Disclaimer – Steven does not ride the robotic lawn mower.
By now y’all are probably well aware that I love to mow the lawn. I think those are actually some of my most popular Instagram Stories. 🤣 So when Honda Power Equipment reached out for a collaboration I wasted no time in saying yes, without even really knowing what I was signing myself up for! Unbeknownst to me, the collaboration was going to be for their Honda Miimo robotic lawn mower!
I was immediately put in touch with the nicest guys from Honda. We started working on a time frame for the guys to come assess my lawn. To be completely honest, I had a couple concerns at first. One being the fact that I love mowing so this would take that joy out of my life. Second, I didn’t think our St. Augustine grass was going to work since you have to keep the grass cut pretty short for the Honda Miimo robotic lawn mower. But with a little bit of work, we got it all figured out. Keep reading to see how!
Honda Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower Review
The guys came out one morning to start looking things over but also had a couple concerns with the lawn. They decided to come out and install the boundary wire anyway to test the Honda Miimo robotic lawn mower out. The next morning the Honda guys came by the house to give Miimo a test run. Sure enough, our grass was just too thick and had to be cut taller than Miimo would like. They tried everything they could to get it to work but Miimo just kept getting stuck. Our lawn is also set up in multiple quadrants and separated with pavers and a wood fence which made it hard for Miimo to navigate around. The Honda Miimo robotic lawn mower loves a nice, open lawn to work with.
I felt so bad the Honda guys had to come out 2 days in a row and worked outside in the Texas heat for something that wasn’t going to end up working out. They were so nice about the situation and even offered to try and work with me on another project. In a sense I was extremely sad Miimo wasn’t going to work out for us but at the same time, I love mowing my lawn!
Then an idea popped into my head. My dad’s lawn would be perfect! It was about a month away from Father’s Day. So I thought this would be an amazing gift. His backyard alone is a little over half an acre and he absolutely hates spending his free time mowing. The Honda guys LOVED the idea! My main contact, Frank, even lives in my hometown which is pretty close to my dad’s house! It almost felt like it was meant to be.
The Honda guys started removing the boundary wire at my house while we started brainstorming ideas for how we could still work together for my lawn. They also agreed Miimo probably wouldn’t be something I would utilize to it’s maximum potential since I absolutely love mowing. That’s when they offered to get me a brand new Honda self propelled mower! Dream come true moment! Seriously not even exaggerating. I’ll go into more detail on that mower at the end of this post.
But seriously, talk about amazing customer service. These guys were bending over backwards to accommodate me and still offered to look at my dad’s lawn for Miimo.
My Dad Loves the Honda Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower!
Fast forward a month. The Honda guys make it out to my dad’s house and of course, he has the perfect lawn for Miimo. Queue the eye-roll. Happy Father’s Day, dad! He always gets the coolest stuff! The next day the boundary wire was laid around his property and Miimo is thriving! I’m slightly jealous!
I wanted to see Miimo in action so I planned a trip up to Fort Worth to check everything out. And honestly, I had never seen a more beautiful lawn. Since my dad’s lawn is so large he runs it pretty frequently. We ended up getting him the Miimo 520. This model has more cut zones and will run longer than the Miimo 310.
Honda worked with my dad to program Miimo to his desired specifications. He (can I call Miimo a he??) is fully customizable to your yard and your lifestyle. There is a keypad on the top of Miimo that allows you to easily program and change settings. You can customize run time, charge time and how high or low it cuts your lawn. Dad runs Miimo about 6 hours a day. It will run for an hour and charge for an hour.
Everything you Need to Know About the Honda Miimo Robotic Lawn Mower
Miimo uses a microcomputer, timer, and sensors to provide automated, precise, unattended grass cutting. Tell Miimo when and where to mow and it does the rest. When Miimo has a low battery it automatically returns to its charging station.
To my surprise, Miimo was extremely quiet! I think my robotic vacuum cleaner is louder than Miimo is! You can’t even hear it unless you are right up next to it while it is mowing. If you missed any of my Miimo videos head over to my Instagram Highlights!
Once Miimo was up and running his day-to-day lawn care became a very hands-off process. Every week or so he will have to edge where the boundary wire doesn’t allow Miimo to go.
Like I said before, his lawn looked absolutely perfect every single day. It was as if his lawn was never actually growing. He literally has an immaculate looking lawn from a robot!
I’m sure y’all are all thinking the same thing… Yes, this is like a robotic vacuum you would see in your house. But instead of vacuuming your floors it is mowing your lawn. Miimo starts out at a charging station dock and runs within a boundary that is installed around your lawn by Honda. This way Miimo has absolutely no way of escaping and won’t bump into anything.
Miimo uses a set of razor blades to cut the lawn which are sharper than your typical lawn mower blades.
And if you’re worried about Miimo getting stolen; fear not! Worried about theft? Honda has thought about that too. If someone picks up Miimo, it automatically triggers an alarm. One of the Honda guys was saying that someone tried to steal Miimo from his lawn and his neighbor called claiming the robot lawn mower was in a ditch screaming! It locks up when it’s lifted, so it can’t be used until you enter your custom PIN code.
More Robotic Lawnmower FAQs
I had quite a few questions about Miimo from my poll on Instagram Stories. I tried to answer all of the questions the best I could below! If you still have more, feel free to message me on Instagram or leave me a comment below!
Which Miimo do you have? The Miimo 520
How much does Miimo cost? Miimo 520 ($2,799), Miimo 310 ($2,499)
How long does it take to charge? Miimo 520 (60 minutes charging and mowing, up to .75 acres), Miimo 310 (30 minutes charging and mowing, up to .37 acres)
Does it miss any grass? No. Miimo mows every piece of grass within the boundary wire. Miimo’s starting points helps it cover all areas of your yard efficiently, ensuring it reaches all zones. For example, if the docking station is in the back yard, setting an additional starting point in the front yard will help Miimo mow both areas evenly.
If you have areas of your lawn that are separated by a narrow strip or large landscaping islands, your dealer will consider setting additional starting points in those areas. This helps Miimo to reach these areas more effectively. Up to three starting points can be programmed for the Miimo 310, and up to five starting points for the Miimo 520. Starting points should not be confused with mowing zones. A starting point is the location where Miimo starts mowing. Miimo mows randomly, so it will eventually move to other areas of your yard. However, it will typically spend a fair amount of time in the area around the starting point before “escaping” to a different area of the yard. This helps to ensure better coverage of your entire yard.
How does it store the grass it cuts and where do the grass clippings go? Miimo’s frequent, small cuttings create tiny grass pieces that are pushed into the root system of your lawn. These tiny pieces decompose rapidly, depositing nutrients back into the soil to naturally fertilize your lawn.
Is it weatherproof? No, Miimo can operate in conditions with temperatures between 41 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. To protect the battery, Miimo will not mow outside this temperature range. If your daytime temperatures are frequently over 104 degrees, we recommend operating Miimo at night, when it is cooler. Also, Miimo can mow in the rain. However, mowing in the rain is not recommended for optimal cut performance. Miimo should be sent back to the docking station during extreme weather conditions.
The grass looks pretty short already. How is it with tall grass? Miimo is a the perfect solution for “maintaining a perfectly cut lawn.” Usually, the first cut of the season is done with a traditional mower, and Miimo maintains the lawn. The cut height range for Miimo is 0.8 in. – 2.4 in. Ideally, the grass should be within the Miimo cut height range to ensure the best cut performance.
How does someone order Miimo? Go to our website and schedule an in-person consultation with your local Miimo dealer.
Is it heavy? No it is not heavy Miimo 520 (weighs 26.2 lbs.), Miimo 310 (weighs 25.6 lbs)
How often does it run? Your dealer will program Miimo to fit your needs and lifestyle. Set the right schedule for you. Miimo is happy to work day or night – so you wake up to a perfect lawn.
How does Miimo handle poo? Miimo’s bump sensors will detect if it bumps into your pets, and it will turn and go in a different direction. However, for safety, we do not recommend leaving your pets unattended while Miimo is running. It is recommended to remove feces and other debris from the lawn before using Miimo. If Miimo runs over this material, it can cause an unpleasant situation.
Do you need a specific type of grass or lawn? The cut height range for Miimo is 0.8 in. – 2.4 in. Ideally, the grass should be within the Miimo cut height range to ensure the best cut performance.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with Miimo and highly recommend if mowing is more of a chore than a joy. If you aren’t sure if it is worth the price just think of how much time a robotic lawn mower could save you. Not to mention, how much money it could save you, even in the short term. If you are paying a lawn care guy $100 a week, that’s $5,200 a year for lawn maintenance.
Sure, you still have to edge but you are saving thousands a year. Not to mention time.
Alright, now to my new Honda mower!!
Frank worked a deal with Jack at Travis Tractor in Austin to find me the best mower. They ended up placing an order for the Honda HRX217HYA lawn mower. Once I started doing a little more research I was beyond excited! My current push mower was semi-new but wasn’t really cutting it. Get it?? 🙄🤣 This mower is self propelled and extremely easy to use!
Overall, I could not be more impressed with Honda’s customer service. To say our situation was a little more unusual than most is an understatement. The Honda guys were overly accommodating and extremely helpful with any questions or concerns we had. I highly recommend them!!