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Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Review

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid
Robotic Lawnmower Review (2020)

 

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid is perfect for large lawns up to 1500 m² (or 0.37 ac.) in size and is able to cope with slopes up to 35 percent (or 20°). It’s an autonomous robot lawn mower that runs on electric power using a 20V 4 Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With its 3 pivoting razor-like blades it quietly (up to 66 dB) mulches grass and maintains your lawn at a cutting height of 30-60 mm (or 1.18″ to 2.36″).

Check its price here: Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid.

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robotic Lawnmower Package Illustration

It’s using artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the optimal route and mowing schedule. Additionally, with a smartphone, you can remotely control its settings rather than having to do it manually. It’s got all the essential mowing, safety, and security features by default, and offers additional features for extra cost. Also, the mower comes with a warranty of up to 3 years.

Having used one of these robotic gardeners myself, I wouldn’t ever want to go back to manually mowing again. The robot lawn mower has saved me so much time and trouble.

Quick Overview for the Hasty

Worx WR153E L1500 measures 63.0 cm x 44.5 cm x 22.5 cm / 24.8″ x 17.5″ x 8.86″ (length x width x height) and weighs 9.5 kg (or 20.9 lbs).

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid

If it’s your first time dealing with robot mowers, glance over this “Robot Lawnmower Buying Guide” for better understanding of things.

Without the upgrades, at base value, it’s got the usual rain, tilt, lift, and collision sensors, and works much like your typical robot lawn mower would. Additionally however, Worx WR153E L1500 has a “cut to edge” feature which allows it to cut closer to the edges of your lawn as it follows the perimeter wire. And when you’re able to connect it to the internet via Wi-Fi, the robot mower makes use of the cloud computing AI (AIA technology) to perform even better over time. Also, if it’s connected to the internet, you have the option to control its many settings remotely using a smartphone or a tablet.

For extra cost you can buy upgrades (5) to it that include the 1) Anti Collision System (ACS), an ultrasonic sensor for detecting obstacles from afar in order to drive around them without touching, but also the 2) Off Limits Module, 3) Radio Link Module, 4) Find My Landroid Module, and 5) Voice Control. More on those things further into the review.

 

Who’s Behind Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid?

Worx is a brand name for the Western markets which is owned by Positec Tool Corporation, a China-based manufacturer of power tools, lawn and garden equipment and accessories.

Positec

 

Ultimately then, it’s Positec that does the producing and Worx that does the selling of this Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid robotic lawnmower.

They stand out by offering unique solutions – Worx robot mowers for example are customizable/upgradeable and smarter when compared to most competitor robot mowers.

 

What Are the Specifications of Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robot Lawn Mower?

  • Dimensions – 63.0 cm x 44.5 cm x 22.5 cm / 24.8″ x 17.5″ x 8.86″ (length x width x height)
  • Weight – 9.5 kg (or 20.9 lbs)
  • No load speed – 2200/min (rounds per minute)

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robot Lawn Mower Specifications

  • Max cutting area – 1500 m² (0.37 ac.)
  • Incline – 20° (35 percent)
  • Battery pack – 20 V 4,0 Ah lithium ion battery (model: WA3553.3)
  • Mowing time – 90 min (avg.)
  • Charging time – 70 min (avg.)
  • Cutting width – 22 cm (8.66″)
  • Cutting height – 30 – 60 mm (1.18″ to 2.36″)
  • Cutting height positions – 4
  • Volume level – up to 66 dB

 

What Are the Features of Worx WR153E L1500?

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid comes with plethora of features.

1) General:

  • autonomous charging and mowing
  • silent operation (up to 66 dB)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • USB port
  • low running costs

2) Control System:

  • manual control panel keypad
  • Worx Landroid App for remote control (more control settings)
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • alert messages

3) Navigation system:

  • relatively random mowing pattern
  • artificial intelligence system (AIA technology)
  • multi-zone feature (up to 4 zones)
  • collision sensor
  • rain sensor

4) Charging system:

  • laterally mounted charging contacts
  • stealthy recharging station

5) Cutting system:

  • mulching system
  • cut to edge feature
  • cutting height adjustment dial
  • 3 pivoting razor-like small blades

6) Safety features:

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

7) Security features:

  • security lock system
  • pin code
  • alarm

8) Upgrades for extra cost: (5)

  • Off Limits Module
  • Anti Collision System (ACS)
  • Radio Link Module
  • Voice Control
  • Find My Landroid Module

 

1) General Features

Automatic charging and mowing cycle 
As with every robot lawn mower, the Worx WR153E L1500 is also an autonomous one. That means it will both mow and recharge automatically without you needing to do anything. At some point, once the AI has gathered enough data, it will even schedule the optimal mowing time all by itself.

Silent operation (up to 66 dB) 
It mows fairly quietly. When a regular lawn mower roars at around 90 decibels (dB) and even up to 110 dB, this robot mower goes up to 66 dB only. That’s comparable to a sound level a normal conversation produces. You can read more here: “How Loud Are Robot Mowers?

Wi-Fi enabled 
With over air Wi-Fi connection, Worx WR153E L1500 can be connected to a smartphone or a tablet using Worx Landroid App (Positec). If the defined cutting area is covered with a Wi-Fi signal and the mower is connected to the network, it will have access to the cloud computing AI (AIA technology) as well.

USB port 
At the back of the Worx WR153E L1500 is a USB port mainly for when you need to update the robot mower’s firmware without Wi-Fi connection.

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 (roughly $90) will last anywhere from 2 to 6 years while the blades (around or less than $1 per blade) need changing roughly twice per mowing season (3 at a time). When it comes to electricity, a 20 volt 4 Ah battery uses roughly 0.08 kWh (calculated here). That’d be roughly 10 cents a day and up to a few dozen bucks per mowing season.

 

2) Control System

Control panel keypad 
Located at the top of the robot mower is a control panel with push buttons and a screen for feedback which is not under a protective sheet but is somewhat water resistant. You get more control options when using the app.

Worx WR153E L1500 Control Panel

Worx Landroid App (PositecDev) 
Worx has this app interface for their Landroid robot lawn mowers. This gives you remote access to the mower’s control settings. First bring the robot mower into the same Wi-Fi signal you’re using the smart device with. Then you install the app, create an account, allow camera access and scan the robot mower’s QR code found underneath the cover. Once that is done you simply insert the Wi-Fi password into the interface and follow the final instructions for pairing the device with the mower using the Wi-Fi connection.

Now you can start receiving alert messages through the app informing you of incidents related to the mower, giving you more feedback of what the robot needs or what’s wrong with it, etc, but also gain access to more settings and options in general.

 

3) Navigation System

Mowing pattern: random 
Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid mows in a random pattern. The cloud computing AI (when in Wi-Fi range) improves the mowing efficiency by optimizing the schedule and route as per the garden layout, weather conditions, and grass growing rate. But still. At its core, it’s still a fairly random pattern. The way the mowing pattern looks like is once it comes in contact with an obstacle or reaches the perimeter wire, it will turn and start mowing in a different direction.

Worx WR153E L1500 Moving Pattern Illustration

Relies on a perimeter wire 
Worx WR153E L1500, like most robot mowers, relies on an electrified perimeter wire (not harmful) for defining the cutting area. You can install the wire either under the soil, but not too deep, or place it tightly against the ground instead. Both ways work, but burying is better. In either case, installing it yourself may seem troublesome, but once that’s over with you’ll never want to go back to manually mowing it all by yourself every week again. Additionally, the clearance or the distance between the wires going through a narrow passage should be about 90 centimeters (or 3 feet). If it’s just one wire going through the narrow passage, the passage should be wide enough to allow 44.5 cm (or 17.5″) wide robot mower to fit through.

multi-zone feature 
It’s got a multi-zone feature with up to 4 configurable zones at a time. The working time for each zone can be adjusted manually. To select zones, the mower needs to first be at the recharging station. Once you’ve selected the amount of zones you want, you ought to press the START button to start the process. The mower starts following the perimeter wire until you press the STOP button as the mower reaches the spot you want to mark as the 1st zone. Upon saving it, you can do the same for the 2nd zone, and so on, until it makes a full circle and your configurations come into effect. Each zone is thus just the configured exit point from following the boundary wire.

Collision sensor 
Not to confuse with the Anti Collision System (ACS) sensor you can buy for extra cost, the collision sensor is one where the mower simply bumps into things and figures there must be an obstacle that way. Once it runs into something like that and muffles a veery quiet “sorry” (you won’t hear it), it turns and starts mowing in a different direction.

Rain sensor 
Rain sensor might seem self-explanatory, but it functions in a way its programmed. If enabled, when the robot mower detects rain, it will return to the charging station. Once it’s dry again, the mower will automatically start a “rain delay” countdown which you can set a timer for by yourself.

 

4) Charging System

As was mentioned earlier, Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robotic Lawnmower recharging and mowing cycle is automatic. This means that it will mow according to the mowing schedule, and once it’s low on battery, returns to the recharging station by itself, and when it’s recharged, goes back to mowing again if the mowing schedule allows.

Laterally mounted charging contacts 
Most robot mowers have the charging contacts at the nose of the mower which makes the robot mower calculate a more complicated way of docking into the recharging station. Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid has them located on the side so that when it follows the perimeter wire back to the recharging station it more or less simply just drives into the recharging station without too much effort.

Stealthy recharging station
Worx’s charging station has a grid that allows the grass to grow through it. Over time, the grass will grow over the grid and it becomes virtually invisible. Compared to other recharging stations where the flat platform essentially suffocates the grass underneath, Worx’s solution is, again, unique and great. The grass gets cut and no negative impact is left behind.

Setting things 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;
  • leave at least 80 cm of free space in front of the charging station;
  • lay at least 30 cm of perimeter wire straight out to the opposite side if it follows by a left turn. If the turn following the 30 cm exit path follows a right turn, there’s no need to leave at least 30 cm of straight perimeter wire.
Worx WR153E L1500 Charging Station Placement
If the turn following the 30 cm exit path is a right turn instead of left then the straight wire doesn’t have to be 30 cm long.

 

5) Cutting System

Mulching system
All robot lawn mowers mulch grass, same deal with this Worx WR153E L1500. Mulching means that the grass is not collected, instead it is cut tiny bit at a time so that the small clippings go back into the soil as fertilizer. It’s perfect for a healthy green lawn. All that’s left for you to do is aeration if you wanted the best looking lawn you’ve ever had.

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Cutting System

Cut to edge feature
Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid cutting system is located closer to the side of the robot mower. That way, when it decides (automatically) that it’s time (you can launch it manually as well) to cut the edge, it will follow the perimeter wire as it cuts, and since the blades are situated closer to the side, the edge of the lawn simply gets cut. Most robot mowers have the cutting blades located right in the middle, never really reaching the edges like this Worx’s robot mower.

Cutting height adjustment feature
This robot mower’s cutting height can be adjusted manually between 4 heights from 30-60 mm (or 1.18″ to 2.36″).

3 pivoting razor-like blades
Typically there are 2 blades types you can find under a robot mower: a solid blade or a rotating disc with usually 3 pivoting razor-like blades attached to it.

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robotic Lawnmower uses small pivoting blades which are quietersafer, and more energy efficient when compared to the solid blade. The rotating disc will sometimes start turning in the other direction so as to lengthen the lifespan of the blades, at least that’s what I read, I haven’t checked so close down there myself. ^^ As for the negatives, the pivoting razor-like blades attached to a rotating disc are a little less efficient at cutting things when compared to the solid blade.

Worx WR153E L1500 9 Cutting Blades

 

6) Safety Features

Emergency STOP button
Apart from Worx WR153E L1500 having a big emergency STOP button, being fairly quiet (up to 67 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, Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robotic Lawnmower actually has a few more tricks under its belly (learn more: “Robotic Lawnmower Safety”).

Collision, tilt, & lift sensors
Collision sensor plays a role in mainly navigation, but it’s also a safety feature. When the robot mower runs into something or someone, instead of just pushing forward, it will change direction instead. Tilt and lift sensors make the cutting blades come to a halt when the robot mower is tilted or lifted.

 

7) Security Features

Lock function 
When you turn on Worx WR153E L1500, the mower will be locked until a PIN code is entered. When it’s locked, there’s basically nothing you can do with it. It gets locked when you press the stop button and try to start it again, also when it’s lifted or when it receives no Wi-Fi signal for 3 days. It can be locked or unlocked via the app as well.

Pin code 
By default, the pin code for Worx WR153E L1500 is “AAAA” on the keypad. This can be changed in the settings. Do note however that when you forget the PIN, you’re kind of screwed (read this: “In order to make Landroid as secure as possible, there is no reset procedure for the PIN that can be operated by anyone, including Landroid authorized service centers.”). So DO NOT forget the pin code!

Alarm
The alarm most likely goes off after some time after being lifted whilst working. It’s a fairly loud one, too.

 

8) Upgrade Features for Extra Cost

Off Limits module
To simplify excluding flowerbeds and the like from the cutting area without needing to drag out the perimeter wire, Worx has this Off Limits feature set offered for extra cost. It’s a magnetic strip you install around areas you don’t want Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid to cut down. If the Off Limits module is plucked into the mower, this sensor can detect that magnetic strip and won’t cross it.

Worx WR153E L1500 Off Limits

ACS (Anti Collision System) module
It’s an ultrasonic radar sensor that can detect obstacles in front of it and avoid collision entirely.

Worx WR153E L1500 ACS

Voice Control
With this extra, when you push the big red button on the mower, it will ask you simple questions on what you want it to do next. Based on your voiced answers the robot mower starts doing its thing accordingly. Fairly basic.

Radio Link module
You get a Wi-Fi signal device and a receiver. The receiver plucks into the mower and the Radio Link device itself you connect to your internet modem/router even if it doesn’t have Wi-Fi by default. The Radio Link device creates a wifii-like signal between it and the receiver so that the mower has constant internet access.

Worx WR153E L1500 Radio Link Module

 

What if you have no internet at all? What then?

Find My Landroid module
This thing provides Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid with internet via its pre-paid sim card for 3 years and an annual fee after that without the need to have the Radio Link module or any sort of wi-fi or internet yourself. It also provides the mower with GPS signal, sort of an anti-theft feature.

Worx WR153E L1500 GPS

 

What’s Included In the Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Package?

Robotic Mower
Charging Station
Installation Manual
Quick Start Manual
Additional blades (9)

200m Boundary Wire
Boundary Wire Staples (270)

Screws, nails, hex key, measurement gauge, power supply & 10-meter cable , and the like.

Additionally, you can order these module feature sets for extra cost:
Find My Landroid (GPS Tracker)
Anti Collison System (ACS)

Voice Control
Radio Link
Off Limits

 

Should You Buy the Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robot Mower?

Given the options available, Worx WR153E L1500 is a pretty decent one, assuming your lawn wasn’t bigger than 1500 m² (or 0.37 ac.) and its features & price were right for you. The seller is trustworthy and has a warranty in place.

Should You Buy the Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robot Mower?

It might not be for you if your garden layout was simply just way too complex or the slopes steeper than 35% (or 20°) and you wanted cut height to be less than 30 mm (1.18″) or more than 60 mm (2.36″). Otherwise it’s pretty much a green light.

Worx also leaves you with choices in what features you want the mower to have while making sure all the essential is there by default. So it’s not like you’re forced to accept the upsell of the extra features, rather they truly are just supplementary as per your needs solving a problem.

Take for example the GPS Tracking module – in Finland, the chances of somebody actually stealing one is super low, so it’d be a worthless extra cost feature. Or the Radio Link Module, perhaps somebody didn’t have the option to buy a router with strong enough Wi-Fi signal, etc.

You can check its price here: Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid.

 

How To Install the Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid Robotic Lawnmower?

You can learn in depth how to install it all by following the installation manual that should come with the package. There you’ll learn where to install what and how. It can also be downloaded from the internet if it didn’t come with the package.

Worx WR153E L1500 Boundary Wire & Flowerbed

Overall, the installation itself is fairly simple, involving mainly just the planning and executing of the installation of a perimeter wire around the cutting area, which can be a little time consuming (will take some hours). The important thing to remember is that once all that is done, the robot mower will do the work for you till death* do you part. And get this, all it wants from you is no more than a little bit of that sweet electric power and some occasional care. So there’s definitely something to it at the end of the day.

 

How To Take Care of the Worx WR153E L1500 Robotic Lawnmower?

As is with all robot lawn mowers, Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid 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

Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid is perfect for large lawns up to 1500 m² (or 0.37 ac.) in size and is able to cope with slopes up to 20° (or 35 percent). It’s an autonomous robot lawn mower that runs on electric power using a 20V 4 Ah lithium-ion rechargeable battery. With its 3 pivoting razor-like blades it quietly (up to 66 dB) mulches grass and maintains your lawn at a cutting height of 30-60 mm (or 1.18″ to 2.36″).

It’s using artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the optimal route and mowing schedule. Additionally, with a smartphone, you can remotely control its settings rather than having to do it manually. It has all the essential mowing, safety, and security features, and offers additional features for extra cost.

Worx brand
Worx is a brand name, a subsidiary of Positec, a China-based manufacturing company. They are trustworthy and have a warranty on this robot mower.

What’s in the package
Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid package includes the robot lawn mower itself, a charging station, 200 meters (approx 656′) of perimeter wire, 270 boundary wire staples, 9 extra blades, and manuals, but also the power supply & a 10-meter cable (32’8), screws, nails, a hexagon key, and a measurement gauge.

Where to buy?
It’s simple, buy here: Worx WR153E L1500 Landroid.

 

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