Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe review

A comfortable Dutch hoe with a double-edged blade.

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8

In a nutshell

A BBC Gardeners’ Word Magazine Best Buy winner, this comfortable hoe has a long, well-balanced and smooth, wooden handle. It feels solid and robust and has a clean slicing action. It comes with a ten year warranty.
Blade/handle
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Performance
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Value for money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Sharp, angled blade

Comfortable

Easy to manoeuvre

The long handle is kind on your back

Robust and well made
Cons: Hoeing action is not as smooth as the other hoes
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What are the key features of the Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe?

The handle of this classic Dutch hoe is crafted from FSC-certified ash and is long and smooth. It has a broad, sharp stainless-steel blade with angled edges at the front and the back to catch weeds on both the pull and push action. A leather cord on the end of the handle makes it easy to hang up after use.

How does the Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch feel?

The handle is solid and smooth and a good, long length so there’s no need to bend into the hoe while you’re working. It feels comfortable and light in the hand and has a smooth hoeing action. The leather cord can get in the way when you’re working but is easily be removed.

How does the Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe perform?

The sharp blade is angled, helping it cut cleanly through plant roots. Although it doesn’t have as smooth a hoeing action as some of the others in our test it hoes well, mainly only catching on the bigger, tougher clumps of weeds. The double-edged blade makes light work of large areas of ground and it’s easy to manoeuvre around plants and in tight spots.

Is the Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe built to last?

Made from weatherproofed ash, the durable handle can be looked after and oiled to help make it last for longer but can also be replaced if and when it breaks or wears. The stainless steel blade is rust resistant and simple to clean and this hoe feels like a high-quality, robust tool.

Is the Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe good value for money?

This is more expensive than many of the hoes in our test but it comes with a 10-year warranty, is well made and performs cleanly and easily. We think it’s excellent value for money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Spear & Jackson
Name Spear and Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe
Model Kew Gardens Collection Stainless Dutch Hoe
Price £41.49
Hoe type Dutch

Features

Handle Ash
Stainless steel
Weight 1.2kg
Length 169cm
Warranty 10YEAR