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Even without GPS – Ecovacs Goat G1 800 in the test: robotic lawnmower without boundary wire

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Even without GPS – Ecovacs Goat G1 800 in the test: robotic lawnmower without boundary wire

The Ecovacs Goat G1 robot lawn mower (test report) from last year absolutely has its qualities. It mows without the hassle of laying boundary wire, can be used as a mobile surveillance camera and sounds an alarm if a person is detected. In addition, his navigation via signal beacons ensured that he can mow even where GPS mowers have problems. At least in theory, because in practice gardens where there is poor GPS reception due to trees or buildings need a fairly high number of these signal beacons. This quickly adds up. We were also bothered by the fact that there was no option in the app for the robotic lawnmower to later adjust a mowing zone that had been set up again.

Around a year later, the manufacturer brings new models onto the market, namely Goat G1 800 and Goat G1 2000. Another model follows later (GX 600), which is said to score points with its particularly easy setup and handling – similar to Worx Vision (test report). and Einhell Freelexo Cam 500 (test report). In the test, we wanted to know how the new G1 800 model compares to its predecessor.

What are the highlights of the Ecovacs Goat G1 800?

No boundary wire required, clear app, one of the cheaper models, mows well

The manufacturer’s RRP for the Ecovacs Goat G1 800 is 1099 euros, which is also the current street price.

What does the Ecovacs Goat G1 800 look like?

Let’s make it short: The new Goat G1 800 looks exactly like its “predecessor”. Accordingly, there is again a forward-facing wide-angle camera, a spherical all-round camera at the top, behind it under a cover a control panel, the obligatory red stop button and a stub antenna.

The color is new: the model is again available in white, but optionally in a light shade of gray. In the white version, dark gray is the contrasting color instead of black and, in contrast to the 2023 model, the “rims” of the large rear drive wheels are now white instead of black. The rest is the same, nothing has changed in terms of the proper workmanship. Our test of the Ecovacs Goat G1 (test report) reveals more information about the design.

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How does the app work on the Goat G1 800?

The setup is the same as with last year’s model; the app guides the user step by step through the installation and positioning of the charging station and signal beacons. We gave detailed tips and restrictions for positioning and coupling the navigation transmitters in the Goat G1 test (test report), and nothing has changed. This also applies to the app, which still has a division of the main menu that is unnecessary for our taste, as we have explained in detail at this point in the test report.

Then it’s time to learn the test area, which is then followed by an independent exploration trip by the robotic lawnmower on the 800 model. We have already explained in detail how this works here. There are almost no differences in the function of the robot lawn mower, except that it can now mow 800 m² instead of 1600 m² in two days.

While in most respects it’s good that almost nothing has changed, there is one point that really bothers us. As with its predecessor, users of the new model are not allowed to subsequently adjust the mowing card, but instead have to delete it and retrain it completely. This also applies in the event that someone wants to subsequently learn additional navigation signals for better reception – this also only works by deleting and relearning them. What was already annoying in 2023, as some competitors such as Mammotion Luba (test report) or Segway Navimow (test report) dominated it, is even more incomprehensible and simply annoying in 2024.

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All pictures of the Ecovacs Goat G1 800 in the test

Ecovacs Goat G1 800

How good is the Ecovacs Goat G1 800 in everyday life?

But that doesn’t change the fact that users of the G1 800 should be satisfied in everyday life. Because there, like its predecessor, the robot runs its path reliably and precisely, interrupts the task when it rains and then returns to the station to load when it is finished. The main difference to last year’s G1 is probably the charging station, which looks the same (except for the color), but now has to do without the movable brush, which on the first G1 used mechanical movement to clean the upper 360-degree camera before every ride . On the G1 800 the brush is still there, but immobile.

We also have the impression that the 800 model is a bit louder overall. This affects mechanical rattling noises, but especially the drive motor when driving. The cutting mechanism, however, is barely audible. A big advantage of the Goat G1 800 is still the fact that it can mow even where GPS-controlled models either give up or become inaccurate. As long as there are enough signal beacons set up to ensure good network coverage, the G1 can operate reliably even in difficult environments. But that can be expensive, as each beacon costs almost 100 euros extra.


The Ecovacs Goat G1 800 is fairly new and therefore the price at the time of testing has not yet fallen below the RRP of 1099 euros. It’s already a bestseller on Amazon.

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The Ecovacs Goat G1 800 is a bit strange. Because ultimately it is the G1 (test report) from last year with a reduced mowing size, which means it is only intended for 800 m² of lawn. That’s basically not a bad thing, because the first G1 was already convincing in the test and not everyone has a green space beyond 1000 m². In addition, other providers do the same thing and offer the same model in different versions for different lawn sizes. However, the competition comes onto the market more or less at the same time – with Ecovacs only after a year.

This raises the hope that there will be further development, but unfortunately this is missing. We find it particularly worthy of criticism that it is still not possible to subsequently adjust the mowing card or add signal beacons. And then there is the price. The “old” G1 was always available for 1399 euros – that’s “only” 300 euros more for twice the mowing performance. That doesn’t change the fact that the G1 800 is a good robot lawn mower without a boundary wire that doesn’t rely on a GPS signal that is often too weak. But here users have to look closely – or turn to the competition straight away.

In our theme world of robotic lawnmowers, we have tested many models without boundary wires in addition to wired devices:

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