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Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Dreame has been working in the field of robot vacuum navigation since 2015. After releasing exceptional models of household machines, the Chinese brand has just released its first mower. With its expertise, the Dreame A1 incorporates some of the best elements of robot vacuum cleaners. So let's see together what this first intriguing proposition from the brand gives.

A lawnmower or a car?

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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As little as possible to say is that the design of the Dreame A1 does not go unnoticed. The machine seems to come straight from the minds of Porsche designers, it looking more like a car than a traditional gardening machine. Exit the conventional matte orange or green plastic of the competition. Here, the Dreame A1is adorned with a beautiful silver dress with a metallic effect, which will have intrigued many passers-by watching the machine working in our garden.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Automotive design is pushed to the limit with a semblance of a rear light red, which unfortunately is devoid of light. Without being too imposing, it will still be necessary to provide a space of 77.8 x 49 x 30.9 centimeters to accommodate the base of the mower. Let's come to its installation.

It's rolling

To start using the Dreame A1, preparation is necessary. It is therefore advisable to take care of the machine with at least 30 minutes of free time. The machine does not require assembly per se, but you need to find a thoughtful location at its base. This is placed on a part of the ground where we will plant 6 screws provided in the ground. The most restrictive aspect here remains the need to have a power outlet nearby, the base obviously being used to charge the mower.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Once the physical installation is complete, comes the software installation which consists of linking the mower to the Dreamehome application. Like the brand's robot vacuum cleaner, simple Bluetooth and WiFi connections are necessary, to then create a pin code on the mower. This makes it possible to render the Dreame A1 unusable in the event of theft, or if another person uses the machine in an uncontrolled manner. After a (long) firmware update, you will need to configure what is the best feature of the Dreame A1.

A wireless garden boundary

If there is one aspect that complicates the installation of a conventional automatic mower, it is having to install a boundary cable. Indicating the boundaries of the garden to the mower, it is necessary to press it to the ground while respecting a distance from the borders to the nearest centimeter. A constraint that the Dreame A1 manages to completely do without.

To establish the boundaries of the garden with the Dreame machine, simply control it with a smartphone, like a radio-controlled car. Thus, the mapping is done in a single pass. A much more practical system that has undeniable advantages over older models of automatic mowers.

And intelligent zone management

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Since the latest Dreame A1 firmware update, the mower suggests dividing the land into 5 distinct zones. A particularly useful feature for people with various plots. If the need arises, it is thus possible to manage these areas, by asking that they be mowed at different heights.

The Dreame A1 goes everywhere, whatever the conditions

Let's talk about the mowing efficiency of the Dreame A1. Having ourselves neglected to do the first spring mowing, we mischievously wanted to see if the Dreame robot lawn mower would be able to cut dense grass measuring around twenty centimeters. Knowing that the usual mowing height can be selected between 3 and 7 cm, it is not recommended to pass the mower over grass of more than 10 centimeters.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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To our great surprise, the Dreame A1 still managed to carry out its task on grass that was objectively too tall. If we recommend using this only for maintenance mowing and not a first mowing after the In winter, be aware that the Dreame mower is particularly powerful. Having a relatively uneven garden with several slopes, the mower never had a problem during our tests. You should know that, according to the machine's technical data sheet, slopes of up to 24° are allowed.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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La tonte is done with semblances of razor blades located below the machine. These are replaceable, and a set is directly available in the Dreame A1 box. In our tests, we were particularly pleased with the mowing efficiency, providing a clean cut despite the presence of rather thick weeds.

One of the great strengths of Dreame A1 is its absence of noise in operation. You are probably aware that it is forbidden to mow your lawn on Sundays and public holidays, due to noise pollution from mowers. An understandable rule, but often restrictive for working people.

Here, the Dreame automatic mower is so quiet that switching to the seventh day of the week will pose absolutely no problem. issue. The mowing aspect of the Dreame A1 is therefore particularly successful, but what about its navigation ?

Navigation on par with the best Dreame robot vacuum cleaners

No need to prolong the suspense any longer, with his lawn mower, Dreame once again proves that he is the navigation specialist. It would be rather inappropriate for the mower to leave tufts of grass here and there, in the event of incorrect navigation. This is not the case here, the Dreame A1 goes absolutely everywhere where it is necessary.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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As for avoiding obstacles, this one- he had no problem getting past the sun loungers, table legs, and other balloons intentionally left on the ground. An option allows you to override any obstacle detection, in order to allow the Dreame A1 to mow tall grass. You must not forget to reactivate this afterwards, otherwise the robot will no longer be able to identify the various objects placed on the ground.

It is even possible to follow your progress in real time on the application, with the mowed area and the completion percentage. A particularly useful option, also to know where the robot is located in case of problems.

Finished the mowing chore

How the app works Dreamehome for the A1 is similar to that of the brand's robot vacuum cleaners. Thus, programming offers the possibility of automatically starting mowing at a specific time of the week, targeting the desired areas. In this way, the mower will live its little life by completely relieving its owner of the chore of mowing.

You must probably be wondering what happens in the event of rain? Don't panic, Dreame has thought of this eventuality, the A1 has sensors that will take the mower directly to its base in the event of precipitation . Additionally, The Dreame A1 has an IPX6 water protection rating, which makes it easy to clean the machine.

In case of any problems, the stop button located on the robot will stop any operation in progress. If there are any problems while mowing, the A1 will also send a notification to inform the user.

Dreame A1 robot lawn mower test: done with the chore of mowing!

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You should know that after its configuration initial, the Dreame A1 can be used without a smartphone, using the screen and buttons located under its cover.

Quelle is the autonomy of the Dreame A1 ?

According to our tests, The Dreame A1 manages to mow for 1 hour 45 minutes before returning to its base. This represents approximately 180 m2 of mowing, before having to recharge for 1h5.

For people with a large garden, the Dreame A1 returns to charge once its autonomy has reduced to 15%, to automatically resume its mowing task once charged.

Thus, mowing our 280 m2 area took 3 hours and 45 minutes in total, taking into account the charging period.

Our opinion on the Dreame A1

The brand's first robot lawnmower, the Dreame A1 is an excellent model. Taking advantage of the expertise acquired with robot vacuum cleaners, the Dreame A1's navigation is impeccable.

Its great advantage lies in its exemption from the boundary cable, which is usually very restrictive on machines that require it. We also appreciate its golden silence, allowing you to mow at any time. The mowing is as clean as it is precise, and the robot lawn mower performs its task with precision and speed.

With the programming system, the Dreame A1 eliminates any need to mow the lawn manually, which will save the user valuable time.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116