The Landroid M, created by WORX, is our robot lawn mower best value pick. Top-of-the-line robotic lawn mowers can cost more than $3,000. As of the time of this writing, you can purchase this model for around $1,000. And while it doesn’t have everything we look for, it includes enough features to keep your lawn evenly cut throughout the mowing season.
WORX advertises this model as ready to use right out of the box, but that is only partially true; the boundary wire still needs to be installed manually. The company claims wire installation takes between two and four hours to complete. WORX does not offer the option to have a professional come and install the system for you, and the employee we spoke to on the support line told us to try Craigslist to get outside help.
Once you install the boundary wire, you need to program the Landroid for your yard. You can program up to four mowing areas with different settings, including separate mowing frequencies and cut lengths. However, you need to update the machine’s software before you can do this. The software must be downloaded, put on a flash drive and installed onto the Landroid’s onboard computer. You have to uninstall and reinstall the battery during this process as well.
After everything is set up, you don’t have to interact with the mower very much. It automatically roams your yard on a regular basis, keeping it a smooth, consistent length. And because it uses small razors instead of large rotary blades, it greatly reduces the amount of trauma your grass endures throughout the year, resulting in a healthier lawn.
Compared to the noise push mowers make, robotic mowers are a whisper. The Landroid only produces about 65 decibels of sound. This is slightly louder than our top pick, the Husqvarna Automower 315, but it isn’t loud enough to disturb a conversation or wake anyone if it mows in the middle of the night.
Like our top pick, the Landroid can cut grass when it rains, though the unit usually returns to its base when it detects water. When conditions dry up, it continues cutting automatically. The machine is waterproof, so you don’t have to bring it in during a shower. However, you should store it indoors during the winter months and in extreme weather events.
This machine requires minimal maintenance. You need to make sure it stays clean, remove clippings and other debris from the underside, and rotate or change the cutting razors every few months. The process is relatively straightforward, and the only tool you need is a Phillips screwdriver.
If you lift or turn over the Landroid, the cutting system immediately shuts down. However, you need to make sure your yard is free of items that could be damaged if the mower accidently bumps into or rolls over them.
WORX offers a three-year warranty on the Landroid M. This is a year longer than our top pick, and it’s a good bet the mower will last at least that long. And it’s a confidence builder that WORX stands behind the quality of its product.
The Landroid M is a relatively inexpensive robotic lawn mower. You have to set it up yourself, but it shouldn’t be too difficult, and the mower operates mostly automatically once everything is installed. It’s not as fancy or advanced as our top pick, but it should fill the needs of most homeowners.