The 10 Best Metal Rakes for 2022


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Metal rakes can cost more on average than their plastic and resin counterparts, but if you want a dependable tool for big lawn maintenance jobs all year round, including clearing leaves autumn, they are well worth the investment. Most tackle more than one application, such as a stainless steel bow rake that is capable of moving heavy gravel and sand and can level soil and spread mulch in the spring. Or, as a versatile landscaping rake that’s great for leveling and removing mud from your pond.

There are also metal rakes with adjustable heads and telescoping poles that offer a ton of versatility for lighter yard jobs and are portable enough to tidy up campsites and picnics. No matter what type of metal rake you have in mind, we’ve rounded up the most popular styles from the top brands. Read on for our recommendations, as well as what to consider before shopping.

The best metal rakes

What to consider

Although metal rakes often cover several applications, there are different types, each with a primary purpose. Also, since their handle can be wood, fiberglass, steel, or aluminum, the “metal” refers to the head of the rake. The majority are rust-resistant stainless steel, although some are aluminum. Although the latter are inherently lighter, even the largest steel-headed rakes typically weigh less than 5 pounds. You’ll want to look at the ferrule – the part that attaches the head to the handle with a bolt or screw – to make sure the connection is secure.

Leaf rakes have a V-shaped head, usually with more than 20 downward sloping tines at the end, plus at least one crossbar to connect them (the more crossbars, the stronger the rake ). High quality leaf rakes feature flexible tines that allow you to till the ground without them breaking or permanently bending. The miniature version of a standard metal leaf rake is called a shrub rake, designed to – you guessed it – clear debris in the beds around shrubs. Rakes with adjustable heads (with or without telescoping handles) are a combination of the two and typically range in width from 7 to 20+ feet.

Standard leaf rakes differ from metal bow (or garden) rakes, which have flatter heads and short, evenly spaced straight tines. Landscaping rakes feature a similar design, but have heads several feet long with short, rounded tines. Metal thatching rakes also have straight heads, although their tines are usually longer or curved. Finally, metal hand rakes are used for detail work, such as clearing raised beds and loosening and cultivating soil.

How we selected

Our selection includes metal hand rakes with an average customer rating of 4 stars or more from top brands like Craftsman, Ames, Bully Tools, True Temper, AM Leonard and others. We relied on our own rake testing and product knowledge when making our selections, and read countless buyer reviews on performance and to identify common customer complaints. We considered a range of rake types for a range of applications in several price ranges and compared the models looking at overall construction, material quality and specifics such as weight, head width and number of teeth.

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Best set for leaves

Lawn and leaf rake


Best with wooden handle

Steel leaf rake


Best bow rake

Bow rake with fiberglass handle


Best Heavy Duty

The Groundskeeper II Rake


Best thatch rake

The Ames Companies Thatch Rake


Best Landscaping Rake

Aluminum Landscape Rake


Best Shrub Rake

Narrow Shrub Rake


best hand rake

Stainless steel hand rake

Lawn and Garden Tools Garden Guru

Best Adjustable Rake

Adjustable rake

Do it Best Global Sourcing

The most compact

Telescopic folding rake

EZ Professional Travel Collection

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