Best Lawn Rollers

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 15, 2019
A lawn roller is a simple yet effective tool that will help you even out the surface, make the ground flatter, and create the sort of yard that you always wanted. Plus, it's a huge help when it comes to establishing a new lawn. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Rolling drum
Extras
Weight (emptied)
Warranty
 
PROS

The drum features 48 inches in length (width), so you'll have to spend less time rolling the lawn. It holds no less than 54 gallons of sand or water, the biggest key to the drum's excellent rolling effectiveness. The scraper bar prevents grass, leaves, debris, and other junk from sticking to the drum.

CONS

Takes some time to fill the reservoir with water. 

OUR VERDICT

The Brinly PRT-48SBH is an absolute powerhouse of a lawn roller. There isn't any other similar tool in this price range that will help you with those hard sizable bumps as well as this model. Plus, despite the outstanding performance, the roller is ergonomically sound and a real pleasure to work with.

detailed parameters
Type

Tow roller

Rolling drum

Capacity: 54 gallons

Material: plastic

Dimensions: 48" x 18"

Extras

Large filler cap, rounded edges, scraper bar

Weight (emptied)

~60 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The roller drum is made of sturdy polyethylene, the kind of material that excels at resisting weather damage as well as preventing dents and rust. The powder-baked paint finish provides even more protection against rust and corrosion. The drum is internally reinforced. 

CONS

Some customers find the clutch a little underwhelming. 

OUR VERDICT

The Agri-Fab 45-0268 is one of the most rugged and robust lawn rollers on the market right now. Though it isn't a bad product performance-wise, the durable construction is easily the biggest selling point of this gardening tool. It will be there for your garden season after season and that's really all that you can ask for.

detailed parameters
Type

Tow roller

Rolling drum

Capacity: 42 gallons

Material: plastic

Dimensions: 36" x 18"

Extras

Large filler cap, rounded edges, scraper bar

Weight (emptied)

45 lbs

Warranty

3 years

PROS

A nice non-slip coating on the handle provides a comfortable yet firm grip. You can use the model as a manual roller for rolling tight areas and as a tow roller for larger open spaces. The large fill opening makes it easier to fill and empty the reservoir.

CONS

It takes quite a bit of effort to screw in the cap. 

OUR VERDICT

The Brinly PRC-24BH lawn roller's versatility is its biggest strength. It will work for people who like to do it all on their own as well as for those who don't mind a little help from the machinery. It is as great for erasing lawn damage caused by moles or frost heaves as it is for packing down loose dirt, newly sewn seed, or sod.

detailed parameters
Type

Manual push / tow roller

Rolling drum

Capacity: 28 gallons

Material: plastic

Dimensions: 24" x 18"

Extras

Non-slip handle, large filler cap, rounded edges, scraper bar

Weight (emptied)

38 lbs

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The long U-shaped handle makes it easier to push and pull the roller in a standing position. Plus, it incorporates a smooth green-sprayed surface. A steel drum will allow you to easily roll over pebbles and other items like that without worrying about deformation.

CONS

The roller is relatively loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The model from Goplus will give you the sort of freedom of movement that you simply won't get out of a plastic roller. The convenient construction makes it easy to work with the tool. As long as your lawn isn't particularly large, this is the roller to go for.

detailed parameters
Type

Manual push / tow roller

Rolling drum

Capacity: 16 gallons

Material: steel

Dimensions: 19.5" x 16"

Extras

U-shaped handle, large filler cap, rounded edges, scraper bar

Weight (emptied)

19.5 lbs

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

Thanks to the removable hitch, you'll be able to easily switch between pull and push operation. The removable drain plug makes the model more convenient as far as transportation and storage go. The channel bar positioned right above the drum knocks off excess dirt. 

CONS

The screws are prone to corrosion. 

OUR VERDICT

The Agri-Fab 45-0267 is your run-of-the-mill lawn roller that has enough going for it to slightly stand out from your average crowd. So if you aren't looking for something in particular and would just like to you flatten a mole runs, small worm casts, or frost heaves, this is as good of a roller as any of them.

detailed parameters
Type

Manual push / tow roller

Rolling drum

Capacity: 28 gallons

Material: plastic

Dimensions: 24" x 18"

Extras

Large filler cap, rounded edges, scraper bar

Weight (emptied)

38 lbs

Warranty

3 years

Brinly PRT-48SBH

An Ergonomically Sound Powerhouse

The consensus in the gardening community is that a lawn roller won't help you with the hardest and the largest bumps. And we wouldn't argue that point. That said, "large" and "hard" are relative terms and we'd be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that the Brinly PRT-48SBH will be able to handle those bumps of yours.

There's no particular secret here. The professional model is simply larger than most of its competition, heavier, and more impressive capacity-wise. It features 48 inches in length (width), making it far more practical than most rollers, especially when it comes to those larger yards with much more lawn real estate.

When emptied, it weighs about 60 pounds, which is surprisingly light considering its size. But not light enough to hinder its performance. The drum holds no less than 54 gallons of sand or water, the biggest key to ensuring maximum rolling effectiveness.

Sure, it takes some time to fill the reservoir, but that's the price you ought to be willing to pay for excellent performance. Besides, the extra large diameter opening allows for streamlining this process as much as possible.

There's a convenient scraper bar put particularly close to the rolling drum that will prevent grass, leaves, debris, and other junk from sticking to the said drum. It isn't some cheap, budget product, so, naturally, the model also incorporates rounded edges that ensure smooth turns.

To put all of it a tad differently, the Brinly PRT-48SBH is arguably the best lawn roller in its price range. There aren't a whole lot of similar options that will help you with those hard sizable bumps as well as this model. Plus, despite the outstanding performance, the heavy-duty roller is ergonomically sound and a real pleasure to work with.

Review of Brinly PRT-48SBH Poly Lawn Roller, 18 by 48 Inch

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VIDEO
How to Assemble the Brinly PRT-48SBH - 54 Gallon Tow-behind Poly Lawn Roller
 

Agri-Fab 45-0268

Season After Season

We don't know about you but what we like in our gardening tools is durability first and foremost. We generally don't feel like buying a new piece of gardening equipment season after season, which is exactly why we've decided to put the Agri-Fab 45-0268 so high up our list.

The model is all about its durable construction. The roller drum is made of sturdy polyethylene, the kind of material that excels at resisting weather damage as well as preventing dents and rust.

The powder-baked paint finish provides even more protection against rust and corrosion. The drum is internally reinforced, making it equally well-equipped to handle the wear and tear of time or the rough and tumble of even the most ambitious gardening projects.

Of course, construction is just as much about practicality as it is about durability. And let's just say that, when it comes to the former, the tool is no slouch either. The drum incorporates welded seams and rounded edges. A design like that prevents uneven grooves. It also provides a leak-proof seal.

A center baffler adds extra stability to make sure that the drum doesn't flex or lose its shape. The 42-gallon capacity of the drum will help you easily handle large frosted heaves or those annoying mole runs. Finally, the removable drain plug will allow you to fill the drum using a standard garden hose.

To sum it all up, the Agri-Fab 45-0268 is one of the most rugged and robust yard rollers on the market right now. Though it isn't a bad product performance-wise, the durable construction is easily the biggest selling point of this gardening tool. It will be there for your garden season after season and that's really all that you can ask for.

Review of Agri-Fab 45-0268 Poly Lawn Roller, 18 by 36 Inch

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Brinly PRC-24BH

Keep Rollin'

For the most part, the Brinly PRC-24BH is one of the more well-balanced and versatile options. For one, it is both a manual roller and a tow roller. You can push it on your own or you can hook it up to a tractor and let the latter do the bulk of the job for you.

If you choose the former method, there's a nice non-slip coating on the handle that provides a comfortable yet firm grip. But if you don't care for menial labor, you can just as well unscrew the handle and your trusty riding lawn mower will take it from there. In short, the combination of the push and tow-behind design provides that extra versatility for rolling tight areas and larger open spaces.

Other than that, there really isn't much that separates this product from the usual deal. Capacity-wise, it fits about 28 gallons of sand or water, enough for your average yard with some uneven surface here and there. Made of plastic, the drum is surprisingly robust. It doesn't dent and, just like most plastic rolling drums, it isn't prone to rust and corrosion.

Featuring the usual 18 inches of diameter and a 24-inch width, the model has a particularly large fill opening. It isn't a game changer by any stretch of the imagination but it does make it easier to fill and empty the reservoir.

Again, the Brinly PRC-24BH lawn roller's versatility is its biggest strength. It will work for people who like to do it all on their own as well as those who don't mind a little help from the machinery. It is as great for erasing lawn damage caused by moles or frost heaves as it is for packing down loose dirt, newly sewn seed, or sod.

Review of Brinly PRC-24BH Poly Lawn Roller, 18 by 24 Inch

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VIDEO
Brinly PRC-24BH 270-Pound Combination Push/Tow Poly Lawn Roller, 18 by 24-Inch
 

Goplus Heavy Duty

The Right Kind of Steel Drum

The model from Goplus is both a tow roller and a manual roller. And though it offers easy conversion, we much more like this gardening tool as a manual roller.

For starters, the product comes equipped with a convenient U-shaped handle. The shape and the length of the handle make it easier to push and pull the roller in a standing position. Plus, it incorporates a smooth green-sprayed surface. It looks good. It doesn't rust. It doesn't hurt your hands nor is it difficult to operate.

Most manufacturers rely on plastic when constructing a rolling drum. And, sure, the material has its advantages. For example, it isn't as prone to corrosion as metal. But it isn't even remotely as rugged as steel, which is the material behind the drum that we're dealing with here. A steel drum will allow you to easily roll over pebbles and other items like that without worrying about deformation.

Aside from being far sturdier than its plastic counterparts, the surface of the drum is spray-treated. This kind of treatment prevents rust. Plus, it makes it far difficult for the material to get sunken.

Sure, steel has its flaws too. Though the particular model isn't prone to corrosion, the steel construction makes the roller a lot louder than the aforementioned plastic counterparts.

But, other than that, there isn't much to complain about here. The model from Goplus will give you the sort of freedom of movement that you simply won't get out of a plastic roller. The convenient construction makes it easy to work with the tool. As long as your lawn isn't particularly large, this is the roller to go for.

Review of Goplus Heavy Duty Poly Lawn Roller, 16 by 19.5 Inch

 

Agri-Fab 45-0267

Keeps Your Lawn Nice and Even

Construction-wise, there is nothing particularly unique about Agri-Fab 45-0267. On the surface, you have the usual 24-inch wide drum that features an 18-inch diameter. The 28-gallon capacity is nothing to write home about but nothing to complain about either. Having said that, there are a few things about this product that make it better than most similar options.

The plastic construction features a particularly smooth finish. It's nothing that different from your typical plastic drum but it makes the model slightly better for that even and consistent flattening that you want to get out of your lawn roller. Plus, the drum is rust-resistant, so there isn't much to worry about here longevity-wise.

It is both a manual roller and a tow roller. Again, nothing outstanding about it in and of itself, but a removable hitch makes it a lot easier to switch between pull and push operation. Speaking of removable components, the removable drain plug makes the model more convenient as far as transportation and storage go.

The channel bar positioned right above the drum knocks off excess dirt. And, of course, you have your usual rounded edges that make the model better from the maneuverability standpoint.

All in all, the Agri-Fab 45-0267 is your run-of-the-mill lawn roller that has enough going for it to slightly stand out from the otherwise average crowd. So if you aren't looking for something in particular and would just like to flatten a mole runs, small worm casts, frost heaves, or any other similar type of landscaping issue, this is as good of a roller as any of them.

Review of Agri-Fab 45-0267 Poly Lawn Roller, 18 by 24 Inch

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User Manual


 

What Is a Lawn Roller?

A lawn roller is one of the more polarizing tools. Some people believe that it will help you flatten the yard. But that is neither true nor false. Yes, it will help you flatten a mole run, a few small worm casts, or a frost heave. But, for the most part, it won't be able to change the landscape of your lawn all that much. It won't help you remove a large and hard bump.

Nevertheless, a tool like that will always help you make the ground more firm. There are a lot of reasons you would want to do that, from simple aesthetics ruined by lumps to making your backyard a better environment for your kids.

The difference between lawn rollers generally boils down to their rolling performance. That performance is determined by the capacity of the drum, the weight, and the size of the whole thing. Add to that a number of potential extra features like scraper bars and you should be able to figure out the kind of roller that will match your needs.

There are a lot of tools and gardening equipment that could help you take better care of your backyard. A fertilizer spread will help you enrich the soil. A fruit picker, as you would imagine, will help you collect fruits. A rain barrel is a must-have for those regions where water conservation is a pressing concern.

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Publish Date: 2018-11-02 12:35:46