Update March 2020
Please note that the review below is now a few years old. Since then there are now better alternatives for you to consider. WORX has introduced a new range of Landroid robotic mowers, there are 6 models to choose from that cover lawns from 300m² to 2,000m². The Landroid robotic mowers have always led the way in advanced technology and features, and this new range of robotic mowers continues to ensure they are at the cutting edge of robotic mower technology. To see my full reviews of these new robotic mowers, and why they are amongst the best and most configurable mowers available in the UK today, click on the link below.
The Bosch Indego 1000 Connect is like a twin brother to the standard Bosch Indego model.
Both are very similar in their looks, features and how they operate. The only difference between them is that with this model you can control the 1000 with the Bosch App.
But even with these similarities I would not compare them both, instead you’re better comparing the Indego 1000 to its competition – like the Worx Wg790E.
They are all built for the same lawn so by comparing their features you’ll get a better idea of how good the Indego 1000 really is.
That exactly what I intend to do throughout this review so make sure you stick around!
- Rating: 8/10
- Uses Logicut Navigation System
- Can cover gardens reaching 1000 m² (over 3 tennis courts)
- Ten-position cutting height adjustment
- “Connect” smartphone/tablet control system
The 1000 makes use of the Logicut navigation system to calculate the most efficient mowing route.
This system is 30% faster than other random navigation system and ensures no patches of grass will be left uncut or mowed twice.
Resulting in a more efficient, energy saving and speedy cut.
It also has a built-in memory system which allows it to remember the route that it has just taken.
This means once it has got the hang of your garden and has it all mapped out, it will use that route on a regular basis.The 1000 will regularly improve this route on a regular basis so that it improves the cut of your lawn.
This could be caused by things such as obstacles it runs into, the time of year and weather or just in case it can speed up the process.
A truly brilliant touch to put itself ahead of the competition.
The 1000 is powered by an electric motor and 32 V Lithium-ion battery system just like its brothers and, more interestingly, most of the competitors.
Even though it uses the similar technology as the competition, its efficient power system produces a running and charging time of just 50 minutes.
Absolutely no match for the other mowers.
And it may even save you money on energy bills as it uses as little power as possible for each mow.
It is also much more environmentally friendly than conventional petrol motors as it gives off no air pollution. Keeping you, your neighbours and, most importantly, Mother Nature happy.
Now I may here you ask “wait hold on a minute here… won’t I have to carry it back to its charging station in-between running times?”
Well have no worries, this mower leads itself back to its own charging station with no help from the user.
It senses when it needs recharged and automatically follows the perimeter wire back to its station.
|Mowers||Robomow RS615||Bosch Indego 100||Husqvarna 315|
|Lawn Coverage||1500 m²||1000 m²||1500 m²|
|Noise Level||72-66 dB||75 dB||58 dB|
|Mowing Time||55 – 70 minutes||50 minutes||70 minutes|
|Charging Time||90 – 110 minutes||50 minutes||60 minutes|
|Dimensions||73.5x66x31 cm||58x46x25.5 cm||63x51x25 cm|
|Weight||20 kg||11.1 kg||9 kg|
So that the 1000 can work in a range of different gardens type, it has been designed to handle slope reaching 20°.
Or so Bosch would have you believe.
From the research I have carried out, I have learned that the 1000, or in fact all Bosch models, can have a hard time with slopes.
But this is just from the experience of SOME people, it doesn’t mean it will be the same for you.
So don’t look too down about it before trying it yourself.
In order to adapt to the different types of weather caused by the changing seasons, you can change the cutting height between 20 – 60 mm.
You can either do this manually using a large dial on top of the mower or by using your phone.
Although if I was you, I know what I’d be choosing.
Also, remember that the settings on the height adjustment are the same as those you’d find in a barbers or hairdressers.
The smaller the number, the shorter the cut – #1 being the absolute shortest and #8 being the longest.
I don’t want you cutting it as short as possible on the first mow, this could just cause problems.
Instead begin at 8 and gradually work your way down, this gives your mower time to get use to the garden.
Meaning the grass can grow evenly as it lets the smaller blades (grass) catch up with the bigger ones. To stay completely safe you’ll want to give it about 1 – 2 weeks before making changes.
But if you think it can be done quicker than by all means go ahead.
As said before, you want to ease your 1000 into your garden, gradually decreasing the size to which it cuts your garden.
This is because you want to make use of its mulching function.
As the mower will be cutting the grass very finely, the leftover clippings will be able to drop in between the grass and drops to the bottom soil. This will improve the natural health of your soil as more nutrients are passed on.
There your lawn will begin to look greener, thicker and healthier.
Just remember, if you let the grass grow too long in-between mows then you will not be able to make use of the mulching function.
The Bosch App
This is not only a cool feature but a practical one too, making maintaining the lawn manageable for those with busy lifestyles.
With the app you can alter the 1000’s working schedules, look at a map of your garden, and tell it when to start, stop and retreat to its base.
And it also gives you a weather warning! I thought this was a very nice touch as you can plan out your schedule more accurately in advance.
It also notifies you whenever the 1000’s blades need checking and if there are any issues that need attention.
But the biggest benefit to this feature is you can make changes/adjustments from anywhere. Absolutely anywhere – provided you have mobile signal.
Whether it be at work, on the go or on holiday. The only limit is your imagination (well that and signal).
Making the 1000 the most suitable Bosch model for those with busy and ongoing lifestyles.
Bosch have fitted the Indego 1000 with some vital safety features to let your enjoy your garden without worry.
It makes use of obstacle sensors which stops it during any interference, it then recalculates and continues with a different route.
It will also remember this for future mows and will make alterations to route it chooses for the next mow accordingly.
PIN & Alarm System
To prevent stealing, the 1000 has a built-in security PIN and alarm system.
So whenever someone is trying to use it unknowing of the PIN, the alarm will sound. Even though this could be quite annoying (I mean any unusual activity could set it off) I think it is totally worth it.
You may have to put the PIN in on the odd occasion but if it keep your family safe and the mower in the garden then surely it’s a fair trade?
Lift & Tilt Sensors
Any time the 1000 is lifted or tilted the blade stops automatically and immediately. Reducing any possibility of injury caused to you, your friends or family.
These features create a safe and comfortable environment for you to enjoy your garden even when it’s away at work.
- Because of its dimensions and blade size, the Indego cannot reach blades of grass that run along a wall or fence. But considering how much mowing work it will save you I don’t think this is too much to ask.
- Bosch models cannot travel from one lawn area to the other – e.g. front to back garden. But this would be the same for a push mower and seeing as the 1000 would be lighter and easier to carry, I don’t think this is a big deal either.
- For those with sloped gardens, this mower is not for you. It just seems to struggle in this kind of terrain so it could verge off in the wrong direction during mows which would of course affect the quality of cut.
- Indego models don’t cope well with leafs. The majority of the time they will be left out on your lawn after the mow so you will have to go and remove them yourself.
Update March 2020 – please note that the review below is now a few years old. Since then there are now better alternatives for you to consider. WORX has introduced a new range of Landroid robotic mowers, there are 6 models to choose from that cover lawns from 300m² to 2,000m². The Landroid robotic mowers have always led the way in advanced technology and features, and this new range of robotic mowers continues to ensure they are at the cutting edge of robotic mower technology. To see my full reviews of these new robotic mowers, and why they are amongst the best and most configurable mowers available in the UK today, click on the link below.
Even though there are some problems with the 1000 Connect, it is still one of the better mowers in the market right now.
With this model you’ll get a reliable and ever improving cut, which is completed much quicker than any other model. It has some great features and if I had to choose between this and the standard Indego model, I would definitely choose this.
The luxury of the mobile app just makes lawn maintenance so much easier.
Now even though I think this is the best BOSCH model, I don’t think it’s better than its competition.
The Worx WG790E, for example, has as many mowing and user features but fewer flaws and better navigation (not as quick but better). making it my first choice for those with this size of garden.
I still think the 1000 Connect is a great mower and you would definitely love having it, it’s just not quite as good as the competition.
Should You Buy This Model?
Now of course the above is just my opinion and you are entitled to yours, so if you are still interested in purchasing this model then you’ll need to consider a few things.
Below I’ve outlined a few factors that will help you understand whether or not you’ll make full use of the 100 connect.
- Your garden has limited obstacles
- Your garden is 1000m² in size
- Your garden is relatively flat
- You don’t have the time to properly maintain your lawn
- You’ll make use of the mobile app
- Your garden only has one lawn
- You’re willing to clean up leaves when needed
If you want to ask any questions about this model then please leave a comment below. All I want to do is help you out as much as I can so I will reply as soon as possible.
|Battery Voltage||32/4 V|
|Typical Charging Time||50 minutes|
|Typical Mowing Time||50 Minutes|
|Cutting System||3 pivoting blades|
|Cutting Height (min-max)||20 – 60 mm|
|Sound Level||measured: 72 dB (A) guaranteed: 75 dB (A)|
|Perimeter Wire||200 m|
|Fixing Pegs||4 x 100|
|Product Size LxWxH||580x460x255 mm|