In this guide we’ll take a look at the best gravel rakes for the UK market.
I’ve compared build quality, weight, durability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Gravel Rake?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Lightweight, durable and well-sized – perfect for efficient gravel raking!
This Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake is easy to assemble and is perfect to use both for levelling gravel and topsoil. It’s lightweight, and its 91.5 cm head is ideal for covering large areas efficiently. The 170 cm fibreglass handle is durable and a good length, being comfortable to use and not causing any back discomfort.
Things to Know Before Buying a Gravel Rake
A gravel rake is used to clear debris from gravel areas and pathways. If not properly maintained, gravel driveways can start to look messy very quickly. Fallen leaves and deep spots in high traffic areas can detract from the look of your garden and spoil the overall aesthetic.
Raking your gravel will help even it out while also removing unsightly stray leaves and weeds. Specially-designed gravel rakes do a fantastic job of neatening up your gravel.
If you’re planning on purchasing a gravel rake but you’re not sure what to look out for, the following tips will help you make an informed decision:
The handle material is extremely important, as this will directly impact the comfort and ease of use of your new rake.
My top choices are either aluminium or rust-proof steel. Both of these are lightweight and durable. Fibreglass is another great option, although these tend to be more expensive.
Wooden handles are traditional and very stylish, plus they are naturally warm and grippy. The downside to wooden handles is that they can be damaged by the elements; shrinking, expanding and rotting if not stored properly.
The height and width of the rake is also very important.
You want your rake at the optimum height so you’re not bending over and hurting your back. A handle length of around 170 – 180 cm tends to be suitable for most people.
The width of the rake head can vary enormously between models. Those with a width of 40 cm or less are best for smaller and narrower driveways, while wider rakes are best for larger gravel spaces.
Gravel rakes aren’t the most versatile garden tools, but they can be used for some other tasks. In most cases, the rake can be used with the teeth facing up for levelling gravel and soil.
Using the teeth face down can remove leaves and debris.
Multi-head tools tend to be the best value for money.
These come in the form of many different head attachments which are bought separately.
They attach to a handle which you will need to buy separately as well.
Generally, these tend to work out cheaper, especially if you want several tools, as you only need to buy one shaft and then the heads are cheaper to buy than buying a whole tool.
By buying the shaft separately you you can also choose the correct height and handle material to suit you.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Gravel Rake Reviews
Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
This Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake has a 170 cm fibreglass handle for lightness and durability.
The head is 91.5 cm wide, making it ideal for raking large areas such as gravel drives and seating areas.
You can also use this rake with the teeth facing up for final levelling or for smoothing topsoil ready for sowing seeds/planting.
The gravel rake comes in two parts and the head is affixed to the handle using the 2 bolts and screws provided. This is simple to do using the included small spanners. It takes a couple of minutes and produces a nice secure fixing.
The teeth are short, blunt and widely spaced making this the best gravel rake to get a nice even surface on gravel or topsoil. The teeth do not dig in, but skim the surface making it easy to produce the perfect finish.
This is a durable gravel rake that is well made and lightweight to use. If you regularly have to level gravel or topsoil, for example when sowing seeds or laying turf, this is basically the best gravel rake you can buy. It’s perfect both for the professional or keen amateur gardener.
Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
This Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake has a solid cast-aluminium head which is durable and won’t rust.
The head is 68 cm with eighteen tapered teeth, great for achieving a fantastic, even finish. The wooden shaft is 1.8 m which means you can use it without having to bend too much and potentially hurting your back.
The medium-size head provides great coverage without any loss of manoeuvrability. The widely spaced teeth make it perfect for levelling gravel and other aggregates.
It is also very effective at levelling soil and for clearing debris as the blunt ended teeth don’t dig into soil too much.
I used this gravel rake to level a path and it did a good job, levelling the gravel nicely. I also used it to prepare a vegetable bed and was very pleased with the results; easily pulling out missed weeds, twigs and stones without digging into the soil.
This is a good value gravel rake that will give many years of service.
Wolf-Garten 40 cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head Review
This Wolf-Garten 40 cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head is part of Wolf Garten’s multi change range.
This item is the rake head only and you can choose from a range of handles from the Wolf Garten range which includes ash and aluminium products. This also means you can choose the right length tool for your height, preventing back problems caused by stooping.
The head is 40 cm wide and has curved teeth that pull through soil and gravel, effectively smoothing and levelling it without digging in. This is a smaller rake than the previous products and would be ideal for paths or intricate areas – or perhaps creating a Zen garden.
It’s also handy as the interchangeable heads mean you require fewer handles, which can help solve storage problems. For this reason, Wolf Garten tools are perfect for the allotment gardener or those with smaller gardens because they are so easy to store.
They also provide excellent value for money as you can buy a range of high-quality tools and just one or two handles.
The Wolf Garten Bow rake is light to use and sturdily made. It does a great job of levelling soil and gravel and you can choose the exact handle for your requirements.
Gravel Rake FAQs
Gravel rakes tend to have much wider heads, making it easier to rake large areas such as gravel beds. They will also give a more even finish. In addition, ‘normal’ garden rakes don’t usually have such sturdy tines so you can easily damage them if you use them on gravel. Lastly, garden rakes usually have longer, more pointed teeth, and these will dig into the gravel and prevent you from achieving a smooth, even finish.
Raking gravel is far easier when you have the right tools.
- To start, survey the area and spray any weeds with weed killer. When the weeds die, break them off at the stem.
- Begin pulling the rake across the gravel, working in straight lines. Alternating directions can help you to keep the gravel level. In doing so you’ll also loosen leaves and debris, which can be raked into a pile and collected at the end.
- Survey the area again and take a look at any deeper spots. The gravel from deeper areas can be spread across to the areas where the gravel isn’t so deep. If you don’t have enough gravel to make it even, you may need to add more.
For tight budgets, a plastic rake an ok option. These are also very lightweight which makes them easy to use. They aren’t as durable as metal however, and struggle with heavy duty work. Tines may eventually break on plastic models.
Metal rakes are more expensive but much longer lasting. They can have added features, like a telescopic handle, and are better for heavy duty tasks. Metal rakes are a lot heavier, which makes handle height and comfort all the more important.