Best Garden Rototiller Reviews Guide of 2016: We Compare the Top Tillers

Let’s face it – manual tilling can be back-breaking work. A garden rototiller is a quick and convenient way to till and cultivate a garden. And with the right model, you can have your garden plant-ready in no time.

This is one of those garden power tools that can literally save you days of work. Whether you are turning over last year’s vegetable garden or creating a garden bed from scratch. A rototiller is a must have.

But which tiller is the right option for you? We compare our top picks to help you find the perfect model for your garden.

Note: All models mentioned in our reviews are front tine.

Top 4 Electric Corded Small Garden Tiller Reviews

Electric corded tillers are lightweight, easy to use and environmentally-friendly. They’re not as powerful as gas models, but they’re a smart choice for smaller gardens. While you have plenty of corded electric models to choose from, these four are your best options.

1. Earthwise TC70001 Electric Tiller/Cultivator

Earthwise combines power and efficiency into the compact TC70001.

Earthwise Electric Tiller/Cultivator

Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8-1/2 Amp Electric Tiller/Cultivator

Reliable, affordable and easy to use, the TC70001 makes a great addition to any home garden. And it’s our #1 pick for corded electric models.

Lightweight and high-powered, this tiller/cultivator can easily dig through soil and even clay. Users love that the wheels on this model stay out of the way, so you can dig deep. And the fast tine speed makes quick work of even tough soil.

With over 1,500 positive reviews, the Earthwise TC70001 is a best-seller and our top pick for corded small garden tillers.

Standout Features

• Corded electric
• 120V; 8 1/2 ampere; 60 hertz
• 8.5” cutting depth
• 11” cutting width

• Dual four-blade steel tines
• Press-button start
• Automatic shutdown when the handle is released
• 2-year warranty

2. GreenWorks 27072

The GreenWorks 27072 is a powerful electric tiller that’s easy to start, lightweight and versatile.

GreenWorks Corded Tiller

GreenWorks 27072 8-Amp Corded Tiller, 10-Inch

With an adjustable tilling width and depth, the 27072 ensures that you dig the right planting depth every time. And with a foldable handle, it’s easy to store and transport.

For small gardens, the 27072 is a great option. It’s not quite as powerful as the EarthWise TC70001, but it offers adjustable tilling depth and width, so you can choose the right planting depth for your needs.

Standout Features

• 8-Amp Motor
• Easy push-button start
• 4 x 8” rotating tines
• Adjustable tilling depth of up to 5”

• Adjustable tilling width of 8.25” – 10”
• Foldable handle for easy storage and transport

3. Troy-Bilt 6.5 Amp Electric Garden Cultivator

Troy Bilt tillers are some of the best on the market, and the 6.5 amp electric model is no exception. Even heavy clay is no match for this model.

Troy-Bilt Electric Garden Cultivator

Troy-Bilt 6.5 Amp Electric Garden Cultivator

While tilling depth isn’t adjustable like the models in our previous electric tiller reviews, the Troy-Bilt does offer adjustable tilling width, so you can easily get in between plantings.

With a 6.5 amp motor, this is a powerful tiller. And it’s light enough for anyone to carry around. Even users who suffer from arthritis say they can carry the Troy-Bilt around with ease.

Standout Features

• Powerful 6.5 amp motor
• 4 x forward-rotating, 8” steel tines; 8 blades total
• Adjustable tilling width of 6” – 9”
• 5” maximum tilling depth

• 3-way tines for digging, turning soil and tearing
• Well-balanced, ergonomic design
• Lightweight
• 2-year warranty

4. Sun Joe TJ601E Tiller Joe 9-Amp

Looking for a tiller/cultivator that’s powerful and easy to maneuver? The Sun Joe TJ601E Tiller is a great option.

Sun Joe Garden Tiller/Cultivator

Sun Joe TJ601E Tiller 9-Amp Electric Garden Tiller/Cultivator

This model has a motor that’s more powerful than our top pick, but it lacks some of the adjustable features that make the other picks so attractive. That being said, the Sun Joe TJ601E is an excellent choice for hard soil and clay.

If you need a cultivator that can make quick work of just about any type of soil, the Sun Joe TJ601E is the right option for you. With a wide cultivating width, you’ll get the job done quicker and more efficiently.

Standout Features

• 9-amp motor
• 18” cultivating width
• Up to 7” cultivating depth

• 6 x steel blade tines
• Wheels for easy maneuvering
• Foldable handle for easy storage

Best Gas Powered Rototiller Reviews

Looking for a rototiller with more power? A gas powered model is the right choice for you. Able to tackle sod and clay with ease, gas rototillers are great for tougher jobs and larger gardens. And because it’s powered by gas – rather than electric – you’re free to move around the garden without worrying about tripping over cords or accidently unplugging your machine.

1. Mantis 7225-15-02

The Mantis 7225-15-02 is like having a commercial tiller right in your own backyard.

Mantis Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator

Mantis 7225-15-02 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator

With a 21.2 cc Echo engine, this is one powerful machine. And with a light weight of just 20lbs., this is a rototiller that anyone can use.

With a smaller tiller head, you can reach into tight spaces. The curved teeth are tough and powerful enough to dig down 10” deep – even through sod. And the reverse tines allow for cultivating flowerbeds. Plus, the push-button primer makes the Mantis 7225-15-02 easy to start.

Did we mention this model is CARB compliant? It’s gentler on the environment, so you can feel good about tilling your garden.

Standout Features

• 2-cycle, commercial-grade engine
• Patented curved teeth can spin up to 240rpm
• Push-button priming for easy starting
• Reversible tines
• Maximum 10” tilling depth; can cultivate the top 2” to 3” of soil

• CARB compliant
• 9” tilling width
• 5-year warranty on the entire tiller; lifetime warranty against breakage on the tines

When it comes to gas-powered rototillers, it doesn’t get much better than the Mantis 7225-15-02. With an affordable price tag, generous warranty and over 100 positive reviews, this rototiller is hard to beat.

2. Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator

The Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator may be compact, but it’s powerful enough to dig 8” deep into soil.

Earthquake Mini Cultivator

Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator

This model offers numerous options, so you can choose the right planting depth and speed for the job.

The Earthquake Mini Cultivator is easily adjustable, lightweight and powerful. It may not offer the same tilling depth as the previous model, but 8” should more than suffice for tilling jobs.

Light in weight and easy to assemble, this is a rototiller you can start using right away – and continue using for years.

Standout Features

• 2-cycle, 43cc Viper engine
• Adjustable cultivating depth up to 8”
• 6” or 10” cultivating width
• Variable speed, clutch and throttle control

• Compact design for easy transport
• Easy to assemble
• Comes with a 2.6oz bottle of oil
• Optional attachments

3. Husqvarna DRT900H Rear Tine Tiller

Husqvarna is a well-known name in the lawn care industry. The brand’s rototillers are pricey, but they’re highly durable, reliable and powerful. The Husqvarna DRT900H is a testament to the brand’s quality.

Husqvarna Rear Tine Dual Rotating Tiller

Husqvarna DRT900H Rear Tine Dual Rotating Tiller

The Husqvarna DRT900H offers a powerful engine and a wide tilling width, so you can get the job done faster. One satisfied customer said they were able to till their entire garden plot in less than 30 minutes.

Even when tilling hard sod, this machine can make soil plant-ready in one to two passes max. And with a reliable Honda engine, this tiller will start up on the first pull.

Standout Features

• Honda 160cc engine
• 17” tilling width
• CARB compliant

• Adjustable drag bar
• Counterweight improves balance for safe operation

Compare the Best Selling Rototillers

Here is an easy comparison table of the tillers we reviewed above.

 PowerAmps/ Engine TypeTilling Width (Inches)Front/ Rear TinesWeightPrice
Earthwise TC70001 Tiller/CultivatorCorded8.511"Front28 lbs$
GreenWorks 27072 TillerCorded88-10 "Front29 lbs$$
Sun Joe TJ601E TillerCorded918 "Front22 lbs$$$
Earthquake MC43 Mini CultivatorGas2-Cycle Viper Engine6-10 "Front33 lbs$$
Husqvarna CRT900L Gas900 Series OHV engine17 "Rear212 lbs$$$$
Mantis 7225-15-02Gas2-cycle engine9 "Front25 lbs$$$

Additional Questions?

No matter whether you’re looking for a corded electric or gas powered rototiller, these models are your best bets. Each one has numerous positive customer reviews and enough power to tackle even tough soil. If you not sure which is right for you, check out the Buyer’s Guide at the top of this page and select How to Choose a Rototiller.


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