The 10 Best Garden Hoes

Updated May 10, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 20 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Those with green thumbs will appreciate the versatility of these gardening hoes. They are ideal for cutting irrigation channels, breaking sod, clearing weeds and making furrows. We've included short models for gardening at close quarters, as well as some with long handles for those who prefer less bending and stooping. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best garden ho on Amazon.

10. Prohoe Triangle Head F55A-42

The wide edge of the Prohoe Triangle Head F55A-42 can be used to cut furrows and dig ditches, while the pick-shaped side can concentrate maximum chopping power on roots or tough plots of earth. Its well-balanced weight makes it easy to use for long periods of time.
  • good for trenching sprinkler lines
  • sturdy 42-inch wooden handle
  • a bit short for taller users
Brand Prohoe
Model F55A-42
Weight 4.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Hand Plow Ho-Mi

The Korean-style Hand Plow Ho-Mi looks simple, but that's because its design has been perfected over countless generations, so there's no reason to update it. It is a precision tool for careful cultivation, easily maneuverable around plants you'd prefer not to disturb.
  • durable beechwood handle
  • weighted to reduce strain on hands
  • metal neck is prone to snapping
Brand Hand Plow Ho-Mi
Model HH-12
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

8. Bully Tools 92353

For a basic, reliable instrument that will serve home gardeners just fine, try the Bully Tools 92353. This American-made tool has an all-fiberglass handle with a triple wall construction, so it should last for years even when subjected to tough yard work.
  • low cost but durable
  • 12-gauge steel head
  • blade edge could be a bit sharper
Brand Bully Tools
Model 92353
Weight 3.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Ames True Temper Action

The looped steel blade of the American-made Ames True Temper Action makes it easy to weed and cultivate in between and around plants you don't want to mess around with. A push-pull motion is all it takes to loosen up soil and extract unwanted root systems.
  • cushioned grip for comfort
  • sturdy fiberglass handle
  • not great on hard-packed soil
Brand The AMES Companies, Inc
Model 266078500
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. Nejiri Gama

The Japanese Nejiri Gama is a low cost but effective way to cultivate, break up, and shape your garden, and works for excising small weeds and other unwanted matter as well. Its 5-inch hardened steel blade makes quick work of whatever task you put it to.
  • weighs less than six ounces
  • good for making small seed trenches
  • handle is prone to detaching
Brand Japan
Model pending
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Rogue Scuffle 60S

The Rogue Scuffle 60S has a unique, triangular blade that applies force right where you need it, down into the roots and soil you want to break up. Whether you're using it to chop rows or clear weeds and old growth, it'll get the job done fast.
  • cuts on all edges
  • head is made from recycled metals
  • a bit heavy for some users
Brand Rogue
Model pending
Weight 2.9 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Truper Tru Pro 33119

The Truper Tru Pro 33119 is designed to chop and slice through even the toughest soil and the thickest tangle of roots, and dig down deep wherever you need it. This versatile option can cut irrigation channels, break sod, and more.
  • extra-long handle for added torque
  • good for clearing brush
  • backed by a lifetime warranty
Brand Truper
Model 33119
Weight 3.5 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Umtech Japanese Triangle

An elegant balance of precision and power, the lightweight Umtech Japanese Triangle enables you to carefully remove or shift soil as needed, whether you are planting an edible garden or transferring a bonsai tree to its new home.
  • knife-sharp blade edge
  • easy to grip finished wooden handle
  • high quality japanese construction
Brand UMTECH
Model No.178
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

2. Fiskars Long-Handle

As its name suggests, the Fiskars Long-Handle does, indeed, have a long handle made from lightweight, durable aluminum. Its 61-inch length means less bending or stooping as well as added force and leverage applied to the soil.
  • soft comfort grips on handle
  • hanging hole for storage
  • blade is replaceable
Brand Fiskars
Model 336500-1001
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

1. Prohoe 70G

The Prohoe 70G is a modern update of a classic design. It has a wide, sturdy head with a cutting edge wrapping around three of its sides perched on the end of a smooth and sturdy 60-inch wooden handle, which should be a more than ample length for most users.
  • light and nimble at under 3 pounds
  • 7-inch wide head
  • blade stays impressively sharp
Brand Prohoe
Model 70G
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on May 10, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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