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Lawn & Garden

From lawnmowers and leaf rakes to grills and picnic baskets, we've researched and tested the gear that will help you get the most out of your green space. Whether you're grilling burgers on the patio, lounging at a picnic in a park, or tending to your vegetable garden, these are the lawn and garden tools and supplies we recommend.

The Best Portable Grills Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill 18″
After grilling over 55 pounds of food, we’ve chosen the Weber Q 1200 as our portable gas grill pick. For charcoal purists, we recommend the Weber Jumbo Joe 18″.   Read More >
The Best Grill Tools and Accessories
After testing more than 90 tools over four years, we have over a dozen grill-accessory recommendations: spatulas, thermometers, tongs, and everything else you need to have an amazing barbecue.   Read More >
The Best Gas Grills Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
We tested six best-selling gas grills, in rain and shine, on burgers, barbecue chicken, and whole chickens. Our pick is the venerable Weber Spirit E-310.   Read More >
The Best Charcoal Grill Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22″
After weeks of research and two days of testing on burgers, barbecue, and whole chickens, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill 22″ is our pick as the best charcoal grill for most people.   Read More >
The Best Patio Umbrella and Stand Treasure Garden Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella
After considering dozens of umbrellas and bases, we recommend the 9-foot-wide Treasure Garden Market Aluminum Push Button Tilt Umbrella and 50-pound US Weight Umbrella Base for adding optimal shade and a stylish pop of color to your yard, deck, or patio.   Read More >
Patio Furniture Sets We Like for Under $600 IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs
After doing 18 hours of research and considering 20 patio dining sets, we recommend the acacia-wood IKEA Äpplarö Table and 4 Armchairs. It looks great, owners say it lasts a long time, and it costs a fraction of most wood sets.   Read More >
The Best Lawn Mower Honda HRX217K5VKA
After 60 hours of research, we’re sure the Honda HRX217K5VKA is the best self-propelled mower for people mowing less than half an acre of lawn.   Read More >
The Best Leaf Blower Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower
The Worx WG520 Turbine Leaf Blower is a corded electric handheld blower with a great blend of cost, weight, noise, and leaf-moving power.    Read More >
The Best Chainsaw Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw
The cordless Ego Power+ 16″ Chainsaw has plenty of power and run time for routine property maintenance, and it’s simpler to start, easier to maintain, and quieter than a gas tool.   Read More >
The Best Watering Can (Outdoor and Indoor) Fiskars 2.6-Gallon Easy Pour
The Fiskars 2.6-Gallon Easy Pour is the best outdoor watering can we found after testing 10 cans daily in a community garden. The Bloem Living 56-Ounce Aqua Rite is the best indoor can we’ve used.   Read More >
The Best Reel Mower for Your (Small) Lawn Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower
The Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower is the manual lawn mower we chose after spending 30 hours interviewing a turfgrass scientist and testing four models with a golf-course grounds crew.   Read More >
The Best String Trimmers Ego ST1502-F Power+ 15" String Trimmer
After testing seven string trimmers (aka weed whackers) on 12,598 square feet of field, the Ego ST1502-F Power+ 15" String Trimmer is our choice—a long-running cordless tool as powerful and affordable as a gas model but with less noise and hassle.   Read More >
The Best Hard Cooler Coleman 70 Qt. Xtreme Marine Cooler
After another five hours of research, we’ve tracked down a cheaper Marine version of our top pick for hard coolers, and we think it’s the best deal we’ve seen for a cooler this summer.   Read More >
The Best Picnic Basket Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket with Cutlery Set
It’s picnic time! We tried seven baskets and the Picnic at Ascot Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket was the sturdiest, most attractive, and easiest to store.   Read More >
The Best Picnic Blanket Nemo Victory Blanket
After lounging on seven top-rated picnic blankets, we found the Nemo Victory Blanket offers the best combination of comfort, durability, and easy cleaning.   Read More >
The Best Charcoal for Grilling Royal Oak Ridge Briquets
After three years of testing and 115 hours of research, we’ve found that Royal Oak Ridge Briquets are the best charcoal for your grill. Because of the briquets’ consistent size, shape, and quality, this charcoal burns hotter, lasts longer, and produces less ash than nearly every other option in our test group. Plus, it costs only about 75 cents a pound, and it’s available year-round.   Read More >
The Best Leaf Rake Ames Jackson 1923700 Steel-Tine Leaf Rake
After investigating 42 different rake models and testing five with members of a seasoned volunteer landscaping crew, we found that Ames's Jackson 1923700 Steel-Tine Leaf Rake is the best option for most people. The Jackson rake is well-balanced, more durable than other models we researched, and can work like new for years.   Read More >
The Best Garden Trowel Wilcox 14” Garden Trowel
After spending more than 10 hours digging, cutting, and scooping dirt with 24 models, we found that the Wilcox 14” Garden Trowel is the best garden trowel for most gardeners. The single-piece, stainless steel Wilcox’s edge and shape penetrates the soil better than any other trowel, its wide blade scoops more soil than any soil knife, and it’s nearly indestructible.   Read More >
The Best Gardening Gloves Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves
After testing garden gloves for sensitivity, grip, and protection by peeling grapes, picking up oiled marbles, and grabbing raspberry canes, we found the Atlas Nitrile Garden Gloves are the best option. They’re cheap (at $4 per pair in a six pack) and aren’t the best at any single task, but they’re better all around than gloves that cost four times as much. Plus, they stood up well in the wash, unlike most inexpensive cotton gloves.   Read More >
The Best Sprinkler Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler on Weighted Sled Base
After testing nine new sprinklers and comparing notes with our 25-sprinkler test in 2013, the Gardena ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler is the best sprinkler for most people. It’s durable, adjustable, and no other sprinkler we tested has its uniquely versatile spray patterns and even coverage over a wide range of spaces.   Read More >
The Best Soft Cooler AO Coolers 24 Pack Soft Cooler
After more than 60 hours of research and a 24-hour ice-melt test with 15 coolers in the brutal California sunshine, we found the AO Canvas Series 24-Pack Soft Cooler is the best soft-sided cooler. With enough ice, its insulation keeps food and drinks cold for more than 24 hours, and it is as lightweight, sturdy, and easy to pack as coolers twice its price.   Read More >
The Best Hand Weeder Nejiri Gama Hoe
After spending more than 50 hours comparing and testing weeders on dandelions, garlic bulbs, and more, we found the Nejiri Gama Hoe is the best tool for most gardens. Sharp and compact, this tool digs into a much wider variety of plants than the competition. It's also the only model we tested that could handle weeds growing in pavement cracks.   Read More >
The Best Garden Pruners Felco 2
After testing 39 pruners on a variety of both delicate and woody stems, we found that the Felco 2 Classic Manual is the best garden pruner for most people. The Felco 2 made cleaner, straighter cuts than almost every pruner we tested because its blades are sharper and its cutting action is smoother. Plus, it’s more durable and easier to maneuver than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Shovel Bully Tools 82515
After spending 21 hours researching shovels, interviewing landscapers, and digging through mulch, compost, and rock-filled wasteland, we found the Bully Tools 82515 is the best all-purpose shovel.   Read More >
The Best Bird Feeders Droll Yankees Onyx
We spent 20 hours researching and browsing through hundreds of different bird feeders, consulted five experts, and found that the $40 Droll Yankees 18-Inch Onyx Sunflower Tube is the sturdiest and best-built bird feeder. It’s versatile enough to handle several different feed types, and it has a lifetime guarantee against squirrel damage. Plus, it has a removable base for easy cleaning.   Read More >
The Grow Lights We Like EnviroGro FLT24 2-Ft, 4-Tube Fixture, T5 Bulbs Included
If you're ready to get seedlings started indoors for the winter, we spent 50 hours on research and interviewed six experts (one of whom designed plant lighting for Antarctica and the moon) to find the best grow lights. The $91 Hydrofarm FLT24 is low-maintenance, runs cool in small spaces, and provides bright light for stout plants.   Read More >
The Best Hose Nozzle Gilmour Medium Duty Rear Control Cleaning Nozzle
After testing several top-rated models, the Gilmour Full Size Zinc Pistol is the one I’d get because it’s made well, easy-to-use, darn cheap, and it has a great spray pattern.   Read More >
The Best Garden Hose Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose
For folks looking to keep their garden lush, cars clean, and sprinklers sprinkling, the best choice is the Craftsman Premium Rubber Hose because of its great price, durability, build quality, lack of plasticizers, and lifetime warranty.   Read More >
The Best Composters for Kitchen Scraps Earth Machine
We spent 20 hours on research, consulted three experts, and tapped into our writer’s 20 years of experience to find the best composting units for most people. The Earth Machine is often available at Public Works departments for a substantial discount. It’s simple to aerate, has a large opening, and keeps rodents out – unlike the competition. We also have recommendations for larger and smaller needs.   Read More >
The Best Turkey Fryer Bayou Classic Aluminum Turkey Fryer Stockpot
We talked to three chefs and fried turkeys on a propane burner and in an electric fryer to find the Bayou Classic Aluminum Stockpot paired with the Bayou Classic Single Burner patio stove is the best turkey fryer for most people. The aluminum stockpot heats oil more quickly than stainless steel options, which helps keep temperature steady after adding a turkey, and the patio stove is solidly built and more stable than the stands packaged in kits.   Read More >