Pros / This mower covers a large area and works in the rain.
Cons / It is an entry-level model, so the best features cost extra.
Verdict / The Automower is the gold standard among robot lawn mowers.
Husqvarna updated the Automower 315 for 2018, but it's not yet available online. Links on this page will take you to last year’s version. When the 2018 model becomes available for purchase online, we will update our review.
When we researched and compared the best robot lawn mowers, we chose the Husqvarna Automower 315 as our top pick. It’s not the company’s top-of-the-line model, but it has the most essential features for a reasonable price. It’s also one of the few models we reviewed you can buy online and not through a local dealer. Once properly installed, you can count on this mower to keep your lawn trim and clean for several years.
This robot lawn mower is a prime example of “set it and forget it” done right. Once your boundary wire, guide wire and charging station are installed, you rarely need to interact with the mower itself. It automatically trims your lawn every day, unless you program it otherwise. When it runs low on battery, it returns to the charging station on its own for a recharge. It takes about 60 minutes to fully charge the battery and lasts about 70 minutes before it returns to its base.
One of the biggest advantages the Automower has over its traditional counterparts is it works in the rain. The machine itself is fully sealed, so no water gets in, and the cover over the charging station provides additional protection from more severe storms. But that doesn’t mean you can leave it outside during extreme weather or during the winter. The dealers we spoke to say you should definitely bring it indoors in those situations.
This version of the Automower has an area capacity of 0.37 acres. You should note this is the mowing area, not the entirety of your property. So, you can discount the size of your house and other structures on your lot when calculating if this model is sufficient for your needs. You can expect this mower to cover most small to average-size lawns.
The machine’s listed terrain/slope performance is 22 degrees. However, when we spoke to a dealer, he informed us that he’s seen the Automower handle hills and inclines that are far steeper than that.
A major difference between robot lawn mowers and traditional push mowers is the amount of noise they make. Traditional lawn mowers can be heard from blocks away. Robot lawn mowers, on the other hand, are extraordinarily quiet. The Automower only produces about 60 decibels of sound, which is the volume of a casual conversation. So, you can use this mower any time of day or night without annoying the neighbors or disturbing anyone’s sleep.
While you generally don’t have to interact with the Automower very much, when you do, it’s quite simple. You access the control panel by removing the top cover. The large HMI display is easy to understand and use to personalize your mower to your yard’s unique needs.
The machine automatically shuts down when picked up or taken outside the boundary wire. Additionally, you can opt for a GPS theft tracking system so you can recover the mower if thieves make off with it.
Although it is possible to buy this model online and install it yourself, you should consider either buying from a dealer or having someone install it for you. Dealers are trained on how to install the boundary and guide wire properly, and if you do it wrong, it can result in hours of wasted and repeated digging in your yard. Additionally, there may be some electrical work involved with installing the charging station – we recommend having it installed by a professional.
Since the Automower 315 is an entry-level model, you leave some features on the table. For example, the higher-tier models have GPS navigation, which maps your lawn so the Automower remembers where obstacles are and which parts have been recently mowed. You also miss out on headlights, which aren’t strictly necessary since it doesn’t need them to operate at night, but it’s nice to be able to see it in the dark. If you want all the features available, check the Husqvarna website to see which Automower model works for you.
Robot lawn mowers are the future of yard maintenance, and the Automower is the current flagship in the industry. The 315 is the entry model, but it provides everything you need to keep your yard trim with minimal effort. If you need even more, Husqvarna has higher-tier models with more conveniences and extra features.