Best Rolling Garden Seat

Since I started gardening in earnest, my rolling gardener's seat has been one of the most helpful tools for making gardening easier. Today, I'd like to help you figure out whether or not you need one - and if you do, which is the best rolling gardeners seat for you.

Who Needs a Rolling Gardener's Seat?

In my experience, a rolling garden scooter is most helpful when you spend a lot of time working at ground level. That can include things like planting seeds, weeding, or just dealing with ground cover instead of taller flowers and bushes.

Rolling seats may also be helpful for elders and people with disabilities, either at home or as part of an elder-accessible garden. Individual needs and abilities vary, so if you fall into either of these categories, be sure to ask your doctor about what kinds of gardening activities are most appropriate for you as part of a well-balanced exercise program.

How can I Choose the Best Gardening Stool with Wheels?

The quality of garden scooters is determined mainly by their SEW - Storage, Ease of Movement, and Weight. All of these are important factors, so before I make any recommendations, I'd like to show you why these matter.

Storage

This is straightforward - a rolling garden scooter either has storage, or it doesn't. It's fairly common to see things like foldable seats that reveal a compartment for hand tools, though I did see one of my neighbours attach a small cart to their stool so they could wheel it around. Of course, at that point it's pretty much a wagon anyway so I'm not sure I'd recommend doing that yourself.

The big issue here is whether the scooter can store everything you need it to. It's easy enough to fit things like hand trowels and fishtail weeders into most scooters, but if you need longer tools (or heavier items, like seed and dirt bags), a rolling seat may not offer enough room.

A scooter should have enough storage for everything you use on a regular basis. If it doesn't, you may be better off just getting a small, portable seat instead.

Ease of Movement

This one is tricky. A rolling garden work scooter should be easy to move when you want to scoot forward or back, but not so easy that it slides around every time you lean over and shift your weight. This is especially important if you're often working on hard, flat surfaces like patios and driveways - and you may want to get a stopper or wheel lock.

Dirt surfaces, on the other hand, are usually good at keeping scooters in place. If possible, I'd suggest trying a few different scooters out before you buy them. Doing this will help you get a good sense for how easy to move they are, and that's information that no online guide can give you.

Weight

Scooters are great gardening seats for disabled and physically-limited individuals, but some of them are heavier than others. Your scooter should never be heavier than you can easily and comfortably lift when you include the weight of your tools.

Many people forget this when buying a garden seat - tools can quickly add five pounds or more to the weight of your scooter. If you're spending a long day in the garden, carrying all that extra weight adds up.

What about durability?

Durability isn't usually a concern for garden scooters because most of them are built tough. Naturally, you'll want to avoid anything that looks flimsy to you, but you probably won't have to worry about it breaking anytime soon.

Best Overall: Step2's Garden Hopper

Pros
  • Lightweight (8.5 lb) construction makes it easy to pick up and move this unit around
  • Has ample storage space for garden tools
  • Designed to hold up to 250 pounds, including tools
  • Open sides make it easy to reach in and grab the tools you need
  • Sits about a foot high, which is a good height for comfortable gardening
Cons
  • Not as brightly colored as it could be, making it a little harder to see in dense vegetation
  • Open sides will not protect tools from the elements, requiring storage in a garage, shed, or other protected location
Pros
  • Large top and body allow for maximum storage space
  • Inexpensive without sacrificing quality
  • Thick wheels allow for easier navigation
  • Handles on both sides make it easy to pull around without having to maneuver it too much
  • Optional tool tray allows for storing smaller tools and items your garden may need (seed pouches, etc.)
  • Weather-resistant design means anything in storage is likely to stay safe and dry
Cons
  • Solid top and sides mean you’ll have to get up to access anything inside
  • Wheels may be less durable than desired it something hits their inside
  • May require you to tie a rope to the handles in order to drag it without stooping
Pros
  • Ergonomic design may help elderly and disabled individuals be more comfortable
  • Tall handle doubles as a backrest
  • Seat height is adjustable
  • Minimal assembly required despite its generally complex design
  • Wheel design is resistant to damage
Cons
  • Rigid wheel construction means that steering may be difficult
  • Has essentially no storage space, requiring tools to be carried or carted separately
  • Heavier than many other scooters, making it harder to pick up and move over challenging terrain
Pros
  • Light for its overall size and design
  • Features a removable foam cushion that can be sat or knelt on
  • Likely to be more comfortable for individuals who are gardening for a long period of time
  • Includes a small accessories bin in its deep storage area
  • One of the more affordable garden scooters available
Cons
  • Foam cushion probably shouldn’t be exposed to too much weather
  • Solid top and walls make it harder to reach in and grab tools if you’re sitting on the unit
  • Not as weight-resistant as metal units
Pros
  • Metal seat support can hold a fairly high amount of weight
  • Priced very competitively
  • Open design allows for easy access to the tool tray
  • Lightweight and easy to pick up
Cons
  • Shallow tool tray makes it difficult to carry more than a few gardening tools
  • Nowhere near as much storage as most other units
  • Generally lacks a handle, making it harder to push or pull this unit around
  • Honestly more of a chair than a gardener’s seat, and might have been better without the wheels
  • Does not excel in any particular area, and most buyers may get better use from another unit instead

Conclusion

Now that you've seen some of the better units out there, you probably have a good sense for which of them is most suitable for your gardening needs. Personally, I still like the Garden Hopper the best - it's a solid, all-around unit that offers both storage and ease of movement while still being light enough to carry around easily.

That said, I do understand if your gardening needs are different. The last time I moved, for example, there were dandelions everywhere in the yard, and comfort (for the long gardening days) was the big priority then. I'd probably have gotten Suncast's foam-padded scooter if I'd been buying then.

Ultimately, your choice should come down to this: Figure out what you're planning to do in the garden, then look for the scooter that best fits your needs. There are differences between models, and getting the right one could save you from a lot of hassle.

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