Wheelbarrows have been around for an extremely long time. They were invented in China, back in the 100s (yes, that’s 100AD). So, it goes without saying that most of you have never thought of which ones are the best.
Wheelbarrows have come a long way ever since the 100s. Technology has advanced, and so have they. Could you imagine working without a wheelbarrow? You’d have to carry everything by hand. And who would like to carry all their plants from one side of the garden to the other? We certainly wouldn’t. But what are the best wheelbarrows ever?
Well, we’re here to help you. We compiled a list of the ten best wheelbarrows. We’ve also included information about what you should look out for when it comes to buying the best wheelbarrow. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best wheelbarrows ever.
Top 10 Best Wheelbarrows 2021
1. Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
Starting off on our list, the beautiful wheelbarrow from Mac Sports is unique. We would say that it is the best wheelbarrow ever. As you can probably understand from the name of this utility wagon, it’s fully collapsible. This makes it superb for your garden, because it won’t take too much space.
You’ll be able to use this wheelbarrow right out of the box. So, you won’t need to get sweaty over assembling it on a hot summer day. When it’s fully unfolded, it is around 20 inches, while it folds up to the small size of 8 inches.
When it comes to the material used for this wheelbarrow, the interior is made of heavy duty fabric and the frame is made of durable metal. This way, you’ll be able to fit up to 150 pounds with great ease and no fear of it breaking.
The key selling point of this wagon is that you can fold it. To do that, there’s a cord in the center of the wagon that you can easily pull and fold it up in a few seconds.
- Great Collapsible Design
- Puncture resistant tires
- Not great for too heavy loads
- Can be easily cut by sharp objects
2. Gorilla Carts GOR4PS
Gorilla Carts is known for making the best wheelbarrows. So the GOR4PS is not a surprise pick on a top 10 list of the best wheelbarrows. This wheelbarrow looks amazing (some have also called it the “monster truck of wheelbarrows” because of its wheels).
Starting with its size, it is a bit bulkier than the folding wheelbarrow from Mac Sports. It comes in at just over 31 pounds and is around 20 inches wide. This bulkiness comes with a huge advantage in the form of its capacity, that comes in at a whopping 600 pounds.
The GOR4PS is made of really durable materials. Firstly, the tub is fully rust resistant, and is also really easy to clean. Its four wheels make it stand out. As previously mentioned, they are pretty big and can go on any terrain.
Its design also helps when it comes to the loading and unloading. Along with the great wheels that it has, this wheelbarrow will be the best choice if you want to move heavy loads around your garden. You can also use it if you need to move heavy cargo. So, you’re hitting two birds with one stone.
- Rust resistant
- Easily maneuverable
- Quick unloading
- Feels quite heavy sometimes
3. WORX Aerocart Multifunction Wheelbarrow
This is one of the best wheelbarrows that WORX offers. It’s considered by many as the most versatile wheelbarrow on the market. Versatility is something that we always look for when buying the best wheelbarrows ever.
The Aerocart from WORX is fairly heavy. Coming in at around 48 pounds, it’s the heaviest wheelbarrow we have included on our list so far. This, however, comes with a huge benefit. This wheelbarrow is able to hold up to 300 pounds. But, due to its design, you’ll find yourself pushing that 300 pounds with ease. Some have said that it’s more like pushing 30 pounds rather than 300!
This also happens because of its versatility, along with the great wheel design. It comes with two solid wheels that offer great stability. Being multifunctional, you’ll notice that the weight is distributed evenly along the tub, offering even greater stability.
Speaking of stability, as you can imagine, it doesn’t only come from the design. The material that it’s made from plays a huge part as well. Its steel build allows it to be very lightweight, while remaining sturdy.
- Great wheel quality
- Amazing versatility
- Extreme durability
- Tall users might feel uncomfortable using it
4. Gorilla Carts GOR866D
How could we only include Gorilla Carts once on this list? They make the best heavy duty wheelbarrows. And the absolute best wheelbarrow when it comes to heavy duty work is the GOR866D. This wheelbarrow can be used almost everywhere. So, your garden work will become easier than ever.
The GOR866D is fairly similar to the GOR4PS. While they might have the same design, the former is much bulkier. But let’s check out the similar features the two have. Firstly, they both have 13 inch pneumatic tires, meaning that they can go on any terrain with ease.
Both of them are also made of metal, which is the most durable material for a wheelbarrow. This also makes the GOR866D rust resistant.
Now, let’s get to the key features of the GOR866D. First of all, this wheelbarrow is fairly heavy, coming in at 68 pounds. That’s what also makes it really durable. It’s the main reason for its main selling point, which is its load capacity, that is a tremendous 1200 pounds! This is truly impressive. So, no matter what you want to carry around your garden, you should have no problem pushing it with the GOR866D.
- Robust tire design for any terrain
- Great rust resistance
- Fully adjustable handle height
- Might be difficult to assemble
5. Marathon Yard Rover
This excellent wheelbarrow by Garden Star is a classic. When we think of simple, old-school wheelbarrows, this one comes in mind. The Marathon Yard Rover is the best choice for you, if you’re looking for one of the best wheelbarrows, and it also comes in a plethora of colors.
Unlike the former wheelbarrows on our list, this one isn’t near as bulky. It’s actually a fairly small wheelbarrow. It’s also our lightest product yet, weighing in at just 25 pounds. At this weight, most wheelbarrows are not able to withstand too much of a load. But this one has a capacity of 300 pounds, which is impressive.
The Marathon Yard Rover is made of some rust-free metal. So, you’ll be able to leave it in your garden, without worrying about it becoming rusty. The wheels on this wheelbarrow are almost as big as the tub itself. They are 13 inches and are air-filled. Due to its size, you’ll be able to use this wheelbarrow with ease.
Speaking of ease, it’s also super easy to assemble. All you need to do is screw some nuts and bolts tightly, and you’re good to go.
- Really Lightweight
- Reasonably priced
- Easily assembled
- It’s fragile, because of its weight
6. Best Choice Products Dual-Wheel Home Wheelbarrow Yard Garden Cart for Lawn
This wheelbarrow from Best Choice Products has a similar design to the wheelbarrow above from Garden Star. Best Choice Products is, well, a company which has the best choices for many different products. And they also have one of the best wheelbarrows.
As we previously said, it’s almost the same as the best wheelbarrow from Garden Star. It comes in different colors and features a fairly simple design, compared to the Gorilla Carts wheelbarrows we’ve included on this list. It weighs 26 pounds, which is 1 pound over the Garden Star wheelbarrow. This 1 pound has allowed for an increase of 30 pounds in the capacity, making it able to hold up to 330 pounds.
You will be able to use the wheelbarrow from Best Choice Products to carry anything around your garden. If you want to, you’ll also be able to carry other heavy cargo, like bricks, gravel, and many more.
It’s also made of great quality rust-free metal. So, you can just leave it in a corner, without worrying about it rusting. Its wheels are also great, with a size of 13 inches.
- Manufactured by heavy-duty metal
- Braces to protect the wheels
- The tub might get dented
7. Rubbermaid Commercial FG370712907
This wheelbarrow is an interesting one. All of the other best wheelbarrows we have included on the list are made of metal. This wheelbarrow is made completely of plastic. No wonder the company is called Rubbermaid Commercial. Their wheelbarrow is the best wheelbarrow ever that was made of plastic.
We believe that this wheelbarrow is the best for any of you who want to do garden work. It is the smallest product on our list, and the most lightweight as well. It’s only 20 inches wide, and weighs around 12 pounds. Its capacity is much more impressive than we thought. It can hold up to 200 pounds of cargo, so you shouldn’t face any problems if you decide to use this one in your garden.
Its design is fairly simple. It looks like a small cart, and the tub was great depth that allows for the large aforementioned capacity.
The plastic build allows for rust resistance. As we all know, plastic doesn’t rust. The wheels are also made of plastic. The tires are also flat so you won’t need to worry about them puncturing.
- The tires are flat
- Great plastic, rust-free build
- Good capacity
- The plastic isn’t the most durable material
8. Polar Trailer 8449
Polar Trailer are known for making some really great carts and wagons. Their 8449 model is known as their best wheelbarrow. We consider this wheelbarrow a very simple one, but it’s also beautiful.
It’s a fairly bulky wheelbarrow, but it isn’t as bulky as the wheelbarrows that we have previously mentioned. It weighs around 36 pounds and has a load capacity of 400 pounds. This isn’t the greatest ratio we have seen so far, but it is not bad by any means.
Its design is its greatest selling point. Even though it’s not really wide, it has a lot of depth. It’s the wheelbarrow with the most depth on our list. So, when you fill it up with soil, or anything else, it will remain stable, because the weight is distributed evenly.
Just like most of the products on our list, this one is made completely out of rust resistant metal. So, it is very durable and rust-free. The tires are pretty big and are made of great quality rubber, so you shouldn’t fear any
- Good quality metal build
- Great load capacity
- A bit on the heavy side
9. Jackson M6T22
This is the first one-wheeled wheelbarrow on our list of the best wheelbarrows ever. It’s also the one with the best color choice. We believe that it is the best wheelbarrow when it comes to sere beauty. It’s made by Jackson, who are known for making different construction hardware. Hench why this wheelbarrow looks like it came straight out of a construction site.
The M6T22 has a very bulky look, even though it isn’t that bulky. This is partially due to the 16-inch wheel that it has in the front. It is also tubed (it has a metal piece in the front), so it is also protected. The whole wheelbarrow is not that heavy, weighing around 48 pounds, but it is certainly wide, coming in at 27 inches of width. Its load capacity isn’t anything too special. It has a 300 pound load capacity.
The tub is made of some heavy duty steel, so it is extremely durable. The handles are also really durable, because they are made of some strong hardwood. It is also really maneuverable, because of its design.
- Huge and Durable wheel
- Great design
- Great hardwood handles
- Even though it’s maneuverable, it’s still heavy
10. Bosmere W302 Folding Wheelbarrow
This is the last wheelbarrow we found that we considered as the best wheelbarrow. To keep everything organised, just like our first pick, this one is also a fully foldable wheelbarrow made by Bosmere. It is also one of the lightest wheelbarrows on our list.
To begin with, the W302 is really wide. When it is unfolded, it measures at around 20 inches in width. When it’s folded, it’s around 13 inches. So, you’ll need to have some space to place it. But, because of its material, you should worry about it getting rusty. As we mentioned, this wheelbarrow is really lightweight, weighing only 9.5 pounds.
This, however, leads to its load capacity being a mere 100 pounds. So, you can’t lift heavy stuff with it. But, it’s perfect for garden work.
It has a really strong metal frame, with a PVC polyester canvas tub. This makes it really easy to clean it up and move around. But, we would recommend you not overload it with heavy cargo.
Durability-wise, even though it is made of canvas which isn’t the most durable, if you fill it with light cargo you shouldn’t have a problem. It’s supported by a meta frame, after all.
It’s also a one-wheeled wheelbarrow, just like the Jackson M6T22. Its wheel isn’t anything special though. It’s a small flat wheel, so you shouldn’t have any fear of it getting a puncture.
- Fully foldable
- Really easy to clean up
- Super lightweight
- Can be fragile
Factors To Consider When Buying The Best Wheelbarrow
You shouldn’t rush when you want to buy the best wheelbarrow for you. Just like everything these days, wheelbarrows come in different sizes. Some are smaller, some are longer. So, the size of the wheelbarrow you will buy is an important factor to keep in mind.
If you are of average height, you should have no problem, no matter what size you choose. But, if you are shorter than average, then you might find it difficult to empty your wheelbarrow, if it’s too tall for you. Then again, if you are taller than average, you might face the issue of getting back strain, if the wheelbarrow is too short.
This happens because most wheelbarrows come pre-assembled. So, unless you use some hacks (that you can find on the internet), you won’t be able to change the size of your wheelbarrow.
Number Of Tires
Most traditional wheelbarrows had one wheel in the front. But, due to technological advances, you can now find many wheelbarrows on the market that have two, three, or even four wheels. But why would the number of tires matter? Aren’t they all similar? Well, not really.
You see, when you want to carry around heavy stuff in your garden, a one-wheeled wheelbarrow will do you no good. That’s because the stability will be almost non-existent, so you will end up hurting yourself, and you will probably spill all of your cargo all over your garden.
In addition, since you will be using your new wheelbarrow in your garden, you will need it to be able to stand on its own. Otherwise, you might get scared when it decides to drop in the middle of the night. And, even worse, there’s a possibility that it might break.
So, ideally, you should look for wheelbarrows that have more than one wheel. And, you’ll need to also think about the quality of the tires. If their quality isn’t great, they might get a puncture. And nobody likes that.
Material and Durability
A factor that many buyers tend to ignore is the material of the wheelbarrow. There are many different wheelbarrows on the market that are made of a plethora of materials. Some are made for bad weather conditions, so they might cost a bit more, but they won’t get worn by bad weather. There are also some that are rust resistant, and others that are made from PVC canvas.
As you can imagine, if you want to move around heavy cargo, a canvas wheelbarrow is a really bad choice. And, if you live in an area that doesn’t have bad weather, a weather resistant wheelbarrow is not necessary.
The same goes for durability. There are different durability levels for a wheelbarrow. If you will only be using your wheelbarrow for gardening work, then you can opt for a medium range of durability. But, if you want to carry around bricks, such a wheelbarrow will break on a whim. So you should look for a more durable one.
The weight is as important as the factors which we mentioned above. We’ve included different types of wheelbarrows, each of which has a different weight range. So, as you can imagine, the weight plays a huge part when selecting the best wheelbarrow.
Usually, heavier wheelbarrows are harder to push, but are also more durable. In turn, lighter ones are easier to be pushed around, but are prone to getting damaged. So, you’ll need to find that sweet spot, where the wheelbarrow is heavy enough to be pushed easily and remain durable.
Roll Around With The Best Wheelbarrow
On this list we have included our personal favourites, wheelbarrows and the ones we consider as the best wheelbarrows ever. If you like doing garden work, moving your best organic fertilizer, a great wheelbarrow is a must. So, spending a few extra bucks to buy one of the wheelbarrows is worth it.
We hope that you find this guide helpful. All the products are guaranteed to be the best on the market. We wish you all the best!
James Fields is the founder of Gardener to Farmer. His passion for gardening goes back to his childhood days when he would visit his grandfather during the holidays and help him with the plants in the backyard. This has now translated to creating a dependable resource for gardening.