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8 Best Garden Hose Nozzles and Sprayers

The right nozzle turns a garden hose into a tool for spot irrigation, pressurized cleaning, washing cars and more. Find the perfect nozzle here.

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How To Choose a Hose Nozzle

When it comes to maintaining your lawn and yard, there’s nothing like having a good garden hose nozzle and sprayer to make the job easier.

Nozzles and sprayers attached to the end of the water source (a garden hose) allow you to turn the water on and off without touching the main spigot. They also let you regulate the spray pressure, patterns and range.

When searching for nozzles and sprayers, here are the things to consider.

  • Pressure rates;
  • Spray patterns;
  • Grip;
  • Weight (metal vs. plastic);
  • Durability;
  • Value.

No more pressing your thumb across the hose end to adjust the flow. Browse through our picks of the best nozzles and sprayers for every watering task.

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Best Budget Hose Nozzle

The classic Gilmour Metal Pistol Nozzle with Threaded Tip is a dependable watering tool for a great price. It has all the basic functions you need in a sprayer — strong water flow, a back-positioned squeeze handle with finger-groove grip and a trigger lock. The 5/8-inch threaded connector fits most garden hoses. Made of durable metal, it stands up to rigorous everyday use.

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Best Soaker Hose Nozzle

Releasing water in gentle drips and slow gurgles, the Gilmour Metal Bubbler nozzle is designed to irrigate tender flowers or delicate new plantings.

This aluminum nozzle is great for spot-watering too. Just place the soaker nozzle in flower beds, vegetable plots or container gardens — it lightly aims the water directly at the roots without disturbing the surrounding soil. Hundreds of Amazon shoppers love its classic design and ease of use.

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Best Metal Hose Nozzle

Made in the U.S. of solid brass and machined in two pieces, the Dramm Heavy-Duty Brass Adjustable Hose Nozzle is rugged, reliable and engineered to professional-grade standards. With a twist of the outside of the barrel, you can seamlessly switch among several spray patterns and flow volumes. When you’re done watering, swivel the barrel in reverse to turn the water off. It’s really that simple.

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Best Fan-Style Hose Nozzle

Widen your watering horizons with the Rocky Mountain Goods Fan Spray Hose Nozzle. We love this tool for its simple, straightforward design. Its curved face and tiny holes deliver a thin, flat sheet of water that “fans” outward.

Adjust the water volume to the rate you need using the built-in valve — stronger for sprinkling a patch of lawn or weaker for gently soaking baby seedlings. Hold the nozzle horizontally to get the widest coverage possible, or tip it vertically for spot watering smaller areas.

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Best Wand-Style Hose Nozzle

Great for reaching plants in high hanging baskets, the Green Mount Watering Wand also eliminates bending down to water seedbeds. It features a durable, lightweight aluminum tube attached to a slip-resistant handle for excellent control.

Regulate the water patterns using a simple dial and engage the hold-open clip for continuous spraying — especially helpful for gardeners with arthritis. The wand comes in 16- or 24-inch lengths.

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Best Hose Nozzle for Spraying Sidewalks and Driveways

For applications beyond watering plants, another standout from Gilmour is the High-Pressure Pro Fireman’s Spray Nozzle. It makes yard cleanup a real blast. The adjustable head alters spray from a light rinse to a forceful jet (a massive 250 PSI) for hosing off dirt and debris from driveways, brick paths, sidewalks, siding and even gutters.

Made from die-cast zinc, this nozzle has a large, fireman-style on/off lever you can hold onto comfortably for extended periods of time.

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Best All-Around Hose Nozzle

Bursting forth with a list-busting 10 spray patterns, the Garden Hose Nozzle by Gardenite has more stream settings than most nozzles on the market. Turn it up for a strong jet to blast mold off your deck, change to a cone-shape for spritzing a flower bed or dial it to a soft shower for washing the dog.

Unlike a lot of cheaper models, the Gardenite has a flow control knob. It’s designed to fit all standard garden hoses.

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Best Thumb-Controlled Hose Nozzle

Our choice for its pain-free operation, the INNAV8 Water Hose Nozzle Sprayer utilizes a thumb control to increase and decrease the flow. Set the desired water stream with a flick of your thumb, and then let your hand sit comfortably in the soft, ergonomic rubber grip. No squeezing required. The INNAV8 earned a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with more than 6,000 positive reviews.

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a freelance travel, lifestyle and digital content writer based in a medieval hill town in central Italy. Her work has been featured in such publications as Fodor's, The Telegraph, Walks of Italy, Italy Magazine, Frommers.com, Touring Bird (via [email protected]) and more. Most recently she authored the 2020 edition of DK Eyewitness Sicily travel guide. When Toni is not roaming around Europe, you'll find her tending her alley-side container garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.