Taking care of your lawn and garden requires a lot of thought. One simple thing that means success is making sure what you grow has the right amount of water. Since we don’t live in the dark ages anymore, hauling buckets of water to plants is not something we have to do. It’s important to find a good nozzle for your hose since this tool will do the bulk of your watering.
We’ve compiled a list of the best nozzles to make your decision easier and get you back out to your garden where you belong.
THE BEST HOSE NOZZLE
Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Metal Watering Nozzle
Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Spray Nozzle offers both the ease of choosing the spray type, and the durability of metal. It gives you 10 different types of spray patterns to ensure that whatever your watering needs are, you are covered.
Choosing the Right Hose Nozzle
A great hose nozzle is one that lasts a long time under many different environmental conditions, and is easy to use. Some types of nozzles will require you to remove them from your hose and place inside, which cuts down on convenience. What you want is a durable nozzle you can attach and leave.
Choosing the right nozzle takes a few considerations:
1. Nozzle Spray Type
The first is what kind of settings you are most likely to use. Different nozzles offer different types of sprays and it’s important to think about the type of spray that you need for your particular garden activities. You may find that you really use only one type of spray, or that you need many.
If you are going to water large areas, you don’t want to be standing around for hours so a nozzle that offers a wide spray range and a large volume of water would be best. If you plan to do a lot of watering for hanging pots and deep garden beds, a nozzle that offers water volume and also a longer handle would be best.
If you need to do delicate gardening, then a nozzle with a gentle spray pattern is a must. And if you’re like many people with different tasks for watering, then a nozzle with many adjustable patterns in spray and volume is your best bet.
2. Nozzle Material
Another consideration is the material of the nozzle.
Nozzles have two parts, the sprayer and the handle, and the two choices of materials are metal and plastic. While nozzles can be one or the other, some types are a combination of the two materials.
It’s best to avoid nozzles that have all plastic parts since these are easily degraded by sun and the elements, making it necessary to remove the nozzle every time you use it. Metal nozzles are a good choice because they tend to last a lot longer. It's also possible to have a plastic handle with metal sprayer. Just look for a metal connection point and sprayer to ensure that the parts most likely to degrade are made of better material.
Best Hose Nozzle Type (and Product)
There are many different styles that accomplish different tasks, whether extending your reach or making choosing a spray pattern easier. For each style of nozzle, we give you the best one available, plus an overall winner at the end, so that you can choose the nozzle that’s right for your watering needs.
1. Best Pistol Grip Nozzle: Gilmour Medium Duty Metal Full Sized Rear Control Cleaning Nozzle
The pistol grip nozzle is exactly what it sounds like, a nozzle shaped vaguely like a pistol. It features a pull style handle that allows you to change the pressure and style of spray as you squeeze.
The Gilmore Full sized Zinc Pistol Grip nozzle is an astonishing $6 on average for cost, but delivers and excellent spray. How hard you squeeze the trigger determines the spray. Squeeze a little and it delivers a gentle, wide mist perfect for delicate plants. Squeeze all the way, and the spray condenses to deliver a powerful stream that can reach up to 30 feet.
The body is zinc, with stainless steel springs. It features a clip that can keep the trigger condensed, and it’s possible to adjust the tension of the trigger by turning a thumbscrew. There are few moving parts, which means less that can break, but overall it delivers a solid performance.
One downside is that in areas containing salt water, the nozzle has a tendency to corrode more quickly, though due to zinc parts the nozzle can still last close to 5 years. You can buy this particular nozzle made with interior plastic, but as with anything, it is not as durable.
- All zinc, durable nozzle for many environments
- Pistol grip is ideal for any kind of plants in your garden
- Better grip and control compared to other nozzle style
- Pistol grip is easily broken if made of plastic
- Water pressure determined by the grip which may be difficult
2. Best Watering Wand: Dramm 14804 One Touch Rain Wand with One Touch Valve
Watering wand style nozzles extend your reach by placing the nozzle at the end of a longer wand that can reach up to 30 inches. They are good if you have watering tasks that are difficult to reach, such as deep garden beds or hanging baskets.
The Dramm 14 inch one touch rain wand is an excellent watering wand style nozzle. Although watering wands do not come in different spray patterns, this particular nozzle has 400 holes and a steady, gentle pressure that allows you to dispense a large amount of water in a shorter time without damaging more fragile plants.
It also features the one-touch on/off valve. Most wands require you to hold a lever to dispense water, or they have an on/off valve that is difficult to open, but for this particular style, you can simply slide the valve button in place and relax.
The wand comes in different lengths up to 30 inches, allowing you to reach plants from various distances, and all wands are well balanced making them easy to hold and wield.
- One touch on/off valve eliminates the need to hold a lever
- More holes allow greater volume of water than other nozzles without sacrificing gentleness
- The length makes it easy to reach deep or high area
- More expensive
- Single spray pattern
- The length of this product can be a hassle
3. Best Fan Nozzle: Orbit Metal Hose Spray Nozzle
Fan nozzles have widened mouths that spray a wide, gentle spray of water shaped like a fan. They offer only one type of spray.
When you have gentle watering needs, such as a newly seeded lawn, the Orbit Metal fan sprayer with an on/off lever is a great choice. It puts out a large amount of water, cutting down on the time it takes to finish watering, but remains gentle. It features an insulated grip to protect against hot or cold handle temperatures, and has a flow control lever.
Aluminum constructions ensures that the parts are durable. It has a wide spray area, making it great for watering lawns or vegetable gardens, and the flow control lever is built into the handle reducing the chance of breakage.
- Flow control lever built into the handle
- Wide spray area
- Best used for outdoor plants
- Gentle spray, great for small plants and seedlings
- Wider spray is difficult for container watering
- Low pressure
- Only for outdoor use with cold water
4. Best Fireman Style Nozzle: Bon-Aire Original Ultimate Aluminum Hose Nozzle
Fireman nozzles are versatile and can put out a large amount of water in a very short time. They are great for large watering jobs, and for people who have difficulty with traditional pistol style nozzles.
Though Bon Aire is a company you’ve likely never heard of, they make one particular nozzle so well that they don’t need any other type. The Bon Aire fireman nozzle is sold at most hardware stores and is a solidly built choice.
The spray strength is achieved by twisting the nozzle. The Bon Aire features 5 different spray patterns, a gentle pour, a soft spray, a diffuse spray, a more forceful stream, and a needle jet. It is easy to hold, and the twisting action makes this a great choice for those who find pulling the pistol style grip difficult.
It is also possible to disassemble and clean with a hex wrench.
A downside is that you must cycle through many spray patterns before being able to turn off the spray of water, though it is great for those who need to set and hold a spray pattern for a longer time.
- Easy to hold and control
- Easy to set
- Can be disassembled and cleaned
- High pressure, can also be used for cars
- 5 different spray patterns
- Takes a long time to turn off water flow
- Too strong for small plants and seedlings
- Not too durable because of the pressure
5. Best Overall: Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Metal Watering Nozzle
The best overall nozzle is one that offers both the ease of choosing the spray type, and the durability of metal. It gives you the flexibility of many different types of spray patterns to ensure that whatever your watering needs are, you are covered.
Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Spray Nozzle will cover any job you might have in your garden. It is made of durable metal and baked enamel, and features a front pull trigger with a clip to hold steady watering. The grip is rubber covered for comfort and to protect your skin against changes in temperature.
A huge plus for this nozzle is not only do you have control over the spray pattern, but a knob directly on the nozzle gives you control over the water pressure itself. When you need super gentle watering or to spray a blast of water to clean, you can adjust the type of spray and change the pressure of water itself directly.
- Best grip and control, and ideal for any plants
- 10 spray patterns in an easy to use dial
- Water pressure control on the nozzle
- Front pull trigger is more ergonomic than traditional rear pull triggers.
- More expensive than other pistol grip nozzle