In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners' World Best Buy winner, this elegant but sturdy hoe has a wide, open stainless-steel head. The long, wooden handle is narrow and comfortable in the hand and on your back and it only snags occasionally on thicker clumps. Comes with a lifetime warranty.

What we tested

  • Blade/handle
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Performance
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.


  • Robust
  • Elegant but sturdy
  • Cuts smoothly
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to manoeuvre around plants and between rows


  • Catches occasionally on thicker clumps of weeds

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What are the key features of the Burgon and Ball Dutch Hoe?

This has an FSC-certified hardwood handle and a long, open blade in the traditional horseshoe style. Crafted from stainless steel the blade is rust resistant and easy to clean. A leather cord on the end of the handle makes it easy to hang the hoe up after use.

How does the Burgon and Ball Dutch Hoe – RHS Endorsed feel?

The wooden handle is smooth in the hand with no rough edges on the end and it’s long enough to hoe comfortably, standing up straight. The handle is narrow and the hoe feels light with a smooth hoeing action that's kind on the back. The leather cord can get in the way when you're hoeing but if this is irritating, it's easily removed.

How does the Burgon and Ball Dutch Hoe – RHS Endorsed perform?

The wide, open horseshoe blade is sharp and perfectly angled, so it slices smoothly through light weeds and only catches slightly on tougher clumps of perennial weeds. It's easy to use and manoeuvres perfectly around plants and between rows.

Is the Burgon and Ball Dutch Hoe – RHS Endorsed built to last?

This is an elegant but sturdy hoe with a long lasting, rust-resistant, stainless steel blade and socket. It’s made from quality materials and feels robust and long lasting. Both the blade and wooden handle can be preserved by oiling and the hardwood handle is easily replaced if and when it breaks or wears.

Is the Burgon and Ball Dutch Hoe – RHS Endorsed good value for money?

This is at the top end of the mid-price bracket and comes with a lifetime warranty. With its simple, clean design, quality materials and smooth, clean hoeing action we think it's excellent value for money.

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Product Specifications

BrandBurgon & Ball
NameBurgon and Ball Dutch Hoe - RHS Endorsed
ModelDutch Hoe
Hoe typeDutch
HandleFSC hardwood
Blade materialStainless steel
Lifetime WarrantyYes