From smart TVs, voice-automated lights, robot vacuums to robotic lawn mowers, we can see that we are really living in the future. Newer technologies are being developed so that we won’t need to struggle and toil for mundane household chores. Per year, an average American household spends around 70 hours for lawn care – some significant time that can be spent fruitfully for other endeavors. Now, thanks to robotic lawn mowers, we can no longer need to lug around a bulky and loud mower that is tedious to operate.
Robotic lawn mowers are cordless, autonomous robots that can travel around your lawn to cut grass with a set of sharp spinning blades. Usually, users need to set up a border wire around the lawn to create an invisible fence, defining the area to be mowed. The robot will only tackle the given area and can run automatically on a set schedule. Robotic lawn mowers are now getting more advanced, as some have specialized sensors that enables them to mow around obstacles, or automatically go back to their docking station when it rains, and self-docking when battery is low.
Here are some of the best robotic lawn mowers you can find today:
1. Husqvarna Automower 450X
While there are cheaper alternatives, the Husqvarna Automower 450X can handle the most turf with its working area capacity of 1.25 acres. Unlike most robotic lawn mowers the Automower 450X has a GPS system and can be monitored and programmed via iOS or Android smartphone using the Automower Connect app. It can even be tracked using the Apple smartwatch. It can cut grass from 0.8 to 2.4 inches off the tip, and if you would like to cut more, you can do a second trip with the robot. This leaves you with small clippings to fertilize the lawn. The Automower 450x can cut lawns with up to 45 degree slopes and does not leave tire marks in the turf. If you have a circular flower bed or garden in the middle of your lawn, this robot can automatically switch to spiral mode to maneuver around it to avoid cutting plants. Also, it runs quietly at just 58 decibels, so you won’t worry about disturbing your neighbors as your grass is being cut.
2. Robomow RS630
With a working capacity of up to three-quarters of an acre, the Robomow RS630 is an ideal robotic lawn mower. This unit can be remotely accessed through a remote control, or via a Bluetooth connection using an iOS or Android device. It can cut turf from 0.78 to 3.14 inches, and you can set preferred height when programming it. This robot relies on its sensors to keep the set height throughout the entire lawn, and can cut an area width of 22 inches with its twin blade system. It can handle a 20-degree slope, and can operate continuously for 60 to 90 minutes before returning to its dock to recharge. It can also sense rain or high humidity, and can return automatically to its dock. Other fantastic features of the Robomow RS630 includes an anti-theft alarm, child safety locks, edge-cutting mode and brushless motors.
3. WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower
One of the more reasonably-priced robotic lawn mowers, WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower is fully programmed for easy set-up and use. It makes use of artificial intelligence algorithm to move through narrow areas and utilizes a shock sensor system to mow around obstacles. It can handle inclines and declines of up to 20 degrees and mow it evenly. You don’t have to worry about the robot when it rains – the Landroid can detect weather changes and it will automatically return to its docking station to recharge. In terms of security, this robot requires a security pin number. When it leaves the designated area (or if someone attempts to snatch it), you can be alerted through your smartphone. However, it can only handle up to ¼ of an acre, so those with larger yards may need to consider other options.