Whether you need to break up soil or heavy clay soil in your garden, a rotavator is the best tool for the job. The rotating blades turn over and break the soil easily to make it ready for planting, and it’s certainly much easier than manually breaking the soil with a spade.
As with most tools, rotavators are available in petrol, electric, and battery-powered forms, but the type of soil you intend to break up will determine which is the most suitable. For example, a petrol rotavator would be the best option if you are breaking up heavy clay soil.
To assist you in selecting a rotavator, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience rotavating all types of soil. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Rotavators
As we own a number of properties (Airbnb’s/rentals), we’ve had the pleasure of working on a range of garden landscapes. Therefore, if rotavating is required, we will use an appropriate machine for the job. For example, we own multiple rotavators, including heavy-duty petrol and compact cordless machines.
However, to keep up with our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest rotavators (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that if we notice a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to upgrade our current rotavators for testing (where applicable).
Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us putting a heavy-duty petrol rotavator to the test. Although it requires some force, the powerful motor and high-quality blades easily rotavate the clay soil.
If you haven’t used a rotavator before, we wrote a handy guide that walks you through the process.
As well as our testing and experience using multiple rotavators, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the rotavator’s performance, build quality, usability, ease of setup, adjustability, working width and depth, warranty and value for money.