In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden wheelbarrows for the UK market.
I’ve compared strength, load capacity, durability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Garden Wheelbarrow?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Large capacity wheelbarrow with extremely tough construction!
This Main Gate County Clipper Wheelbarrow has an impressive capacity of 110 L – sure to help you out with any task! It’s strong and sturdy, handling difficult terrain with ease, and won’t rust or distort. Plus, its double ball bearing wheels avoid unnecessary friction, greatly improving manoeuvrability and limiting job time!
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Wheelbarrow
Ah, the common wheelbarrow – such an incredibly useful garden staple to speed up jobs and spare the ol’ back from arduous heavy lifting!
It’s undeniably a vital piece of garden equipment, but there are a surprising number of different wheelbarrow designs out there to choose from – some well-suited to garden pottering, and others better equipped for commercial use.
When trying to find the best garden wheelbarrow for your specific needs, it can be hard to know what to look out for and what to avoid; take a look at the following tips to help you make an informed purchase:
Wheelbarrows are available in a range of sizes, with capacities to suit almost any task.
Smaller wheelbarrows are obviously less practical when it comes to transporting large items, but they more than make up for this with good manoeuvrability and ease of storage. You may need to consider what is more important to you: being able to complete a job in the least trips possible, or being able pack away or transport your wheelbarrow with ease.
Maximum weight load is also something to look out for. Smaller steel wheelbarrows will likely be able to carry more weight than a large-yet-flimsy plastic one! Sometimes it’s better to buy a smaller wheelbarrow of better quality, than buy something bigger for the same price and find that it breaks after a short time.
A large wheelbarrow will of course allow you transport more items; however, you should consider both its maximum weight capacity and your own strength. Large wheelbarrows, filled to capacity, can be unwieldy and extremely heavy. If you can manage this, then great! But it’s something to think about before purchasing – you may not be able to use a bigger wheelbarrow to its full capacity anyway!
For most gardening tasks, a capacity of between 90 to 120 L is perfect.
The wheels on the wheelbarrow are another important thing to consider.
In general, you want to look for sturdy wheels that are able to easily take the weight of a heavy load.
If you’re working on very uneven terrain, for example doing building work, you might want to choose a wheel with a wider width so that it can spread the load better and won’t puncture.
Pneumatic tyres makes it easier to move loads over uneven surfaces, so these are well-suited to use on difficult ground. However, they can go flat and need to be re-inflated, or puncture. Which is just something to be aware of.
For infrequent wheelbarrow use, you’ll likely find a solid tire is more practical; these don’t deflate over time like a pneumatic tire and can be left in the shed or garage for years, ready for use at the drop of a hat.
When buying a wheelbarrow, you’ll also have a choice of either one or two wheels. This won’t make much difference to the load capacity, but it’s still worth considering. One wheel will make the wheelbarrow a lot easier to turn and navigate, but it’s more likely to tip over if overloaded than a two-wheel model
Wheelbarrows with two wheels are sturdy, but due to the wider wheel base, and inability to pivot, they can be difficult to manoeuvre.
Wheelbarrows are usually made from either plastic or steel.
Steel is far stronger than plastic, meaning even smaller steel wheelbarrows will likely have a larger weight capacity than bigger plastic models.
However, plastic wheelbarrows can still be very strong and durable provided they have a strong steel frame for support. They also won’t rust, dent or distort like some metal models.
Steel wheelbarrows are heavier, so this is also worth keeping in mind – you’ll likely already be transporting heavy items so may not want to add the weight of a dense wheelbarrow on top of that!
While more durable, steel wheelbarrows might be more prone to rust if not properly maintained.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Garden Wheelbarrow Reviews
Main Gate County Clipper Wheelbarrow Review
This Main Gate County Clipper Wheelbarrow is sturdy and strong yet easy and comfortable to use.
Due to its easy-to-manoeuvre design and large capacity, it wins my vote as the best garden wheelbarrow on the UK market.
The pneumatic front tyre does a great job of easing the barrow over bumps, making it easier to tackle steps and kerbs as well. This can save your arms a good bit of work!
The main body is a traditional green colour which feels right at home in the garden; it’s made from injection-moulded polypropylene making it tough but lightweight. The frame is seam-welded for strength and galvanised to protect it from rusting.
The tray is easy to clean and will not rust or distort, and the wheels have double ball bearings designed to reduce friction and squeaking. The wheels have an inner tube which makes administering repairs simple in case of a puncture.
The capacity of the tray is 90 L of liquid or 110 L of material such as soil or sand. If you need a little more stability transporting this wheelbarrow around, it can be converted to a twin model with the help of an additional wheel kit. A spare wheel is also available.
It comes comes boxed, ready for self-assembly which is hassle free and simple to do.
This wheelbarrow makes life easier and cuts down task-time thanks to its large capacity. It’s light, durable, and comfortable to push and unload. None of us want to waste money on products that quickly need replacing, so it’s great to know that this wheelbarrow will stand the test of time.
Walsall 85 Ltr Galvanized Wheelbarrow Review
This Walsall 85 Ltr Galvanized Wheelbarrow is sturdy and easy to use; it’s proven itself time and again in my garden.
I use it for all sorts of jobs: to regularly move compost and soil, and also for larger jobs like shifting heavy slabs for the patio. Its 85-L capacity makes it possible to get jobs done in fewer trips.
It comes boxed, ready for self-assembly. It’s easy to put together, you’ll only need a screwdriver to complete the job.
One of the reasons I chose this barrow is because it has a puncture-proof wheel. This is a real winner and something to look out for if you are working on tough terrain – especially useful if you’re constructing foundations or doing hard landscaping.
So far, it has definitely passed the test! Even when wheeling it over rough surfaces it has not let me down. Once the building work is finished, I’ll be using it for gardening safe in the knowledge that it’s sturdy enough to easily cope with whatever I put it through!
Both the frame and the tray are made from sturdy steel making it tough enough to withstand all weathers. I also like that this product is made in the UK, as I try to support local business where I can.
All in all this is really a great little barrow for a reasonable price. As I’ve said, I’m particularly pleased that the puncture-proof wheel has stood up well and that it is so all-round sturdy.
Rhyas Twin Wheeled Wheel Barrow Review
This Rhyas Twin Wheeled Wheelbarrow is very easy to control, especially over uneven surfaces.
As a result, it’s ideal for moving bags of compost and other heavy materials around the garden as it does not easily tip sideways.
The polypropylene barrow tray is tough, durable and rust proof. It’s also a rather stylish shade of grey/blue with an olive-green frame – no harm in adding a bit of panache to those outdoor jobs!
This barrow can cope with up to 150 kg of weight making it suitable for a range of tough jobs, and the pneumatic tyres make it easy to use even over steps and kerbs.
It comes unassembled but is simple to put together and comes with excellent, clear instructions.
The two wheeled design means it’s not quite as manoeuvrable as some options, and you may struggle to navigate it around smaller gardens. However, if you’re looking for a stable wheelbarrow which will keep weight well distributed, it’s certainly a good choice!
DJM Heavy Duty Galvanised Steel Garden Wheelbarrow Review
This DJM Steel Garden Wheelbarrow has a 90 L capacity and can handle up to a whopping 180 kg.
The wide 14″ pneumatic tyre is extremely sturdy and durable, able to manage a variety of tough terrains without letting you down.
Easy-grip handles make sure comfort isn’t an issue, meaning you won’t have to stop in the middle of the job to keep adjusting your grip.
It comes unassembled and will require a spanner and screwdriver to put it together which can be done relatively simply.
I would say this is one of the best garden wheelbarrows for moderate building, landscaping and gardening work, due to its massive capacity and extremely sturdy wheel.
Marko Tools Garden Wheelbarrow Review
This Marko Tools Garden Wheelbarrow is made from hardwearing steel – it’s well prepared to stand up to the changeable British weather conditions it will inevitably face.
Coming in a sleek black design with a 13″ puncture-proof wheel, this sturdy barrow will facilitate a variety of garden tasks; it has a capacity of 85 L and can handle up to 150 kg in weight.
It is delivered flat packed, lending itself to simple self-assembly at home.
This is one of the best wheelbarrows I’ve come across. It’s to use and tip out, plus sturdily made making it perfect for many garden tasks as well as general DIY jobs. The solid tyre won’t go flat and doesn’t require inflating which is an added time-saving bonus.
Garden Wheelbarrow FAQs
A solid wheel is usually made with a metal rim and a PVC tyre. This means it cannot be punctured. This type of wheel is an ideal option if you are using the barrow in a place where there may be sharp or rough objects that would puncture a pneumatic tyre. If you are only using the wheelbarrow occasionally, on relatively flat ground, this makes a good choice.
A pneumatic tyre has a rubber inner tube that is inflated and protected by a rubber tyre. This makes it nice and bouncy so it is easier to use over rough ground; this ‘suspension’ means it absorbs many of the jolts and bumps making it more comfortable to use. The disadvantage of these tyres is that they can go flat over time or be punctured by sharp objects.
That said, a pneumatic tyre is fairly easy to repair, and repair kits or replacement inner tubes are readily available.
If the tyre on your wheelbarrow goes flat after not being used for a while you can simply pump it up with a bicycle pump.
However, if the tyre quickly goes down again this indicates a puncture. This is relatively simple to fix and all you will need is a puncture repair kit which you can buy from cycling shops. Follow these steps to fix a punctured tyre:
- Remove the wheel. Take off the tyre and remove the inner tube.
- Soak the inner tube in water: look for tiny air bubbles that indicate where the hole in the tube is.
- Identify the location of the hole and remember where it is.
- Dry the tube
- Fix the hole with a puncture repair kit. This is simply a matter of gluing a rubber patch over the hole with the glue and patches supplied in the repair kit.
- Reassemble the wheel, put it back on the barrow, and you’re done!
This depends on the material and quality of the wheelbarrow. If you do leave it outside, you should lean the wheelbarrow against a wall or fence. This will allow for drainage, stopping the tray from filling with water and corroding.
To keep your wheelbarrow in the best condition, I recommend wiping it down with a cloth after ever use. Sandpaper can be used to keep the handles in good condition, and the wheel should be oiled if it starts squeaking. Ensure your wheelbarrow is dry and stored in a sheltered area (or leant against a wall) to prevent rust.