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Sømløs G1 robotic lawnmower overview



The Sømløs G1 is a robotic lawnmower aimed toward these with bigger gardens. Whereas most robotic lawnmowers from well-known manufacturers can cowl areas of as much as 300-350m2, the Sømløs G1 can mow as much as 1000m2 – or 2000m2 for those who purchase a mannequin with the bigger battery module (that’s 1 / 4 or half an acre in outdated cash).

You’d have thought that this efficiency would have comes with a equally giant price ticket – and till not too long ago you’ll have been right. Nevertheless, with a brand new mannequin on the best way – the G1S – the Sømløs has dropped the value of the G1 to not an enormous quantity greater than the highest-end Bosch or Flymo fashions.

On the brink of mow

Robotic lawnmowers make extra sense for bigger gardens. In some ways, they’re nonetheless a couple of generations behind what we’d count on from robotic vacuum cleaners: requiring numerous fiddly setup earlier than you possibly can let it do its factor in your backyard and requiring your backyard be arrange a selected solution to start with.

Most of that is because of the approach robotic lawnmowers make their approach round. To cease them crashing into your begonias, diving into your pond or chasing you throughout your patio, they require their working space to be mapped out utilizing a boundary wire. This runs from the bottom station in a loop about 35cm inside the sting of your garden – you possibly can peg it down with offered pegs, however it’s higher to bury the wire (I didn’t as whereas I’m dedicated to reviewing merchandise in one of the best ways potential, I’m not digging into my garden for a overview product).

The lawnmower ‘sees’ the wire utilizing magnetic induction, so the wire must be linked to the bottom station (beneath) that additionally costs the mower. And within the case of the G1, that must be positioned in a really particular approach – towards a wall dealing with in an anti-clockwise path with two metres forward of it and a few house behind.

You probably have a number of gardens that aren’t linked, you’ll want a base station and loop in each (until you rig up a solution to energy the loop, which appears straightforward and so much cheaper than €250 for a separate base station or shelter).

It feels nearly like it’s essential to design your backyard round the place you’d place the G1 – for those who discovered it irritating to place your robotic vacuum in an unobtrusive approach in your own home with it nonetheless capable of get out, this robotic mower will not be for you.

The bottom station has an influence adapter that’s when linked to the bottom is waterproof as much as the purpose the place it ends in a thick, round Schuko EU two-pin plug. Sømløs says that it’s together with a UK adapter for UK orders, however we’ve have been unable to seek out an adapter that will match inside a standard waterproof outdoors energy socket and allow you to shut the lid.

The opposite setup difficulty we encountered was that the blades that lower the grass weren’t hooked up to the plate that holds them. The poorly translated directions sort-of inform you find out how to change them once they blunt – however they have been no assist for preliminary set up, particularly if you’re attempting to work out in the event that they actually ought to freely rotate when screwed in to provide one thing that appears like a Robotic Wars weapon (which a fast e mail trade with Sømløs informed us that they need to, which is kinda cool in a ‘deliver it on, Sir Killalot’ approach).

Slicing-edge design

The G1 is a not-unappealing-looking mower. It’s a chunky trying unit – concerning the dimension of a small suitcase – however its grey and black curves are paying homage to fashionable automobile design.

The one splash of color is a big purple ‘emergency cease oh god a fox has left one thing on the garden I don’t need you slicing up and spreading round’ button.

The Cease button additionally opens the hatch hiding the management panel. I didn’t use this a lot besides to initially arrange the mower and join it to the WiFi, and from then on used the Sømløs app. Nevertheless, it could possibly do the whole lot that the app can together with organising apps – so if the bottom station is out of vary of your own home WiFi, otherwise you need it to mow across the spot additional away from your own home than your WiFI extends, it’s nonetheless usuable.

The app is offered for Android and iOS. The iOS app will seem on the shop for those who seek for ‘Sømløs’ – with Google’s Play Retailer it’s a must to seek for Sømløs, creating the ø character by holding down the o key for a second till choices seem.

The app is comparatively straightforward to make use of for easy duties – however might do with tutorial (or higher guide). Setting the G1 off to mow couldn’t be simpler utilizing an enormous play button, and organising a schedule to, for instance, lower your garden on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10am and 12pm is fast and easy.

How quickly is mow

What appears to be lacking here’s what you count on from robotic vacuums – the smarts that to work out when it’s been all over the place and will return to its base, relatively than utilizing a set time sample the place it’s a must to work out for your self by way of trial and error as to how lengthy it ought to run for. I believe we’re nonetheless a couple of generations away from these smarts with robotic mowers.

Different options required rooting round in menus to uncover. For instance, you possibly can automate the G1 to delay mowing if rain is anticipated. Nevertheless, setting this up is a complicated mess and dig too far and you discover menu gadgets in Chinese language.

Some options are simply not defined in any respect. There’s a rain mode – additionally accessible by way of the mower’s management panel – however no clarification of what that does within the guide.

The app – and management panel – additionally lack sure options talked about on Sømløs’ web site. The positioning guarantees a selection of transferring patterns that have been nowhere to be discovered. The positioning additionally mentions an Anti-Theft characteristic – although this merely appears to be that you just get a notification if the G1 leaves the boundary space.

The app feels unfinished and we hope Sømløs enhance it markedly quickly.

Efficiency testing: can the G1 lower it?

Above the Cease button is one other hatch, permitting you to set the slicing top from a first-mow-of-the-season 5.5cm to a neat 2.5cm.

We examined the G1 initially on an overgrown, bumpy piece of grass (beneath) to see the way it might copy with the worst we might throw at it – first at 5.5cm, then all the way down to four after which 2.5 – and the G1 had no drawback lowering the primary space to a nicely lower, constant size.

Right here we discovered one other benefit of robotic lawnmowners over conventional fashions – not solely do you not must push them round, you don’t must empty them both. The clippings are pushed down into your grass as a mulch to assist fertilise the soil and offer you a more healthy garden – and it’s a bonus for hayfever suffers like me.

The G1 doesn’t have an infrared sensor like a robotic vacuum cleaner, so does stumble upon obstacles. Nevertheless, it travels slowly sufficient and responds shortly that no harm was carried out when it encountered a bow and arrow left by my daughter on the garden. Something inside your backyard that you just wish to defend – resembling flowerbeds and bushes – or that the mower might get trapped on like tree roots might want to factored into the way you lay your cable, even perhaps working it out from the sting to loop across the mattress earlier than working it again to the sting.

Whereas the standard of the lower on the garden is superb, the edging is much less so. That is much less the fault of the mower than the directions to set the boundary wire not less than 35cm from the sting of your garden. In our checks, this left round a 15-20cm border of unmown grass across the fringe of your garden – rather more than you’d go away for those who have been mowing your self. It’s potential to repair this by inserting the wire nearer the sting, however this requires some trial and error – and is one thing you want to pay attention to earlier than you first setup your boundary wire, as you’ll seemingly lower it to size earlier than connecting it to the bottom station

The G1 ships with a helpful cardboard ruler that can assist you arrange your boundary wire and base station in the suitable place – it is only a disgrace the preliminary recommendation is mistaken.

Verdict – So who’s it for?

There are numerous individuals who would discover a robotic mower helpful: whether or not for comfort, avoiding hayfever or as a result of they don’t have the mobility to make use of a standard mower each week – or they need an ideal garden mown each different day. Nevertheless, the present technology of robotic mowers – together with the G1 – doesn’t take away all want for garden care. You’re nonetheless going to must strim across the edges of your backyard.

That mentioned, when you have a big backyard and would like to strim the perimeters as soon as per week relatively than mowing – or your mobility makes {that a} requirement – then the Sømløs G1 mow-stly does what you want. We simply want its app and options have been as slick as its web site.

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