If you’re looking to take the hassle out of transporting tools and paraphernalia, a garden cart could be the answer. But with so many designs on the market, how do you pick the best one for the job?
Never fear, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to review ten of the best garden carts out there. And our buying guide will help you make the best choice for your needs.
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The Best Garden Cart on the Market of 2019
1. Garden Star 70019 Garden Barrow Dual-Wheel Wheelbarrow/Garden Cart
If you like a traditional wheelbarrow, this garden cart might be one for your shortlist. It has two wheels and a loop handle to make it simple to lift and maneuver. And unlike four-wheeled carts, you’ll be able to swivel on the spot.
The tray is made from durable poly plastic, so you won’t need to worry about it rusting. And it’s big enough to handle a few bags of sand, mulch or even gravel.
But don’t overload it – this is best used for smaller jobs. Chuck in weeds when you’re tidying up, or transport a couple of bags of compost from shed to flower bed. If you need something with a larger capacity, though, other carts will suit you better.
Its lightweight design will be perfect for maneuvering in areas where space is constrained. And if you’ve got a painful back or don’t want to struggle with heavy loads, it’s a great choice.
There’s a bit of assembly to do, but most people have found it easy enough. With only six bolts you can expect it to take about minutes from start to finish.
Beware though: it seems that there’s a quality control issue with the position of the holes for the bolts. In a handful of cases, the assembly has proved far more difficult. If you get an awkward one, it will take much more time – and elbow grease – to put together.
2. Gorilla Carts GOR4PS Poly Garden Dump Cart (Our Top Recommended)
If you’re looking for a cart that’s easy to unload, take a look at the GOR4PS. The second offering from Gorilla Carts to make our list, it has a patented quick-release dump feature. And its robust construction means you can roll it upside down to tip out its contents if you prefer.
One of the largest capacity carts we’ve found, this will handle a cargo of up to 600 pounds. The poly bed is a generous 38.7 inches by 20 inches. And the 10-inch diameter pneumatic tires will cope well with uneven ground.
It’s an updated version of a previous Gorilla Carts design and it benefits from a number of improvements. The frame design is easier to put together than its predecessor. And it’s easier to maneuver as well as offering better ground clearance.
You will, though, have to spend some time putting it together. There are lots of pieces, and you’ll need some tools. If you’ve got an electric drill and screwdriver, the whole process will be far quicker and easier.
The poly bed means its lighter weight than metal options, and it’s great for use in wet weather. The disadvantage is that there can be weaknesses around the bolt holes. And we’ve heard of some issues with tires that don’t hold air after a while.
3. The Ames Companies 2463675 Easy Roller Jr. Poly Lawn And Garden Cart
If you’re looking for a zero-assembly garden cart, this one from The Ames Companies is a worthy contender. You’ll be able to use it straight out of the box.
It’s poly construction means you can put it away wet if you get caught in the rain. And the axle is made of tubular steel, so it’s tough and hard-wearing. There’s a choice of colors too, with either tan or black available.
This isn’t the biggest cart on this list, but it’s a good option for smaller jobs. The cargo area measures 2.5 inches long, by 17.5 inches long and 11 inches deep.
And it has some handy features to make moving your tools and paraphernalia straightforward. There’s a recessed tool tray near the handle, and useful clips on the sides for long-handled implements like shovels or hoes.
It might not be the biggest cart, but it’s robust. It will cope easily with harder garden challenges, like moving rocks or gravel.
The wheelbase is extra wide, so it’s nice and stable. And the wheels themselves are chunky enough to travel easily over bumpy ground.
The one thing to bear in mind here is the height of the handle. If you’re taller, you may find it uncomfortably low. Gardeners over six feet tall in particular may find there are more ergonomic options out there.
4. Gorilla Carts GOR400-COM Steel Garden Cart
This one has mesh sides so you can see where you’ve stored all your stuff. And they can be removed to turn in into a flatbed design with more space for larger loads. That’s great if you need to move around tree branches or fence posts.
The bed of the cart is made of mesh too. It measures 34 inches by 18 inches, giving a capacity of three cubic feet. And the 10-inch pneumatic tires will handle rough terrain with ease.
With a cart this size, you’ll want it to be designed in a way that makes it easy to pull along. Fortunately, that’s the case here. The pull handle is padded, so it’s easy on your hands. And it’s strong enough to shift a cargo weighing 400 pounds.
You will need to do some assembly with this one, and there are a fair number of parts. The instructions are easy to follow, but it does take a bit of time. Expect to spend around three-quarters of an hour putting it together.
The other thing to bear in mind is that this is built to have significant ground clearance. That’s great if you’re pulling it over bumpy surfaces with tree roots and other obstacles. But the downside is that it can be liable to tipping over.
5. Marathon Yard Rover – 2 Tire Wheelbarrow Garden Cart
Another crossover between wheelbarrow and garden cart, the Marathon Yard Rover weighs 25 percent less than a standard barrow. It’s very easy to maneuver too, making it a great choice if you’re elderly or less physically fit.
The poly tray is generous enough to give you five cubic feet of capacity. It will carry up to 300 pounds of garden materials. The loop handle has a cushion grip so it won’t cut into your hands as you pull it around.
It isn’t, though, as sturdy as some other carts on this list. you’re looking for a cart to carry heavy materials like gravel, it won’t be the best bet.
But if you want to move around plants and a few tools it will do the job beautifully. It’s also fairly low to the ground, so will be most comfortable to use for shorter gardeners.
This is another cart where the assembly is required. There are quite a lot of pieces to put together, but the instructions are clear and helpful. The one negative, though, is that the hardware supplied isn’t as sturdy as it might be.
If you want to improve the assembly, there are ways to do it. Replace the washers that are supplied with heavier duty versions. Give unpainted hardware a coat of rust protection. And grease the axle and wheel bearings. The extra work will give you a more robust cart.
6. Landworks 2103Q044A Heavy Duty Lawn/Garden Utility Cart/Wagon
The Landworks 2103Q044A has a similar design to the Gorilla Carts GOR400-COM. It has the same mesh base and sides, and the same ability to be used in a flat-bed configuration. Take out the sides and you’ll have a spacious platform that’s great for moving larger loads.
The heavy-duty construction will allow loads of up to 400 pounds to be moved around. The frame is made of powder-coated steel, so it’s strong and weather resistant. There’s also a swiveling axle that makes it easy to maneuver.
The 10-inch diameter rubber wheels are great at absorbing shock. And the cushioned memory foam handle makes pulling the weight easier on your hands. All this and you’ll get a lovely powder blue finish too!
So is there anything not to like?
Well, a minor issue is that there’s no u-shaped cut-out at the front to hold the handle in place during storage. Some people have also found that putting the cart together in the first place is something of a challenge.
We’ve heard about wheel lugs that aren’t sufficiently threaded. And some customers have found the instructions aren’t the easiest to follow.
But set that aside and this is a robust and attractive cart, with decent capacity. And it’s easy to handle too.
7. Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon (Best Garden Wagon)
It’s really designed to be used on outdoor trips – transporting gear to sports events or picnics. But for light use in the garden, it has a number of advantages that make it well worth considering.
In this case, the carrying compartment is made of tough 600D fabric. That gives it one major advantage over rigid carts: you can fold it almost flat when not in use. Folded up its only eight inches thick, and it even comes with its own carrying case. If you’re short on storage space, that makes it a great choice.
You can use it straight out of the box too. And the design of the handle is a real plus. It’s telescopic and has a lock so it can be positioned at whatever length is comfortable for you to use. There are even mesh pockets to hold a couple of bottles of water.
The compromise with this one is resilience and cargo weight.
The fabric construction means it won’t cope with heavy or rough loads. The maximum capacity is about 150 pounds. If you want to move a few tools and a small bag of compost, it will work fine. But don’t expect to use it for heavier gardening jobs.
8. SEINA Collapsible Steel Frame Utility Wagon Outdoor Garden Cart
SEINA’s garden cart shares several features with the one from Mac Sports. The carrying compartment is fabric, and the whole thing folds down flat for storage. The big difference between the two is the price. You could almost buy two of the SEINA carts for the same price as their more expensive rival.
But does the budget price tag mean compromising on quality?
Well, the fabric is exactly the same – 600D polyester for durability. The carrying capacity is the same too, at 150 pounds. It will cope with several bags of mulch or compost. And the frame is made of powder-coated steel, so it will stand up well to the elements.
There’s no assembly to do, and folding and unfolding the cart is the work of seconds.
Anyone wanting something to carry their beach gear may, though, want to pay the extra for the Mac Sports model. The wheels on that one handle the surface of the sand better. But for those of us looking for a cart to use in the garden, this works just as well.
The only niggle relates to maneuverability. The wheels that set the direction are at the back, and tight turns can take a couple of attempts.
Other than that, this is a handy and cost-effective cart that works brilliantly for lighter gardening tasks.
9. Simplay3 Easy Haul Plastic Garden Cart With Tool Storage Tray
It’s a generous size, with a heaped capacity of four cubic feet. There are two easy-grip handles for comfortable use. And it’s very easy to tip up when you’re ready to unload its cargo.
Near the handles, there’s a useful storage tray. It’s big enough for small tools like a hand hoe or trowel and a pair of gardening gloves.
The main compartment is extra deep. A useful feature is the flat bottom. This means you can transport plants without the risk of them tipping over and getting damaged. And it’s made of doubled walled resin, so it’s tough and weatherproof.
And if you’ve had problems in the past with tires going flat, that won’t be a worry here. The wheels are made of molded plastic, so you’ll never have to inflate them. And they’re hefty enough to keep the cart rolling over bumpy surfaces.
So far, so good. There are just a couple of things to be aware of.
The first is that if you’re a taller gardener you may find the handle is too low for you. Anyone over about 5 feet 10 inches will have to bend to use it.
The second is that this is a chunky cart. It doesn’t fold down, so you’ll need a reasonable amount of space to store it.
10. Polar Trailer 8376 Utility Cart
This distinctive-looking bit of kit reminds us of an old-fashioned pram. The large polyurethane tub is glossy black, and there are large wheels with shiny spokes. There are ball bearing hubs and solid rubber tires to carry it over uneven ground.
Its generous dimensions provide 10 cubic feet of capacity, and it will handle a load of up to 400 pounds. Fill it with anything from compost to rocks. You won’t have to worry about torn fabric or rusting metal.
The axle is positioned at the center, making it easy to balance. There’s no cushioning on the handle though, so if you’re using it for a long time we’d recommend gardening gloves.
The overall dimensions are a hefty 65 inches by 25 inches by 25 inches. This is another cart that won’t fold down, so make sure you’ll have space to store it before you buy.
It’s also worth noting the position of the support legs. They sit beneath the handle. If you pull the cart behind you, they’ll knock your legs as you go. Push it instead, and you won’t have that problem.
And if you’re going to be pushing it up and down steep slopes, beware of those support legs again. You may find they hit the ground as you go.
Wondering which features you need to think about for a cart that will work well in your own garden? Read on for some questions to ask yourself before you buy.
How much capacity do you need?
The first thing to decide is how much room you need in your cart. If the most you’ll be carrying is a couple of bags of compost and a few tools, choose a cart with three or four cubic feet of space. You’ll be able to load it up snugly without things falling over.
But if you need something larger, take into account that you’ll need to store it too. Designs with telescopic handles will take up less room. And consider options that fold flat to take up less space in your shed.
Some carts offer different options for different types of objects. A tray can be useful for carrying smaller tools. And some have handy clips on the side for long-handled implements like shovels or rakes.
What will you be carrying?
This isn’t just a question of square footage. Different carts will also be able to carry different weights. And some will be more robust than others.
If you need to carry stones to your rockery, don’t go for a cart with a fabric carrying compartment. Although the fabric is tough, it can still tear if you’re carrying objects with very rough surfaces.
Do you need the flexibility to cope with very large loads – fence posts or panels, perhaps? If so, look for a cart with removable sides. These will allow you to use them in a flat-bed format, so there’ll be plenty of room for big items.
What kind of terrain do you need your cart to cover?
If you’re planning to wheel your cart down a smooth, flat path then great. Any design out there will cope with that kind of terrain.
But if you have bumpy surfaces to negotiate, look for a cart with decent ground clearance. And take a careful look at the wheels too. You’ll want them to be wide enough to avoid getting stuck in ruts.
If you’ll be wheeling your cart over sharp gravel, check out the tires. Are they robust enough to cope? Solid plastic may be a better option than rubber tires that may suffer a puncture.
Lastly, bear in mind that sloping ground can prove a challenge for some designs. Check the position of supporting legs to see whether they’ll get in the way when you’re going up or downhill.
How are your DIY skills?
The amount of assembly required can vary dramatically between different carts. In some cases, you can expect to spend the best part of an hour with a ratchet, screwdriver and pliers. In others, you’ll be able to use it right out of the box.
And remember that not all instruction manuals are created equal! Check reviews for customers’ experience of using them. And watch out for reports of needing to buy replacement hardware to get the best results.
Time to go shopping!
That brings us to the end of our run-down of the best garden carts available today. We hope it’s given you the information you need to make the right choice for your needs.
Our top pick is the GOR4PS from Gorilla Carts. It’s one of the biggest carts out there, but it’s still light enough to be easy to maneuver. And its quick-release dumping feature is a real bonus.
But whichever option you choose, you’re sure to find a garden cart makes transporting tools and materials a cinch. We hope you’ll soon be enjoying an easier life thanks to your newest purchase!