In a nutshell

Awarded a BBC Gardeners' World Best Buy, this Greenkey Rolling Lawn Aerator is basic but does the job well. Lightweight with sturdy spikes, it’s just the tool if your small lawn needs aerating and you don’t mind a bit of hard work. It comes with a two year warranty.

What we tested

  • Preparation
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Performance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Adjustable height
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Good for storage
  • Plastic caps to cover the spikes when not in use


  • Needs assembling – though it’s straightforward
  • Hard work, so best suited to small gardens

What are the Greenkey Rolling Lawn Aerator's main features?

This manual, rolling spike aerator is basic but efficient. It needs assembling, which is simple to do, and everything fits together well - although you’ll need a wrench or something similar, to attach the nylon-thread bolts. Should you get stuck putting it together, there’s also a short instructional video on their website. Featuring a T-bar grip, the shaft is adjustable to suit your height, which is a useful feature. Made from aluminium and plastic, it’s lightweight but sturdy, the drum is 30cm wide, which covers a lawn quickly and easily, and there are 30 x 4.5 cm spikes to ensure deep, even aeration.


What’s the Greenkey Rolling Lawn Aerator like to use?

Simple to manoeuvre, the spikes sink into soft ground with ease, but it requires a little more effort on dry, harder ground, where we found it best to lean on the shaft to apply gentle downward pressure to ensure the spikes were pushed in deeply enough. On uneven ground, the spikes don’t penetrate evenly – however, if you run it over your lawn several times in different directions it should address the issue. The T-bar grip doesn’t have any padding, which may become uncomfortable if you’re working on a large lawn.

Who is the Greenkey Rolling Lawn Aerator most useful for?

For those with a small- to medium-sized garden where the soil needs only a moderate amount of aeration. It’s also good if storage is an issue as it’s smaller than powered aerators, and if safety is a consideration, plastic caps are provided, which fit on the individual spikes when not in use.

Is the Greenkey Rolling Lawn Aerator good value for money?

It’s not the cheapest of its type (they range from £25 to £65), but the construction is sturdy, as are the spikes. It also comes with a two-year warranty, so we felt as an entry-level aerator, this was a perfectly good option.

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This review was last updated in October 2021. Unfortunately, prices change and things go out of stock so we apologise if anything has changed.

Product Specifications

NameGreenkey Lawn Aerator
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