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Amazon has an awesome robot that kills weeds in your garden and never needs to be charged

Published Jun 1st, 2021 1:16PM EDT
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No one likes weeding the yard or garden, but it’s a particularly big pain in the butt when you don’t have the right tool for the job. Thankfully, I found the ultimate weeding tool a few years back. It’s called the CobraHead Original Weeder & Cultivator Hand Tool, it costs just under $30 on Amazon, and it’s amazing. Seriously, just flip through the reviews on the product page for a few minutes and you’ll see why this simple hand tool has a truly impressive 4.8-star rating on Amazon. That’s practically unheard of!

I highly doubt there will ever be a better cool than the CobraHead when it comes to digging up weeds by hand in an instant anywhere on your property. But the BGR Deals team recently tested a new kind of weed killer that works in gardens, flower beds, and more, and it takes things to a whole new level. It’s called the Tertill Garden Weeding Robot and it’s nothing short of a game-changer.

Are you familiar with Joe Jones? You might not be, but you’re definitely familiar with his work. Jones is one of the people who invented the Roomba robot vacuum, the first autonomous vacuum cleaner. That feat alone is all you need to know to appreciate the kind of innovations Jones is capable of.

Now, he’s back with a new autonomous robot that I recently had the pleasure of testing.

The nifty new Tertill Garden Weeding Robot looks sort of like a cute little green Roomba. Instead of working inside your house, however, you set it up outside in your garden or a flower bed. It needs physical borders to keep it confined to whatever space you’re working in, and then it roams the area constantly and chops down any weeds in its path.

How can the Tertill differentiate between a weed and any other plant, you ask? Simple: it cuts any growth it sees that’s less than 1 inch tall. It doesn’t pull up the roots, but it doesn’t need to — instead, it just keeps chopping weeds as they regrow until eventually, they don’t have anymore stored energy so they die off. If you have small sprouts that you want to protect, there are a few barriers that come with the robot or you can use anything else you might have lying around to block it.

Unlike the Roomba, the Tertill offers a user experience that is truly “set it and forget it.” That’s right… you never even need to charge it!

With a Roomba or any other robot vacuum, you still need to empty it after it runs. Even if you have a newer self-emptying robot vacuum like the Roomba i3+ that’s $201 off right now at Amazon, you still have to replace the dust collection bag in the base at least once a month. If you have a pet, there’s a good chance that you also have to untangle the brush on the bottom every few months. Meanwhile, the Tertill Garden Weeding Robot needs no regular maintenance. It’s solar-powered so it’s constantly recharging on its own, and it roams around your garden every day hunting for new weeds. It works a little bit every day and then it camps out to recharge itself thanks to the solar panel on top.

If you have an enclosed garden up to 200 sq. ft. or flower beds with raised borders, the Tertill is a must-have gadget that you’re going to love. You’ll never need to worry about weeding again! That sort of freedom is worth any cost, but the Tertill is actually quite reasonable at $349. Definitely check it out while it’s still in stock at Amazon — it looks as though it might sell out fairly soon.

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Here’s a video that explains everything you need to know about the Tertill and shows it in action:

And here are the key takeaways:

  • No programming required — in fact, it only has one button and that’s all it needs
  • Solar-powered and weatherproof so you never need to recharge it or take it inside to protect it from the elements
  • Works its way in between all your plants and only chops up weeds
  • Proven to be just as effective as hand weeding, according to the manufacturer
  • Runs for about 1 hour each day, stopping and starting constantly as the sun recharges it
  • Weeds gardens and enclosed beds up to 200 square feet in size
  • Needs at least 12 inches of space between plant rows
  • Boundry must be at least 4 inches tall, preferably made of metal, wood, or stone
  • Connect the free smartphone app to configure and control your Tertill
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Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.

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