In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden shovels for the UK market
I’ve compared design, ease of use, durability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Is The Best Garden Shovel?

  • Features
  • High strength carbon and steel construction
  • Excellent value for a well-made tool
  • Epoxy coated for rust resistance and reduced soil adhesion
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Heavy duty Polypropylene shovel
  • Light and comfortable to use
  • Extra wide blade
  • Cost
Rating
9.6/10
  • Features
  • Sturdy yet lightweight fibreglass handle
  • Sturdy ‘wings’ stop earth from slipping off blade
  • Pointed blade cuts through small and medium roots easily
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Perfect for digging post holes
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Comfortable to use
  • Cost
Rating
9.0/10
  • Features
  • Forged from one piece of steel for extra durability
  • Tapered blade for easier use
  • Comfortable wooden crosspiece in D handle
  • Cost
Rating
8.9/10

More Detailed Garden Shovel Reviews

Spear & Jackson 2000AC MYD Steel Taper Shovel

The Spear & Jackson 2000AC MYD Steel Taper Shovel is the best garden shovel if you are looking for a tool that is hardwearing, comfortable to use and also looks good.

This garden shovel is easy to use being well balanced and sturdy without being heavy. The handle is comfortable to use, and the streamlined shape makes scooping things up easy, too.

The garden shovel has a forged head made from high strength carbon/manganese steel. This has been heat tempered for durability and epoxy coated which makes it rust resistant and also reduces soil adhesion. The shaft feels really strong and is rotary welded to the head for maximum strength and durability.

The garden spade is ideal for moving rubble or stones, mixing concrete and filling trenches. It also works well for heavy digging such as digging out trenches and soakaways.

Overall, this is a sturdy, heavy duty garden shovel that is suitable for a wide range of heavy duty jobs and should last for many years. It offers great value for a sturdy, durable garden spade.

Draper 19174 Multi-Purpose Polypropylene Shovel

The Draper 19174 Multi-Purpose Polypropylene Shovel is a heavy duty shovel that is ideal for shovelling snow, sand, manure, compost and the like.

The garden shovel is 1150mm in length and is made in one piece for extra strength. The shovel is light and comfortable to use. The bright blue colour is actually quite useful as it saves you losing it in the compost or greenery! The shovel is tough enough to stand up to scraping against concrete and is stronger than many similar style shovels. The extra-wide garden spade makes this perfect for moving a lot of stuff in a short time.

This garden shovel is strong, light and comfortable to use. It makes the ideal shovel for lighter jobs such as mucking out stables, clearing snow or moving soil and compost.

Gardening Tools 43" D-Handle Wing Shovel

This Gardening Tools 43″ D-Handle Wing Shovel by Root Assassin has a unique design and construction that makes it effective and easy to use.

The garden shovel handle is constructed from heavy-duty fibreglass which makes is strong but lightweight. The handle is also comfortable to use. The head has wings at the sides which stop earth from slipping off the sides of the blade. These wings also give you more room to put your foot when digging down. The sharp pointed blade also cuts through small and medium roots easily. Overall, the design of this garden shovel makes digging easier and reduces back strain.

This is the best garden shovel for moving lighter weight substances such as soil and sand. It is also effective at digging up roots.

Faithfull All Steel Shovel Draining Myd

The Faithfull All Steel Shovel Draining Myd is the best garden shovel for digging drainage ditches, fence post holes and even planting out shrubs and plants in the border.

The garden shovel has a carbon steel head and a tubular steel shaft making it hard wearing and strong. The narrow width makes it perfectly designed for digging out post holes. This means there is no wasted concrete as the hole can be dug to just the right size and shape.

The garden spade is sturdy enough, and has a sharp enough blade, to dig through heavy clay and down into the subsoil with ease. The sturdy shaft doesn’t bend even under a lot of strain and the wooden handle makes it comfortable to use.

If you need to dig post holes or drainage trenches this garden shovel will make really light work of an otherwise tough job.

Bulldog 5TM2AM All Steel Taper Shovel

The Bulldog 5TM2AM All Steel Taper Shovel is a strong, tough garden shovel that makes even heavy tasks easier.

The garden shovel has a forged tapered blade that is strong and easy to use. The steel shaft it sturdy and doesn’t bend even with heavy use. The main blade and shaft are forged from one piece of steel for extra durability and the D grip has a wooden cross piece that makes it comfortable to use.

This garden spade has a tapered blade that makes breaking into aggregate easier. It is ideal for shovelling a range of material as well as digging out and backfilling trenches and mixing concrete.