Well the big day is finally here! It’s moving day. Or its almost here and you’re searching around for the right dolly, hand cart, or hand truck to help with your move. It’s going to be a long back breaking job without the right dolly and we are glad you came to this site. Although there are a ton of options out there, we wanted to break down some of the essential dollies that are recommended for your small jobs all the up to your appliances. Here are our recommendations for:
The Top 5 Best Dollies for Moving
This made in the USA dolly from a I-Beam features a steel-like fiberglass frame that is 30% lighter than steel but still holds a maximum weight capacity of 400lbs. It is a great primary dolly for handling the majority of your moving day jobs. It also has a corrosion and rust resistant frame and can convert from a 2 wheel to 4 wheel dolly with a simple locking mechanism.
PROS: lightweight, 2 wheel to 4 wheel configuration, corrosion and rust resistant
CONS: some complaints of wheels not lasting after repeated use, light weight in design, not durable overtiem, not shippable outside of the USA.
FINAL VERDICT: It says 400 lbs weight capacity but we suggest not to use it beyond 100-150lbs. Usually, the weight capacity indicates the maximum weight limit but a dolly should never be used its maxed out weight limit. This will cause structural damage and will shorten the lifespan usability over time.
This dolly is great for light weight moving. The fiberglass frame is somewhat flexible however it will be able to hold up well to moving small to medium boxes
RECOMMENDED: for lightweight objects, smaller items
This is the big brother to the 400lb capacity convertible Harper Hand Truck/ Dolly. It consists of the same I-Beam glass filled nylon frame which is 30% lighter than steel making this dolly combo very lightweight and portable. The frame construction also protects the dolly from corrosion and makes it rust resistant. The rear wheels are now a 10″ pneumatic with 5″ heavy-duty swivel casters in the front.
PROS: convertible from 2 to 4 wheel dolly and cart, heavy duty weight capacity up to 600 lbs when careful.
CONS: with a non-steel frame, you need to be somewhat careful its use, narrow construction and not meant for wider objects
FINAL VERDICT: These lighter frame dolly trucks are good to their weight capacity however, they not meant for rugged use. The best features are its convertibility and convenience in portability. We recommend this for a basic move and also for basic jobs around the house. It is not meant for extended use over time. Since moving only takes a day or two and not something we do all the time, this could be a great option for those wanting to use a higher weight capacity dolly but one that isn’t so heavy to lug around a move site.
RECOMMENDED: For small to medium capacity work.
Manufactured in USA; Harper exclusive I-Beam Glass Filled Nylon Plastic Frame is 30% lighter than steel and designed for maximum strength (Plastic frame is factory Pre Assembled) Price: $73.44
Harper Trucks Nylon Convertible Hand Truck with 10″ wheels
Glass-Filled Nylon Plastic Frame is chemical, corrosion and rust resistant for longer life
Converts in seconds from 2 wheel dolly to 4 wheel cart - 600 lb dolly and 700 lb cart capacity (Product images illustrates both uses, but only one cart is being sold)
Manufactured in USA; Harper exclusive I-Beam Glass Filled Nylon Plastic Frame is 30% lighter than steel and designed for maximum strength (Plastic frame is factory Pre Assembled)
If you are looking for something to last for the duration of your move as well as have a serious goto dolly for future use then this product can be your best choice.
It is a bit on the heavy side of 33 lbs but it only assures you of its steel tube frame and heavy duty capacity. The maximum weight load is 600 lbs with a loading area of 32 cu. ft.
PROS: adjustable to multiple lengths depending on your project, convertible design
CONS: prone to rusting if not cared for, assembly issues and can cause frustration if do not know how to operate
FINAL VERDICT: Although this cart was designed for carrying around stage equipment, it can also serve a good purpose for moving. It was designed with multiple use in mind so it will definitely endure the short runs of moving. Also the foldable and convertible features gives it an advantage for multi-purpose usage. Not really meant for long time consistent use since it has a lot of moving parts. However, great for occasional goto jobs.
RECOMMENDED: To be a goto dolly/ cart with features for multi-purpose usage even after a move.
For an all around work horse, you can’t go wrong with Magliner. This hand truck features a high arched handle with a diecast nose plate and stair climbers. It has 10″ pneumatic wheels and the aluminum nose plate is lighter than steel and rust and corrosion resistant.
PROS: great for heavy, bulky items, reduced friction wheels, fold flat for storage
CONS: does not convert to flatbed design, wheels may need on going maintenance depending on weight capacity usage.
FINAL VERDICT: Stair climbers are a must if you are planning to use this to move larger objects up and down stairs. The larger wheels pair well with ramp usage as well. The higher handle creates better leverage for larger loads. It can hold up to the stated weight capacity and great for commercial use as well.
RECOMMENDED: For the larger objects and for going up and down stairs. If you know how to use a larger dolly, then this will be a great fit for you. Not ideal for larger appliances thought.
Curved back frame, 60" single grip handle Price:
Magliner HMK53CUA45 Aluminum Hand Truck, Curved Back Frame, 60″ Single Grip Handle, 18″ x 7-1/2″ Aluminum Diecast Nose Plate, 500 lb Capacity
10" Pneumatic wheels
18" x 7-1/2" Aluminum diecast nose plate
Curved back frame, 60" single grip handle
The ultimate dolly for small appliances. It has a large capacity overall design with heavy-duty flat free wheels. The innovative design allows for stress free usage from each adjusted position. It features a 1000 lbs flat 4 wheel cart and an 800 lbs capacity 2 wheel design.
PROS: one handed operation, helps reduce the risk of injury, fatigue, and strain from periodic usage, ergonomic overall design with higher weight capacity
CONS: like all heavy duty dollies, wheels may need maintenance over time, load capacity has been reported as not living up to advertised.
FINAL VERDICT: We recommend this hand cart for small appliances. With each move, it is essential to have something to match the load capacity of your heavier objects without breaking the bank. Cosco products are known for their quality and durability. The downside with a lot of these dollies is their wheels. The front casters are a bit on the smaller side and the weight capacity may a little over estimated. However, if you have a larger home with a number of heavier objects, then this 3-in-1 dolly cart will definitely serve its purpose.
RECOMMENDED: For appliances and well balanced weight loads.
Thank you for checking out our list. As mentioned above, there are other options that could be a better fit for the kind of work you are looking to do. Please go to our categories for other options that could fit your needs.