Garden hose nozzles give homeowners the ability to maximize their access to faucets on the outside of the home. From watering plants to spraying down pets and even washing the car, garden hose nozzles offer a myriad of uses with various spray patterns, jets, foam holders, and more.

We’ve put together our top five garden hose nozzle picks to help you spray further, save on water, and make sure your plants can make it through those hot summer days.

  • Slip-resistant grip
  • 7 spray patterns
  • Brass flow control
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty

  • All-metal construction
  • Threaded front nozzle
  • Brass flow control
  • Locking trigger
  • Includes a Limited Lifetime warranty

  • Fireman style hose
  • All brass and steel design
  • Easy rubber grip
  • Comes with a Lifetime No-Hassle Guarantee

  • Built in foam dispenser
  • Ergonomic and automatic trigger
  • 8 spray patterns
  • Includes an After-Sale Guarantee

  • Unique fire hose nozzle lever allows for easy flow control and no hand fatigue
  • Detachable filter mesh
  • Shock-absorbing rubber external design
  • Includes a 12-Month Worry Free & 90-Day Money Back Guarantee


The Melnor 65040-AMX XT offers an internalized metal build, lots of spray pattern options, and a great warranty to keep this product lasting for years to come. This nozzle allows homeowners to choose from seven different spray options that make it possible to water plants, hose down pets, wash cars, and more.

We appreciate the focus on ergonomics on this one, as the rubberized exterior and trigger lock make it easy to wash for as long as possible without hand fatigue. Highly affordable, adaptable, and adjustable, there are few downsides to this Melnor product. While some report durability issues with the plastic construction on some parts (namely the trigger), we think that the included generous warranty should keep you covered should anything go awry.

Pros

  • Metal internal construction
  • Great spray patterns
  • Effective flow adjustment
  • Trigger lock
  • Adaptor included
  • Great warranty  

Cons

  • Some quality control issues


For less than the price of a meal, the Gilmour 857302-1001 offers a durable, affordable alternative for those who aren’t looking for extraneous features. This is an all-metal pistol grip nozzle that offers a single, jet spray. The decision to cut back completely on spray patterns is a bold choice, but its threaded head suggests Gilmour clearly built their product for future adjustments.

This no-frills design is best for cars and workshop usage, but may not be for everyone. Watering sensitive plants, for instance, is probably better with a different, gentler nozzle. Still, the price is right and provided you keep this product out of the rain when not in use, the durability speaks for itself. For a simple solution to a water pressure problem, this product may be for you.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Trigger lock design
  • All-metal construction
  • Threaded head
  • Flow control dial

Cons

  • No alternate spray patterns
  • Can rust in the rain
  • Hand fatigue can be a problem

Taking a simple variable design and expanding on it, the Dradco HN-70 garden nozzle comes with a unique design that’s sure to draw attention. Modeled after a fireman’s hose, this nozzle is built entirely from brass and stainless steel. These premium parts and curved end mean that you can range from a soaking shower spray to a truly powerful jet option as well. Rubberized sections of the nozzle make this nozzle easier to hold and more durable during drops or accidents. Few nozzles can handle both powerful washing jets and a shower light enough for fragile plants, so the range of the Dradco is truly worth underscoring.

This sort of garden nozzle, though, isn’t going to be for everyone. Those who appreciate a trigger design, for example, will be frustrated at the “always-on” approach. Likewise, this is one of the heavier designs, which can fatigue older users. Regardless, we think this is one of the highest-quality options on our list, and it might be the best if you specifically want a variable spray nozzle.

Pros

  • Variable spray design
  • Premium materials
  • Powerful jet setting
  • Highly durable
  • All metal build

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Somewhat expensive
  • No easy on/off trigger

Offering a feature completely unique to itself, this QSUBFPYK Garden Hose Nozzle tries to cover ground by combining features and offering lots of options. This nozzle is immediately visually different from the rest of our picks. The included foam tank juts out from the bottom of the nozzle to provide ample space for you to place soap, detergent, or shampoo. The foam tank allows homeowners to bathe their pets, wash their cars, and even spread water-based fertilizers onto their gardens by infusing the water with the substance. Aside from this feature, users can choose from eight different spray patterns, opt for an automatic trigger-based spray system, and control the flow of water with a simple turn dial.

While this nozzle is heavy on features, it’s also heavy on plastic. When you factor in the damage caused by soaps and shampoos, we do worry about the long-term feasibility of this product. For what it’s worth, though, and considering the after-sale guarantee, we think this may be worth the investment for those who want a jack-of-all-trades nozzle.

Pros

  • Foam tank included
  • Flow adjustment knob
  • Automatic trigger
  • Great spray patterns
  • Ergonomically designed

Cons

  • Mostly plastic design
  • Not very durable

The Green Mount Garden Hose Nozzle comes with a unique operating design and a colorful, bright option for the garden. It features a top-mounted handle trigger, which is said to operate much like a fire hose and lock into place—meaning that operation and flow control come from the same place. Aside from the unique controls, this nozzle also offers eight spray patterns for lots of versatility.

A focus on aesthetics has never been high on our list of criteria, but the bright green and blue design may be appealing an does cover the more metallic parts of construction. The included water hose filter is also a large plus, and helps to offset any issues caused by the somewhat lower-quality metal. While this nozzle may not look right or work for everyone, it is highly recommend for those with weak grips or arthritis and can be great for simple gardening tasks.

Pros

  • Unique trigger operation
  • Variable flow control
  • Bright rubber exterior
  • Replaceable hose filter
  • Many spray patterns offered

Cons

  • Not very powerful
  • Somewhat weak construction

Comparison Chart

FEATURESMelnor 65040-AMZ XTGilmour 857302-1001Dradco HN-70QSUBFPYK Garden Hose Nozzle Green Mount Garden Hose Nozzle
# of Spray Patterns711 (Variable)88
Flow ControlX
TriggerX
Trigger Lock X
Weight 12.3 oz7.2 oz17.6 oz10.4 oz20.8 oz
Dimensions 2.2 X 5.1 X 6.51.2 X 5.2 X 6.95 X 3 X 2.99.3 X 6 X 2.68.9 X 5.9 X 3

Buyer’s Guide:

Garden Hose Nozzles

Made it through our overview but still not sure which pick is right for you? We’ve broken down patterns, flow control, variable nozzles, and so much more in our Buyer’s Guide below.

The biggest indicator of a good nozzle versus a great nozzle is how well a prospective pick handles various spray patterns, variable spray controls, and flow control. Many of the nozzles on our list utilize a simple brass knob to adjust the amount of water allowed into the nozzle from the hose. This can help gardeners fine-tune their water flow so as to not damage their plants in the watering process, and water everything necessary in their landscaping. These brass nozzles are also often equipped with a variable spray control, and the difference between a variable spray and a dedicated pattern is important to note.

You’ll want to make sure, though, that either the spray pattern or the flow control is going to give you the type of water stream you’re looking for in a garden nozzle. Those who want more powerful sprays will better appreciate a variable spray from a brass nozzle, and those who need more control over the flow and pattern for delicate plants may prefer several distinct spray patterns offered by nozzles like the Melnor or SprayTec picks.

Most garden nozzles are either equipped with a variable spray pattern or several dedicated patterns to which they can be switched. Marking the difference between the two is especially important for those who want to maximize what their garden nozzle can do.

Variable spray nozzles, like the Dradco nozzle on our list, adjust their spray based on minute changes you make to the rotation of the nozzle. More often than not, these spray nozzles offer the difference between a wider, softer, and cone-shaped spray, and a more direct, straightforward jet spray. We’ve made sure to notate which options are available on our picks in the Overview above. For others, the dedicated spray patterns offered by various nozzles make it easy to swap back and forth without having to rotate a nozzle several times. These spray patterns “lock” into place, often with a setting wheel at the end of the nozzle. These options are certainly more involved than variable sprays—such as shower, soaker, or mist options—but the plastic parts in these nozzles can decay much faster than variable sprays.

Generally speaking, you may prefer a spray pattern nozzle for garden usage and a variable spray nozzle for garden and general use, such as washing a car. There’s a lot of overlap, however, so to help you decide we recommend you consider the following pros and cons:

Variable Spray Nozzles

Pros

  • More durable overall
  • Smaller
  • Offers better control over the spray
  • Often made of metal

Cons

  • Fewer overall options
  • Not the best for plant watering
  • Can rust if left outside
  • Don’t offer flow control/triggers
Spray Pattern Nozzles

Pros

  • More overall options
  • Best for plant watering
  • Often made of rust-proof plastics
  • Often offers flow control/triggers

Cons

  • Less durable overall
  • Bulkier
  • No precision control over the spray
  • Often made of cheaper plastics

Finally, some of the extra features that are lesser-discussed when it comes to garden nozzle may help you decide between a few frontrunners. A good example of a great extra feature comes from our pick from QSUBFPYK. This garden nozzle comes with a place to add foam or soap to aid in washing cars and pets. It may not be for everyone, and particularly not for those who only seek to water plants, but the option is certainly nice to have.

Other garden nozzles work to offset the pain of holding down the trigger with either an ergonomic handle or a trigger lock. Many of our garden nozzle picks utilize trigger locks, but some, such as the offering from Green Mount, use a different type of trigger entirely to offset any soreness in the hands. You’ll want to keep a close eye out for these extra features, and other goodies that may be of use in the future, such as extra washers or an adaptor for a different-sized garden hose. These small caveats may make or break a pick for you.

If you’re still struggling to make a decision, our Frequently Asked Questions section should be able to help you find the perfect garden nozzle for your home.

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  • Are brass nozzles best? Why should I avoid plastic nozzles?
  • Some garden nozzles on our list, such as the Dradco HN-70, are made with an all-brass construction. Others, like the Melnor 65040-AMZ XT, offer metal internal parts and plastic outer parts, such as triggers. If you’re aiming to purchase a garden nozzle that lasts the longest and nearly never leaks, your best option is going to be a brass or metal nozzle. These nozzles are designed to stand the test of time, and are often coated with powder or nylon to protect them from the elements. If you aren’t too careful about leaving them out in the rain, though, they can rust.

    Plastic nozzles are going to be more affordable but generally of lower quality. Plastics tend to break down when put under the stress of water pressure over an extended period of time. Many manufacturers, however, opt for metal internals and plastic externals. This design allows for a nozzle that wards off rusting but lasts much longer. We think that metal nozzles—or, nozzles with metal internals that touch the water—are your best bet for a long-lasting purchase.

  • How many/which spray patterns do I need?
  • We’ve covered this subject a bit in our Buyer’s Guide, but generally speaking, you’ll want to match the spray pattern to your needs. For example, if you’re hoping to water flowers and fragile plants like blossoms, you may want to invest in a nozzle with a shower or mist option. These nozzles force water to be gentler and less abrasive.

    At the opposite side of the spectrum, many people use their garden nozzles on far more than plants. If you hope to wash your car, for instance, you may want to make sure your prospective nozzle offers a jet or spray feature to offer the highest amount of reach and pressure possible. Other spray patterns can work to solve other issues. For example, cone-shaped spray patterns allow botanists and garden enthusiasts to spray dozens of plants at once.

    We recommend you take the time to think about the spray nozzle types and the types of patterns you can see needing in the future. The more options, the better, but many people find that any more than four or five spray patterns is more than enough for most uses.

  • Do these nozzles increase water pressure?
  • Contrary to popular belief, any of the garden nozzles on our list aren’t going to be able to adjust your water pressure. The amount of water that comes out of any nozzle is going to depend in large part on the water pressure of your home. Garden nozzles, though, help water reach far distances by modifying the pathway out of the nozzle. This tight space forces the water out of the nozzle, which may seem like a pressure increase. And in some respect it is. However, if you’re having issues with pressure at your home, even the best garden nozzles will only do so much. We recommend you invest in a nozzle that includes a jet offering at the least to help you reach the furthest distance possible with your water.

Final Thoughts

The best garden nozzle for you is going to be one that balances power and strength with a wide range of spray types that work for both your delicate flowers and for washing with high pressure.

Overall, we think the Melnor 65040-AMZ XT provides the best nozzle for the most people. Featuring a durable design, great spray nozzle types, and a limited lifetime warranty, Melnor has what most people want. If you need something with high pressure and a high durability, however, we also recommend the Dradco HN-70. The fireman style hose is built to last and the variable spray can cover most needs. For affordability, no nozzle is as affordable and effective as the Gilmour 857302-1001. The metal design should last a long time when cared for properly.

No matter which product you purchase, we hope that one of these five options helps you water your plants and take care of all of your backyard needs. Whether you need to soak your car or your cabbages, these garden nozzles should help you get the job done.

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