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Weed puller reviews – Top 5 models for removing weeds quickly

Last updated on May 26th, 2021

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If you suffer from dandelions and other unwanted weeds on your lawn then you not alone, luckily with this problem being a common scene across many well-tendered gardens, there are a few garden tools that have been specially designed with dealing with this very problem in mind.

Dandelions and similar weeds have long tap roots that grow straight down and if you remove weeds without their roots you quickly learn they grow back.

This is why ‘weed pullers’ have been designed. They pull out the whole weed including the tap root with minimal effort and have many advantages over other weeding tools which we will talk more about in more detail below.

There is a wide range of models available from many manufacturers, all claiming that theirs is the best. The problem is, with so much choice on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.

Prices range from around £10, up to around £50, so with such a wide price range, it’s important you do your research first before investing in one. Our research has found that mid-price range models work great, so read on to see why and which model really is the best.

Another thing to consider is that weed pullers are really designed for lawns and this is where they are most effective, but it is worth mentioning that most models also work on beds and borders as well.

BEST PICK

Fiskars Telescopic Weed Puller
The best choice overall, very robust, very easy to use, easily adjust to your height thanks to the telescopic handle and super easy to release the weeds. It is ideal for pulling out dandelions, thistles, nettles in lawns and garden borders. A friendly weeding system that prevents muscle strain and backache.

BEST BUDGET PICK

AMOS Weed Puller Weeder
The AMOS weed puller is designed for pulling our dandelions, thistles and other weeds in your lawn but will also do a good job on beds and borders. For the price it offers great value for money and will not break the bank.

The top 5 weed pullers that we have included in our review

  1. FISKARS SMARTFIT TELESCOPIC WEEDER – BEST PICK
  2. GRAMPA’S WEEDER
  3. AMOS WEED PULLER – BEST BUDGET MODEL
  4. SPEEDY WEEDY CLASSIC
  5. AMOS STEEL WEED CLAW

Advantages of weed pullers

  • No need to use weedkillers that can damage the environment and lawns.
  • No bending over, kneeling down and putting strain on your back.
  • Easy to use with minimal effort.
  • Cost-effective prices starting at as little as £10 to around £50.

How do we review and rate our list of weed pullers to bring you only the best models?

We do countless hours of intensive research and testing. As we cannot test all models ourselves (we simply do not have access to all models), and even if we did, we would probably not be able to test them in lots of different soils and conditions to give a fair review.

To give all the different models a fair chance to prove themselves we also read and research the hundreds of user reviews on Amazon and other online websites. This way we get a good understanding of which weed pullers perform well and which do not as well as any issues they may have in certain conditions.

What makes a good weed puller?

  1. It has to be made from quality materials such as strong steel, cast iron or fibreglass or similar.
  2. It has to be lightweight without compromising on strength.
  3. Does it remove the whole weed including long tap roots?
  4. How easy is it to use?
  5. Does it have a manufacturers guarantee and if so how long?
  6. Does it have lots of positive customer user reviews on Amazon?

So with this in mind, see our top 5 weed pullers below:


Top 5 Weed Puller Reviews

1. Fiskars Smartfit Telescopic Weeder

BEST PICK

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Fiskars SmartFit Weed Puller Telescopic, Length: 1 - 1.19 m, Stainless Steel Handle/Plastic Handle, Black/Orange, 1020125

This Fiskars telescopic weeder is one of three models that are manufactured by Fiskars at the time of our review. They do a similar weed puller which we have featured on our ‘Best weeding tools review’ and it was the best selling weed puller on Amazon at the time we reviewed it. 

However, after taking this into consideration we still think that the telescopic model does have the positive advantage of being adjustable which makes it more suitable for smaller and taller gardeners. A quality tool with the welcomed telescopic feature addition.

It is made from quality materials and comes with a 5-year guarantee, although this is not as long as the ‘Grampa’s weeder’ lifetime guarantee, five years is still excellent when most other products have only come with a one year guarantee.

It is simple to use, all you need to do is push the 4 deep-reaching stainless steel claws into the ground with your foot using the light weight foot pedal, then simply pull back and lift.

It will then remove the weed, including the tap root, simply release the weed into the waiting nearby wheelbarrow by pushing the orange quick release handle forward.

Final Conclusion

It is a beautiful weed puller to use and feels very comfortable in the hand. The clamping system works very well even on the largest of weeds. We give it top marks for design, although it’s in the more expensive price range of weed pullers if you want a high-quality product that will stand the test of time with the added telescopic feature, then spend the extra and purchase this model.

Overall, a very well designed weed puller that works very well especially with larger weeds in your lawn.

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 2. Grampas’s Weeder – Weed Puller

Tried & Tested For Over 100 Years

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Grampa's Weeder - The Original Stand Up Weed Puller Tool With Long Handle - Made With Real Bamboo & 4-Claw Steel Head Design - Easily Remove Weeds Without Bending, Pulling, or Kneeling

The Grampa’s weeder has been manufactured for over 100 years, first manufactured in America before the war and is still manufactured to this day.

As soon as you pick up and feel this weed pull you can see it is made to a very high standard, the clamping claws are made from cast iron which ensures they will not rust or break and the strong handle is made from ash to give it a beautiful elegant finish.

It looks good, but does it do a good job?

We can confirm that it does an excellent job on the lawn and soil borders, it removes weeds complete with tap roots. You can also remove weeds with this weed puller without having to do much bending and kneeling which reduces strain on your back.

Final Conclusion

For the price, you do get a very high-quality weed puller that will probably outlast yourself, it even comes with a lifetime guarantee, so it truly is a tool for life.

Does a great job, however some users have commented on how it takes a couple of attempts with large weeds. It is worth mentioning that this weed puller is actually one of the best-rated weed pullers on Amazon and is nearly half the price of other similar quality models.

If you are looking for a quality weed puller that offers good value for money, this would be our first choice. It really is that good and worth every penny and gives the top of the range models a run for their money. That being said, it not as precise as the Fiskars models which lift even the biggest weeds whereas this model does sometimes take a few tries.

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3. Amos Weed Puller

BEST BUDGET PICK

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AMOS Weed Puller Weeder Twister Push Twist & Pull Claw Garden Lawn Easy Root Remover Killer Grabber Long Handled Lightweight Tool

The AMOS weed puller is designed for pulling our dandelions, thistles and other weeds in your lawn but will also do a good job on beds and borders.

It offers great value for money for the price and will not break the bank. Although it does have great user reviews on Amazon with the majority of them being positive but not necessarily as equal as other weed pullers.

It is fairly simple to use, press the three prongs over the weed and push down into the ground. Then twist the handle to clamp the weed and pull.

Final Conclusion

The Amos weed puller does offer the best value for money when it comes to price, but the quality is not up to par with other more expensive models which is expected. However, it does a great job and is ideal for someone with a small garden who wants to keep on top of the weeds and doesn’t want to spend too much.

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4. Speedy Weeder Classic

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Speedy Weedy Classic

The Speedy Weeder is a competitively priced weed puller and seems to be well made and lightweight for its price.

It simple to use (like all weed pullers), simply press the three prongs into the ground over the weed, twist with the handle and pull to remove the weed. Simply push the black handle down to eject the weed and move to the next one.

Final Conclusion

It does do a good job at removing weeds and does work well on lawns as well as flower beds. It does have a few niggling problems which is why it is our runner up for “best value”. The first one is that it leaves holes around 1 inch wide (a little larger than we would like) from where you have removed the weed from. This is because it removes a core of soil, this is not a problem on flower beds as it just gets filled in when cultivating the soil but does look unsightly on lawns.

However a neat little track to overcome this small issue is to have a bucket of compost next to you, simply put the speedy weeder in the bucket of compost and then eject it in the hole.

It can also be difficult to twist the speedy weeder in hard compact soil and could be more of a problem with gardeners who have weaker hands.

One of the things we have noticed is that it is great for smaller rooted weeds, but when used on larger rooted weeds such as dandelions which have long tap roots, the root is not totally removed and snaps leaving it in the ground. This means the weed can re-grow from the root left in the ground.

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5. Amos Steel Weed Claw

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AMOS Steel Weed Puller Claw Lawn Easy Weeder Root Remover Killer Grabber Long Handled Garden Tool

Another tool by AMOS, this steel weed claw is similar to their other model (reviewed above which we awarded “best value”) but it uses a slightly different method of removing the weed. It uses four claws that retract multiple directions to grab the weed and root at the same time. It also has a large foot platform to make pushing it into the ground a little easier.

To remove weeds simply place the bottom plate on top of the weed, push down on the footplate with your foot to push the spikes into the ground, simply remove your foot and pull the weed out, push the circular handle to retract the weed. That’s it, all done.

It is made from heavy-duty steel and works great on lawns. This weed puller is suited for removing dandelions, thistles and other weeds.

Final Conclusion

Firstly, if you want to remove a few weeds from your lawn then it works fine and will do the job no problem. However it does have a few small issues, it does have a tendency to leave rather large holes on your lawn similar to the ‘speedy weeder’ which will need filling in, not a major problem as they will soon fill and it helps aerate the soil. It can also take a lot of extra effort to use on hard dry ground, so it is best used when the ground is damp.

It works great with most weeds but if you have larger weeds, especially ones with larger tap roots it will leave some of the roots in the ground.

For the price it is cheap and probably worth the money, however, we would opt for Grampa’s Weeder before purchasing this one.

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2 Comments

  1. William Freeth

    The principle of the Fiskars Weed puller is excellent, let down poor plastic. I have now had two break, both stress cracks in the casing around the metal extractor. Not for large lawns.Not particularly inexpensive as they don’t last. Probably to be told by manufacturer incorrect usage.

  2. Hi there. This is a reply from the US. I have the Fiskars 4 claw weeder. I found this to be a really great weeder. But as William Freeth mentioned in his comments, the plastic Fiskars uses does not last with the stress created from the fulcrum point of the tool. I have mentioned this to Fiskars and in my Amazon review. Also, Fiskars has a lifetime, not 5 year warranty given normal use. I sent a picture of the catastrophic failure to Fiskars and posted on Amazon. I had to move my 5 star rating down to a 3 star. I purchased the weeder in Aug of 2014. I started noticing the stress cracks after pulling about a hundred weeds during the first season. I kept using it for the next few seasons and guessing I pulled about a thousand weeds before it recently broke – June 2017. I’ve seen some comments on Amazon that it broke after only pulling about 30 weeds. I wrote to Fiskars warranty program and received a reply that they’re sending me a new one. I hope this review helps.

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