Flymo 1200R Robotic Lawnmower UK Review 

 August 25, 2018

By  Enda

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower. It may seem to some, that robots are indeed becoming a much more realistic option for doing the really boring tasks in life.

We remember the day when robotic lawnmowers were first introduce to the public on a BBC program known as "Tomorrow's World." The reality is that back then they were really bad at cutting grass. We would go as far as to say they were totally useless.

The good news is that these robotic lawnmowers are now excellent products, and are now suitable for most gardens. This Flymo 1200R for example now gets 90% online buyer satisfaction ratings, and that is from over 500 online buyer reviews.

That tells you that this lawnmower sells really well, and is also clearly very well rated by those thousands of online buyers.

The stumbling block remains the same though, and that of course is the price point. The £500-700 price point for a good robotic lawnmower will just put many buyers off making a robotic lawnmower purchase.

The Flymo Brand

Almost every UK gardener will recognise the Flymo brand. They are the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products.

The British invention of the hovercraft, was the inspiration for Swedish lawn mower manufacturer Karl Dahlman to invent their Flymo lawnmower.

They went from strength to strength during the 1970’s, and build their lawnmowers in its UK factory, where they are still manufactured today.

Flymo continues to be a leading brand in the Husqvarna group.The group also makes garden tractors, chainsaws and trimmers, and employs approx. 14,000 employees in 40 countries.

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

Main Review

The Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R was designed to save time and make life easier. This 1200R robotic lawnmower cuts and fertilises the lawn to perfection. It is of course very quiet so will not disturb the neighbours

It is also environmentally friendly as it does not emit any fumes.

This mower was released by Flymo to celebrate their 50th birthday. Just below we do a full review of this robotic lawnmower.

Video Review

The video below explains in detail how this robotic mower works. The video lasts around 20 minutes, but you get the principle of how it works in the first few minutes.

Who Should Buy this Robotic Mower?

This robot lawn mower is suitable for most lawns up to 400 square metres. That should make it suitable for most small gardens and indeed for many medium sized gardens.

The other important consideration for the purchase of any robotic lawnmower is the slope of the garden. This one can successfully tackle inclines up to 25 degrees.

Any slope bigger than that, and you shouldn't try and use a robotic lawnmower as it simply will not work.

The Flymo 1200R has a design that is low weight and has a unique wheel design, and it is that which allows it to deal with slopes and inclines.

How Buyers Rate the 1200R?

Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall online buyers have rated this robotic mower with an average 90% buyer satisfaction
  • 77% of all buyers have given this mower a full 5 star review
  • 7% of all buyers gave this one a bad review

What Buyers Say about the 1200R?

So far we know the price for this mower, and we also know how buyers have rated this mower. In this section we like to summarise what buyers have to say about their purchase.

There are lots of reviews on this product. To save you the trouble of reading all those, we have already done that, and we have summarised what we have found just below.

We found the easiest way to present that is in the form of a "Pros & Cons Table."


Buyers say this mower is not cheap but does a wonderful job

Buyers said it is really important to read all the instructions carefully and to follow them closely

Buyers said that once this mower is set up it does a great job of cutting the grass, and becomes a huge time saver

Buyers said it is also real fun to watch


A few buyers said this could be difficult enough to set up

Some buyers said the support for this mower was poor

A few buyers said this was a waste of money


  • Measures 69 x 52 x 39 cm
  • Weighs 15 Kg
  • Uses a 18 v 1.6 Ah Lithium-ion Battery with automatic charging system
  • Has a charging time of 50 minutes
  • Will work in an area up to 400 square metres
  • Will cut up to 30 square metres in one hour
  • Maximum incline up to 14 degrees
  • Cutting width 17 cm
  • Cutting Height 20-50 mm - adjusted using a knob
  • It has sensitive collision sensors and should be installed with a boundary wire for most effective working and cutting
  • The navigation system is random
  • When it arrives it should contain the mower, a charging station, 150 metres of boundary wire, 200 boundary wire pegs,an installation manual and a quick start manual with a product registration card

How to Use this mower

There is preparation work required in your garden to make sure this robotic lawnmower works properly. You need to install a discreet boundary wire around the edge of your lawn and any large obstacles like trees and bushes.

By doing this you tell the mower what area to cut. Then a shorter secondary wire guides the mower back to its charging station. The boundary wire can be pegged on top of the lawn or hidden below the surface so you don’t even need to see it.

It is essential to do this. There are not many complaints about this mower. Some of those complaints arise because this setup task has bot been completed properly.

It can get technical to do this and you may experience error codes. It is extremely important that you take your time and do this properly. This is the key to the success of operating this robotic lawnmower.

The set up is the single biggest area of any complaints there are about this mower.

Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

Our Verdict on the Flymo 1200R Lithium-Ion Robotic Lawn Mower

All buyers say that if you buy this robot mower, and take your time to set it up properly, then you will have a mower that takes all the pain out of cutting grass.

The charging system is an automatic one which is really good. The 400 square metre coverage range is also big enough for most homes in the UK.

Flymo are a well known gardening brand and they do offer full support on this product. Now like most customer service, you may have to wait on getting answered, but at least you can contact them with any problems.

If this is not the robotic lawnmower for you, then check out our top 5 list of robotic lawnmowers by clicking here. This Flymo 1200R however does a good job for the huge majority of buyers.

It is worth noting that the clippings are very small so they don't get collected into any type of collection box or basket. That does help self fertilize the grass, as it acts as a mulch.

There is some noise with all these robot mowers but it is not anything that will disturb you. You can also easily buy spares for this 1200R model.


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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