If you’re as sick of raking leaves as we are, then perhaps a new lawn sweeper is in your near future.
These are truly time-saving and back-saving devices that make leaf pickup quick and painless, but we had a little trouble finding a good one when we set out searching and figured you might encounter the same problems as we did.
To make your search easier, we will highlight the best lawn sweeper models in our guide below and provide you with a few useful shopping tips that we picked up along the way.
Top 10 Lawn Sweepers Ultimate Table
Types of Lawn Sweepers – Tow or Push?
You have two main options when it comes to the type of lawn sweeper you can purchase: one that is towed or one that is pushed.
- Tow. These hook up behind your lawn tractor, so all you need to do is attach and drive. Naturally, this is the most convenient choice and requires less energy on your behalf, but if you don’t have a lawn tractor, then your only other option is a manual push sweeper.
- Push. With this type of lawn sweeper, you’re the power behind the handlebar.
The cleaning path is much narrower on a push sweeper than a tow sweeper, and the bag is usually smaller.
While they are much more affordable and faster than manual raking, we still think the best lawn sweeper is a tow unit simply because it is more convenient.
Think About Bag Capacity
If you have a lot of leaves to pick up, then a larger bag makes much more sense so that you don’t have to stop and empty as often.
A large tow unit in a smaller yard, however, is overkill so just stick with a smaller push unit to pick up the leaves you do have.
Take your specific yard debris into consideration as you shop, as well, because some sweepers can’t handle the larger twigs and branches as well as others can.
Top 3 Best Lawn Sweeper Reviews
The only way to determine which is the best lawn sweeper for your leaf-cleaning needs is by trying one; however, these are some of the top sweepers for those who have a lawn tractor.
If you don’t have a lawn tractor and your only choice is a push model, then we highly recommend that you check out the Agri-Fab 45-0218 Push Lawn Sweeper.
We loved this lawn sweeper model from Agri-Fab and highly recommend it to any of you who are interested in purchasing a tow unit.
For starters, the mesh hopper (bag) is huge – 25 cubic feet –and you can even offset the hitch to sweep and mow at the same time. Most other units don’t have this feature, and there’s no need to tell you how much time you’ll save by killing two birds with one stone!
We really liked the one-hand empty feature and how you can easily adjust the brush height settings to help you pick up debris closer to or farther away from the lawn.
Does it have faults? Sure, you might run into a few problems over time and use, but if you take good care of this machine from season to season, it will last.
If you’re in need of a large sweeper for a giant yard, Agri-Fab’s 45-inch model is awesome.
Brinley’s 42-inch lawn sweeper is slightly smaller than the previous model, but if you didn’t need a giant of a product, then this is a great size.
They provide you with a 20 cubic-foot bag that you can empty from the tractor (no need to get up and dump), plus there are six high-velocity brushes that you can adjust to different height settings based on the terrain you’re covering.
While it does do a great job at picking up the leaves when it’s all set up, we were a bit frustrated with the assembly instructions and didn’t find them to be very clear.
There is definitely a quality difference between this model and the previous one – the Brinly being slightly below Agri-Fab – but it is still an affordable unit that will get the job done. Some of the parts seem a little flimsy, and we wonder how long they will hold up (which makes us think that it might be a tad on the delicate side).
This sweeper seems to require constant care and maintenance if you want to keep it working smoothly, so treat it carefully!
The final option is another tow model from Ohio Steel.
We felt that in terms of quality, it was definitely a step above the Brinly and comparable to the Argri-Fab model, and the nice thing is that it costs less than the latter.
It’s heavy, and it wasn’t so easy to empty the basket with a heap of damp leaves in there, so we would recommend emptying it more frequently rather than waiting for the bag to get full.
There aren’t many manufacturers who create this type of lawn care tool, but Ohio Steel did a pretty good job overall designing this one.
We recommend it if the other two models didn’t sound like the right match!