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Best Draw Hoe UK Reviews 

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best draw hoes, that are currently available on the UK market. A draw hoe tends to be used more in harder ground. It has a wide downward facing blade set at right angles to the main shaft and used using a chopping action to loosen and break up soil

Different Types of Hoes

There are different types of hoes and we have listed those below:

  1. The Digging hoe - These are used for general purpose digging and come in a variety of shapes and sizes
  2. The Dutch hoe - uses a shallow angled blade with a front cutting edge and used to remove weeds and to work between seedlings and established plants and shrubs
  3. The Draw hoe - this is also known as a digging hoe and typically this hoe is used in harder ground.  It has a wide downward facing blade set at right angles to the main shaft and used using a chopping action to loosen and break up soil
  4. The Swoe - these are ideal for use in confined spaces such as in and amongst established plants. They have an angled head and chamfered edges
  5. The Oscillating hoe - Also known as a reciprocating hoe, this type of hoe has a blade that moves, and they use a scrubbing action, and again mainly used for weeding.
  6. The Warren hoe -  this one is easily identified as it has a "V" shaped blade and no cutting edge. The blade is set at right angles to the shaft and is used for making seed drills as well as grading soil and backfilling.
  7. The Onion hoe - as the name would suggest this is used for working between rows of onions. It has a winged style head that lets the hoe work just under the surface of the soil
  8. The Cultivator - It is not a hoe as such, but does exactly the same purpose. It helps break up the soil using 3 prongs on one side, and a hoe on the other side. They are available as telescopic options

What is a Draw Hoe Exactly?

In this article we will be reviewing "Draw hoes," often referred to as digging hoes. A draw hoe has a wide blade at the bottom of the hoe, and sits at a right angle (approximately) to the handle. The hos is then drawn or pulled through the soil and that is where it gets its name from. Its main purpose is to help loosen up weeds so as they can be easily and quickly removed, and it is also used to build up mounds of soil, or shape soil where that is needed.

Typically it is used by using a chopping action into the soil to help break up clumps, and then the hoe is pushed and pulled to helps spread the soil around. The blade on the bottom of the hoe typically measures around 15 x 10 cm (6" x 4") on average, though this does vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

94% buyer satisfaction rating based on 400+ online buyer reviews

Spear & Jackson Elements Draw Hoe Review

  • This is the highest buyer rated draw how on the market from the well known Spear & Jackson brand
  • The head of the hoe is made from carbon steel that has been heat treated to give the head solid strength and also to help prolong the lifetime of the tool
  • The blade measures 14 cm x 8 cm (5.5" x 3.2") and has been coated with epoxy which helps prevent it from rusting or getting over scratched.
  • The handle of the hoe is made from Ash wood and has been weatherproofed using a clear lacquer
  • The handle measures the 154 cm (60" or 5 feet) and the top 60 is covered with a soft grip sleeve

Comfort

The huge majority of buyers said this has a very good and comfortable grip

Ease of Use

The head is a nice size for quickly getting around borders, flower bed or vegetable plots

Value for money

We think it is very good value for money as the buyer ratings are very high and it lasts for a long time.

92% buyer satisfaction rating based on 50+ online buyer reviews

Best Hand Draw Hoe - Burgon & Ball GTH/SOHRHS RHS Stainless Hand Hoe Review

  • This is a hand draw hoe from Burgon and Ball is RHS endorsed and probably one of the best value for money options on the UK market right now
  • Please note this is NOT a long handled hoe, but a short hoe for weeding mainly. (heavy enough for chopping at 270 grams)
  • It is 26 cm long and the width of the head is 10 cm x 7 cm
  • The handle is made from hard wood and comes with a hanging leather cord
  • It comes with a 10 year guarantee

Sturdiness

For those who like to get down close this hoe can be used to loosen soil quickly and remove weeds

Ease of Use

The small size makes it much easier to work in a smaller area with full control

Value for money

It isn't cheap for a small hand how, but it does come with a solid 10 year guarantee.

88% buyer satisfaction rating based on 50+ online buyer reviews

Draper 14310 Carbon Steel Draw Hoe Review

  • This hoe is from the British based Draper brand who are well known for making affordable tools.
  • The head is made from pressed steel that has been hardened and tempered to prolong the life of the tool
  • The blade measures 15 cm x 8 cm
  • It has a wooden handle made from Ash that has been weatherproofed using a clear lacquer

Sturdiness

The hoe is well made but a very basic option with no frills but feels very well made

Ease of Use

The majority of buyers say this is easy to use, but a few buyers said they would have liked a bigger head.

Value for money

This is about the average price for a basic hoe, so it is priced to be competitive in the UK market.

88% buyer satisfaction rating based on 175+ online buyer reviews

Silverline 235831 Draw Hoe Review

  • Like many draw hoes, this one also has a steel head that has an epoxy coating that helps stop it from rusting, and also helps soil from sticking to the blade.
  • It has a nice lightweight tubular steel shaft
  • Buyers say the grip is comfortable, and the hanging hole is handy when coming to store your hoe
  • It is useful for vegetable gardening and removing weeds

Sturdiness

It is one of the cheapest draw hoes that you can buy, but don't expect it to last for years.

Ease of Use

There is a nice balanced weight to it and that does help a lot when using it.

Value for money

This hoe sits around the lower end of the price point, and ideal for light use.

85% buyer satisfaction rating based on 10+ online buyer reviews

Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Long Handle Draw Hoe Review

  • No tools bought from the Kent & Stowe brand are going to be cheap
  • This draw hoe can be used in any type of soil and the design is good for pulling soil or earthing up potatoes
  • It is very well made from a quality stainless steel blade and an Ash handle

Sturdiness

We know that there is not a better constructed hoe on the market and built to last

Ease of Use

This draw hoe really is a joy to use and has a beautiful balance to it, making it one of the best.

Value for money

The high price tag will put many people off, but this is very well made and top quality.

Draw Hoe FAQ

What is the best type of garden hoe?

The best garden hoe, as an all round general purpose hoe for the garden, is the draw hoe that we are reviewing on this page. Because of the blade size, these can be used for many purposes with the main one being weeding. However, the draw hoe can also be used for shaping soil, and also for creating small mounds of soil, such as around shrubs or earthing up potatoes.

What is the difference between a hoe and a Draw hoe?

As we have explained there are 8 different types of hoes and they are designed for slightly different purposes. A hoe is used to break up the soil by using a blade. Hoes use a chopping action, whereas a Draw hoe is good for drawing soil backwards and forwards, light digging, piling up soil and for tasks like earthing potatoes.

What are the types of hoes?

There are 8 different types of hoe, Dutch hoe, Draw hoe, Paxton's hoe, Warren hoe, Scotch hoe, Onion Hoe, Clarice Flower hoe and a cultivator.

Which is the best hoe for weeding?

We like the Dutch hoe best for general removal of weeds. The Paxton's hoe will also do a very good job at removing the weeds as well.

Enda


I am someone who enjoys a little gardening. Now I am not someone who spend hours in the garden, but I do like both my front and back gardens to look really nice. Well kept lawns, neatly trimmed hedges, and borders filled with plants, make a huge difference, to how your property looks.

Enda McLarnon

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