The 10 Best Finishing Trowels
This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in March of 2020. Gone are the days when tradesmen would have just one trowel for all jobs. Nowadays, there are many different styles depending on the purpose and material you are working with. Most importantly, a good finishing trowel will stand up to general wear and tear, and achieve a perfectly smooth end result. These are of various sizes and constructions, but all are designed to meet modern-day requirements. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
March 25, 2020:
Finishing trowels are mainly used to apply and flatten the final coat of cement rendering or plaster, and regardless of your personal preference, ability or the material in use, the finished product should look as good as possible. With this ranking, we try to cover the main applications and skill levels.
When working on a large surface area, time is of the essence, and with a longer trowel such as the Goldblatt G06216 or the Refina Superflex you have the ability to get more plaster on the wall in a shorter period of time. However, you do sacrifice a certain level of control. Larger trowels are also difficult to master, thus placing more pressure on your arms and joints, which can become uncomfortable.
if you are working with cement then you will probably require a trowel that is quite stiff, such as the Marshalltown FT144, BonTool 12-890 or the Level 5 Pro Grade. Whereas, if you need to put down a finishing coat of plaster then a more flexible option, like the Ox Pro UltraFlex, Nela Premium SuperFlex or the Refina Plaziflex would give a superior finish.