Husqvarna automower 415x installation. Husqvarna automower 415x installation


Automower® is a whole new style of lawn care! With traditional mowing, your lawn grows tall before being cut off all at once. By contrast, Automower® clips just a little grass at a time, frequently. The result is a lawn that’s always picture-perfect. And don’t worry about Automower® missing a spot – the unit changes its pattern according to a programmed schedule. Talk about a Smart solution! When you see the results, you’ll wonder why you didn’t adopt our bot sooner.

Optimal cutting results

Husqvarna Automower® cuts just a little but frequently, which assures a nice and healthy lawn. It is equipped with sharp razor-like blades made of strong carbon steel mounted on a robust cutting disc system. This provides for efficient operation and extremely low energy consumption.

Silence is golden

Thanks to its unique cutting system, Automower® works extremely discreet and quiet and just when you want.

Set it and forget it

Automower® can be outside around the clock and is designed to function properly and unattended regardless of the weather conditions. Automower® is built to withstand the harsh Canadian climate without any problems.

Will Automower® give me the perfect lawn?

Husqvarna Automower® will give you a carpet-like lawn by maintaining your grass rather than mowing it. The difference between maintaining and mowing? It’s the difference between a good lawn and a perfect lawn.

Automower® cuts just a little grass at a time, naturally fertilizing the soil with miniscule clippings. As a result, your turf always looks neat, green and healthy.

When you see the results, you’ll wonder why you didn’t adopt our bot sooner.

How can Automower® save me time?

Yard work is hard work – but Husqvarna Automower® makes it easy. Automower® can be set up by the homeowner, or it can be installed by a trained Husqvarna dealer. As the world’s smartest robot lawn mower, Automower®:

  • Navigates lawns of any complexity – even yards with obstacles and slopes.
  • Mows both day and night – and even in nasty weather.
  • Remains discreet and silent at all times.
  • Works safely around pets and children.
  • Resists theft with a built-in alarm.

As a result, you’ll have more free time for the activities that matter to you.

How do I connect to my Automower®?

Select Automower® models come equipped with Automower® Connect (for others, it’s available as an upgrade). Once downloaded, the companion Automower® Connect app allows you to remotely monitor and control your mower. You’ll receive your mower’s current status on your iOS or Android smartphone, allowing you to adjust and command your Automower® with ease.


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Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT (if this, then that) applets, your Automower® Connect-enabled Automower® fits seamlessly into your Smart home ecosystem. For the first time in history, cutting the grass is as simple as saying the words or creating the applet!

Husqvarna Automower 415X

Husqvarna Automower 415X for mid size complex lawns of up to 1,500m2; Handles slopes up to 40% (22 degrees); 20. 60mm cutting height; X-line feature package with GPS assisted navigation and Automower Connect; LED headlights; Front sensor; Systematic passage handling; Easy clean. hose washable; Tri

How to regularly clean your Husqvarna Automower®

A regular clean of your Automower will help to maintain performance and extend Automower life. It is important to keep your Automower® clean for the best performance and a long service life. A mower with a lot of clippings attached also handles slopes poorly. It is recommended to clean it using a brush, spraying with water, or use a damp cloth. Never use running water, high-pressure washer, or solvent, when cleaning your Husqvarna Automower®.

Checklist for cleaning your Husqvarna Automower®

  • Set the main switch in the OFF position
  • Wear protective gloves
  • Turn the Automower® upside down
  • Use your hand to remove chunks of clippings
  • Use a dishwashing brush to remove clippings from the skid plate, wheels, body etc.
  • Flip the Automower® to get rid of the loose clippings
  • Use a damp cloth to clean the chassis, body, panel etc. Do not use running water, high-pressure washer, or solvent.
  • Make sure to get a thorough, professional cleaning at your dealer’s after each season


Husqvarna Automower 415X for mid size complex lawns of up to 1,500m2; Handles slopes up to 40% (22 degrees); 20. 60mm cutting height; X-line feature package with GPS assisted navigation and Automower Connect; LED headlights; Front sensor; Systematic passage handling; Easy clean. hose washable; Triple search; Weather timer ECO mode; Balance slope control; electric height adjustment.


Brand Husqvarna Power Source Battery Connectivity Automower Connect GPS Assisted Navigation Standard Maximum Incline (%) 40 %

Mix Match

Husqvarna Automower® 415X. a reliable and high-performance model in the X-line series, suited for the midsized lawn. It mows complicated lawns up to 1500 m2, featuring systematic passage mowing for perfectly cut narrow passages and it easily handles slopes with an incline of 40%. Carefree operation thanks to an electric cutting height adjustment, TargetHeight function, frost guard and weather timer. Easily cleaned and washed off with a hose. As a member of our premium X-line range, it features Automower® Connect with GPS theft tracking and GPS-assisted navigation to keep you in control where ever you are and an

X-line design with LED Headlights, front bumper and special coloured wheel caps. Also equipped with FOTA (automatic firmware updates over the air).

  • Working area capacity1500 m² ±20%
  • Maximum slope performance inside the installation40 %
  • Maximum slope performance at the boundary15 %


Automower® ConnectAutomower® Connect gives you full control of the mower right in your smartphone. You can easily send start, stop and park commands, check and adjust settings. If required also receive alarms and track your mower’s position in case of theft – wherever you are.10 years of mobile data contract included. Standard on X-line, optional for all 300-400 series.TargetHeight for improved lawn qualityFor improved lawn quality, TargetHeight lowers the cutting height automatically from MAX to defined height over a 10 days period.LED headlightsEnergy-efficient LED headlights for better visibility and control even in the dark. The lights will also start flashing if a malfunction occurs.

Superior interactionAll Automower® Connect equipped robotic mowers are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This means all you need to do is give your Smart speaker a voice command, and Husqvarna Automower® will jump to the task. You can execute the most common commands such as start, stop, park and get status updates from your mower by simply asking your voice assistant.

Frost guardThe robotic mower automatically interrupts the mowing schedule in frosty conditions, helping to protect the lawn.

FOTA. Firmware-Over-The-AirPossibility to make software updates automatically, over the air, through Automower® Connect.

GPS-assisted navigation. PATENTEDAn onboard GPS system creates a map of the garden, including where the boundary and guide wires are installed. Husqvarna Automower® will then register which parts of the garden it has covered and adjusts its mowing pattern accordingly. This will ensure optimized lawn coverage and an excellent cutting result.

Theft protection by GPSProducts equipped with Automower Connect®/Husqvarna Fleet Services™ immediately begin tracking its GPS position and send notifications to your devices. Makes the Automower® installation extra safe and minimizes the risk of theft.

Automower® Connect@HOMEThe Bluetooth® solution, Automower® Connect@HOME, gives you full control of the mower right in your smartphone. You can easily send start, stop and park commands, check and adjust the settings. Bluetooth® communication up to 30 meters range. Standard for all 300-400 series.

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Systematic Passage MowingTo deliver excellent cutting results everywhere, the robotic mower can be set to automatically switch mowing pattern from random mode to systematic mode in narrow passages.

Easy cleaningYou can wash the exterior and underneath of the robotic mower with a garden hose. By using the attached maintenance tool, the cover can easily be removed, for easy cleaning and reachability everywhere.

Front bumperThe rubber-made front bumper makes the mower more resistant to recurrent collisions with trees, shrubs and other objects within the installation

Weather timerAdjusts the working time to the lawn’s growth rate, meaning that Husqvarna Automower® will maximize its mowing time during periods of strong grass growth. In sunny or dry weather, or late in the season, the mower will spend less time mowing, which decreases wear on lawn and mower.

Automatic passage handling. PATENTEDHusqvarna Automower® automatically senses narrow passages and finds its way even through the smallest passages. It will vary its route through the passage to avoid unpleasant tracks.

Remote start points x3A uniform cutting result throughout the lawn thanks to the possibility to start the mowing at three different remote locations along the patented guide wire, out from the charging station. The larger grass area, the better and more important with several starting points. With active GPS assisted navigation (specific models), the remote starting points are autoset and manual settings are not needed.

Spiral cuttingAutomatic cutting functionality to even out grass height differences. Cutting disc sensors detect whether the mower enters area with higher grass and switches cutting technology to the systematic spiral pattern.

Replaceable top coversMake your mower unique and personal by changing the colour of the top cover. Available in polar white, Husqvarna orange or in the standard colour granite grey.

ReliabilityRobotic lawn mowing is all about reliability. Husqvarna has during 20 years of development refined its mower concept to achieve the highest level of reliability, quality and cutting result, with a minimum of assistance.

Unique cutting systemHusqvarna Automower® cuts just a little but frequently, which assures a nice and healthy lawn. It is equipped with sharp razor-like blades made of strong carbon steel mounted on a robust cutting disc system. This provides for efficient operation and extremely low energy consumption.

Automatic chargingWhen Automower® needs more power, it finds its own way back to the charging station.

Lift Tilt sensorsIf Automower® is lifted off the ground or tips over, the cutting automatically shuts off. In addition, the blades are rotating far from the outer edge of the machine. If Automower® meets an obstacle it will stop and redirect itself without causing any damage.

Guidewire. PATENTEDOur patented guide wire helps the mower to find its way back to the charging station, which will reduce searching times, especially for complex gardens.

Flexible charging station placementEnables flexible placement of the charging station in the garden which simplifies the installation and secures reliable docking every time.

Spot cuttingSpecial mode to quickly mow a limited area of longer grass. This is especially useful for areas beneath for example garden furniture, once the furniture is removed. Place the mower in the desired area and choose Spot cutting mode. The mower will mow in tight spirals and when finished resume in automatic mode.

Easy height adjustmentThe cutting height adjustment is easily done from above by turning one large knob.

Excellent cutting resultThanks to the free movement pattern of Husqvarna Automower® the lawn is perfectly cut, achieving a beautiful and carpet-like look. The razor-sharp blades cut the grass gently from all directions, helping it to grow strong. Moss growth is effectively prevented.

No emissionsBecause it is electrically powered, Automower® produces no harmful emissions.

Low energy consumptionEfficient energy management means low energy consumption, allowing Automower® to operate at a fraction of the cost of conventional lawnmowers.

WeatherproofAutomower® can be outside around the clock and is designed to function properly and unattended regardless of the weather conditions. Automower® is built to withstand the harsh Nordic climate without any problems.

Manages slopes up to 40%Large coarse-tread wheels provide excellent traction even if the surface is slippery. The mower handles slopes up to 40%.

Balance controlFor silent and trouble-free operation it automatically detects imbalance in the cutting system. The imbalance could be caused by missing, double mounted or damaged blades.

ProfilesMakes life easier when sharing one mower on numerous locations. With personal names on each profile and installation, it is easy to switch between different setups.

Graphic menu display, large-sizedHigh resolution, large-sized display with clear and intuitive graphic menu structure. Easy and pleasant to use. Self-explaining set-up for convenient programming of the individual settings.

SilentThanks to its unique cutting system, Automower® works extremely discreet and quiet and just when you want.

Theft protection by alarm/PIN codeDifferent level theft protection for high security. If the mower carried away a high-sounding alarm starts and can only be deactivated with the mower’s unique PIN code.

SchedulingYou decide if you want Automower® to mow the lawn around the clock and 7 days a week.

Mähroboter: Rasenmäher-Roboter im Test

Mähroboter schonen die Umwelt, wenn sie richtig eingesetzt werden, aber insbesondere sind sie bequem und zeitsparend. Ein weiterer Vorteil: Rasenmäher-Roboter fördern durch ihre Art des Mähens die Artenvielfalt im Garten. CHIP hat im Mähroboter-Test neun aktuelle Geräte unter die Lupe genommen. Besonders hat uns dabei interessiert, wie sicher die Mähroboter für Mensch und Tier sind und was die angebotenen Sprachassistenten und Apps zu ihrer Bedienung wirklich taugen. Nach unserer Kaufberatung geben wir Ihnen zudem Tipps zum sicheren und ökologisch richtigen Einsatz des Rasenroboters.

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Spielplatz, Liegewiese, Lebensraum, Nahrungsquelle – das grüne Vorzimmer hat zahlreiche Nutzmöglichkeiten. Dafür gehört es belüftet, gejätet, entmoost, gedüngt. Viele Arbeitsstunden, wenn man alles selber in die Hand nimmt. Kein Wunder, dass Mähroboter immer beliebter werden – mit Rasenmäher-Robotern erledigt sich die Rasenpflege fast von selbst. Weil sie mulchen, fällt bei ihnen kein abzuräumendes Schnittgut an. Sie düngen mit dem gemähten Gras den Boden, fördern so nachweislich die Artenvielfalt und beugen Moos und Verfilzung vor. Zur Freude aller Nachbarn sogar fast geräuschlos und ohne Abgase. Selbst um die Installation und das Verlegen des Begrenzungsdrahtes müssen Sie sich nicht kümmern, wenn Sie den Rasenroboter beim Fachhändler kaufen und geschickt verhandeln. Es gibt inzwischen zwar schon Modelle, die ohne Begrenzungsdraht auskommen, aber das sind Geräte für sehr spezielle Anwendungsfälle. Mehr dazu am Ende des Beitrags. Alle Ergebnisse zum Mähroboter-Test finden Sie in unserer Mähroboter-Bestenliste.

Das lesen Sie in diesem Beitrag: Zuerst stellen wir Ihnen die wichtigsten Mähroboter im Test im Detail vor. Insgesamt haben wir aktuell 8 Produkte getestet. Danach erklären wir die wichtigen Vor- und Nachteile von Rasenrobotern und fassen Kauf- sowie Betriebstipps in einer Kaufberatung zusammen. Abschließend gehen wir auf unser Testverfahren ein.

Die besten Mähroboter im Test (Auswahl aus 8 getesteten Modellen)


Worx M700Plus

Robomow RK1000

Bosch Indego S 400

M700 Plus

Indego S 400

Sehr gut (1,1)

Sehr gut (1,5)

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Preise vergleichen

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Testsieger: STIHL RMI 522C

Gesamtnote: 1,1 (Sehr gut) Mit seinem robusten Balkenmähwerk ist der STIHL RMI 522C der Mähroboter für’s Grobe. Deshalb sollte man bei ihm auch ein besonderes Augenmerk auf die Sicherheit legen. Vier Räder machen ihn sehr geländegängig. Dank Anti-Stuck-Mode kämpft er sich auch aus schwierigen Situationen frei. Seine Akkulaufzeit ist dafür relativ kurz.

Energie Effizienzklasse: Klasse

Ausgelegt für 2.100 Quadratmeter, ist der STIHL RMI 522C das Kraftpaket in unserem Vergleich. Mit einem massiven Balkenmesser ausgerüstet, macht sein Mähwerk auch vor kleinen Ästen nicht halt. Daher ist er der Richtige für Flächen mit viel Baumbestand. Um so wichtiger ist es bei seinem Einsatz allerdings auch, das Gelände etwa von Kinderspielzeug oder Kleingetier freizuhalten. Aus Rücksicht auf Igel und sonstiges dämmerungsaktives Getier sollte man ihn nicht in der Dämmerung oder gar nachts auf die Weide schicken. Was sich aber über seinen Mähkalender für jeden Tag detailliert einstellen lässt. Auch er benötigt einen Signaldraht, der ihm sein Arbeitsgebiet abgrenzt. Ein entsprechendes Installationskit ist nicht im Lieferumfang enthalten. Da dieser Mähroboter vor allem über Fachhändler verkauft wird, geht STIHL davon aus, dass die meisten Kaufenden das Mähgelände auch gleich von Fachkundigen einrichten lassen. Zumal diese in der Regel über eine Verlegeeinrichtung verfügen, die den Draht gleich unter der Grasnarbe verschwinden lässt. Die Ladestation steht im rechten Winkel zur Mähfläche. Sie kann auch versetzt in einem Korridor oder etwa unter einer Terrasse aufgestellt werden.

Mit zwei grobstolligen Antriebsreifen und zwei Stützrädern ist der STIHL RMI 522C auch in unwegsamem Gelände sicher unterwegs. Er bewältigt spielend Steigungen bis zu 40 Prozent. Sollte er doch einmal stecken bleiben, so hilft ihm sein „Anti-Stuck-Modus”, sich aus der misslichen Lage wieder zu befreien. Um auch entfernt gelegene Flächen gründlich zu mähen, können vier verschiedene Startpunkte definiert werden. Ein Regensensor verhindert auf Wunsch, dass er bei zu nassen Böden losfährt. Etwas enttäuschend ist die nicht besonders lange Akkulaufzeit von im Schnitt 77 Minuten. Allerdings dauert der Boxenstopp auch nur 84 Minuten, bis der Akku wieder voll geladen ist.

Der Mähroboter lässt sich nicht nur über sein Klartextmenü am Gerät, sondern noch komfortabler per App mit dem Smartphone einstellen und bedienen. Da der RMI 522C über ein eigenes GSM-Modul verfügt, ist dazu nicht einmal ein WLAN nötig. In Kombination mit dem integrierten GPS-Empfänger kann man auch aus der Ferne sehen, wo sich der Mähroboter gerade befindet. Er verfügt über einen Untergreifschutz sowie einen Anhebesensor, der das Mähwerk augenblicklich stoppt, wenn er hochgehoben wird. Zudem erkennt er, wenn beispielsweise Kinder ihn als Spielzeug missbrauchen und ihn mehrmals an der gleichen Stelle stoppen. Dann stellt er sein Mähwerk ab und sucht das Weite. Trotzdem sollte man aber sicherstellen, dass keine Unbefugten sich in seinem Mähgebiet aufhalten. Gegen Diebstahl ist er mit einer PIN gesichert. Außerdem kann ein bestimmter GPS-Bereich festgelegt werden, außerhalb dessen er Alarm schlägt.


Preistipp: Worx Landroid M700Plus

Gesamtnote: 1,5 (Sehr gut) Der Worx M700Plus ist ein leistungsstarker Mähroboter für Flächen bis 700 Quadratmeter. Er kann mit einer ganzen Serie zusätzlicher Module aufgerüstet werden. Sein Wechselakku passt praktischerweise auch in andere Akku-Werkzeuge des Herstellers und umgekehrt. Ein Vorteil bei der verhältnismäßig langen Ladedauer.

Energie Effizienzklasse: Klasse

Why spend weekends pushing a loud gas mower and breathing exhaust fumes? Let one of these autonomous electric mowers do the work cleanly and quietly.

By Mark Wolfe | Updated Jul 18, 2023 10:43 AM

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Improvements in rechargeable battery tech and intelligent software have dramatically changed the way we live. Smart televisions and lighting systems improve our sensory environment, while other automated home devices like vacuum cleaners, thermostats, and refrigerators minimize many more mundane tasks. Similarly, robotic lawn mowers can now keep the grass at just the right height, eliminating a time-consuming weekend chore.

These devices may even cost less to own and operate than gasoline-powered mowers while making very little noise and producing no exhaust emissions. They maintain up to an acre or more on most types of terrain, and they work automatically so folks with lawns have more time to relax and enjoy their green space.

No doubt, all of this sounds great—but how well do these robots actually perform? To find out, we put some popular models through their paces on real-life lawns. Read on to learn about the criteria we used to select these mowers, and then check out our product reviews to find out how each one did on our test turf. Anyone in the market for a new mower might just discover that a robot model can be a Smart, time-saving investment. R2-D2 would surely approve!

  • BEST OVERALL:Worx Landroid M 20V Robotic Lawn Mower
  • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Gardena 15001-20 Sileno City Automatic Robotic Mower
  • UPGRADE PICK:Husqvarna Automower 415X Robotic Lawn Mower
  • BEST FOR STEEP HILLS:Redback MowRo 9.5-Inch Robot Lawn Mower
  • BEST FOR LARGE LAWNS:Husqvarna Automower 115H Robotic Lawn Mower
  • BEST FOR SMALL LAWNS:Gardena 15202-41 Sileno Minimo Robotic Mowe

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How We Tested the Best Robotic Lawn Mowers

All of the robotic lawn mowers we tested use 14-gauge low-voltage wire to establish the barrier. We assembled two barriers around two 1,200-square-foot patches of lawn—one with Bermuda grass and a steep slope and one mostly flat area with centipede grass. Each test area included two large open spaces connected by a narrow bottleneck corridor, and all the mowers were tested on both test areas.

We established a daily mowing schedule for 7 days in each location. We observed the ease of programming and communication with the mower as well as its actual performance. Criteria to be included in this guide were as follows:

  • Consistently reliable mowing on schedule and returning to the base station after initial setup and first-day adjustments
  • Consistently navigating the narrow corridor to mow both large areas
  • Avoiding random obstacles intentionally left within the boundaries
  • Returning to the base station in the event of rain or sprinklers
  • Avoiding excessively steep slopes without becoming stuck
  • Complete coverage of the test area—no noticeable missed spots for the entire test week

Our Top Picks

We measured the following robotic lawn mowers against our shopping considerations (detailed below) and put each one to work for a 7-day home trial. Find out why we recommend them among the best robot lawn mowers available.

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Worx Landroid M 20V Robotic Lawn Mower

The popular Worx Landroid robotic mower lineup includes models S, M, and L for yards up to 0.125 acre, 0.25 acre, and 0.5 acre, respectively. While they offer many similarities, we found that the Worx Landroid M offers the best combination of capability and affordability. It is powered by a 20-volt 4-amp-hour lithium-ion battery for 2 hours of runtime per 90-minute charge. It can mow on a 20-degree slope thanks to a pair of high-efficiency brushless wheel motors that provide extra traction. The Landroid’s 8-inch self-leveling mowing disc cuts closer to the edges of the yard than many competitors. The blade height manually adjusts from 1.5 to 3.5 inches.

Landroid connects to a home Wi-Fi network via Bluetooth and automatically keeps its own software up to date. You can easily set or adjust the custom mowing schedule or monitor the mower on the go via the Landroid mobile app. An integrated rain sensor stops the mower from cutting if rain starts and sends it back to its charging station.

The Landroid M performed at or near the top in most of our testing rubric categories. Assembly and programming were easy, mowing was reliable with excellent coverage, communication through the mobile app was intuitive, and runtime was superior—all for a very competitive price. Runtime was especially impressive: We clocked it at 2 hours 35 minutes, the longest of all the mowers we tested.

Unfortunately, we subtracted points for poor docking ability. Landroid was the only mower we tested with recharging contacts located on the side of the machine rather than the front or back. To recharge, it must be perfectly positioned in relation to two flexible contact points as it passes over the base station; otherwise, it continues tracking along the perimeter wire without stopping. After resetting the base station three times and ensuring it was absolutely level in all directions with a long, straight approach, we finally achieved satisfactory results.

Aside from that issue, the Landroid provides outstanding overall functionality for the price. Available upgrades include the ACS module that prevents collisions, Find My Landroid GPS cellular module, Radio Link module to extend Wi-Fi connectivity for improved artificial intelligence, an Off Limits module for wire-free no-mow zones within the main mowing area, and the Landroid Garage.

Product Specs

  • Coverage area: 0.25 acre (10,890 square feet)
  • Mowing height range: 1.5 to 3.5 inches
  • Slope rating: 20 degrees
  • Includes everything you need to get started and clear step-by-step instructions for easy installation
  • User-friendly mobile app makes it simple to control the mower and check status remotely
  • 2 hours of runtime per charge means more mowing and less time spent charging
  • Competitive price point for a highly capable robotic lawn mower
  • Base station must be installed perfectly or the mower may not align properly for charging
  • Some desirable features are not included with the base kit

Get the Worx robot lawn mower at Amazon, Lowe’s, or The Home Depot.

Gardena 15001-20 Sileno City Automatic Robotic Mower

Anyone shopping for an affordable and uncomplicated robotic lawn mower for a small yard would do well to consider the Gardena Sileno City. It navigates slopes up to 25 percent and corridors as narrow as 24 inches wide. Plus, it works rain or shine, day or night.

Available with either a 2,700-square-foot or 5,400-square-foot maximum mowing capacity, the Sileno City is a great option for most urban landscapes. It requires a flat, level area for the charging station and a nearby power source. A low-voltage perimeter wire keeps the mower inbounds and may be configured to mow a secondary area that is isolated from the primary lawn.

You can customize the mowing height between 0.8 inch and 2 inches high by means of a manual adjustment knob. The Gardena Bluetooth app makes it easy to operate the mower or customize the schedule and other settings from any mobile device, or use the onboard control panel to make adjustments.

It took about 1.5 hours to set up the Gardena Sileno City in our testing area. The kit included everything needed to get started, along with clear instructions. We plugged in the base station and allowed the mower to charge while we installed the perimeter wire and guide wire. The guide wire is an extra wire that bisects the lawn from the base station to the most distant portion of the perimeter wire. All Gardena (and parent company Husqvarna) robot mowers use it to navigate more efficiently.

After installation, we followed the instructions to calibrate the system and program the schedule. Starting with a pre-mowed lawn, we adjusted the mower height to mow 1.5 inches high, and the yard looked great throughout the test period.

One feature that shoppers should be aware of is the maximum daily runtime of about 3.5 hours per day (for the 2,700-square-foot version that we tested). Don’t bother scheduling the mower to run more than 3.5 hours total per day since after reaching the time limit, the device will simply return home until the following day. Since we mowed no more than 2.5 hours per day, we didn’t have a problem.

Product Specs

  • Coverage area: 2,700 square feet
  • Mowing height range: 0.8 to 2.0 inches
  • Slope rating: 14.04 degrees
  • Value-priced yet feature-rich robotic mower ideal for smaller lawn areas
  • Kit includes everything needed for installation and easy-to-follow instructions
  • Reliably and quietly mows all kinds of grass, day or night, rain or shine
  • Navigates slopes up to 25 percent and passages as narrow as 24 inches
  • Preprogrammed with a daily runtime limit that stops the mower regardless of battery status
  • Not Wi-Fi or GPS enabled

Get the Gardena 15001-20 robot lawn mower at Amazon or Gardena.

Husqvarna Automower 415X Robotic Lawn Mower

Here is a well-equipped mower for warm-season grasses up to 0.4 acre, especially lawns with challenging obstacles, narrow passages, and sloped terrain. With a mowing height range of 0.8 to 2 inches, the Husqvarna Automower 415X is designed for maintaining low-mow grasses like zoysia, Bermuda, and centipede. It is powered by an 18-volt 2-amp-hour lithium-ion battery that delivers a runtime of 50 minutes per charge and recharges in 60 minutes. This premium mower features a high-resolution onboard display, rugged poly front bumper, LED headlights, and coarse-tread wheels that easily handle slopes up to 40 percent.

The Automower 415X is loaded with communication and control features, beginning with cellular and Bluetooth connectivity. It is easily controlled via the Automower Connect mobile app and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Smart devices. Husqvarna’s intelligent mapping technology uses GPS sensors to virtually map the lawn, enabling zone control with customized settings, and real-time tracking through the app. This high level of communication pairs nicely with precision control and automated features like electric height adjustment, automatic passage handling, remote location starting, spiral- and spot-cutting capabilities, wireless firmware updates, theft protection system with GPS tracking, and more.

The Automower 415X arrived for testing with everything we needed for a quick and easy DIY installation. The layout and setup were similar to the other models we tested but with the unique addition of a central guide wire running through the middle of the mowing area to assist with navigation back to the home base. Initial programming was fast and intuitive with the mower’s onboard controls. After downloading the app, we spent some time customizing mowing options, adding the targeted mowing height and spiral mowing options. Targeted mowing automatically lowered the cutting height each day until our preselected height was achieved. With spiral mowing engaged, the mower automatically detects extra-tall or dense growth and mows that isolated area in a spiral pattern. These two options were especially helpful in combination, as we needed to get our overgrown Bermuda grass under control.

Our testing lawn was an irregularly shaped area encompassing 1,200 square feet, with a tree isolated by the boundary wire near the middle and two larger lawn areas on either side. Part of the test area included a steep slope, close to 50 percent in one small area, and the 415X had no trouble. We noticed after the third or fourth mowing that the robot was making more efficient linear cuts and less frequently getting caught up in multipoint turns.

During the target-height adjustment period, the mower seemed to FOCUS more time on a section after it had been sufficiently cut, then running out of battery before fully cutting the other section. Once the target was achieved, however, daily mowing at 1.25 inches kept the grass looking great. Docking at the base station went perfectly every time. Easy setup, reliable operation, Smart tech, and a lower mowing height range make this a good choice for most small to midsize yards with warm-season lawn grass.

Product Specs

  • Coverage area: 0.4 acre (17,424 square feet)
  • Mowing height range: 0.8 to 2 inches
  • Slope rating: 22 degrees
  • Precision control features allow you to target portions of the lawn that require more attention
  • GPS-assisted navigation allows the robot to mow challenging areas more efficiently
  • Easily navigates obstructions like toys and lawn furniture as well as difficult terrain
  • Cellular and Bluetooth connectivity make it easy to connect and control the mower remotely
  • Premium price point for top-of-the-line robotic mowing technology
  • Highly efficient mowing capability is offset by a somewhat limited runtime per charge

Get the Husqvarna Automower 415X robot lawn mower at Amazon or Lowe’s.