Garden weeders save you pulling your hair out, there’s nothing worse than having spent hours working on creating and shaping your professional looking garden and seeing the lawn, boarders or flower beds sprouting irritating weeds. Just pulling out the weeds by hand or with a grubber might be your first port of call. However, this will just become an endless cycle of pulling weeds far too regularly. A garden weeder should feel good in the hand and be made from quality steel while having no problems cutting through soil. With that in mind, I have reviewed the best garden weeders to save you time.
If it’s the gaps in your patio, you might even think that you need to start using expensive weed killer and that this is the only way to tackle such pesky reoccurring weeds, nettles or thistles. Weed killer is not only expensive but toxic and extremely harmful, not only to humans but to the environment too. Being such a dangerous product can it really be the only way to kill weeds? I prefer a garden knife, with a good patio cleaner and a cordless pressure washer I can carry about the garden with me to
Simply pulling them up only for them to return can take its toll. Maybe, digging huge holes out of your lawn would work, you could try to be a bit careful with a trowel and hand fork I suppose. But who wants to take the time or effort while leaving the lawn in a state?
Well the best way and most eco-friendly way of removing weeds for good is by using a garden weeder or weed puller as some like to call them. You might even be pleased next time you spot a weed in the garden because these devices make such light work of weeding you will be happy to get out your weed puller.
Weed pullers are designed to be placed over the weeds and dug into the ground and finally levered up pulling the weed out with the device. Weed pullers are favoured by the professional gardeners and landscapes because the weed is pulled out completely with the root attached and leaves minimal damage, if any to the lawn.
There a two main types of weeders or weed pullers. Both are manual but one is a small hand weeder, the other is a stand-up weeder. Both are good tools and both useful in their own way. Kneeling might not always be an option so stand-up weed pullers would better suited. If not, you might need something a little cheaper that does the job equally well. So, for those reasons we have decided to review both. Firstly, check out our best stand-up garden weeders, followed by our best hand weeders being sold in the UK right now.
Fiskars Xact Weed Puller
The Fiskars Xact weed puller is a well-designed garden weeder that can extract more than just nettles, thistles and dandelions. This Weed puller is capable of extracting roots up to 10 cm below ground level.
It traps the roots using a patented long-lasting stainless-steel claw mechanism. Simply apply a little pressure to the handle for the claws to open and then push down on the handy foot pedal to trap the desired weed. Finally using the foot pedal as a fulcrum pull the weed out cleanly without disturbing the lawn. The weed control diameter is 4 cm and we really like the easy efficient weed ejection system from the handle.
The foot pedal feels durable and the system as a whole works well, we like it a lot. The length of the weeder is 1 metre, so there is no bending down and can be used safely without putting strain on the body. The handle is made from a strong fibreglass and is lightweight. This is extremely easy to use and works every time. The handle grip is also non-slip and the device is easy to clean.
The Fiskars weeder is available for just on Amazon. This particular model comes with a fixed handle.
Fiskars weed puller also comes with a telescopic handle model which we think is great if you are a tall gardener. However, is slightly more expensive but probably worth the extra money if you are worried about the handle being too short for you. The telescopic handle can be extended to 1190 mm. This version of the Fiskars Xact weed puller is also on Amazon but currently being sold.
- Capable of extracting weeds up to 10 cm deep
- Claw system which releases the weed exceedingly easy
- Ergonomically designed and for comfort and posture control
- Telescopic handle models are available as well
Garden Gear Stainless Steel Weed Puller
The Garden Gear Stainless steel garden weeder uses a two-pronged system to penetrate the soil and go deep down to the root. Applying pressure to the foot pedal and simply pulling backwards on the foot plate then tilting back for the weed to come right out.
The weeder feels robust, yet lightweight and the handle comes with a decent grip and a handy metal loop for hanging storage.
This garden weeder does a great job without bending or kneeling you can find the Garden Gear stainless steel weed puller being sold on Amazon for which is a very reasonable price for such a great weeder.
- 12-month guarantee
- Two-pronged weed removing system
- Handy metal ring for storage
TackLife Weed Puller GSW1A
This ergonomically designed stand up garden weeder uses a unique automatic spring return device ensuring the reduction of fatigue by the user. The device doesn’t need to be pulled back up just simply release the handle and the weed pulls straight out. The handle is comfortable and provides a steady grip too.
The TackLife weed puller has a length of 3 feet and we felt that this was more than adequate and was comfortable. It was also very easy to pull out the annoying weeds.
You can find this weeder on Amazon for the great price of .
- Three-pronged claw system
- Pivoting foot pedal
- Automatic spring return/release
Orientools Stand-Up Garden Weeder
The Orientools stand-up garden weeder is made from anti-rust steel and is a durable but lightweight weeder. The handle is made from aluminium and the PP/GF 30 round shaped handle grip provides comfort when sliding the secondary sleeve handle which releases the claws. This weeder employs a 4-claw design which works very well and requires hardly any effort at all.
The foot plate was handy when working on sloped terrain. The plate is adjustable and easy to transition for different gradients. Simply stand on the plate and pull back to create leverage.
The Orientools stand-up garden weeder is available now on Amazon for .
- Anti-rust weatherable design
- PP/GF 30 rounded handle with comfortable grip
- Adjustable foot plate
This weed puller has been crafted from a design that dates all the way back to 1913. Designed in the city of Seattle in the United States of America and was said to be Grampa’s pride and joy. After testing Grampa’s weeder we can understand why this simple but effective design hasn’t changed over the years – “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.
This old school weed puller works well and we have to say it certainly feels like the most durable of all the garden weed pullers we’ve tested.
You can find Grampa’s weeder being sold on Amazon for and would definitely make a cool gift for a true gardener.
- Treated wood handle
- Powder-coated cast iron claw
- Extremely durable
- Simple but effective
- Traditional design
Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Weeder and Fulcrum
- Mirrored polished finish
- Fulcrum ensures extra leverage
- Soft PP grip handle
- Gold ‘Grow Your Own’ award from the Grow Your Own Great British Awards 2018.
Worth Garden Stainless Steel Hand Weeder
Slightly different in design from the Spear and Jackson, is that this weed puller comes with a hole in the handle for hanging storage.
The Worth Garden hand weeder is also a sale item on Amazon for only .
- Mirror polished finish
- Fulcrum ensures extra leverage
- Soft PP grip handle
- Hanging hole for storage
Wilkinson Sword 1111126W Steel Hand Weeder
- Rustic designed wooden handle
- Handy leather hanging loop for storage
- 10-year guarantee
Rolson 82613 Stainless Steel Hand Weeder
The mirror polished head ensures resistance to rust damage and minimal soil adhesion like most hand weeders. The two prongs are slightly longer than the Wilkinson Sword entry and we feel it also works better with larger rooted weeds.
Amazon has this hand weed puller on sale right now for the very cheap price of which we think is a steal. This might make a perfect gift for a green fingered friend.
- Traditional design
- Antique finished ash handles
- International standard guarantee from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC approved)
- Great budget choice for a hand weeder
I hope that our round up of the best stand-up garden weeders and best garden hand weeders will help you make the right decision when purchasing your new garden weeder.