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.
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.
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
Best Value for the Money: Pure Garden's 75-MJ2011 20" Plastic Garden Storage Cart & Scooter
Most Comfortable: Vertex's Easy Up Deluxe XTV Rolling Seat and Scoot Gardening Scooter
Best Weight: Suncast's GDS200D Garden Scooter
Worst Option: Pure Garden's Rolling Garden Work Scooter with Tool Tray
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.