Last Update, January 2019: Our Winner, the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II with its extra storage space and ability to hold any club, remains our top choice. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper, the Clicgear Model 3.5+ Golf Push Cart is your best bet.
Although golf is being played by an increasing number of younger players, there is still a very high demand for a quality push pull cart.
In this article, I will try to identify the best push pull carts presently available.
The Winner: Bag Boy Tri Swivel II
The Bag Boy Tri Swivel II offers all the core features you need from a golf cart: durability, storage space, maneuverability with the swiveling front wheel, and the ability to hold any kind of golf bags.
Although the Bag Boy Tri Swivel II is not the cheapest among golf carts out there, it does offer excellent features that justify the slightly higher price.
Quick comparison: Top Best Golf Push Carts
What makes a great push cart?
In a perfect world we would all be able to walk the golf course and have caddies do the dirty work. Well, this isn’t Bushwood.
The next best thing is a golf push cart that is so unencumbering that you hardly know it’s there.
From the moment you pull it out of your trunk, it has to be an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, the most important thing about a golf push cart is the size it folds up into. I want mine to take up as little space as possible in my trunk.
You also want the cart to be stable, especially when on terrain that is uneven. Something with a wider wheel base is more stable than not. The 4 wheeled carts are typically more stable than their 3 wheeled counterparts.
Storage space in the cart itself varies of course form one manufacturer to the next. If you are someone who likes or needs to take a lot of stuff with you when you play golf, then take note of the storage compartments on whichever cart you choose.
It goes without saying that durability is of paramount importance as well. Something with durable tube metal construction is more durable than something that is plastic for instance. Finally, make sure and do your due diligence when exploring warranty and customer service reputation.
Why do you need a golf cart?
Which type of golf cart is best for you?
Golf Pull Cart
The traditional golf pull cart is sometimes called the trolley, and as you might have guessed, the main characteristic is how you pull the cart to carry your clubs around the course. In general, a golf pull cart only features two wheels, while a golf push cart (discussed below), can feature three or even four wheels. As a result, a pull cart is generally the most affordable.
Most golf pull carts do not offer extra features and extra storage spaces, and are mainly developed to do one specific job in carrying your golf bag.
Golf Push Cart
The golf push cart was invented and takes inspirations from the design of a baby stroller, especially the three-wheeled jogging stroller that is quite popular in recent times.
A golf push cart adds an extra wheel instead of the original two to allow it to be pushed instead of pulled. Some golf push carts even added the fourth wheel for extra stability and maneuverability.
Pushing is, in general, easier than pulling anything while using less energy. The pushing movement utilizes the forward momentum of walking, reducing overall fatigue. It is also easier to move around and control, while it also avoids the issue of asymmetrical use of muscles.
Golf Electric Cart
An electric golf cart or sometimes called electric trolley is the closest we will get to a full-time caddie. It is an improvement over the golf push cart, using electric motors to eliminate the necessary pushing/pulling. So, you will spend very little energy while using an electric cart.
Electric carts have been really popular in recent years, and there are even newer charts featuring GPS or A.I-driven technologies so that it can follow you around the course without any touching necessary.
An electric cart is generally more expensive than other types, and sometimes can cost more than $1,000, although there are some affordable ones below $300.
What specific characteristics should a great push cart have?
The following features are things to look for when choosing which golf push cart to purchase.
Characteristic #1: Ease of use
Characteristic #2: Essential features
Characteristic #3: Peace of mind
These are the eight golf push carts I have chosen to review and recommend. This is not to say that there are no other options out there, but I believe these are the ones to look at first.
Top 8 Best Golf Push Carts
1. Bag Boy Tri Swivel II
The Tri Swivel II obviously counters the trend toward 4-wheeled carts, and the swivelling front wheel is certainly an attention getter. However, once you take this unit out for a test run, you will discover just how easy it is to maneuver around the golf course.
The swivel definitely takes some getting used to. When you get the hang of it, you will find that it is almost like having power steering on your golf cart. It does have the ability to lock the front wheel if you so desire, but I don’t think that will be the case.
The TriSwivel is very easy to unfold and provides ample storage space. It’s a bit awkward when it is folded up and takes up more room than the Sun Mountain Micro Cart.
In addition, it is priced on the high side when it comes to golf push carts.
When all is said and done, the Tri Swivel II is a 3 wheeled cart that has performance characteristics of a 4 wheeler. If you don’t mind paying the extra 50 or 60 dollars, then this cart might be exactly what you are looking for.
- Easy access brake
- Comfortable grip
- Handle is adjustable to accommodate golfers of varying heights
- Oversized storage bag included
- Weight: 17 lbs.
- Very expensive
- Folded up size larger than others
- Confusing instruction manual
2. Bag Boy Quad Plus
This is Bag Boys’ first foray into the four wheeled cart realm. This cart is, as is the case with all Bag Boy carts, easy to fold/unfold. The Quad Plus has a large “supplemental storage pouch” which is becoming a must for players nowadays.
As mentioned in the features section, the Quad Plus is not as compact as its’ nearest rival (the Sun Mountain Micro Cart).
Another area where it scored poorly was in stability. The short wheelbase and high center of gravity contribute to this. However, the wheels on the Quad Plus are somewhat larger than the Micro, which compensate the stability issue to some degree. This cart seems to roll smoothly through longer grass than others.
- Not as stable as it should be
- Size when folded is somewhat large
3. Sun Mountain Micro Cart
The Sun Mountain Micro golf push cart is so simple in its’ design that some golfers pass on it just because of the lack of a “WOW” factor. In my opinion, that is ludicrous. This cart should not be discounted for that reason.
The fact that it is the lightest in its’ class, folds to the smallest size of its’ competitors and is priced at or near the rest of them, makes this an excellent choice.
This is another cart that I have owned previously. The warranty and customer service are first rate, which is more important once you have a need for them. This four wheeled cart will not disappoint you if it is your choice.
- At 13.5 lbs, the lightest cart by far
- Folds smaller than any other cart
- Can fold/unfold with one hand if need be
- Not very stylish (but who cares?)
- Some people complain about the lack of storage, but I don't have a problem with that here
4. Clicgear 8.0
The Clicgear 8.0 has a lot of things to like about it. It is easier to fold/unfold than previous Clicgear products. The brake system is one of the best of any golf push cart on the market.
The handle is adjustable within a wide range, allowing the cart to be custom fit in a way. There are tons of storage options, both in the console and in netting on the underside.
Many Velcro straps have been provided to attach and store either a GPS device or your cell phone. There is an umbrella storage device on the cart if you are tired of attaching it to your golf bag.
It is; stylish, solid, extremely functional and has accessories galore that you can add on. This is one of the best golf push carts out there…and the price reflects that.
- Design is sound and construction is solid
- Any accessory imaginable available
- Very expensive
- Stand bags do not fit well on the cart
- Heavy and bulky
- Folded size is larger than others
5. Clicgear 3.5+
The 3.5 has gone through a redesign recently and is now the 3.5+. Some of the improvements are: a newer brake system, a larger storage net, a new cup holder, an umbrella holder bracket and a new strap system.
Almost sounds like it should have been called the Clicgear 4.0 instead of the 3.5+ with all the changes? Surprisingly, the price has come down as well, which is nice. Also on the plus side is the plethora of accessories that Clicgear has for their golf push carts.
The folding/unfolding procedure is still confusing at best. I guess it just takes some getting used to. In addition it is an awkward cubed shape when folded up.
- Stylish design
- More stable than other three wheeled carts
- Lots of accessories available
- Unfolding/Folding process is not as easy as some
- Heavier than other three wheelers
6. Comfortable Seat, Excellent Storage Spaces: Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart with Seat
The Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart with Seat is already a well-rounded choice even without the included seat.
It is compact (when folded) and lightweight, it has plenty storage spaces, and it is quite durable. The included comfort-fit padded seat might seem like a minor addition, but it can be quite useful in various situations on the course.
Considering it’s very attractive price tag, the Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart with Seat is an excellent pick for almost any golfers. A minor downside is the non-swiveling front wheel, but the cart is still relatively easy to maneuver.
The Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart with Seat is unique simply because of the inclusion of a comfort-fit padded seat on its side.
Most, if not all golf courses have available benches for players that are often placed near the tee.
Yet, there are moments when you need some rest when you aren’t on a tee, such as those moments when you are waiting for the green to clear on a fairway. For those situations, the Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart is a nice addition to your golf kit.
The seat is relatively comfortable and has a nice height that will be comfortable for most golfers with average body size. The seat comes with a storage compartment, while you also get a drink holder, score card, tee holder, ball marker, and a score card slot. Of course, there is also the space to fit in your golf bag, so you wouldn’t have any shortage of storage space with this cart.
The cart itself is made with a light but durable aluminum tube frame, so it is quite sturdy despite its rather affordable price.
It as a 3-wheel design for stability, and all the three wheels are made of polymer, so they are also rather sturdy. A minor downside is that the front wheel does not swivel, so it might be a little hard to maneuver.
Yet, a non-swiveling wheel will also mean an added stability. There’s also a foot brake system that is quite reliable.
The initial assembly for the product is a little confusing, simply because the instruction manual is a little unclear. However, the process remains actually quite simple. The Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart can be folded to a compact size of just 80x60x40 cm for easy storage. Considering it is relatively light at just 19.1 lbs, moving the Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart is also relatively easy.
Another big plus is the adjustable, soft-grip ergonomic handle. Golfers with different height can easily adjust this handle to fit their posture.
- 3 Wheel Design with Stable Base * 3 Easy Roll Polymer Tires * On-Off Sure Hold Footbrake
- Comfort Fit Padded Seat with Storage Space * Easy Glide Ball Bearing Wheels * Adjustable Soft Grip Ergonomic Handle for Golfers of All Heights
- Folds to a compact size for Trunk or Closet Storage * Elastic Bag Strap Holders for Securing Your Bag
- Durable (Ultra-Light) Aluminum Tube Frame Console Handle Storage * Includes Drink Holder, Tee Holder, Ball Marker, Score Counter, and Score Card Slot
- Storage Net on Handle Console to store gloves, accessories, and snacks * Bag Cradle Adjusts to Fit Cart and Stand Bags of Any Style and Size
7. Maneuverability and Storage: Tangkula Swivel 3-Wheel Golf Push-Pull Cart
There are many similarities between the Tangkula Swivel 3 and the Spider 3 Wheel Golf Cart, and so the comparison between the two will be unavoidable. Here is our verdict: If you want a golf cart with seat, generally the Spider is the better choice, simply because the included seat is better.
However, the Tangkula Swivel 3 covers one of the Spider’s main downsides, which is the non-swiveling front wheel. So, the Tangkula 3-Wheel Golf Cart is better in the maneuverability department. With other features being relatively similar to each other, those two features will be the main consideration when choosing between the two.
We have to say, however, that the seat included with the Spider 3-Wheel Golf Cart is the better one: it is sturdier, it is thicker with comfort padding, and it is more stable. The seat included with the Tangkula Swivel 3-Wheel Golf Push Cart feels a little flimsy and thin, although it is still pretty decent.
So, while the seat of the Spider 3-Wheel Golf Cart can be considered as its main feature, the one with the Tangkula 3-Wheel Golf Cart should be considered as a (nice) added bonus.
On the other hand, we have mentioned that one of the major downsides of the Spider 3-Wheel Golf Cart is the non-swiveling front wheel. This is where the Tangkula Swivel 3 shines with a swiveling 9.5-inch front wheel.
Not only you get an easier maneuverability, but the wheels are also pretty stable and durable. Another added value is that all the three wheels are removable, which is a handy feature for storage purposes.
Speaking about storage purposes, the Tangkula Swivel 3 can be folded easily. However, it is not as compact as the Spider 3-Wheel.
This is where the removable wheels feature is handy for added compactness.
With just 19lbs of weight, the Tangkula Swivel 3 is relatively light for easy transportation and pushing/pulling.
Yet, it is also quite sturdy with an all-steel frame. There are not one, but 2 foot-operated brake systems, which are quite reliable. 2 functional brakes mean the added stability and safety, and will be handy on golf courses with non-level terrains.
There’s also the adjustable handle similar to that of the Spider 3-Wheel Golf Cart. So, golfers with different heights can use the Tangkula Golf Cart without any difficulty.
Regarding storage space, you get plenty with the Tangkula Swivel 3, including a drink holder, score board holder, and an umbrella holder.
- Sturdy Lightness: It features light weight with less than 19lbs, widely adopted as a strong and sturdy golf pull trolley to golfers for its steel frame. A durable using experience can surely be guaranteed. With a concise and stylish body, it can perfectly accommodate your golf bags as you expected.
- Foot Operated Brakes: 2 functional foot operated brakes enable to guarantee you a safe use and avoid any preventable accidents, such as sliding away or falling down. 3 separate feet design provides extra stability to make sure it stands balanced and steadily.
- Easy Changed Direction: With smooth ball bearing wheels, you can pull or push it to your desired place and change the directions both right and left with this ergonomically shaped handle. And the height can be adjusted easily to meet your different demands as well as the angle of handle can also be changeable.
- Moment to Store: 3 removable wheels aim to assist to quick storage when you do not use it. Its foldable design totally save your storage room and make it tidy. Effortless disassembly can surely fulfill your purpose to neat and moment storage.
- Considerate Details: There are considerate details offering additional values to this trolley. It can perfectly hold your umbrella on it, which adds extra storage place for you. And a scoreboard is included to help you record. You can also have a rest on this adjustable stool after playing.
8. Affordable, Ultra-Light Golf Cart: CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe Golf Push Cart
The main highlight of the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe is definitely its price tag, being one of the most affordable options on the market. For golfers that don’t want to spend too much on a golf cart, the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe can be an excellent choice without much sacrifice on quality.
It has all the features you need: an umbrella holder, a scorecard holder, a mesh net, a drink holder, and a great braking system. There is a little bit of issue on durability, and the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe doesn’t fold as well as more expensive golf carts. Still, for its price, it provides a great value.
When you heard the word ‘deluxe’, the first thing that usually comes to mind is an expensive product with premium features.
Yet, that’s not the case with the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe, as it is actually one of the most affordable golf carts available on the market, and the most affordable on this review.
Although it is very affordable, the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe does justify the ‘deluxe’ on its name with plenty of nice features.
First, it is an ultra-light golf cart with just a 12.2 lbs of weight, so moving it around will be a breeze. Yet, although it is very light, it is surprisingly stable and secure, especially thanks to CaddyTek’s patented brake system, which is very easy to use. Simply push to brake (and secure),and push again to release.
In the looks department, the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe is not bad either. It is a simple golf push cart in black, coming with three wheels.
The front wheels are significantly smaller than those at the back, and while this might hinder maneuverability, it is still relatively easy to maneuver the CaddyTek around, thanks to its lightweight and excellent brake system.
The front wheel comes with a built-in alignment mechanism, and so you can tinker with it to find your ideal setting.
Regarding storage space, surprisingly the usual options for more expensive golf carts are available, including scorecard holder, umbrella holder, and other storage options. There’s also the mesh net and drink holder included, and although the cart is very light, it can accommodate most golf bags of any size (and shape).
With its lightweight material and price tag, we can expect a little bit of flimsiness with the CaddyTek SuperLite Deluxe. Yet, the durability won’t be much of an issue with regular usage, you just have to be a little careful on courses with harsh terrains.
- Light weight - less than 12.2 lbs
- Umbrella holder, mesh net and beverage holder included
- Patented push to brake/push to release foot brake
- Front wheel alignment mechanism build in
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
I hope it is not too obvious which golf push cart I prefer and recommend. After exhaustive comparisons, I am recommending the Sun Mountain Micro Cart.
There are just too many things right about it to not have it at the top of my list. I really like the fact that Sun Mountain resisted the temptation to dress it up to try to appeal in areas that are just not that important.
I enjoy owning this cart and am in the market to buy another as we speak.