The quiet Gardena 4069 R80Li robotic lawn mower is ideal for small to medium-sized lawns that have some complexities to them. Whether it’s a slope, narrow passageway, or flower bed – this nifty model from Gardena is one the best robot lawn mowers (opens in new tab) for excellent cutting results.
With a great reputation, Gardena has been providing tools to passionate gardeners for more than 60 years. According to the brand, it likes to pride itself on ‘taking an emotional approach to address those who regard their own garden as a living space close to nature and a place of wellbeing, recreation, and fun’.
In 2007 Gardena became a member of the Husqvarna Group – one of the world leaders in outdoor power tools. Therefore, this autonomous Gardena 4069 robotic lawn mower benefits from many of the high-tech features the Husqvarna Automower 315X (opens in new tab) is championed for. This is a clever piece of tech that picks up on how quickly your lawn is growing and therefore only mows when it needs a cut.
At around $1,600, this gadget is one of the most expensive devices, compared to some of the other models we have reviewed.
Gardena 4069 R80Li: Features
No matter the weather, the Gardena robotic lawn mower can work around the clock. It’s designed to function properly unattended regardless of the weather conditions. Although any type of grass is best cut when dry. The Gardena 4069 R80Li doesn’t have any rain sensors, though, so it will continue to cut wet grass unless instructed otherwise.
Its anti-theft feature offers three times the protection. That’s because it has a loud alarm function, installation lock, and PIN code.
This line of robotic lawn mowers comes with SensorControl (SILENO+). This piece of tech enables the lawn mower to detect how quickly your grass is growing and it only cuts when the grass requires it.
Like many other robotic lawn mowers, once you have set your preferred cutting height using the knob on the base, and set the device to mow every day or program when you’d like it to cut your lawn, the Gardena mows on its own and recharges itself at the charging station when its run out of power. You can take your pick from cutting heights from 2 to 5 cm.
Gardena 4069 R80Li: Performance
The R80Li has a total working area capacity of 8611 sq. ft. It’s thought that the average size of a homeowner’s lawn in the US is just over 10,000 sq. ft. So this makes the Gardena 4069 R80Li robotic lawn mower great if you have got a small to medium lawn to maintain.
The maximum incline is 25% but this mower is not best suited for tighter areas. If you’re looking for a mower to handle narrow passageways, read our Worx WR140 Landroid M 20V Robotic Lawn Mower review (opens in new tab). Whilst its charging time is a speedy 50 minutes. Once charged fully, it has a typical mow time of 60 - 65 minutes.
Its three pivoting cutting blades on the base of the robotic lawn mower give it a cutting width of 17cm. This enables the gadget to cut right up to the edge of flower beds or tricky corners.
Sound pollution isn’t a problem with this Gardena device. It operates at just 60dB (the average gas-operated lawn mower operates at 90dB) and is emission-free.
Gardena 4069 R80Li: Design
The 4069 R80Li robotic lawn mower is battery powered and is in keeping with Gardena’s grey, teal, and orange color scheme. It’s small in size, weighing in at 16.5 pounds, and is 58 x 46 x 26 cm.
As is the case with most robotic lawn mowers, this device is designed to work by following a guide wire you lay around the outside of your lawn – or the area you wish it to cut. This robotic lawn mower comes with 200 m guide wire. There are also 400 pegs included to secure the wire in place. Also included in the price is the charging dock.
Gardena 4069 R80Li: User reviews
This robot lawn mower doesn’t have many reviews on Amazon, but they are five-star reviews. Users have praised the machine for being the solution to all their lawn problems and the hours spent having to previously tend to it. The ease of use, quietness, and being able to work whatever the weather has also been highlighted.
The only cons cited within the reviews include the lack of remote-control programmability through an app.
Should you buy the Gardena 4069 R80Li?
If you have a small to medium-sized lawn with some tricky edges, then this is a great gadget. It’s nifty and can function freely on its own without you have to worry about it. It’s also super quiet. The fact it comes with three times the amount of anti-theft protection makes it a highly suitable purchase if you want a robotic lawn mower to operate without you having to worry about its safety.
However, its price might be off-putting considering it has a smaller than average working area capacity and can only handle slopes with a 25% incline.