What’s the best nozzle for garden hoses? You’ve been looking but haven’t found it yet. Now, thanks to our experts here at Gardinator – you can finally get that perfect nozzle with ease!
Features To Consider With Hose Nozzles
If you need to clean large areas, a brass nozzle is the best fit for you. They are durable and give you the sort of water flow that stays consistent for the job at hand.
If you’d rather have more comfortable, ergonomic, and lightweight options, rubber is the best fit for you. You’ll also have fewer instances of rust with a rubber nozzle. This is due to the use of mechanisms made from stainless steel. Even brass treated with anti-corrosion or formula designed to prevent rusting can eventually rust.
Depending on the material, you’ll also see a difference in durability. Rubber can be cracked easier than brass, but it’s less likely to dent if dropped.
When looking at the matter of durability, one also has to consider how often it is used and for how long.
Of course, anything you are frequently using will break eventually. Therefore knowing yourself and your reason for using the nozzle will help you to decide which one to get.
Whichever style you end up getting will contain mechanisms inside that are metal, which will degrade over time.
The grip is very important on your hose nozzle, whether you use it often or not.
If you are going to be using the hose nozzle quite often, an ergonomic and comfortable grip prevents straining your hand.
On the other hand, if you decide to use metal hose nozzles, you won’t get that same level of comfort, as the metal nozzle is more of an extension to target areas of your garden.
The most common size is 5/8 inches. There is also the ¾ inch size. Though that seems like a negligible difference it does matter, so be sure to check the size of the connection before purchasing your hose nozzle.
Wasting water is a likelihood if there is a leak in your hose. Connections that are reliable and secure are what you’re looking for here.
Having a rubber washer that is airtight will both ensure you are preventing leaks and also protect against wear and tear of the plastic or metal mechanism. Of course, this also ensures that what you intend to water will be watered as opposed to a leaky connection spraying water on your shirt!
If you are going to be using your hose over a long period, you may want to consider a nozzle with a clip/lock bar, so you do not have to continuously hold the button or trigger down yourself. This will help you to reduce any repetitive strain injuries that could be caused.
Types of Nozzles
By far the pistol-grip style nozzle is the most often used style. This will give you many options for spraying so you can shift between washing your car or watering your plants. With this system the trigger allows you to control the flow of water, meaning if you have more delicate plants you can reduce the intensity without switching to a manual watering can.
If you’re looking for efficiency a watering wand-style nozzle is what you want.
These wands are more versatile and help you reach areas and distances you perhaps couldn’t before.
You can also find telescoping wands with an even greater length for those very high or very low areas. Most products do not have this function, but you can buy various lengths instead.
These work with a simple thumb push or a dial, which would give you differing options for spraying.
You have seven options here – we told you this list would be versatile!
Imagine the grip on a handgun – that’s what this style is modeled on. The trigger releases a flow of water. How hard you depress the trigger controls the level of flow that comes out. These types are often made from aluminum, plastic, or a combination of the two.
Whilst these are the most used, it should be noted that they have a propensity to succumb to wear and tear more easily.
These nozzles have a barrel at the end. This barrel twists, which allows you to control the intensity of the type of water flow, i.e. jet, mist, etc… and you can quickly twist it to turn it off.
Great for watering hanging baskets, this is a long-reach option. This is especially good for those with mobility issues as you do not have to reach across deep flower beds too.
A trigger or cut-off feature is included in some models, giving you even more versatility.
Turret or Dial
If you want maximum versatility, you can’t go wrong with a turret (dial) nozzle. It can offer you a large variety of patterns such as flood, mist, cone, flat soak, jet, center spray, and others. These are useful for gardeners who need the ability to change the level of water based on the type of foliage they want to water. It ensures you do not have to change devices to water; you can instead just change settings.
Most nozzles are made from plastic, though metal ones are also available.
This is just what it sounds like. It is a nozzle with a powerful water flow – best used for washing cars or similar objects.
It can be used in the garden if some plants and flowers can handle this. It could also be used at a great distance to lessen the intensity.
It is also good for pressure washing concrete sections of your garden, paved walkways, or pavement.
Again, you simply twist the nozzle to change the strength of the water flow.
If you are considering investing in one of these hoses, the more expensive models are often formed with a hardy coating of rubber, meaning that if they’re in your driveway and you run over them, they are less likely to break.
These are a great choice for a gardener who may be on the short size, but also for using against frail plants and flowers.
The nozzle makes water come out in a spiral.
These nozzles are also called bubbler nozzles. Instead of spraying the area, the water is drip-released.
The soakers are great for delicate plants and flowers.
They can be great for dealing with different ground temperatures. It can cause issues in your garden if you use cold water on sun-parched soil, but water released slowly over time will be more beneficial.
Metal or plastic?
Brass is the best choice if you’re looking for corrosion-resistant nozzles, though it is more expensive. That being said, it is far less likely to break if dropped and reduces in efficacy if left out in the sun.
Metal nozzles can have an enamel finish that is baked on, while others have a rubber-like coating. These will both make the hose more durable than others, ensuring you can keep the nozzle for longer.
We suggest avoiding plastic-only nozzles and instead of buying either a hybrid metal/plastic or a solely metal nozzle. Hybrids are also great if you may struggle with weight as their inside components are the only metal portion while the outside is plastic.
Dial hose or pistol?
If you are thinking of a hose nozzle, what you probably imagine is the standard pistol grip. You hold it up and squeeze the trigger. The correct flow of water you need will be predicated on how hard you squeeze.
A small dial on the handle will enable you to change water patterns from a jet to a fine mist.
If you want several options, a nozzle with a dial is the best thing for you. Standard dials will have approximately six patterns you can use. These can have buttons, sliders, or a pistol grip.
Wand hose or just nozzle?
Watering wands are great for gardeners with physical disabilities, as well as for watering hanging baskets and hard-to-reach or deep flower beds.
The thing that’ll set these apart is length even though there are multiple models.
Wands can be telescopic or of variable length. They can also have a variety of spray patterns via a dial, just like other nozzles. They come in variations such as sliders or buttons to vary the flow of the water, though some still have the pistol-like grip of non-wand nozzles.
The best wand nozzles have a trigger with a stop-valve, ensuring you don’t have to turn the water off at the faucet.
If my hose nozzle is frozen, how do I unscrew it?
The reason to unscrew your hose nozzle before winter hits are that hoses with metal connectors can freeze to the hose. This can affect the fixings, but frozen water actually within the hose could make metal or plastic crack.
Draining the water out of the hose before cold weather arrives is the best way to avoid mishaps. Turn the water off at the faucet and depress the trigger. This will ensure all water within the hose itself is removed.
Then make sure you detach the nozzle and separately store it.
The best thing to do would be to not leave the nozzle on your hose during winter, but if you forget, our top tip can help you below.
The first thing to check is if you can detach the nozzle by hand, but don’t force it if you encounter significant resistance, as this can damage the mechanism inside the nozzle.
If this hasn’t solved the problem, the ice will need to be melted. This can be done by the application of heat. A hairdryer can be used to add heat to the area gently. Otherwise, you could put the nozzle and hose into warm water. DO NOT USE BOILING WATER. Excess heat could also damage the nozzle mechanism.
How do I know whether I am using too much pressure with my hose?
It is very unlikely that you will be able to break a hose with a normal faucet. Though a lot of hoses state they are 500 PSI, that won’t be the pressure you receive by the time it gets to the nozzle. The pressure decreases as it moves down the hose, so breaking the nozzle in this way is not an issue for the mechanism, whether you are using a nozzle that is twisted or pistol.
These do not pressure washers. Whilst the jet is the best pressure you will get, it will clean away items such as loose dirt, not the walls of your house.
Those that boast a high-pressure jet can be useful for cleaning cars, bikes, or driveways, though if it is just for gardening you can get away with a hose nozzle with less pressure.
What are some tips for preventing the nozzle from getting stuck?
The best way to avoid damage to your nozzle is to make sure you remove it after use and make sure when you attach the nozzle you don’t do so too tightly.
The best thing to do is to use a petroleum-based lubricant when you attach it to the hose. This will ensure any abrasions that could be damaging will not occur. This will have no bearing on the efficacy of the hose and will provide a securely fitted nozzle.
If the nozzle is stuck, treating it with lubricant and leaving it for 24 hours should cause any blockages or corrosion to drip down. After this, you should be able to remove or attach the nozzle with ease. Using adjustable pliers is also possible to give you a secure fit but has a small chance of causing damage to the mechanism.
It can be challenging to find your perfect hose nozzle. There is a range of options and prices on the market. Knowing what your budget is and what features you want is essential.
The extensive testing we have done is here to help.