Shovels you’ll definitely dig

Find the toolshed staple that’s right for you.

person with shovel in woods
Can you dig it?Tim Foster via Unsplash

Never underestimate the importance of good shovels. A well-stocked tool shed has more than one, each designed to accomplish a different task. They’re inexpensive, sturdy, and the kind of tool that can last generations if treated well. Some shovels dig holes, some move debris, smaller ones are perfect for gardens, and some of them can even serve as multi-tools for camping and survival situations. When shopping for a shovel, look for durable handles that won’t buckle or snap under pressure, and a strong blade that can can stand up to years of abuse. Here are four that suit a variety of lawn care, gardening, and outdoor needs.

Bully Tools 82519 14-Gauge Round Point Shovel with Fiberglass D-Grip Handle
Reliable steel blade.Amazon

This all-purpose shovel weighs less than five pounds, making it easier to handle over long days of work. Its 14-gauge steel blade is strong enough to break through tough ground, while the D-grip at the end of the 48-inch handle improves leverage when digging up dirt or lifting debris. A one-piece, seamless ferrule holds the blade snuggly to the handle to help prevent separation.

BESROY Camping and Tactical Shovel
Multiple devices are stored in the handle.Amazon

This portable tactical shovel can extend from 15 inches to 26 inches, and the entire tool breaks down for easy storage in an includes waist pack. The shovel features a serrated magnesium-steel alloy head, and also a number of extra tools: Safety hammer, fire starter, emergency whistle, bottle opener, tactical knife, hex tools, and screwdriver. The hollow handle provides storage so everything’s available when you need it.

AMES 2672100 Aluminum Scoop with Hardwood Handle and D-Group, 45-inch
Durable choice.Amazon

This shovel features a 15-inch-wide, 19-inch-long, rust-proof aluminum scoop that can handle debris, dirt, and rubble. The 26-inch hardwood handle is durable, and includes an ergonomic D-group at the end for better leverage and control. At just a little more than three pounds, it won’t wear you down no matter how much lifting you do.

Bond LH015 Mini D Handle Shovel
Powder-coated paint resists rust.Amazon

At only 26 inches, this smaller shovel is a great tool for gardening or camping, and you can throw it into your off-road vehicle for those times when you’re stuck in the mud. It features a heat-treated blade that cuts through tough ground and roots, a non-slip handle, and ergonomic D-grip. The powder-coated paint resists rust, and the lightweight, fiberglass handle won’t snap easily.