If you have never had to carry heavy luggage at some point in your life, you might never know how vital hand trucks are. I once had this awful experience that had me looking for the best hand truck immediately. Last summer, I was planning to go on a vacation with my whole family, and the packing process was one heck of a task. Unfortunately, the packing wasn’t anything compared to what we had to go through carrying the heavy boxes and bags to my Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
The whole process proved to be a back-breaking task, and I immediately had to look for a hand truck directly. The entire process of looking for a hand truck wasn’t easy. I was spoilt for choice as I perused through the available options with limited time. Then, I came across cheap and expensive, so-so and show-off as well as sturdy and flimsy hand trucks.
After spending a considerable amount of time sifting through the available option, I picked the Cosco shifter multi-position hand truck. Okay, this was on the basis of personal preferences. I must admit that there were other great items which I have compiled in this review to make the selection process easier for you.
Table of Contents
- List of Top 10 Best Hand Trucks in 2018
- #10 Harper Trucks 700 lb Capacity Glass Filled Nylon
- #9 Milwaukee Hand Trucks 49180 Convertible Truck
- #8 Wesco 220649 Steel Maxi Mover Lightweight Folding Truck
- #7 Vergo S300BT Model Industrial Folding Hand Truck Dolly
- #6 Cosco 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck/Assisted Hand Truck
- #5 Magna Cart Ideal 150 lb Capacity Steel Folding Hand Truck
- #4 Magna Cart Personal 150 lb Capacity Aluminum Folding Hand Truck
- #3 VEVOR Folding Hand Truck 3 In 1 Convertible Hand Truck
- #2 Magline GMK81UA4 Gemini Sr Convertible Hand Truck
- #1 Cosco Shifter Multi-Position Heavy Duty Folding Hand Truck and Dolly
- Benefits of Hand Trucks
List of Top 10 Best Hand Trucks in 2018
#10 Harper Trucks 700 lb Capacity Glass Filled Nylon
By: Harper Trucks
This is one of the items I found to have excellent strength and unique construction. The glass filled nylon plastic construction makes it lighter than the usual steel hand trucks which are extremely heavy even before being loaded.
The frame makes it quite strong and durable. Of course, I also liked the fact that it’s pre-assembled so you won’t be performing along assembling process. The heavy-duty 10’’ wheels and heavy-duty 5’’ swivel casters also got me thinking of picking this hand truck instead.
As I came to learn, the glass-filled plastic is chemical, corrosion and rust resistant which means you won’t be visiting the market anytime soon.
#9 Milwaukee Hand Trucks 49180 Convertible Truck
I heard about this hand truck from a friend of mine who had recommended it after I called to ask for suggestions. Although I didn’t pick it for personal reasons, I had to include it in this review.
Of course, it easily converts from a two-wheeled dolly to a four-wheel cart. It’s 10’’ pneumatic tires help in the cushioning of the heavy load against the roughest and toughest terrain thus offering adequate safety for the luggage.
I also found the maximum load capacity of 800 lbs quite impressive. And yes, with wheel guards to separate the load from the tires, you can never go wrong with this hand truck.
#8 Wesco 220649 Steel Maxi Mover Lightweight Folding Truck
Although I found the maximum load capacity of 275 lbs way too low, I must admit that this hand truck is worth a purchase. It’s ideal for people who want to move smaller packages from one point to another.
The steel construction offers ultimate strength and durability thus ensuring that you don’t frequent the market looking for replacements after every few days. I also found the folding design quite impressive since it offers easy portability and storage.
If you want to carry it on the back of your car for off-loading after arriving, then you can trust it.
#7 Vergo S300BT Model Industrial Folding Hand Truck Dolly
With a telescoping handle, I found this hand truck quite impressive. The telescoping hand stretches up to 42.5 inches and also contracts to a smaller length if so desired.
The folding nose plate is also another thing I found impressive about this hand truck. The folding nose plate opens in second thus saving your time.
The nesting wheels move into place automatically move into place when the nose plate is unfolding or folding for ultimate convenience. It also features solid rubber wheels offering ultimate stability and comfort.
#6 Cosco 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck/Assisted Hand Truck
Choosing between this Cosco model and the Cosco shifter was quite hard for me. The ergonomic wheels which significantly reduce chances of accidents and reduce the impact on the load made me rethink my selection.
And yes, it comes with a single hand conversion which makes it quite easy to operate and convenient for quick use. Sufficiently versatile and easy to maneuver, you can never go wrong with this hand truck.
#5 Magna Cart Ideal 150 lb Capacity Steel Folding Hand Truck
When I came across this Magna hand truck, I was skeptical at first until I tried it out. That’s when I learned not to judge a book by its cover. It’s a foldable hand truck which is ideal for moving luggage, boxes and other items from one place to another.
Its rugged steel frame makes it quite sturdy while the 150 pounds holding capacity is quite appealing. I couldn’t say that the maximum load capacity is ideal for me.
In fact, the only reason why I didn’t pick this hand truck is that our loads were extremely heavy and I wanted something that could carry heavyweights of over 300 lbs.
Otherwise, if you want to carry light boxes and smaller luggage, this is an ideal hand truck for you.
#4 Magna Cart Personal 150 lb Capacity Aluminum Folding Hand Truck
I also found this Magna hand truck quite appealing. Just like its earlier sibling, it features an aluminum folding design which makes it quite amazing. I was personally thrilled by its telescoping handle which extends up to 39’’.
The large and broad base of 15’’ and rubber wheels of 5’’ make this hand truck quite reliable. There’s no air required for the wheels which means that you won’t be dealing with flat tires.
The maximum load capacity of 150 lbs is convenient enough for you to carry heavy loads which don’t exceed this weight. Given its compact design, it can fold up to a thickness of 2.5 inches making it quite portable.
#3 VEVOR Folding Hand Truck 3 In 1 Convertible Hand Truck
Vevor folding hand truck opens up the top three positions taking us closer to my top pick and my current companion. What made this hand truck impressively and outstanding?
Well, I was impressed by the maximum load capacity of 550 lbs when switched to a 2 wheel cart and a maximum weight of 770 lbs when switched to a 4 wheeled cart. I also found the convertible design which works in seconds extremely adorable.
I mean, being able to switch from one form to another in seconds without having to deal with mechanical faults is quite amazing. And yes, I couldn’t help noticing the convertible aluminum construction made is extremely sturdy and durable.
#2 Magline GMK81UA4 Gemini Sr Convertible Hand Truck
Magline two in one is another hand truck on the market whose performance is super-impressive. It converts in seconds thus saving you the hassle of having to spend hours trying to change it from one state to the other.
Its large capacity reduces the number of trips you make going back and forth while loading or off-loading. And yes, I also found the durable and lightweight construction quite reliable. Of course, I hate those heavy hand trucks which cause fatigue.
#1 Cosco Shifter Multi-Position Heavy Duty Folding Hand Truck and Dolly
Finally, here comes the hand truck I am currently using. This Cosmos shifter multi-position comes in a convenient design which makes it quite reliable. The heavy duty and durable steel frame which can hold a maximum load of like 300lbs make this item worth a purchase.
And yes, speaking out of an experience, I find the quick conversion feature quite impressive, I mean, I convert from 2 wheels to 4 wheeled in seconds which is extremely superb.
Benefits of Hand Trucks
- Make movement easier: When shifting from one place to another or moving items in business from one department to another, hand trucks come in handy.
- Convertible for convenience: The convertible design from 2 wheeled to 4 wheeled makes them convenient for movement of load nearing different weights.
- Collapse for easy storage: Most hand trucks fold for convenient storage and easier movement from one place to another.
Ever since I started using Cosmos hand truck, I haven’t tried carrying heavy loads on my shoulder. I am a fitness freak, so I don’t mind carrying a single load over my shoulders.
But when it comes to moving many boxes, it would take an eternity to move them. That’s why I suggest you get one of these hand trucks and make your move quick.