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Draper Garden Caddy review BBC Gardeners' World magazine

Draper Garden Caddy review

A handy lightweight barrow for everyday use.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5

In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners' World Best Buy winner for small gardens, this simple caddy is light and easy to pull around the garden. Although not suitable for heavy loads, it’s great for everyday tasks in smaller gardens, has a handy tool clip and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Ease of use
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Comfort
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Performance
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Value for money
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Pros: Lightweight but sturdy and balanced

Easy to use and lift into green bin or compost heap

Good capacity for prunings and weeds

Weatherproof
Cons: Wheels struggle over rough ground
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What are the main features of the Draper Garden Caddy?

This plastic, basket-style, upright barrow is made from plastic and has a capacity of 65 litres. It has solid plastic wheels, a wide handle and a plastic tool clip for holding a broom, rake or other tools.

What’s the Draper Garden Caddy like to use?

The caddy has a solid construction and it feels robust and well balanced when moving loads around but as it’s more of a basket on wheels it’s better pulled behind rather than pushed. Despite the solid wheels they move easily over smoother surfaces including lawns and gravel paths, although on rough ground or wet soil they drag a little and can get clogged up. They’re sturdy enough for light loads but this barrow isn’t designed for shifting multiple heavy loads. The fixed handle is a good length for easy manoeuvring but may be a little low for taller people. The tool clip is handy but feels quite flimsy and may not last as long as the rest of the caddy. Assembly is straightforward although the manual could be clearer and a screwdriver is needed to attach the tool clip.

Who is the Draper Garden Caddy most useful for?

Ideal for everyday gardening jobs this is great for pulling alongside you when weeding and pruning. It’s best suited to smaller gardens and is useful where storage is limited. Taller gardens should check it’s height as the fixed hande may mean it’s not suitable

Is the Draper Garden Caddy good value for money?

This is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or who are short on space and for the low price and with its lifetime warranty this caddy is excellent value for money.


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This review was last updated in November 2021. We apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Draper
Name Draper Garden Caddy
Model Garden Caddy
Price £28.95

Features

Material Plastic
Pan size 65l
Height 905cm
Width 500cm
Depth 500cm

Accessories

Includes handy tool clip