Best Gardening Tools

Gardening is a relaxing hobby, but it’s most enjoyable when done with high-quality tools. We did the research to find the best gardening tools made in the USA and surface which brands are still sourcing and assembling locally. Below are our top recommendations and the factors that we considered in our research process.

Our Findings

Through several hours of research, we found 8 brands that we think are making the best gardening tools in the USA. These tools are well-made, designed for comfort and durability, and built to help your garden shine. There are obviously a ton of types of tools you can use when gardening, so we broke down all of our top picks into popular categories to help you easily get to the types of tools you’re looking for: trowels, hoes, shovels, rakes, diggers, pruners, dirt rippers, beginner’s sets, fertilizers, aerators, and a bonus recommendation for smaller garden kits. Check out our top picks below!

Top Recommendations

Best Gardening Tools Best for:
Wilcox All-Pro Fine Pointed Trowel Trowel
Prohoe Rogue Garden Hoe Hoe
Bully Tools Shovels, Rakes, and Diggers
Florian Ratchet Pruner Hand Pruner
Garden Works Round Tine Fork Dirt Ripper
Fisher Blacksmithing Beginner’s Set
Brinly Aerator and Fertilizer Tools
EarthBox Garden Planter Kit

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Finding good reliable gardening tools isn’t simple. Below we outline the tools that most impressed us during our research, and the features that make each tool stand out as well.

Best Garden Trowel

Wilcox All-Pro Fine Pointed Trowel


We were impressed with the Wilcox All-Pro fine pointed trowel because of the high level of control it offers users when planting. This 10” trowel has a large point and long tapered edges that all give you precision control over where you’re creating a hole. The trowel is made from long-lasting stainless steel, and built to withstand years of use in dirt and in damp soil. This trowel is affordable and works very well for planting shallow rooted seedlings.

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Things we like:

  • Long cutting edges
  • Precision point
  • Stainless steel construction
  • 10” length
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • Not the best handle, but works well. Remember to wear your gloves!

 

Best Hoe

Prohoe Rogue Garden Hoe


When cutting through dirt and moving it around, the Prohoe Rogue garden hoe is a capable tool for the job. This hoe features a tempered steel head crafted from recycled agricultural disc blades. The head is very durable and is hand-sharpened on all three sides for smooth cutting action in most soil types. The hoe features a 60” handle that’s long enough for most people to use comfortably. We like the thick 1-3/8” diameter and the lightweight design of this hoe, which is why it made our list.

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Things we like:

  • Tempered steel heads
  • Comfortable 7-inch cutting head
  • Sharpened on three sides
  • 60” handle
  • Tough 1-3/8” diameter

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Shovels, Rakes, and Diggers

Bully Tools


Shovels, rakes and diggers are some of the most important garden tools that you can have, and we were impressed with these products from Bully Tools. These Bully products all feature lightweight fiberglass handles with soft-touch rubber grips for comfort. They also come with reliable 11-gauge American steel for long-term durability. The digger and shovel don’t come with very sharp edges, but offer decent performance for their price range, making them a good solid value for dependable performance.

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Things we like:

  • Fiberglass handles
  • Rubber grip design
  • 11 gauge American steel

Things we don’t like:

  • Digging edges could be sharper

 

Best Hand Pruner

Florian Ratchet Pruner


Easily prune thin and thick branches with the Florian Ratchet Pruner. This unique tool is lightweight, sharp, and helps deliver excellent pruning power. We love the powerful ratcheting pruning mechanism that can help you increase your pruning strength by up to 7x what you could generate with a standard pruner. The tool handle is made from fiberglass-reinforced nylon, making it strong but lightweight as well. It comes with a powerful high-carbon steel pruning blade that’s protectively coated with PTFE non-stick coating, to prevent plant residue buildup while pruning for continued smooth action. This pruner is quick, comfortable, and precise and reliable for most pruning activities. It isn’t cheap though, and is a premium pruner when you’re willing to pay for performance.

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Things we like:

  • Lightweight design
  • Good for branches up to ¾” in diameter
  • High carbon steel blade
  • PTFE non-stick coated blade
  • Fiberglass-reinforced nylon handles
  • Ratchet cut mechanism

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly expensive

 

Best Dirt Ripper

Garden Works Round Tine Fork


When looking to tear through solid soil, the Garden Works Round Tine Fork is an impressive tool. We really love this product because it’s sharp and hacks through most soil types with ease. The sharpened stainless steel tines dig down into the earth with ease. Once in position, they will lift and loosen the soil until it’s easy to work with. This tool features a wide wooden handle for hand comfort, and it’s carefully curved to help you generate plenty of leverage when you use it.

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Things we like:

  • Stainless steel blades
  • Wide handle design
  • Compact design
  • Curved to increase leverage

Things we don’t like:

  • Narrow head design

 

Best Beginner’s Set

Fisher Blacksmithing


The handcrafted gardening tool set from Fisher Blacksmithing is phenomenal. This kit features five common gardening tools, all with hand-forged steel ends and black-walnut handles for comfort and strength. We love that all of the handles are fixed to the blades of the tools using solid steel rivets for strength. We also like the stylish appearance of these tools and that the most common handle tools are included in the set, making it useful for anyone looking to get into gardening.

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Things we like:

  • Hand forged steel tool ends
  • Black walnut handles
  • Joined with solid steel rivets

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Aerator and Fertilizer Tools

Brinly


Brinly is a well-known American company that produces lawn equipment. The company offers a fertilizer spreader and a spike aerator that make aerating and fertilizing your lawn super easy. These tools are built for top-tier performance and they are made with reliable solid steel that’s coated with a powder coat finish for maximum durability. They feature galvanized steel blades, nylon spacers, and hardware that’s meant to last. The aerator features impressively sharp blades that hack through soil with ease. The spreader comes equipped with oversized tires for easy rolling over most terrain. Together, you get a capable garden tool set for caring for your lawn comfortably.

Fertilizer

Aerator

Things we like:

  • Galvanized steel blades
  • Solid steel construction
  • 14 gauge steel body
  • Nylon spacers
  • Powder coated steel construction

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Garden Planter Kit

EarthBox


If you’re interested in just a small garden for your apartment or home, the EarthBox kit is perfect because of its simplicity and effectiveness. This lightweight and movable box sits on top of a set of four casters. It come with enough space to hold several crops, but is compact enough to fit on a balcony and most limited spaces. We love that the EarthBox includes an aeration tray to help keep your soil healthy. The box also includes a tube for watering to help you get just the right amount of water down in the most important section of the soil. This kit is a quick way to get started with container growing.

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Things we like:

  • 1 year guarantee
  • Small footprint
  • Maintenance free design
  • Includes aeration screen
  • Easy watering tube mechanism
  • Includes casters for easy repositioning

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited box colors

Recap: Best Gardening Tools Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Design and Construction Quality

During our search, we started off by looking at the design of each tool and how that design affects performance. Good examples of this is a very sharp hoe that cuts through soil with ease, or a ratcheting pruner that makes pruning thick branches easy to do. A lot of gardening tools will go for style over function, which we tried to avoid.

Durability

Strong function isn’t enough to create a good gardening tool if that tool doesn’t hold up well over time. We studied the construction of each tool with care, and looked at the materials used. For the most part, we selected tools made from hardened steel, and tools with rust-resistant coatings for long-term performance. We also put each tool through a series of stress tests to see how well each one held up. We looked for things like blade warping, excessive handle flex, or even snapped or damaged tools during these tests.

Grip Comfort

Gardening is a lengthy process and it’s common to spend several hours preparing a bed for planting out in the garden. That’s why gardening tools need to be comfortable. We tested out the tools for an extended period without using gloves, and gauge how comfort each of those tools is to hold. Tools with an ergonomic handle design and a soft-touch design are most comfortable to use, which also coincides well with durability.

Weight

Finally, we consider the weight of the different tools. Heavy tools are usually durable, but they are tiring to use. We looked for tools that were light, but also offered excellent durability and strength.