Robotic lawnmowers FAQ

By Martin Durham

This article is part 1 of my buyers’ guide to robotic lawnmowers. In it I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about robotic lawnmowers.

What is a robotic lawnmower?

A robotic lawnmower is an autonomous lawnmower that cuts your grass without you having to be present.

Why might you need a robotic lawnmower?

If you don’t have the time or physical ability to mow your lawn (and don’t want to pay someone else to do it for you) then a robotic lawnmower might be the answer to your problem.

How does a robotic lawnmower work?

A robotic lawnmower works by creating a map of your lawn defined by a wire which is either pegged around (or buried underneath) the perimeter of the lawn.

The mower cuts your lawn in a random pattern with internal sensors allowing it to navigate around obstacles and stay within the perimeter of your lawn. It periodically return to a base station in order to recharge itself.

Robotic mowers don’t collect the grass they have cut, they create very fine cuttings and leave them on the lawn as a mulch.

How do you set up a robotic lawnmower?

What brands make robotic lawnmowers?

  • AL-KO
  • Ambrogio
  • Bosch
  • Cub Cadet
  • Flymo
  • Honda
  • Husqvarna
  • McCulloch
  • Robomow
  • Swift
  • Viking
  • Worx
  • Yard Force

How much does a robotic lawnmower cost?

What next?

You’ve reached the end of part 1 of my buyers’ guide to robotic lawnmowers. Here are links to the other parts: