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Top-Rated Robot Lawn Mowers in Australia for 2024

Put your feet up and enjoy your weekends while one of these clever machines does the hard work for you.

We all have busy lives to lead, and it’s difficult to keep up with all the tasks we need to get done.

One of the most time-consuming chores is mowing the lawn. It takes a lot of time and effort to do this manually, not to mention all the hassle of storing and maintaining a petrol-powered mower.

With the growing popularity of robot lawn mowers, it’s no wonder that many Aussie homeowners are considering investing in one.

However, there are many models on the market, differing widely in the features they offer as well their price tags.

To help you wrap your head around the options, we’ve prepared this guide covering what to look for when choosing, along with the potential downsides of robot mowers that you should keep in mind.

We’ve also listed our picks for the best robot lawn mowers currently on the market and included a comparison table so you can see their features side by side.

Our top pick: Worx Landroid Robot Lawn Mower

  • Brushless motor: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 20V/2Ah
  • Run time: 1.5 hrs
  • Mobile app: Yes
  • Connectivity : WiFi
  • Coverage size: 500 m²
  • Max gradient: 45˚
  • Cutting heights: 3 – 6 cm
  • Cutting width: 18 cm
  • Weatherproofing: IP44
  • Rain sensor: Yes
  • Anti-theft : Pin-code + lift sensor
  • Warranty: 2 Years

The Worx Landroid is a great value mid-range robot lawn mower with all the features you’d expect to see on a product in this price range.

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The Worx Landroid in action

Like the other mowers on our list, it has a brushless motor, which is both powerful and efficient. Its Lithium Ion battery is fairly similar to the others as well, with 20V of power and 2.0 Ah capacity, which gives you up to 1.5 hours of runtime per charge.

If you’ve got other Worx power tools, this model is a great option, as the 20V battery is interchangeable.

Worx says this model is suited to lawns that are a maximum of 500 m². This is the smallest coverage of the mowers we’ve looked at, so is probably not the best option if you have a larger section.

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The Worx Landroid

Our favourite feature on the Worx Landroid is the mobile app. This allows you to control and monitor your mower remotely via WiFi connectivity so you can easily set schedules and optimise the mower’s operation.

Like the mowers below, this one features a PIN code and lift sensor that helps protect against theft.

Overall, this is an excellent mid-range option that delivers the value that Worx has become known for.

Upgrade pick: Husqvarna Automower 305

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Husqvarna Automower
  • Brushless motor: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 18.5V/2.1Ah
  • Run time: 70 min
  • Mobile app: Yes
  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Coverage size: 600 m²
  • Max gradient: 22˚
  • Cutting heights: 2 – 5 cm
  • Cutting width: 22 cm
  • Weatherproofing: IPX5
  • Rain sensor: Yes
  • Anti-theft : Pin-code + lift sensor + alarm
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Husqvarna is a trusted name in mowing equipment and they are one of the pioneers in robot mowing technology.

The Automower 305 is a premium robot lawn mower that offers you a range of features that can’t be found in other mowers. This includes things like their patented passage handling technology and multiple start locations.

The Automower uses a Lithium Ion Battery 18.5/2100mAH that provides a run time of 70 minutes.

While this is only around half the runtime of the Moebot S10, it should still be enough to keep small to medium-sized lawns looking tidy. Husqvarna state this mower has a working area capacity of 600 m².

Automower 305 installation and operation

In terms of anti-theft technology, the Automower has one extra feature not found on the Moebot or Worx mowers, which is an alarm. While all three mowers feature pin-code access and app alerts, the Husqvarna also sounds a high-pitched alarm when the unit is lifted off the ground.

Another feature we really like about the Automower is its superior weatherproofing. While all mowers in our review are considered fully waterproof, with an IPX5 rating, the Automower is the most protected.

Like all mowers in our review, Husqvarna stands behind the Automower with a 2-year warranty.

Best Value: Moebot S10 Robot Lawn Mower

  • Brushless motor: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium Ion 22.2V/2.6Ah
  • Run time: 2 hr
  • Mobile app: Yes
  • Connectivity : WiFi or control panel
  • Coverage size: 1400 m²
  • Max gradient: 30˚
  • Cutting heights: 2.5 – 5.5 cm
  • Cutting width: 18 cm
  • Weatherproofing: Waterproof
  • Rain sensor: Yes
  • Anti-theft : Pin-code + lift sensor
  • Warranty: 2 Years

The MoeBot delivers exceptional quality for the price. While it may be missing some of the features found on high-end models, we think it will be one of the best options for most people.

This robotic lawn mower is easy to use and can be started with the push of 1 button. Its powerful motor can cut through thick grass like Buffalo.

It also comes with an app that is easy to use and lets you start, stop, and maintain your Moebot from your phone.

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The Moebot S10 in action

The Moebot is silent, so you won’t have to worry about waking up neighbours. And handy rain sensors return the robot to the charging station when it starts to rain.

We’re also big fans of the simple blade flip system. When they start to get blunt after a year or so, simply flip them over for a fresh cutting surface.

In terms of security, the Moebot comes with a pin-code system as well as an alarm that is sent to the app if someone picks it up.

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Pin code on the MoeBot

The main downside we can see is that the customer service appears to leave a bit to be desired in terms of after-market support. However, this does seem to be improving as they gain more experience with their customers.

But overall, this is a high-quality robot lawn mower that costs a fraction of the price of other products on the market.

Comparison table

Robot Lawn MowerMoeBot S10Husqvarna Automower 305WORX Landroid WR139E
Brushless motorYesYesYes
BatteryLithium Ion 22.2V/2.6AhLithium Ion 18.5V/2.1AhLithium Ion 20V/2Ah
Run time2 hrs70 min1.5 hrs
Mobile appYesYesYes
ConnectivityWiFi or control panelBluetoothWiFi
Coverage size1400 m²600 m²500 m²
Max gradient30˚22˚45˚
Cutting heights2.5 – 5.5 cm2 – 5 cm3 – 6 cm
Cutting width18 cm22 cm18 cm
WeatherproofingNot statedIPX5IP44
Rain sensorYesYesYes
Anti-theftPin-code + lift sensorPin-code + lift sensor + alarmPin-code + lift sensor
Warranty2 Years2 Years2 Years

Robot lawn mower buying guide

How do robot mowers work?

Robot mowers have a plastic body and a battery-operated motor. The cutting mechanism consists of multiple razor-sharp blades that spin at a high speed. These can be replaced as needed.

Unlike traditional mowers, robot lawn mowers take off only a small amount of grass with each pass. They, therefore, are designed to be run more regularly than a traditional mower.

The mower itself also has a range of sensors that tell it the slope, if there’s an obstacle, or whether it’s reached the boundary.

All mowers will also have an AC-powered base station. This station is connected to the boundary perimeter wire that tells the mower where its boundaries are, so it knows when it’s time to turn around.

The boundary wire needs to be laid out around your mowing area before operating the mower.

Finally, the mower is programmed via a control panel on the mower and/or using an app.

What to look for in a robot mower

Ease of use: The best robot mowers are easy to set up and use. They’re also intuitive enough that anyone can learn them quickly.

Battery: A larger battery increases the run time of the mower and reduces the frequency of recharging.

Security: Security features include pin codes, alarms, and GPS tracking. If you’re concerned about theft, then look for a mower with these features.

Cutting height: Robot mowers can cut to a variety of heights. If you want a perfectly manicured lawn, then choose a mower with cutting heights that suit your needs.

Warranty: Robot mowers are pricey, so make sure to look for a good warranty. It should cover any defects for at least two years.

Customer support: If you have any questions or concerns about your mower or need help with repairs, then it’s important to be able to contact the manufacturer and get the help you need.

Installation

Installing the boundary permitted and setting up the mowing schedule can be a bit difficult, especially on a large property.

Some people, therefore, may want to consider hiring a professional to help set things up.

However, most people should be fine with following the instructions provided, so long they set a decent amount of time aside.

Downsides of robot lawn mowers

When it comes to buying a robot lawn mower, there are a lot of benefits. But there are some downsides, too.

First off, these things are expensive. They can be anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 or more. That’s more than many people will want to spend if they’re just looking for a small amount of yard maintenance.

Also, if you do decide to go with a robot lawn mower, be prepared for some potential hassle in the set-up phase. They need to be set up and connected to WiFi or Bluetooth before they can start working, which can take a while depending on your level of technical expertise.

You’ll need to lay out the boundary wire around your property, and also set up the charging station.

While most users find that robot mowers are much more convenient than traditional mowers, unfortunately, they’re not completely set and forget.

For example, you may also need to clear the lawn of any obstacles to ensure the desired result. This can include raking leaves and removing twigs.

They also don’t cut as neatly as traditional ones do. They mow in what is seemingly a random pattern so you’ll have to say goodbye to nice straight lines.

Finally, any buyer will need to take into account the risk of their robot mower being stolen. Obviously, for backyard work, this is less of a risk.

While the security features on modern robot mowers render them useless to a thief, the risk is still there.

Robot lawn mower FAQ

How much does a robot lawn mower cost?

Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 for a robot lawn mower in Australia. The more expensive models tend to be from a recognisable brand name such as Husqvarna or Stihl and often have additional features.

Can a robot lawn mower cross a driveway?

In theory, a robot lawn mower should have no problem crossing a driveway so long the boundary wire is set up correctly.

How do robot lawn mowers navigate?

Unlike robot vacuum cleaners, which have a set map of the home, robot lawnmowers use a more random navigation system. They generally move around the lawn until they hit the boundary line and then change direction.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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