About Weed Snatcher
Weed Snatcher combines two blades (wide for larger cracks and thin for narrow crevices), EZ Roll wheels, and a push-button telescoping handle that adjusts from three to six feet to make pulling weeds as easy as sweeping the floor.
The commercial indicates you simply need to swap the appropriate blade with the push of a button, put the device in place, and steadily move back and forth along the crack or crevice. While you're doing this, Weed Snatcher's ‘snatch and pull' technology hooks underneath weeds and pulls them out by the root in seconds so that they won't come back.
Combined, the manufacturer advertises that you won’t have to bend over, worry about straining your back or knees, deal with gardening tools or heavy gas-powered trimmers, or rely on potentially harmful chemicals or expensive landscapers.
But is it really all you need to get rid of weeds? Is it the ultimate crack and crevice weed-removal tool, as advertised? Over the course of just a few minutes, we can help you find some actionable answers.
The Basics of Weed Removal
The Penn State Extension reports the word ‘weed’ has multiple definitions, including (but not limited to):
- a plant out of place and not intentionally sown
- a plant growing where it is not wanted
- a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. (R.W. Emerson)
- plants that are competitive, persistent, pernicious, and interfere negatively with human activity (Ross, et al.)
And while their presence might seem mundane, they go on to note, “U.S. farmers annually spend $3.6 billion on chemical weed control and $2.6 billion for cultural and other methods of control. The total cost of weeds in the United States could approach $15 to $20 billion dollars.”
From a residential perspective, TheSpruce’s Colleen Vanderlinden points out that non-chemical weed removal is typically the best first option, including using boiling water in any areas you don’t want weeds, mixing a spray containing “1 quart of vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt and 2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent,” or even using a small propane torch to burn them.
And of course, you can always use a fine-tipped tool like Weed Snatcher to manually dig out unwanted weeds, as well as a flat-head screwdriver, a pronged dandelion digger, or even an old kitchen knife.
Pro tip: Keep in mind that the weather can play a big role in which of these options might work best at any given time. For example, boiling water, vinegar spray, and a torch will typically be less effective after a recent rain, or when the ground is damp.
On the other hand, manually pulling weeds (using the method of your choice) is often best performed when the ground is wet, as the roots release from the soil easier.
With these fundamentals in mind, the next most important question becomes: Is Weed Snatcher necessarily your best method for manually pulling weeds? Let’s first quickly discuss the price and the manufacturer.
How Much Does Weed Snatcher Cost?
One Weed Snatcher tool and weeding head set is priced at $19.99, plus free S&H. During checkout, you can order a second tool and set for an additional $9.99 fee.
All orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H and fees associated with the BOGO offer, which you can request by calling customer service at 973-287-5174.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind Weed Snatcher?
Tristar Products is based out of Fairfield, NJ and has been manufacturing As Seen on TV products since 1992. In fact, they’re currently the second largest company in the industry.
The company held an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 22 negative customer reviews and more than 640 closed complaints, as of 4/19/18. While a company representative always responded, most of these related to less-than-stellar product quality or service concerns.
Weed Snatcher vs. the Competition
Most of us consider weeds unsightly, so we’re often willing to spend a lot of time and energy getting rid of them as they appear in our gardens and flowerbeds. As a result, there’s no shortage of tools that can help you accomplish this.
While we didn’t encounter any other rolling models exactly like Weed Snatcher during our research, we did come across several functionally similar models searching for terms like:
- Crevice/crack/sidewalk weeder tool
- Long handle weeding knife
- Crevice cleaning tool
- Paver weeder
- Stand-up weed remover
Here were some of the top results across online marketplaces like Amazon and Google Shopping:
|Weed Snatcher||$19.99||Hooked blade between two plastic wheels, telescoping handle between 3’ and 6’,|
|Luster Leaf Original Winged Weeder||$19.99||Thin 8.75” arrow-shaped blade that can also be used for cultivating, tilling, and sowing; 4.5’ handle|
|Bully Tools Bean Hook/Paver Weeder w/Dual-Sided Blade||$21||3” hooked blade made from 7-gauge steel, fiberglass handle|
|Ames Bean/Weed Hook||$16||3.5’ length, tempered steel hook, wood (Northern Ash) handle|
|Sporty’s Crevice Cleaning Tool||$18||2.75” curved blade, 28” long fiberglass handle|
Does this mean you should go with Weed Snatcher, a competitor, or a different direction altogether? Let’s answer this final question in the next section.
Our Final Thoughts About Weed Snatcher
Based on what we learned from the website and commercial (we didn’t test any models firsthand during our research), Weed Snatcher seems to be meaningfully different than competing tools in two ways:
- It features a wheel on either side of the curved hook
- It comes with a telescoping handle that can adjust between three and six feet
So, if you experience dexterity, movement, or chronic pain issues, we’d imagine these wheels could help guide the blade along the crack as you push and pull, while the longer handle could adjust to multiple users and prevent you from having to bend over or get down on your hands and knees.
Together, Weed Snatcher seems like it might accomplish a very specific task very well; i.e., quickly pull weeds from cracks and crevices. So, if you have a lot of these areas that require weeding (such as along patios, driveways, sidewalks, and so forth), it could come in handy.
With all of these positives in mind, if you can go without the wheels and the telescoping handle, the options in the above table—some of which were less expensive available locally—might provide just as much bang-for-the-buck.
In fact, depending on your needs, their lack of side wheels might provide an advantage by allowing you to reach deeper into cracks and crevices (or between decking slats) and gain access to weeds’ roots.
And if purchased locally, this could get you pulling weeds faster, save S&H charges, and make the return process faster if it doesn’t end up meeting your needs.
If Weed Snatcher’s specific functionality seems like it might deliver more of what you need, though, you can feel confident that the manufacturer stands behind it with a 60-day refund policy.
0 out 1 people found this review helpful
This project creator on Kickstarter is sketchy at best. Infrequent updates and lack of communication, several delays have caused people to not realistically get their product for a year after the Kickstarter project was created.
The project owner's new tactic is to refund purchasers without their request if they post negative or questioning comments on the Kickstarter project, up to and including wondering about the delays or questioning the fact that he has already sold the product to an infomercial company, despite none of the original backers receiving their paid-for product yet.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
0 out 2 people found this review helpful
I just canceled my order for a Weed Snatcher. I had ordered it over a month ago, and I was under the impression it would be delivered in mid-July. I checked my order and delivery was changed to mid-September. That was totally unacceptable. I bought a long-handled weeding knife from Home Depot, and it will be here in a week. It doesn't have wheels but it has good reviews, and it should work just as well.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend