Viking iMow MI 422P
this lurid green bot is a cut above the automated bunch
The green colour might not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits a garden. The control display isn’t as good as ROB’s, but the charging dock is more stable, and the iMow gives the cutest little wiggle before it plugs itself in.
Underneath, there’s a blade much like a traditional lawnmower’s, 20cm wide and well recessed for safety. There are also four wheels, beating the ROB 1000’s three. A rain sensor stops it going to work when it’s wet, but it will make up the time later.
Having a wider blade means it needs fewer passes to complete a lawn than the ROB. The iMow can climb a steeper slope, too - 40 per cent against ROB’s 25. Both mowers are quiet enough to use at night, and have theft alarms and security features.
Installation involves laying a boundary wire around your lawn, and connecting the charging dock to a suitable power supply. You set working hours using the display and small array of keys, then leave it to do its thing unbothered.
Rates Ease of installation; quiet siren that sounds just before it begins cutting; the way it politely backs up and trundles off after driving into your leg. Slates The slow startup of the screen.