Lawn & Garden

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 Gas Grill Weber Spirit E-210 Gas Grill
The Weber Spirit E-210 is the best gas grill for most people. Better-built and more durable than cheaper grills, the Spirit E-210 features a pair of convenient fold-out tables that expand your workspace, and it comes with arguably the best warranty on any grill under $500.   Read More >
The Best Soft Cooler AO Canvas Series 24-Pack
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 Charcoal Grill 22” Weber Original Kettle Premium
We’ve considered at least 200 grills since we first published this guide, and after evaluating the 46 new products released this year, we recommend the $150 22ʺ Weber Original Kettle Premium. This grill is technically new for 2015, but it will feel familiar to anyone who has ever used (and loved) a model based on Weber’s decades-old kettle grill design. Weber recently updated its branding, and this grill is a nearly identical replacement for our previous pick, the 22.5ʺ Weber One-Touch Gold Charcoal Grill, which we’ve enjoyed testing over the two years since we first published this guide. This version isn’t expensive, complex, or even a top-of-the-line product, but it is built to last.    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 21 hours spent 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. Nearly every detail is done exactly right, it’s built tough, and it’s inexpensive. Unlike the competition, it has a full-blade-width step that makes it easy to plunge the shovel into soil, and a shock-absorbing, rot-proof wood-and-fiberglass handle.   Read More >
The Best Lawnmower Honda HRX217K5VKA
If you’re mowing less than half an acre of lawn, the best lawn mower is the self-propelled, gas-powered Honda HRX217K5VKA ($600). After 40 hours of research and conversations with two landscapers, two service outlets, and Roy Berendsohn of Popular Mechanics (who has been testing and evaluating lawn mowers for more than 20 years), we found that the quality, reliability, and features of the Honda—as well as its unique ability to balance how much grass is mulched and bagged—justify its steep price tag.   Read More >
The Best Bird Feeders Droll Yankees 18-Inch Onyx Sunflower Tube
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 Hydrofarm FLT24
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 Leaf Blowers Toro Ultra
If your lawn needs more help than a rake can provide, we found the best leaf blower after 50 hours of research and testing eight leading blowers with three pro landscapers. The $70 Toro Ultra Leaf Blower is a corded, electric blower that's as powerful as many gas models at a fraction of the cost, but we also have gas picks for those who need to cover more property.   Read More >
The Best Leaf Rake Ames True Temper Jackson Kodiak Spring Brace Rake
The Ames True Temper rake is our favorite leaf rake for the second year running, after more than 27 new hours of research and testing with five top rakes with a landscaping crew. The Ames is lighter, its tines are springier, and its handle is sturdier and more firmly attached than the competition’s.   Read More >
The Best Hose Nozzle Gilmour Nozzle Full Size Zinc Nozzle 573TF
After testing several of the 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 All Rubber Garden Hose, 5/8" x 50 ft
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 Reel Mower for Your (Small) Lawn Scotts 2000-20S Classic Reel Mower
To find the best reel lawnmower, we interviewed a Ph.D. in turfgrass science and did head-to-head testing with the grounds crew at a golf course. The Scotts 2000–20S reel mower is light and easy to maneuver, resulting in the cleanest cut and the healthiest grass. Plus, it’s the only mower that didn’t jam during testing.   Read More >
The Best Charcoal for Grilling Stubb's 100% All-Natural Briquettes
Over 100 hours of combined research and testing has left us with Stubb’s 100% All-Natural Briquettes as our best pick for charcoal for the second year in a row. It burns pure and consistently, leaves no negative taste characteristics, and doesn’t generate much ash to fly into your food.   Read More >
The Best Turkey Fryer Bayou Classic Aluminum Stockpot and Bayou Classic Single Burner
When I fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, I’m going to use the Bayou Classic Aluminum Turkey Fryer Stockpot (~$40) and the Bayou Classic Single Burner Patio Stove (~$50). And once T-Day has come and gone, I’ll use it the rest of the year for outdoor cooking projects like lobster boils and clambakes.    Read More >
The Best Garden Trowel Wilcox 14" Garden Trowel
If you want to buy just one tool for digging, weeding, dividing perennials and just plain scooping dirt, get the Wilcox 14” garden trowel for $25. Its stainless steel blade will last forever with occasional sharpening, and you will cut through soil and roots with confidence and ease.    Read More >
The Best Gardening Gloves Atlas Touch Gloves
If you buy just one pair of gardening gloves, buy Atlas Touch gloves. They are a great buy that will protect your hands from natural shocks while allowing you to grasp fine root hairs and slippery slugs reasonably well.    Read More >
The Best BBQ Tools
If you want your backyard barbecues to be a frustration-free success this summer, you’ll need a few basic tools beyond that great charcoal or gas grill.    Read More >
The Best Hard Cooler Coleman Xtreme 70-quart
Coleman's Xtreme 70-quart 5-day cooler is our pick for best cooler because of its fantastic insulation, above-average features and affordable price.   Read More >
The Best Watering Cans Haws Bosmere V115
If you want a watering can, you should go ahead and get the Haws Bosmere V115 5-liter watering can because its excellent balance makes it easy to carry and control, its careful design allows users to precisely control water flow, and its removable sprinkle spout produces a gentle rain the spindliest seedlings could love. It’s currently out of stock on Amazon, but Bosmere, the official U.S. Haws importer, assure me that more Haws watering cans will reach our shores by “the end of July” 2014. Put it on your wish list now, because it’s much, much better than the competition and worth the wait.    Read More >