Best Rake

Last Updated: Sep 8, 2020 @ 10:25 am.  What’s the best rake? To answer that question, you have to figure out just what you are raking: leaves? Garden soil? Debris? We tested out a dozen different rakes to find the best bets. We looked for overall performance, sturdiness and value. Here are the ones we recommend.

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Best Budget-Friendly Bottle

Jardineer 63 inch Adjustable Garden Rake Leaf, Collect Loose Debris Among Delicate Plants, Lawns and Yards, Expandable Head from 7 inch to 23 inch. Ideal Garden Rake Tools

Height adjustable handle
Loved the versatility of this rake—you can contract the rake head to reach tight spots. Great for taller folks and lightweight (1.37 lbs). Caveat: best for light duty, leaves.

Best Leaf Rake: Jarnieer 62 inch Adjustable Garden Rake Leaf

When it comes to leaf rakes, there are two basic choices: adjustable models and those that are, well, not adjustable.

By adjustable, we are referring to telescoping handles and the ability to adjust the rake to be wider or narrower.

After trying out a dozen rakes, we think an adjustable rake is the best bet for most folks. It’s great if you are tall and your partner isn’t—the same rake can work for both of you.

For the best adjustable rake, we pick Jarnieer’s 62″ adjustable garden rake leaf. It’s ticked all the right boxes: easy to use, versatile and dependable. It did the best job raking leaves in our tests.

What We Liked

• Adjustable from 7″ to 23″ wide. That’s great if you need to rake small or narrow areas.

• Lightweight 1.37 lbs.

• Rubberized handle.

• Height adjustable handle.

What Needs Work

• Aluminum handle is flexible—perhaps too flexible. Aluminum makes this rake lightweight—but it can be bent or even broken. So take care.

• Best for leaves and other light duty task. This probably isn’t the best choice if you need to clean up debris heavier than leaves. If you need a heavy-duty rake for other garden tasks, we’d suggest the next pick on this article.

Best Garden Rake

TABOR TOOLS J205A Level Head Rake with Strong Long 54 Inch Fiberglass Handle, 14-Tine Garden Rake.

Sturdy and reliable
Here’s the rake we’d recommend for gardening—fiberglass handle with vinyl grip and steel head/teeth. Pre-assembled and easy to find in a garage (thanks to that bright red color)!

Best Garden Rake: TABOR TOOLS J205A Level Head Rake

When it comes to a garden rake, we’d recommend a sturdy, level head rake. After trying out a few options, we think Tabor Tools J205A is a good bet for most folks. It is well-built and performed well for most garden uses (breaking up soil, thatching, etc.)

What We Liked

 Sturdy, fiberglass handle.

• 6″ anti-slip vinyl grip is excellent.

• 14 tines.

• Red color = easy to find in a storage shed!

• Pre-assembled.

• Steel head and teeth.

What Needs Work

• Heavier than a leaf-style rake. But that is true for most level head rakes. This one weighs 2.6 lbs.

• Pricey.

Best Budget-Friendly Rake

Leaf Rake, 26 Tines, Wood, 24 in.W Tines

Dependable, basic design
Sometimes simple is best—this basic rake with wood handle gets the leaf-raking job done . . . at a price that is easy on the wallet. Caveat: must be assembled.

Best Budget-Friendly Rake: Union Tools Leaf Rake

If the budget is tight, this no-nonsense simply designed rake from Union Tools is what we’d recommend. Nothing fancy—that is, no adjustable handle or tines. But it works!

What We Liked

• Excellent for leaves.

• Wood handle is durable.

• 48″ long length good for most folks.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Requires assembly. And that means you have to drill a hole in the handle, slide on the tines and screw the tines to the handle. Just a heads up!

• Not as sturdy as other rakes. But then again, it is easy on the budget and works well for light duty leaf clean-up.

Best Splurge

Corona RK 62061 Fixed Tine Leaf Rake, Aluminum Handle, 19-Inch Wide

Excellent house-warming gift
If you need a more robust rake to handle more leaves or small debris, this would be our pick. Yes, it is pricey . . . but it is well-built, with tempered spring steel tines. Excellent quality.

Best Splurge: Corona RK 62061 Fixed Tine Leaf Rake

If you live in an area with large trees and need a more robust rake to handle more leaves, we’d go for the Corona RK 62061. This upgraded rake is a great splurge . . . or house-warming gift. Here’s why it may be worth the investment:

What We Liked

• Curved bow design = easier to rake leaves!

• Extra-long aluminum handle with anti-slip vinyl grip.

•  Lightweight at 1.3 lbs. Yep, that is about half the weight of rakes with wood handles.

• Sturdy design.

• Tines made of tempered spring steel. Compare that to the plastic tines on budget rakes. That means this rake can work on more than just leaves: think small branches, wood chips, etc.

• Extra-wide tine design = cleans up wider areas with a single pass.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Aluminum handle can be too flexible. Yes, this rake’s handle can bend if you aren’t careful. But that is true for most rakes with aluminum handles!

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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