Husqvarna has actualized a cognitive leap that the most pragmatic homeowners and lawn pros probably thought about near the dawn of the Roomba: what about a robotic lawnmower? With the release of the Husqvarna Automower, the Swedish brand has bridged the gap. It’s a big step forward for dads everywhere, who are now more free to drink beer in their lawn chairs instead of on their riding lawnmowers. Commercial-grade variants are available as well.
Our in-house lawn care expert said, “I would buy a robot mower yesterday,” and wonders why he has not. We sought out the cutting edge of Husqvarna’s new technology.
Husqvarna Robotic Lawn Mower Operation
Husqvarna entices customers to “enjoy a perfect lawn 24/7” with its robotic mowers that clip frequently and minimally, instead of hacking the hay all at once. The pitch seems interesting for anyone who likes the clean look and feel of a well-manicured lawn — or anyone with kids or allergies. Chiggers and runny noses are facts of summer for active folks, but a consistently maintained lawn can help tamp down both.
Also, unlike manual mowers, the Husqvarna Automower lives outside — no garage space necessary. The user places the charging station in a convenient place in the yard, plugs it in, then runs boundary and guide wires. (Husqvarna’s higher-end iterations skip the “landline” and navigate with GPS.)
The mower can handle grades and obstacles and avoid kids and pets. The blade, which gives the mower’s edges a wide berth for safety, stops automatically if picked up or turned over. After that, app control takes over.
Husqvarna Automower Connectivity
Users can program the Husqvarna Automower with their mobile devices to manage schedules and stay on top of charging according to their preferences. The robotic mower is also compatible with smart home systems, allowing users to integrate its activity into existing home schedules. The app even provides access to advanced anti-theft features, including GPS tracking.
Purchasing Options for the Husqvarna Automower
Husqvarna offers the Automower in 11 sizes to meet a wide range of lawn care needs. Seven residential iterations and four professional models give customers options for area coverage, charging time, and drive modes.
Can you put a price on a perfect lawn? You don’t have to; Husqvarna already did. Maybe this is why our lawn guy doesn’t have his own robot mower yet: residential Husqvarna Automowers start at $1,200 MSRP and soar to $4,000, at which point the mower requires professional installation starting at an additional $800.