If you are intending on purchasing a high-quality wheelbarrow for either your garden or for use at work, you want to be sure that you are getting something that will serve you for many years to come.
It may come as a surprise that a wheelbarrow is not the cheapest tool on the market and so if you are making a small investment such as this, you must make sure that you are getting something that oozes quality.
Fortunately, there are many great out there whose quality is second to none. Sourcing these out is not anywhere near as difficult as some people might believe and in this article, we are going to talk through some of the best quality wheelbarrow options currently available.
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At a Glance: Our Favourite Wheelbarrows
What To Look For In A Good Quality Wheelbarrow
When you are shopping for a wheelbarrow, there are certain things you should always look out for. Unfortunately, there are some extremely substandard products which won’t hold the weight of your load and will leave you no better off than you were in the first palace – wheelbarrowless.
To get the best quality wheelbarrow, take some of the following points into consideration.
If a wheelbarrow is flimsy and feels as though it might buckle at the first sight of anything heavier than a single brick, then it probably isn’t very good.
A strong and sturdy wheelbarrow will be well-built and will feel solid. They usually feature a robust steel frame that supports the tray, and this will ensure that even when the equipment is loaded to full capacity, it won’t weaken under strain.
If you purchase a wheelbarrow that must be put together at home, be sure to choose one with good quality fastenings and use the correct tools for the job.
Most wheelbarrows are made from either plastic or steel, and the latter will always be more durable. You should look for a wheelbarrow that is made from galvanised steel since this has been specially treated to be even more resilient. Galvanised steel is resistant to moisture and harsh weather conditions and is one of the most effective wheelbarrow materials there is.
Alternatively, you might choose a plastic wheelbarrow with a steel frame. These are good, and although plastic is never going to be as robust as metal, many manufacturers are putting a lot of effort into their plastic products. They are certainly far stronger than those you might have seen when you were a kid.
Of course, good branding builds trust and a decent reputation, and when you are buying a wheelbarrow, it can be helpful to look for names that you recognise. This can help ensure that you get something that comes from a genuine manufacturer who has put a lot of thought and good quality materials into the design.
That being said, there are many lesser-known wheelbarrow manufacturers who make excellent products. Therefore, you should couple checking the brand with other factors we have discussed.
We aren’t suggesting that you need to take out a mortgage to find a good quality wheelbarrow, but it is worth keeping in mind that you get what you pay for. In short, if you pay a tenner for a wheelbarrow, it isn’t going to last you very long at all.
In contrast, being willing to part with a little more cash opens up a world of options for some wheelbarrows that exude excellence. If you are going to be using the product a lot, isn’t it worth investing a little extra?
The Best Quality Wheelbarrows
There are a lot of good quality wheelbarrows out there, and this is excellent news, especially if you have never brought a wheelbarrow before. However, this can also mean that you suddenly become overwhelmed with choices and before you know it, you’re swimming in a sea of wheelbarrow advertisements not knowing which one to go for.
However, we have put together a list of what we think are the best quality wheelbarrows currently available and we know you won’t be disappointed.
New DJM Heavy-Duty Wheelbarrow
For starters, you notice that the weight capacity of this one is incredible. At 180kg you are able to lift and transport a wide range of items with ease. Ideal for moving heavier loads such as timber, beer, stones and rubble, the DJM will make light work of them all. What’s more, the generous 90-litre tray gives you plenty of room.
It sits on a single type, and where usually wheelbarrow types would be pneumatic, this one is made from durable foam. There are several benefits to this, but in the main, this type of foam tyre is puncture-proof. This is perfect if you are going to be using the wheelbarrow on rough terrain or if there is a chance of sharp items being on the ground.
The wheelbarrow is crafted completely from steel giving you the confidence that will stand up to any challenge and furthermore, the under pan support means that no matter how full it is, the wheelbarrow won’t buckle.
It is slim enough to fit through narrow gaps, at a width of just 58cm. This is important if you are working in a tight space.
You can feel sure that this is a sturdy and well-built piece of equipment, but do be sure to use the correct tools when putting it together. The manufacturer recommends a 14mm or 9/16 AF spanner.
Draper Garden Tipper Cart
Draper has been in the business for more than 90 years, so where we talked about finding a trusted brand, you won’t find anything much better than this company. Not only are their products strong and reliable, but they also look incredible.
This garden tipper cart features a handy tipping mechanism which takes the strain out of unloading the wheelbarrow. Traditionally, you would need to upturn the equipment manually, but thanks to the dump truck nature of this cart, most of the hard work is done for you.
Furthermore, it features a long handle and four wheels, combined these make a powerful team and will allow you to pull the cart as opposed to pushing it, as you would normally. This means that heavy loads just got a whole lot easier and for people who struggle with strength, they can still get outdoors and work.
If all of that wasn’t enough to tickle your fancy, how about the fact that this humble-looking cart has the capacity to shift up to 200kg in its 75-litre tub? It certainly will make moving those larger loads a whole lot easier. And the steel tubular frame makes you even more certain that it will handle the strain of the load.
It is slightly heavier than some of the other pieces of equipment we are discussing in the article, but with that long handle, this won’t be too much of an issue.
If you are looking for a heavy-duty wheelbarrow that will stand up to whatever you throw at it, then the Theca wheelbarrow is an extremely viable option. It features a large 110-litre tray which is certainly one of the bigger ones we have seen but also boasts the ability to shift up to 200kg.
You might be concerned that with all this weight, the equipment would be put under an enormous strain, and it will, but the galvanised steel structure and strong, resistant frame mean that no weight is too much – up to 200kg, of course.
What’s more, the galvanised steel structure will ensure that this wheelbarrow stays free from rust and will not deteriorate when used in harsher weather conditions. This is a reliable and durable material that won’t let you down.
It is also a very slim piece of equipment at just 55cm across, meaning that if you must work in a tight space, you won’t find it difficult to manoeuver. Furthermore, the single pneumatic tyre will make moving the equipment around so much easier. A single-wheeled wheelbarrow is far better for navigating tight corners as by design; they are more agile.
If you care about how your wheelbarrow looks, you will be pleased to know that this one boasts a sleek design with delicate branding, making it one of the more aesthetically pleasing options on the market.
This sleek black and orange wheelbarrow would certainly look incredible in your garden, especially if you are using it with other pieces from the VonHaus range. Once again, we stumble across a very reputable company, and the quality you would expect is perfectly demonstrated in this wheelbarrow.
It features a 78-litre tub that is ideal for carrying a whole host of items from bricks and rubble, soil and sand, plants, wood, and so much more. They state that this can be used indoors and outdoors, making this a more versatile option. However, it is worth pointing out that the larger size of this one means it might be a little more difficult in small spaces. At its widest point, it is 70cm, so quite a bit bigger than other models – but that simply means more space for your load.
It has a soft-grip handle that is foam coated so that using the wheelbarrow is nothing short of a delightful experience. Usually, when pushing a wheelbarrow around for long periods of time, you might develop sores and calluses on the hands, but you can feel confident this won’t be an issue with this one.
It is crafted completely from steel, giving you the reassurance that it is certainly up to the task of carrying heavy items and will last you through many jobs. Furthermore, the easy to lift design means that unloading will be a cinch.
The Neo wheelbarrow has to be one of the most surprising products out there. Visually, it is stunning. The light coloured metal is perfectly complemented by the striking bright green wheel – you could be forgiven for thinking this was more of a display piece than a working piece of equipment.
Then you learn that this incredible piece of kit can carry up to 200kg, despite weighing no more than 2kg when empty! This is something magic, surely? But no, this wheelbarrows incredible strength comes from the fact that it has been so well made.
It features a robust tubular steel frame and a steel tray, both of which are galvanised giving it that extra boost of strength and durability. What’s more, the strong 13-inch pneumatic tyre adds to the wheelbarrows ability to hold heavy loads. You will also find that it is effortless to use thanks to the comfortable handle grips, which also boast that striking green design.
As with anything, finding a wheelbarrow that is of an excellent quality isn’t always an easy job. It can be difficult to pick the good from the bad, but this doesn’t mean that your search for the perfect wheelbarrow should come to an end – far from it!
We have put together a list of some of the best quality wheelbarrows that are unrivalled when it comes to strength, build-quality and design.