Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe review

A well designed, comfortable and easy to use hoe.

Our rating 
5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0

In a nutshell

A Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy award winner, this well thought out hoe has a razor-sharp toothed blade that cuts and slices brilliantly on both the push and the pull action. The unique handle design is not at all gimmicky and makes hoeing even difficult clumps a joy. It comes with a 10-year warranty on the blade and one year on the handle.
Blade/handle
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Comfort
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Performance
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Value for money
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Pros: Toothed blade cuts effortlessly and smoothly

Long shaft is kind to your back

Handle is a joy to use

Light

Hand forged and high quality

Built to last
Cons: None.
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What are the key features of the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe?

Crafted by a Dutch family firm, this hoe has a hand forged, stainless-steel blade with sharp teeth on the front and a hook on the back. The ash handle is long, sanded smooth and waxed to protect the wood with an ingenious handgrip on the end.

How does the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe feel?

The hoe is light and kind on the back – the long shaft means there’s no need to lean or bend while working and the unique hand grip make it comfortable and a joy to use.

How does the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe perform?

Every inch of this hoe has been well thought out. The razor sharp teeth on the front of the blade increase its surface area, so it slices through all ground effortlessly, while the hook on the back catches weeds on the pull stroke. It doesn’t snag on clumps or miss a weed. It’s really easy to control and manoeuvre around plants and the long shaft and handle allow you to hoe without treading in smaller beds and borders.

Is the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe built to last?

Crafted from quality, hardwearing materials this hoe is well made and long lasting. The stainless steel is resistant to rust and will stay sharp for a long time, while the waxed handle and shaft can be preserved with oil and then simply replaced when needed.

Is the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe good value for money?

This is the most expensive hoe in our test by quite a long way and it comes with a 10-year warranty on the blade and just one year on the handle. It is however, an exceptional hoe that has been designed to be comfortable, light and supremely good at its job. Plus, it’s built to last. This is a tool for life and we therefore think it’s excellent value for money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Sneeboer
Name Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe
Model Royal Dutch Hoe
Price £73.00
Hoe type Dutch

Features

Handle Ash
Stainless steel
Weight 0.95kg
Length 165cm
Warranty 10YEAR
Feature notes

10 year warranty on the blade

One year on the handle