The Worx PowerShare Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower has just been gifted to us from the future. The Jettson’s lawn mower has finally made an arrival and we are here for it. If you have a Roomba or Shark robotic vacuum, then you get the idea. A mower that does your lawn for you.
Thought we would have flying cars and world peace by 2022? Even better – we have autonomous lawn mowers.
Before we pony up the cash (actually not as much as you might think), let’s check out what makes this one of the coolest inventions of the year.
- Who should buy a robotic lawn mower?
- Work WR165 Feature Review
- Worx Landroid model and costs
- The official review
Worx brand reputation
Something that many of you may be scratching your head around is….what is Worx? It isn’t quite the household name that Dewalt, John Deere, or some of the other big name brands. Worx has quietly been creeping into the marketplace and has found a niche in electric lawn tools.
Check out our review of a popular Worx trimmer here.
They offer low price, medium-to-high quality products that….work. Worx is super popular on places like Amazon, but also have a presence in some of the big box stores. Worx started off in lawn equipment and took off like a rocket, but are now transitioning into new products. One hallmark of Worx’ brand is that of innovation. And let me tell you – the autonomous lawn mower is innovation.
Who should buy a robotic lawn mower?
This is a question we get a ton from our visitors. Robotic lawn mowers are good for a few people:
- You have a lot of money and don’t want to spend time mowing
- How much do you make per hour? How much are you willing to pay to not have to get in the yard? Most lawn care companies cost around $40-50/week to come mow your grass. The robotic lawn mower can cost around $1,000 or less. You do the math!
- You are older and don’t want to schlep around a mower
- Perfect population here. If you are older and don’t want to push a mower over your dense grass, just set the robot mower down and let it do its thing. No worries about falling or staining your shoes or any of the other pains associated with mowing.
- You are a tech nerd/early adopter/lawn tool enthusiast
- I mean, it’s pretty cool. You don’t even need to be a nerd to appreciate how cool this is. Has anyone started a business where they buy a bunch of these and go set them in people’s yards and charge them for lawn care? You could mow several yards at once. Did I just give away a billion dollar idea?
WORX WR165 Landroid S 1/8 Acre Robotic Lawn Mower: Feature review
Alright, these things are immensely complex and technical, so we are going to do our best to simplify it for you.
How does the Worx WR165 Landroid lawn mower work?
Similar to robotic vacuums, the Landroid requires connectivity to Wifi to operate and can be controlled from your smartphone. Again, if you have ever used a Roomba, this is super similar. The Landroid will map your yard and work on a set schedule, feeding you real-time information about the mowing job it is doing.
What really sets the Work WR165 landroid mower apart is that it takes into account weather data in addition to your personal preferences to find the best schedule to mow your lawn. Another super interesting thing is that the mower does not mow in straight lines. Weird, right?
Well if you have used a robotic vacuum, you know why it does this. It goes in zig-zags that ensure it doesn’t miss any spots in your yard. Yes, you might lose those precious stripes in your yard – BUT – the landroid cuts super evenly, so you end up with a smooth finish.
One thing to know is that the Landroid will require you to lay down a wired perimeter (think electric fence for a dog) to keep the Landroid out of your neighbor’s yard.
Power and cutting width are important for traditional mowers because they are ways of communicating one important thing: your time!
Conventional wisdom goes out the window when evaluating the Worx Landroid because time matters WAY LESS. You just turn it on, go watch the game, and let the robot do its thing.
The Worx Landroid WR165 S ⅛ acre has a 7 inch cutting deck. Which is small. But again, who cares? You don’t need a massive steel cutting deck that can clear your whole lawn in a few passes. This robotic mower requires you to operate it for ZERO passes.
The Worx Landroid comes with a floating blade disc that automatically lifts when encountering rough terrain. This means you won’t end up with big bald spots in your yard if you let this mower do its thing. Many riding mowers have the same feature on a much larger scale.
The Worx Landroid also comes with a brushless motor, which are longer lasting, more efficient motors in battery-powered equipment. Interestingly, the Worx landroid comes equipped with intelligent navigation, meaning it can quickly navigate narrow paths (instead of getting stuck).
The last neat tidbit I will give you on this is that it takes the same batteries as any of your other 20V battery Worx tools. This is huge.
What about the bag on the Worx landroid?
What about it? It doesn’t come with one and quite frankly, doesn’t need one. Before you bag-lovers have a conniption, let me explain.
The Worx Landroid does not come with a bag, but cuts the grass into fine pieces – which is actually better for your grass’ nutrition. Many lawn experts actually recommend not using a bag ever because of the nutritional benefit of recycling the clippings.
How long does the Landroid take to mow my lawn?
Well, it depends and also doesn’t really matter. Just like robotic vacuums, it gets to cutting your yard when it gets to it. Basically, it will make sure your lawn is cut over the course of a week to ensure that it is evenly mowed.
That is a super weird concept to me, but it makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
The battery life depends on the density of grass and terrain, but generally can go for about two hours.
Can the Worx Landroid mulch leaves in the Fall?
Again, it depends. It can definitely chop up leaves as it moves through your yard, but will probably have a tough time with big leaf piles. Too much density will kill the battery.
WORX Landroid models and costs
The WORX Landroid comes in quite a few sizes and variations that impact the cost. See our guide below:
|Category||Worx Landroid WR165||Worx Landroid WR140||Worx Landroid WR143||Worx Landroid WR153||Worx Landroid WR155|
|Cutting width||7 in.||7 in.||7 in.||9 in.||8 in.|
|Cutting Capacity||⅛ acre||¼ acre||¼ acre||½ acre||½ acre|
|GPS locating if stolen||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Work Landroid Cost||$912||$814||$1,189||N/A||$1,385|
The official review: Worx Landroid WR165
As you can see above, the WR165 is the best bang for the buck for smaller yards. This is a weekend-changing product that can save you a ton of time, provide a quality cut, and make all your neighbors jealous.
**At the time of this post the WR165 went on a MAJOR sale (down almost $300). Make sure to check the below link to Amazon to check the price. If its not on sale, I recommend the WR140, which covers more yardage for a better price.**
We recommend grabbing it on Amazon while it is still on sale. You can grab it today and start cutting ASAP by following this link directly to the Amazon deal.