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Best Dutch Hoe UK Reviews 

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best dutch hoes, that are currently available on the UK market. A Dutch hoe is a very simple and basic garden tool. It is used to push and pull through the soil to help cut and dislodge the roots of weeds just under the surface.

A Dutch hoe has a long handle to save you from bending. It also has a sharp blade on each side of the head that will allow you to cut through the soil. The better quality Dutch hoes have a blade that will allow you to go through the soil either forwards or backwards. The blade is slightly chamfered to allow you to get through the soil easily.

Just below we have explained the different types of hoes. The one you pick is designed to do a specific task. Of these the Dutch hoe is one of the most popular.

Hoes will typically have either a traditional wooden handle, a fibre glass handle or a hollow metal handle. The wooden handle types tend to be heavier than the other two types.

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

94% buyer satisfaction rating based on 1,200+ online buyer reviews

Spear & Jackson 2135NS Select Carbon Steel Dutch Hoe Review

  • This Dutch hoe is by far the biggest seller online with thousands of buyers and a very high level of satisfaction
  • It has a carbon steel head and socket, which has been heat treated for strength
  • The head has also got an epoxy coating and this helps improve resistance to rust, scratches, humidity and alkalines in the soil
  • It remains light though as it has a tubular steel shaft

Sturdiness

This hoe is very well made and from a very good brand. The shaft is made from tubular steel for strength and durability. Has a 5 year guarantee.

Ease of Use

The majority of buyers said the blade is sharp. They also said it is very light and the grip is very comfortable

Value for money

At just under £20 this is about average for what you should expect to pay for a good quality how from a good brand.

96% buyer satisfaction rating based on 400+ online buyer reviews

Spear and Jackson Traditional Dutch Hoe Review

  • This is the very classic traditional Dutch hoe
  • It has a mirror polished stainless steel head which helps make this hoe resistant to rust and also stops the soil from sticking to it
  • This hoe has a hard wood shaft which has been weather proofed to make it last longer

Sturdiness

Buyers like the strong handle and many buyers stated that the head looks strong and certainly capable of taking a knock or two.

Ease of Use

Many wheelchair users like this model as they prefer long handled tools like this hoe. This helps make weeding a lot easier

Value for money

This is about the average price you will pay of just under £20 for a good quality hoe.

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

Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Dutch Hoe Review

  • This Dutch hoe is more expensive than the others as it is made from high quality stainless steel
  • Like most Spear and Jackson garden tools this hoe has a mirror polished stainless steel head for rust resistance and minimal soil adhesion
  • This also has a lightweight aluminium shaft with a very good soft grip
  • One great advantage of this hoe is that it has 2 chamfered edges so you can hoe on both the forward and backward stroke

Sturdiness

Buyers say that after several years of use this hoe is not showing any signs of wear after a lot of use.

Ease of Use

Its nice and lightweight, the head feels stiff and the soft grip handle is very useful for comfort and also grip.

Value for money

This is the most expensive that we have seen and that is down to it having a stainless steel head

90% buyer satisfaction rating based on 400+ online buyer reviews

Green Blade 1 Carbon Steel Dutch Hoe

  • This model has a steel shaft that has been covered with a plastic coating
  • It has a carbon steel head which is tough and durable
  • This hoe is a good choice for cultivating and weeding soil
  • It measures 142.5 x 12 x 2 cm and weighs 1 Kg (Around 6 feet long handle with a 5.5" blade)

Sturdiness

This hoe has a good solid handle and the blade is well fitted and riveted.

Ease of Use

Buyers said this how slices through all weeds and weed roots with ease. It worked very well to open up the top soil.

Value for money

In terms of value for money this is certainly one of the best value hoes on the UK market.

90% buyer satisfaction rating based on 300+ online buyer reviews

Draper 88799 Carbon Steel Dutch Hoe Review

  • This hoe is from the British Draper brand
  • It has a pressed steel blade with an epoxy coated finish that helps stop it from rusting and also stops the soil from sticking to it
  • The head is head securely fixed to a tubular steel handle
  • It has a black plastic hand grip with a hanging hole
  • The handle is 5 foot long with a nice moulded grip on the end. The blade is just under 5 inches wide

Sturdiness

Buyers said that this model is very well made and has a nice solid construction

Ease of Use

Buyers really liked the fact that this is well made and also is quite light and very easy to use.

Value for money

This hoe is cheaper than the better known gardening brands but still good quality

If this is not the type of hoe for you, then check out our article on the different types of hoes by clicking here.

Dutch Hoe FAQ

Should a Dutch hoe be sharp?

Yes a Dutch hoe should be very sharp, as it is the blade that has to get through the ground. Ideally is should be chamfered and set at a slight angle to get the best results. The sharper the blade the faster you will get the job done.

What is the difference between a hoe and a Dutch 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 Dutch hoe is moved backwards and forwards through the soil to break up the roots of weeds.

How do you use a Dutch hoe?

The action is a simple backwards and forwards action through the soil. We have shown this in the video below.

Which hoe is best 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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