Flymo EasiLife 350
- Quiet enough to use throughout the day.
- Small and unassuming.
- Good quality mower with ability to effectively work on slopes.
- Lithium-ion battery — fast charging.
- Large wheels that will not cause grooves.
- Random path mowers will take time to reach all parts of the lawn.
- Set up can be a little tricky via the onboard panel (easier via the phone app).
Flymo EasiLife 350 Robotic Lawn Mower Review
The Flymo EasiLife 350 is a robotic mower built in the UK and designed for lawns up to 350m². It has a cutting width of 16cm, height adjustment from 20mm to 50mm, has 3 good quality pivoting razor blades for a precise and clean cut. The Flymo EasiLife 350 has an onboard keypad and LCD display and can also be controlled via the a smartphone app. This robotic mower comes supplied with a charging station, 150m of boundary wire and 200 pegs.
The Flymo EasiLife 350 is a compact robotic lawn mower suitable for lawns with surface areas of up to 350m². There are three rotating razors under the machine that do the cutting work and an array of sensors to keep it safe and on track.
- Rating: 9.5/10
- Lawn Coverage: 350m²
- Cutting Width: 16cm
- Height of Cut: 20mm to 50mm
- Noise Level: 58 dB
- Max Incline: ± 35% (19.3°)
- Mowing Time: 65 minutes
- Charging Time: 60 minutes
- Voice Service: None, Bluetooth connectivity to the EasiLife App.
- Weight: 7.3 kg
- Number of Accessories Available: 4
- Quiet to near-silent mowing
- Lithium-Ion Battery 18 V — 2 Ah
- Bluetooth Compatible with Flymo Mobile App
- Anti-theft, Pin Code and Alarm
- Adjustable Cutting Heights: 20 mm — 50 mm
- Self-Charging on a Smart Dock
- Second Area and Spot-Cut Functions
- Light and Compact
- 2-Year Warranty
- 4 Optional Extras
- Collision Sensors
- Boundary Wires
- Docking Cowling
- Wheel cleaning brushes
- Cable connector box
- Blade Set
A 150-metre spool of guidewire comes with the unit, which needs laying out, around the lawn, to form an invisible boundary wire. The mower also uses this wire to guide itself back to the charging dock.
The dock must be set at an angle to the wire boundary line, to prevent the mower from repeating the same track. In essence, this is a random path mower, with the idea that it will not leave wheel marks on the grass as it travels randomly.
For a bit of extra safety, an array of sensors connects to the shell of the mower, which tells the onboard computer to adjust its path or turn around. But there are no active visual sensors to tell the machine where it is heading.
The mover uses an 18V 2.0 Ah battery that will give it around 60 minutes run-time on the lawn. The manufacture claims that the EasiLife 350 will consume 4 kWh of power over a month if used to its limit.
Once the mower detects that is has a low battery, it will then return to the charging dock. To do this, the owner needs to lay a guidewire from the dock and in towards the middle of the lawn. Charging takes around 60 minutes.
The charging station is waterproof, as is the power pack that comes with it. There is an optional hood for the dock, which adds an extra level of protection to the mower and the dock in hail, or other extreme conditions.
As with all mowers, the blades are consumables. This mower has 3 razor-type blades that pivot on the main spinning axis to allow them to recoil. It is possible to sharpen these blades — they are also easy and inexpensive to replace.
Flymo prefers for you to use their blades. It is also necessary to use official parts if you want to keep the warranty valid, but there are third-party vendors offering blades too.
Cutting heights range from 2cm to 5cm, and changing these heights is safe and easy to do. There is a dial under the main control panel, with the height marked in centimetres. A quick twist, of this dial to the desired height, and the mower is ready to go.
Flymo EasiLife 350 Video
To give you a visual representation of this Flymo EasiLife 350, please see the video below.
LawnSense is a smart way of cutting your grass, to allow it the time to grow and mature, and still keeps it looking neat. The program reduces what it thinks to be excessive cutting periods, to allow your lawn the best amount of growing time.
FrostSense uses one of the EasiLife 350 sensors to measure air temperature. If it gets colder than 5° C, the program pauses any prior scheduling until the weather improves. This protects the hardware— and the blades from damaging frozen grass.
Spot cut is to allow the mower to tackle patches of grass that it may have missed, or thick grass the mower had trouble with on the first pass. The operator can pick up the mower and place it in the middle of the trouble spot. Then by pressing GO, the EasiLife will travel in an outward spiral.
The mower will return to its default cutting mode after a set period.
If you feel that it is time to cut the grass, it is possible to override your schedules without losing them. The Override option will not work on Standby; it is a temporary change that will not affect the schedules long- term.
Many people will have two lawns, one in the front and one in the back. And you would not want to leave the mower on standby in the front for various reasons. The second area allows the owner to lift the mower from the docking lawn and move it to an area without the dock.
The Second Area mode makes the mower aware that it does not have access to the dock and signals an alarm for help when it needs moving back to the charger.
By selecting Park, on either the App or on the control panel, the mower will disregard any other commands and return to the charging station. The 350 will also Park the mower by choosing Standby and pause operations for up to 18 hours.
Park Mode allows the family to enjoy the lawn without the mower coming after them. Great feature for garden parties and lawn picnics!
All EasiLife mowers are self-mulching machines. These mowers do not have grass collection boxes or side chutes — the weight would shorten the runtime. Instead, the small blades and the retracing of the mower’s paths, reduce the clippings to natural fertiliser.
There are many benefits to mulching, please see my article on the benefits of mulching on the link below.
The Flymo EasiLife robotic mowers are waterproof to the level of spraying water, not high-pressure sprays. But, it is not good practice to mow wet grass, the wheels can create grooves and the clippings stick to the underside of the rotor. This can lead to poor cutting and a damaged lawn.
The Rain Sensor works with the LawnSense program to pause all mowing schedules and have the mower return to base until the weather improves.
Flymo EasiLife App & Installation
Users can download the EasiLife App from Google Play if they want to make installation, scheduling and configuration a bit easier. The App also has some quick functions, such as Park and pausing of operations. Scheduling is much faster and simpler to achieve through the App.
Control Panel & Setup
The EasiLife 350 is quick to set up, and the process of getting it to a point where it will start mowing is simple. To start…
- Download the EasiLife App onto your smartphone, where you can see further instructions and settings.
- Find a corner of the lawn, where you can place the main docking station and run power to it. The station needs to be perpendicular to the opposite boundary of the lawn.
- Run the Boundary Wire around the lawn at least 20 centimetres from the boundary.
- Connect each end of the wire to the back of the dock to complete the loop.
- Install the Guidewire, which helps the mower to find its way back to the dock.
- Connect the Bluetooth on your phone to the mower or use the control panel to schedule the mowing.
- It is advisable at this point to put a secret PIN-code into the mover to protect it from theft or unauthorised use.
Further and more detailed instructions come in the form of printed manuals, the EasiLife App, or it is possible to download manuals as a PDF onto a PC (please see section in this review where you download the Operator’s manual).
Below is a video showing the setup process of this Flymo EasiLife 350.
To protect your mower and family, the mower has a range of sensors to make the machine inert until reactivated by the owner.
Lift & Tilt Sensors
A lift sensor detects if there is no longer loading on the wheels and shuts-off the motors until the wheels have full contact with the lawn. And in the same way, if the mower detects that it has become unbalanced, it will also shut-off power to the motors.
PIN & Alarm System
At the start of setting the mower up on the dock, it is advisable to enter a PIN-code into the machine. If the user enters this code wrong five times in a row, the machine will sound an alarm and need an authorised Flymo technician to unlock it.
The user must enter their PIN-code each time they want to access the control panel or after 30-days of not entering the code. And pairing the mower with its dock makes the mower useless if someone decided to take it and use it on a different dock.
Flymo offers a 2-year warranty on this robotic mower. This warranty is not valid when using third-party parts such as replacement blades.
Flymo EasiLife Comparison Table
Last update on 2020-04-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Flymo EasiLife 350 Operations Manual
What’s Included in the Box?
- Flymo EasiLife 350
- Charging Station + Lawn Screws
- Waterproof Power Supply + Low Voltage Cable
- 150 Metres of Loop Wire
- 150 staples for the Loop Wire
- Connectors for the Loop Wire
- User Manual
Pros and Cons
Flymo is well-known for their lawn mower heritage. The EasiLife 350 offers users the chance to free up time on the weekends. In some sense, a robotic mower uses much less power than a conventional mower, due to the small motor size.
On the other side of the equation, this type of mower does not cut in the most efficient manner, however the random mowing pattern is less likely to leave wheel tracks over your lawn. The blades are very sharp, and they do not have a problem getting through tall grass, although it may take a few attempts.
You be asking what is the difference between the Flymo EasiLife 350 and the Flymo EasiLife 500. They are identical robotic mowers in terms of size, battery, features, functions, number of pegs and boundary wire, however the 350 is for lawns up to 350m² and the 500 is for lawn up to 500m². So how is this possible, I hear many of you asking? It’s all down to how the robotic mower is programmed and software limitations. The Flymo EasiLife 350 will mow for up to 7.5 hours per day and the Flymo EasiLife 500 will mow for up to 11 hours per day allowing it to cover more lawn area.
Should You Buy This Model?
Comparing The EasiLife 350 to its smaller brother EasiLife 200, it is hard to see much point in paying more for the little differences. The main bonus is a greater number of wire staples and extra length boundary wire that comes with this unit, but that does not justify the price difference.
You do however need additional staples and boundary wire for larger gardens that this mower is designed for. Just remember you are not getting any enhanced features or more powerful batteries, the mower is identical.
In summary, this is a great cordless mower that is going to last. Like it predecessor, the Flymo 1200R that has been around for years and has proved to be a reliable and efficient robotic mower.
This new range of cordless mowers from Flymo are sure to follow in the 1200’s footsteps, especially with the updated features.
Where should I purchase this Flymo EasiLife 350?
Hopefully this review has made it clear to whether or not you should purchase this Flymo EasiLife 350 model. If you consider everything I’ve talked about then I’m sure you will make the right decision.
Amazon have the best prices that are difficult to match and probably the most reliable delivery system on the web with easy returns.
- Utilises a 18 V battery so it can tackle your lawn with ease
- A 16 cm cutting width and 20-50 mm cutting height ensures a neat and tidy finish to your lawn
- Self-mulching, this lawn mower drops your grass clippings back into the lawn – acting as a natural fertiliser for a healthier, greener lawn
- Cover the garden without the restriction of a power cord, for greater freedom and flexibility
- Utilises an irregular mowing pattern to ensure full coverage of any garden shape
Last update on 2020-04-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
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Flymo EasiLife 350 FAQ
How much boundary wire comes with the Flymo EasiLife 350 Robotic Lawn Mower?
What is the maximum slope gradient this Flymo EasiLife 350 Robotic Lawn Mower can work with?
Where do all the grass clippings go?
The grass clippings are mulched and are small enough to fall down to the soil. This process naturally fertilises your lawn making it more healthy and greener.
How does the EasiLife 350 charge itself?
The Flymo EasiLife 350 will automatically return to the charging station when the battery is getting low. Once recharged the mower will automatically start mowing again.
Is the Flymo EasiLife 350 safe around children and pets?
Yes, this robotic has a range of safety features such as tilt and lift sensors that make this mower safe.