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Choosing the Best Garden Hose Spray Nozzles

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on September 27, 2018
Best Garden Hose Nozzles

Wherever you live in the world, one thing remains the same - lawns and gardens need to be adequately watered in order to remain healthy. Have you ever stepped onto the grass in your backyard and felt the grass kind of crunch under your feet? Or turn around to see that instead of springing back up after you’ve walked across it, your grass just lies flat? That’s because it’s lacking moisture and is not being watered sufficiently.

Sprinklers are good, but if you keep them running continuously, they use a lot of water. Really, you need someone to be able to monitor the sprinkler to make sure the garden’s not being overwatered. The other downside to sprinklers is you can’t hang your washing out at the same time!

One of the quickest and easiest solutions to this manually watering your garden through the use of a garden hose. But before you set off to give your grass the nourishment it needs, you might want to take a moment or two to consider what kind of garden hose nozzle you need.

What to Consider When Buying a Garden Hose Nozzle

While garden hose nozzles themselves are relatively straightforward there are still a few things to look out for and consider when making your purchase:

Where you’ll be using it

Where you’ll be using the garden hose, will help determine the type of nozzle that you’ll need. For example, if you’re in the process of growing any kind of plant or crop, you’ll probably find that a nozzle with a shower or mist option is more what you’re looking for. However, if you plan on using the nozzle for other tasks such as cleaning windows or washing the car, you may want to opt for a nozzle that has some kind of jet spray pattern.

Who will be using it?

This is another thing to consider as not all spray nozzles have a locking mechanism to help keep it on the setting you need. Those that don't require users to have pretty strong hands and wrists, and therefore may not be suitable for kids or the elderly.

Materials

As mentioned briefly above, garden hose nozzles are very simple inventions that consist of two main components: the sprayer and the handle. These nozzles are usually made of either metal, plastic, or a combination of both. Quite often metal nozzles are powder coated to make them more durable and less likely to rust. The most commonly used metals are brass, aluminum, stainless steel, or construction die-cast.

Nozzles made using a combination of metal and plastic are also pretty durable. Most often they will consist of a metal nozzle and a plastic handle. With these models, you get the best of both worlds as you get the strength and durability of a metal nozzle, and a lightweight and comfortable handle to hold.

Beware of garden hose nozzles made of just plastic. While these are no doubt the least inexpensive of nozzles, they’re also the poorest of quality and are likely to break after a couple of uses. They’re also more prone to leaking and can deteriorate quite quickly if exposed to sunlight over a long period of time.

Type/Style

If you’ve ever been shopping for a garden hose nozzle before, then you’ll know just how many variations there are. The main type you’ll come across are:

  • Traditional. Nozzles that are classed as traditional are those which have a straight barrel that’s twisted in order to regulate the amount of water allowed to flow through. With a just a quick twist, you can switch from a fine misting spray to a more powerful stream.  

  • Pistol grip. These nozzles look and work in a similar fashion to a handgun. Simply point the nozzle and press the trigger to start the water flow. To stop it, release the trigger.

  • Dial or turret. Nozzles that are of a dial or turret style employ the use of a dial in which to adjust the spraying pattern. Typically these will have anywhere between two and ten different spray patterns including a jet spray, fine mist, or soak option. 

  • Watering wand. This type of nozzle extends outwards and was designed for getting to those hard to reach places. Most have a cut-off valve towards the base of the wand, allowing you to stop the water supply without going to the faucet.

  • Fan. These nozzles spray water outward in a fan-shaped pattern. They’re ideal for use on plants and in small gardens.

  • Fireman. This is the kind of nozzle to use if you need a higher water pressure for whatever reason. But they don’t just allow high water pressure. You can also switch to a fine misting if preferred by simply twisting the nozzle.  

  • Soaker. A soaker nozzle doesn’t actually spray water. Instead, it allows water to drip out. These are perfect for using ib newly planted trees or delicate plants.    

The water pressure or flow rate

As a rough guide, most garden hose nozzles will put out around 2.5 to 5 gallons of water per minute. While most manufacturers will advertise this number, it’s not hugely important.

Connection

You’ll find that the majority of garden hose nozzle connectors are made from either plastic or metal. Most screw on, but there are some models out there that are quick connecting and just snap on for easy convenience. 

Durability

A garden hose nozzle isn’t something you tend to replace very quickly - provided you buy a decent one in the first place. Before you make your purchase, just double check the quality of the item to ensure it’s durable and likely to withstand years of outdoor use.

Ergonomics

While you’re not going to be watering your lawn every day, when you do use it, you don’t want to be working with something that’s bulky and uncomfortable to hold. Look for a hose nozzle that’s lightweight and easy to operate, even for those who don’t have a super strong grip.

Shut-off valve

Most garden hose nozzle you come across will have a shut-off valve. This will enable you to stop the flow of water by either twisting the nozzle, rotating a barrel, releasing a trigger, or moving a valve. It’s quite a useful feature for people that live in areas where water use is limited due to extreme weather conditions, such as during a drought.

Garden Hose Nozzle Reviews

My very first recommendation is to get a shut-off valve for your hose that sits below the nozzle. This makes it SO much easier to swap nozzles or swap to other uses of the hose without turning the spigot off completely. Like this one:

You'll see in the videos that I have a plastic one and I would recommend against that. It still works but is getting weathered and it will fail, it's only a matter of time. Get a metal shut off valve. You'll save water and hassle when switching tasks. Now on to the reviews...

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