Husqvarna vs Ambrogio - A user's perspective.

Ambrogio 4.0 on grass

Caveat Lector (Reader beware)

Before going any further, please remember that we are an Ambrogio dealer.  I have tried to ensure that everything I have included is objective but, if you think I have missed anything or misrepresented anything, please let me know and I’ll strive to correct it.

Background

If you have not read my previous posting about my starting point with robot mowers then it is probably worth a quick read here, if you want a very quick summary then …

We bought a Husqvarna 450X in 2018 and were so impressed that we decided to give up our jobs and start selling robot mowers.  We looked at the brands available as a dealer and quickly decided that Ambrogio was the up-and-coming brand in the uk.  I emphasise ‘in the uk’ as 2021 will be the 21st anniversary of Ambrogio as a robot mower brand, Husqvarna beat Ambrogio to it by about 5 years but remember that most of the innovations are fairly recent.

We do get a fair number of calls from people who have looked for a premium robot lawn mower, found Husqvarna (they have a big advertising budget) and then, after a bit more googling, found Ambrogio and are wondering what the differences are.  Fortunately, there is some good information out there but in case you haven’t found  it…

Key Differences

Based on my experience of both brands, I would say that the differences lie in 4 main areas:

  1. Range of models (especially for larger areas).
  2. Build quality.
  3. Flexibility to deal with complex areas.
  4. Total cutting time.

There are some differences in the features e.g. Husqvarna has a obstacle sensor, Ambrogio has a pet tag (Amico) and remembers where it has previously bumped into an obstacle, but both brands are continuously improving and refining their features and software.  Although the features may differ, they are both solving problems just sometimes in different ways.

Range of models

Ambrogio currently has a slightly wider range of models than Husqvarna (12 vs 8 – depending on how you count them).  On the face of it, that sounds better, but does it really matter?  

If you have a medium sized garden (less than 1800 sq. m.) and still want the latest technology or a large garden (over 3500 sq. m.) then the answer is definitely yes!

The latest (2021) Ambrogio range provides the latest technology across it’s models (apart from the L60 – which is innovative in it’s own right). It has 4 models that cater for over 3500 sq. m. (up to 20,000 sq. m.) whilst Husqvarna has 1 model with a maximum of 5000 sq. m. (the 450X and 550 are essentially the same model with some functions turned off).

Model Comparisons in depth

When you are buying a machine that mows in your garden for 6+ months of the year in all weathers, you want something that will last. Both Husqvarna and Ambrogio are quality brands and are much higher quality than other machines that I have looked at (that’s why I bought them) but by looking at a picture or even seeing them in the flesh, it is difficult to see how well built they are.  I would suggest looking at some of the videos comparing the models (below) and asking for a demo of the machine before buying.  Many thanks to our colleagues at Ambrogio Uk (Mower Magic) for putting the videos together.

Remember to not just look at the area they will cover but also the number of hours they need to be scheduled for  to cover that area.

For more details on the Husqvarnas, have a look in their manuals rather than their website.  More details of the Ambrogio models along with their manuals can be found via our Ambrogio product summary.

Husqvarna Automower 450X vs Ambrogio L250i Elite S+

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Have a look at the Ambrogio L250i Elite S+ and its smaller brother the Ambrogio L250i Elite

Husqvarna Automower 430X vs Ambrogio 4.0 Elite

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Have a look at the Ambrogio 4.0 Elite Premium and its bigger brother the Ambrogio 4.36 Elite

Husqvarna Automower 310 & 315 vs Ambrogio Twenty

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Have a look at the Ambrogio Twenty Deluxe, the Twenty Elite the newest Twenty Elite S+

Ambrogio QUAD First Look - an Husqvarna 435X alternative

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Have a look at the Ambrogio Quad

Flexibility to deal with complex areas

From the installation point of view, a Husqvarna perimeter wire installation is very similar to a Ambrogio installation, the main point where they differ is how the mower navigates to different areas in your lawn and find their way back to the base station. 

The Husqvarna uses separate guide wires that it follows to find each area whereas the Ambrogio uses the perimeter wire.

If you have a complex garden with a number of linked areas then the Husqvarna can handle it up to 3 additional areas on the biggest machine – then you have to get more creative…the Ambrogio L35 Deluxe upwards can handle 7 additional areas.  Why would you need 7 additional areas?  Although you might consider an ‘area’ as a lawn separated from your main lawn (perhaps though a gate, path etc.), the reality is that we setup areas to handle parts of the lawn where the robot may not get to very often in it’s usual operation e.g. round the back of a flowerbed, tennis court, swimming pool. 

The other thing is that over time, your requirements change, perhaps you add a flowerbed, seed an area that you didn’t previously mow…what you want is a mower that provides the flexibility for the future.

This season (2020), we decide to move the base station.  It was a short distance (about 5m).  With the Ambrogio, it was easy, we just needed to extend one end of the perimeter wire, change 1 distance to an Area via the App and we were ready to go…well not quite as we had to solve the problem of a mower going over shingle as well.

If we had guide wires to move instead, we would have probably not moved it – too much hassle.

New base station position

Total Cutting Time

All robot mower manufacturers quote the maximum area that a specific model can cover.  What is more difficult to find out is how long it takes to cut that area.  As a mower will cut and charge a number of times a day, the important thing is not how much it will cut in one charge but how many hours a day is required to ensure that the whole area is covered each week.

For example the Husqvarna 430X has a maximum capacity of 3200 m² but, it will require the machine to run for almost 24 hours every day…not a problem unless the mower doesn’t mow for a day (or even for a few hours) or if you want to use the lawn.

Wire Breaks

Although not specifically related to the machine, the Ambrogio standard perimeter wire has proved to be more resilient than that offered by Husqvarna.  We had multiple breaks with the Husqvarna wire but so far have only had one break with the Ambrogio wire when some idiot (me) put a spade through it.  You can purchase an armoured wire for installation (it has an extra layer of insulation and a extra wire shield) which comes with a ten year guarantee – worth thinking about if you have lots of wildlife that may damage the cable.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Ambrogio range then Contact Us.

If you’re not sure about how a robot lawn mower would work in your garden, then ask us to carry out a lawn survey – you can get an idea of the size of your lawn by using our measure my lawn page.

Whether you decide to buy a Husqvarna or an Ambrogio, we hope that you enjoy the free time that it will bring you.

Paul

7 Responses

  1. Hi, I really enjoyed your blog and found it very helpful. If i could ask you a few questions please. I’m based in Co Cork, Ireland. I’ve been thinking about getting a robot lawnmower now with a couple of years, and i’m finally ready to purchase. Having initially looked at the Husqvarna 430x, my head has been turned by the Ambrogio range. I have approx. 1,800 sq. meters (2 separate lawns with driveway in between). Main lawn is about 1400 sq. meters & smaller one is 400 sq. meters. All on a slope, with some rough areas. I liked the review on the 4.0 elite and had a local dealer call out to survey my site recently. He said it would suit but i would have to cut into walls by driveway with about a 2 foot drop from lawn to tarmac, cut 2 lines in Tarmac for cable to cross to smaller lawn and cover with silicone. Not sure about that. I phoned another dealer on Saturday. He said he has’nt sold any 4.0 elite as they are not suited to Irish grass… He recommended the L250i elite or a Stihl 632 C as he is a dealer for both. He also said it would probably be better just to lift the robot over to the smaller lawn every couple of days. That kind of defeats the purpose of having a robot in my eyes. I have a long passage at the rear of the site that could connect to both lawns. It’s an earth bank with a drain behind it, but i could get a digger in to flatten out that area, set grass and lay the cables that way. would be extra cost though. Any advice on which model to go for and which option to get to smaller lawn would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Keith.

    1. Hi Keith,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.
      For the mower to make it’s way between 2 areas it needs a passageway at least 1m wide and the surface needs to be something that the mower can grip on i.e. grass, tarmac…shingle is not good.
      If you have rough areas then I would go for a 4.0 rather than a L250 as it has much more grip and with it’s pivoting head, it copes with bumps, holes etc. better.
      Normally if we go across tarmac, we cut 2 grooves with an angle grinder, place the wire in it and cover in silicone to keep the wire in place – just bear in mind that the wire is 3.4mm thick so you need a big blade on the angle grinder.
      You don’t say how long the passageway is at the rear of the site but so long as it is wide enough and not too long (i.e. less than 150m) then the 4.0 has enough spare capacity to travel between the areas, you should place the base in the larger area and set the schedule so that it goes to the smaller area twice a week and spends the whole mowing session there (3h 45m) – that will minimise the amount of time the mower spends travelling and not cutting.
      If you have any further questions, just drop us an email: info@therobotmower.co.uk

      1. Hi, thank you for the reply. I have decided to go for the option of the bank at the rear of the house to connect both lawns. I met a contractor last week and he is coming on Thursday to flatten/widen the bank. It’s just shy of 50 meters and I am getting him to make it 1.5 meter wide. I will set grass there then (probably a bit late in the year now for that) but will try to have it ready for next season. Yea, I’m leaning towards the 4.0 too. The dealer that called out uses one with the fixed 4 sided blade (like the one on the l250i) and not the 6 smaller separate ones so that should be better fit my grass. Also would I need to have an oudoor socket installed or can I connect to the power inside the garage (charging base would be located just outside the garage). Also would I need extra rubber mats or artificial grass near charging base as I’ve heard the 4.0 turns and reverses in to charging base and therefore leaves lots of marks/tracks near there. Thank you again for all the helpful information, Keith.

        1. For the base, you could put the transformer and plug in the garage and just feed the low voltage wire to the base. There is about 8m of wire from the transformer to the base. If you want to put the low voltage wire through a hole in the garage then you will need to drill a 24mm hole to get the plug through.
          Regarding the tyre marks, it does turn and I have seen it churn up the grass but I have run it at home with no problems…would try it and see.

        2. Hi Keith
          Did you buy the 4.0 elite in the end?
          If so how is it working out for you
          Regards
          Damien
          Co. Meath

          1. This is third third season we have been running a 4.0 and it has been going very well.
            Paul

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