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Welcome to our big lawn rake test 2021. Here we present all the lawn rakes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best lawn rake for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a lawn rake.




Summary

  • The lawn rake is a useful gardening tool for removing unwanted leaves or weeds from your lawn.
  • There are 4 different types of lawn rakes, which can be categorised as follows: Wooden lawn rakes, plastic lawn rakes, stainless steel lawn rakes and electric lawn rakes.
  • In addition to the material, it is particularly important that the length and width of the lawn rake are adapted to your body size and strength. Larger and wider rakes require more strength to use than smaller, narrower models.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a lawn rake

What is a lawn rake?

The lawn rake is an important gardening tool. It consists of an elongated handle and a "head" which is equipped with tines.

The handle is usually made of wood or plastic, while the tines can be made of wood, plastic or stainless steel.

Did you know that the original form of the lawn rake is the classic hay rake?

This was used for haymaking and was already in use in Roman times.

In the following sections, we will explain the uses of the lawn rake in more detail. We will also address the question of price, show you where you can buy your lawn rake and discuss possible alternatives to the lawn rake.

What do you need a lawn rake for?

Basically, a lawn rake is useful for anyone who owns a garden and wants to maintain it properly.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, a hobby gardener or an advanced gardener. A lawn rake helps you to maintain your lawn as well as other areas of your garden.

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The lawn rake is a sensible investment for maintaining your lawn and should therefore not be missing from your gardening tools. (Image source: pixabay.com / Alexas_Fotos)

With a rake you can collect leaves or other objects on your lawn and remove them afterwards. In addition, the lawn rake is used for scarifying or for haymaking.

The rake can even be used to loosen and level the soil in your flowerbeds or other areas of the garden.

Last but not least, there is the pond rake. This rake, as the name suggests, is designed to clean up your home's pond.

Is there a difference between raking and scarifying?

The terms "raking" and "scarifying" are often used as synonyms. However, this is only partly true.

While raking the lawn is just as much about picking up leaves and the like, scarifying is the process of removing moss and lawn thatch from the lawn.

This loosens the soil a little, gives the lawn more oxygen and allows it to grow more densely than before. In addition, the lawn becomes even more durable.

Did you know that lime can also help with lawn care?

Lime helps especially if your lawn is infested with a lot of moss. The reason for the moss is probably a very acidic soil.

You can find out how much lime you should use by means of a simple soil analysis, which you can get at any hardware store. The test will then indicate how high the pH value of your substrate is and you can take appropriate measures to normalise it.

In other words, scarifying is the same as raking, but raking is not always scarifying.

Depending on how and what you remove with your lawn rake, it is either just raking the lawn or scarifying at the same time.

At the end of this guide, in our question section, we explain exactly how to scarify your lawn properly.

Do I need a lawn rake or a fan rake?

It doesn't matter which one you buy, depending on what you need the rake for.

For example, both are suitable for removing leaves from your lawn. The fan broom is perhaps even more suitable, as it cleans your lawn a little more gently.

The tines of the fan broom are a little more flexible and softer, which is why it cuts through the lawn more than the lawn rake. However, it can take a little longer to work with the fan broom.

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The tines of the fan broom are much longer than those of the lawn rake, which automatically makes them more flexible. (Image source: pixabay.com / Peggychoucair)

The lawn rake and its prongs, on the other hand, are more robust and hard. Thus, when collecting leaves, the soil and some of the lawn are inevitably affected.

Because of these characteristics, however, the lawn rake is much better suited for scarifying, whereas the fan broom is completely unsuitable for this purpose.

What does a lawn rake cost?

The price of a lawn rake depends greatly on the manufacturer and especially on the material used for the tines.

Lawn rakes made of plastic are much cheaper than those made of stainless steel, while lawn rakes made of wood can also be somewhat more expensive, as the wood must be weather-resistant and is also partly handmade.

When buying, pay attention to whether or not the rake comes with a handle. Many suppliers only deliver the head part with the tines and assume that the buyer already has a handle. A rake without a handle is therefore logically cheaper than one with an elongated handle.

An electric lawn rake, or also called a scarifier, are the most expensive lawn rakes. This is because they are very large devices that resemble a lawn mower and contain a lot of technology.

For a better overview, we have provided you with a table of the different types of lawn rakes with the corresponding price ranges:

Type price range
Wooden lawn rake €20-45
Plastic lawn rake €10-25
Stainless steel lawn rake €20-30
Electric lawn rake €70-170

What are the alternatives to a lawn rake?

There are not really many alternatives for the tasks a lawn rake has to perform.

One possible alternative has already been presented: the fan broom, or leaf broom. This is mainly used to collect leaves on the lawn. Scarifying is relatively difficult with the help of a leaf broom.

The only other option, apart from the lawn rake and fan broom, is to use your own hands. You can collect the leaves in your garden yourself and scarify the lawn using smaller garden tools. However, this makes the work even more demanding and strenuous than it already is.

Decision: What types of lawn rakes are there and which is right for you?

When buying a lawn rake, there are four alternatives to choose from:

  • Wooden lawn rakes
  • Plastic lawn rakes
  • Stainless steel lawn rake
  • Electric lawn rake

Depending on the features you need for the use of your rake, you should choose one of the possible variants. In the following, we will try to make this decision easier for you by explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each type of lawn rake in more detail.

What are the features of a wooden lawn rake and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A wooden lawn rake is not common on the market and the supply is very small. This is probably also the reason why wooden rakes are expensive.

In addition, wooden rakes are partly handmade. This also pushes up the price, but is also a quality feature.

Advantages
  • Drives easily through dense lawns
  • Natural material
  • Usually handmade
  • High quality
Disadvantages
  • Low supply
  • High price
  • Sensitive to external influences

Most designs have a large distance between the individual tines. This means that the rake does not get stuck in the lawn so easily. Wooden rakes are therefore particularly suitable if you have a very dense and overgrown lawn.

One problem with wood is that without the right coating it is sensitive to external influences. Therefore, you may not be able to leave every wooden lawn rake in the garden without hesitation.

What are the characteristics of a plastic lawn rake and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Plastic lawn rakes have a relatively low price because plastic is cheap to produce.

This type of lawn rake convinces with its low weight. This makes working in the garden more pleasant and easier for you.

In addition, plastic is very flexible and soft, so you won't get stuck in your lawn so often.

Another great advantage of plastic is that it can be shaped in any way. This means, for example, that the tines can be given a curvature, which can be helpful when scarifying or collecting leaves.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Mouldable
  • Flexible
  • Cheap
Disadvantages
  • Production may not be environmentally friendly
  • Risk of cheap products

On the other hand, a major disadvantage of plastic is its production, which is not always environmentally friendly.

There is also the danger of "cheap products" in plastics. These are poorly made and of low quality, which means they break easily.

What distinguishes a stainless steel lawn rake and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Stainless steel lawn rakes are the most common on the market. They are slightly more expensive than those made of wood or plastic, but the material used is also of higher quality.

Stainless steel is very robust and stable, allowing you to remove even the most stubborn weeds.

Furthermore, it is a very durable material, as it is insensitive to external influences and is virtually indestructible.

Advantages
  • Very robust and stable
  • Durable
  • Rustproof
Disadvantages
  • Expensive
  • Not flexible
  • Higher weight

One disadvantage of stainless steel is that the lawn rakes carry a lot of weight. This makes working with the rake more strenuous and you have to use more force.

In addition, the tines are not as flexible and soft as with plastic. However, this can be both a disadvantage and an advantage, depending on the condition of your lawn and the purpose of the rake.

For example, a slightly harder rake is desirable for scarifying, while a soft and flexible rake is more useful for collecting leaves from a well-kept lawn that is free of moss.

What distinguishes an electric lawn rake and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Electric lawn rakes are large devices that resemble the commercial lawn mower. They are electrically powered, but there are also models that run on petrol.

The key here is that these devices are usually only suitable for scarifying, which is why they are often just called scarifiers. The electric lawn rake is not to be used for collecting leaves or other tasks of the typical manual lawn rake.

Advantages
  • Easy to use
  • Easy on the body
  • Optimal for scarifying
Disadvantages
  • Very expensive
  • Enormous size
  • Unmanageable
  • No leaf collection possible

On the other hand, it is the most pleasant way to scarify the lawn for your own body. It requires little physical effort, is easy to operate and scarifies your lawn optimally.

On the other hand, the price is very high and the scarifier is enormous. It is also much more cumbersome than a normal lawn rake.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate lawn rakes

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible lawn rakes.

The criteria you can use to compare the different lawn rakes include:

  • Material
  • Width
  • Number and size of tines
  • Handle
  • Corrosion protection

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in the individual criteria.

Material

In our decision section, we have already gone into detail about the various materials and their advantages and disadvantages.

Lawn rakes are usually made of the following materials:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Stainless steel

Depending on what property you expect from the material of your lawn rake, you should choose the respective lawn rake.

Width

The width of lawn rakes varies between 40 and 100 cm.

The wider the rake, the more material you have to use and the heavier the rake. This automatically makes it more unwieldy.

In addition, wider lawn rakes require more physical effort to move through the grass.

Therefore, when buying, make sure that the width of the rake is adapted to your height and strength. Therefore, lawn rakes with a slightly smaller width are recommended for smaller people.

The advantage of wide rakes is that they cover a large area. This means you can work on much more lawn in less time than with a narrower model.

Wide rakes are therefore desirable if you have a large garden and do not want to spend a lot of time gardening.

The shape of your garden should not be neglected. If there are narrow corners that a wide rake cannot reach, a narrower model is worthwhile.

Number and size of tines

The number and size of the tines can vary greatly. There are rakes with 15 tines, but also models with up to 60 tines.

Of course, the number of tines must always be seen in relation to the width of the lawn rake.

As a rule of thumb, however, the greater the number of tines, the closer together they are and the better you can collect smaller objects on your lawn.

However, the closer together the tines are and the larger they are, the more difficult it will be for you to guide the rake through a very overgrown and dense lawn.

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Models with fewer tines that are further apart can be guided more comfortably and easily through dense grass. (Image source: pixabay.com / stanvpetersen)

For such cases, lawn rakes with fewer tines that are arranged wider are better suited.

So take a look at your lawn and its condition and decide how many tines your rake needs.

Handle

The main thing to look for in a rake handle is its length. This is usually between 120 and 240 cm.

A shorter handle is recommended for shorter people, as it is easier for them to use. Taller people can also buy longer lawn rakes.

It is best to hold the rake in your own hands before buying it. You will immediately notice whether it fits comfortably in your hand or whether it is too long or too short.

It is also important to mention that not all offers from online shops include a handle. There are cases where only the "head" with the tines is offered.

So if you are only looking for a new "end piece", the cheaper offers without a handle are optimal for you. If, on the other hand, you need a complete lawn rake including handle, you must pay attention to this in the product description.

Corrosion protection

Corrosion protection is an important criterion, especially for metal lawn rakes.

Corrosion means that metals are decomposed by oxidation with oxygen. Or to put it another way: the metal reacts with its environment and is damaged as a result. This then manifests itself in rusty spots on the surface of the metal.

To counteract this, many manufacturers produce stainless steel lawn rakes, which are usually safe from corrosion.

Others use high quality metals but coat them with a layer of thermosets or similar, which should also protect the steel from corrosion.

When buying steel lawn rakes, make sure that the manufacturer confirms the corrosion protection. Otherwise, the life of your rake could be greatly reduced as it is vulnerable to external influences.

Interesting facts about lawn rakes

How do you use a lawn rake correctly (dethatching correctly)?

In this section we would like to give you a step-by-step guide on how to scarify your lawn optimally:

  • Make sure your lawn is dry and no more than 2-4 cm high. If not, you should mow it before scarifying.
  • When scarifying, try not to go too deep into the turf. If you have a scarifier, set it to a maximum depth of 3 mm.
  • Sweep through your lawn at as even a pace as possible. It is best to go over each area of the lawn only once, as this reduces the risk of damaging it.
  • Remove the weeds that have been pulled out.
  • Re-seed bare patches and help the lawn to regenerate with a fertiliser.

Important: in the days that follow, the stressed lawn needs sufficient water.

To illustrate our little instructions, we have also selected a suitable video for you:

When and how often should you rake/scarify your lawn?

In general, you should clean your lawn when you feel that it is too covered with leaves.

With regard to scarifying, the situation is somewhat different.

The period between April and September is considered optimal for scarifying. However, start scarifying your lawn as early as possible, as it needs some time to be fully intact again after scarifying.

Caution: Wait until your lawn is at least 3 years old before scarifying, otherwise too many young grasses will be torn out!

There is no general answer to the question of how often you should scarify your lawn.

However, you can easily check this yourself by going through the grass with your rake. If there is too much moss or old grass, it is high time for you to scarify your lawn again.

Image source: pixabay.com / Alexas_Fotos

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