In this guide we’ll take a look at the best lawn rollers for UK Gardens.
I’ve compared manoeuvrability, effectiveness, drum size and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Lawn Roller?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Excellent quality, easy-to-use galvanised steel roller
This Costway Heavy Duty 63 Litre Lawn Roller can be filled with either water or sand; it will weigh 75 kg or 110 kg respectively. This is plenty of weight to smooth out your lawn! The 90 cm wide roller makes light work of large lawns and the galvanised steel construction makes it a sturdy, high-quality tool which will last for years.
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More Detailed Lawn Roller Reviews
Costway Heavy Duty 63 Litre Lawn Roller Review
This Costway Heavy Duty 63 Litre Lawn Roller requires minimal self assembly, after which you will be ready to roll!
The instructions are reasonably clear, and I had the product ready for use in around 20 minutes. The lawn roller is made from galvanized steel making it very sturdy.
With a width of 90 cm, this is a good, wide lawn roller that is perfect for medium to large gardens. As the drum is so wide, you will need fewer passes to get the job done, saving you time and energy.
The capacity of the drum is 63 L and it can be filled with water or sand. Using sand will increase the weight for heavier jobs and using water will make it suitable for lighter rolling. The lawn roller weighs approximately 75 kg when filled with water and 110 kg when filled with sand.
Depending on the tools you have available, you can also tow this roller behind a ride-on mower or tractor..
The scraper bar keeps the garden roller from getting clogged and the foldable handle makes the product easy to store.
I found this lawn roller easy to use and the width meant the job took much less time than with a smaller machine. Thanks to its decent weight it’s definitely the best lawn roller for smoothing and levelling the lawn.
Once filled with sand this machine is quite heavy to push; however, this does make it very effective at the job. If you find it too heavy when filled with sand, filling it with water would still be a good option.
One thing I will say is that this lawn roller was more difficult to manoeuvre in small spaces. I would recommend it for medium to large gardens with fewer flower beds and features to work around.
Garden Gear Heavy Duty Manual Push Lawn Roller Review
This Garden Gear Heavy Duty Manual Push Lawn Roller was easy to assemble, and the removable handle means it is easy to store. This lawn roller is manufactured with a galvanized steel drum and frame finished in a nice protective green paint finish.
This drum has a width of 42 cm which makes it easy to manoeuvre around flower beds and features. The scraper bar prevents the roller from getting clogged up and stops debris from being rolled back onto the lawn.
The 30-litre drum can be filled with water or sand. The filling hole is just under 3 cm wide so using a funnel makes it easier to fill. The drum weighs approximately 36 kg when filled with water and 60 kg when filled with sand.
I filled the drum with kiln dried sand using a funnel. Once filled it did a good job of smoothing out lumps and bumps in my lawn and it was easy to push and guide around garden features. This lawn roller is excellent value for a medium weight roller and would be ideal for small to medium lawns.
Oypla Galvanised Steel Lawn Roller Review
This Oypla Galvanised Steel Lawn Roller was easy to assemble and is made of heavy, green-painted galvanised steel.
The handle is foldable for easy storage and there is a handy scraper bar which prevents loose material falling back onto the lawn.
The width of the lawn roller is 42 cm and the drum can be filled with water or sand. When filled with water the approximate weight is 30 kg. When filled with sand the weight is around 45 kg.
This garden roller is not as heavy as the previous item but would be suitable for lighter rolling work. I found the handle a little short, so it might not be overly suitable for taller people.
However, for light rolling in a small to medium garden, this would definitely do the job and it is well built for the price.
Things to Know Before Buying a Lawn Roller
A lawn roller is a simple tool designed to keep your lawn looking in top shape!
They are perfect for ironing out any unsightly lumps caused by raised soil or holes. Hard frost can also move the soil around, and a lawn roller can help neaten things out again if you notice things have gotten a little bumpy.
So, the question is, how can you go about finding the best lawn roller for your lawn? Aren’t they all the same? Confusingly, there can be quite a lot of variation between models, so the following tips have been put together to help you make an informed choice:
First, you’ll want to choose whether you’re after a mechanical or manual roller.
Mechanical rollers require a machine to pull them along. As you can tell, these are large and serious pieces of kit! They’re extremely heavy, designed for very large lawns/ orchards and the like.
They can be towed by a ride-on mower if you have one, and obviously take all the hard work out of manually rolling the lawn. However, storage can be an issue due to their size, so these are really best suited to gardeners with a lot of land and some well-sized outbuildings.
Manual rollers are much better suited to smaller gardens. These can be used by most gardeners and require physical manual force to move them around.
Seeing as these rollers aren’t as large as mechanical rollers, they are also useful for manoeuvring around features and other obstacles in the garden.
If you have a large garden, you could of course still buy a manual roller, but you’ll just have to be ready and willing to do a lot of intensive labour!
Rollers come in various widths and with different size drums.
A wider lawn roller is the best option for larger gardens, while narrower rollers are best if your lawn is smaller with a lot of trees or flowerbeds to navigate.
A roller suitable for a medium/large garden should have a width of around 90 cm.
For smaller gardens, a roller with a width of 42 cm will be a lot easier to manoeuvre.
A couple of things come into play when looking at drum capacity. Larger drum capacity means the roller can be made heavier – better for rolling out bumps; however, a heavier roller will be harder to move around.
Those with a capacity of around 30 L are best for small to medium size lawns, getting a good balance between weight and efficiency. A 30 L drum will weigh approximately 36 kg when filled with water and 60 kg when filled with sand.
If you’re looking for something larger, for a bigger space or tougher bumps, there are rollers will drum sizes of 60 L+. A 60 L roller will weigh approximately 36 kg when filled with water and 120 kg with sand.
The material of the roller can dictate both its lifespan and its effectiveness.
Steel rollers are by far the most durable. They can be extremely heavy, especially if filled with sand, which can be good news for bump flattening. However, they can be tricky to move in and out of storage due to their weight.
Plastic rollers are best for light work. These won’t exert too much pressure on the soil, but they are very affordable and great for gardens that just need a light rolling.
Not only do you need to choose the right roller, you also need to make sure you can fill it correctly.
The most popular filler options are water and sand.
Water is lighter than sand and is suitable for both light and tough jobs. It’s also easy to fill and empty a roller when using water. You can simply fill using a hosepipe, use the stopper to stop the water coming out, and then empty it into watering cans, buckets, or flowerbeds when finished. It’s a cheap filler option because you already have everything at home.
Sand is a great option for very heavy jobs. Rollers with a large capacity can hold a huge amount of sand and become very heavy. Great for really uneven lawns. The disadvantage of sand is that it can be awkward to empty and you will need to purchase the sand in the first place. If you have a large roller, this might mean that you have to purchase over 100 kg of sand which could be quite an expensive endeavour.
Kiln-dried sand is the best type to use because it is fine and dry. Other sands can be too damp or claggy and make it difficult to fill the drum.
Lawn Roller FAQs
This tool should be used judiciously; overuse can cause stress to grass and compact the soil. Avoid rolling in dry summer months when grass is already stressed. For best results, roll your lawn when it is moist but not waterlogged – spring is often the best time.
Only use as much weight as is necessary to do the job. For this reason, fill your lawn roller with water first. If this achieves the result you require there is no need for heavier rolling.
However, if the weight is not enough you can then move on to filling the drum with sand. It is also wise to aerate your lawn after using your lawn roller to minimise any compaction.
For best results, you should use kiln-dried sand. This sand is fine and dry, making it easier to fill the drum. Use a funnel to help fill the drum to significantly reduce wastage as well as make the job quicker.
A weight of around 50 kg once filled should be enough for light jobs. While rollers with a filled weight of over 100 kg are the most effective when it comes to levelling, you’ll need a tractor or ride-on mower to tow them.