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Bosch Indego 350 Review

Bosch Indego 350 Robotic Lawnmower Review (2020)

 

Bosch Indego 350 is meant for small lawns up to 350 m² (or 0.087 ac.) with slopes no steeper than 15° (or 27 percent). It’s otherwise an autonomous robotic lawnmower running on electricity and using 18 V 2.5 Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It’s got 3 pivoting small blades for a cutting system that mulches grass pretty quietly (up to 63 dB) while maintaining your lawn at a cutting height of 30-50 mm (or 1.18″ to 1.97″).

Check its price here: Bosch Indego 350 Robot Mower.

Bosch Indego 350 Package Illustration

Apart from that, this robot mower uses LogiCut navigation technology to map out the garden and then mow it not randomly but systematically in parallel rows, and after recharging it continues mowing from where it left off. There’s no cut to edge feature nor remote control. Otherwise it’s got all the essential mowing, safety, and security features by default.

Ever wondered what it would be like if all the mundane tasks were done for you by a robot? Well, Bosch Indego 350 is meant for one of those pesky tasks that is lawn mowing. It does so automatically, even fertilizes the grass, and the running costs are fairly low as well.

Quick Overview for the Hasty

Bosch Indego 350 measures 44.5 cm x 36.4 cm x 20.2 cm / 17.5″ x 14.3″ x 8″ (length x width x height) and weighs 7.6 kg (or 16.76 lbs).

Bosch Indego 350 Robot Mower

If you’re new to robot lawn mowers, quickly skim over this “Robot Lawnmower Buying Guide” for a better overview on the matter.

Bosch Indego 350 features tilt, lift, rollover, and collision sensors, but no rain sensor. With the exception of using LogiCut technology where it’s systematically mapping out the cutting area and mowing in parallel rows, but also remembering where it left off when it goes to recharge, as opposed to mowing randomly, it otherwise works much like a typical robot lawn mower would. Note that this non-connect version of Indego 350 does not feature remote control as it does not “connect” to the internet nor Bluetooth.

Pros

  • 30% faster mowing
  • German quality

Cons

  • Poor traction on wet grass, worse in combination with slopes
  • Requires flawless accuracy for docking and thus may miss the mark

 

For extra cost, you can buy a mini garage to protect the mower against the elements while it’s charging, or buy awesome covers for it to personalize it a little more.

 

Who’s Behind Bosch Indego 350 Robotic Lawnmower?

Robert Bosch GmbH as a company dates all the way back to 1886, a backyard in Germany (back then it was called, in German: “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering“). They’ve come a long way since.

Anything more interesting to add to that? Nah, not really. It’s German.*

 

What Are the Specifications of Bosch Indego 350 Robot Lawn Mower?

  • Dimensions – 44.5 cm x 36.4 cm x 20.2 cm / 17.5″ x 14.3″ x 8″ (length x width x height)
  • Weight – 7.6 kg (16.76 lbs)
  • No load speed – ?/min (rounds per minute)

 

  • Max cutting area – 350 m² (0.087 ac.)
  • Incline – 15° (27 percent)
  • Battery pack – 18 V 2.5 Ah lithium-ion battery
  • Mowing time – 45 min (avg.)
  • Charging time – 45 min (avg.)
  • Cutting width – 19 cm (7.48″)
  • Cutting height – 30-50 mm (1.18″ to 1.97″)
  • Cutting height positions – 3
  • Volume level – up to 63 dB

 

What Are the Features of Bosch Indego 350?

Bosch Indego 350 robot mower comes with plenty of features.

1) General:

  • autonomous charging and mowing
  • silent operation (up to 63 dB)
  • USB port
  • low running costs

2) Control System:

  • manual control panel keypad
  • Bosch AUTO scheduling system
  • alert messages

3) Navigation system:

  • parallel mowing pattern
  • LogiCut technology
  • MultiArea [up to 3 independent cutting areas; zones up to 40 m² (0.0099 ac.)]
  • SpotMow – targeted mowing of small areas
  • collision sensor

4) Charging system:

  • energy saving mode
  • temperature monitoring

5) Cutting system:

  • mulching system
  • cutting height adjustment dial
  • 3 pivoting small blades

6) Safety features:

  • emergency STOP button
  • collision sensor
  • tilt sensor
  • lift sensor
  • turnover sensor

7) Security features:

  • security lock system
  • pin code
  • alarm

 

1) General Features

Automatic charging and mowing cycle 
Since all robot mowers are more or less autonomous, so is this Bosch Indego 350. It will go out to mowing the lawn and to recharging automatically as per your instructions or configured schedule.

Silent operation (up to 63 dB) 
How quiet is 63 dB? Sources say it’s comparable to a normal conversation sound levels (around 60 dB). A regular motorized push mower sound levels are around 90 dB and can go up to 110 dB. Instead of that, now you can start relaxing during the weekends as the mower does the work for you without damaging your hearing. You can read more here: “How Loud Are Robot Mowers?

USB port 
Bosch Indego 350 features a USB port which is to be used for software updates only. It’s because there’s no over-air connection capability with this non-connected version.

Low running costs 
Apart from the initial purchase, there are also the running costs involved. Electricity and certain replacement parts factor into it. The battery will last anywhere from 2 to 6 years while the blades need changing roughly twice per mowing season (3 at a time). When it comes to electricity, a 18 volt 2.5 Ah battery uses roughly 0.045 kWh (calculated here). Costs a few cents to keep it running 1 day.

 

2) Control System

Control panel keypad 
Located on top of the Bosch Indego 350 robot mower is a simple control panel with buttons and a screen for feedback. It’s got a “Back” button at the upper left and a “Confirm” button at the upper right, along with arrow keys at the bottom half of the keypad to navigate through settings. Further instructions on what exactly you can do with the control panel are in the instructions manual. Here’s an overview of the settings: essentially there you can configure scheduling options, mowing modes, security settings, and the like. By the way, there’s no remote control, just this manual keypad.

Bosch Indego 350 Keypad

Alerts 
The keypad screen can give you further feedback on a few things, but it’s seriously lacking for troubleshooting problems. In case of problems, you ought to take out the instructions manuals and read start reading through possible problems, causes, and solutions manually instead.

 

3) Navigation System

Mowing pattern: parallel rows 
Bosch Indego 350 robotic lawnmower uses LogiCut intelligent navigation system mowing in parallel rows. Now the robot mower can map out the cutting area and know exactly where to cut, but also, in case it goes back to recharge in the middle of mowing, know where it left off in order to continue mowing from there. This mowing pattern is reported to be 30% faster than the random mowing pattern.

Relies on a perimeter wire 
As is with most robot lawn mower, Bosch Indego 350, too, relies on an electrified perimeter wire (not harmful) that defines the cutting area and helps the mower find the charging station. The wire is connected to the charging station where it receives the low voltage and then makes a loop around the area you wish to be mowed by the mower. You can install the wire itself either tightly against the grass where over time the grass will grow over it, or you can bury it up to few centimeters (0.39″) into the soil.

MultiArea feature 
There’s no automatic zone feature for this Bosch Indego 350 robot mower. Instead what you get is 2 alternatives. The first one is MultiArea feature which allows you to set up up to 3 separate mowing areas each with their own charging station and perimeter wire loop. The second option is to create a zone no larger than 40 m² (0.0099 ac.) by extending the perimeter wire around that smaller zone. I know this was vague explanation, but there’s more info on this in the installation manual should you choose this robot mower.

Bosch Indego 350 MultiArea
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SpotMow feature 
This is basically a manual command that makes this robot mower clear just a small area in a few meter radius from where you used this feature. This is useful for when you only want some certain area to be cut rather than wait for the mower to get to it with a full mowing cycle of the entire lawn.

Collision sensor 
Also know as bump sensor, when Bosch Indego 350 robot mower bumps into something, it will now know that there must be an obstacle and starts mowing in a different direction.

 

4) Charging System

The recharging and mowing cycle is automatic. That means it will both mow and go to recharge all on its own without you having to do much of anything, unless a mowing schedule was not set.

Bosch Indego 350 Charging Station

Energy saving mode 
This will decrease electric energy consumption even further. It’s basically a sleep mode. The way it works is it automatically stops powering the perimeter wire when the mower is not charging or mowing. Say for example when the job is done and is not scheduled to work again any time soon, but the battery is already charged fully, the energy saving mode becomes active. You can wake the mower up by simply giving it a mowing instruction manually (e.g “Mow now”), it also wakes up by itself when it’s just time to work again as per the schedule.

Temperature monitoring 
Bosch Indego 350 robot mower’s battery is equipped with temperature monitoring which allows charging only when the battery temperature is between 5 °C and 45 °C (41°F to 133°F). Batteries don’t fare well in neither cold nor hot temperatures.

 

5) Cutting System

Mulching system 
All robot lawn mowers mulch grass. It’s no different with this Bosch Indego 350 robot mower. Mulching means that the grass is returned to the soil as fertilizer rather than collected and thrown away somewhere else. It’s mulching, and not just cutting, because the grass gets mowed more often. That way the grass doesn’t grow too long and only a little at a time gets cut. This way smaller clippings can fall down onto the soil and not get stuck along the way. At this point, if you wanted a really healthy looking lawn, pretty much all that’s left to do is aeration.

Bosch Indego 350 Cutting System

Cutting height adjustment feature 
Cutting height can be adjusted manually between 3 levels from 30-50 mm (1.18″ to 1.97″).

Bosch Indego 350 Cut Height

3 pivoting small blades 
Bosch Indego 350 robotic lawnmower uses 3 pivoting small blades for a cutting system where they’re attached to a rotating disc. This type of cutting blade system is quietersafer, and more energy efficient when compared to the solid blade, a common 2nd type of cutting blade system robot mower tend to have. As for the negatives, the pivoting small blades attached to a rotating disc are a little less efficient at cutting things when compared to the solid blade. And also, as you can imagine, they are more likely to break off for you to step on (but that in itself is highly unlikely to happen).

 

6) Safety Features

Emergency STOP button 
Apart from Bosch Indego 350 robot lawn mower having a big emergency STOP button, being fairly quiet (up to 63 dB)moving slowly, and having a considerably weaker motor when compared to your regular lawn mower, meaning it will have a hard time with anything other than grass, along with blades being small and tucked deep under the chassis, there are a few more tricks under its belly (learn more: “Robotic Lawnmower Safety”).

Collision, tilt, lift, & turnover sensors 
While the collision sensor’s main function is to aid navigating the lawn, it’s also a safety feature. Instead of the robot mower just pushing forward with the intent to tear down absolutely everything in its path, it will instead bump into it, realize there’s an obstacle, turn, and start mowing in a different direction. Tilt, lift, and turnover sensors will bring the blades to a complete stop if the mower is tilted, lifted, or when it makes an awesome flip.

 

7) Security Features

Auto Lock function 
It’s exactly how it sounds like: when Auto Lock is enabled, things get locked down if buttons are not pressed for 3 minutes. In order to unlock, a PIN code must be entered. It’s purely a security measure to stop unauthorized access – it will still mow and function like normal when it’s locked.

Pin code 
Since the control panel has arrow keys, you can easily find the security settings and set a new PIN code. In order to change the PIN code, you’ll have to know the previous PIN code. When you first get it, there’ll likely be no PIN code entered yet. Try not to forget the PIN code once you’ve created it!

Alarm
The alarm, too, can be either enabled or disabled. When enabled, the alarm goes off likely after some time when the robot mower is lifted and the PIN code is never entered.

 

Additionally, you could:

Hide from bypassers
Try installing the charging station somewhere hidden from bypassers for added protection.

Use a sticker
You can custom make a sticker with fake information about its security features and put it on the mower for the potential thief to kindly return the mower once they notice it – once they realize that they can’t do anything with it without knowing the PIN code, instead of just leaving it somewhere, they might return it knowing they could still get off easy. They might…

Fake surveillance system
Putting a camera, even if fake, in an obvious easy to spot location overlooking the area will at least make the potential thief think twice.

 

What’s Included In the Bosch Indego 350 Package?

Bosch Indego 350 Package Box

Robotic Mower
Charging Station
Installation Manual
100 m Boundary Wire
Boundary Wire Staples (140)

Nails, screws, hex key, power supply & cable, connectors, and the like.

Additionally, for extra cost:
Custom top cover
Mini Garage

 

Should You Buy the Bosch Indego 350 Robot Lawn Mower?

There are quite a few options to choose from. Bosch Indego 350 is a more expensive one among those robot mowers able to cover a lawn up to around 350 m² (0.087 ac.). If you preferred quality over price, and the features were right for you, this is a reliable option.

You can expect quality from Germans. Most other robot mowers out there are ultimately made in China, even if at first glance it may not look like it.

It might not be for you if your garden layout was very complex and/or consisted of more than 3 larger zones or the slopes were steeper than 27% (or 15°) and you wanted cut height to be less than 30 mm (1.18″) or more than 50 mm (1.97″). Apart from the higher price and no remote control, I don’t really see a reason against going with this one – it gets the job done.

You can check its price here: Bosch Indego 350 Robotic Lawnmower.

 

How To Install Bosch Indego 350?

Setting up this robot mower is not a rocket science (check with installation manual).

The main thing is to do with the installation of perimeter wire which defines the cutting area and also guides the mower. The other thing is to do with the docking station placement. It can take a few hours, but the effort certainly pays off by itself afterwards.

When laying out the wire avoid angles of less than 45° as this can affect the performance. You can install the wire either tightly against the grass or dig it under the soil, but no deeper than 5 cm (1.97″). At first it’d perhaps be better to install it against the ground rather than under it to find out if your placement is efficient or not. It’s easier to adjust and correct mistakes this way. In the long run it’d be better to dig it under ground though.

Another thing is the charging station. Setting this up is fairly straight forward (check with installation guide), but I’d like to point out a few key things still. They’re mainly to do with the charging station placement requirements:

  • It must be close to a wall socket;
  • preferably under shade & cover;
  • install on a relatively flat surface outdoors;
  • install it somewhere out of sight from bypassers;
  • install on top of the wire at an outer edge of the cutting area (not in the middle of cutting area).

 

How To Take Care of the Bosch Indego 350 Robot Mower?

As is with all robot lawn mowers, Bosch Indego 350 robotic lawnmower, too, requires very low maintenance:

  • clean regularly;
  • replace cutting blades when need be;
  • replace rechargeable battery when it seems almost dead;
  • install charging station in shaded area to protect the mower from the elements;
  • don’t forget to unplug the power supply connected to the charging station you left outside for winter;
  • when storing the robot mower itself, charge fully, turn off, clean, and place in dry indoor conditions, and avoid leaving in freezing temperature.

 

Conclusion

Bosch Indego 350 is meant for small lawns up to 350 m² (or 0.087 ac.) with slopes no steeper than 15° (or 27 percent). It’s otherwise an autonomous robotic lawnmower running on electricity and using 18 V 2.5 Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It’s got 3 pivoting small blades for a cutting system that mulches grass pretty quietly (up to 63 dB) while maintaining your lawn at a cutting height of 30-50 mm (or 1.18″ to 1.97″).

Apart from that, this robot mower uses LogiCut navigation technology to map out the garden and then mow it not randomly but systematically in parallel rows, and after recharging it continues mowing from where it left off. There’s no cut to edge feature nor remote control. Otherwise it’s got all the essential mowing, safety, and security features by default.

Bosch brand
Bosch is a German company going way, way back. That said, one can expect higher quality, but also higher prices on such robot mowers.

What’s in the package
Bosch Indego 350 package includes the robot lawn mower itself, a charging station, 100 meters (approx. 328′) of perimeter wire, 140 boundary wire staples, and manuals, but also the power supply & cable, screws, nails, a hexagon key, wire connectors, and the like.

Where to buy
It’s simple, buy here: Bosch Indego 350 Robot Mower.

 

EXTRA READING

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Archer

    Should be able to leave in freezing condition, whats the point of having a robotic lawnmower, if you can’t leave it out, even under cover, I’ve gone off robotic for now, at least.

  2. Matt

    Hi
    I need spare battery ( indego 350 )
    The battery can be in the bad condition, I just need the parts from battery kit.
    If someone have it please contact with me.
    Thanks
    Matt

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