Best Robotic Lawn Mowers UK - Buying Guide and Top 5 Rated Mowers

In this article we will take a much closer look, at the best robotic lawn mowers currently available in the UK market. The robot lawn mower is often referred to as the lazy person's mower. The reality is that it would be better described as the "save lots of time mower."

They are also a great choice for anyone who simply wants to have a neat lawn, without the hassle of doing the work. Those with a special interest in technology or owning the latest gadgets will also be attracted to this type of mower.

The big question that should be asked is this. Most people will know that robot mowers automatically cut the grass for you, but they are an expensive purchase. So the important question for us, is are they worth the higher amount of money that you will have to pay?

Robots haven't quite taken over the world yet, but they are becoming more common place, and now include robotic vacuum cleaners and also robotic mowers. Any home owner will know that you have plenty of choices when it comes to buying a mower.

These include hover, rotary, reel, cylinder and ride-ons. So why would you pick a robot mower over any of these other mowing options.

Most robotic mowers need to be set up initially and that can be difficult initially. However once that has been achieved then after that it is pretty much plain sailing. The mowers charge themselves and they just get on with cutting the grass. They work well on small, medium or large sized gardens.

They clearly save the owner a lot of time. They are also a great choice for anyone who wants a no fuss way of keeping their lawns very neat and tidy.

These mowers vary a lot in price depending on the surface area that they can cover. For something like a 400 square metre area will cost around £500-600. For a larger area of up to 1,500 square metres they will cost around £2,000.

Below you will find a more detailed buying guide for robot mowers, but to help you make a quicker decision, we have completed a Top 5 list of robotic mowers below. This list is built entirely from ratings assigned to each model by actual real life buyers.

We reviewed all of the robot models at the various online websites and then summarised these into a table. They are then placed in order by the highest rating first. (scored out of 100%)

We have also included the average price (RRP) but please note that can fluctuate a lot and should only be used as a guide.

Underneath the table, we have done a more detailed review on each one. Underneath those reviews, you will find a full and more detailed buying guide.

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Top 5 Best Rated Robotic Lawnmowers in the UK

  1. Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower (88%)
  2. Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower (94%)
  3. WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower (80%)
  4. Husqvarna 105 Automower (98%)
  5. WORX WR142E M700 Landroid Robotic Mower (80%)

Underneath we have done a summary review of each of the lawnmowers in the table shown above.

No 1 Choice - Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

88%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £500-600

Recommended for smaller lawns up to 400 square metres

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  • Specification
  • This mower can cut around 30 square metres an hour which is pretty impressive
  • The navigation system is irregular
  • Can cut up to lawns of the size of 400 square metres give or take 20%
  • Can handle slopes up to 25% (1 in 4)
  • Cutting width is 17 cm
  • Cutting heights between 2- to 50 mm

This Flymo brand is a popular option for many online UK buyers. This one is a big seller and has plenty of buyer reviews and remains a highly popular choice.

This is a well engineered and well made mower which buyers really do seem to like.

No 2 Choice - Mcculloch ROB 1000 Robotic Lawn Mower

94%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £750-800

Recommended for medium sized lawns up to 1,000 square metres

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  • Specification
  • Can cut lawns up to 1,000 square metres in size
  • Can cut on slopes up to 25% (1 in 4)
  • Cutting width 17 cm
  • Cutting heights between 2- to 50 mm

This one gets solid 4 & 5 star reviews from online buyers. I looked hard at many online websites and only a small number of buyers have given this one a bad review. That of course is always a very good thing.

No 3 Choice - WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower

80%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £500 -550

Recommended for smaller lawns up to 300 square metres

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  • This mower is for smaller lawns of up to 300 square metres
  • Cutting Height of 20 - 50 mm
  • Cutting width of 18 cm
  • Maximum incline or slope is 15 degrees

This is a very powerful mower, but it is heavy and many buyers struggled to keep this one under control. You do need to be strong and able to handle this one, especially if you are cutting long grass or thicker grass.

It does self drive and you can use the gears to go through the speeds, but you do need to stay in control of this one.

No 4 Choice - Husqvarna 105 automower

98%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £800-900

Recommended for lawns up to 600 square metres.

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  • Suitable for lawns up to 600 square metres
  • Can handle inclines up to 15 degrees (25%)
  • Cutting Width 17 cm
  • Cutting Height 20 to 50 mm
  • 3 pivoting razor blades

No 5 Choice - WORX WG790E Landroid M II Robotic Mower

80%
Buyer Satisfaction

Average Online Price = £850-900

Recommended for lawns up to 700 square metres

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  • Specification
  • Suitable for lawns up to 700 square metres
  • Can handle inclines up to 20 degrees (35%)
  • Cutting Width 18 cm
  • Cutting Height 30 to 60 mm
  • Uses cut to the edge technology

Buying Guide for a Robotic Mower

Below I will offer you some important tips for buying a robot lawnmower. You should find these really helpful especially if you are a first time buyer.

People make the switch to a robotic mower for a few different reasons. The bottom line is that these are all about saving you time while maintaining a very neat lawn.

Who Should Buy a Robotic Mower?

If you like the idea of your lawn looking great without the hassle of having to cut it yourself, then the robotic lawnmower is the best choice for you. They are expensive so they will not suit most people's budgets. You need to be prepared to pay for the benefits of having a hassle free grass cutting option.

How Much Do Robotic Mowers Cost?

Prices vary a lot depending on the different capabilities of the mower. The cheapest ones cost around £550 and up to £1,000 for the higher end robot style mowers. The difference in the prices comes down to the brand that you buy, the quality of the mower and the amount of lawn that they can cut.

When first released these were more expensive at around £2,000 but those prices have now fallen a lot over the years.

Which Brands Make Robotic Mowers in the UK?

There are now 8 brands that make robot lawnmowers in the UK, with the two most popular being Bosch and Flymo. The brands include:

  • Bosch - German brand famous for their tools and gardening products. As far as robot mowers go, they do what are called the "Indego models"
  • Flymo - they do a small range of these mowers and are a well known gardening brand. They are most famous for their hover mowers. They also make grass and hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and rakes.
  • Husqvarna - primarily known for their chainsaws and heavy duty garden tools so robot mowers fit into their range of products quite nicely. Those include chainsaws, garden tractors, trimmers and strimmers.
  • John Deere - a major farming brand famous for their tractors but also for gardening products such as walk behind mowers, utility tractors, scarifiers and gator style vehicles
  • McCulloch - They have been around for over 60 years making outdoor garden products. These include chainsaws, grass trimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, garden tractors, and cultivators
  • Robomow - They make robotic mowers and those are mainly aimed for home owners with bigger lawns. They have now adapted these to work with Alexa so they are now classed as smart mowers.
  • Worx - Worx do a range of tools and garden tools like grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and robotic lawnmowers. Their latest robotic mowers are known as the Landroid which also makes this a smart robotic lawnmower
  • Yard Force - They make yard and garden tools that include pressure washers, mowers, trimmers, blower/vacuum, and scarifiers

Explaining the Set Up of a Robotic Mower

This is the most important element of a robotic mower. If you take your time and a lot of patience when setting up your mower at the start, then you will have many years of hassle free grass cutting.

Get this part wrong and you will end up kicking just about everything in sight.

Robots are assumed to be intelligent but they are really only as clever as their inventor. We describe robotic mowers as tools that can cut grass providing you give them the rules and the guidelines to follow.

Boundary Wires and Pegs

The only instruction that you have to give to your new robotic friend is to tell it what area of grass you want it to cut. After that it will do the rest including charging itself.

Setting up the boundary area is absolutely the most important thing that you have to do. This area is marked out by placing a boundary wire around it. This should be at ground level or slightly below ground level, but never too high above ground level.

The boundary wire is kept in place either by staples or more usually by small pegs. We have included two videos below.

The first one shows you how to set up and where to place the boundary wire. The second one shows a really good way of burying the boundary wire.

Grass Collection on Robotic Mowers

This is the container that catches the grass from the rear of the mower during the cutting process. The smaller petrol mowers will have 50 litre boxes and the larger ones will have 70 litre boxes. The bigger the box the less times you will have to empty it.

Some of these boxes will have a level indicator that you can view without having to remove the container from the mower.

Explaining Grass Cutting Heights for Robotic Mowers

Experienced gardeners will know that grass should be cut at different heights depending on the seasons. Some people prefer shorter grass whereas others like a more lush feel to their lawns. That is why it is important to length of cut options.

Almost every good quality petrol mower will have these. That means you can decide how tall your grass should be by selecting the height, which is usually done by adjusting a handle.