Wheel your way to easier yard and farm work.
Having the right tools for the job is half the battle, whether you’re mulching your garden, mixing concrete or cleaning horse stalls. Compare the various wheelbarrow types and designs to find the best fit for your outdoor jobs and make your projects that much easier.
Compare some of the best wheelbarrows
|Name||Average price||Type||Capacity (cubic feet)||Tub material||Weight (pounds)||Purchase|
|Best Choice Products Dual Wheel
|Big 4 Wheeler||$180||Four-wheel||10||Plastic||66||Buy now|
|Allsop Home and Garden WheelEasy LE
|WORX WG050 Aerocart 8-in-1
Wheelbarrows are available in a wide range of designs and types, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Compare these five main options to find the best fit for your needs:
|Classic one-wheel||Classic design with one wheel in the front and two handles in the back||Everyday jobs and hills||
|Two-wheel||A modern twist on the classic, with two wheels in the front and two handles in the back||Larger jobs||
|Three-wheel||Has one larger wheel in front and two smaller wheels in the back||Added stability||
|Four-wheel||A wheelbarrow-cart hybrid with two wheels in the front and two in the back||Heavier loads||
|Collapsable||Typically made of a foldable material like canvas that collapses when not in use||Small loads and small storage areas||
|Electric||Equipped with battery-powered assist forward and reverse, some also come with an electric dump feature||Hauling and dumping heavy loads||
Wheelbarrow tire types
Three main types of tires are typically used for wheelbarrows. The right choice for you will depend on your budget and personal preferences.
- Pneumatic (tube). These tires contain an internal tube filled with air, like the tires on a bicycle. Pneumatic tires are great for keeping steady over uneven surfaces, but they tend to lose air pressure easily.
- Semi-pneumatic (tubeless). These tires have built-in air pockets that work similarly to the air-filled tube of pneumatic tires but don’t need to be refilled.
- Non-pneumatic (rubber). Made of solid rubber, non-pneumatic tires can’t go flat, making them great for rough terrain and job sites with nails and other sharp objects. But they are usually the most expensive option, and are heavier and harder to move.
- Closed-cell polyurethane foam. These tires are made of a solid foam material called closed-cell polyurethane, which makes them bouncier than solid rubber tires. Like rubber tires, these won’t go flat.
How to compare wheelbarrows
When buying a new wheelbarrow, consider these important factors:
- Price. Wheelbarrows can range in price from $50 for a basic model to $3,000 and up for a high-tech electric model. But the average wheelbarrow usually sits in the $100 to $200 range.
- Material. Most load tubs are made of either steel or plastic. While steel is typically more durable, it’s prone to rust. Plastic is lighter and won’t rust, but isn’t as durable as steel. Wheelbarrow handles can come in wood, fiberglass or metal.
- Load capacity. Choose the right size of wheelbarrow for the job or regular work you have planned. Check the load tub capacity, measured in cubic feet, and the weight limit. Most wheelbarrows range from two to 12 cubic feet.
- Weight. Some wheelbarrows are heavier than others, which can reduce their maneuverability. Heavier models can typically stand up to wear and tear more easily.
- Tires. Wheelbarrows can have 1, 2, 3 or 4 tires. Choose the configuration that best suits what you’ll be using your wheelbarrow for and your personal preferences.
- Extra features. Various extra features can make your work even easier, such as nonslip handle grips, high-quality ball bearings, stainless steel and even removable racks. Keep in mind that the more features it has, the more expensive it’ll probably be.
How to fix a wheelbarrow tire
Wheelbarrows aren’t much help with flat or deflated wheels. First, figure out what type of tires you’re dealing with, then follow these steps to fix it:
Fixing a pneumatic tire
- Remove the tire from the wheelbarrow.
- Remove the tube from inside the tire.
- Assess the damage to the tube. For small puncture holes, a tube repair kit can do the trick. For large holes and blowouts, you may need to replace the tube.
- To install a new tube, align the valve stem of the tube with the hole in the rim of the tire.
- Feed the valve stem through the hole in the rim.
- Insert the rest of the tube inside the tire.
- Work the tire back onto the rim. Using a large flathead screwdriver can help.
- Inflate the new tube.
- Put the wheel back on the wheelbarrow.
Fixing a semi-pneumatic tire
Use a plug repair kit to fix semi-pneumatic, or tubeless, tires.
- Remove the wheel from the wheelbarrow.
- Inflate the tire.
- Insert a reamer into the hole in the tire, roughing up the edges of the hole.
- Slide the tire plug into the applicator tool that came with the kit.
- Remove the reamer and immediately place the plug applicator into the hole, leaving roughly 1/3 of each end of the plug sticking out.
- Remove the applicator.
- Cut off the remaining ends.
- Put the wheel back on the wheelbarrow.
A wheelbarrow can be a handy investment if you regularly do work around the yard or farm. But because they can set you back a few hundred bucks, it’s worth doing a little research before springing for new wheels.
How did we choose these products?
We combined our own personal experiences with online research to create our list of the best wheelbarrows, comparing the price, capacity, configuration and extra features.