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Here we present all the spreaders 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 spreader 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 spreader.




The most important facts in brief

  • With a spreader, you can spread all kinds of grit in no time at all and it makes your work much easier.
  • You can choose between different spreaders. There are classic spreaders, centrifugal spreaders and trailing spreaders.
  • Before you buy a spreader, you should consider the size of the area you want to spread. Centrifugal spreaders are better suited for large areas than classic spreaders.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before you buy a spreader

What is a spreader suitable for?

A gritter is versatile and can be used throughout the seasons. In winter, you can sprinkle your paths with salt to make them safer. On the other hand, in summer you can use a spreader to sow or fertilise your lawn.

Since a spreader spreads the used material evenly, you have a regular spreading of your seeds or an even spreading of your icy paths and surfaces. This makes the spreader suitable for all these things.

How does a spreader work?

A spreader is basically easy to operate. Every gritter has a gritting container into which you put the grit. Depending on the type of spreader you have, you push it over the area you want to spread.

There are also hand spreaders that do not roll on wheels, but are held in the hand and thus eject the grit. On the other hand, there are also walk-behind spreaders that you can attach to a lawn tractor and pull.

What alternatives are there to spreaders?

There is an alternative to the spreader, which is to spread seed, salt or fertiliser by hand. You also have the option of using a hand spreader.

The hand spreader spreads the material evenly. In contrast to the spreader, you hold the device in your hand. The hand spreader is recommended for smaller areas.

Can I rent a spreader?

If you think you will only use a spreader very rarely, you can easily rent a spreader. Large DIY stores such as Hornbach rent out such devices in their shops or online.

Here you can also watch a video explaining what needs to be taken into account when caring for your lawn:

Decision: What types of spreader are there and which is the right one for you?

There are basically three types of spreaders that you can distinguish:

  • classic spreader
  • Centrifugal spreader
  • Trailing spreader

There is also the distinction between the respective spreading materials. However, since many spreaders can be used universally, we have neglected this point.

If you need a spreader for a specific spreading material, you can of course purchase any of the above-mentioned variants in the version you need. In most cases, a spreader is used for sowing classic lawn seeds.

Below we show you the advantages and disadvantages of each of these three options and help you decide which one is best for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a classic spreader?

The classic spreader is the cheapest option. You fill the hopper with the material you want to spread and push the classic spreader over your area.

The handling is very simple. The classic spreader is particularly recommended for small to medium-sized areas.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to operate
  • Various spreading materials
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for large areas
  • Small spreading width

What distinguishes a centrifugal spreader and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The centrifugal spreader is priced higher than the classic spreader trolley. Here you push the spreader in exactly the same way as with the classic model.

The difference to the classic spreader is the design, which creates centrifugal forces and thus increases the spreading width. It is therefore advantageous for larger areas.

Advantages
  • Large spreading width
  • Easy to operate
  • Suitable for large areas
Disadvantages
  • Higher price range
  • Not suitable for smaller areas

What distinguishes a trailing spreader and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The trailing spreader is the most expensive option and is used as a trailer for lawn tractors or sometimes cars. This makes the trailing spreader mainly suitable for large areas.

It is mostly sold as a centrifugal spreader so that a large spreading width can be achieved.

Advantages
  • Large areas
  • No effort
  • Fast spreading
Disadvantages
  • Lawn tractor necessary
  • High price

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate spreaders

In the following, we will show you which criteria you should use to evaluate a spreader. This will give you an overview and make it easier for you to find your spreader.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Material and weight
  • Spreading material hopper
  • Spreading width
  • Spreading stage control

Below you can read what exactly is meant by each of these buying criteria and what you need to consider for each of the listed points.

Material and weight

When considering which spreader to buy, the material and weight is an important factor. Spreader wagons are made from a variety of materials. Note, however, that high-quality plastics and the like can raise the price.

The weight classes of spreaders vary between 1.1 kg and 10 kg.

Since you want to use a spreader to spread material that is heavy in itself, the weight of your spreader is another criterion in the purchase decision. Lighter spreaders are easier to handle than heavier ones.

Spreading material container

The material you want to spread is stored in a plastic container. Here, the filling quantities differ from one another.

Think about how big the grit container should be. It is best to decide on the basis of the size of the area for which you need the spreader.

Spreading width

Again, this depends on the size of your garden or driveway. The larger the area, the wider the spreading width of your spreader should be. You should consider what width is most comfortable for you.

The larger the area, the more important it is to consider the spreading width. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 37754512)

Spreading stage control

With the spreading level control, you can adjust the spreading degree of your spreader as you wish. This allows you to spread either thinner or thicker. This has the advantage that you can adjust even better to certain reference values.

The spreading width varies between 43 cm and 200 cm.

To make it easier for you, we have a short video for you on how to assemble a spreader and fertilise a lawn properly:

Facts worth knowing about spreaders

How do I adjust my spreader?

In order to be able to set up your spreader perfectly, there are guidelines for you to follow. You can either find these guidelines on the internet or ask at the DIY store.

If there are no guidelines for adjusting your spreader, we have provided a link for you under further reading.

How do I clean my spreader?

To ensure that you enjoy your spreader for a long time, it is recommended that you clean it after use. Simply use water and wash out the grit container.

Make sure that you do not use any aggressive cleaning agents, otherwise you could damage the grit container.

What can I use a spreader for?

There is a suitable gritter for every type of gritting material. For example, if you want to clear your driveway of ice in winter, you should buy a spreader for road salt. In addition, there are also universal spreaders that you can use for more than just one gritting material.

To prevent accidents from happening in winter, you should make sure that the ice on your doorstep disappears. (Image source: pixabay.com / nabdulwa)

Can I build a gritter myself?

Basically, you can build anything yourself. Of course, it is a matter of taste whether you want to buy a spreader or build one yourself. In any case, it is possible to design a simple spreader.

Alternatively, you can definitely build a hand spreader yourself. You can see how to do it here:

(Image source: pixabay.com / congerdesign)

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