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Best Shovels

Updated November 2018
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  • 18 Models Considered
  • 68 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 110 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    A simple combination of a wedge and a lever, the humble shovel has been helping civilization get its dirty work done for thousands of years. While picking out a shovel seems like a straightforward choice, choosing the right shovel for the job can help you make quick work of any digging task. Taking into account how you can minimize friction will lead you to the right model shovel. A square shovel is best used for scooping sand or mulch, while a round point shovel is great for gravel and coarser pieces. Sharp points are helpful for breaking up roots or working through compacted soil. You will also want to consider handle length and finish for ease of use. With the right shovel by your side you can rest assured you are working smarter, not harder.

    The team that worked on this review
    • Devangana
      Devangana
      Web Producer
    • Jennifer
      Jennifer
      Writer
    • Melissa
      Melissa
      Senior Editor

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