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Tiling trowel - types, advantages & disadvantages at a glance

Tile trowel: Your indispensable tool for perfectly laid tiles

When laying tiles, all tools and machines are simply indispensable. This includes a high-quality tile trowel.

We will show you what types of tile trowels there are and when they are used.

2. What is a tile trowel?

Tile trowel when applying tile adhesive

A tile trowel is a specialized hand tool used in the tile laying trade.

It has a handle and a flat metal plate with a jagged edge (metal segments).

Good to know: These "teeth" help spread the tile adhesive evenly and create an even surface for the tile.

2.1 A tile trowel is required for this tile work

3. The different types of tile trowels

Types of tile trowels placed side by side

There are different types of tile trowels that are suitable for different purposes and tile types. We will show you which teeth are suitable for which tiles.

3.1 Square Notch Trowel

A square notch trowel has square teeth.

These are ideal for larger tiles and allow the adhesive to be evenly distributed.

Square notch trowel advantages:

  • Ideal for larger tiles.
  • Even distribution of the adhesive.


  • Not suitable for smaller tiles.
  • Can apply too much adhesive for thin tiles.

3.2 U-notch trowel

The U-notch trowel has U-shaped teeth. It is particularly useful for smaller tiles and mosaic tiles.


  • Especially useful for smaller tiles and mosaic tiles.
  • Prevents the application of too much glue.


  • Not ideal for larger tiles.
  • May apply insufficient amount of adhesive for larger tiles.

3.3 V notch blade

The V-notch trowel, with V-shaped teeth, is ideal for medium-sized tiles.

It ensures good adhesion and prevents the tiles from moving.


  • Ideal for medium-sized tiles.
  • Good adhesion and prevents movement of the tiles.


  • Not ideal for very small or very large tiles.
  • Slightly more difficult to clean because of the V-shaped teeth.

4. How to choose the right tile trowel

Tile Trowel Criteria for Purchase

Choosing the right tile trowel depends on several factors, including:

  • the type of tiles you want to lay
  • and the size of the area you want to cover.

4.1 The role of tooth size

The tooth size of the trowel plays an important role.

Our tip: Larger tiles will usually need a trowel with larger teeth to ensure adequate adhesive, while smaller tiles will need a trowel with smaller teeth.

4.2 Material and quality of the tile trowel

The material quality of the tile trowel is another important factor. High-quality trowels are often made of stainless steel and offer a long service life.

5. How to properly use a tile trowel

Use tile trowel correctly

To use a tile trowel effectively, you should apply the tile adhesive evenly to the area, making sure you spread the adhesive all the way to the edges.

5.1 Apply tile adhesive

Apply the tile adhesive with the smooth edge of the trowel and spread it evenly. Then turn the trowel over and pull the serrated side through the glue to create the correct pattern.

5.2 Lay tiles

Place the tile in the adhesive and press firmly. Make sure it is level and tight before moving on to the next tile.

6. Care and maintenance of your tile trowel

Clean tile trowel properly

Good care and maintenance of your tile trowel will ensure it lasts and does a good job.

6.1 Cleaning after use

Thoroughly clean your trowel after each use. Remove excess glue and dry well to prevent rust.

6.2 Storage of the tile trowel

Store your trowel in a dry place to keep it in good condition.

7. Where can you buy a tile trowel?

Tile trowels are available at hardware stores, specialty stores, and online.

7.1 Online purchase of tile trowels

There are many websites that sell tile tools. Be sure to read reviews and choose a trusted seller.

7.2 Tile stores and hardware stores

Here you can pick up a tile trowel and judge the quality for yourself. Specialist sellers can also help you with the selection.

8. Our opinion on tile trowels

A tile trowel is an indispensable tool for every tiler and do-it-yourselfer when laying tiles. With the right care and handling, it can serve you well for years. Whether you're a professional or a DIY enthusiast, choosing the right tile trowel can make all the difference.

9. Common customer questions about tile trowels

General questions about tile trowels

  1. Can I use a tile trowel for anything other than laying tiles? Yes, you can. Tile trowels can also be used to apply grout or adhesives for other projects. However, care should be taken to ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned after each use to avoid cross-contamination.

  2. What should I do if my tile trowel rusts? If your tile trowel starts to rust, you can clean it with steel wool or a wire brush. After that, you should dry them well and treat them with an anti-rust product.

  3. Which trowel should I use for large format tiles? For large format tiles, a trowel with a larger tooth size is usually recommended, e.g. B. a square-notch trowel. The larger tooth size helps apply more adhesive, which is important for good tile adhesion.

  4. Is there a difference between tiling trowels for floor and wall tiling? As a rule, the same tile trowel can be used for floor and wall tiles. The choice of trowel depends more on the size and type of tile you want to lay.
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