Handheld spreaders are great for evenly distributing ice melt and sand on small walkways and patios. Having a small spreader you can dip into the bucket or bag of de-icing media is good for avoiding skin contact, and the way to go for most homeowners who need to scatter a small amount of icemelt. The Earthway hand held spreader 3500 is the best of the bunch, and has easily adjustable flow control, a trigger for on and off, and an ergonomic grip handle. Many users of both this and competitive products feel that the Earthway 3500 is more durable and more comfortable to use. This lightweight handheld spreader can also be used for seeding during warmer weather.