It’s not just about making your life easier, although a garden trolley will certainly do that. There’s also the fact that if you’re not careful, carrying heavy things from one end of your garden to the other without any form of assistance makes it quite easy to injure yourself.
You’re not going to enjoy sitting in your garden with a G&T at the end of the day if you’ve put your back out because you tried to carry 200kg of potting compost by hand.
When you’re considering which garden trolley will suit your needs there’s a range of things you need to consider. The obvious one is how much the trolley can carry and how easy it is to load and unload it. But you also need to think about whether it can be used on rough ground if your garden isn’t fairly flat. You also need to think about how easy it is to manoeuvre. If you’re not going to be using it regularly, how easy it is to store will also be important to you.
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We’ve compiled this guide taking those features into account so you can decide which is the most suitable for your needs.
A professional-grade garden trolley with a large load-carrying capacity
This is a top-end garden trolley designed for use on a daily basis. As you’d expect from Draper, build quality is excellent and although this guide is aimed at people who are considering a garden trolley to help them maintain their own garden, this is a trolley that could be used by professional gardeners as part of their job.
The 200kg/75 litre capacity means it can handle large loads with ease and we particularly like the tipping feature that makes it easy to empty this trolley.
It’s also easy to manoeuvre thanks to the cleverly designed steering mechanism and the heavy-duty pneumatic wheels mean it can tackle most terrains.
The only downside is the fact that it doesn’t come pre-assembled. You have to build it yourself and the instructions aren’t all that clear. Building this garden trolley can take several hours although the end result is a trolley that is capable of tackling pretty much any job which is why it’s been chosen as our “best pick”.
- Large 200kg/75 litre carrying capacity
- Easy to manoeuvre
- Useful tipping feature
- Requires assembly which can take several hours
A budget garden trolley that folds for easy storage
This Oypla garden trolley is a low-cost option, so as you’d expect it’s only really suitable for light use and its 75kg maximum capacity is lower than the other trolleys we’ve looked at.
But despite its low cost, it’s still a really decent trolley and its high ride height means it’s easy to use on uneven surfaces.
The one thing that really impressed us is the way that this trolley folds. This means that it is easy to store the trolley in your garage or shed when it’s not in use.
This trolley won’t be suitable for someone who needs to move large loads on a daily basis, but for someone who only needs a trolley for occasional use it’s definitely one for the shortlist and that’s why it’s been chosen as our “value pick”.
- Low-cost option
- Folds for easier storage
- Easy to use on uneven surfaces due to the high ride height
- Can only carry up to 75kg
- Only really suitable for light use
A high-capacity garden trolley that can carry over a third of a ton at a time
We don’t think you can get better than this garden trolley if you’re planning to move large amounts of stuff around your garden on a regular basis. With a 350kg capacity, the VonHaus Heavy Duty Cart delivers serious moving power.
It’s not just the capacity that makes this trolley impressive. The sides fold down to make it easier to load and unload large items, and there’s a washable plastic liner for when you want to carry sand, gravel, etc.
It has off-road tyres so it can cope with pretty much any surface no matter how bumpy that surface is.
The only thing that we think it’s missing is a brake because when it’s fully loaded it can be a bit difficult to keep control of it when you’re going downhill.
If you need a high-capacity garden trolley, though, this is certainly one to consider.
- Massive carrying capacity with folding sides for easy access
- Large off-road tyres to tackle any surface
- Washable plastic liner included
- Requires assembly
- A brake would be useful when carrying heavy loads downhill
The cost-effective high-capacity garden trolley option
This is another high-capacity garden trolley that can carry loads of up to 350kg.
However, even when fully loaded the steering control handle makes it easy to manoeuvre and as with the VonHaus trolley, its off-road tyres mean that it can tackle any terrain.
Again, it has a removable, washable bag so you can use it carry sand, gravel and the like. It also has foldable side panels which mean that it’s easier to load and unload the trolley.
On the downside, this trolley has obviously been designed with cost in mind and the build quality reflects that; it isn’t as sturdy as more expensive trolleys such as the VonHaus trolley. Also, it needs to be assembled before you can use it and the instructions are a bit confusing.
The VonHaus garden trolley is probably a better trolley for someone who was planning to use a trolley on a frequent basis, but for someone who was planning to use a trolley less frequently but still needed to carry large loads when they did use their trolley, the Qualtex Heavy Duty Cart is a good compromise between functionality and cost.
- Massive carrying capacity
- Large off-road tyres to tackle any surface
- Steering control handle for easy manoeuvrability
- Build quality could be better
- Confusing assembly instructions
A garden trolley with a wide range of cargo options
This garden trolley has a 300kg capacity, and like the other trolleys in this review, it has profiled, pneumatic tyres to help it tackle uneven ground. But the thing that impresses us with this trolley is how it helps you manage the load.
Like many other trolleys, there’s a washable bag which means you can use it to carry sand, gravel, etc. The sides are removable to make it easier to load and unload the trolley. But there is also a removable shelf which means you can carry a number of different items simultaneously. That shelf can also be used to divide the load area into different compartments.
Assembling the trolley is quick and easy, as is using it. The only downside is that some people have noticed that the tyres have a strong rubber smell at first, and the tyres need to be aired outside for a day or two to get rid of that smell.
This garden trolley is a lot more flexible than the other trolleys reviewed in our guide and if you’re looking for something that will give you a wide range of carrying options, you wouldn’t go too far wrong with this one.
- Easy to assemble
- Innovative cargo options
- Tyres have a strong rubber smell at first
How To Move Things Around The Garden Quickly And Safely
Moving things around your garden is going to be quicker and safer if you have a garden trolley to help you, but there are a few things that you should bear in mind.
Some of the trolleys we’ve reviewed in our guide can carry quite spectacular loads, but that doesn’t mean you have to fill them to the limit on every trip. Even if you’ve got a trolley that can carry 350kg it might make more sense to do two 175kg trips.
Make sure that the load is evenly distributed. If it’s not, you’ll find it more difficult to manoeuvre the trolley, and there’s also the risk that it could tip over.
And even if you’ve got rugged tyres, plan your route. Your trolley might be capable of tackling rough terrain, but you’ll find it easier and quicker if you select a smoother route. That’ll also reduce the risk of the trolley tipping over.
The other thing to consider when planning your route is to try to avoid routes involving gradients. It probably goes without saying that trying to push or drag a fully-laden trolley up a hill isn’t going to be fun, but taking a fully-laden trolley down a hill can be awkward as well. Going sideways along a gradient increases the risk of the trolley tipping, particularly if the surface isn’t smooth.