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It’s time to get acquainted with the robotic lawn mower – or what the Roomba vacuum is to landscaping.
These futuristic robotic mowers are battery operated, which means they charge at a designated station rather than consuming a tank of gas, making them green and incredibly cool. Still, you can be sure they do a terrific job, with sophisticated sensors and multiple propeller-like blades that cut your lawn with precision. And because the mowers can be controlled by an app, they give you the freedom to sit and watch TV instead of pushing a lawn mower all afternoon. Simply define the boundaries of your lawn with the Virtual Perimeter Wire and let the included Bluetooth tracking technology trace the mower’s path. You know, all in one day’s work.
Fortunately, these robotic mowers are available for all shapes and sizes of lawn. Plus, you don’t have to be a genius to set them up. What should I know before buying? Consider your lawn care needs: a smaller plot that requires less maintenance may not justify a more expensive model with longer runtime and battery life. And if you want to try one out before committing, be sure to check out the warranties. They might be a bit pricey, but if you let a robot do your landscaping, it’s probably worth it.
Here are the best models available – and one so good that we’re waiting for it to hit US stores.
This model scores big on Amazon, and for good reason: it’s a powerhouse for small to mid-size job sites (up to 0.4 acre). “Lift & Tilt” sensors prevent collisions in the event your flower beds are uninsured, and the cutting height can easily be switched between 2 and 3.6 inches for a custom-cut lawn that looks great all over the place. season. Did we mention that it is bluetooth enabled? Because typing with your fingers is much easier than turning and lugging around.
The Worx Landroid moves on the crabgrass like an expedition to Mars. Although a lawn mower seems to be one of the ultimate units, this model is versatile. The rechargeable battery can be removed and used in other Worx cordless power tools, and they all run very quietly.
Let’s face it: you’re going to want your robot to mow while you’re doing other things. But remote landscaping can still be worrying: what if your pet tries to fight it, or the kids think it’s a sporty rc car (it looks very Toy Story 2)? This model is well thought out in its safety features, which means that if the electric reel mower is accidentally lifted or tipped over, it will stop working immediately and automatically.
Outdoor oases come in all shapes and sizes. And thanks to this mower, there is no need to shell out a lot of money for a smaller space. For just $ 629, you can manicure a smaller plot (up to 2,700 square feet) with the same sophisticated sensors for nailing more intricate lawns. There’s still EasyApp Bluetooth control and automatic programming, but at just 13.2 pounds, it will tuck away quietly without taking up your entire yard.
Good yard maintenance also involves nourishing your lawn. If you want a lawn mower that goes the extra mile after cutting, consider Honda’s innovation: Razor-sharp blades pulverize the clippings into an almost powdery mulch that will then quickly be absorbed into the soil. Other robot models may spit out more shaggy cuts that require bagging or raking. This fine grass dust, however, allows nutrients to seep deeper so the decomposers can go into town. Use the dealer locator to buy one near you.
You know Segway for its silly scooters, but there is no such thing as stupidity when it comes to Navimow. Unlike most lawn mowers we’ve listed before, this one doesn’t require the installation of boundary cords to tell it where to go. It has centimeter-accurate positioning and systematic mowing patterns to increase efficiency and contribute to perfectly maintained lawns. While not yet available, we can’t wait for this new model to hit US stores. Check it out here.
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