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For the last few years, robot lawnmowers have teased the promise of a totally automated grass-cutting solution. Something you almost never have to worry about as the mower simply cuts when the grass needs cutting to keep it at the perfect height – all with minimal setup.
For the most part, robot mowers have delivered on this promise. But one thing that was always holding them back is the fact that many models require a perimeter wire to be installed.
It’s tough to convince people of the convenience of a product when it requires a full day of digging and wire installation. Then there are usually a few test runs to make sure it all works. If it doesn’t, you may need to adjust the perimeter wire, which can be a pain.
But now, more advanced mowers are entering the market that use sophisticated sensors and cameras to get around without the need for a wire. One of these is the new Worx Landroid Vision Mower set to be on shelves later this spring.
Below, we’ll take a look at this latest entry to the robot mower market by Worx and let you know if it might be right for you.
Worx Landroid Vision First Impression
This unit was on display at the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first thing you notice about this mower is its aggressive and unique styling. It almost seems like they took styling cues from some of the more exotic supercars of the last few years.
It has a highly angular design and aggressive tires. We’re not sure if this look will appeal to everybody, but those who like a more industrial and aggressive style will like what Worx has done here.
Worx has also stuck with its PowerShare feature which allows batteries from different product lines to all work together. This includes the new Landroid Vision.
The Worx Landroid Vision has one of the more sophisticated onboard processors we’ve seen at this price point. Worx claims its onboard neural network examines new frames from the camera every .05 seconds, giving it an incredibly fast response time.
This is important for situations where a pet or other animal may dart in front of the mower. The mower needs to be able to respond nearly instantly and that’s the purpose of this latest technology from Worx.
Unlike other mowers that use sensors, the Landroid uses one high-definition camera for all of its information gathering about its environment.
With processing power increasing, mowers are now able to rely on a camera instead of just sonar for better overall information gathering about obstacles. Sonar can only provide limited information, while a camera can detect exact size and movement in real time.
In testing, we did notice this increased performance. A baseball that was partially obscured by the grass was still detected by the mower’s camera and the mower avoided it. Some other mowers may not have seen this obstacle.
Low-level obstacles like tree roots are something many of these fully automated mowers have a problem with, but the Worx does a good job detecting such objects with its downward-facing and high-contrast camera.
Performance is right on par with previous Worx Landroid models. This means true edge-to-edge cutting which is nice and leaves no extra ragged edges along borders to clean up.
Like the other Worx Landroids, it uses a floating head design to deal with uneven terrain. The cutting height is adjustable between 1.5 inches and 3.5 inches.
The mower will be available in 3 sizes, although we haven’t seen the other sizes for testing. But we understand the only difference will be capacity. So this means a 1/4 acre model, a 1/2 acre model, and a full acre model.
We only had access to the 1/2 acre model for this review.
Managing Areas Or Zones
Since there’s no perimeter wire, if you want to add various zones or areas on your property, you have two choices.
You can use the app, which is the same version used on the other Landroid mowers. This is a good app that we’ve tested before and one that is very easy to use. Once paired with the mower, it’s easy to follow the onscreen menus to set your zones.
The other option is RFID tags. We didn’t hear if any of these will be included with the mower, but other brands use these and they are relatively inexpensive if you need more.
These RFID markers are easily placed in areas of your lawn and act as an invisible fence. You can always bypass these whenever you need to by using the app.
Setup And Use
This is where the Landroid Vision is at its best. There is really no setup at all needed for most lawns. Simply fully charge the batteries, pair the mower with the app, and follow the onscreen instructions.
The mower itself has a simple dial and panel on the top for control as well.
You will need a place for the base/charging station as the mower will return to it when the battery is nearly depleted. This is the only part that may need a little trial and error as the area around the base needs to be flat and open enough for the mower to dock with it.
Depending on your lawn, you may need to test one or two locations to get the best results.
When in operation, the mower uses a random pattern like a lot of other robot mowers we’ve tested. This means no stripes are possible with the Landroid.
An interesting but quirky side note is that optional headlights are available which allow the mower and its onboard camera to operate at night if needed.
This doesn’t seem like a feature most people will need, but we can see certain environments where there is heavy daytime traffic on or near the lawn. This type of situation may benefit from being able to schedule all cutting to be done at night.
Worx Landroid Vision Overall Impression
We really like that Worx stepped up their game and is now offering a fully autonomous mower that needs no perimeter wire. This means more competition, which in turn, means lower prices in the future for this new technology.
Speaking of prices, these don’t come cheap, but they are priced similarly to other top-of-the-line models from makers like Ambrogio.
Starting at $2399 as the MSRP, you definitely are paying a premium to be the first on the block with one of these cutting-edge mowers. Pricing for the longer-range one-acre version will be $2999.
For comparison, the perimeter wire version of the 1/4 acre Landroid is currently right at $1,000 at most stores.
Honestly, we can’t really quibble with the price though. Given the features and the competition, the pricing is fair and in some cases, a bit lower than competitors who have fewer features on their fully autonomous mowers.
If you’re already in the Worx ecosystem and own other battery-powered equipment with the PowerShare feature, this makes the Landroid Vision a good choice over other brands. You’ll immediately save on any spare batteries and also have two extra to add to your inventory.
Overall, we like this robot mower and it really feels as though these totally autonomous mowers are going to start taking over the market in 2023.
Depending on personal taste, the looks of the Worx may be a positive or a negative for you, but the features are strong and the performance ranks it at the top of the list for this price point.
Worx says the Landroid Vision will be available in May of 2023.