The Best Garden Tools on Amazon [2020]

Search for garden tools on Amazon and you’ll see over 10,000 results. This buying guide will help you sift through the clutter. It’s roughly organized by tool-type so you can find what you’re looking for easily.

Long-Handled Weeding Hoe

Recommendation: Dewit Half-Moon Hoe ($67)

Tool Merchants Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  This is a great all-round weeding hoe for most gardens. It’s well suited to small and medium weeds in cultivated ground and light soil moving.

I call this type of weeder a draw hoe as you’re meant to pull it back toward yourself like you’re sweeping the floor. That said, you can also do some light chopping with it.

Dewit tools are expensive, solid and come with a lifetime warranty.

Scuffle Hoes
(Hula, stirrup, action, triangle, diamond hoes, etc)

I want to mention this type of hoe as they are commonly seen. Scuffle hoes work on both the push and pull. Compared to a draw hoe, they require more energy and can handle larger weeds, but they are less precise.

In my experience, hula hoes are excellent for weeding in pathways and for weeding a bed before planting, but I much prefer a draw hoe for weeding a bed that has crops in it.

In spite of all the positive reviews, Amazon only sells one hula hoe that is worth your hard-earned-money:

Hoss Stirrup Hoe ($70)
Tool Merchants Review: N/A
Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Dewit Half Moon Hoe Main 2 - Best Weeding tool for small weeds
A Half-Moon Hoe from Dewit is an excellent all-around weeding hoe for most gardens. It will last you a long time.
Amman Hula Hoe, oscillating hoe, Head 1
Hula Hoes are popular but have their limitations. If you're set on one, look beyond Amazon for the best.

Short-Handled Weeding Hoe

Nejiri Hand Weeder is an incredible value.
Dewit Dutch Hoe Main - Best weeding tool for small weeds in cultivated ground
Like the Nejiri (above), but stronger, heavier and more expensive.

Recommendation A: Nejiri Hand Weeder ($15) 

Tool Merchants Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  The Tool Merchants sold around 100 of these and never had a single complaint. It is a deft tool for slicing small weeds in cultivated ground. At around $15, it’s an incredible value.

Recommendation B: Dewit Dutch Hoe ($53)

Tool Merchants Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  This is the same type of tool as the Nejiri weeder, above, but it’s longer, stronger and more expensive. Because of it’s weight, you can do some light chopping with this tool, whereas the Nejiri is too light for chopping. Expensive but a lifetime tool.

Heavy Digging Hoe

Rogue Hoe Best Weeding Tool
The Rogue Field Hoe is the best heavy hoe on Amazon, but it's not the best on the market.

Recommendation: Rogue 7″ Field Hoe ($38)

Tool Merchants Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Notes: Amazon doesn’t have a good selection of this type of hoe. I own one of these and it’s a solid, well-made tool; but the balance and feel are inferior compared to either the SHW grub hoe or the EasyDigging grub hoes.

Garden Knife

Recommendation A: Hori Hori Knife ($23)

Tool Merchants Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  Many gardeners swear by their Hori Hori knife. To be honest, I rarely use one, but that doesn’t mean you won’t love it.

Recommendation B: Opinel #8 ($17)

Tool Merchants Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  This is an excellent all-purpose knife. Though it’s not specifically a garden knife, I like it because it’s easy to sharpen, inexpensive and classy in its simplicity.

Hori Hori Knife 3
Japanese Hori Hori Knife.
Not technically a garden knife, but a great knife for the garden.

Hand Pruners - Budget

Bahco Pruners - All Metal Pruners Closed Comparison
Incredible quality for under $25. Three sizes. Bottom clip is surprisingly ergonomic.
An excellent Japanese hand pruner for small hands and small jobs.

Recommendation A: Bahco P121 Series ($23)

Tool Merchants Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  I’ve had a pair of the mid-sized Bahcos for 8 years and they show no signs of slowing down.

Swedish steel holds an edge and can be sharpened. The spring and bumpers are good (better than Felcos, IMHO), and the handle clip works surprisingly well.

They come in three sizes:  model numbers 18, 20 and 23.

Smalls (#18) are good for flowers, garlic tops and small branches.

Mediums (#20) are all-purpose best for most people.

Larges (#23) are very big and can cut up to a whopping 1 inch diameter branch. Large hands only!

Recommendation B: ARS HP-130DX ($30)

Tool Merchants Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Notes:  These are lovely little pruners if you have small hands or want a specialized tool for cutting flowers, garlic scapes or small branches.

These have a hard chrome plating which does a few things:

  • Edge stays sharp longer.
  • More difficult to sharpen.
  • Resists rust better than the Bahcos.

Sharpening

Farmer’s File
An excellent all-purpose sharpening file for flat bladed garden tools, axes, machetes, etc. This file has both single and double cut surfaces. Very useful. 

Half-Round File
Bahco makes some of the best files available. Half round files will sharpen round point shovels and other concave surfaces.

Speedy Sharp
My go-to pruner and lopper sharpener for quick touch-ups.

Diamond Hones
These are great for thorough pruner and lopper sharpening.

Compact Water Stone
This is a great hand-held sharpening stone for sickles, axes, mauls and machetes.

Miscellaneous

Bench Vise
A valuable sharpening aid, among other things. Critical for country-living

Clamps
Hold stuff down so you can use both hands. Useful.

Chisel Sharpies
Helpful sharpening aid.

Hand Pruners - Pro Grade

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Loppers

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Pruning Saws

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