These Robot Lawn Mowers Will Cost You… But They’re Worth It!

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Yes, there’s such a thing as a robot lawn mower!

Turns out you just need a new robot lawn mower to make yard work easy breezy. In fact, you won’t even break a sweat.

So, if you’re looking to have the ultimate convenience and would rather sip on a cocktail while your grass gets a trim, then keep reading to find out which robot lawn mowers are the best to buy right now (and exactly how much each one will cost you).

1. Best Value: Husqvarna Automower 115H DIY Robotic Lawn Mower

Ideal for lawns up to 0.4 acres.

lawn mover going down grassy slope with fence

If you have a pretty standard sized yard with just under half an acre of grass, then this mower will be perfect for you. Not only will it cut every blade of grass and fertilize your yard to look like a putting green, but not even slopes, rain, obstacles, and tight spaces will get in its way.

“If there is one thing that I hate, it’s mowing the lawn and with kids and dogs, we need to keep up with our yard. The Automower is a HUGE time saver during the busy summer months – I can ‘set it and forget it’ and my lawn is maintained all season long.

No more sweating in the hot sun. I could not believe how quiet it was, I could even run it after dark without disturbing my close neighbors – what a total lifesaver!” – Laura ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. Improved Tech: Husqvarna Automower 310 Robotic Lawn Mower

Ideal for lawns up to 0.25 acres. 

mowing on green grass

Much like the robot lawn mower shared above, this spendier option can handle slightly steeper slopes, even lower grass cutting (0.8″ – 2.4″), and even has a slightly longer cutting time ability.

When you splurge on this robotic lawn mower, you’ll even get standard installation free with your purchase. Just keep in mind that some reviewers were charged up to an additional $150 for installation depending on their yards configuration.

“For years we have been the people in the neighborhood that the HOA can’t stand. Our grass was always overgrown and we constantly got letters in the mail (busy jobs, life, etc.) so we decided to purchase this mower to make it easier.

This bad boy exceeded our expectations and we haven’t had to cut our grass in almost a year! Our yard always looks good and people always stop to ask us about it. Do yourself a favor and get one!” – Gina ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. All Terrain: Husqvarna Automower 430XH Robotic Lawn Mower with GPS

Ideal for lawns up to 0.75 acres with steep slopes.

robot lawn mower with lights cutting grass in front of water

Have a bigger yard? A robot lawn mower that can handle it all is going to cost you quite a pretty penny – well over 3 grand to be exact, but to have your entire yard mowed all at once might just be worth it to you.

Also made by Husqvarna, this mower can handle it all, including slopes up to 24° (the steepest we’ve shared yet), it adapts the amount of mowing to the lawn’s growth rate, and even had lights so it can run more safely at night.

“We are a busy family and most nights and weekends are full of sports and activities. It was nice to not have to worry about mowing the yard since Harry (our nickname for our Automower) was taking care of it for us! Our local Husqvarna dealer-installed our Automower and boundary lines – they were fantastic!

We did work on updating our landscaping this summer and cut the boundary wire a few times. Luckily it was easy to splice and repair – we were able to do this on our own.” – Stephanie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. Budget-Friendly: WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower

Ideal for lawns up to 0.25 acres. 

black and orange robot lawn mower trimming grass along concrete wall

One of the safest and smartest robot lawn mowers around, this one is actually one of the cheaper options to make our list. With a built-in rain sensor (and fully rain-resistant body), you’ll never have to worry about stepping on wet grass clippings again. It can even recommend an auto-schedule based on your yard’s size and conditions.

Want to make your yard look even more perfect? Landroid is also customizable with a full line of accessories to meet the unique needs of your lawn. Shop them here.

“I have this mower and the neighbors envy me! It cuts my grass flawlessly – 90 mins at a time! Great investment to have if you work a lot of hours like me and don’t have much time for anything extra.” – Brandon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. Ideal for Small Yards: Robomow RX20 Robot Lawn Mower

Ideal for small lawns up to 1/20 acre.

green robot lawn mower cutting green grass outside

While this one is the cheapest on our list, it also maintains the smallest yard size out of them all, which means if you have a larger yard, you’re going to want to invest in something capable of covering more grass all at once.

However, this single blade mower will still flawlessly cut your grass, is pretty great at edging, and has an impressive adjustable cutting height between 0.5 – 1.75-in.

“I’ve been using this thing for over 2 years – I live in the south where it rains a lot and the grass seldom quits growing and it maintains a great looking yard year-round! It’s fully automatic when installed and operated correctly.

This mower requires a perimeter wire to be installed along with the charging base which is all included. Then program into the system – your yard size, time and date, how often, etc. and then let it do its thing!

I’d recommend cutting your grass down to a reasonable level before using this mower because it struggles with overly thick or tall grass, but once it gets the grass to the right height, it maintains that height extremely well!” – Karn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since you won’t be landscaping, here are some fun DIY projects for your new-found free time!

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Comments 45

  1. Jenn

    I want one of these so badly but we are waiting a few years for the tech to improve and the price to drop. I have about 2 acres cleared but it’s got a ton of slopes and plenty the current tech on the market can not handle…and with my luck the damn thing will drive right into my pond and chop up a prized koi on it’s way down…lol.

    • mommanguyen

      Same here! We have 4 acres. Too many slopes and obstacles.

      • Doglover

        I have seen a video of one that can handle slopes and overgrown brush – looked cool but I did not look at the price!! I am too dreaming of the day I can have one for my tiny yard!!!

    • MellisaB

      One way to get fresh sushi, LOL

      • Mama1020

        Lol sushi comment!

    • rochellemcgee

      My poor husband hates mowing and I’m always longingly looking at riding mowers for him, but I’m pretty skeptical about a robot mower after owning a robot vacuum, especially with a retention lake in our back yard. Maybe one day…

    • shoop

      I literally laughed out loud as I am sitting alone in my office at work. People in the areas near me must think I’m crazy! Your description of events to unfold with the robot mower is hilarious!

  2. cristinimartini

    We bought our auto mower about 4 years ago and will never go back. You still need to edge, but it’s so freeing! And the clippings are so small because it runs all the time that you hardly ever see them, even on wet feet! We hope to upgrade to the auto mower that doesn’t need boundary wires.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! That does sound awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. Mary

    Are there any that you do not need to install the wiring around the perimeter? Also wondering how easy it will be for someone to grab and take it while outside.

    • CJ

      I wonder the same thing. The theft prospect makes me uneasy to spend so much money and then leave it outside.

      • cristinimartini

        These have alarms on them that when picked up will pierce your ears. It’s super loud. IF by some chance they manage to get past the deafening sound, they can’t get past the GPS-enabled security feature. It knows when it’s not home and won’t run anywhere else. They would have to take it to a dealer to get reprogrammed, and it would come up stolen. I have zero concern about this thing being stolen.

        And the guide wire question from Mary: there is new technology that is set to come out later this year where you won’t need guide wires. Once that comes out, we’ll upgrade.

        • CJ

          Thanks for the information, that makes me feel better!

        • Mary

          Thanks so much!!

        • Laurie Domingue Grayson

          Hey Where do you live?? When y’all upgrade contact me In Louisiana where you can actually see the grass grow it grows that fast. I’m interested I. Second hand mover!!!

        • Jeremiah2911

          Nice to know there are good safety features, but sadly ours would stolen by tweakers…#PNW

  4. Gordyl

    Honda also makes one called miimo gets the job done! Obviously a higher price tag but for those that are used to the quality of Honda mowers and generators now they can go the automatic route! This is life changing and as others mentioned it does require you to trim still and do areas not in perimeter. The Honda one we have the dealer actually came out and installed the wire, showed us how to use it, and watched to make sure it did what it needed to do! Can’t beat true customer service from a mom and pop shop! If I would’ve bought it at a box store it would’ve gone back!

  5. Michele Johnston

    Just sent this to hubby…. he seriously HATES yard work but a lawn care service really isn’t in the budget. This might be!!

  6. hip2trade

    Thanks! I’ve been looking at these lately. Also a sweepstakes giveaway for the Worx Landroid mower.

    • hip2trade

      Today is the last day to enter, btw.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway! We’ll be sure to check it out!

  7. Eve

    How do we enter the contest?

  8. Sara

    Hi. I have a few small trees, fig plants, etc. and a trampoline that I put that black paper stuff under so grass wouldn’t grow. Do these work with stuff in the yard or only on blank yards?

    • cristinimartini

      You can put the guide wires around where you don’t want it to mow (flower beds, your trees, etc.). It also, at least our Husqvarna, has bump guard, like a Roomba, so if it hits something it just moves away. Ours has a GPS technology that tells it where it’s mowed and where it hasn’t, so if it hits and moves away, it goes back there to try again later. We put the guide wires around our tree mulch beds so it doesn’t disturb the mulch. You can also increase or decrease the amount of distance it goes over the wires so if you want it to push closer to an edge you can.

      • DML

        I would love one. My only concerns is how it handles fallen leaves. Is it able to mow leaves or just “goes around” leaves. Thanks for your help!

        • cristinimartini

          That I am not sure about. We live in a new neighborhood with hardly any mature trees. I would imagine it would cut them though. In the fall we don’t have to rake, but maybe that’s because the mower eats them and I don’t even notice?! 🙂

  9. Mama Bear

    How on earth can this be safe? Just wondering?

    • cristinimartini

      Just curious…what do you think is unsafe about it? The blades are covered and in the center of the unit, the unit bounces off anything it hits…we’ve had it for years, with three small children, two dogs, two cats, and countless neighbors and babies. There’s been zero issues, except for maybe a broken frisbee it ran over.

      • Cari

        I was wondering how this would work with having a dog. We pick up our dogs poo before mowing or playing outside but it seems like this mower would be like the roomba nightmares you heard about lol Do you just make sure it is picked up before running the auto mower?

        • cristinimartini

          Nope. I go out maybe twice a week to pick it up. It stays where placed 🙂 Sometimes you can tell it’s been run over, but it doesn’t spread everywhere, like we had happen with a roomba. That was a horrible day. Horrible.

  10. Linz

    We pay our awesome lawn guy $20 a week to mow, weed whack and edge. The price of that thing would be paid off in a year. But unfortunately it only mows.

    • cristinimartini

      We considered the cost difference as well. I like that the mower cuts 24/7 so our lawn is always clean, rain or shine. Some of our neighbors that use a service look scraggly by the end of the week. Plus, there’s little to no chance weeds could grow. I think we’ve picked a dozen dandelions in the few years we’ve been running the mower. Also, and I am not saying it’s a claim they should make with these, but once we got the auto mower, we stopped having vole damage. I don’t know. I’m happy with the purchase and grateful no one has to mow and bag and get grass clippings in my house.

      • Jennifer Krogmeier Shoultz

        Would this work like a roomba if it runs over dog poop?

        • cristinimartini

          I haven’t noticed any benefits with this for dog poop. Our poop doesn’t sit on top of the grass, it falls into it, so I think it’s out of the way of the blades. If it runs it over, it doesn’t seem to stick to it like when my room a found a pile.

    • CandyTiffany

      $20?! What a deal! I live in Florida and it’s at least $35/ week. Lucky you

  11. JanaEM

    So do you have to have one in the back yard an one in the front? My back yard is 100% fenced in, it wouldn’t be able to go back and forth w/out someone moving it/opening the gate…

    • cristinimartini

      We actually never had the mower with a fence, but. I can see that being a problem. We are scheduled to have our fence installed in July though. My husband said we might have to open the gate to let it out or modify the fence to have a flip up so it can pass through.

  12. Jenny

    Does anyone know how well they work on hills? Our side yards are pretty hilly.

    • cristinimartini

      I think they do a pretty good grade but they make special wheels you can get for extra traction if needed.

  13. Imhowl

    For those of you that have the robot lawn mowers… how loud are they?

    • cristinimartini

      Sooooo quiet. You don’t know it’s running. You hear the slicing of a blade every now and then if it gets a thick patch of grass but it’s sneaky quiet.

  14. Ashley

    I am waiting for one that does larger areas and also that can be programmed to cut patterns such as the baseball stripe or checker. It would also be great if it could do more than one job, edging, aerating and even rolling.

  15. Nell

    I was an au pair in Germany 13 years ago and my family had one of these (Husqvarna) and it worked beautifully then. I am sure they have only improved since then!

  16. mrswagley

    Oh my gosh!! I was just talking to my husband about why something like this didn’t already exist, haha. Guess it does.

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