Top 10 best garden rotavators & Tillers

Top 10 best garden rotavators & Tillers

Top 10 best garden rotavators & Tillers

COMPARE THE BEST GARDEN ROTARVATORS

Garden rotavators, tillers and cultivators are a group of garden machinery, that are used to turn over and prepare soil to a fine till ready for planting. This helps nutrients get into the soil, which helps plants root better,  resulting in better crops and plants.

They are commonly used by allotment gardeners to prepare the soil on large areas quickly, they are also fantastic for turning over and weeding flower beds and borders quickly.

There are many different quality models available, with prices ranging from £60 to £100 for cheaper electric powered models, to larger petrol industrial models which cost well over £1000+, you're sure to find a rotorvator that fits your budget.

Mantis 7265 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller - Our top pick rotavator

OUR BEST PICK

Mantis 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller

This petrol powered, Mantis deluxe rotarvator is hard to beat in terms of both, performance and quality.

At only 12kg (26lbs), its light weight making it easy to move around. Powered by a very reliable, 4-stroke Honda engine for maximum performance.

Features include, ergonomically designed, height adjustable handles for extra comfort for every user. 

The machine comes with a very impressive 5 year manufactures warranty with the tines are guaranteed for lifeagainst breakages.

Choosing the rotavator, that is right for you

With many rotavators available, it can be confusing, trying to decide which model is best for you. The main difference between most models is the size (tilling depth & width), which is very important, how it is powered (petrol or electric) and of course the price.

  • Size - The first thing you need to put some serous thought into, is what size rotavator you will need to invest in. This will be determined by what you intend to use it most for, most gardeners usually buy one that is actually to small or to large, when what they really need is a medium size machine for getting into smaller areas, but large enough to rotavate larger sized beds. Our best pick is actually perfect for this situation. If you rotavate small beds and borders between plants, you will only need one of the smallest models, where as if you have a large allotment or garden you will probably need a larger, more robust model with a wider cultivating width.
  • Should you invest in an electric model - The most popular models are powered by electric and are usually the number one choice for home use and smaller allotments. However, this is no surprise as they are generally much cheaper than there petrol counterparts and still do a great job at cultivating soil. Most electric models are light weight, which may be a major advantage, specially for gardeners who may not be strong enough to lift some heavier petrol models (some can way 30kg or more). They also require less maintenance, no oil changes, refueling, changing of spark plugs or servicing. They are also much quieter, making them more sociable to use in home gardens.
  • Maybe a petrol model is more suitable - Petrol models do have there own advantages and most serous gardeners, specifically allotment gardeners, will probably choose a petrol model over electric. The main advantages, is that they are more portable, meaning you can use them where there is no access to electric which is often the case on allotments or very large gardens. They are also, generally more powerful and better for cultivating more compact virgin soil as well as larger areas, where a larger rotavator may be needed, which are usually available as petrol models.
  • Do you need a multi-tool model - Some models which include all Mantis tillers, have attachments that can be purchased separately. The attachments include lawn aerators, plough blade for making furrows, border edger, dethatcher, planter for digging planting holes or trenches and even an attachment for turning your tiller into a crevice cleaner for cleaning weeds out of cracks in patios areas.
  • Warranty & Guarantees - Is this important to you?, if you purchase a expensive machine then it should be, most models come with some sort of warranty. Most models include at least 1-2 years warranty, with the exception of very cheap models. All Mantis tillers come with 5 years warranty for the whole machine and even a life time guarantee on the tines for breakages for extra peace of mind.  

The Handy electric tiller - Best budget tiller under £100

BEST TILLER, UNDER £100

The Handy produce some good garden machinery and they have ticked all the boxes with this tiller.

For under £100 its a absolute bargain, not too cheap, but affordable for most gardeners budgets.

The tiller itself works very well and will quickly turn compact soil, even clay into well tilled soil, ready for planting.

Great for smaller gardens, very easy to use and small enough to store in even the smallest shed.

BEST ENTRY LEVEL TILLER

At around £200 this tiller offers great value for money, without compromising on quality or performance. Designed with the serious gardener in mind.

It has a 30cm (12") tilling width, ideal for rotavating down narrow rows and the four tine blades are powered by a powerful 1400 watt motor. Weighing in at only 13kg, its fitted with rear wheels for improve maneuverability. Ideal for allotments or home use.

Comes with 2 year domestic user warranty for peace of mind.

wolf garten electric tiller - best electric tiller

TOP 10 
BEST GARDEN TILLERS

OUR TOP PICK

MANTIS 4-STROKE PETROL DELUXE TILLER

Mantis 7265 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller - Our top pick rotavator

The Mantis Deluxe 4-Stroke Tiller/Cultivator is one of 4 models, which are manufactured by Mantis, a renowned company for quality garden machines.  All though they are all super models, which have been well designed, very reliable and deserve to be on our 'Best Rotavators list' we have chosen this model, for a couple of reasons.

It is powered by a 25cc Honda 4-stoke Honda engine, as is there slightly cheaper classic model, it produces plenty of power for turning over even the most compact soils.

It is fitted with Mantis, patented serpentine tines, that are virtually unbreakable and they even come with a lifetime guarantee again breakages for your peace of mind. They spin at up to 200 RPM which is twice the speed of most other tillers on the market. It will easily till to a depth of 10 inches (25cm), creating a very loamy rich soil.

Other features include a trigger style throttle, for a more precise and easier to control machine, one other important specification is that it is fitted with a solid worm gear system transmission, basically this means it is engineered for controlled power and maximum torque.

Extra features you get with this 'deluxe model' include, adjustable height handles, which means it is more suitable for smaller and taller gardeners, as you can set it, for your desired height. A feature not seen on many tillers, the handles are also ergonomically designed for comfort and fatigue-free control.

Its light weight at only 12kg (26lbs) and has a front handle, making it easier to move, carry around and transport.

The quick release folding handle bars, also help make it easy to store and does not take up to much space.

Conclusion

Without doubt, Mantis produce some of the best garden machinery available and their tillers are up there with the very best models.

They are made from the best materials, so you won't get stones damaging the fairing, which you do find does happen with cheaper models. 

Overall its a very well made machine with plenty of power and is ideal for both domestic or professional gardeners which need to cultivate small or medium sized gardens or allotments. 

One thing we do like about all Mantis tilles, is you can get attachments, that can be purchased separately. Their attachments include lawn aerators, plough blade for making furrows, border edger, dethatcher, planter for digging planting holes or trenches and even and attachment for turning your tiller into a crevice cleaner for cleaning weeds out of cracks in patios.

This deluxe model is not cheap and will set you back around £390 but you're buying quality and reliability. They comes with a full 5 years warranty for the whole machine and the tines are even guaranteed for life, so your truly investing in a machine, you can expect to last a lift time.

TOP 5
ELECTRIC TILLERS


BEST ELECTRIC TILLER

MANTIS CLASSIC ELECTRIC TILLER

Mantis classic electric tiller review

As we have mentioned above Mantis produce some of the best tillers available, so its no surprise that their only electric model is probably the best electric tiller available, at least were yet to see a better electric model.

This model is manufactured to a very high standard as you would expect from Mantis and the tines are powered by a powerful 560 watt motor that produces 0.75hp and powers the tines up to 240 RPM. To put it into more simple terms, it is very powerful for an electric tiller.

It has a tiller depth of 10 inches and a width of 9 inches, it also features reversible tines for weeding.

The motor is double-insulated for extra protection, the main advantage of this electric model is that it's quiet, when compared to petrol tillers, no fumes to worry about and it has the convenience of electric, as there is no engine maintenance.

This model has a 3-speed throttle, which provides more control and it has a push button start as well as a built in extension holder which helps manage the long 10 meter cable.

It also has the other features you would expect such as classic folding handles for each storage.

Conclusion

We really like Mantis tillers as they are made with both amateur and professionals gardeners in mind and as such, there machines are manufactured from all the best parts and they preform very well and are very reliable.

If your looking for the very best electric tiller, then this model, wins by mile and no other electric tiller even comes close.

Just as you can with the petrol models, you have the option to add extra attachments that can be purchased separately. These include lawn aerators, plough blade for making furrows, border edger, dethatcher, planter for digging planting holes.

You can't beat their 5 year warranty which covers the whole machine and the tines are guaranteed for a lifetime.

If you have the budget, and are looking for the best electric tiller available, then this Mantis electric tiller is the machine for you.


BEST TILLER UNDER £100

THE HANDY ELECTRIC TILLER

Mantis 7265 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller - Our top pick rotavator

The Handy produce some good garden machinery and this tiller really does offer value for money, at under £100 it offers fantastic value for money and is one of the best selling tillers on Amazon with a excellent user star ratings with lots of interesting reviews from real gardeners.

This little machine is powered by electric and is ready to go within a few minutes, and is mostly maintenance free except for giving it a good brush off after use.

The tines are powered by a powerful 800 watt motor and will till to a depth of 20cm (8 inches) with a width of 30cm (12 inches).

It comes with a 10 meter cable, giving you plenty of reach which can be extended using a extension lead if needed.

Conclusion

At under £100, the Handy tiller is a perfect entry level model for home gardeners, who need to cultivate smaller areas such as beds and borders or a small vegetable patch.

At only 20cm wide its perfect for getting into smaller spaces and in between plants and down rows etc.  It has raving reviews on Amazon (read reviews here) for peace of mind.

No major problems to report on this model, just ensure you remove larger stones if possible before using the tiller as the stones can flick up and hit the plastic cover and could damage it or worst smash a window. 

As good as this model is, Its not designed for long intensive use and we would advise you invest in a slightly better, more robust model if this is what you need it for, however if you have a small area to cultivate then this model would be ideal.


BEST PROFESSIONAL
ENTRY LEVEL ELECTRIC TILLER

WOLF-GARTEN 1400 WATT TILLER

wolf garten electric tiller - best electric tiller

Designed with the serious gardener in mind, the Wolf-Garten 1400 watt electric tiller, is the perfect entry level model for someone who is looking for a quality, reliable workhorse, that gets the job done.

A powerful,  yet surprisingly quite 1400 watt electric motor powers the 4 very strong tines, which have a working width of 30cm (12 inches).

The quick release, foldable handles means this machine will take up less room when in storage and weighing only 13kg, it is easy to maneuver as well as carry around and transport.

The two larger wheels at the rear of the tiller help with maneuverability and stability during operation and the  ergonomic foam handles make operation more comfortable when in use.

Conclusion

If your looking for a quality, robust workhorse, then the Wolf-Garten Tiller could be the ideal candidate.

It is extemly well made from the best materials as we have come to expect from a Wolf-Garten machine, they are very reliable and to support this, it comes with a 2 year domestic user warranty.

For the money, it is a little more expensive than some of the cheaper models, but it is far more superior and still offers fantastic value for money, specially when compared to similar spec petrol models available.

The only downside of this model is that you need to purchase a special garden powerplus extension lead with the pig tail end, not a real problem, but an extra cost of around £7.00, you can see the cable here.

Overall a great candidate for someone looking for an quality electric tiller that offers value for money and can handle intensive work.


BMC 1400 WATT ELECTRIC TILLER

BMC electric tiller - Offer value for money compared to similar spec models.

This BMC garden tiller offers great value for money, at just over £100. Powered by an electric, 1400 watt motor, it has plenty of power and has a wide tilling width of 40cm (15 inches) with a tilling depth of 22cm (8 inches).

You can also get replacement blades for this model and it comes with a uk plug on a 3 meter cable so your ready to plug in and go straight away. 

Conclusion

The 1400 watt BMC tiller, has a similar specification to the Wolf-Garten model but is more competitively priced. However the quality of the BMC model does not even come close to Wolf-Garten, so we would not recommend it as an alternative.

However it is ideal as an entry level tiller for the novice gardener who is looking for a larger tiller with plenty of power to cultivate a medium size area.

The cable length would be better longer as most other models have a 10 meter cable and 3 meters could be a little to short.

A great model, for using a couple of times a year but if your looking for a more reliable, robust model, then we would recommend you invest in a more expensive model such as the Wolf-Garten tiller which has the added benefit of 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind.

CHEAPEST
ENTRY LEVEL ELECTRIC TILLER

VonHaus Electric 1050W Tiller

VanHaus electric 1050w rotavator review

The VonHaus Electric tiller is the cheapest tiller to make in onto our list, it has been well designed with mobility in mind and as such is light weight and easy to use.

Powered by a powerful 1050 watt motor, it has plenty of power and has 4 robust blades that will cultivate at a depth of 22cm (8 inches) and a width of 32cm (12 inches).

It has a long 10 meter cable, so there is plenty of reach for tilling around the garden without worrying about how close to the power source you are.

One important feature this model does have is a overload protection system, basically if the blades become jammed or under intense pressure, to avoid it damaging the motor. It also features a 'kill switch' on the handle so you can power down quickly if needed.

Conclusion

To put it simply, the VonHaus Electric 1050 watt tiller is a great little tiller for cultivating around a small garden. We feel the price should be more expensive when compared to similar models, as such it offers exceptional value for money.

Its one of the most popular models available on Amazon and there are lots of genuine reviews from customers who have purchased one.

There are no complaints regarding this tiller, except that the skirt is made from plastic and would be better made from something more substantial, that being said, we've heard no reports of any damage and the plastic does seem suitable and probably helps reduce the cost.

If your looking for a cheap affordable model, then we would either recommend this VanHaus model or The Handy tiller. Both machines are very similar but the VanHaus tills does comes with 2 years warranty for extra peace of mind.


TOP 4
PETROL TILLERS

Mantis 7265 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller - Our top pick rotavator

OUR BEST PETROL TILLER PICK

Mantis 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller

This petrol powered, Mantis deluxe rotarvator is hard to beat in terms of both performance and quality.

At only 12kg (26lbs) its light weight making it very easy to move around. It is powered by a very reliable, 4-stroke Honda engine for maximum performance.

Features include, ergonomically designed height adjustable handles for extra comfort . 

The machine comes with a very impressive 5 year manufactures warranty with the tines are guaranteed for lifeagainst breakages.

OUR CHEAPEST
RECOMMENDED PETROL TILLER

Hyundai 139cc 4-Stroke Petrol Tiller / Rotavator

Hyundai HYT140 petrol tiller

If your looking for an affordable petrol tiller, then this Hyundai 4-stroke petrol tiller would be a good option, at not much over £200 it offers good value for money.

The 139cc engine powers 4 steel tines that will cultivate a width of 37cm. It has finger tip throttle and clutch control.

Its weights 31kg and has a front wheel for easy transport, a good heavy duty rotavator.

Conclusion

The Hyundai 4-stroke tiller, is very well made and is very robust machine. It offers the best value for money of any petrol tiller we have reviewed.

At 31kg its heavy, very bulky, so if you plan on loading it into and out of your car boot this may be easier said than done and anyone who does not have good upper strength may struggle. 

To give you an idea of how heavy it is, the Mantis Deluxe XP Petrol Tiller which is more than double the price but has a similar tilling width weighs only 15.5kg, and even the slightly smaller cheaper classic model only weights 12kg.

It does come with 2 Year Standard Hyundai Domestic Warranty against all parts and labor for extra peace of mind.


BEST VALUE & QUALITY

Handy 3.5HP Petrol Rotavator

Handy 3.5hp petrol tiller

This Handy 3.5hp petrol tiller is powered by a very reliable Briggs & Stratton, 450 series engine. This till is ideal for the home or allotment gardener and has a cultivating width of 38cm (15 inches) with a cultivating depth of 25cm (10 inches).

This model weighs 31.5kg and features easy fold down handles for ensure it takes minimal space in storage.

Conclusion

This 'Handy petrol tiller' is a very well made cultivator and is fitted with a very reliable engine by Briggs & Stratton, all this equals a very good reliable machine.

If your looking for a reliable rotavator which offers good value for money, then this would be a good choice and will not let you down. Again, its not the lightest rotavator in the world.


BEST HEAVY DUTY ROTOVATOR

Maxtra Heavy Duty 6.5HP Rotovator

Maxtra heavy duty rotavator

The Maxtra Heavy Duty 208cc tiller is a machine designed to get the job done.

The 208cc 4-stroke engine does not require any oil mixing and produces an impressive 6.5hp and will till turn over even the hardest of soils into a fine grade.

It has many features to aid the use of the machine including, adjustable handles which can be set at the best height for the user.

It has 3 gears, forwards, neutral and backwards, which all can be changed on the handle bars when in use. It features an adjustable depth regulator, not seen on many other tillers. You can adjust the tilling depth from 17.5cm (6.88 inches) for shallower tilling to 35cm (13.77 inchs) for a deeper till and it has an impressive 40cm (15.73 inches) working width.

Its a good sized machine with a width of 133 cm, length of 48cm and a height of 95cm, so you will need a good sized space for storage.

Ideally suited for larger gardens or allotment plots and will get the job done in the least time possible.

Conclusion

If you need a real workhorse for larger plots then this Maxtra heavy duty tiller could be what your looking for.

Some important points to point out, the heavy duty gearbox has been improved by using 'Axletree' instead of bushing. What these means is that it doubles its liftcycle and provides a consistent transmission of power to tines under varying soil conditions.

The engine looks likes a Honda engine but I think its important to note that it is not manufactured by Honda. However it is a commercial grade air cooled industrial OHV engine, so it should be reliable and offer many years of use.

A similar Honda model would set you back nearly £2000, so at less than £500 this Maxtra model does offer excellent value for money.


Mantis 7265 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller - Our top pick rotavator

OUR BEST PICK

Mantis 4-Stroke Deluxe Petrol Tiller

This petrol powered, Mantis deluxe rotarvator is hard to beat in terms of both performance and quality.

At only 12kg (26lbs) its light weight making it easy to move around. It is powered by a very reliable, 4-stroke Honda engine for maximum performance.

Features include, ergonomically designed, height adjustable handles for extra comfort. 

The machine comes with a very impressive 5 year manufactures warranty with the tines are guaranteed for lifeagainst breakages.

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