The Best Garden Cart – 2019
If you need to haul bags of mulch or compost, move pot plants around, or any other chores in your garden involving moving heavy objects, give your back a rest & invest in a garden cart. Smaller & more versatile than a wheelbarrow, garden carts come in various sizes and capabilities.
After many hours of in-depth research & discussion with gardening experts and home users, we believe the Gorilla Carts GOR4PS is the best lawn cart for most situations. This is a new model replacing the GOR200B, which was our previous pick. Though it’s not expensive, it’s not the cheapest cart available, but its 600lb load capacity, sturdy construction, manoeuvrability and dump feature make it our winner.
If you need something capable of carrying a bit more weight, one option is the Gorilla Carts GOR6PS - similar to our top pick, but bigger and stronger, with 1200lb load capacity.
WORX has a different interpretation of what a garden cart should look like - the WG050 Aerocart is the most versatile garden cart we've seen - there are accessories available to adapt it for many different uses, including a trolley, trailer dolly, and even a snowplow.
For large, bulky or awkward loads, you could consider the Gorilla Carts GOR1001-COM - a heavy-duty steel cart with 1000lb capacity and removable sides.
A lightweight and low-cost option is the Suncast LC1250D - it's not capable of carrying a huge amount of weight, but it seems durable and the price is attractive.
If you need a cart for loose surfaces, or to take to the beach, something like the Patio Watcher collapsible wagon might be the best solution - the large wheels help to avoid sinking into the sand, and the collapsible feature makes storage easy.
The Best Garden Cart In 2019 - Comparison
#1 - Gorilla Carts GOR4PS - The Best Garden Cart
The GOR4PS is, overall, the best garden cart we have seen on the market.
- 600lb capacity
- Poly tub / steel frame
- 4 wheels
- Tipping function
The Gorilla Carts GOR4PS is our choice for the best lawn cart. It has everything most people need in a lawn cart, at a reasonable price. It’s sturdy, manoeuvrable, and can handle loads of up to 600lb.
The body is plastic, with a steel frame.
The cart also has a tipping function, to save you from having to shovel loads of compost, mulch etc. out of the cart.
One of the most common complaints with this cart is the smell when it's new.
We’re not sure if the smell comes from the body or the tyres, but there’s a definite chemical aroma when you first open the packaging up. We found the smell disappeared over the first week or 2 of use, but you’d definitely want to consider assembling it and storing it outside, or (worst case) in the garage. Certainly we’d advise not opening the packaging inside your house!
The plastic body does seem to flex quite a bit, though we have seen no indications that it’s likely to break. Overall this lawn cart seems quite robust.
While assembly is faster and easier than with the previous model, it's still more time-consuming than some rivals. To help with the assembly process, check out this YouTube video that goes through assembly step-by-step:
Who Are Gorilla Carts?
Gorilla Carts is part of Tricam Industries, a US company with headquarters in Minnesota.
Gorilla back this garden cart with a 1 year warranty.
Click here to download the user manual.
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#2 - Gorilla Carts GOR6PS - Heavyweight Beast
If 600lb isn't enough, try this
- 1200lb capacity
- Poly tub / steel frame
- 4 wheels
- Tipping function
If the 600lb capacity of the GOR4PS isn’t enough for your needs, we suggest you have a look at it’s big brother, the Gorilla Carts GOR6PS.
This cart really is a beast – if you have a job it can’t handle, you really need to look at commercial equipment.
The GOR6PS incorporates the same improvements as the smaller model – it’s easier to assemble than the previous model was, and it also includes the quick-release tipping system.
It’s not quite as manoeuvrable as the smaller model, and it weighs significantly more at 60lb unloaded. It’s also bulkier which is a nuisance both when using it and when trying to find somewhere in the shed to store it. These issues as well as the higher price suggest it’s more lawn cart than most people will ever need, and prevent us from making this model our top choice.
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#3 - Worx WG050 Aerocart - An Interesting Alternative
Versatile and flexible
- 300lb capacity
- Steel construction
- 2 wheels
- Many accessories available
The WORX WG050 Aerocart is pitched as a more versatile alternative – as well as a lawn cart, as supplied it can be used as a dolly for shifting furniture, refrigerators and other heavy household items, as well as a rock lifter, trailer mover, and many other functions.
With available accessories, it can be converted to a snow shovel, water carrier, or firewood mover.
The WG050 is quite a bit more expensive than the other lawn carts featured here, and the load capacity at 300lb is quite a bit less than the competition.
And there’s more – if you use the extension arms (as featured in the WORX marketing materials carrying boulders), the weight limit is 80lb – we haven’t seen many boulders as big as the one WORX use in this picture that weigh less than 200lb, we’re not sure what the WORX one was made of but we suspect fibreglass or cardboard…
The body itself is quite small & you can’t really fit much more than 1 or 2 bags of mulch in it.
Overall, we love the concept of the WG050, and we applaud the innovative thinking WORX are applying to this and other garden tools. However, we don’t think the WG050 is big enough, or has enough carrying capacity, to be our first choice. If they introduced a larger version with higher weight limits, it would be tough to ignore…
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#4 - Sandusky Lee CW3418 - Foldable Sides
This cart can be used as a flatbed trailer, for awkward shaped loads
The Sandusky Lee CW3418 has removable folding sides, which allow it to be converted to a flatbed cart. You can either fold the sides down or just take them off altogether when you need to use it as a flatbed – the sides move about a bit when folded down, and clash with the wheels. Long-term user feedback suggests it’s better to just take the sides off.
This cart is made of steel with a mesh bed which allows moisture to drain. It isn’t stainless steel so it will rust eventually if you leave it outside in all weathers.
The 400lb capacity should allow you to carry most loads around your garden – bags of soil, compost, much, cement etc. are no problem. If you need a heavier-capacity cart with folding sides, there are options such as this one from Gorilla Carts.
The padded straight handle is comfortable to pull in operation, this cart is quite manoeuvrable & pulls and turns with little resistance. The 10” tires will get you over most surfaces.
The instructions provided with this cart aren’t as good as some others, the English translation is quite poor. That said, assembly is quite simple. Once you have figured out which piece goes where you should have no problem.
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#5 - Suncast LC1250D - Lightweight Option
Cheap and cheerful, but still versatile and robust
The Suncast LC1250D Lawn Cart is appropriate for transporting and storing mulch, outdoor items and dirt. It is made from resin for extra durability. It has a 15.5 gallon capacity for strain reduction, and the whole cart weighs in at just 11lb.
This model is generally user-friendly, lightweight and has a telescoping handle which disappears into the body when you’re not using it.
This lawn cart has 7” wheels with a metal axle. We found it easy to manoeuver on pretty much any type of surface.
It can double as a cooler for storing drinks and ice in case of an outdoor get-together.
Some assembly is required, however this just consists of attaching the handle to the body with 2 screws. 5 minutes and you're ready to go.
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What Makes A Good Garden Cart?
Carfeully consider your needs before you buy
You should ask yourself the following questions before choosing a garden cart:
- How heavy will the biggest load be?
- Should I go for 2 wheels or 4?
- Do I need a dump function?
- Is it worth buying a collapsible or foldable cart?
- Will I need to carry unusually-shaped or -sized loads?
The heaviest load you expect to carry will dictate which cart you buy. There is no point in spending the extra money (and putting up with the extra size and weight) of a lawn cart with 1200lb capacity, if the biggest load you expect to ever move is 100lb.
4 Wheels Good, 2 Wheels Bad
Similarly, if you only expect to carry light loads, 2 wheels (or a wheelbarrow) may be the best option for you. If you want the ability to move heavier loads, buy a 4-wheeled cart, and let the cart take all of the strain – your back will thank you!
The dump function found in the Gorilla carts and some others can be very useful if you’re moving soil, compost, sand etc. – it saves you from shovelling the load out where you want it to go.
If you want to take your cart to the beach, grocery shopping, to picnics, sporting events, festivals etc, it could be worth buying a collapsible cart such as the Patio Watcher. These carts fold away to a small size when required, so they can go in the trunk, and don’t take up too much space when you get to your destination. The trade-off with these carts is they don’t have anything close to the carrying capacity or sturdiness of the traditional, solid lawn carts.
If you need the ability to carry unusually-shaped loads, a lawn cart with drop-down sides that converts to a flat bed, such as the Sandusky Lee CW3418 may be your best choice.
Maintenance / Cleaning
How to make sure your cart lasts as long as possible
Check all nuts & bolts are tightened correctly before using your lawn cart to transport any loads. Make sure the tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s specified pressure, and inspect the cart for any visible damage. Make sure you follow any specific instructions from the manufacturer to keep your warranty valid, and more importantly to avoid accident and injury.
After using your cart, clean it with a hose and / or stiff-bristled brush (depending on what you’ve been using the cart for).
If you want it to last for many seasons, store your lawn cart in a shed or garage when you’re not using it. If that’s not possible, at least try to find somewhere to keep it out of the rain.
Some of the carts have a noticeable odour when they’re new – if this applies to your cart it’s best to keep it outside for at least the first 1-2 weeks.
Occasionally faults are discovered after a product has gone on sale, usually requiring the product to be recalled by the manufacturer.
There were no recalls listed for any of the garden carts mentioned here at the time of writing (June 2019). However, it's always a good idea to check the latest information at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website before buying any large, expensive or potentially dangerous product.
We recommend the Gorilla Carts GOR4PS as the best garden cart.
It’s reasonably priced, strong and manoeuvrable.
The plastic body & steel frame should last you for many seasons.
Do you own any of the garden carts mentioned here? Did you choose a different one? Let us know in the comments!