updated: May 22, 2021

Read our 2021 review of the Husqvarna Automower 315X robotic lawn mower to find out what makes it such an exceptional buy!

Our rating: 9.9
Price: Average

The Husqvarna Automower 315X gives you the freedom to once again spend your weekends participating in fun summer activities instead of pushing a noisy, hydrocarbon-spewing machine around your yard. With the Automower, you’ll get a lawn that’s the envy of your entire neighborhood with just a little bit of effort on your part.

Husqvarna 315X mowes the lawn.
Husqvarna Automower 315X gives you the desired freedom.

You might know Husqvarna from their fine-quality chainsaws. However, did you know they’ve been making robotic lawnmowers since 1995? Husqvarna has invested over two decades of research into robotic mowing technology—technology you can benefit from when you buy one of their machines.

Features

Automower trying to avoid a collision with a standing man.

  • Quiet enough to run at night;
  • Anti-collision sensors prevent run-ins with people and pets;
  • Mulches grass into excellent natural fertilizer;
  • Comes with GPS, cellular, and Bluetooth technology;
  • Piercing anti-theft alarm frightens away would-be thieves;
  • Perfect for lawns up to 0.4 acres.

Pros

Plus

With the Automower, a slow cooker won’t be the only device in your household that has “set it and forget it” functionality. This robo-mower helps ensure you’ll never again have to spend hours in the sweaty pursuit of a perfectly manicured lawn. The Automower does it all for you, so you can kick back and relax.

The Automower works by mulching your grass into teeny tiny bits. These cuttings are excellent natural lawn fertilizer. Your lawn will never look so good with all the life-giving nutrients being returned to your grass. The Automower is suitable for yards up to 0.4 acres, gradients up to 22 degrees, and grass up to 2.4 inches in height. A simple dial on the top of the machine allows you to adjust the length of the cut from 0.78 to 2.36 inches.

Deft Navigation

Boundary wire instructs your mower where the bounds of your yard are.

The Automower uses hidden boundary wires to deftly navigate your yard. Electronic commands conveyed via these wires tell the unit when it’s time to return to the charging station.

The eco mode setting turns off the perimeter wire signal when the mower is charging or parked, saving you money on electricity. The machine has anti-collision sensors so it can tell you when it’s about to hit an obstacle, including kids and pets.

Automower Connect App

The Automower’s keypad is intuitive and super easy to use. However, if you don’t want to use it, you can program your robo-mower using the Automower Connect App.

Smartphone app allows to control the Automower 315X from your smartphone.

This way, you don’t have to keep hunching over your machine, which could give you a sore neck. The Automower Connect app allows you to:

  • Manage your mower’s schedule
  • Track the mower’s progress
  • Start and park the mower
  • Change time settings

If the correct pin code isn’t entered before someone starts the mower, a piercing anti-theft alarm goes off, frightening off would-be thieves. The Automower Connect App uses GPS to let you know the precise whereabouts of your robo-mower at all times. Both of these features practically guarantee your unit won’t ever be stolen.

You may set up the mowing schedule in the app.

You can use the app to create cutting schedules for specific days of the week and specific times of the day. If you want to see how thorough a job your bot is doing, Automower Connect can give you a satellite view of all the mowing your machine’s been doing.

Impressively, the Automower is one of the few mowers to come with GPS, cellular, and Bluetooth technology.

It also comes with a generous 10-year cellular plan that lets you connect to your robo-mower from anywhere in the world. You can also start or stop your machine using Google Home or Amazon Alexa via voice commands.

Headlights of the 315X in the darkness of the night.

Whisper-quiet Operation

You won’t believe how quiet the Automower is. Ten feet away, it’s practically inaudible. With the Automower, your neighbors will never again be disturbed by a noisy, hydrocarbon-spewing monstrosity.

It’s even quiet enough that you can run it in the middle of the night when everyone’s sleeping. The unit has LED lights for night operation, which is helpful if you need to go into your yard during nocturnal use. The lights also start flashing if the unit suffers a malfunction so you can come to its rescue.

Low-cost Replacement Blades and Easy Maintenance

Upside down view on Husqvarna 315X.

Surprisingly, replacement blades only cost a few bucks, and changing them couldn’t be easier. The only other maintenance you’ll probably ever have to do is cleaning the body of the machine.

Simply pop the shell off, but be careful you don’t damage the cable attached to the headlights. Then, merely brush all the dirt and grass that’s accumulated underneath the mower.

Floating Desk Design

Don’t you hate it when a mower takes a big bite out of your lawn? That won’t happen with the Automower because it uses a floating deck design. This allows it to closely navigate the contours of your yard without scalping the grass.

High-tech Cutting

315X adopts to the grass growth rate according to the season.

Onboard GPS maps the lawn before mowing it. This way, the robo-mower can keep track of where it has already cut. When the unit comes across longer-than-usual grass, the mower starts to cut in tight spirals, which is the best way to eliminate lush growth.

A weather timer with three sensitivity levels adjusts mowing to the grass growth rate. This feature increases the cut when the grass grows faster and reduces it during hot and dry conditions and at the end of the season.

Cons

Minus

The Automower is IPX4 rated for water resistance. However, it’s not waterproof. While you certainly can operate your mower when it’s drizzling outside, don’t ever submerge it in water unless you want to end up with an expensive paperweight.

The Automower might not be able to mulch larger debris in your lawn, including leaves or twigs. This means you’ll have to take a quick walk through your yard to pick them up before mowing.

On occasion, you’re going to have to extricate your robo-mower from getting stuck in places like horseshoe pits, flower beds, on top of rocks, and other such obstacles. It’s best to block these obstructions, so they’re no longer a hindrance. However, if your Automower does get stuck, it’ll alert you via the app.

The back wheels could use a little more torque because the robo-mower has difficulty climbing hills when the gradient suddenly gets too steep. It might have to approach the grass several times until it finds a spot it can traverse. Unfortunately, you can’t steer it from the app like you can with other robo-mowers. Perhaps in future iterations of the product, they’ll add this feature.

My Final Verdict: Should You Buy the Husqvarna 315X

Top view on the Husqvarna Automower 315X standing on the sidewalk.
Husqvarna Automower 315X is the recommended model without reservation.

There’s no question that the Automotor isn’t perfect. However, it succeeds magnificently at doing the job the manufacturer says it does, which is to make maintaining your lawn an easy and effortless process.

Because it does this so well, I’m happy to report that I can recommend the Automower without reservation. If you want to see which other robot mowers we consider worth buying, check out our rating & reviews 2021.

Author
Stephen A. Hancock received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics Track) from University of Utah in 2004. Since then, he’s contributed to numerous articles and has been a consultant for many technical publications and websites.

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