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Table of Contents
- Which is the Best Wheelbarrow?
- Best Classic Wheelbarrow for Gardening: Bristol Tool Mucker
- Best Inexpensive Wheelbarrow: Galvanised 200kg
- Best Large Wheelbarrow: HomCom Garden Cart
- Best Small Wheelbarrow: Foldable Wheelbarrow
- Best Ladies/Motorised Wheelbarrow: PowerPac Electric Wheelbarrow
- Wheelbarrow Buyer’s Guide
- Wheelbarrow Buying FAQ
Which is the Best Wheelbarrow?
Whether you are planning on laying a pathway, getting rid of garden refuse, creating a water feature, or removing cut grass, doing this by hand is tiring and difficult. Having the best wheelbarrow for your garden is therefore important to reduce the physical strain of heavy workloads and make every job easier and faster. It reduces the amount of manual work, decreases the time needed for projects and makes the drudge jobs far more pleasant!
The best wheelbarrow brands
In my search for the best wheelbarrow, these brands really impressed me.
- The Bristol Tool Company makes a great essential wheelbarrow that is also a trendy decorative feature for your garden.
- HomCom offers a heavy-duty large wheelbarrow, ideal for landscaping work.
- PowerPac has an electric model that is ideal for ladies and people who struggle with manual work.
- Relaxdays offers a unique foldable wheelbarrow, ideal for use in small gardens, homes with limited storage space and for transporting.
Here are the best wheelbarrows we reviewed. I looked at a great value for money option, a classic model, a small wheelbarrow, a large, and a motorised wheelbarrow.
Wheelbarrow Buyer’s Guide
Before you buy a wheelbarrow, start by asking these important questions:
- How big is my garden? Small gardens need compact and lightweight wheelbarrows that are easy to move around. If your garden is large, you can invest in a bigger model with more carrying capacity.
- What is my budget? Wheelbarrows can range from under £50 to well over £1000. Decide on your budget and find the model that gives you the most value for your money.
- Do I want manual or motorised? Motorised models are more expensive. They do however, give you the benefit of less manual labour. They are ideal for ladies, the elderly and people with health conditions.
- What is it made of? Wheelbarrows can be made of plastic, metal or fabric. Powder-coated steel will withstand outdoor conditions. Your classic metal wheelbarrow may rust over time if not treated for rust-resistance. Foldable wheelbarrows usually have fabric trays that will not last as long as metal wheelbarrows.
- Where will I store it? If you are planning on storing your wheelbarrow outdoors, make sure that is it rust-resistant. The size of your indoor storage space will determine how big the wheelbarrow can be. If you have limited space, considering a foldable model is an option.
- What features do I need? Most wheelbarrows simply transport loads by you pushing and manually tipping them over. Some of the more expensive models offer automatic tipping, a great bonus. High-end models may even have attachments like snow blades and snow chains.
- How many wheels do I want? The most common wheelbarrow has one wheel. These are the most likely to tip over on uneven surfaces and do require an element of strength to control. Those with two, three or four wheels are usually more expensive but are sturdier.
- Must I assemble it? When ordering a wheelbarrow online, you will most probably find that it comes flat packed with instructions for assembling. If this is not your thing – perhaps you should visit your local nursery or hardware store and buy one ready-to-go!
Wheelbarrow Buying FAQ
Can you leave a wheelbarrow outside?
Depending on what materials the wheelbarrow is made of, certain models can be left outdoors. If the wheelbarrow has been powder-coated or treated with a rust-resistant coating it will withstand rain, sun, heat and cold. Trays made of sturdy plastic can withstand outdoor conditions but may lose colour and deteriorate over time.
Foldable wheelbarrows usually have a fabric tray and should not be left outside. The elements will eventually cause the fabric to deteriorate and possibly fray or become brittle and crack.
Are wheelbarrow wheels/handles/tires universal?
Wheelbarrow tyres are usually indicated by a set of 2 numbers such as 4.00 – 6 or 4.00 – 8. The first number is the height of the sidewall of the tyre. The second is the rim diameter. By knowing these numbers, you will be able to exchange your tyres with other makes of the same size. Not all wheelbarrow handles are universal. Some have designs that are specific to the model you have bought.
How can I use a wheelbarrow safely?
Follow this guide from the Groundwater Association.