowers around, I decided to put together a list of the best ones you can find for sale right now.
Flymo is a perennial favourite when it comes to regular lawnmowers, so it makes sense that if you're looking for a robot lawnmower you'd want to check out the offering the veteran mower manufacturer has in its range. Flymo has a variety of different robotic mowers for various different lawn sizes, but the best of the range probably has to be the 1200 R. This mower can operate a lawn of up to 400 m2 so it should be perfect for pretty much any normal-sized back gardens and it can mow at up to 30 m2 per hour. It'll also come in to charge automatically when its battery is low.
To stop the Flymo from going anywhere you don't want it to go, you'll have to place a boundary wire around the lawn which is standard practice for robot mowers, although it also has very good sensors so it should be able to easily avoid running into something (or someone) that it shouldn't. It's not too expensive for a robot mower either!
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Robomow RC308U Pro
At first glance, the Robomow looks like a pretty expensive offering in the world of robot mowers. You wouldn't be wrong about that, as there are plenty of cheaper options avaliable. It is worth it however as the RC308U Pro is a seriously good piece of kit! Once you've set up the perimeter wire (much like the Flymo above), it'll be able to mow anywhere up to 1,500 m2 of lawn for up to 70 minutes at a time before it needs to charge up. It also has smartphone integration so you can control it through an app. With its large operating area and its increased remote operating capabilities thanks to its smartphone integration, it's definitely a really good choice for anyone who wants a robot mower!
Husqvarna 105 Automower
Husqvarna were one of the first to introduce a robot mower with their original automower and this model is a 2020s update of that original concept. It's fairly expensive, but it's one of the best on the market with a maximum operating area of up to 600 m2. It can also be started from two different locations, something which could be very useful if you have multiple interconnected lawns in your garden. Husqvarna are a trusted name, probably more than most when it comes to robotic mowers, so if you want a tried and trusted brand this (as well as the Flymo one above) is one of the best choices out there.
McCulloch ROB 1000
This mower has one of the best operating ranges out of all the robot mowers on the market. With its ability to mow up to 1 km2 of lawn, it knocks absolutely everyone else out of the park at its price point! As expected for a mower this capable it's on the expensive side, but if you have a really big lawn this is definitely the one to go for. If you don't need that amount of lawn coverage though, there are several cheaper McCulloch robot mowers that are designed for 400 m2 and 600 m2 lawns that'll do the job just as well.
Gardena Smart Sileno
You might feel a little bit faint looking at the enormous price of the Gardena Smart Sileno, but there's a very good reason why this robot mower costs as much as it does. Not only does this particular variant have up to 1,250 m2 of coverage, but it's also got full smartphone integration! Via a free app that's available for both Apple and Android devices as well as via the web, you can control and program the mower wherever you are in the world so long as you have an internet connection. The Gardena Smart Sileno is a really good example of how far the technology has come in terms of robotic mowers and if you're really into your smart devices this is definitely the one you want to buy, even with that eye-watering price tag.
Honda Miimo HRM40BC
Yes, even Honda makes a robot mower! It seems like whatever you can think of that has wheels or is robotic and has a useful purpose, Honda makes their own version of it. Honda's offering into the world of robotic mowers isn't a bad buy either; its 400 m2 capacity and smartphone integration make it really well-suited for small urban lawns. Honda are one of the front-runners in both reliability and robotics resarch so you should be able to trust this little machine not to break down or get confused very much (if at all!). It's also got a very fast recharging time of 45 minutes. The only real downside to the Honda mower is that it's fairly expensive compared to other 400 m2 rated robot mowers that seem to do the job just as well. Still, though... it's a Honda!
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John Deere Tango E5
Coming in at around the 2 grand mark, the John Deere Tango E5 is definitely the most expensive robot mower that's currently around. John Deere are a trusted name in the world of utilitarian equipment however, so when you buy this you're guaranteed to have a mower that's not going to leave you feeling disappointed. It has the famous John Deere star-shaped blade as standard, which is a fantastic design that reduces the impact and wear and tear objects like rocks have on the blades saving you money and time on changing the blades or making repairs to the mower. Oh, and it also has the largest coverage out of all of the mowers on this list at a whopping 2,250 m2! If money is absolutely no object (or you just have a really massive lawn), this is the one to go for.