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ECOVACS vs. Husqvarna robotic lawnmowers, beacons vs. boundary wires

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ECOVACS vs. Husqvarna robotic lawnmowers, beacons vs. boundary wires

Husqvarna’s robotic lawnmowers are considered the best on the market and have been for many years. However, there is now threatening competition. ECOVACS now offers its own robotic lawnmowers, which have a twist.

The ECOVACS robotic lawnmowers do not require a boundary cable. Instead, they navigate via cameras and with the help of beacons.

I currently have two robotic lawnmowers for breaking, the Husqvarna Automower 315X, which uses classic navigation using boundary wires, as well as the new ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000. The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000 does not use boundary wires.

In this article we want to look at and compare the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

Classic robotic lawnmower versus wireless models

First of all, this article is primarily intended to be a comparison of the classic navigation of robotic lawnmowers with boundary cables against the ECOVACS system with cameras and beacons.

Husqvarna also offers models without boundary wires, the “EPOS” models, which are of course a completely different matter.

Husqvarna Automower 315X vs. ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000

The Husqvarna Automower 315X is a 2020 robotic lawnmower, which at over €2000 can definitely be described as a high-end model. Despite being built in 2020, this relies on the navigation technology with boundary cables that is still common today, which is also used by Gardena and practically all other robotic lawnmowers.

The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000 is a brand new robotic lawnmower that is one of the first models to completely dispense with boundary wires. At €2000, this can also be classified in the high-end class.

A comparison of the two robotic lawnmowers is not entirely unfair.

Installation and setup, much easier and faster with beacons

Installing a classic robotic lawnmower with a boundary cable is also quite easy. You need to run a small green cable around the area you want to mow. This is done at a distance from obstacles specified by the manufacturer.

Some models attach great importance to ensuring that this distance is maintained precisely, otherwise they refuse to work, although the Husqvarna and Gardena models are a little more “relaxed” here.

However, you still have to run a cable around your entire property, which can take a good while!

This works a little differently with ECOVACS. Here you set up the charging station and have to distribute “beacons” across a property. These beacons are white columns that help the robotic lawnmower navigate. You then control it manually with your smartphone once around the area to be mown.

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This route is then viewed as a “virtual” boundary wire and can also be refined if necessary, for example on edges.

We don’t need to argue here that this method is much quicker and easier than laying the boundary wire.

Point for the ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000.

Noticeable, point for the cable here

At first you might think that it is quite noticeable to run a cable completely around your property. However, my experience here is that these cables grow in or disappear into the ground over time!

After six months at the latest, the cables are practically no longer visible.

Things are a little different with the beacons, which are very clearly visible and do not disappear.

Here I would definitely give the point to the Husqvarna Automower 315X.


Both mowers are “Smart”. However, in my opinion the point for the app clearly goes to the ECOVACS, which is simply more extensive.

The Husqvarna Automower 315X uses the random principle for navigation. So he drives all over the place in the hope of eventually hitting all the parts of your garden by chance. 90%+ of all robotic lawnmowers on the market use this process.

However, in the 315X it is somewhat refined through various algorithms and also slight GPS support. Most of the time this works well, but it can happen that the 315X misses an area of ​​your garden for hours or only stays in a certain area for a long time because it “accidentally” can’t find its way out.

Of course, over time this problem usually resolves itself. Likewise, the straighter your garden is, the better this process works.

The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000, on the other hand, creates a map of your garden and follows it systematically and comprehensibly in straight paths. And yes, this also works well for slightly more complex gardens!

Likewise, the escape logic in ECOVACS is slightly better. This means that it can cope better with unexpected obstacles such as garden chairs, buckets or the like.

Point for the ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000.

Who works faster? Clearly!

Like almost all robotic lawnmowers with boundary wires, the Husqvarna Automower 315X uses a random driving principle.

The Automower starts off in a random direction until it hits an obstacle or the boundary wire, then turns off again in a random direction, etc. In theory, the robotic lawnmower will have passed over all the places at least once at some point.

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This works too! There are already a few algorithms that help to optimize this process somewhat, but it takes time!

The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000, on the other hand, travels through your garden in straight and orderly paths. This is of course much more time efficient than driving back and forth randomly.

In my garden, the ECOVACS is 4x faster than the Husqvarna Automower 315X.

Clear point about the GOAT G1-2000.

Who mows the lawn better?

OK, the GOAT G1-2000 is faster, but what about the cutting results? In principle, both models are very similar! Both have a rotating disc with 3x small “razors” that swing freely.

I actually don’t see any difference in the cut edge here. Both mow very cleanly and the “mulching” also works well.

Driving in straight paths with the GOAT G1-2000 could result in patterns in the grass. However, I haven’t been able to observe this in practice yet, which may also be due to my moderately good lawn and the fact that the growth is not that strong at the moment.

Hence a draw here.

Husqvarna better at edging

The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000 drives very carefully and tries to avoid contact with walls and general objects as much as possible. This is generally desirable.

However, the robotic lawnmower leaves a little more grass on the edges than the Husqvarna Automower 315X.

The Husqvarna Automower 315X can drive a little closer to edges (even on contact if in doubt). Accordingly, there tends to be a little less grass left here.

Therefore one point for the Husqvarna Automower 315X, although you have to rework with an edge cutter on both mowers.

Differences in volume (no)

There are actually no big differences in volume. The Husqvarna may have a slightly louder driving noise, but both mowers can be described as quiet.

The loudest thing for both of them is when they hit a thick tuft of grass. Then of course we have a certain cutting noise.

Otherwise, the mowers are both generally quiet enough to be used on Sundays.

A draw here too.

A danger to hedgehogs?

Robotic lawnmowers and hedgehogs are always a topic. My opinion on this is very simple, don’t let the robotic lawnmower drive at night or at dusk and the danger to hedgehogs is very, very low.

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In principle, the ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000 has AI detection for hedgehogs, dogs and cats. This is intended to prevent the mower from running over them.

I did some testing here (but without real hedgehogs) and the feature seems to work partly, but not 100%.

Nevertheless, this is more than the Husqvarna Automower 315X has. The Husqvarna Automower 315X only has the touch-sensitive bumper (which the ECOVACS also has).

Fazit, Husqvarna against ECOVACS

Basically, I was very satisfied with my Husqvarna Automower 315X! This has served me faithfully for many years. There is absolutely no doubt about the durability of the Husqvarna.

However, for me the navigation of the new ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000 is without question superior.

We had a similar development with vacuum robots a few years ago, where models switched from random navigation to cameras and lidar. Almost all vacuum robots now have such advanced navigation.

Something similar now seems to be happening with robotic lawnmowers. With the GOAT G1-2000, ECOVACS has one of the first models that I would describe as completely successful. Navigation in my garden was absolutely problem-free, fast and reliable.

Where the Husqvarna Automower 315X sometimes had to work for a whole day to mow the lawn and cover all the areas, the GOAT G1-2000 can do it in 1-2 hours.

And this is not because the Husqvarna Automower 315X is “bad”, no, it is actually one of the best of its kind.

Does the navigation principle of the GOAT G1-2000 also have disadvantages? No, the rather conspicuous beacons might bother you. These are more clearly visible than the boundary wire. This can break sometimes, but at some point it really disappears into the lawn, I speak from experience.

If the beacons don’t bother you, I would always choose the ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000, at least in the high-end class. In the under €1000 class there are hardly any good alternatives to the classic boundary cable. With “EPOS”, Husqvarna basically has an alternative technology in its range that only requires a beacon, but this still seems to be very special and aimed primarily at companies.

The ECOVACS GOAT G1-2000, on the other hand, also works great in normal gardens. However, the Husqvarna Automower is and remains absolutely not a bad mower!

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