Lowe’s is a great destination for all things yard tools. But before you get excited with your new lawn haul from Lowe’s, make sure you have a way to move it when you get home.
Namely, a wheelbarrow. You absolutely need one for your backyard if you are moving rocks, dirt, grass clippings, or really anything.
Before you go grab the cheapest one off the rack, make sure you know what to look for in a wheelbarrow from Lowe’s.
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My experience with wheelbarrows
If you are anything like me, you grew up with a simple metal wheelbarrow with a halfway inflated front tire that flipped onto its side every time you went to pick it up.
And then later on you evolved to one of those big plastic wheelbarrows with two legs. Which seems great, but when you try to move it you can only waddle like a penguin or scrape your achilles tendon into oblivion.
If you cannot tell, I have had a hate-hate relationship with wheelbarrows my entire life. Until now.
What to look for in a wheelbarrow
When purchasing a wheelbarrow or yard cart, I try to look for things that don’t hurt me. Let me explain:
- Load reducing features: Anything that will use leverage to make the load feel lighter and not destroy my hands and back.
- Multiple functions: Because if you are going to take up space in the garage, you darn well better do more than just haul dirt.
- Tires that don’t go flat: These are super important for steering, supporting weight, and providing a safe experience.
- Sturdy: One rule here – don’t fall over.
Guys its a wheelbarrow – this shouldn’t be hard. Do not hurt the operator and you are in the top decile of wheelbarrows on the market.
Wheelbarrows for sale at Lowe’s
Lowe’s wheelbarrows are about what you would expect. They have a pretty wide variety, including a few brands that you can only get at Lowe’s, like Kobalt.
Let’s check out the huge selection you have to pick from, one-by-one.
True Temper Wheelbarrows from Lowe’s
True Temper provides some of the highest-quality, top of the line wheelbarrows at Lowe’s. Let’s check them out.
True Temper 8-cubic feet Poly Wheelbarrow with Dual wheels
The True Temper 8 cubic feet poly wheelbarrow with dual wheels is a big boy. One of the largest wheelbarrows available at Lowe’s, this thing can haul.
One downside of massive wheelbarrows is that when they are full, boy are they heavy.
To help offset that load, this wheelbarrow has 14.5 in pneumatic tires. Pneumatic is just a fancy way of saying they have air in them.
This is one of the most expensive wheelbarrows at Lowe’s, but for good reason. It is going to help you get your job done the quickest.
True Temper 6-cu ft Wheelbarrow Flat-free tires
The True Temper 6 cu ft wheelbarrow with flat-free tires is pretty sweet. Although smaller than the 8 cubic feet wheelbarrow, it has a few premium bells and whistles that make it sweet.
I like the comfort grips on this True Temper wheelbarrow. The typical wooden handles can get your hands pretty raw after a few uses.
I also like the flat-free tires on this, which are usually made of solid rubber. There is nothing worse than getting a dang flat tire on your wheelbarrow, essentially making it useless.
This is my favorite True Temper wheelbarrow, although I do wish it had a second set of wheels. The dream wheelbarrow from this group would be one with two flat-free tires and comfort grips. A hybrid of these first two.
True Temper 6-cu ft Steel Wheelbarrow
The steel 6 cu ft wheelbarrow from True Temper is by far the most basic wheelbarrow offered, but also the most inexpensive.
While simple in design, this is the classic wheelbarrow. Functionally, it operates exactly like the more expensive wheelbarrows, but without any of the features.
If you are a new homeowner or someone looking just for a run-of-the-mill wheelbarrow, this is your best bet.
You can get the quality of True Temper with the affordability of a drink in New York City. Yep, this is for sale for about $50.
Craftsman Wheelbarrows at Lowe’s
Craftsman, also known as CRAFTSMAN, is a big name in all outdoor equipment, so it is sort of a no brainer that they have wheelbarrows.
Craftsman offers a steel wheelbarrow as well as a Poly wheelbarrow, which is basically a super hard plastic.
Craftsman 6 cubic ft steel tray wheelbarrow
The Craftsman Steel wheelbarrow offers six cubic feet of capacity for heavy materials. It has a single air-filled (pneumatic) tire along with steel handles. This is definitely one of the more basic types of wheelbarrows.
While it looks similar to the basic True Temper steel wheelbarrow above, it does come with some additional features. The first of which are steel handles instead of wood, allowing for slightly easier handling and maneuvering.
It also has some metal rods that come down from underneath the steel tray, providing a bit more reinforcement.
Craftsman 6 cubic feet wheelbarrow (poly)
This Craftsman wheelbarrow is definitely a modern upgrade, and at only a slightly higher price point than the steel wheelbarrow.
The Poly Tray is lighter weight, allowing for more of your effort to go towards moving materials, not moving a big steel tray.
Another huge plus in this Craftsman wheelbarrow is that it has two wheels in the front, meaning side-tipping is extremely difficult.
This wheelbarrow is a big upgrade and I definitely recommend it over the simpler steel version.
Kobalt Wheelbarrows at Lowe’s
Kobalt is one of those in-house brands that you can really only find at Lowe’s. They definitely have some great equipment, but again – they can only be found at Lowe’s.
Let’s check out some of their wheelbarrows, which are surprisingly affordable.
Kobalt 7 cubic feet steel wheelbarrow with flat-free tire
Remember the big fat-free phase? Well Kobalt has reinstated that with its new flat-free tires. Wow, time is a flat circle.
Anyways, the seven cubic feet wheelbarrow is their “best seller”, with two flat-free tires in the front that will not ever run out of air and will keep your wheelbarrow perfectly balanced. It does have a steel tray, meaning it will be slightly more expensive than some of the poly competitors in the market.
Kobalt 6 cubic feet steel wheelbarrow with flat-free tire
A simpler version of the 7 ft version, the 6 cubic feet steel wheelbarrow is slightly smaller and comes with a single flat-free tire.
A single tire is not the end of the world, but does require a bit more focus when using. To avoid any tippage, you have to make sure not to overload the steel tray.
Sadly, steel trays are pretty heavy and limiting for how much you can load in there without tipping. I definitely recommend the two wheeled version to keep yourself upright.
Marathon 5-cubic ft Poly Wheelbarrow
The Marathon 5-cubic ft Poly Wheelbarrow is way underrated. Maybe one of the highest value wheelbarrows out there, it often is overlooked because, well, it looks like it was made for Grandmas.
But Grandmas are smart! This is a 5 cubic ft wheelbarrow,making it one of the smallest offered at Lowe’s. But it comes with two air-filled tires that help balance the maximum load of 300lbs.
One thing I love about the Marathon wheelbarrow is that it has a single handlebar across the front, making carrying and maneuvering way easier than those crazy wooden grips. It is definitely the most ergonomic wheelbarrow we have reviewed on here so far.
Nature Spring 5 cu-ft wheelbarrow
The Nature Spring 5 cubic ft wheelbarrow is…well…it looks familiar. Basically it is identical in almost every way to the Grandma wheelbarrow above.
The only noticeable difference is that it has a foam handle wrap around the handlebar.
Otherwise, it is about twice the price. Yikes. If this is a must-have, then go for it. Otherwise, go with the Grandma one (Marathon) above.
Folding wheelbarrows at Lowe’s
There are a few unique wheelbarrows at Lowe’s that can fold or be easily compressed for storage purposes. Let’s break them down.
Bosmere 3.25 cubic feet Folding Poly Wheelbarrow
This wheelbarrow is definitely different. While likely the least sturdy and most likely to fall and anger you deeply, it is also the lightest. This wheelbarrow is built for light work.
The Bosmere folding wheelbarrow can fold in half and be easily stored. It also has some cool features not found on other wheelbarrows, namely some storage pouches on the back for small tools and other items.
While I wouldn’t trust this with anything except for leaves and grass, it can definitely come in handy if you aren’t moving big heavy stones.
Creative Outdoor Folding Garden Wheelbarrow
The Creative Outdoor Folding wheelbarrow can easily lay flat on the ground with lightweight material. The big plus of having a wheelbarrow like this is that it is easy to rake or sweep items into for quick disposal.
Picture the dust bin of all dust bins, ready to take in a huge pile of whatever and be easily picked up and rolled into another pile.
These have a nice canvas material that make them durable for all terrain. Another plus is the ease of storage.
Allsop 6 cubic feet Steel Wheelbarrow
Not sure why this is called a steel wheelbarrow since the only steel on it is the handle. But this wheelbarrow is another folding wheelbarrow similar to the one above (except about twice the price).
It does not seem functionally different in really any way. If you are looking for a folding one that lays flat, go with the one above (in my opinion).
Best Wheelbarrow at Lowe’s
So this is a tough question. There are a lot of things to like about each wheelbarrow, but if we had to pick one, it would be the Kobalt 6 cubic feet steel wheelbarrow with two flat-free tires.
This has everything we appreciate in a wheelbarrow – a large tray, steel handles and support (not wood), two tires, and tires that are never going to be flat.