When it comes to leaf rakes, there are two basic choices: adjustable models and those that are, well, not adjustable.
By adjustable, we are referring to telescoping handles and the ability to adjust the rake to be wider or narrower.
After trying out a dozen rakes, we think an adjustable rake is the best bet for most folks. It’s great if you are tall and your partner isn’t—the same rake can work for both of you.
For the best adjustable rake, we pick Jarnieer’s 62″ adjustable garden rake leaf. It’s ticked all the right boxes: easy to use, versatile and dependable. It did the best job raking leaves in our tests.
What We Liked
• Adjustable from 7″ to 23″ wide. That’s great if you need to rake small or narrow areas.
• Lightweight 1.37 lbs.
• Rubberized handle.
• Height adjustable handle.
What Needs Work
• Aluminum handle is flexible—perhaps too flexible. Aluminum makes this rake lightweight—but it can be bent or even broken. So take care.
• Best for leaves and other light duty task. This probably isn’t the best choice if you need to clean up debris heavier than leaves. If you need a heavy-duty rake for other garden tasks, we’d suggest the next pick on this article.