Best Robot Lawn Mowers of 2023

Best Robot Lawn Mowers of 2023

Top Rated and Best Selling Robotic Lawn Mowers

Dale, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Lawn Mower Expert

I've seen many things change in my 30 years working in the power equipment industry, but I'm most excited about what I'm seeing now with robotic lawn mowers. They are transforming the entire way people view mowing, while saving time, effort, and fuel. To help guide you through this brave new world, I'm sharing my picks for the best robot lawn mowers.

If you're new to robot mowers, read our FAQ below or check out our robotic mower guide. Also, when browsing my picks below, don't forget to click on the mowers to view the product page filled with more features, specs, reviews, and other great resources.


The Best Robot Lawn Mowers

Best Premium Robot MowerBest Mid-Range Robot MowerBest Entry-Level Robot Mower

Husqvarna 430X

Husqvarna 430X


Worx Landroid L

Worx Landroid L


Husqvarna 115H Robot Lawn Mower

Husqvarna 115H





How We Picked the Best Robot Lawn Mowers

When recommending robot lawn mowers, we take five features into account.


Power

Power is a crucial component of how I evaluate all mowers, including robotic ones. In the case of robotic mowers, though, raw power isn't as important since they only cut a small amount of grass at a time. More important are factors like battery type, voltage, runtime, and charge time, all of which will impact how efficiently your mower performs over its lifetime.


Durability

Durability impacts how resistant your robotic mower is to threats like weather and damage from yard debris. Since it can be out there all day and night, you want to make sure it can take care of itself. I look for features like water resistance, the ability to handle collisions with yard obstacles like trees, and how safely it can run over debris like acorns, stones, etc.


Usability

Despite how revolutionary they are, using robotic mowers shouldn't be rocket science. From initial setup, to scheduling mowing times, to remote controls, the best robot mowers should contain features that are simple and enjoyable to use.


Security

Security is something I think about when it comes to robotic mowers. Unlike traditional types of mowers, robotic mowers are small and usually unsupervised, making them easier targets for thieves. Fortunately, manufacturers are adding ingenious anti-theft features to their robotic mowers like alarms, geo-tracking, and more to give you peace-of-mind.


Overall Value

We prioritize performance over price, so you won't necessarily find the cheapest mowers on our list. That's why, instead of evaluating a mower on price alone, we look at what you're getting for the price to arrive at an overall value rating.




Best Premium Robot Mower: Husqvarna 430X

Husqvarna 430X

The Husqvarna 430X is top of its class and comes with quite a cutting appetite-able to mow up to 0.8 acres (~35,000 square feet) of grass per week. With a runtime of 145 minutes (about 2 and a half hours), it goes the distance before having to charge for 50 minutes. Of course, once you install it, the Husqvarna 430X automatically works day or night and can be scheduled and controlled via the Automower® Connect app.


Water resistance means it can cut in light rain, while a replaceable rubber front bumper and top cover help increase resilience and mower life. If you have a patch of longer grass, no worries! The mower will "spot cut" limited areas of longer grass down to size. It can also tackle hills up to a 24-degree slope. Finally, anti-theft features like an alarm that can only be deactivated with a unique pin and GPS tracking make stealing the 430X a pointless enterprise for would-be thieves. I highly recommend it for larger suburban yards that can take full advantage of its cutting speed and premium features.


Note: For northern grasses, choose the Husqvarna 430XH, which is designed to cut longer grass, with a maximum cutting height setting of 3.6 inches. All other features remain the same. Southern grasses, which can be kept shorter, can be cut with the 430X.


SpecDetailsRating
Power18-Volt Li-Ion Battery; 50-minute charging time; Mows up to 0.8 acres for 145 minutes between charges☆☆☆☆☆
DurabilityWater resistant and can mow during rain; Automatically redirects itself from lawn obstacles; Includes Rubber front bumper for collision resistance☆☆☆☆☆
UsabilityComplete control and scheduling through the app; Only cuts within boundary; Automatically senses and follows through narrow passages; Spot cutting for longer grass patches☆☆☆☆☆
SecurityGPS, Theft Tracking & Anti-Theft Alarm that can only be deactivated with unique PIN code if stolen☆☆☆☆☆
Overall ValueThis is a premium product with a hefty price tag, but you are getting what you pay for in terms of battery life and extra features. ☆☆☆☆☆


Who It's For:

  • Properties with 0.5 - 0.8 acres of grass
  • Homeowners with strong security concerns
  • Homeowners with limited time to maintain their lawns
  • Homeowners seeking fast battery charging times


Who It's Not For:

  • Price-conscious homeowners
  • Properties with less than 1/2 acre of grass


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Best Mid-Range Robot Mower: Worx Landroid L WR155Worx Landroid L

I recommend the WORX Landroid L for those who want a solid robot mower without a premium price tag. This mid-level machine cuts up to 0.5 acres (~22,000 square feet) of grass per week, has six manual height adjustments, and can handle up to a 20-degree slope. Its high efficiency brushless motor delivers more power for a longer time (50% longer runtime than a brushed mower), and the floating cutting disk yields an even cut each mow.


You can trust that the Landroid L is doing the best job it can on your lawn with AI navigation and cloud computing that ensures complete coverage and fine-tunes mowing cycles according to the actual growth rate of your grass. One drawback of robotic mowers is that they struggle to cut along lawn edges. Well, if that is a concern, the Landroid L cuts closer to the lawn's edge than the competition. Finally, anti-theft features and a rain sensor help protect the Landroid L from both thieves and thunderstorms. Although it lacks some premium features, you will save a lot and still get a beautiful lawn with the WORX Landroid L.


SpecsDetailsRating
Power20V 6.0Ah Li-Ion Battery; 115-minute charging time ☆☆☆☆☆
DurabilityHigh-Efficiency Brushless Motor reduces maintenance; Water resistant; Automatically redirects itself from lawn obstacles ☆☆☆☆☆
UsabilityComplete control and scheduling through the app; AI navigation ensures entire lawn is evenly cut; Floating cutting disk provides even cut; Cuts closer to lawn edge than most competition ☆☆☆☆☆
SecuritySecurity pin prevents unauthorized usage☆☆☆☆
Overall ValueIf you have a smaller lawn up to 0.5 acres, you will save money without missingthe premium features this mower lacks.☆☆☆☆☆


Who It's For:

  • Proeprties with up to 1/2 acres of grass
  • Homeowners looking to minimize lawn edge trimming
  • Homeowners with limited time to maintain their lawns


Who It's Not For:

  • Properties with more than 1/2 acre of grass
  • Homeowners seeking faster battery charging times


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Best Entry-Level Robot Lawn Mower: Husqvarna 115HHusqvarna 115H

For small or medium-sized lawns up to 0.4 acres (~17,500 square feet), you can't beat the value offered by the Husqvarna 115H robotic lawn mower. The 18-Volt Li-Ion Battery lasts for 60 minutes of mowing before needing to charge for one hour. This may seem fast compared to other models, but it's great for smaller lawns that can be completed in that time. In fact, you get many of the features offered by higher-end robotic mowers for a lower price, including automatic navigation, anti-theft alarm protection, and the ability to control the unit via the Automower® Connect app.


The Husqvarna 115H is water resistant, avoids lawn obstacles, and has different height adjustments. If you're still not sold on the robotic mower movement, the entry-level Husqvarna 115H is a low-risk way for you to experience all the benefits of automatic mowing without spending a ton of money.


SpecsDetailsRating
Power18-Volt Li-Ion Battery; 60-minute charging time; Mows up to 0.4 acres for 60 minutes between charges☆☆☆☆☆
DurabilityWater resistant and can mow during rain; Automatically redirects itself from lawn obstacles☆☆☆☆☆
UsabilityComplete control and scheduling through the app; Only cuts within boundary; Automatically senses and follows through narrow passages☆☆☆☆
SecurityIncludes anti-theft alarm that can only be deactivated with unique PIN code if stolen☆☆☆☆
Overall ValueThis is the perfect entry-level robotic mower to get your feet wet with this burgeoning technology☆☆☆☆☆


Who It's For:

  • Price-conscious homeowners curious about robotic mowers
  • Properties with less than 0.4 acres of grass
  • Homeowners with limited time to maintain their lawns


Who It's Not For:

  • Homeowners seeking more advanced security features
  • Properties with larger lawns of greater than 0.4 acres


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Robot Mower FAQs

How Do Robotic Lawn Mowers Work?

Robotic lawn mowers automatically cut your grass, day or night, without you needing to be present. They are kept in your yard using boundary wires, which you or a professional install during initial setup. Like an electronic dog fence, these wires will keep your robotic mower from leaving the lawn.

Once installed, a robotic mower will cut grass for the length of its battery life, after which it will automatically find its way to the charging station. After recharging, the mower will automatically start cutting again. Unlike traditional mowers, robotic mowers only take off a bit of grass at a time, but do so constantly, so that your lawn never gets long again. Most robotic mowers include a wireless app where you can set mowing schedules and control the unit remotely. Learn much more about how robotic mowers work in our thorough guide.


Is a Robotic Lawn Mower Right for Me?

Theoretically, a robotic lawn mower is right for most suburban lawns. Other than initial installation, a robotic mower requires little effort on your part. That said, the larger your lawn is, the more time it will take a robot mower to cut it. If your lawn is less than about one acre, though, you shouldn't have to worry about this.


The main challenge for many homeowners is overcoming that mental picture of lawn mowing as a weekly, self-contained chore. By mowing bit-by-bit over time, robotic mowers turn the traditional view of mowing on its head. If you can get past that, you'll be rewarded with more free time and an evenly-cut lawn.


When is the Best Time to Buy a Lawn Mower?

Getting a head start on the spring season is always a good idea when shopping for lawn mowers. From February until April, you'll get the widest selection of the latest and greatest mower models available.Read our guide on the best time to buy a mowerfor more information.


Who Makes the Best Lawn Mower Engine?

Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki, and Kohler engines are all high-quality and chosen for different reasons by different lawn mower manufacturers. Each manufacturer selects the engine that will maximize its mower's performance. As a result, there is no need for you to worry about the "best" engine brand when choosing a lawn mower, since there is a team of engineers who already do that for you.




About Dale

Dale has been involved with gasoline powered engines, especially small engines, since he bolted the first one onto his Schwinn bike at 12 years old. After high school, he spent 19 years in the automotive parts industry, working for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

In 1994, Dale entered the small engine and power equipment industry, offering product and technical assistance to power equipment dealers and their customers. Since 2016, he has been a full-time sales and product expert at Power Equipment Direct, where he largely focuses on helping customers select the best lawn and garden equipment for their needs.

In his off time, Dale enjoys working on his own cars and power equipment. He is a go-to resource for friends, family, and coworkers who need a hand diagnosing or repairing their broken lawn mowers or string trimmers. When not around engines, he is a drummer in a local Chicago-area band. Hockey dominates his TV time during the NHL season, and he enjoys relaxing on his pontoon boat during the summer months.

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