A robotic lawnmower that is easy to set up and adjust, while being able to handle a little rain.
- All-weather construction
- Easy set up
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Quiet operation
- Meant for 2,700 square feet or less
- Not meant for more than 2,700 square feet
- Sensitive cutting blades
- Price is slightly high
- Warranty is slightly less than some competitors
Robotic lawn mowers are taking over the outdoors just like indoor robot vacuum cleaners are dominating the indoors. With so many manufacturers rushing models to market, it can be hard to find just the right one for your lawn. Though one of the models that truly deserve a good hard look is the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO.
This robotic lawn mower was designed to conveniently cut urban and suburban lawns with ease. This includes engineering it to run as silently as possible. To that point, it is rated for an extremely low noise level of 57 dbA.
The Gardena 15001-41 SILENO was designed to be able to cut and maintain most suburban and urban lawns of 2700 square feet or less. It comes with a Bluetooth-enabled app that makes setup incredibly easy. Even if this is your first time working with a robotic lawn mower the setup interface was designed to be intuitive.
You get a lot included in a single purchase. It includes City robotic lawn mower with base, charging station tower, low-voltage cable, power supply unit, ruler, connectors, couplers, loop wire, stakes and operator’s manual.
- Everything you need in one package
- Mows up to 2,700 square feet on a single charge
- Easy setup
- Mulching mode to manage grass clippings
- Silent running of only 57 dbA
- All-weather engineering
If you have a typical urban or suburban lawn of 2,700 square feet or less, then the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO is going to impress you with its performance. Right off the bat, you’ll appreciate the silent running, as will your neighbors. It does a good of cutting even thick-bladed types of grass, which is great if you have Bermuda grass or something similar growing in your lawn.
The mulching feature is also something you will appreciate in the long term. Not only does it do a great job of neatly mincing up the grass clippings to leave your lawn looking finely manicured, but the pieces also decompose back into your turf. This provides nitrogen to feed the lawn, while also helping to eliminate the need for seasonal aeration.
Another great feature of the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO is that it was engineered to be an “All Weather” robotic lawn mower. Though this is more about its ability to withstand a passing rain shower. Like all lawn mowers, strong rain and soaked grass will affect performance.
If there is a minor complaint with the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO it’s that it isn’t necessarily designed to tackle rough terrain or climb steep inclines beyond 35-degrees. It truly is meant for “City” lawns.
Ease Of Use
Like all robotic lawnmowers, you do need to put some time into setting up your lawn with the guide wiring, stakes, and programming the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO the way you want it to. This is par for the course and with patience and a thorough reading of the owner’s manual you should be able to get everything set up in an hour or so.
If you find that you do need to change things, there is a Bluetooth optional interface. This gives you a three-minute window of time to make the alterations you need to the currently active program. If you prefer you can also use the control panel to adjust any settings.
The Gardena 15001-41 SILENO is loaded with special features. This starts with the thoughtful engineering, which makes it able to endure a modest rain shower.
The mulching mode will go a long way toward keeping your lawn looking neat and trimmed, while also helping to prevent thatch build-up. You might even find that the nitrogen contributed by the decomposing grass clippings will reduce the need for fertilizing.
The intuitive interface and the Bluetooth remote control is also handy. This lets you adjust the cutting dynamics in the middle of a cutting session. It also speeds the initial setup time as well.
Cut Quality & Options
The Gardena 15001-41 SILENO has an adjustable cutting height of between 20 and 50 millimeters. This is about perfect for maintaining most suburban lawns. If you do have to go on an extended vacation, you might want to leave the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO active to ensure the grass doesn’t grow too long in your absence.
The mulching feature also helps keep your lawn looking crisp at all times. It is definitely handy if you worry about thatch buildup from dead grass clippings, or you have a nosy neighbor who always seems to be peering over the fence at your lawn.
There isn’t a lot of maintenance required with the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO. It is relatively easy to change the blades. If you have a lot of trees in your yard that drop sticks, you might have to change the blades more frequently, though this is true with most robotic lawn mowers.
The Gardena 15001-41 SILENO comes with a lot of the standard safety features that your find in most robotic lawn mowers. The fact that it can tackle an incline of up to 35-degrees without topping over is a bonus and something that isn’t always true with some of the competitors.
The Bluetooth remote control app also helps with safety as well as cutting quality. If you happen to notice something wrong in your lawn or you need to change the cutting dynamics for some reason, the Bluetooth control lets you halt progress or make changes on the fly. This is much better than having to chase the mower down.
There is a lot of thoughtful cost-effectiveness in the engineering of the Gardena 15001-41 SILENO. This starts with the all-weather material construction that protects your investment from damage caused by a passing rain shower.
The mulching feature and the ability to adjust the cutting deck height from 20 to 50 millimeters is also handy for maintaining the thatch levels in your turf. Not only does this reduce cost concerns about season aeration, but it might also help maintain the ambient nitrogen layers that feed the upper layers of your turf.