You might own a robot vacuum cleaner, but what about robot lawn mowers? These machines tend to cost a bit more than your average robot vacuum cleaner, but enthusiastic owners agree that the investment is worth it. If you want to learn more about these labor saving devices, read on to see how various models stack up against each other.
1. Gardena R80Li
- Can operate in the rain
- Adjustable cutting capacity
- Handles inclines up to 25 percent
- Doesn’t have an accompanying app
- Relatively short battery life
- Lacks a rain sensor
The Gardena 4069 R80Li is best suited for medium-sized lawns as well as complex lawn care.
Gardena R80Li is designed to tackle lawn areas up to nearly .20 acres. An adjustable cutting capacity, up to two inches, ensures the mower can be used for a variety of yard maintenance demands. Its onboard sensors help prevent missed spots, while ensuring grass stalks are mowed to the appropriate length. The mower can tackle inclines up to 25 percent and comes with wire boundary markers to keep it on your property.
It’s also quiet enough to use during the day or night. An integrated alarm and PIN code deters potential thieves. A Lithium-ion battery powers the robotic lawn mower and delivers up to 60 minutes per charge. Gardena R80Li returns to its charging base when the battery runs low, and will continue to operate even when it rains.
2. Husqvarna Automower 430X
- Can be controlled via a smartphone
- Mows up to 0.8 acres
- Adapts depending on growth rate of grass
- Requires separate connection kit to work with smartphones
- Limited support from manufacturer
This Husqvarna robotic mower has a relatively high price tag, but you’ll get a robotic mower with GPS navigation, LED headlights and a working area capacity up to 0.8 acres.
The Automower 430XH is just one of the many available models in the X-Line Series. Each robot lawn mowers come with LED headlights, GPS navigation and theft tracking. These robot lawn mowers are also connected and can be controlled via your smartphone, so you don’t have to walk up to the mower to read or change the settings. Smart technology ensures the lawn mower cuts the grass according to the specific needs of your lawn.
The mower adapts depending on the growth rate of the grass. Spot mowing allows the mower to spend more time in patches of longer grass for even results. The sound level measures 57 decibels, which is slightly less than your average restaurant conversation, according to IAC Acoustics. This lawn mower can handle slopes up to 45 degrees.