Best Hand Trucks Thrifter 2020

Moving large appliances or heavy boxes is not only stressful, but it can also be dangerous if you don't do it safely. That's why when moving anything bulky you ought to use a hand truck or cart. That way, you'll make the whole process quicker, easier, and hopefully without injury. There are a variety of hand trucks available and your needs will dictate which works for you, but we've rounded up a bunch of the best options below to make choosing one a doddle.

Best overall: Cosco Shifter Hand Truck and Cart

Staff Pick

Featuring a heavy-duty, durable steel frame with a 300-pound capacity, the Shifter is the top pick for the average household moving needs. It easily switches from a truck to a cart with no extra tools needed and it folds flat when not in use for easy transportation or storage.

$58.93 at Amazon

Lightweight option: Magna Cart Personal Folding Hand Truck

If you only plan on moving lighter loads, Magna Cart's aluminum folding hand truck is up to the task. It can handle a 150-pound capacity and has a 15-inch base. Its handle extends to 39 inches and the whole thing folds to under three inches thick when not in use.

$49.99 at Amazon

Heavy loads: Harper Trucks Convertible Hand Truck and Dolly

Got a lot of stuff to move? This convertible hand truck can carry 600 pounds in its dolly configuration or as much as 700 pounds as a cart. It also has heavy-duty 10-inch wheels, a telescoping handle, and a glass-filled nylon plastic frame that is both strong and lightweight.

$94.99 at Amazon

Six-wheeler: Borteng Folding Hand Truck

With an extendable loading base, telescoping handle, and 360-degree rotating wheels, this folding hand truck makes it super easy to maneuver a bunch of stuff around during your next house move or garage clear out. It can hold up to 440 pounds and folds flat for easy storage.

$52.99 at Amazon

Best for stairs: Mecete Enhanced Stair Climbing Cart

If you know you're going to be carting a lot of boxes up flights of stairs, it makes sense to get a truck specifically designed for that purpose. This Mecete stair climber does just that with a capacity of up to 460 pounds plus accessories that make it possible for a team of people to lift heavy items up the stairs.

$118.99 at Amazon

Multi-purpose: Cosco 4-in-1 Folding Series Hand Truck

This 4-in-1 device works as a hand truck, assisted hand truck, cart, and platform cart which should cover pretty much all of your needs. It can carry up to 1,000 pounds of stuff as a 4-wheel cart and you can quickly switch modes without the need for tools or pins.

$146.55 at Amazon

Time to move

Most people don't need to use a hand truck regularly but for the odd occasion where it's necessary, it's good to have one in the garage that can fit most scenarios. That's why we recommend the Shifter hand truck and cart from Cosco. As the name suggests, it works as both a hand truck and a cart and easily switches between the two modes without the need for tools. It also has a 300-pound capacity which is more than enough for most household tasks and it folds flat when not in use.

If you know you have something heavier to move in the near future, then the Harper Trucks Convertible Hand Truck and Dolly is a wise investment with its 600-pound capacity and larger wheels. The multi-functional Cosco Folding Series 4-in-1 truck/cart is also good to have around if you want to make one purchase that serves multiple use cases.

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