The skinny plastic handles that come with most 5-gallon buckets can hurt your hands if you’re carrying a heavy load like sand, salt or tools. They often break off too, and then the bare metal really cuts into your fingers. That’s why I love these Snappy Grip ergonomic handles from snappygrip.com.
Just break away the old bucket handle with diagonal cutters or pliers, or smack it on the floor with a hammer and then snap on the new handle. They’re easy to install and much bigger in diameter, making heavy buckets more comfortable to lug around. The handles are available in multipacks online for $4 to $70.