Best Robotic Lawn Mowers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 14, 2018
Are you tired of grooming your yard with manual tools? Then it's time to relay this task to a robotic lawn mower which will let you relax while doing all the hard work for you. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Expected runtime
Charging time
Cutting width
Cutting height
Maximum slope
Modes
Sensors and other features
Warranty
 
PROS

The auto calendar function allows you to set up the mowing schedule even by days of a week or month, thus making the process fully automatic.

CONS

The autonomous operation time is comparatively modest.

OUR VERDICT

Thanks to the Logicut™ navigation system, the lawn mower automatically calculates the optimal route to cut the grass as fast as possible. The powerful motor lets you use this model on space of up to 1000 square metres.

detailed parameters
Expected runtime

30 minutes

Charging time

45 minutes

Cutting width

19 cm

Cutting height

30 – 50 mm

Maximum slope

15° (27%)

Modes

Automatic: “Logicut” navigation system

Sensors and other features

Auto calendar function, mulching function, PIN protection and alarm system, auto charging system, lift sensor, roll over sensor, obstruction sensor, tilt sensor

Warranty

2 years (one more year for product registration)

PROS

The side charge system means that you can place the charging docking station on a wall, which is good for saving valuable space.

CONS

You need a powerful Wi-Fi router to control this model comfortably.

OUR VERDICT

WORX has created an innovative product that you can track using just your smartphone. Moreover, you can also control it, which makes lawn cutting easy and engaging.

detailed parameters
Expected runtime

50 minutes

Charging time

~120 minutes

Cutting width

18 cm

Cutting height

20 - 60 mm

Maximum slope

20° (35%)

Modes

Automatic: AIA cutting technology

Manual (remote Wi-fi control available)

Sensors and other features

Side-charge system, multi-zone programming system, mulching function, PIN protection and alarm system, auto charging system, rain sensor, obstruction sensor, lift sensor, tilt sensor

Warranty

2 years (one more year for product registration)

PROS

The broader distance between the blades and the edges of the casing coupled with the lift sensor make this a very safe product. That is essential to anybody who has pets or small children.

CONS

The docking station is painted in very bright colours which can get a bit grating.

OUR VERDICT

This model is good and suitable for small spaces of up to 400 square metres. This Flymo robotic lawnmower will keep your yard neat, tidy, and clean.

detailed parameters
Expected runtime

65 minutes

Charging time

50 minutes

Cutting width

17 cm

Cutting height

20 - 50 mm

Maximum slope

14° (25%)

Modes

Automatic

Sensors and other features

Mulching function, PIN protection and alarm system, auto charging system, obstruction sensor, lift sensor, tilt sensor

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The wide diameter of the wheels and specialised tyres help the device move on practically any surface and even traverse small obstacles.

CONS

The alarm system is not exactly loud and you may not hear it at once if there's lots of noise outside. 

OUR VERDICT

The lengthy autonomous operation, the intuitive interface, and the ease in servicing make this lawnmower stand out among the competition. It is also very efficient and can easily cover up to 800 square metres.

detailed parameters
Expected runtime

60 minutes

Charging time

90 minutes

Cutting width

18 cm

Cutting height

20 - 60 mm

Maximum slope

20° (35%)

Modes

Automatic: AIA cutting technology

Sensors and other features

Multi-zone programming system, mulching function, PIN protection and alarm system, auto charging system, rain sensor, obstruction sensor, lift sensor, tilt sensor

Warranty

2 years (one more year for product registration)

PROS

The appliance emits less than 50 dB of noise, so you can use it freely in the evening or even during the night without waking up your neighbourhood. 

CONS

Might not detect wires if they're buried deep underground.

OUR VERDICT

The McCulloch R600 is a direct proof of robotic appliances being available to everybody. However, it can still wow you with its outstanding functionality and the ease with which it can cover up to 600 square metres.

detailed parameters
Expected runtime

65 minutes

Charging time

50 minutes

Cutting width

17 cm

Cutting height

20 - 50 mm

Maximum slope

14° (25%)

Modes

Automatic

Sensors and other features

Mulching function, PIN protection and alarm system, auto charging system, obstruction sensor, lift sensor, tilt sensor

Warranty

1 year

Bosch Indego

Best Choice for Full Automatisation

If you’re going to get an automatised appliance to help you take care of your lawn, it only makes sense to get the best one available. Something that has lots of extra features for your comfort and convenience and won’t need frequent maintenance, something as good as Bosch Indego. This sleek and overall very compact machine will do all the work for you without any need for intervention, making your life much easier.

If we’re talking about a robotic appliance, we probably imagine something that can be programmed to do some complicated things on its own without your constant supervision. This particular model fits that image in full with several settings that are essential on the path to full independent operation. First up is the auto calendar function, which allows for precise scheduling that can be divided by days of the week or month and you can tell the machine to only turn on at a specific time of the day.

Say you want to wake up to a freshly cut lawn but don’t want to get up in the middle of the night to turn the appliance on. Well, you can just set a time for the machine to turn on and start mowing far in advance, no need to reconfigure it after every use. Moreover, the machine uses the Logicut™ navigation system to calculate the optimal driving route itself so that the lawn maintenance takes as little time as possible while still delivering the highest quality.

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Safe, Multifunctional, and Efficient

Bosch Indego can operate autonomously for up to 30 minutes, after which it will find its way back to the docking station, recharge for just 45 minutes at most and, depending on what you want, either stay there until it’s time to start mowing again or return to work right away. The little appliance can cover up to 1000 square metres without guidance or supervision. Moreover, it will also fertilise the soil with the mulching function. The machine uses the small grass clippings to provide nutrition to plants, eliminating the need for store-bought fertiliser and cutting down on costs.

Even if the ground in your garden is uneven, Indego can brave slopes of up to 15° with no issues and, if you have some bigger bumps in the yard, the machine shuts off the sharp blades automatically when it’s lifted, tilted, or rolled over. So don’t be afraid of your pet or a neighbour’s dog flipping the mower and poking their curious nose inside. The animal won’t be harmed and the equipment will not be damaged.

Of course, as expected from the best product available, Bosch Indego has PIN and alarm protection that prevent anyone from stealing the device or fiddling with it. This is the fresh step in robotic technology and is a great pick for anyone that wants a beautiful lawn but doesn’t want to spend hours grooming it.

Bosch Indego Cordless Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower in the use

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WORX WR110MI

Can Take Care of Several Lawns at Once

A lot of people have both a front and back yard, both of which need maintenance, a lengthy and not very fun process. However, you can keep both of your lawns clean and beautiful with the WORX WR110MI, a lawnmower that can service several zones at once with no hassle.

Using a specialised multi-zone programming system, you can "tell" this machine to move in the bounds of your property from your front yard to the back (or however else your lawns are split) and cut grass in both places. You won’t need to take the guide wire and replant it over and over to set up new perimeters. With 150 metres of the boundary-setting wire, you can just use half of that huge length for each part of your garden and fix it with staples that come together with the purchase.

For added convenience, the charging port is placed on the side of the WORX device, so you can easily put the docking station on a wall, saving space and keeping the station safe from getting flooded by heavy rain. Speaking of which, the WORX WR110MI can detect the slightest weather changes and end or pause operation accordingly so that no water could get to the machinery and damage it. 

The small WORX WR110M can cover up to 700 square metres with ease, especially with the uncut fringe reduced from 20 cm to a measly 2.5 cm. This is an unbelievable improvement that has not been matched by any of the competitors yet.

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Manual Mode Available for Complete Control

To make sure that the WORX WR110M functions properly or, just as a precaution measure take control of it for a bit, you won't even need to get up from your couch. It'll be enough to pick up your smartphone and sync it with the lawnmower via a Wi-Fi connection, which will provide you with the option to keep an eye on the mowing process and correct the robot's route if need be. Make sure to have a powerful router, though, as the walls between you and the machine can cause interference in the signal.

Like any good robotic lawn mower ought to, this WORX product has a solid autonomous operation time at 50 minutes, though the 120-minute charging period is a tad too much for some people’s preferences. Of course, the machine can surmount obstacles of up to 20° slopes with no issue and, if it gets tipped over, the shutdown occurs automatically and an alarm sounds to signal the problem.

If, by the way, you’re afraid that the docking station on this model will be an eyesore, don’t worry. The station is designed in a way that allows the grass to grow through the base, so you only see the upright part with the lower end overgrown by plants and hidden completely.

Overall, the WORX WR110M is a wonderful choice for those that want a lawnmower with both manual and automatic modes and a variety of improvements that haven’t been implemented in any other model. It’s also great if you have several different garden zones that need maintenance, as the machine can take care of them all without any extra equipment required.

WORX WR110MI Landroid Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic Mower in the use

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Flymo 1200R

Avoids Obstacles and Pets

If you have pets or small children, you’re likely to be very worried about the safety of using a robotic lawn mower, afraid that the animal or your toddler might get hurt or damage the equipment. However, the Flymo 1200R won't hurt anyone and the likelihood of it being broken is incredibly small.

First off, this model has been designed with a broader distance between the edges of the casing and the blades, so there is no chance of a child touching the machine and being cut by a blade that pokes out. Plus, if the kid or a bigger pet decides to turn the appliance over, the blades will stop spinning automatically and won’t be able to hurt them.

There is also no chance of the lawnmower bumping into anybody on its path as a special obstruction sensor will detect people or animals on its path and veer away to prevent a collision.

The only part that might become a target of a curious tot or a rowdy dog is the docking station. It’s painted in bright, attractive colours, so you might consider repainting it to stop your child from trying to play with it.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about the machine disturbing your child’s sleep, as it only emits 58 dB of noise, no louder than a quiet conversation. You could even run this appliance with your windows open without hearing it from the comfort of your bed.

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Automatised and Efficient

Able to traverse slopes of up to 14°, the Flymo 1200R is not afraid of unkempt or bumpy gardens. The sharp blades beneath can cut grass in the area of 30 square metres per hour, working on up to 400 square metres in total. Just let the machine run through the night and you will see a well-trimmed lawn in the morning without being disturbed by any noise or having to get up and take the mower to the docking station. The recharging occurs automatically after the appliance operates for about 65 minutes. The charge time is around 50 minutes, an admirable number that is up to par with industry leaders.

Flymo also mows in an irregular pattern without any need to program it. This is done so that no areas are missed, which might happen with machines that strictly patrol the perimeter in straight lines. Plus, this model mulches on the way, utilising clippings to provide nutrients for new plants.

All in all, the highly sensitive collision sensor makes the Flymo 1200R safe and its variety of perfected features makes it a wonderful choice for households with smaller gardens. Weighing in at 7.4 kg, the machine is so lightweight that you can easily carry it in your hands or store in your garden storage if a storm occurs or you just want to let your grass grow out for a bit.

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawnmower in the use

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WORX WG790E.1

All-Terrain Mower for an Unruly Garden

As progress advances in leaps and bounds, you no longer need to do lots of hard work to have a beautifully cut lawn. All you need is a high-quality automatic mower, so take a look at the WORX WG790E.1. Part of WORX’s Landroid lineup, this device is high-tech at its most impressive, combining convenience, safety, and ease of use.

This is the off-road vehicle from the world of lawnmowers, able to move on any surface and traverse small obstacles with ease, all thanks to the wide wheels and specially designed tyres. The mower can brave slopes up to 20° with no issues, allowing you to use it even if your house is situated somewhere on a hill and the garden is not exactly even.

As this is the off-roader of lawnmowers, it has all the necessary sensors for safe and efficient work. The rain one will detect bad weather and shut down operation until the sky's clear, while the obstruction sensor will keep it from obstacles and collisions enabling it to pass by both static objects and living beings. No need to worry about the machine running into you while you’re watering the flowers.

The machine can also work on multiple zones provided that you distribute the perimeter wire correctly and the maximum range of the mower is around 800 square metres. But you shouldn’t let it wander too far as the alarm on this model is not very loud and you won’t be able to hear it from afar or if it’s noisy outside.

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Technologically Advanced Precision Cutting

The Landroid can work for a whole hour, 60 minutes, on a single charge. The docking time is around 90 minutes, not the best ever but you’ll know that every minute is worth it after you see the results. The machine cuts grass cleanly and evenly, quickly turning clippings into nutritious fertiliser for plants to grow stronger and healthier.

Plus, the WORX WG790E.1 is outfitted with the patented AIA technology, which not only optimises its path to make the work more efficient but also allows the Landroid to go through narrow places to reach grass patches that may be out of reach for more basic models. The handy edging mode guarantees that the lawnmower will not just roam in the centre of the bounds you’ve set up. With this mode engaged, the machine goes out to the very edges of the perimeter and cuts everything there, so you won’t end up with a neat centre of the lawn and unkempt edges.

Despite all of these intricate features, you will not need to program or set up the WORX WG790E.1. The machine is ready to go with just one button push and you won’t have to keep changing modes every couple of days, the device is automatised in all possible ways.

This Landroid model is an undeniably good choice for anyone with a garden of irregular shape or even just any homeowner that wants an easy-to-use and maintain lawnmower.

WORX WG790E.1 Landroid M Robotic Lawn Mower in the use

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McCulloch R600

Works in Any Weather

It’s pretty much a loving custom to joke about how bad our weather is and how rare it is to see a stretch of sunny days with no rain but every joke has a bit of truth to it. So it only makes sense to get a lawnmower that can operate even when it’s pouring down hard outside, a machine like the reliable and affordable McCulloch R600. No matter how wet and unpleasant it is outside, you can stay on your couch resting, while this device does all of the work for you.

So, to get it out of the way, yes, this model can indeed operate in the rain with no issues. The blades won’t get rusty, the equipment won’t be damaged, and you won't have to worry about the mower driving into a puddle. But in case of a thunderstorm approach, make sure to turn it off first thing as if the lightning happens to strike the appliance it will most likely fry it, no matter how good its weather protection is. 

For further safety, the machine is programmed to immediately reverse if it runs into something or if somebody collides with it. And even that situation is unlikely to happen thanks to the precise obstruction sensor and the advanced path-setting system. This is, of course, coupled with the ability to stay firm on the ground even on slopes of up to 14° for added stability and versatility.

Review of McCulloch R600 Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower

Good for a Medium-Sized Lawn

The McCulloch R600 is not just able to work in the rain, it can also run at night without ever bothering you or people around. This is one of the quietest models in the market, emitting less than 50 dB of noise. You could even take a nap in a lawn chair while the lawnmower drives around and your sleep wouldn’t be disturbed.

This handy device can take care of up to 600 square metres of lawn, just about the average size of a home garden. Considering how versatile and affordable it is, this is an amazing result, especially if you take into account the autonomous operation and the charge times. The McCulloch lawnmower can run for 65 minutes before it has to return to a docking station, where it will recharge for 50 minutes before starting work again. This tireless helper will make your lawn beautiful and well-maintained.

However, for efficient operation, the machine still needs the guiding perimeter wire and you should take care not to put it too deep underground as the sensors won’t be able to detect it then.

The last important feature to note is that every single lawnmower from McCulloch is “paired” with its own charging station, so nobody can steal and use it as you’ll be the one with the docking port. That, however, means that you need to be careful with the charger as breaking it means you'll have to contact the manufacturer for a new one.

In conclusion, this is a good choice for those that want their lawn to be mowed in any weather by an efficient and high-quality machine. The shortcomings aren’t too significant and the pros outweigh them easily.

McCulloch R600 Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower in the use

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What Is a Robotic Lawn Mower?

A robot lawn mower is exactly what the name says. It's a battery-powered automated robot that moves around on wheels and trims grass with razor blades. Such mowers come with a docking station, used for recharging, and a special perimeter wire for setting boundaries of the area that needs to be trimmed. Some models may have a solar battery which prolongs the operation time. Many of them allow for an option to program a mowing schedule and on top of the mentioned features may offer some more extras facilitating their use. 

The advantage to using a robot lawn mower is that it is completely autonomous, which means, a human intervention is not required. All you need to do is prepare the yard, define the borders, lay the wire, set the schedule of mowing, and connect a docking station to the power supply. Once that's done, the machine will mow the grass for you allowing you to concentrate on other things or tasks that need to be done. Unlike some mowers, robot lawn mowers do not collect the cut grass but shed it aside on the ground so it can serve as a natural soil fertilizer unless you decide to pick it up yourself. 

On a related note, we can also offer you our pick of the best hedge trimmers for keeping the green fences well-manicured. Also, you might be interested in the smart sprinklers systems, that can be scheduled to irrigate the flower beds and the grass in your yard during the desired time of a day even when you are away.

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Maximum Coverage. Some mowers are designed to effectively cut lawns of a specific size. Some of them can cover the areas of only 2000 sq ft, while others may patrol as much as over an acre. Thus, if you choose a model with the designated area smaller, than your yard, you might require moving the docking station from one zone to another, which is not exactly convenient.

Perimeter Wire Length. Unlike some robot vacuum cleaners, that can scan the room for possible obstacles beforehand, the mowers rely on the perimeter wire, laid along the borders of your lawn and around some obstacles that you don't want it to hit with its bumpers. Thus, check out beforehand how much wire you will need to cover the necessary area.

Sensors. As a rule, the mowers are equipped with several smart sensors that allow the robot to detect the perimeter wire or turn around when it bumps into an object that it can't push away. Another useful sensor is a rain detector, because the wet grass may clog the rotating blades. Additionally, such device with a lot of metal parts, staying on the flat lawn, may attract the lighting strike. So, when the rain sensor detects high humidity level, it will make the robot return to the docking station.

Programmable Features. A lof of the latest models can be scheduled to mow only during specific time of a day. Some of them may have an option to set the password for controls or configure different behavior scenarios for different situations and also change the mowing patterns. Still, in most cases, the mowers just move in a chaotic pattern by randomly choosing its direction. That way, your lawn will obtain the carpet-like look without the wheel traces on it. There are also models that feature linear and even spiraling mowing patterns.

Lawn Grass Types. Generally, most of the mowers' blades can cut down almost any lawn vegetation like grass or dandelions. Yet, some models may be an exception and struggle to cut high-maintenance types of grass with thick shoots like St Augustine Grass.

Did you know?

Your Lawn Is Bigger Than You Think

  • An average lawn will contain about 850 grass plants per square metre. This equals around 3000 blades of grass, all of which need nourishment and care.

  • Grass grows somewhere around 7 cm per month. Leave your yard alone for the summer and soon you’ll have to find your pets by sound only as the plants will be higher than them!

  • The average size of a lawn is around 800 square metres. More than sufficient to tire you out but not nearly large enough to stop a good automatic lawnmower.

  • Nearly 60 million kilograms of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to lawns worldwide every year.

  • A well-maintained yard with healthy grass can raise the value of your property by as much as 20%.

  • That grass patch in your yard? It produces three times as much oxygen as a tree, the plants are just that efficient.

The Best Way to Take Care of Your Yard

  • If you think that you’re the first person to hate taking care of a lawn, you might be surprised to find just how long ago this chore started. The first-ever publication on lawn care, a whole book, in fact, was published back in 1870.

  • Homeowners spend from 5 to 8 days per year taking care of their yards. Makes sense to speed up the process, right?

  • More than 22 million homeowners use professional services for yard maintenance. Unless you want to add that to your monthly expenses, the easiest alternative is to read a robotic lawn mower review like ours and find something to help you.

  • More than 6000 people are hospitalised every year after falling off ride-on mowers or after a regular one malfunctioned. Yet another point in favour of automatised appliances and an important reminder to take safety precautions.

  • A robot lawn mower, in comparison with a regular one, is 60% more efficient and much easier to use. Studies are still being done on exactly how much safer it is but even now it’s clear that regular models are more likely to cause trouble.

  • There are nearly 150 million lawnmowers being used worldwide, with a third of them located in the United States.

  • If you’re ever travelling by Merseyside, you can drop by their British Lawnmower Museum. Care to guess what’s on display?

  • Before we were blessed with the invention of lawn mowers, our ancestors had to cut grass using scythes or… sheep! The livestock ate enough grass to keep yards well-maintained without the need to stand out in the heat with a scythe all day long. How lucky are we to have the automatic lawn mower?

  • If you somehow have a passion for lawn maintenance, you could go to the USA and get a degree in that subject from Penn State University. Of course, the actual studies are more complicated than simple care for grass, but the foundation is exactly that.

  • Garden gnomes may be fashionable right now, but the most popular ornament is considered to be the pink flamingo with a quarter of a million sold every year. A good time to invest perhaps?

Thirsty Thirsty Plants

  • Water makes up 80% of the weight of a single blade of grass.

  • Around 50% of water used in the British homes is used to water lawns.

  • Lawns absorb 6 times as much water as a whole field of wheat, on average. So taking care of your grass is essential to preserve water.

  • The famous AstroTurf was invented back in 1967, making life easier for the many people that wanted a patch of grass in their yard but were reluctant to spend time on maintenance. No longer did you have to spend litres of water on a small grass patch. And, of course, it changed the way football fields were designed and serviced.

FAQ:

Q: I’ve received my automatic lawn mower, can I start using it right away?
A: No, first you have to do a one-time but very important procedure. Using the specialised wire included with your product, define the perimeter in which the machine can operate. You can put it underground, but not too deep though. The reason why you need to do this is that it establishes a sort of electronic invisible fence which tells the appliance where it must stay. If you set it up properly, the lawnmower will work efficiently inside the bounds you’ve set and never leave them. This is a long task that can take up several hours, but you only have to do it once and it’s essential for the device to function. If you don’t set up the wire, the appliance might just ride away without proper instructions.

Q: What can I do to keep my pets and kids safe when this mower is in operation?
A: Don’t be afraid of them getting harmed, most machines of this kind are either programmed to drive around obstacles or have their own safeguards to keep curious children and animals away from the blades. And if you have a sufficiently quiet lawnmower, you can simply run it while your toddler naps. These devices do not require any precautions that regular ones wouldn’t.

Q: I’ve had my regular mower get clogged or “throw” objects such as rocks away by hitting them with blades. Is there any danger of that happening with these models?
A: Since blades on robotic lawnmowers are rather small and placed quite densely, an object would have to be rather tiny to get trapped between them. That way a clog or a stray rock flying off to hit someone is very unlikely. Just make sure to look over your appliance once in a while to make sure nothing is stuck to the blades or between them.

Q: Is there any specific reason why cutting grass with automatic lawnmowers is better than regular ones, aside from the convenience and safety?
A: The cutting method utilised by these appliances is different than the one in the non-automatised models. They only shave off small pieces of grass, which leaves the lawn even and clean but not too short so that it looks unkempt. Plus, you won’t have to clean up afterwards as these small pieces can serve as a soil fertiliser.

Q: Will I have to take the lawnmower to the charging station myself?
A: Most likely, not. The majority of models have a setting that tells them to ride around the perimeter until they reach the vicinity of the docking port. Then the machine will approach it and start charging automatically. Some of the more advanced models also have an extra wire, like the one you lay around the perimeter to set the bounds. However, that additional wire is used not to restrict the appliance but to guide it straight to the charging port. You lay it from the working area all the way to the charger and the machine follows it to reach its destination.

Q: Can I use basic batteries to run this appliance?
A: No, this type of lawnmower charges at a special docking station, no need for any other accessories. Perhaps you might find one that takes batteries but it’s prudent to use a standard model that utilises a charging station.

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Publish Date: 2018-02-09 11:10:16