9 Wheelbarrows We Loved During Testing for Every Backyard Task (2024)

A good wheelbarrow lets you move heavy landscaping or construction materials far more easily than carrying them yourself. While the basics of a wheelbarrow are very simple—a bowl-like body mounted on one or two wheels and with long handles for pushing or pulling—these handy tools can be your best assistant around the garden or worksite.

We tested 18 wheelbarrows of different types and sizes on an obstacle course at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa. We noted each wheelbarrow's stability, capacity, sturdiness, ergonomics, and ease of handling.

We then continued to evaluate each wheelbarrow's long-term performance at various gardens around the area. During the extended testing session, the wheelbarrows were scored while carrying out typical garden duties such as transporting rocks or other heavy items, carrying and dumping soil or mulch, and moving fallen leaves to a compost pile.

When it comes to choosing the right wheelbarrow for your needs, Noah James, professional landscaper and owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance, recommends first considering your terrain, “The right wheelbarrow will glide effortlessly over any obstacles, making your job a breeze," he says.

Through testing, we discovered that rubber, air-filled tires performed better in all terrain types, whereas plastic or non-air-filled tires stood out for requiring less maintenance. Additionally, we found that two-wheel designs were easier to operate around obstacles and more effective in distributing weight than one-wheel designs. Based on our findings, these are the best wheelbarrows on the market.

Editor's Note: This review was revised in April 2024 to include long-term testing insights.

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What We Like

  • Easy to maneuver

  • Thick, padded handlebar

  • Sits upright for compact storage

What We Don't Like

  • Tires received uninflated

  • Not easy to dump out load

While testing, the Best Choice Product's 5 Cubic-Foot Wheelbarrow stood out for its steel looped handlebar: It has a thick padded foam covering that makes it very comfortable to lift and push the wheelbarrow even when full. Once we had it loaded up with two heavy bags of mulch, we were even more pleased with how easy it was to push or pull the wheelbarrow over all sorts of obstacles that are commonly found in a landscape, including mulch, grass, gravel, pavement, and even across lawn edging. We had no issues with imbalance or tips, nor was it hard to maneuver around tree trunks or other large objects.

We were so pleased with this wheelbarrow's long-term performance that we promoted it from its original position as Best With Looped Handle to Best Overall. During our extended testing period, the wheelbarrow was very useful for transporting all manner of garden materials, including weeds, pruned branches, pavers, bags of mulch, and other garden supplements.

It took us slightly over 30 minutes to assemble, and we found the instructions fairly easy to follow. One downside, though, was that the double air-filled 13-inch wheels were not inflated, so we had to pump them up before we could test the wheelbarrow's performance. Still, once inflated to their proper level, the wheels did not lose any air during any of our tests, and their large size and thick tread rolled easily over all types of terrain.

One other hiccup we noted was when we tried pushing the two bags of mulch out at the end of our test—we weren't able to tip the wheelbarrow far enough for them to fall out on their own. Still, overall the wheelbarrow's performance was excellent, and at only 26 pounds, it's lightweight enough for just about any gardener to use with ease. Plus, it is easy to store upright when not in use.

We found it very easy to maneuver and very stable. We wish it was a bit deeper, but that would also make it heavier, and we do appreciate that it isn't too heavy for comfortable pushing or lifting. We also like that despite being left outside in all manner of harsh Iowa weather, it still looks just about as good as new.

Material: Polyurethane | Number of Wheels: 2 | Volume: 5 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 330 pounds

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What We Like

  • Smooth-rolling wheel

  • No assembly required

  • Durable option

What We Don't Like

  • Some wobbliness

  • Uncomfortable handles

If you need a wheelbarrow that isn't exceptionally large, and you don't want to spend a bundle, we recommend this very reasonably priced option from True Temper. We received our wheelbarrow fully assembled, so it was ready to go with just a quick check of the single 16-inch rubber tire's air pressure, which was right on target from the beginning to the end of our tests.

This is a plastic, 4 cubic-foot wheelbarrow with a steel frame for extra durability, and we found it sturdy enough to tote a full load of bags of mulch, and then dump them out without issues. One downside, though, to this wheelbarrow is its handles, which we found to be hard and uncomfortable when lifting or pushing without gloves. But with work gloves on, it was easy to push the wheelbarrow forward, pull it back, or maneuver it around curves without much effort.

It was also very easy to lift and dump the load at the end of our session. The wheelbarrow rolled smoothly across all of our testing terrains, but we did note that it had some feelings of wobbliness or tilt at times, whether empty or full. However, it did not tip over or lose its contents at any time, nor did it pull out of our hands.

After continued testing of this wheelbarrow, we still consider it a fine choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced wheelbarrow to tote loads of leaves or other fairly light materials around your yard. However, we do not think it is robust enough for regularly moving heavy soil, rocks, or multiple bags of garden supplements or fertilizers. Despite this, we do appreciate its light weight; we were able to hang it on hooks attached to the garage wall for convenient and out-of-the-way storage.

Material: Polyurethane | Number of Wheels: 1 | Volume: 4 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: Not listed

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What We Like

  • Flat-free tire

  • Comfortable to push

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don't Like

  • Slightly tippy when turning

If you are looking for a traditional, one-wheel design, we recommend the Tru Temper 6 Cubic-Foot Wheelbarrow. This sturdy, steel wheelbarrow has a 6 cubic feet capacity, and we filled it to the limit during our tests, loading it with three large bags of mulch. Once we had it loaded, it was off to the obstacle course.

It was quite easy to maneuver the wheelbarrow through gravel, over mulch, and across the pavement, but we did find it a bit tippy when making turns, although nothing fell out of the wheelbarrow, and we never felt out of control. The steel, double handles have a rubbery grip that makes them easy to grasp but isn't thick enough to add any cushioning. Still, we found it comfortable to push the wheelbarrow, even with a full load.

During the months after our initial testing period, this wheelbarrow was put through its paces regularly, mostly for transporting heavy bags of pulled weeds from the garden to the trash. While we found the handles to be a little uncomfortable and wished they had more padding, that wasn't enough for us to downgrade the wheelbarrow's scores.

When dumping the bags of mulch, two fell out easily, but we had to do a bit of wiggling and moving the wheelbarrow back and forth to get the third bag to fully dump to the ground. It was still easy to control the wheelbarrow while doing this, however, even with it tilted to the side.

We liked that the single wheel has a no-flat design that won't puncture or lose air even when pushing the wheelbarrow across gravel or other rough ground. However, we did wish that the wheel was a little wider, which would have provided more overall stability. This is a large, heavy garden tool and is probably best suited to a tall individual due to the height of the handles. However, we love its sturdiness, and we also especially love its flat-free tire, which holds its inflation over all types of terrain.

Material: Steel | Number of Wheels: 1 | Volume: 6 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: Not listed

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What We Like

  • Quick-release dumping system

  • Very easy to maneuver

  • High weight capacity

What We Don't Like

  • Assembly can be challenging

  • Single handle puts strain on arm

Unlike most wheelbarrows, which require the user's full strength to lift and dump the load, this four-wheeled garden cart has a patented, quick-release dumping mechanism that lifts and tilts the body of the cart to unload its contents with only a little assistance from the user. We found this quite ingenious, and really appreciated how much it reduced the strain and effort required to dump out our two heavy bags of mulch. However, we wish it lifted a little higher to make it easier to unload everything without having to use our hands or a shovel.

We also loved how easily it maneuvered over all of our testing courses, which included gravel, mulch, grass, pavement, landscape edging, and various obstacles to avoid. We never felt any imbalance or tendency towards tipping, and the pivoting front wheels made it easier to make fairly sharp turns than would be possible with a regular, one-wheeled wheelbarrow, like the Tru Temper 6 Cubic-Foot Wheelbarrow, without risking tipping the load.

However, we were less than thrilled with the assembly of the cart, which took 67 minutes and quite a bit of brute force. Ideally, assembling this cart should be a two-person task. We also had to add air to the four 10-inch rubber tires before starting our tests and were surprised to find that the tires had lost some air during the testing session. Still, they rolled very well over all types of surfaces.

The cart's steel frame provided additional strength, while the polyurethane body gave the impression of being quite robust. Although the cart's single handle makes it easier to navigate, the design forces us to do all the effort with just one hand gripping the handle, which puts a strain on our arms, shoulders, and backs.

With a 600-pound capacity, this cart could be not only a steady workhorse around the garden, but also a useful assistant for toting kids and supplies to a picnic or campground, or for hauling tools and other equipment to a worksite.

This sturdy garden cart became a much-loved garden assistant during the long-term testing session. We used it to tote all sorts of materials, including wood chips, rocks, and plants. We even used it to move around the contents of the garage for better organization. Plus, it provided a handy spot to toss pulled weeds before carting them over to the trash.

Material: Polyurethane | Number of Wheels: 4 | Volume: 4 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 600 pounds

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What We Like

  • No wobble or tilt

  • Easy to lift for dumping

What We Don't Like

  • Uncomfortable handle

  • A bit difficult to push over landscaping edging

If you need a sturdy workhorse to carry big loads of landscaping materials, then you'll like this 8.75 cubic feet plastic wheelbarrow from Rubbermaid as much as we do. We loved that no assembly was required, and the two 20-inch wheels are flat-free, so require no filling with air, nor worrying about a flat tire. Plus, they roll very smoothly over all types of terrain.

We loaded this beast with four heavy bags of mulch and headed out to our obstacle course. We loved how easily the wheelbarrow rolled over and through a variety of surfaces, including mulch, grass, gravel, and pavement. The two wheels keep it securely balanced, so we never worried we'd lose control of the load, even when lifting it to dump the contents. Plus, despite its size, we managed to hang it on storage hooks in the garage when not in use; that's a big plus because otherwise, it would have required a lot of space.

The only area where we had some difficulty was in rolling it over landscaping edging; it required a little extra effort to cross the edging with the wheelbarrow empty, but a bit of a running start to cross it with a full load. Still, we experienced no wobble, tipping, or sway even when putting in the extra effort, and it was very easy to maneuver the wheelbarrow around turns and obstacles.

The one downside to this wheelbarrow is its handle, which is molded into the body rather than extending outwards, as with most other wheelbarrows. While the handle did make it easier to lift the wheelbarrow for dumping the bags of mulch, which we accomplished with no strain or pain, it wasn't very comfortable on our hands, so you'll definitely want to put on gardening gloves before heading out to the garden. At 45 pounds, this isn't an especially light wheelbarrow, but its large capacity means fewer trips to haul your landscaping materials out to the yard.

During its long-term testing session, this oversized wheelbarrow was put through its paces, hauling firewood, mulch, and other heavy garden items, as well as transporting junk from the garage to the curb. We loved being able to haul everything in one trip and appreciated that the wheelbarrow remained steady and sturdy, even when we maneuvered it down a hill.

Material: Polyurethane | Number of Wheels: 2 | Volume: 8.75 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 300 pounds

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What We Like

  • Large capacity

  • Very durable construction

  • Oversize wheels

  • No wobble or tip

What We Don't Like

  • Heavy

  • Rust could potentially be an issue

If you need to move lots of landscaping materials, or you need a wheelbarrow for hauling concrete or other construction materials, you'll appreciate the durability and solid construction of this steel 7 cubic-feet wheelbarrow from Kobalt as much as we do. We received it fully assembled and ready to go.

The two flat-free wheels are 4 inches wide and 16 inches in diameter, so you can roll over just about anything without wobble or tip. We loaded up with four heavy bags of mulch and put the wheelbarrow through its paces, where it performed like a champ.

We found it very easy to push the wheelbarrow forward or pull it backward across a variety of surfaces, including mulch, gravel, grass, landscape edging, pavement, and fallen branches. It felt very well-balanced and easy to maneuver, whether full or empty, and it was easy to dump the load at the end of the testing course.

We also liked the comfortable handles, which are covered in a grippy material that adds some extra cushioning. The only issue we had was with the wheelbarrow's weight; at 53 pounds, this is a heavy tool, so it might be tiring to use it for a full day of work. While it is heavier than many other wheelbarrows, it's still easy to pull or push, thanks to its well-balanced construction. If you need to move heavy loads of garden materials, it's hard to go wrong with this blue beauty from Kobalt.

Plus, unlike a plastic wheelbarrow, rust might be an issue if you leave this out in the elements instead of storing it in a garage or shed. This sturdy, heavy-duty wheelbarrow performed just as well during its extended testing session as during the initial tests. We have used it to tote rocks, mulch, sticks, and even multiple large bags of ice, all without strain or excessive effort.

Material: Steel | Number of Wheels: 2 | Volume: 7 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: Not listed

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What We Like

  • Folds for easy storage

  • Lightweight

  • Lies flat for loading

What We Don't Like

  • Poor assembly instructions

  • Relatively expensive

The Allsop WheelEasy Foldable Garden Cart is the lightest wheelbarrow we tested, at only 11 pounds when empty. It has a steel frame and a heavy-duty nylon canvas body that can hold up to 3 cubic feet or 150 pounds.

Unlike most wheelbarrows, this one lies flat on the ground when not being supported by its comfortable, foam-covered handles. That means you can easily rake leaves, mulch, or other landscaping materials right onto the canvas and then roll it to wherever you want it. We easily dumped our test bag of mulch without any strain by tilting the wheelbarrow forward, but it also could be laid down to remove its contents if desired.

We especially loved that this wheelbarrow can easily be folded for storage; there is no need to take up lots of room in the garage or yard shed. Although we do feel it's somewhat expensive, we still feel that it's a very useful choice for the gardener who needs to tote around a lot of landscaping materials but doesn't have a lot of outdoor storage space.

However, it didn't get off to a good start in our testing sessions, as we found it difficult to assemble, thanks to the unclear instructions. However, after a half-hour of annoyance, we had the garden cart ready to go, and its excellent performance made up for the rocky start. The one rubber wheel was a bit difficult to fill with air but rolled very smoothly over all of our obstacle course surfaces, and to our surprise, the cart felt very sturdy and balanced. We experienced no difficulties with wobble or tipping, even when going around corners or over rough terrain.

But, this handy garden assistant received a lot of use during the extended testing session, where it performed like a champ. We used it to tote dirt and rocks and also to transport plants. In fact, it came out every time there was yard work to be done, including picking up fallen leaves and twigs.

It greatly sped up our routine garden maintenance, and we found it easy to load, pull, and unload. And, of course, it takes up little room for storage, which we definitely appreciated. Even those with small gardens can find multiple uses for this small but mighty folding wheelbarrow.

Material: Nylon canvas | Number of Wheels: 1 | Volume: 3 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 150 pounds

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What We Like

  • Lid can be used as a seat

  • Has cup holder

  • Steady and easy to pull

What We Don't Like

  • Small capacity

  • Uncomfortable handle

The Ames Lawn Buddy Rolling Garden Cart is somewhat small, but it's the perfect size for hauling a bag of mulch or potting soil out to your flowerbeds or for carrying your gardening tools. While testing, we noted that it was very capable of toting our heavy test bag of mulch through our obstacle course, and it was completely stable over all types of terrain, including grass, mulch, branches, and pavement.

We did find it required a wider turning radius than typical wheelbarrows, but that wasn't too much of an issue, and we had little difficulty in maneuvering it around corners and obstacles. To dump the bag of mulch, we lifted the cart by its handle, and the contents fell right out.

We liked that the plastic handle closes down to become a lid that can be used as a seat and that it even has a built-in cup holder. However, we would have liked some padding on the handle, and we don't think it will be very comfortable to haul for long periods when fully loaded. Our extended testing period confirmed that the handle was positioned a bit low on this small garden cart, but that wasn't nearly enough of a problem to diminish our enthusiasm. We used it during every gardening session, mostly to carry our small gardening tools, which we kept stored right inside the cart in between uses.

That small issue aside, we love that the cart came fully assembled, and its four 7-inch wheels are solid, not air-filled, so there are no worries about getting a flat or having to reinflate them periodically. We also found it easy to keep a yard waste bag in the cart during weeding sessions or while pruning small twigs and branches. While this wouldn't be our recommendation for hauling multiple bags of mulch or other heavy materials, we found it perfect for toting one bag of mulch, for transporting weeds and other garden waste, or for moving flowers and other plants to their intended spot in the garden.

Material: Plastic | Number of Wheels: 2 | Volume: 2 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 200 pounds

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What We Liked

  • Very sturdy and stable

  • Comfortable handles

  • Great maneuverability

What We Didn't Like

  • Heavy

  • Took a long time to assemble

The two 16-inch rubber wheels on this steel 6 cubic-feet wheelbarrow kept it supremely steady through our entire testing obstacle course, both empty and filled with three heavy bags of mulch. The comfortably padded handles were especially a hit, and we found that they made it much easier to lift the wheelbarrow to dump the contents without pain or strain.

It did take us nearly an hour to assemble, and the tires were very underinflated at assembly, but once filled, they remained inflated throughout our tests. We loved the wheelbarrow's strength and sturdiness: while it is somewhat heavy at 52 pounds (when empty), it was surprisingly very easy to push both forwards or backward, as well as maneuver around corners. We had no trouble wheeling it across pavement, mulch, gravel, grass, or landscaping edging.

While we still consider the weight of this wheelbarrow to be potentially an issue after months of testing, that's about our only complaint with this sturdy, heavy-duty garden assistant.

With a 375-pound weight capacity, it can be used for both hauling landscaping materials and construction materials such as cement. During the extended testing period, we used the wheelbarrow to haul heavy bags of mulch—we loaded it with three or four at a time—and loved the wheelbarrow's steadiness even when we pulled it over uneven terrain.

We also appreciated that the two front wheels made it much easier to keep the wheelbarrow under control when dumping out mulch; we could direct it right where we wanted it without having to pull out a shovel or other tool. While it does take up a fair amount of storage space, it's a great wheelbarrow for those who need to move large quantities of heavy materials.

Material: Steel | Number of Wheels: 2 | Volume: 6 cubic feet | Weight Capacity: 375 pounds

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Final Verdict

For most homeowners, we recommend our best overall pick, the Best Choice Products Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow. During testing, it earned top scores for being very easy to maneuver, comfortable to push and pull, steady over all types of terrain, and relatively easy to assemble. But if you need a steel wheelbarrow for toting big loads of very heavy materials, we recommend our best heavy-duty pick, the Kobalt 7 Cubic-Feet Wheelbarrow, a beast of a wheelbarrow that we still found to be easy to maneuver and push over all types of terrain, as well as easy to lift and dump.

Other Options We Tested

These products are ones we tested and found impressive. Though they fell a bit short of our standards, we think they’re still worth considering.

Garden Star Dual Wheel Poly Tray Yard Rover Wheelbarrow: While this was originally our Best Overall pick, and we do still feel that it's a good wheelbarrow for moving mulch and other garden materials around the yard, our original concerns about the durability of the bucket while dumping out the load proved to be well-founded during the extended testing session. Heavy materials, such as gravel, caused the bucket to fold when dumping the load. Still, if you only plan on using the wheelbarrow to move light loads from place to place, this is a good option that maneuvers well over all sorts of terrain.

WORX WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1 Yard Cart: While we loved how easy it was to assemble this steel, 3 cubic-feet capacity garden cart, and we appreciated its versatility—it can be used as a wheelbarrow, dolly, cart, or even trash bag holder—we were less than thrilled with its performance in rolling over grass and gravel, where the hard plastic wheels tended to stick. It did do well when rolling over pavement, mulch, and sticks, however, and it felt well-balanced and steady when fully loaded.

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How We Tested the Wheelbarrows

We tested 18 wheelbarrows at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa on a variety of factors. To see how they handle all types of real-world terrain, we built an obstacle course for the tests, which required rolling the wheelbarrows twice—once empty and once fully loaded—over grass, gravel, pavement, fallen branches, and mulch, as well as rolling them over landscaping edging. The course also had several trees that required fairly tight turns to pass through.

  • Assembly: We started by timing how long it took to assemble the wheelbarrows, if not already assembled, as well as the quality of the included assembly instructions. If the wheelbarrow’s tires were air-filled, then we measured the tire pressure at assembly. If underinflated, then we inflated the tires before beginning the testing session.
  • Maneuverability: Once built and the tires checked, we ran each wheelbarrow through the obstacle course while empty, evaluating the ease or difficulty of rolling over all the various terrain types, as well as the difficulty of pushing the wheelbarrow forward and pulling it backward. We also noted if the handles were comfortable, if the wheelbarrow strained our back or arms to push or pull, and if the wheelbarrow felt wobbly or unsteady at any point.

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  • Capacity: Next, each wheelbarrow was loaded to its capacity with 2-cubic-feet bags of mulch. We then repeated the obstacle course, this time observing if the heavy load made it more difficult to maneuver or push the wheelbarrow, as well as whether or not it became unbalanced when fully loaded. At the end of the obstacle course, we lifted the wheelbarrows to dump out the bags of mulch, noting the ease of doing so, and whether or not it required excessive strain or lifting to tilt the wheelbarrow sufficiently for unloading. Air-filled tires were checked to see if they had lost inflation during the testing sessions.
  • Overall Value: Finally, each wheelbarrow was scored for its overall performance on the obstacle course, including steadiness, ease of pushing/pulling, durability, capacity, ergonomics, and value.
  • Long-Term Testing: At the end of the Lab tests, we sent home the top-scoring wheelbarrows with volunteers from our team. Each continued to use the wheelbarrow at their own homes for typical garden tasks such as moving bags of mulch, hauling fallen leaves and other lawn debris, and carrying nursery plants to their designated planting locations. Over a period of two months, the volunteers continued to evaluate the wheelbarrows for sturdiness and stability, ease of pushing and pulling, difficulty or ease of dumping wheelbarrow contents, and overall comfort and ergonomics. We then updated our roundup with the new results.

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What to Look for in a Wheelbarrow

Type

There are three basic types of wheelbarrows to choose from.

  • Traditional: The traditional wheelbarrow has either one or two wheels in the front of the bucket, along with one or two steel support legs in the back so the wheelbarrow can remain standing upright when not being pushed. There can be either one looped handle or two long straight handles. Our best budget option, the True Temper 4 Cubic-Feet Wheelbarrow, is a traditional wheelbarrow with one front wheel.
  • Garden Carts: A garden cart, such as our best garden cart, the AMES Lawn Buddy, is a small wagon with four wheels and generally a single handle in the front. These are useful for hauling bigger loads but can be harder to maneuver than a traditional wheelbarrow. Their design makes them quite stable, but they are not intended to be lifted and dumped like a traditional wheelbarrow, so it can be more difficult to unload heavy contents. Some garden carts, though, including our best dump cart, the Gorilla Carts 4 Cubic-Feet Dump Cart, make unloading easier with a built-in “dump” mechanism that’s rather like a dump truck.
  • Power Wheelbarrows: Motorized or power wheelbarrows can be electric or gas-powered. These are very heavy-duty tools mostly used on construction sites or for large landscaping projects, not by the typical homeowner looking to maintain their landscaping.

Capacity

The capacity of a wheelbarrow or garden cart is normally measured in cubic feet. Small wheelbarrows or carts might only have the capacity to hold 2 cubic feet of materials—a typical large bag of potting soil, mulch, or garden soil is 2 cubic feet—while a very large wheelbarrow can hold as much as 8 cubic feet. Our best large-capacity pick, the Rubbermaid Commercial Big Wheel Yard Cart, has a whopping 8.75 cubic feet capacity. However, the most common sizes of wheelbarrows are 4 cubic feet and 6 cubic feet, both of which are well-suited to use in the typical garden.

Keep in mind that the higher a wheelbarrow’s capacity, the heavier it will be, and the more difficult to maneuver and store. Consider how you’ll use the wheelbarrow before choosing a size. If all you need is to haul a few bags of mulch or compost to your flower beds, or transport fallen leaves to the compost bin, then a 4 or 5 cubic-foot wheelbarrow should be ideal for your purposes. Our best overall pick, the Best Choice Products Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow, has a 5 cubic feet capacity.

While not all manufacturers state the actual weight capacity of their wheelbarrows, generally, a wheelbarrow with up to a 4 cubic feet capacity can handle up to 300 pounds of weight, while larger capacity wheelbarrows can accordingly handle more actual weight.

Material

There are two common materials used to make the bucket of a wheelbarrow: steel and heavy-duty plastic.

Steel wheelbarrows, including our best heavy-duty pick, the Kobalt 7 Cubic-Feet Wheelbarrow, are very strong, and so are useful if you need to transport rocks, construction materials, or other especially heavy materials. On the downside, steel is heavy and is prone to rusting.

Plastic wheelbarrows are much lighter than steel, and they don’t rust. They are great for hauling loads of compost, plant clippings, fallen leaves, and other reasonably light materials, but if the load is excessive, the plastic can crack or bend.

Heavy-duty polyester or nylon is sometimes used for the body of small garden carts, especially those designed to fold for storage. These carts usually have a metal frame for extra support but are not designed for the heaviest loads. We especially like our best compact pick, the Allsop WheelEasy 3 Cubic-Feet Foldable Garden Cart.

The handles of a wheelbarrow or garden cart can be made of steel, wood, or occasionally plastic. Steel handles are the strongest, and the most common. Preferably, the handles have some sort of rubbery coating to provide a little extra cushioning and grip.

Wheels

There are two common wheel types: solid wheels, often called flat-free wheels, and pneumatic or rubber wheels with inner tubes. Each has its own pros and cons.

Flat-free wheels, as the name suggests, don’t annoyingly go flat or pop, even when traveling over rough terrain. However, they often do not roll as smoothly over rough terrain and can bog down or get stuck on thick grass.

Pneumatic or rubber wheels have an inner tube and require you to periodically check the air pressure and pump the wheels up if the air is low. They can also go flat or pop if a sharp stick, rock, or other sharp material punctures the rubber. However, pneumatic tires generally roll well over all types of terrain.

Whichever type of wheel, a thick tread will help the wheelbarrow roll more smoothly without slipping or sticking in wet grass or other difficult terrain. As for size, large wheels generally handle rough terrain better than smaller wheels.

You’ll also want to consider the number of wheels. Wheelbarrows with just one wheel in front, like our best one-wheel pick, the True Temper 6 Cubic-Feet Wheelbarrow, are easier to maneuver around tight turns, but are prone to wobbliness and can be harder to control, especially when going uphill. Two-wheeled wheelbarrows provide better stability but are a little less easy to maneuver around corners. Our best two-wheel pick is the Truper 6 Cubic-Feet Steel Wheelbarrow.

FAQ

  • What size wheelbarrow do I need?

    The ideal-sized wheelbarrow depends mostly on how you plan to use it. If you have a large garden and often need to transport multiple bags of mulch or other landscaping materials, then you might be happiest with a 6 cubic feet wheelbarrow, or even a larger model, that can handle the load in just one trip. But if you only need your wheelbarrow for moving yard clippings, occasional bags of mulch or fertilizer, or for transporting fallen leaves to the compost heap, then a 4 cubic-feet wheelbarrow or a small yard cart will weigh less and yet still be able to handle your requirements.

    Noah James, professional landscaper and owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance says, “Don't limit the purpose of a wheelbarrow to just hauling dirt and plants. Need to transport rocks from one end of the yard to the other? Want to clear out that pile of clippings and branches? The wheelbarrow is there to make your life easier. Need a place to mix soil or mix up concrete for that new patio you've been dreaming of? Just grab your wheelbarrow, and you've got yourself a convenient, portable mixing station.”

  • What is the best type of wheelbarrow?

    There is no one best type of wheelbarrow; the best type for you depends on how you’ll use it. For the average homeowner wanting to carry bags of lawn fertilizer or soil, a plastic traditional wheelbarrow is ideal. If your property has a lot of slopes or trees, then a one-wheeled model will be easiest to maneuver, but if you need the best stability, then a two-wheeled option is best. If you don’t need to lift and dump the contents of a wheelbarrow, and you don’t want any wobble or unsteadiness, then a garden cart might be your best choice.

  • How do you use a wheelbarrow?

    Wheelbarrows are not complicated tools, but using one incorrectly can cause strain and pain. These tips will help you use your wheelbarrow safely:

    • If your wheelbarrow has pneumatic tires, be sure they are inflated properly before loading up.
    • Periodically, apply a bit of grease or oil to the wheel bearings to keep them rolling smoothly.
    • Face the wheelbarrow in the direction you’ll be traveling before loading it. This makes it easier to get going without having to maneuver or twist.
    • Load the wheelbarrow as evenly as possible, placing as much of the weight as you can over the wheel. This will help keep it balanced while you travel.
    • Don’t overload the wheelbarrow, either in capacity or actual weight. Doing so makes it much likelier that you’ll struggle for control, or that the wheelbarrow will tip over.
    • When loading materials into the wheelbarrow, as well as when lifting up on the handles, bend down from the knees, not from your waist, to help prevent strain to your back. Keep your back and arms straight.
    • If you struggle to lift or move the wheelbarrow when it’s fully loaded, remove some of the load. It’s better to make two trips and not hurt your back than to move everything in one load and be in pain.
    • When dumping the load, lift the wheelbarrow handles straight up until you can grasp them in an underhand position, then quickly lift until the contents fall out of the bucket. However, if the load is too heavy or you simply can’t lift it high enough to dump, then stop and use another method to unload the wheelbarrow. Working beyond your capacity can cause injury.
    • Store your wheelbarrow out of severe weather to help ward off rust or corrosion.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Michelle Ullman is the home improvement/tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs around the house and yard.

For this roundup, she relied on input from our team of testers, as well as reviews and information about wheelbarrows from landscaping and home improvement websites. She also considered feedback from customers, both positive and negative, about each of our tested wheelbarrows.

Our Experts:

  • Noah James, professional landscaper and owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance
  • Daniela Galvez, senior editor at The Spruce
  • Julia Fields, associate editor at The Spruce

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FAQs

What is the most likely reason the poem repeats the word return in lines 9 and 11? ›

33 Option C is correct In both lines 9 and 11, the poet repeats the word “Return,” suggesting that though the listener is away, “the lake will always be there for the listener” when he or she comes back.

What is the 7th grade Staar reading test? ›

The 7th Grade STAAR Reading Test assesses a student's ability to actively read and interpret a text. The test contains six pieces of text from both fiction and non-fiction sources. Each text is no less than 500 words, and no more than 900. There is a total of 50 questions on the exam.

How many wheelbarrows make a trip of sand? ›

One trip lorry of fine sand is equivalent to 55 wheel barrow. One wheel barrow of fine sand is equivalent to four head pans.

How efficient is a wheelbarrow? ›

Wheelbarrows carry more goods from place to place using less force than a person could carry them. In fact, a person would have to make several trips to carry the items by hand.

Why do you think the last line of the poem is repeated twice? ›

It provides a sense of closure. It's for the same reason that Shakespeare often rhymes the last two lines of a blank-verse scene, for that sense of finality. And miles to go before I sleep. By repeating the last line, Frost not only gives strong closure to the poem, but also gives enormous weight to the repeated line.

What is the repeated line in the poem? ›

In poetry, a refrain is a word, line or phrase that is repeated within the lines or stanzas of the poem itself.

How many wheelbarrows are in 1 yard? ›

wheelbarrow you would be looking at 14 wheelbarrows of material per yard. A 3 Cubic Ft. wheelbarrow will take approximately 9 loads to equal 1 yard of material. Use the fields below to quickly figure how many wheelbarrow loads your project will take.

How many wheelbarrows in a ton of river rock? ›

A US ton is 2000 lb. 2000 lb / 534lb per wheelbarrow = 3.75 wheel barrows per ton.

How many 9 inches blocks can be made from a bag of cement? ›

How many blocks (9 inches hollow) can a bag of cement produce? It actually depends on how many blocks you want to make from a bag of cement and what you will use the block for, I will recommend targeting 18 to 23 blocks per bag.

Why is it called a wheelbarrow and not a wheelbarrow? ›

One very old meaning of the word “barrow” is an open container for carrying people or goods. The earliest barrows were carried by two people holding handles on either end. Add a wheel to one end and you have a wheelbarrow which can be handled by a single person.

Who made the wheelbarrow? ›

When was the wheelbarrow first invented? The common wheelbarrow has far flung and exotic roots, as it can be traced back to third century ancient Asia. In 231 A.D, Zhuge Liang of Shu Han in China created a single wheel cart for an efficient way of transporting food and supplies to the front lines of battle.

Is a wheelbarrow safe? ›

Wheelbarrows are extremely useful tools at a variety of worksites, but if workers do not use them properly they can lead to unfortunate accidents. To prevent accidents from occurring, wheelbarrows must be properly operated and maintained. Always place the load well forward, balanced and confined in size for safety.

What does it mean when a poem repeats the same word? ›

Repetition is a commonly used literary element within poetry. The definition of repetition in poetry is repeating words, phrases, lines, or stanzas. Repetition can be used to help establish rhyme schemes, metrics, and rhythm. These all contribute to the musical quality of poems when they are read aloud.

Why does the poet repeat the word? ›

Answer. Explanation: This repeating phrase increases the lyricism of the poem, that is, it makes an appealing sound to our ears.

Why does the speaker repeat the word stay in this poem? ›

The speaker feels sorry for the short life span of the flower, especially daffodils and that of man. Both haste away soon and this gives pain to the poet.

What is a poem that repeats the same phrase at the beginning of each line? ›

Poets love anaphora, the repetition of a word or phrase at the start of a sentence or clause. Poets love anaphora because the device creates coherence and makes poems memorable. Poets love anaphora because it helps drive their point home.

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