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16 April 2021

The best lawn rakers and scarifiers

Our garden experts have tested a selection of lawn rakers and scarifiers to see which models promote lush and healthy turf.
Rebecca Duff

When it comes to buying a lawn raker or scarifier, you'll be looking for a tool that's easy to use and well-equipped for treating lawns. Our testing reveals the best lawn rakers and scarifiers you can buy.

The Which? garden experts have been hard at work putting lawn rakers and scarifiers through their paces. While some models will banish thatch for good, others are a pain to use.

To see which lawn rakers and scarifiers will leave your garden looking pristine, we tested some over the course of several months.

In total, we tested eight electric machines: three for raking only, and five that rake and scarify. At our test site, our grass experts used each machine on two lawns. One had a build-up of thatch and debris, while the other was mossy and treated with a lawn mosskiller before the test started. We recorded the time it took to cover each test site, weighed the material removed, and rated the machines effectiveness.

Lawn rakers and scarifiers on test

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 Model Overall rating Rake: moss removal Rake: thatch removal Collection box capacity Scarifier: moss removal Scarifier: thatch removal Ease of use
Member content
84%
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81%
Member content
68%
Member content
57%
Member content
52%
Overall score: Ignores price and is based on: ease of use 40%; moss removal 30%; thatch removal ability 30%. The removal scores take account of removal speed, weight of material removed, short-term effectiveness, long-term effectiveness and the collection-box capacity for each material.

Rakers on test 

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 Model Rake: moss removal Rake: thatch removal Collection box capacity Ease of use Overall test score
Member content
72%
Member content
71%
Member content
48%
Overall score: Ignores price and is based on: ease of use 40%; moss removal 30%; thatch removal ability 30%. The removal scores take account of removal speed, weight of material removed, short-term effectiveness, long-term effectiveness and the collection-box capacity for each material.

Lidl Parkside Electric Scarifier/Aerator PLV 1500 B1: what did we think?

The Parkside Electric Scarifier/Aerator PLV 1500 B1 is on sale in the Middle of Lidl from 22 April 2021, priced at £69.99. We tried it out to see if it will actually do a good job of raking and aerating your lawn, or if it's best avoided.

This small self-propelled corded-electric lawn scarifier and aerator has basic handles with a metal bar and push button start. It has is 36cm wide and four depth settings, from -3m to -12mm, which are adjusted by changing the axle height of the front wheels. It has a 50-litre collection bag and comes with a 10m cable.

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How we test lawn rakers and scarifiers

For each lawn raker and scarifier we test, we pay close attention to the features that matter the most, to ensure you get good value for money.

To help us highlight the best lawn rakers and scarifiers money can buy, we paid close attention to each of the following:

  • Speed - How quickly the machines can pull moss or thatch from turf
  • Effectiveness - How much moss or thatch was removed and how well it was collected
  • Short-term effects - How free from moss and thatch the grass looked
  • Long-term effects - How dense and healthy the grass grew
  • Convenience - How easy the machine is to move and operate

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