Mowing your lawn is just one of those things that you don’t want to spend your weekends on. It’s a chore, and no one likes chores. Fortunately, technology has served us well in this space. We’ve evolved from using manual lawn mowers, to gas operated lawn mowers, before eventually discovering electric-powered lawn mowers. However, the lawn mower of the 21st century is a step towards the next level: robotic lawn mowers.
The main scope of this review is to dissect the performance of Honda’s newest Miimo, and explore how it measures up against other similar products. As a benchmark, we’ll be using Robomow’s RM510 Robotic Lawn Mower along with WORX’s WG794 Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower. Both of these are far more affordable as compared to Honda’s mowing machine. Well then, let’s get down and dirty with it.
Honda’s Miimo review
Honda’s unveiling of the Miimo has certainly left consumers feeling nothing but impressed. It’s a glimpse of the future, and needless to say, the future looks brighter than ever. It comes in the form of a droid that’s designed to mow your lawn a couple of times a week, shredding just 3 milimeters of grass during each session. At first glance, it seems counterintuitive to be merely grazing your grass blades when you can chop a larger length instead.
The designer of Honda’s Miimo explains that the tiny clippings are intended to be left on the lawn to behave as a fertilizer, which is indeed a very unique feature. The Miimo runs itself in a completely random order, which is quite questionable. Nevertheless, it’s able to keep itself within your lawn space through its advanced sensors. Slopes and obstacles alike are no trouble for the grass-trimming robot, as it’s able to navigate itself quite flawlessly. Its sensors guide the robot to spend more time on longer blades of grass to ensure an even trim.
This electric-powered mower is so advanced that it’s able to return to its charging station the moment it encounters power depletion. When it begins to run out of juice in its lithium-ion battery, it takes itself back to get recharged. For a price point of $2,600, this Honda-manufactured robotic lawn mower makes it possible for you to have your yard maintained without a single care in the world on your part.
Robomow’s RM510 review?
The first thing that you notice about Robomow’s RM510 is that its body is unusually sturdy. Clad in a thick shell of plastic, this robotic lawn mower is certainly one of the more impressive builds. Unfortunately, the Robomow’s setup time is unusually long, taking approximately 3 hours. It doesn’t help that the instructions don’t come in English either, making it almost incomprehensible.
Other than that, the Robomow has the usual set of safety features, including bumper sensors, a blade-stop function when it’s picked up, and a Child Lock as well. One of its key selling points is its Edge Cutting feature, which supposedly allows itself to mow outside of its wheels. As cool as that sounds, it doesn’t really seem like there’s an urgent need for it.
More importantly, how does it fair when it actually comes to cutting grass? The Robomow RM510 actually works just fine as a standard robotic lawn mower. Its operation is rather systematic, and it does miss a couple of spots unless you let it run on its own for several hours. But if you have holes large enough to catch one of its wheels, the robotic lawn mower ends up shutting itself off. If you have plenty of those holes, restarting it constantly is going to be pretty annoying.
From a holistic point-of-view, the Robomow RM510 works just fine as a robotic lawn mower. I doubt that it will impress you during the arduous setup process, which is also rather complicated. But once you’ve gotten pass that stage, it will get the job done – just not as perfect as you’d imagine. I have to admit, it is a decent enough robotic lawn mower, but not quite there given that it faces difficulties navigating its way past dents in your lawn.
WORX WG794 review and comparison
The WORX Landroid series is one of the less popular brands of robotic lawn mowers, but we decided to give it a shot and see if it matches up to big names like Honda’s Miimo. The features of the WORX are fairly standard, including customizable schedules, no carbon dioxide emissions, perimeter wires, and a PIN code lock.
One important thing to note about the WORX is that its mechanism for veering off-course is an alarm. This means that if you aren’t paying attention, your WORX could end up running itself off far enough for you to lose it. In other words, scheduling it to mow during wee hours might not be the brightest idea.
But I was pleasantly surprised that the WORX’s blades could be changed quite easily. Just flipping the blades around reveals a fresh set of edges for it to resume its lawn mowing duties. It even came with a total of 9 spare blades straight out-of-the-box!
Despite its neat blade-switching properties, my biggest reservations about the WORX are its inability to shut itself off if it goes out of your lawn. Personally, that’s a deal-breaker.
How Do They Compare To The Miisu?
Both the WORX and the RM510 function at a satisfactory level. They both come with their own set of interesting features, but at the end of the day, the crown still has to be awarded to the Miisu. Honda did a spectacular job with it, including everything that they could possibly think of. Its ability to cut just 3 millimeters of grass is impressive enough from a technological perspective and its unique approach by cutting as short as possible certainly pays off, given the fact that the clippings are practically invisible and even double as a natural fertilizer.
The Miimo is everything that you could ask for when it comes to precision engineering. It’s able to brave itself through rain or shine. Honda even sells it personally to you, recommending the best Miimo model to fit your needs. Not only is the product itself great, the customer support that you get along with it is equally superb.
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