10 best robotic mowers

Best robotic lawn mowers

Like the look of robotic lawn mowers? Browse our pick of the very best, from budget to premium models.

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Robotic lawn mowers are growing in popularity. They have broad appeal and can be a boon to busy gardeners, second home owners, people with mobility impairments and, of course, people who just hate mowing. These mowers are great fun to watch and are a real talking point.

We put eight robotic mowers to the test to identify the best ones for value and cutting quality. We’ve identified the pros and cons of each model and evaluated ease of cutting, weight and price. The mowers listed below received a rating of at least 15 out of 20 stars, so you can be sure of good quality and performance.

Browse our choice of the eight best robotic lawn mowers, below.


Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower
Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower

Pros:

  • Light weight, simple to use and adjust
  • Fast efficient cut
  • ‘Park’ button on docking station
  • ‘Intelligent’ performance and charging
  • Long warranty

Cons:

  • No Smart connectivity
  • Occasionally struggled on wet grass

This great value mower has an impressive finish. Nippy and quiet, the iMow has a single, steel rotary blade that’s excellent for mulching and cuts efficiently and well, with a great finish although it does get stuck occasionally on damp ground. The mower adjusts its speed itself according to the conditions, grass length and terrain tackling slopes up to 40 per cent.

Read the full review: Stihl iMow 422P Robotic Mower review


Husqvarna Automower 315X

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Husqvarna Automower 315X
Husqvarna Automower 315X

Pros:

  • Straightforward to programme & adjust
  • Smooth, efficient & quiet
  • GPS navigation & guide wire system
  • Connectivity/voice control
  • High level of security

Cons:

  • Maximum area smaller than others for price

The Automower is quiet and unobtrusive and its three free-hanging blades cut well. It comes with a GPS Smart mowing system which maps the lawn before mowing and keeps track of where it has cut, so it copes well with complicated lawn shapes and narrow passages. It can also tackle slopes up to 40 per cent. It cuts around raised beds by ‘bumping off’ them but edges were not as neat as others in these areas.

Read the full review: Husqvarna Automower 315X review


Bosch Indego S+ 400

 

Our rating: 4/5 out of 5

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Bosch Indego S+ 400
Bosch Indego S+ 400

Pros:

  • Small and inconspicuous
  • No guide wire to install
  • Helpful video guides
  • Docking station needs smaller area around it so can be tucked in a corner
  • Connectivity and voice control

Cons:

  • Higher height of cut than most
  • Shorter run time

The Indego is the smallest mower we tested and has the shortest run time but it maps the garden before mowing and cuts using three, free hanging blades efficiently and well, leaving a smooth finish although it can only cut down to 30cm. It can cut slopes up to just 27 per cent and is small and inconspicuous on the lawn when not in use.

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Cub Cadet XR2 Enduro Series 1000 Robotic Mower

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Cub Cadet XR2 Enduro Series 1000 robotic mower
Cub Cadet XR2 Enduro Series 1000 robotic mower

Pros:

  • Cuts over edges
  • Wide cutting width
  • Good features for price
  • Connectivity and voice control

Cons:

  • Keypad hard to use
  • Comparatively noisy
  • Shorter run time

This robotic mower is good value. A turbo mode helps it tackle longer grass and the floating mowing deck helps it cope with slopes up to 36 per cent. It’s particularly good at cutting edges. However, it sometimes fails to park, and was by far the noisiest mower tested.

Read the full review: Cub Cadet XR2 Enduro Series 1000 Robotic Mower review


Gardena Smart Sileno Life robotic mower

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

Gardena Smart Sileno Life robotic mower
Gardena Smart Sileno Life robotic mower

Pros:

  • Quiet and light
  • Narrowest cutting width is 60cm
  • Comparatively wide cutting width
  • Connectivity and Sensor control function

Cons:

  • Instructions and keypad could be clearer
  • Both guide and boundary wires to set up
  • Larger edges left than others

This mower cuts quietly, smoothly and efficiently, leaving a clean finish but it does leave wider edges than other mowers. It can cope with slopes of up to 30 per cent and fits through narrow passageways of just 60cm, which is a bonus.

Read the full review: Gardena Smart Sileno Life robotic mower review


Flymo 1200R robotic mower

Our rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Flymo 1200R robotic mower
Flymo 1200R robotic mower

Pros:

Quiet

  • Easiest to set up and program with clear instructions
  • Cuts close to edges
  • Comparatively long run time
  • Excellent value and cheapest mower tested

Cons:

  • Comparatively large and bright
  • Requires largest area around docking station
  • Needs 90cm between boundary wire
  • Both guide and boundary wires need to be self-installed

A simple, low-priced efficient mower, great for trying out robotics in gardens no bigger than 400m². Easily the cheapest mower tested and for a simple efficient entry level mower with a two year warranty we think the 1200R is excellent value for money. It also comes with spare blades. It can cut in two separate areas although you do have to physically pick the mower up and carry it into the second area and then mow it on the manual setting. Alternatively, you can buy a second docking station. The 1200R has no smart connectivity. Security features include PIN code operation, a lift sensor and alarm.

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Honda Miimo 520

Our rating: 4 out of 5

Honda Miimo 520
Honda Miimo 520

Pros:

  • Easy to programme
  • Quiet, smooth & efficient
  • Tackles large/sloping lawns
  • Long warranty (during 2019)

Cons:

  • Highest price
  • Relatively few features

A large capacity model, this robotic mower is smooth, quiet and easy to use. Out of all mowers we tested, it can tackle the largest area and also copes well with sloping lawns up to 45 per cent. It’s smooth, quiet and unobtrusive. Its 360 degree sensors help it turn away when it comes near obstacles or pets and the blades automatically stop when it’s picked up. Clumps of lush grass are dealt with by the spiral cutting option which mows round and round the grass until its cut. However it’s the priciest option and has few features compared to other models.

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Read the full review: Honda Miimo 520 review


John Deere Tango E5 Series II Robotic Mower

Our rating: 3.8 out of 5

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John Deere Tango E5 Series II robotic mower
John Deere Tango E5 Series II robotic mower

Pros:

  • Wide and high cut
  • Very simple to use keypad
  • Excellent for large lawns
  • Long run time

Cons:

  • Not suitable for narrow areas
  • Awkward height adjustment
  • PIN code is only security feature
  • No Smart connectivity

This substantial and robust mower is great for cutting large lawns but it can’t cope with narrow gaps. Large back wheels help it tackle slopes up to 36 per cent and its single steel blade cuts evenly and closely with a good finish. It’s a bit noisier than other models we tested and has few features for the price.

Read the full review: John Deere Tango E5 Series II Robotic Mower review

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