Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022
THE BOTTOM LINE For Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD
Designed for rough terrain and steep hills, the Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD is built with features including 4WD, Bluetooth, Cellular and GPS technologies, a pivoting rear end, and an ultra-quiet battery-powered motor.
Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD PROS
Bluetooth, Cellular, and GPS radios
Easy to program
User-friendly mobile app
Works with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT
Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD CONS
HUSQVARNA AUTOMOWER 435X AWD SPECS
Connectivity Bluetooth, Cellular, GPS
Cutting Time 100 minutes
Lawn Coverage 0.9 acre
Sound Level 62 decibels
Cutting Width 8.7 inches
Mobile App Yes
Rain Sensor Yes
Remote Steering Yes
When I reviewed my first robot lawn mower in 2015, I thought the $1800 Robomow RS622 was a bit high, but Husqvarna’s newest and biggest, $5199.99 Automower 435X AWD, really blew me away. She gave a good case of shock. This elegant machine uses all-wheel drive to tackle steep hills and rugged terrain, and combines GPS mapping with an all-wheel drive package to navigate complex landscape layouts. It’s very quiet and does a great job of cutting, and can be controlled via a mobile app or voice commands from Alexa and Google. It also works with other smart devices that use IFTTT applets. You will need deep pockets to carry them, but in return you will get the most advanced robotic lawn mower on the market. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, our editors’ pick, the Worx Landroid M 20V Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower WR140, will pack you in and provide you with Wi-Fi connectivity and powerful cutting performance.
Design and Features
With narrow headlights, black and silver trim, and big wheels, the Automower 435X AWD looks more like a small Corvette than an automated lawn mower. Weighing in at 38 pounds and measuring 11.4 x 21.7 x 36.6 inches (HWD), this is the largest robotic mower we’ve seen and is designed to handle lawns up to 0.90 acre. It uses AWD (four-wheel drive) technology to navigate hills and slopes at an angle of 70 percent (35 degrees) and is equipped with GPS, cellular, and Bluetooth radios. The mower comes with a mounting base, AC adapter, spare blades, quick start guide, and user guide.
The front features two large wheels, the aforementioned LED headlights, a stop/start safety knob, a push wheel and a color plate for adjusting, starting and stopping the mower. The tweak is also used for functions such as adjusting the cutting height, scheduling cutting times, changing PIN codes, enabling anti-theft, and enabling GPS mapping.
The back of the mower is separate from the front and the two parts are connected to each other by a safety handle. The rear uses a pivot mechanism that allows the two small rear wheels to turn and steer the mower. At the rear end assembly there are two blades that charge the mower when it is anchored at its base (returning to the dock).
As with the Automower 315X, the 435X uses a three-blade rotary shearing disc mechanism. The cutting width is 8.7 inches and the cutting height range is 1.2 to 2.8 inches. The mower is powered by two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that provide up to 100 minutes of cutting time and require 30 minutes to recharge. The cutter will automatically return to its base when it detects a low battery level. The motor has a sound level rating of 62 decibels and the blade spins at 2,475 rpm.
The 435X can be controlled manually using the integrated steering wheel, or via the Husqvarna AutoConnect mobile app for Android and iOS devices. It can also be controlled using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, and it supports IFTTT, an online platform that allows you to create small apps to connect smart devices with each other. It can communicate.
The mobile app opens on a dashboard screen showing the current status of the mower (park, mower, pause, return to base), battery level, mowing height, and next scheduled start. Below the mower are the Park and Start buttons, and below them are the Schedule and Map buttons. Click the Schedule button to program the mower to go out at a specific time on specific days, then click the Map button to display a satellite map of your lawn showing where the mower is. A little gear icon at the bottom of the map screen opens the map settings panel where you can enable/disable motion path lines, set geofence radius, and satellite and map views. Slash, connect to IFTTT, view usage stats, buy backup codes, and configure your account settings.
Installation and Performance
The price depends on the size and complexity of your garden area. If you decide to go the DIY route, you’ll need to spend another $99.95 for an installation kit that includes 500 feet of peripheral wire, 300 plastic nails to secure the wire into the ground, an assortment of wire connectors and comes with connectors.
I had a rep from a local Husqvarna dealer replace some old wire in my garden. One technician used a gas-powered cleaning machine to lay the new wire, while another technician installed the base station. The installers were friendly, knowledgeable and professional, and the job was done in less than an hour. When I installed the Landroid M 20V, it took a few hours for my hands and knees to wire and install.
You Installed the AutoMower Connect app, created a PIN, and paired the mower to the app using a Bluetooth connection. I programmed the mower to go out every day at 11:00 AM and mow for an hour, and set the mowing height to 4 because I like to keep the lawn relatively short.
The 435X AWD did a great job keeping my lawn clean. I consistently complied with my above schedule, always stayed in a circle, and had no trouble navigating a good sized hole in my lawn due to a recent tree removal. The mower is very quiet and moves faster than other models such as the Landroid M 20V and Honda Miimo HRM 310.
The GPS-guided mapping feature ensured that the filament was cut completely and evenly. The mower has never had a problem docking to the base and charging, and it never fails to stop when it hits a big rock or ball and makes its way through my lawn.
I had no trouble using Alexa voice commands to go back, stop, and send the mower to its charging dock (parking), and my little IFTTT to stop the mower when the motion detection of the Arlo Pro 3 The Floodlight was working perfectly.
The Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD is easily the most expensive robotic lawn mower we’ve tested, but it’s also one of the most advanced. It uses four-wheel drive technology and a rear-wheel hub to climb hills, traverse complex landscapes and navigate rough terrain, and your GPS mapping software ensures your garden is cut evenly and efficiently. The mower fits seamlessly into the smart home ecosystem as it works with Alexa and Google voice commands and interacts with other smart devices using IFTTT apps. On top of that, the 435X performed great in testing, and the onboard controls and mobile app make it quick to program. If the 435X is too much for your blood, our editors’ pick, the Worx Landroid M 20V Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower WR140, is more affordable and offers great cutting performance, Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS tracking.