It’s hard to pin down all the ways in which technology is quickly evolving around us, changing the way we communicate, work, play, and even maintain our homes. But while a robotic lawn mower may seem like a far-out concept, the truth is these little devices are cropping up everywhere, making long weekends spent cutting grass a thing of the past.
How Do Robotic Mowers Work?
These devices (which come in several different types, but more on that later) have a basic system that makes them easy to use and hassle-free. For example, most can be controlled by a remote control or, barring that, your smartphone, and they allow you complete control to set the perimeters of your lawn, the height you want your grass, and the times you want your mower to do its thing.
When you establish the perimeter of your home for the mower by placing the pegs and wire included in its toolkit around your property, this allows it to avoid wandering off into the street, and many devices also have an anti-theft safeguard built in. In addition, most of these little devices will avoid hitting anything solid, so you don’t even have to worry about lawn chairs or decorations let alone your own two feet. Some of them will even mow based on necessity rather than you manually telling them to, and most include a charging station that can discreetly sit inside your yard. Basically, these mowers are set up to make yard maintenance something you barely have to think about, which admittedly is pretty great.
Which Mower Is Best for Me?
There are already several different options when it comes to robotic mowers if you can believe it, so choosing the right one does matter. Though they can all be effective for certain yards and needs, you’ll want to find the one that suits yours best.
- Miimo 3000 ($3,239)
The Miimo is made by Honda and is likely the option with the most impressive benefits. The Miimo still mows even in the rain, works with your smartphone, and can take on areas of your yard that slope as far as a 25-degree angle. The device can also tell when the seasons change, which means you won’t have to program it to mow more. It’s quiet too, which means it can mow at night and not wake the family.
- Husqvarna Automower 450X ($3,499)
Not to be outdone, the Husqvarna is another fantastic choice, especially for those who need a little bit more customization, say, for a lawn with lots of trees or for a terrain that needs shorter cuts in some places and longer in others. It can take lawns up to 1.25 acres, unlike the Miimo, which can only do about an acre. It can also mow in the rain and has a spot-cutting option.
- WORK Landroid M ($999)
Those with smaller yards and/or who want to spend a little less should consider this option, which isn’t weather-proof and doesn’t work via smartphone but is still a great investment.
Depending on your situation, you can find the mower that works for your yard and start getting your weekends back!