All of us homeowners, lawn nuts and pros have heard the unending praise of push reel mowers and have been told that they are the gold standard when it comes to lawn care. And yes, we have ALSO all heard our wise neighbor tell us that “back in his day, they didn’t have those darn gas guzzlers to mow the lawn” and that he used his sweat equity to bring his lawn to perfection with a reel mower and still does to this day.

To your wise neighbor’s point, there is significant evidence that reel mowers are extremely beneficial for the overall health of turf and for the environment, but they require significantly more effort than a traditional gas lawn mower. So, which sacrifice do you make? Do you put in the hard, never-ending work of reel mowing your lawn and spend hours weekly to attain landscaping perfection while doing your part for the environment; or do you save your time and effort, forget about the environment, and hope for the best with a “gas guzzler”? Our answer is: don’t settle for either.

How Robotic Mowers Stand Up Against Reel Mowers

  • Reel mowers are known for their benefits to lawns because of the way they cut grass. Typical rotary mowers are heavy and tend to shred and tear the grass, while reel mowers are light and cut the grass like a pair of scissors would. Robotic mowers work in the same way that push reel mowers do. They are lightweight, some units weighing as little as 18 pounds, and cut the grass rather than tear at it. Additionally, both robotic mowers and reel mowers can mow the lawn in the rain, while gas mowers cannot. However, if you are using a robotic mower rather than a push reel mower, you won’t have to be out in the rain with it or making the effort to push the mower without any self-propelling mechanisms. Point: Robotic Mowers.
  • Push reel mowers are known for their benefits for the environment because they use no gasoline – unlike traditional gas lawnmowers, which studies have shown use 5 gallons of gasoline per household a year. Robotic mowers, similarly, do not use gasoline and are emission-free. They take full advantage of emerging battery technologies, using the safest and longest-lasting batteries available. Robotic mowers can typically run for 60-90 minutes per charge, and all mowers come with a base station and low-voltage cord that can plug into any outlet. Point: Robotic Mowers.

Bonus Points for Robotic Mowers


So, while robotic mowers and reel mowers may be similar in their benefits for both lawns and the environment, effort is where robotic mowers gain all their bonus points. It is estimated that a homeowner using a push reel mower will spend about 19 hours a year mowing their lawn (depending upon how often you mow and how large your lawn is). In contrast, regardless of your lawn size or how often you mow, homeowners using a robotic power will spend 0 hours a year mowing their lawn. That’s nearly a DAY in saved time.

In addition to this saved time, robotic mowers save the effort. It is very vigorous work to reel mow a lawn because there are no self-propelling mechanisms on a reel mower. In contrast, it takes minimal effort for robotic lawn mower owners to get on their phone, set a mow schedule, and deploy their robotic lawn mower to work.

So, who is the real winner overall? You are! Even if you love to put in the time and energy to create your perfect lawn, you can accomplish it with a reel mower.

However, if you are ready to trade your sweat equity in for an extra day a year of time without sacrificing the health of your lawn, Autmow can help. Autmow provides the worlds top-rated robotic lawn mowers and ensures that our team of experts will be there every step of the way. From purchase to installation, long-term care and maintenance, we want to make sure that every aspect of your autonomous lawn mower experience is easy, efficient and affordable.