Garden care is an ever-evolving business and so many options are available in every aspect of gardening, it’s little wonder to learn that the humble garden nozzle now contains myriad choices and a bewildering array of options when it comes to selecting the optimum one.
However, the range of products available can be mind-boggling so we take the pain out of the selection process by testing the best nozzles on the market and offering our opinion on the ten best with a guide to why each one fits a particular need. Let’s go.
Selecting the Best Garden Hose Nozzles in April, 2020
Gardenite Heavy Duty
7.2 x 5 x 2.5 inches
10.8 x 3 x 7.2 inches
ikris Metal Lever
6 x 6 x 2.4 inches
7 x 2 x 6 inches
|SprayTec 9 Pattern|
8.8 x 5.2 x 3 inches
6.3 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches
|Gilmour Super Duty|
4.9 x 2.5 x 7 inches
|Gilmour Medium Duty|
1 x 1 x 1 inches
6.4 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches
|Rhino Tuff Products|
9.9 x 8.6 x 2.7 inches
Rhino Tuff Products
1. Gardenite Heavy Duty 10 Pattern: Best All-Purpose Nozzle
Of all the nozzles which we tested; the Gardenite Heavy Duty 10 Pattern Metal nozzle proved the most versatile. It is a robust nozzle, pleasing on the eye with its baked enamel finish and designed with a comfortable grip which facilitates using it for an extended period of time.
It incorporates ten separate watering patterns to allow the user to wash the car using the high pressure jet or use the gentler shower setting to water flowers of a more frail nature to name just two functions.
2. Bon-Aire HN-10C Original: Best Arid Region Nozzle
The Bon-Aire HN-10C is a sturdy nozzle whose composition (steel and fiberglass) allows protection against corrosion. It is easy to handle due to the ergonomic design fashioned from rubber and fits any standard garden hose.
The Bon-Aire Ultimate Nozzle has five different spray patterns making it easy to complete any gardening task on hand.
It is particularly useful for large gardens and its leak-proof design is a huge advantage in regions where water is scarce. This is further enhanced its two-way shut-off system.
3. Ikris Garden Hose Nozzle: Best Problem-Solving Nozzle
Ikris is a well-established producer of garden equipment and the Garden Hose Nozzle is of a standard one expects. A solidly constructed nozzle with a stylish enamel coating, it is leak-proof, powerful and rust-resistant.
It features up to ten separate spraying patterns which facilitates switching from a powerful jet spray to a gentler dousing of plants and flowers.
Gardeners gave a resounding thumbs-up to the ease with which one can switch between patterns.
4. Nelson Fireman : Heaviest Duty Option for Big Jobs
The Nelson Fireman, as its name suggests, is of a design which combines power and precision with robustness. Give rein to your inner fireman ambitions!
The Nelson Fireman garden hose nozzle is a powerful high-end product which allows completion of tasks such as car-washing in a fraction of the time taken by others.
It is robust, easy-to-use and its comfortable grip is designed for extended usage and can handle even the strongest flow of water. It received almost universal approval from testers.
5. SprayTec 9: Best Long-Living Nozzle
Probably one of the more stylish hose nozzles around due to its metallic silver finish, the SprayTec 9 Pattern Hose Nozzle isn’t just pleasing on the eye; it’s also durable and versatile.
The SprayTec9 is ideal for every type of gardening from heavy watering to gentle sprinkling and our testers confirm that it’s comfortable to hold – even for extended periods of use – and being adverse to leaks makes it kind to the environment.
6. Crenova HN-03 Spray Nozzle : Terrific High-Pressure Choice
The Crenova HN-03 Spray Nozzle is a beast! It incorporates a brass design which affords it longevity and other features render it free from leaks.
This model is one of the strongest around in terms of both water flow and the range of jobs which it can cover. That strength also applies to the more delicate gardening jobs.
7. The Gilmour Super Duty Hose Nozzle: Best Lighter-Weight Nozzle
The Gilmore Super Duty nozzle incorporates a combination of style and comfort. It is less weighty than most models whilst not slacking on the features which render it a versatile and easy-to-use hose nozzle.
With its range of multiple spray patterns and light weight, the Gilmour Super Duty is perfect for extended use across a range of shrubs, flowers and plants.
8. Gilmour Medium Duty Hose Nozzle: Best Value-for-money Nozzle
The Gilmore Medium Duty Metal hose has the familiar steel metal design offering a lightweight option for gardeners.
This is a versatile hose nozzle which delivers without the price one would expect for such quality and range of options.
It is comfortable to hold and use and features a range of spray patterns. Users raved about the high quality on hand for such little outlay.
9. Lifecolor Garden Hose Nozzle: Best Multi-Purpose Usage Nozzle
This garden hose nozzle is a lightweight option which is easy to carry/use due to its ultra-light ABS plastic make.
The Lifecolor model has nine spraying patterns. The nozzle is adaptable and can be utilized on a range of plants, windows or even pets and cars.
10. Rhino Tuff Products: Best All Age Accessible Nozzle
The Rhino Tuff is a cross-generational nozzle which can be used by family members across the entire age range. It incorporates multi- spray options with an easy-to-use functionality. This could be the one which gets your kids interested in gardening!
Easy to grip due to an ergonomically-designed handle, the Rhino Tuff nozzle is also easy-to-hold and has a range of settings which are also easy to switch between.
Garden Hose Nozzles – Buyer’s Guide
A garden hose nozzle is a garden hose nozzle, right? There’s not much to it really. The nozzle is the bit at the end of the hose which determines speed and direction of the water flow. Oh yes, you can manipulate the manner in which water shoots from the hose but that’s about it. Isn’t it?
No, it’s not as simple as that. Garden care is an ever-evolving business and so many options are available in every aspect of gardening, it’s little wonder to learn that the humble garden nozzle now contains myriad choices and a bewildering array of options when it comes to selecting the optimum one.
In addition, manufacturers have made clever timesaving, environmentally friendly enhancements to garden hose nozzles so consumers need a guide before they choose. Manufacturers have also factored in what could be termed the end-use: does the buyer need their product purely for gardening or will it be used for pressure-cleaning or some other household chore?
So, let’s take a closer look at what buyers should bear in mind when making their purchase.
Features of a Garden Hose Nozzle
The main considerations when choosing one of the vast arrays on sale include:
A garden hose nozzle consists of two main parts: handle and sprayer which can be made of different materials. Some will be fashioned from plastic, others from metal and others still composed from an amalgam.
Hose nozzles made from plastic are more lightweight than the metal equivalent which will be an advantage if deployed on a hot summer’s day. However, the downside of being lighter is less durability coupled with a propensity to break easily. Such products are also susceptible to the glare of sunlight and prone to leakage.
Hose nozzles fashioned entirely from plastic aren’t something which we would endorse. Metal hose nozzles, on the other hand, are favored by most for their solidity and durability. They are longer-lasting, more aesthetically pleasing but are encumbered by a weight disadvantage. The most common components are stainless steel, aluminum or brass; the latter being the heaviest.
Metal, we all know, is synonymous with rusting so, increasingly, one finds nozzles treated with a powder coating which minimizes their tendency to corrode. There is an added bonus that this makes them easier to handle.
The other type of hose nozzle combines metal with plastic. For reasons stated above, the most desirable nozzle is fashioned from metal but allying it with a plastic handle reduces the weight (think of those hot summer days!) while maintaining the robustness and life span.
Again, there are choices with seven main types:
- Pistol Grip: Think of a hand gun and you’ve got it. It has a trigger which, when pressed, releases water and also controls its flow: releasing the trigger stops the flow of water. These nozzles habitually consist of plastic or aluminum or a combination. Their propensity to wear and tear should be borne in mind and investing in a superior quality version repays the extra expenditure.
- Traditional: The traditional nozzle has a barrel at the end which when twisted determines the volume of water flowing through and also the manner of its discharge i.e. a mist or jet and facilitates quick cessation of the flow.
- Watering Wand: This nozzle has an extension at the end giving the user an extended reach and is particularly adept when watering hanging baskets or garden beds of a deeper. Some watering wands feature a cut-off valve or trigger which gives more control over the flow and direction, alleviating any requirement to switch off the water at source.
- Dial or Turret: Dial (or turret) nozzles have a dial allowing the user to switch through a range of spray patterns – jet, mist, centre spray, flood, flat soak, cone and others. They are a boon to gardeners in making the full range of spray patterns accessible at the turn of the dial. Gardeners whose gardens require differing flows of hydration will be attracted to nozzles such as these especially where there it is incumbent upon them to frequently (and quickly) alternate between spray patterns. Flowers and plants of a more delicate disposition will benefit from the mist pattern whereas hardier types can be accommodated by a steadier stream of water – all emanating from the same source. This nozzle is usually of a plastic composition, but it can also be composed of metal.
- Fireman: The name is self-explanatory; this nozzle has a strong flow of water and is preferred by people who are washing their car. It is also used in the garden to provide hydration for robust flowers and plants or a gentler spray for shrubbery located a distance from the user. A further use of this type of nozzle is to pressure hose pavements or concreted sections of the garden. The flow of water is controlled by twisting the nozzle. The better-quality fireman models boast a rubberized coating protecting the nozzle – an important feature given the potential for its proximity to cars resulting in it being driven over.
- Fan: Again, the clue lies in the name. Fan nozzles release water in a gyratory motion making them the ideal type for gardens of a smaller stature and for plants, flowers and shrubs located outdoors, particularly those of a frailer nature.
- Soaker: Soaker (also known as bubbler) nozzles are different to those listed above because they drip-release water rather than spray it. Like fan nozzles, they work particularly well with delicate flowers and plants. Soaker nozzles have a unique advantage over other types: spraying or hosing plants and shrubs can be at odds with the ground temperature – for example, dousing sun-parched soil with cold water can sometimes be detrimental – but a slow release of hydration will adapt to the ground conditions.
In the range of nozzles listed above, reference is made to spray patterns; these features being crucial to the choice of product made by a gardener. The composition of a garden (whether populated by delicate or robust plants, shrubs and flowers or a mixture thereof) will be foremost in the mind of somebody purchasing a hose nozzle. Choosing one which represents the best fit for the needs of one’s garden will repay the time taken in doing so by saving water and effort. A nozzle which incorporates all spraying actions is the optimum solution here.
Most hoses have a plastic or metal fitting at the end connected to the hose. Dependent upon the country, there are standard thread sizes which must be adhered to ensuring that the hose and nozzle connect correctly. The US standard fitting is called GHT (garden hose thread) whereas the UK fitting is BSP (British standard pipe). One should be cognizant of this when making a choice.
Other basic facts to remember include using a washer which ensures the user’s choice of nozzle and hose are a perfect fit. This eliminates any possibility of leaks.
Another time-saving device is to use a quick-connect system which snaps in place the component parts rather than screw them together. A solid nozzle (either brass or aluminum) is more effective than a plastic nozzle because of its robustness. The plastic equivalent is prone to fracture.
The flow of water from a garden hose varies from 2.5 to 5 gallons per minute. It should be borne in mind that the flow rate is not a major determinant when choosing which product to buy as most nozzles can adapt to the water pressure level supplying the hose.
The ability to switch off the flow of water when one needs to is inherent to most hose nozzles and of importance in these days when we are conscious of reducing our consumption of this natural resource. Cutting off the flow of water by releasing the trigger or twisting the barrel will achieve this.
The diameter size of a typical garden hose nozzle is one of the below:
- 3/8 inch;
- ½ inch;
- ¾ inch;
- 5/8 inch;
- 1 inch.
Most people find that the 5/8 inch hose will meet their gardening requirements.
If all of the above factors are borne in mind, the selection of the garden hose nozzle which is best suited to your requirements will become easier. You may need the hose for a range of tasks so choosing one with a corresponding range of spray patterns is the optimum choice. Having read through the advice above, you will now realize that a garden hose nozzle isn’t just a garden hose nozzle, it’s a more complex device which merits some thought before purchase. We hope that the above helps you make that choice.
Garden hose nozzles, as mentioned at the beginning of this guide, aren’t simply something which goes on to the end of the hose. They have to be chosen with the needs of the gardener and the plants, shrubs and flowers being watered in mind. The range of power, functionality, durability and ease-of-use encapsulated in garden hose nozzles should satisfy even the most discerning user. Hopefully, this guide will help.