When you are working in the yard, nothing is quite as convenient as owning a wheelbarrow. While some of you may be looking more on the commercial side of things, others will simply be looking for a recreational use. No matter which one, though, there are several different elite models out there that can accommodate either or. But, what are you looking for? Do you want one with more than one wheel? Does it need to have an immense load capacity for commercial use? Or, does it simply need to be easy to maneuver for you? All of these are great buying questions and just a hint of what is in store for you today.
- Gorilla Carts
- 1200-pound load capacity
- D shaped handle
- Multi-speed transmission
- Directional AG tires
- 2 rear wheels
10 Best Wheelbarrows
Thanks to the 13-inch tires that have been outfitted on this dump cart, it is able to easily tackle any types of terrain. Plus, the padded convertible handle can be hooked to an ATV if desired.
Gorilla Carts constructed their model with a poly bed that happens to be resistant to rust. In addition to this, the frame has been made of steel and has been coated with a black finish.
Again, due to the “D” shaped handle, you could feasibly attach this to a lawn tractor or an ATV. But, thanks to the quick-release dump feature, dumping this bucket is also easy.
Size and Load Capacity
The bed of this model measures 40 inches by 25 inches. However, truly astounding is the utterly massive load capacity of 1200 pounds. Because of this, it is ideal for commercial use.
As mentioned, the assembly process can be time-consuming and a little confusing for buyers who are not accustomed to this sort of thing. But, the included one year warranty is nice.
If you need a wheelbarrow for serious tasks, this is the lucky ticket. Its massive tires can tackle any terrain, it sports a massive 1200-pound capacity and it is easy to dump with its quick-release feature.
Has a 1200-pound load capacity
Sports a patented “D” shaped handle
Designed with a quick-release dump feature
Can be hard to assemble
Some users claim the smell can be bad
Just as you would with a zero-degree mower, this can turn on a dime with ease. Also, the system is self-propelled and sports an all-wheel drive. Let’s just say maneuverability is not a concern.
For sure, this bad boy is durable enough to tackle virtually any job. This is thanks to the high-quality internal components and the solid steel hopper.
Even though you would assume dumping would be an issue with this unit due to the excess weight, the easy to dump one-handed release and the dual handles make it an easy process.
Size and Load Capacity
On level ground, Yardmax rates that their machine can handle up to 660 pounds of substance.
Besides the convenience of a self-propelled engine doing nearly all the work for you (in regard to pushing), this is also built with a multi-speed heavy-duty transmission with three speeds in all.
This is completely unique and is the only model on this list that is powered via an engine. Because of this, though, it is only going to appeal to a specific demographic.
Powered via an all-terrain all-wheel drive
Built with directional AG tires
Features a multi-speed transmission
One user reported that the left steering cable broke after 20 hours
As just mentioned, the addition of two rear wheels adds a ton of stability while it is in motion. In addition to this, you can rotate the bucket 360 degrees on its rear wheels.
The bed of this cart is primarily composed of metal. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, there have been users who have claimed rusting can be an issue.
Due to the unique shape of the integrated handle, all you need to do is push down to roll over objects. But, when it comes to dumping, the distance between the handle and the bucket can make it a bit awkward.
Size and Load Capacity
The metal tray is six cubic feet and should be large enough for the average user. In regard to the load capacity, one buyer with a lifetime of experience claimed that if you overload this then you really need a payloader.
One of the best features of this cart is the integration of the rear-mounted braking system. Because of this, you can rest this on an incline without worrying about it rolling.
Granted you take precaution to prevent the formation of rust, which entails maintaining it and storing it properly, this will be one of the best wheelbarrows you will ever own, bar none.
Can handle loads of weight
Designed with a rear-mounted braking system
Sports two rear wheels
Dumping this can be hard with one person
Rust can be an issue with the bed
Instead of three wheels, this only sports two but due to the patented design, the center of gravity is adjusted to balance the load. Plus, the tires are oversized and will never need inflating.
From the photos, you can immediately tell that the Aerocart is comprised primarily of steel.
First off, the fold-out extension arm comes into play when you need to carry items such as mulch bags, small trees, and flower pots. Additionally, the ergonomic lift design ensures easier dumps.
Size and Load Capacity
As great as this is, the 300-pound capacity and bed size (which measures three cubic feet) are not the best on this list. Keep this in mind if you need a model for intense work.
What is nice is this can easily convert to a dolly and other pieces of equipment such as a bag holder, trailer mover, and cylinder carrier. It really is a highly versatile unit.
It becomes immediately clear with the Aerocart that it is much more than just a simple wheelbarrow. Perhaps with a larger bed and greater load capacity, this could have been even higher.
Can easily convert to other pieces of equipment
Sports an ergonomic lift design
Features a fold-out extension arm
Can only hold around eight full shovels of dirt
The lone 16-inch tube tire sports powder-metal bearings and the aforementioned patented leg stabilizers are able to make this 40 percent more resistant to accidental tipping.
Jackson designed their M6T22 with professional grade steel undercarriages and strong hardwood handles. All in all, this makes it one of the more dependable units out there.
The handles, which measure 60 inches from where they are attached, are strong but really are lacking an adequate finish to protect them from the elements.
Size and Load Capacity
As a few buyers have pointed out, this may not be true professional quality. But, the bed size of six cubic feet should suffice for most users in the world.
Just to warn you, this is going to require some assembly. Yet, what is nice is that all the hardware is included and granted you can handle nuts and bolts, you should have little to no issues.
In a way, this could be considered the best traditional model on this list. Then again, if you need to have more than one wheel, you may want to look elsewhere.
Assembly is pretty straightforward
Made of heavy-duty steel and hardwood
It is designed with leg stabilizers
Sturdy, but may not be of professional quality
The handles should have been finished
The AMES Companies
If you forego the conversion kit, then this simply pushes with one wheel. Given this is an easy-roll tire with nylon bearings, it will be easy to maneuver either way.
While the handles are made of wood, the frame and the bed are made of high-quality steel. Due to this combination of materials, you are promised years of dependable use.
The aforementioned wooden handles are nice in the sense that they are designed with tapered ends which aids in a more comfortable grip. Plus, the sloped curved front of the bin makes dumping much easier.
Size and Load Capacity
At six cubic feet, this is just the right size for tackling all sorts of jobs. But, you need to know that this is not rated to hold up to commercial use.
As with the last model, there will be some assembly required upon arrival. But, thanks to the poly risers, the setup and assembly are really a cinch.
For normal use, this is an absolutely superb choice. However, it is worth noting that for buyers looking for commercial use, there are much better options on this list.
Handles are made of durable wood
Designed with tapered ends for comfort
The steel bin sports a curved front
Not ideal for commercial use
Thanks to the centered and balanced axle, hauling heavy loads is made much easier. In addition, the ball bearing hubs allow for smooth operation on nearly any terrain you ride on.
Polar Trailer designed their utility car with a high-impact polyethylene tub and they promise that it will not rust or crack even with years of use.
Instead of having two separate handles, the integrated handle of this unit is connected into one solid piece. Due to this, it is easy to dump it when the time comes.
Size and Load Capacity
With a bed that measures 10 cubic feet in volume, you are not going to struggle with not having enough space. But, you should not eclipse 400 pounds as that is the load capacity.
Upon arrival, there will be some assembly that is required. But, if it is any indication, it is advertised that this cart is easy to assemble.
Besides being a highly efficient unit, it is also nice that this sports a classical appeal. With the 20-inch spoked wheels and the polyethylene tub, the look is as good as the performance.
The tub will not crack or rust
Sports a 400-pound load capacity
Designed with a centered and balanced axle
The wheel bearings are a bit cheap
Struggles to stay tipped forward when empty
Due to the extra-wide wheelbase and the lower center of gravity, this provides enhanced load stability. As such, only 15 percent of the load is distributed to you.
In addition to the 100 percent post-consumer recycled material, this tub rests on a strong and durable powder-coated steel frame. This adds protection against rust and weathering.
The two handle design of this unit is ideal as it makes operating it more casual. In fact, it should be up the alley for most users as the two-handle design is very popular.
Size and Load Capacity
If you were questioning the decision to go with a non-metal tub, question it no more as this sports a load capacity of 550 pounds. Plus, the tub measures 6.5 cubic feet.
Admittedly, the axle assembly of this could be made a little bit easier for centering. However, what is not in question is the tapered front of the tub as it makes dumping loads easier.
Some buyers may not justify the price of this model given the issues that are present. Then again, its high-quality tub, which has a 550-pound load capacity, will get the job done right for you.
The front of the tub is tapered
Engineered with a powder-coated steel frame
Provides great load stability
Can be hard to maneuver in tight places
The axle assembly could be made easier
The four by eight-inch wheels (with there being two in total) and the 5/8-inch bearings provide the maneuverability you need for all-day tasks.
Because this was designed as one solid piece, and also because it is of tubular steel, the build quality should not be too much of a concern.
The dual-handle design is not only casual but is also ergonomically designed. In addition to the height of the handles, this adds a significant amount of comfort.
Size and Load Capacity
As this sports a 450-pound load capacity and a bed that measures six cubic feet, it has the “specs” to deal with everyday use.
To prevent the cutting of felts or any insulation, there is an integrated front roll plate that protects the wheelbarrow.
Again, you could easily consider this a huge risk. But, truth be told, what is life without risks? Thankfully, though, the quality really does speak for itself.
Made of tubular steel
The front roll plate protects the insulation
Designed with ergonomic handles
The lack of reviews can make this a gamble
Marathon Yard Rover
To make this easier to lift and maneuver, this features two air-filled wheels. On top of this, it weighs 25 percent less than typical models will.
As some users have expressed, the assembly hardware is not the highest quality. But, the rustproof poly tray can hold up to some abuse.
Some models sport dual-handle designs but the Yard Rover sports a loop handle and this allows you to push, pull, and dump the contents much easier.
Size and Load Capacity
The 300-pound capacity and five cubic foot bed make this ideal for residential use but not for commercial use.
Marathon Industries designed their Yard Rover to be easy for you to assemble.
Let’s just be honest for a second; this is not going to be suitable for certain people. But, if you take this for what it is, it can be a great addition to your life.
Weighs less than typical models
It is designed with ergonomics in mind
Sports two wheels
Not a heavy-duty unit
The included hardware could be better
Criteria Used For Evaluation
Ease of Maneuverability
The main purpose of wheelbarrows is to carry certain content and substances (such as tree debris, gravel, dirt, brush, etc.) from one location to another. So, it is only logical that one of the most important design features would be their maneuverability. After all, you, the operator, will be responsible for hauling the beast back and forth. In regard to the analyzation, you must perform to conclude one’s maneuverability, it really comes down to the wheels. First off, it is important to know that not all models will come with the same amount of wheels. There are one-wheel, two-wheel, three-wheel and even four-wheel models out there.
A traditional design will only sport one wheel that is positioned front and center. One of the issues with this design is handling and dumping the bed can be awkward and tricky. Adding another wheel up front will enhance the stability (especially with larger loads). This only becomes enhanced with three wheels (with two in the rear) and even more so with four. Also, the design of the tires themselves (whether pneumatic or non-pneumatic) also matters. Pneumatic tires offer a smoother ride but non-pneumatic tires will never need air or go flat.
The Build Quality
It is often debated, in regard to the bed itself, what material is best for wheelbarrows. For the most part, you will either see poly beds or those that are made out of metal. The former is a polypropylene and it is a thermoplastic addition polymer that is actually made up of a combination of propylene monomers. This can make for a highly durable bed and the proof is the top model on this list as it sports a poly bed and can hold over 1000 pounds. In terms of generic plastic, though, this is better suited for lighter use.
In regard to metal, which is oftentimes steel, these make for high-quality beds that can handle varying weights. One issue with steel, though, is it will rust if it is not finished or is not maintained. Speaking of rusting, it is also important to assess the design of the frame. If made out of steel, look for frames that have been powder-coated as this will add a tremendous amount of protection.
Design of the Handle
The emphasis turns from the actual bed of the unit to the handle. Anyone who has ever operated a wheelbarrow for significant amounts of time knows how crucial the design of the handle (or handles) is. It sort of goes back to the maneuverability but for the handle, you are looking for one essential factor. That factor is the style that you prefer. You see, when it comes down to it, there are two distinct handle styles that you can look for. The first is the more traditional straight-handle design (with two) and the second is a closed handle.
The former is beneficial in the sense that it makes dumping and flipping the unit easier. In addition, they can typically be handled by people of any size. However, with a closed or single handle, the ergonomics will be improved. In other words, they will be more comfortable to handle for longer times. But, users with narrower shoulders may find them difficult to operate.
If It Can Perform What you Need
Before you get your heart set on a specific model, there is one key question that you need to ask yourself. Are you looking to use one of these pieces of equipment for recreational use or for commercial use? The answer to this will go a long way to determining both the size and the load capacity you will need. You see, if you only need a model for maybe two to four hours of work a week, a 1000-pound capacity bed is probably not going to be necessary. However, what if you need it for grueling eight to 10-hour work days?
In this case, a large and spacious bed that can hold a ton of debris and gravel is probably going to be essential. If you need a workhorse barrow, then a 300-pound capacity is probably not going to be enough for you. Again, it all really comes down to you and what you need it to perform. Just know, though, that this is where things can get expensive. Hence, you would be wasting money if you buy a commercial model for recreational use.
Any Extra Convenience
To wrap up this specific section of this guide, let’s take a look at some additional convenient features (or simply additional convenience). The most obvious being that there may be some assembly required upon arrival. While a little prior knowledge of what you are doing will always pay dividends, assess the experiences of other users to determine how easy or difficult the assembly will be. Also, a really handy and convenient that some models will have integrated is a rear-mounted braking system. With this implemented, you can rest the barrow on an incline without it rolling down. Oh yeah, and some models (such as the one from Worx) can convert to other pieces of equipment.
Q: Can it Handle Extreme Temperatures?
For the record, the “it” in this case is indeed a wheelbarrow. Now, this is an important question to address as you want to prolong the life of your model as much as you possibly can. Well, spoiler alert, allowing it to be exposed to extreme heat and climates is the last thing that you want to do. Even with designers who ensure exquisite craftsmanship goes into their model, this can all be undone if you leave it outside and exposed to the elements.
But, in addition to the steel potentially rusting, if the handles are made of wood, direct sunlight can affect the life of them. Speaking of which, exposure to direct sunlight and higher temperatures can also accelerate the wear on the tires. Bottom line; store it away when you are not using it.
Q: What to do if you Receive a Damaged or Missed Part?
Gorilla Carts, which holds the distinction of designing the number one model on this list, addressed a question that could come into play for you. When you order online, you always take the chance of your product arriving with damage or missing parts. That is just the way it is and unfortunately, there is little to nothing you can do about it. Really, and Gorilla Carts answered this themselves, all you really can do is get in contact with the seller and/or the manufacturer.
If it is under warranty, that is even better as you should be covered that way. However, some companies, such as Gorilla Carts, will allow you to submit a warranty claim. Either way, you go, it is essential that you get ahold of the proper authorities and as quickly as you can.
Q: Can you Replace the Hardware?
It goes without saying that sometimes manufacturers are going to distribute their products with so-so hardware components. To be honest, for some, “so-so” is giving them too much credit. But, as a consumer, could you just simply take a trip to your local hardware store and replace the current hardware with superior parts? It really just depends on the type of hardware you are talking about and how the model is designed.
For example, there may be some cases where reinforcement is a better option than just simply buying superior hardware. Of course, if they come with cheap U-bolts then that is something you could probably easily replace (granted you get the correct size bolts).
Q: Could They be Attached to an ATV?
If you remember, this was actually alluded to with one of the first entries on this list. Given the load capacities of some of these models, it can get a little ridiculous for one person to transport. For instance, when you stack hundreds of pounds of dirt and gravel, it can pretty heavy really quickly. So, why not have a machine complete the work for you? Besides simply buying a motorized model (like the one on this list), could you pull it behind your ATV?
Nine times out of ten, you should count on the answer to this question being a no. Unless the handle is specifically designed to account for it, like Gorilla Cart’s model on this list, it will not be feasible. If there is no way to safely secure the wheelbarrow with the ATV, then this should be avoided at all costs (unless you want to pick up all the debris that will fall out of the barrow).
Q: Do the Tires Need to be Inflated Beforehand?
Each and every model can’t be spoken for you here but most of the time, the tires should come inflated beforehand. Then again, do remember that the type of tire does play a role. Those that are not pneumatic will never need to be inflated and thus, this question becomes irrelevant. However, it can’t be guaranteed that every seller in the world will ship you the model with a pre-inflated tire.
If they do not, the manufacturer should have the recommended PSI of their tires somewhere in the manual. If you can’t find it in the manual, you are sure to find it on their website or the official product page for your specific model.
Q: How Do They Perform in the Snow?
It has taken this long to get here but, what happens if you want to use one of these in the winter? Most people associate wheelbarrows with warmer weather either in the spring or the summer. While this is fair given that most owners will use them in this manner, they can be beneficial in the winter. Yet, it all depends on the quality of the unit and the design of the wheels. Oh yeah, and the snow itself matters. If it is extremely deep, even with the best tires, this will prove to be a futile task.
Yet, if the snow is light and fluffy enough (and is not too deep), using a rolling cart may not be the worst way to clear some snow. With proper tread on the tires, also, they will grip to the snow better.
As with most consumer products in the world, a lot of what necessitates your happiness is your desires. In other words, for wheelbarrows, a lot of it is merely personal preference. Whether you are talking about the load capacity, handles, or even the bed, it all comes down to what you desire. But, now that you have absorbed this information, it should be easier to decide.