WORX WR130E S300 Review
The WORX WR130E S300 is one of a new range (2019) of intelligent robot mowers that automatically knows what’s best for your lawn every day. It adapts to the size and shape of your lawn and growth rate of your grass and has a range of accessories and customisable features that make the WORX WR130E S300 agile, safe, accurate, quiet and is perfect for smaller gardens up to 300 m².
Worx manufacture a wide range of power tools, high-pressure cleaners, garden equipment, and lawnmowers. One of their leading products is their range of Landroid Robotic Mowers. The WORX WR130E S300 is suitable for smaller gardens up to around 300m². Once set up it will cut your lawn neatly and efficiently while you relax or get on with other work. It is highly efficient and effective.
The convenience of an intelligent and intuitive robotic lawn mower will allow you to mow more frequently for a permanently great looking lawn and perfect weed control.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of this wonderful robotic lawnmower.
Main Features of the WORX WR130E S300
- Silent operation
- Brushless motor
- Intelligent navigation for speed, ease of movement and efficiency
- Intuitive operation with Smart Auto Scheduling
- AIA technology (artificial intelligence) for greater accuracy
- Automatic over the air or USB software updates
- Easily adjustable cutting height from 20 to 50mm
- Cutting Width 180mm
- Rain sensor
- Automatic recharge on a compact charger
- Multi-zone management
- Great security with a pin code, lock system, and an alarm
- Worx PowerShare – the 20V battery is interchangeable with other WORX cordless products
- Light and compact
- Good warranty
- Highly customisable for your specific needs – the 5 optional extras available are:
- ACS or an Anti-Collision System
- Voice Control
- Radio Link
- GPS controlled – Find My Landroid
- Off Limits
To give you a visual representation of the new WORX WR130E S300 take a look at the video below.
Worx have created robotic lawn mowers that are practically plug and play. Once you have downloaded the app for Android or iPhone for the WORX WR130E S300, simply walk through the lawn area and the machine will work it out from there. It will calculate the size, time needed and best mowing plan according to the shape and size. All of this is done automatically. It will also automatically adapt depending on the growth of the grass as well as the weather. This saves even more time and hassle and will ensure a perfectly cut healthy lawn.
You do have a boundary wire that needs to be run and pegged in initially. This will also allow you to get an efficient cut. The better this is done the better your edges and operation will be.
The AIA technology on the WORX WR130E S300 and on all the new WORX robotic mowers, uses artificial intelligence for greater accuracy and precision. If you have a more complex lawn shape this is a great advantage. It will find its way through narrow gaps and navigate tricky bends and details with ease. It also has a multi-zone programming option for other parts of the garden.
For even trickier gardens you can get the Off Limits feature as an optional extra. This uses a simple and easy to install perimeter wire to create a virtual or digital boundary.
The WORX WR130E S300 comes with a 20V 2.0 Ah Lithium battery. This is a high-performance battery with a good life.
A great feature Worx has is that these batteries are interchangeable with other cordless WORX garden tools and power tools. This gives you great convenience and, as many tools can be purchased without the battery for less, will save you money as you build up your collection of WORX equipment.
The Landroid has a super compact charging station that they call the stealth charging station. It is really small so is not an eyesore in your neat garden. Apart from being compact and sleek, it has a stylish design much like the WR130E S300 itself.
As you would expect, charging is automatic. The machine will head to the stealth charging station when it senses it is low on battery and connects via lateral charging contacts. This allows you to position the charging station discreetly and out of the way.
The WR130E S300 has a three blade design that rotates in both directions for a close neat cut. This operation means that the blades stay sharp for longer as both sides are used. They will need to be sharpened occasionally and eventually replaced but much less often than a single direction blade design.
Control Panel & Setup
The process to set up initially is fairly straightforward if you go through the following steps:
- Find a logical and convenient position for the charging dock that is accessible and near a power outlet
- Work the perimeter wire along the outside of the lawn and peg as you go (roughly 80cm apart) keeping the wire as close to the ground as possible
- Download the app and create an account
- Use the QR code under the battery cover and enter your Wi-Fi password
- Use the Lawn Size Calculator on the app and walk the outside of your lawn
- Schedule the operation
From there it will pretty much take care of itself. The software and firmware are kept up to date thanks to Over the Air Software updates.
|Mowers||Flymo 1200R||WORX WR130E S300|
|Lawn Coverage||400 m²||300 m²|
|Noise Level||58 dB||62 dB|
|Deck Size||17cm||18 cm|
|Height of cut||20 – 50 mm||20 – 50 mm|
|Incline||±25 % (14°)||±27 % (15°)|
|Mowing Time||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Charging Time||220 minutes||240 minutes|
|Voice Service:||None||Amazon Alexa|
|Weight||7.4 kg||8 kg|
|Accessory parts available||None||5|
Cut to Edge
This model does not have a cut to the edge feature but if your lawn is fairly even and you set your boundary wire up well it will cut close to the edge for a good finish.
Although the WR130E S300 cuts in a fairly random pattern initially it is intelligent and constantly learning. It is also designed to be used on a regular basis so will soon cat your grass quickly and effectively. The AIA technology makes it efficient and nimble. Again, the better your initial setup the more effective the robot mower will be.
One of the many advantages of the WORX S300 is that it has artificial intelligence in the form of its AIA technology. This allows it to skilfully navigate your garden and makes it especially adept at narrow passages. This is often a challenge for robotic lawn mowers but the WORX can handle them with ease. As they navigate your garden they are constantly learning so over time they will only become better.
This same technology allows for precision control over different areas of the lawn. Most gardens consist of more than one lawn area and the Worx S300 can easily cope with them.
The height adjustment could not be easier and the three easy steps take just a few seconds. They will allow you to adjust from 30 to 50 mm for a perfect cut. You will want to adjust according to cutting frequency and weather conditions.
Because of the blade design and the potential to cut frequently with no effort and hassle, the WR130E S300 is perfect for mulching. It will leave fine clippings as it cuts. These will break down and return nutrient to the soil while also making it more water-wise. Not only is this an eco-friendly solution but it will save you money while keeping the lawn looking green and healthy.
It is not ideal to cut the grass when it is raining so the intelligent rain sensor will stop the mower from operating while it rains and resume once the rain has stopped. If you find it a bit too sensitive to a few drops of rain you can adjust the sensitivity using the app. If you need to mow urgently and it is raining, this sensor can be turned off so that you can continue mowing even during rain. The machine is weatherproof.
Worx App & Installation
The WORX WR130E S300 Landroid can be controlled either directly on the machine or via the convenience of the app from your smartphone or tablet. It is available for iOS or Android. Your mobile device will communicate with the Worx over WiFi and this will also ensure the robotic lawn mower is always updated via automatic over the air firmware updates.
You can download the apps here:
You can even download the app to get a feel for the operation before making a purchase. The app is free. It gives you all the relevant information that you need and complete remote control of the device.
As you would expect from a quality lawn mower, the WORX S300 has a number of safety features. It will only work within its own defined network. Safety features include:
Lift & Tilt Sensors
If the mower is tilted or lifted the blades will automatically stop spinning to ensure safety.
There is a stop button to quickly stop the blade spinning if you have any problems.
PIN & Alarm System
The PIN code will prevent unauthorised use of the mower and the alarm system will alert you if there any security issues.
One clever design feature that helps to keep the Landroid prices down is that you don’t pay for unnecessary features. It comes with everything you need for quality mowing but if you want to get more out of your investment, there are some amazing accessories that can be purchased separately.
WORX offers a number of optional extras that for a small additional investment will make your WORX WR130E S300 even more user-friendly, convenient and effective. This is what WORX have for now and they intend to launch even more in the near future:
As much convenience as the automatic and app-controlled device gives you, you can even add voice control for even more freedom and ease of use. Perhaps you do not want to look at your phone or you battle to do this. You might just not enjoy the technology. If so, voice control is a great solution. You can operate the majority of the functions effortlessly with just your voice using this option.
It is easy to install, setup and operate.
Find My Landroid
Security is always an issue with quality equipment such as the Landroid WR130E S300. Although it already features a standard PIN code as well as an alarm, you can get additional protection and peace of mind with the Find My Landroid feature. This feature uses the cellular function of the device to allow you to track it over GPS even without Wi-Fi and RadioLink.
Irrespective of your initial setup, some parts of the lawn may be a challenge. Added to this, things change in the garden all the time. The ACS or Anti-Collision System will make your robotic lawn mower more agile and help avoid bumping into trees, branches and other obstacles in the cutting area. It does this by means of quality ultrasonic sensors. This feature allows it to steer easily through the lawn and avoid all obstacles.
This add-on feature allows you to create ring-fenced areas. While you can do this with the original boundary wire it can be a bit tricky. This method is a lot more effective and easier to apply. It makes use of a sensor that attaches to the Landroid as well as an additional strip that creates a digital fence on the area you wish the mower to avoid. It can operate independently of the boundary wire and does need power. It is operated by a magnetic force which the sensor will pick up.
While the Wi-Fi connection is great and works well, nothing can match the power of the RadioLink for optimum communication and Artificial Intelligence capabilities. The RadioLink uses low power communication that can travel up to 1km from the router even if there are obstacles in the way.
WORX WR130E S300 Owners Maunal and Installation Guide Download
WORX WR130E S300 Warranty
The standard warranty on the Landroid is 2 years with an additional year if you register your purchase with WORX and joining their Owner’s Club.
What’s included in the box?
In the kit, you will receive the following:
- WR130E Mower
- 1 x 20V Lithium battery pack
- 1 x Stealth charger and power supply
- 9 blades and screws
- 100m roll of boundary wire
- 2 x Wire repair connectors
- 130 wire pegs
- 1 hex key
- 2 x measurement gauge
- 8 screws to secure the charging station
- Basic instructions
While the WORX WR130E S300 is a great robotic lawn mower there are a few downsides. It is important to be aware of these when considering your options:
Many people found the start guide to be inadequate. Fortunately, this is easy to overcome as there are many great videos or guides available online. This only has to be done once and with a small garden, should not take too much effort.
Edges are not always perfect as the WORX WR130E S300 does not have the Cut to Edge feature . This is common to most robotic lawnmowers but unless you get your initial setup or adjustments perfect your edges will not be perfect.
If having a robotic mower that does cut to edge is a must, then you may want to consider the larger WORX WR142E M700, click here to see the full review of the WORX WR142E M700.
If you are tired of slogging away in the garden or paying others to do it, this is a great option for lawns up to 300m2. Understand that you will have to do a bit of setup initially with the WORX WR130E S300 and that it might not reach all edges perfectly and you will not be disappointed. It will keep your grass neat, happy and healthy with minimal effort on your side.
Should You Buy The WORX WR130E S300?
The WORX WR130E S300 compares very favorably with other models of robotic lawn mowers in this category and provided you are aware of the potential minor downsides, this is a great investment. It is reliable, effective and easy to use. It has great standard features as well as even more functionality should you wish to purchase additional accessories. In the long run, it will save you money and once set up, it will immediately save you time and effort.
Where should I purchase this model?
Hopefully this review has made it clear to whether or not you should purchase this WORX WR130E S300 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. Considering how valuable this piece of equipment is you want the most for your money and the best service possible making Amazon the best place to go.
Also, if you have any questions about this model or choosing your own mower then please leave a comment below and I’ll help you out the best I can.