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

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In this article we will take a much closer look, at the best robotic lawn mower 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.

Robotic mowing is of course very different to a push lawn mower, a petrol lawn mower or any of the rotary mowers that are more commonly used. All of those need you at the helm for them to work. Once you do the initial setup, which does take a bit of time, then you can sit back and let the robotic lawn mower do the hard work.

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 Rated Robotic Lawnmowers in the UK

Underneath we have done a summary review of each of the lawn mowers. The Flymo 1200r is by far the most popular choice for UK buyers, and is the lawn mower we would recommend for small to medium sized lawns.

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,200+ online buyer reviews

This is currently the best robotic lawn mower UK with a buyer satisfaction rating of 88% and the best seller as well.

It is an 18V mower and can cut 30 square metres an hour and use an irregular navigation system. This robotic lawn mower can cut lawns of up to 400 square metres, and can handle up to a 1 in 4 slope

Most buyers said to use the boundary wire rather than setting this up above ground. - It uses collision sensors and a boundary wire to avoid obstacles

The cutting width is 17 cm and it is height adjustable from 20-50 mm

Measures 69 x 52 x 39 cm and weighs 15 kg

Comes with a charging station, a 150 metre boundary Wire, 200 wire pegs and a manual

Noise level of 58 dB

A full charge lasts one hour

This robotic lawn mower will take itself back to the charging station and re-charge

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.

Best for Larger Lawn - Flymo EasiLife 500 GO Robotic Lawn Mower

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,200+ online buyer reviews

This is currently the best robotic lawn mower for large lawns and has a very competitive price at the minute.

You can also fully control this from your Smart phone using Bluetooth

It is the most compact 18V mower and can cut lawns of up to 500 square metres, and can handle up to a 1 in 4 slope

Most buyers said to use the boundary wire rather than setting this up above ground. - It uses collision sensors and a boundary wire to avoid obstacles

The cutting width is 16 cm and it is height adjustable from 20-50 mm

Measures 51.8 x 33.7 x 21.5 and weighs 7.3 kg

Comes with a charging station, couplers and connectors, a 150 metre boundary Wire, 200 staples and a manual

Noise level of 58 dB

A full charge lasts one hour

This robotic lawn mower will take itself back to the charging station and re-charge

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. When used regularly there is no need to worry about  emptying a grass box as this one mulches and puts the clipping back into the ground which acts as a very good fertilizer.

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

Flymo EasiLife 200 Robotic Lawn Mower

88% buyer satisfaction based on 1,000+ online buyer reviews

  • This Flymo uses an 18 V battery so it can tackle your lawn with ease for small lawns up to 200 square metres
  • It has a 16 cm cutting width and 20-50 mm cutting height ensures a neat and tidy finish to your lawn
  • The mower is self-mulching, this lawn mower drops your grass clippings back into the lawn – acting as a natural fertiliser for a healthier, greener lawn
  • It uses an irregular mowing pattern to ensure full coverage of any garden shape
  • Comes with 150x Staples, x100m Boundary Wire, 4/5 Connectors, 1x Installation Guide and Quick Start Manual, 1x Product Registration Card, 1x Easy Life Robotic and Charging Port

WORX WR130E S300 Landroid Robotic Mower

86% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews

This Worx branded robotic lawn mower is recommended for small lawns up to 300 square metres

It has a cutting width of 18 cm and the cutting height can be adjusted between 20-50 mm

It can work on slopes up to 15 degrees

The 20V Worx battery is compatible with other Worx power tools

It weighs 15.3 Kg

The mower comes with a battery pack, charging base, 9 blades, 100 metroes of boundary wire, 130 staples, a hex key, 2 measurement gauges and 8 nails to secure the battery charging station

This is a very powerful lawn 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.

WORX  Landroid M500 Robotic Mower 

86% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer reviews

  • This robotic mower is suitable for a large lawn up to 500 m2
  • It has intelligent Smart auto scheduling
  • Aia technology Agile and faster than others
  • Cut to edge for a better finish at the edge of your lawn
  • Configurable to your needs Choose from five unique options
  • WORX LANDROID branded which means it can share its battery with all WORX 20V cordless tools
  • Comes with 9 blades and screws, 1 hex key, 1pc charger, 270 staples, 1pc charging base, 200m Boundary wire, 1pc battery pack, 2 measurement gauge, 8 nails for securing the charging station,

Lawnmaster L10 Robot Lawnmower

92% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

  • This robot lawn mower can be set to mow the lawn at any time and when the mower requires recharging, it automatically makes its way back to the base station
  • It has rubber coated wheels provide powerful traction and a good grip on the lawn enabling it to mow on slopes of up to 45%.
  • This one is capable of maintaining of larger lawns up to 400m2 and can handle narrow passageways
  • You lay the supplied boundary cable around the perimeter of the area where you want to auto mower to work, fix the robot's charging station in a suitable location and set up the settings on the screen of the robotic mower.

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.

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 robotic 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.

Robotic Mower Maintenance

Robotic lawn mowers are designed to be left outside so as they can be used on a regular basis. Those of us living in the UK would however be advised to bring them inside over the winter months. The grass doesn't grow a lot and leaving something as expensive as one of these exposed to the elements is not a good idea. We would therefore recommend bringing your mower inside from about December through to February.

We would also recommend giving the mower a quick clean underneath about once a month. The mower will pick up any debris and often wet grass clippings. It doesn't take long to remove any of that and will keep your lawn mower functioning better.

Robotic Mowers FAQ

How long do Robotic Lawn Mowers Last?

On average a robotic lawn mower will last for at least 10 years and closer to 20 years if they are maintained properly as explained just above. For most users the main problem will be battery life. Depending on use, these can last and be efficient for around 3-6 years. These are normally battery packs and on average cost around £100 to replace.

The blades may also need to be replaced every 5 years. That is an easy task to achieve and they typically cost on average £25-30. Prices will vary from brand to brand and from model to model. We have used averages to give you an idea of how long your robotic mower will last.

How often should you use your Robotic Lawn Mower?

You should use your robotic lawn mower every 2 days during the spring and summer months in the UK. In the Autumn you can reduce this to every 4-5 days.

Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Pick Up Grass

No, robotic lawn mowers never pick up grass. Robot mowers are "mulching mowers" which means they cut the grass into very fine clippings. Those are then scattered back into the lawn where they will decompose and act as a fertilizer to help the growth of healthy new grass. That is why it is important to use a robotic mower regularly and not let the grass grow high.

Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Work on Uneven Lawns

Robotic lawn mowers will work on most uneven lawns providing they are not really uneven. A robotic lawn mower works best where the lawn is flat and ideally with no obstacles in its way. Not everyone will have a completely flat lawn so it can deal with the odd hollow or hump. You can change the height setting on most robot mowers from about 20-50mm. So if the highest setting can cater for the uneven parts then it will work pretty well. If you like really short grass then that will be difficult with an uneven lawn

Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Work on Slopes?

The vast majority of robotic lawn mowers will work on a 1 in 4 slope (20-25 degrees). Anything bigger than this type of slope and the mower will really struggle. Manufacturers are working to improve this but as yet we have seen no brand making great strides with slopes.

Can Robotic Lawn Mowers Make Stripes?

No, the vast majority of robotic lawn mowers can not make stripes on a lawn. Stripes are made by using a heavy roller at the rear of mowers. To date, no robot style mower has rollers though there are some planned for the near future from Husqvarna and Belrobotics.

Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Mulch Leaves?

Robotic lawn mowers can mulch leaves when they come across them on your lawn. However, you should not use them to shred piles of leaves in your garden. If they come across a few leaves when cutting the lawn the blades will mulch the leaves easily.

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