Easy to use and good for the environment: with the use of precise sensor technology, mowing robots help to create a hard-wearing and species-rich meadow. They mulch, cut and fertilize the lawn at the same time. CHIP tested seven devices ranging from 650 euros to 2,137 euros. Two candidates achieved very good results.
The test winner Husqvarna AUTOMOWER 315X (school grade 1.4 on the German scale of 1- very good to 6-deficient) continuously measures the resistance of its measuring disc and adapts its mowing behaviour to the vegetation. The Stihl RMI 422 PC model (1.5) wins second place in the practical test. Both come with integrated GPS and special functions such as the automatic spiral cut or the "Anti-Stuck-Mode". The Bosch Indego S+ 400, the Worx Landroid S 300, Gardena Sileno City and the Robomow RC312 Pro S. Kärcher's RLM4 reaches a satisfactory midfield.
The battery-powered mowers are equipped with active and passive safety elements. They have sensitive sensors that make the robot turn back if resistance is encountered. Only Worx and Robomow tried to push the obstacle away with strong pressure. Stihl stands out due to the "play stop" function: If his path is blocked several times from different directions, he interprets this as child's play and interrupts his work. All test candidates can be configured and operated via iPhone or Android app. Only Kärcher falls out of line here.
With the Husqvarna and the Stihl, both a rotary mower and a beam mower are at the top of the test evaluation. The test experts from CHIP awarded the fourth-placed Worx the title "Price tip".
The complete test result can be read in CHIP 07/2019. The magazine will be available in stores and at CHIP Kiosk from 7th June.