Best robot lawn mowers: make gardening easy with these models

Choose one of these best robot lawn mowers and you'll never have to lift a finger to mow your lawn again

Best robot lawn mowers
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The best robot lawn mowers will make your life so much easier. Robot lawn mowers have revolutionised the world of lawn care, with the latest models not only doing the mowing without you needing to do anything, but also remembering the outlines of your lawn, remembering when your lawn needs cutting, and finding their own way back to their charging stations. These machines are impressive. 

Read on to find the best product to keep your garden looking its best, and if you need more help deciding on the best product for your budget, scroll down to the bottom of this article for information on choosing robot lawn mowers. 

Enjoy mowing the lawn yourself and don't want to hand it over to a robot? You'll find all the latest buys in our guide to the best lawn mowers. And if you want more info on how robot lawn mower technology actually works, head to our robot lawn mower advice for all the details you need. 

The best robot lawn mowers

Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower

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1. Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower

The best robotic lawnmower: easy to use and lots of great features

Specifications
Best for: Effotless operation
Battery life: 30 mins
Charging time: 45 mins
Dimensions: H33cm x W60cm x D40cm
Reasons to buy
+Immaculate cutting finish+Smart features+Easy to operate
Reasons to avoid
-Short battery life

Easy to operate

The Bosch Indego is our top pick of robotic lawn mowers for a reason: it's so clever, you really won't need to do anything to achieve the perfect lawn. You can start, pause, and even change a programme all at the touch of a button – or from your phone. 

Smart features

The connectivity features on this machine are really good, and the mower will even remember the layout of your lawn and when it needs to be cut with a calendar function. 

Good to know

The battery life isn't the longest, but it should cope with small and medium-sized lawns without a problem. 

Buy the Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower

Robomow RX20u Pro Automatic Robotic Lawnmower

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2. Robomow RX20u Pro Automatic Robotic Lawnmower

Best robot lawn mower for small lawns: even small spaces deserve a helping hand

Specifications
Best for: Small lawns
Battery life: 90-120 minutes
Charge time: 16-20hrs
Dimensions: H26cm x W42cm x D53cm
Reasons to buy
+Gives an even finish+Hands-free planning
Reasons to avoid
-Long charge time-Not suitable for larger lawns

Great for unusual layouts

Small garden with an unusual layout? Robomow to the rescue: this is a very, very high quality mower that delivers a remarkably even mow even on gardens with slopes, ponds, and irregular shaped lawn edging. 

Control from your phone

What's more, you literally don't need to do anything for it to do its job: you can schedule a mow on your phone, and it will start up, do the mowing, and return to its docking station. 

Long charge time

The only downside is that it takes a long time to recharge, so it's not suitable for large spaces. 

Buy the Robomow RX20u Pro Automatic Robotic Lawnmower

McCulloch R600 Cordless Robotic Lawnmower

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3. McCulloch R600 Cordless Robotic Lawnmower

Best robot lawn mower for irregular shaped lawns: handles tricky spaces so you don't have to

Specifications
Best for: Irregular shaped lawns
Battery life: 65 minutes
Charging time: 50 minutes
Dimensions: H26 cm x W44 cm x D59cm
Reasons to buy
+Can handle up to 25% slope+Collision sensors and boundary wires+Feeds the lawn
Reasons to avoid
-Wiring is not for everyone

Wiring

The McCulloch R600 is one mighty machine – just what you need to cope with gardens that have a challenging layout. Amazingly, this lawn mower lays down boundary wires as it works its way around the perimeter of your lawn; these disappear into the ground after a few weeks and won't be noticeable.

Collision sensors

You'll never have an issue with this mower bumping into trees or edges thanks to its sensitive collision sensors. The McCulloch also can tackle sloping gardens, coping effortlessly with inclines of up to 25 per cent. Not everyone will like the idea of wiring their garden, but it's worth it if you have lots of unexpected turns and extra features.

Buy the McCulloch R600 Cordless Robotic Lawnmower

Ambrogio L60 Deluxe Automatic Robotic Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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4. Ambrogio L60 Deluxe Automatic Robotic Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

The best robot lawn mower for sloped gardens: steep lawns are no problem for this clever buy

Specifications
Best for: Sloped gardens
Battery life: 120 minutes
Charge time: 3hrs
Dimensions: H20 x W36 x D44cm
Reasons to buy
+No wires needed+Grass sensors keep the mower on the lawn+Lightweight+Will handle slopes of up to 50 per cent
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

Great for sloped gardens

A deluxe lawn mower indeed, the Ambrogio L60 will safely and reliable tackle pretty much any garden, including a steeply sloping one – it will confidently climb up an incline of up to 50 per cent.

Grass sensors

Intelligent grass sensors ensure that this mower always stays on the grass, never ending up on a path or drive – without the need for wiring. It's lightweight, too, which makes picking it up when it's done no problem at all. 

Expensive

All this clever design comes at a steep price, though, so it only worth it if you do have a sloped garden. 

Buy the Ambrogio L60 Deluxe Automatic Robotic Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

McCulloch ROB S400

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5. McCulloch ROB S400

The best robot lawn mower for ease of use: clever design makes light work of lawns

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Battery life: 60 minutes
Charge time: 60 minutes
Dimensions: H69.4 x W50.2 x D33.2 cm
Reasons to buy
+Adaptive design cuts lawn when needed+Flexible charge station positioning+Will find charge station when battery is low
Reasons to avoid
-Battery may need replacing after a year

Advanced features

One of the most advanced robot lawn mower from McCulloch, the ROB S400 will do all the hard work for you, including figuring out when your grass needs cutting, so that you don't over-mow your lawn unnecessarily. 

Will return to charging station

It also finds its charging station when it's running out of battery, so you don't need to even remember to re-charge it. Amazingly, it will do this even if you change the position of the charging station, making it very flexible to operate. 

Batteries may need replacing soon

The batteries are perhaps not the best, though, so be prepared that you might need to replace them after a while. 

Buy the McCulloch ROB S400

What is the best robot lawn mower?

Our best all-rounder robot mower is the Bosch Indego 350 Connect Robotic Lawnmower. It achieves a professional cutting finish without you needing to do anything, and can easily be operated from your phone.

How to buy the best robot lawn mower

Connectivity

When buying a robot lawn mower, it's good to check out what connectivity features it has. Can be linked up to an app on your phone, and if so, how many features does it have apart from on and off? The best mowers will have connectivity features like remembering the layout of your lawn and when it needs cutting.

Battery life vs. charge time

As with any other type of cordless lawn mower, a robot mower will only run for so long continuously before it'll need recharging. Think about the size of your lawn: smaller lawns can be covered in about half an hour, but a larger lawn will need 45 minutes and longer. Also look out for smart robot mowers that will return to their docking station without you needing to remember to recharge them.

Sensors 

Quite simply, the quality of the sensors will determine whether your robot mower will be able to dodge tricky corners and lawn edging, and whether it will eventually end up lost on your drive. 

Wiring or not?

Some robot mowers require the perimeter of your lawn to be wired: this is useful for gardens with unusual layouts, but not so much for smaller, simpler gardens.

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