Bosch Indego M 700 review

Test score

88%

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 verdict: Ideal for anyone with a large lawn

If stress-free, reliable, good-quality grass cutting is your primary concern, this Best Buy robot mower would certainly provide it.

Pros
  • Leaves a great finish on lawns at all heights and in all conditions
  • Easy to install and easy to programme manually
  • Intelligent features help to ensure good lawn coverage
Cons
  • A bit slow on long grass but copes well if kept at the middle height setting
  • The lowest height setting of 30mm might not be as low as you’d like

 

Bosch Indego M+ 700 (2021) review

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87%

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 verdict: A Best Buy robot mower

It’s great to see that Bosch have managed to iron out the problems with cutting long grass and working on slopes experienced by the previous model of this robot mower, especially as it’s done this while keeping the excellent features and cutting ability that impressed us in our previous test. We’ve made this model a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Leaves a great finish on lawns in all conditions
  • Easy to install and simple to programme
  • Intelligent features
Cons
  • A bit slow on long grass
  • The lowest height setting is 30mm

 

Bosch Indego S 500 review

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83%

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 verdict: An efficient robot mower that cuts the grass well

This is a good mower with some innovative and useful features. It cuts the grass well even in difficult conditions and usually leaves a neat finish. There are one or two areas where the Bosch Indego S 500 isn’t quite as impressive as the similar Indego M 700, aimed at larger gardens, but it’s still a high-scoring mower.

Pros
  • Cuts a flat lawn well
  • Happy on slopes
  • Cuts damp grass well
  • Fast and efficient on long grass
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Sometimes misses small areas
  • Sometimes leaves clumps of clippings
  • The lowest cut is 30mm which might be higher than some would like

Bosch Indego S+ 500 review

£779.00Typical price

Test score

82%

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 verdict: Easy to use and efficient at cutting grass

This is a clever robot mower with some innovative and useful features. It copes well with the job of cutting the grass and usually leaves a neat finish, although there are one or two areas where the Bosch Indego S+ 500 isn’t quite as impressive as the similar Indego M+ 700, which is aimed at larger gardens.

Pros
  • Leaves a neat finish
  • Copes well with slopes and obstacles
  • Copes well with long and damp grass
Cons
  • Sometimes misses areas and leaves clumps of clippings
  • The lowest cutting height is 30mm

 

 

Stihl RMI 422 review

£849.00Typical price

Test score

78%

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 verdict: Specialist on slopes

Stihl have produced a very good robot lawn mower that gives a high-quality cut even in adverse conditions. The large wheels also do well to help it handle slopes and other patches of difficult terrain. It sometimes misses the odd patch of grass and it’s not the most straightforward to install, but overall it’s a dependable robot that will keep your lawn in good shape.

Pros
  • Neat cutting finish
  • Avoids obstacles
  • Brilliant on slopes and uneven ground
  • Easy to program
  • Runs quietly
Cons
  • Leaves patches uncut
  • Expensive installation kits not included

 

 

Husqvarna Automower 305 review

£949.00Typical price

Test score

78%

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 verdict: Impressive

The Husqvarna 305 robot lawn mower is about the same size as a typical manual mower, but without the protruding handle. It’s very easy to use, provides plenty of cutting options and does an effective job of keeping grass trim in lawns up to 600 square metres in size – which should be more than enough for most UK gardens.

Pros
  • Cuts standard grass effectively
  • Very easy to use
  • Lots of mowing options
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Poor at cutting long grass

 

 

 

 

Bosch Indego XS 300 review

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78%

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 verdict: Good, with some drawbacks

Superficially the same as the other models in the Bosch Indego range, the XS 300 is aimed at small gardens with lawns up to 300 square metres. It is manually programmed and lacks some of the features of the others, such as automatic border edging. You might expect them all to cut equally well, though, so you could be disappointed to find there is some tailing off in efficiency and quality of the cut as you move down through the range.

Pros
  • It leaves a neat finish on the grass
  • It copes well with damp grass and slopes
  • Intelligent features help to make it easy to programme and use
Cons
  • Not great around obstacles
  • Sometimes misses areas of grass
  • Slow on long grass

 

 

Honda Miimo HRM 40 Live review

£850.00Typical price

Test score

76%

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 verdict: Cuts well on flat lawns

Cutting flat lawns is easy as pie for this robot lawn mower, and it’s easy to program and keep track of. It has some nifty features such as weather tracking and manual driving, too. But it isn’t without its flaws – it treats slopes and uneven ground as obstacles a lot of the time, so it may leave areas uncut as a result.

Pros
  • Cuts flat lawns well in both wet and dry conditions
  • Very easy to use and install
  • Useful features
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Treats slopes and uneven ground as obstacles
  • Average performance on long grass

 

Worx Landroid M500 WR141E review

£523.00Typical price

Test score

74%

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 verdict: A decent robot

Although a little rough and ready, the Landroid isn’t a bad robot mower by any stretch. It’s very easy to program and has no trouble cutting the grass. We’ve seen much neater cutting, though, and it’s not the sharpest tool in the shed – other mowers do a much better job of finding a way around obstacles, where this one bumps into them repeatedly before realising it needs to find an alternative route.

Pros
  • Efficient cutting
  • Easy to use and program
  • Runs quietly
  • Handles slopes well
Cons
  • Sometimes misses patches
  • Not the best at avoiding obstacles
  • Not great on long grass

Gardena Sileno Minimo 250 review

£499.00Typical price

Test score

74%

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 verdict: A reasonable robot mower at a good price

The Gardena Sileno Minimo 250 offers a good range of features at a reasonable price, but our wide-ranging tests revealed a few weaknesses that it shares with the Gardena Sileno Minimo 500.

Pros
  • Gives an even cut on dry grass
  • Easy to programme
  • Copes well with a complicated layout
Cons
  • Struggles to cut long grass
  • Drops clippings when the grass is wet
  • Fiddly to change the cutting height

Gardena Sileno Minimo 500 review

£549.00Typical price

Test score

74%

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 verdict: A reasonable robot mower at a good price

The Gardena Sileno Minimo 500 offers a good range of features in a neat and attractive machine, but our wide-ranging tests revealed a few weaknesses that you might find hard to ignore.

Pros
  • Gives an even cut on dry grass
  • Easy to programme
  • Copes well with a complicated layout
Cons
  • Struggles to cut long grass
  • Drops clippings when the grass is wet
  • Fiddly to change the cutting height

 

Flymo 1200R review

£690.00Typical price

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 verdict:

This robot mower isn’t quite as expensive as the premium models, but it lacks a few smart features such as a remote-control option. However, we thought it cut the grass really well and was easy to programme. It’s almost silent, and the safety features make it easier to leave it unsupervised worry-free. If you’re looking for a simpler, smaller robotic mower, this one is definitely worth a look.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • Effortless mowing
  • Useful safety features
Cons
  • Simplistic compared to other robots

 

Flymo Easilife 200 review

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 verdict:

The Flymo Easilife 200 is not the slickest robotic mower but it’s functional and satisfyingly easy to set up. It’s one of the cheapest, and good value compared with more expensive machines – if you don’t mind getting stuck in and figuring out the controls.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Mows right to the edges
  • Good range of features
  • Reasonable price for a robotic mower
Cons
  • Complicated programming menu

Mac Allister MRM250 review

£298.00Typical price

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verdict:

If you’re tempted to try a robotic mower but don’t fancy stumping up for the high prices of most models, then the Mac Allister Robotic Lawn Mower isn’t a bad investment, at only £298. It’s suitable for lawns up to 250 sq m (the MRM500 is designed for lawns up to 500 sq m) and can take a slope up to 25 degrees. It’s a basic model for features, but we found it left our lawn looking like a green carpet. However, the instructions can be confusing, and you’ll need to trim the lawn edges and around obstacles once a month.

Pros
  • Very inexpensive for a robot mower
  • Leaves the grass evenly cut
  • Copes well with obstacles
Cons
  • Very basic programming
  • Instructions can be confusing
  • Doesn’t cut right to the edge

Robomow RC304 review

£999.00Typical price

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 verdict:

Like other robotic mowers, the Robomow RC304 cuts the grass to a programmable schedule and takes itself back to its charging station when it’s finished. Though you can set it up in your garden yourself, it costs £200 for professional installation. We found it gave a good cut on a family lawn and is simple to use.

Pros
  • Gives a neat cut
  • Convenient controls via app
  • Runs quietly
Cons
  • Expensive