Plenty of jobs in the garden require you to bend down to accomplish them and a good kneeling pad will make your experience much more comfortable.
There are certain tools you rely on when gardening, such as a mower, trowel and sheers. While these are certainly essential to getting the job done, you also need to think about comfort and avoiding injury.
A good kneeling pad will ensure you’re able to work on your garden while still being comfortable.
Kneeling pads are generally very inexpensive, but they can make all the difference when gardening. They not only prevent your knees from hurting but can also prevent back injuries – since you won’t try to avoid kneeling down if you have to.
Some of the important things to consider when buying a garden kneeler are –
- The materials used
- Its size
- Whether it comes with a guarantee
- If it’s washable
- If it’s waterproof
We’ve rated some of the best garden kneelers available in the UK; looking at their key features as well as their pros and cons.
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Let’s start by looking at our best pic, the Burgeon & Ball Kneelo…
An incredibly comfortable kneeler – our #1 top pick
Our best pick is the Burgeon & Ball Kneelo. It’s incredibly comfortable, looks great and is big enough to be practical for most people.
The most important quality of a kneeler is that it’s comfortable and the Kneelo is certainly that. The cushioning is made from memory foam with a shock-absorbing foam in the centre, while the outer material is waterproof neoprene, making it very easy to wipe clean.
It has an oval-shaped design and there’s a carry-hole at the top of it, so it’s very practical to carry around.
The Kneelo comes in a huge variety of colours, including cobalt blue, moss, navy, slate grey, berry, emerald and poppy, to name just a few.
Overall, it’s a superb kneeler and would make a great addition if you’re looking to make your gardening experience more comfortable.
- The memory foam cushioning and neoprene covering make it very comfortable to use
- Comes in a wide selection of colours
- Is very reasonably priced for a product of its quality
- Is very easy to carry around
- Is prone to absorbing wet and dirt because of the materials used
- Wouldn’t be suitable for machine washing
A good quality kneeler at an extremely affordable price
Our value pick is the Bosmere Kneeling Mat and would be a good choice if you’re looking for a kneeler that gets the job done for minimal expense.
It measures 38cm long and 20cm wide, so it a decent amount of kneeling room. It’s made from triple laminate and is reasonably thick, although it’s not quite as comfortable as some other premium kneelers, such as the Kneelo.
Due to the materials used, it’s very lightweight and easy to carry around. It also does not absorb moisture, so you don’t have to worry about using it when it’s raining or when the ground is wet.
You have a choice of five colours for this pad, those being blue, green, pink, purple and green/white. If you want to opt for the green/white model, then it does cost quite a bit more than the other colour choices.
Although it might not be as premium in its construction as the Kneelo, it’s still a very good kneeling mat and would be ideal for lighter use, of say 15-20 minutes at a time.
- Very affordable
- A lot of colour choices
- Doesn’t absorb moisture, so is ideal for using when the ground is wet or when it’s raining
- Not as comfortable to use for an extended period as kneeling pads that use memory foam
- The relatively small size means it may not be suitable for everyone
A unique and highly practical kneeler/bench
The Denny International 2-In-1 Folding Kneeler combines a kneeling pad with a bench, making it incredibly practical for all types of gardening jobs.
The sturdy metal frame supports the kneeling pad/seat, which is very comfortable, whether you’re kneeling or sitting on it. It also comes with a fabric tool pouch on the side of the frame.
Using this product is incredibly simple. To switch from using the seat to the kneeler (or vice versa) you simply flip it over. There are certain jobs where it might be easier to use a bench rather than a kneeler, so having both being so readily accessible is incredibly useful.
It’s very compact when its folded up, so it’s easy to move around and store. The included tool bag is also detachable, meaning you can use it whether you’re using the kneeler or the bench. The kneeler arms can also be moved too, meaning you’re able to adjust the pad to a height that’s comfortable for you.
Overall, this is a very nice kneeler and the fact that you have the option to use it as a bench too, means it will likely become an indispensable part of your gardening kit.
- Dual functionality – works equally as well as a kneeler and a bench
- It’s very easy to switch from one function to the other, simply being a matter of turning it upside down
- Comes with a free tool pouch included
- Not quite as simple to use as a more traditional kneeler
- Weighs more than most kneelers due to the metal frame
Comfortable to use and easy to store
The Art Beauty Kneeling Pad is another memory foam kneeler and has some unique benefits that make it well worth considering.
Just like the Kneelo, this pad has memory foam cushioning with a neoprene covering. However, unlike the Kneelo, the covering can be removed to be machine washed, which is incredibly useful when you’re using it outdoors.
The fold-out design means you get plenty of kneeling space when you’re using it, but it’s also very practical to move around and store when it’s folded up, with a carry handle on the top. The size when unfolded is 22″x13.4″x2.36″.
The covering and interior layer of the pad are both water-resistant, which is very important with a memory foam kneeler, since it stops it from absorbing moisture and swelling.
This pad comes in two colours – forest green and light grey, both costing the same.
It works great as a garden kneeler, but you could also use this for other jobs where you need to kneel down, such as changing a car tyre or cleaning around the house.
- Would be suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- The memory foam cushioning makes it very comfortable to use
- The water-resistant, neoprene cover can be removed and machine washed as needed
- Fold-up design makes it very easy to carry around and store
- In low temperatures, the memory foam cushion can harden considerably
A simple yet very practical pad with plenty of kneeling space
If you’re looking for a kneeling pad that’s lightweight, simple and reasonably comfortable to use, then the Xueliee Thick Knee Pad ticks all those boxes.
It’s very simple in its design, being made from foam with a carry handle cut in the top. The extra-thick, high-density foam makes it very comfortable to use and at 45cm long and 25cm high, there’s plenty of kneeling space.
This would be ideal for using as a garden kneeler, but you could also use it for other jobs around the house and garage.
Despite being on the larger side, it’s still very lightweight and easy to carry around. It doesn’t absorb moisture either, so you don’t have to worry about it becoming drenched when there’s bad weather or the ground is wet.
You can get this pad in a choice of three colours – blue, black and green.
- At 45cm x 25cm x 4.5 cm, there is plenty of kneeling space and the pad is very thick and comfortable to use
- Very lightweight and portable
- Reasonably priced
- Comes in a choice of three colours
- There are more comfortable pads available
Do You Really Need a Kneeling Pad?
There are some pieces of gardening equipment that are vital; you might not consider a kneeling pad to be one of them. If you have an old cushion or pillow lying around, for example, then you might prefer to just use that.
However, there are some reasons that investing in a kneeling pad is well worth it. Firstly, they’re usually designed to be as comfortable as possible. Using materials like memory foam, they are much easier on your knees and will help to support your back when you’re using them.
They’re also usually available in a wide range of colours, so you can choose one that matches your other gardening equipment. They’re generally very inexpensive too, even for higher quality ones.
Tips For Remaining Comfortable When Gardening
Gardening can be quite a strenuous activity, particularly when you’re at it for hours. It’s not uncommon for people to hurt their back or sustain other types of injuries when gardening. This is far from ideal, so anything you can do to make gardening a safer and more comfortable experience is recommended.
Below are some great ways to accomplish this.
Wear the right clothes
Wearing comfortable clothes is perhaps the most obvious way to remain comfortable when you’re gardening. Most people chose to do their gardening during the spring and summer, so an obvious choice during these months would be a light t-shirt/shirt and a pair of jeans or shorts.
If you’re gardening when the weather is cooler or during light showers, then a thin rain jacket and jeans would be a good combination.
Invest in a good pair of gardening gloves
One of the most essential pieces equipment you need to make gardening more comfortable is a good pair of gardening gloves. For tasks such as pulling up weeds and nettles, you need a thick pair of gloves to protect yourself.
Gardening gloves will also prevent getting dirt in your nails and are great for preparing soil when you’re planting in a flowerbed.
Take regular drink breaks
It’s very easy to get into a flow when you’re gardening and forget to take breaks when you need them. How often you should take a break will depend on how strenuous the task you’re doing is and how hot is. Generally, though, taking a break every hour is a good rule of thumb.
It’s usually better to have drink breaks indoors, so you can cool down and switch off from what you’re doing for a few minutes.
Don’t stay out in the sun for extended periods
Although the UK might not be known for its hot weather, staying outdoors in the height of summer can easily result in sunburn and fatigue. This being the case, you should make sure you wear sun cream and make sure you’re not out in the sun for too long.
Consider getting cordless gardening equipment
The quality of the equipment you have can make a big difference when you’re gardening. Take the most obvious example of a lawnmower. There are plenty of lawnmowers available out there, but a cordless mower can be operated without having to worry about a trailing wire or having a nearby power source.
You can also get cordless strimmers, hedge trimmers, brush cutters etc. which all make getting to hard to reach spots much easier and more comfortable.
Cordless gardening equipment is usually either battery or petrol powered. They both have their pros and cons.
With battery-powered equipment, you don’t have to worry about fumes or buying petrol, however they tend to be less powerful and the batteries can be quite expensive.
With petrol equipment, you have plenty of power and it’s generally better suited for larger gardens, when you need to use it for a long time without worrying about running out of power.
Chris loves the outdoors and exploring nature. He is a freelance writer and has written extensively on subjects including travel, DIY and gardening.