The first thing you need to look at is the size of your garden. This is going to determine how much power you need for your rototiller. If your garden is less than 1,500 square feet, a mini-tiller should perform the job perfectly.
If your garden is in between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet, you should look for a 5 to 6 horsepower tiller. For gardens that are larger than 5,000 square feet, the engine should be at least 6 horsepower.
2. Type of Soil
Another consideration is the type of soil you have. Very dense or rocky soil can be difficult for smaller rototillers. If the rototiller isn’t strong enough to break through, it will just skip over it.
Look at your garden soil, and consider moving up to a stronger horsepower tiller if this is your soil type.
3. Types of Tines
What is a tine?
It is the blade that churns through the soil. The tines are going to get the soil all ready for you to plant your garden. They are one of the most important parts of the rototiller.
An ideal rototiller tines will be made from heavy duty steel with different cutting surfaces, so it can cut through a variety of weeds and roots. There are a few variations.
Counter-Rotating Tines: These move in the opposite direction of the rototiller. They dig in the deepest and are ideal for breaking new ground or working through tough, clay soil.
Forward-Rotating Tines: Just as the name suggestions, these tines more in a forward direction just like the tiller. They are typically found on front-tine tillers.
There are three types of blades that come with rototillers: Bolo, for deep tilling, Slasher, for thicker weeds and roots, and a pick and chisel, for rocky ground.
4. Consider the Project
When you make the selection, think about the project you are going to use it for. Are you going to break new ground for a large, brand new garden?
Or, are you primarily going to be using it for existing garden areas? This is going to determine the amount of power you need in your rototiller.
5. Tiller Depth
The most ideal garden tiller will have an adjustable depth and width. For breaking new ground, you want a tiller that can reach 8 to 10 inches.
This is especially important if you want to plant root vegetables, such as carrots and turnips. Make sure to check this before purchase.
Do you need a rototiller that’s quiet and yet still does the job? The American brand Earthwise has the perfect electric, zero-emission rototiller and cultivator for you, the 13.5 Amp Earthwise TC70016.
Adjustable Stainless Steel Tines
With its 11 to 16 inches clearing width and 8 inches tilling depth, this rototiller and cultivator can till mid-size to large gardens.
Its six adjustable stainless steel tines can quickly and smoothly mix and grind hard-packed soil. As a result, it aerates the soil and effectively delivers water and oxygen the plant roots need.
Easy to Store and Operate
This lightweight, 29 pounds rototiller is not only easy to store, but also easy to operate. It has 6 inches flip-down rear wheels which makes it easier to transport.
Its comfortable and ergonomic handle has a cord retention hook to secure your extension cord when in use.
Starting this tiller is an easy job, you just have to push the start button and squeeze the lever and it will do its work.
Low Maintenance Rototiller
Since it’s an electric rototiller, you won’t have to worry about regular maintenance unlike when you’re using a gas-powered one. It’s even backed with a two-year warranty.
Adjustable clearing width (11 to 16 inches)
8 inches tilling depth
Retention hook for your extension cord
Takes a huge amount of attention and strength to operate.
Safety interlock trigger for the machine is a hassle
Another powerful rototiller on the list is the sun joe tj604E electric garden cultivator and tiller. This rototiller has a 13.5 amp motor that can effortlessly slice through soil at 370 Rpm. Its durable 6 steel angled tines can till soil up to 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep.
Easy to Store and Transport
Storing this 27-pound rototiller won’t be a problem at all. Its handle can be folded so you can easily store it.
Plus, with its 3-position wheel adjustment, you can easily transport it when storing or maneuver around obstacles when in use.
Starts Up with just a Push of a Button
As it is electrically powered, it starts up easily every time with just a push of a button. Although it can be a bit loud, at least you won’t have to deal with smoke, harmful emissions, and even costly maintenance
Yes, you read that right. We have another Sun Joe rototiller and cultivator in this list. Although this model is a lot similar to the Sun Joe TJ604E, they still have some huge differences.
Just like the previous model, the Sun Joe TJ603E electric tiller and cultivator has 6 steel angled tines designed for maximum durability and performance.
It also has an adjustable clearing width that reaches up to 16 inches and can till up to 8 inches deep. Unlike TJ604E, the TJ603E model only has 12 amp motor and 340 RPM making it suitable for small to medium-sized gardens only.
Complete Tasks with more Comfort
This rototiller promises to be able to control weed and complete garden tasks easier and with more comfort.
To help achieve this, this model has a 3-position wheel adjustment that makes it easier to maneuver the rototiller around even when in use.
In addition to that, it only weighs 27 pounds making it easy to transport and its foldable handle also makes it easy to store.
Starts Effortlessly and Easy to Maintain
Although electric, corded rototillers have their limitations, a few others enjoy using them because they are easy to maintain and start effortlessly every single time.
Aside from not having to mix oil and gasoline, these rototillers are also a lot quieter than the gas-powered ones.
Comfortable to use
3-position wheel adjustment for easier transport
12 amp motor
16 inches clearing width and 8 inches depth
Not suitable for bigger areas
Difficult to use in tight spaces
Takes quite a bit of guidance for you to keep it on track
If you have some lightweight tilling work to do, the Greenwork Corded Tiller 27072 should be enough for your tasks.
This electric rototiller has an 8 amp motor that can dig in the forward direction up to 5 inches deep with 15 RPM, enough to get rid of weeds and prepare the soil for planting.
8 inches Forward Rotating Tines
It has 8 inches forward rotating tines that with an adjustable width from 8.25 inches to 10 inches you can use to quickly till small areas.
With its 5 inches adjustable tilling depth, you can choose your preferred tilling depth. As it is an electric rototiller, it promises a smooth and less noisy operation.
Ergonomic and Foldable Tubular Handle
Like the other rototillers on the list, the 38.9 pounds Greenworks 27072 has a foldable handle for easy storage and transportation.
Its ergonomic tubular handle makes it more comfortable to push around plus it doesn’t add strain to the shoulders, unlike the two-handled models.
Push-Button Electric Start
With its push-button electric start, you won’t experience any problem when it comes to starting the rototiller. Since it is corded, it comes with an additional cord lock to make sure its cord remains connected when you’re working.
4-year tool warranty
8 inches forward rotating tines
Adjustable working width and working depth
Push-button electric start
Ergonomic and foldable tubular handle
Does not work on all soil types, especially rock hard dirt.
Husqvarna created the heavy-duty rear-tine rototiller that those with large gardens are going to want. It is a professional grade rototiller, with counter-rotating tines.
The speed of the tines is high, making even the toughest job easier.
The engine in this Husqvarna is tough. It is a 4-cycle engine and doesn’t review the mixing of oil and gasoline. It is a workhorse, built by Briggs and Stratton. The quality here is impeccable.
This is the rototiller you need if you want to break new ground. You can work for hours with this tiller, and it would never stop working.
You aren’t going to encounter much that this rototiller can’t handle. It will churn through roots and rocks like it is nothing. However, it can be a bit difficult to get into gear at times. With some practice, you will start it easily.
There is a rear tilling plow to help level out the soil as you till it up. It can also go in reverse, which kicks out any dirt that may clog up the machine.
If you are looking for a mini rototiller, the Mantis tiller has a strong, Honda engine, able to power through most soil conditions.
It is designed with comfort in mind. The Earthquake tiller is small, but strong.
The Viper engine is perfect for tilling up your raised beds, and it has the ability to maneuver wherever you need it to be.
Wrapping Up The Best Rototillers in 2020
These are just a few of the amazing rototillers available on the market today. Each of these rototillers are different in their own ways.
We have the amazing, Earthwise tiller that is electric. If you want a rototiller for your smaller projects, this is a great option. Considering it is electric, it packs a strong punch.
Husqvarna has created two powerhorse rototillers. Both the FT900 and CRT900L have powerful engines built by Briggs and Stratton.
The Husqvarna CRT900L should be your choice if you want to break new ground, especially for a large square foot garden.
All of these rototillers are different in their own ways, but they all have their top quality in common. Is there a rototiller we missed that deserves recognition? We would love to hear about it in the comments!
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.