The 9 Best Hose Nozzles of 2022

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If you own a home, chances are, you also own a hose, and if you do, you need a nozzle for it. Without a nozzle, a hose is just a long, leaky tube; with it, you have a useful tool to water plants, wash your car, clean window screens, power lawn sprinklers, and create summertime kid-friendly play spaces.

But aren’t all nozzles pretty much the same? No, says Veronica Lorson Fowler, a Master Gardener based in Ames, Iowa, author and editor of a number of gardening books, and the former editor of Better Homes and Gardens’ “Flower Gardening” magazine.

“Look for a nozzle that feels heavy in the hand, has brass and metal fittings, and is at least mid-priced,” Fowler says. “If you go for the cheapest nozzle available, you will get what you pay for.” 

We purchased 30 nozzles from different manufacturers, then tested 27 of them at The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa, noting how easy each was to attach to a hose and hold in the hand, how well each cleaned mud off an Adirondack chair, and how far the spray reached. Then, we tested each one’s durability, checking how well each withstood a drop onto concrete pavement or steps from a height of 4 feet. We determined that our Best Overall pick is the Dramm 14506 Revolution 9-Pattern Spray Gun for its spray selection, ergonomics, and durability.

Here are our choices of the best nozzles for every garden hose.


Final Verdict

After vigorous testing, which included noting the ease of attaching to hoses, measuring the spray length, and even dropping each product onto concrete, our Best Overall pick is the Dramm 14506 Revolution 9-Pattern Spray Gun. Alternatively, the AUTOMAN Garden Hose Nozzle is a surprisingly feature-rich product for around $10.

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On the wide expanse of green that is the rooftop garden at The Lab in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we evaluated a collection of 27 purchased nozzles. Besides testing for ease of use and grip, versatility, and durability, we also subjected them to abuse—probably much more than any homeowner would.

Right out of the packaging, we attached each to the end of a typical garden hose, noting whether the nozzle threaded easily without extra effort. Turning on the water, we aimed the spray into a bucket and evaluated the various settings, from jet to mist, and noted how easily we could switch from one setting to another. Neatness counted: We checked to see whether the water went where we told it to go and whether the settings were true or all wet.

Like baseball scouts evaluating pitchers, we then tested for power. Aiming the spray at a nearby and gunked-up Adirondack chair, we assayed how effectively the nozzle, whether single or multiple-setting type, enabled the spray to clean the chair. Then, testers moved back 40 feet from a tape-measure-wielding partner and let loose the spray on the nozzle’s highest pressure, measuring how far the spray traveled.

Finally, we simulated how well each nozzle stood up to the rigors of actual use. Each tester hauled their hose not too gently over rocks, through grass, and on concrete walkways. Finally, we dropped each onto the concrete from a height of 4 feet and repeated the other tests, noting how well each survived the fall.

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Material

Hose nozzles are usually made of metal, plastic, or a combination of the two. Metal is almost always more durable and will last longer than plastic. If you find an all-metal hose nozzle that works for you, it will likely be more expensive but will last through multiple seasons with proper storage and care. This saves you money in the long run and creates less waste. Our Best Overall, the Dramm 14506 Revolution 9-Pattern Spray Gun, is all metal and a little heavier than some nozzles but is built to withstand anything.

Many hose nozzles have metal interior parts and fittings, with plastic exterior parts to keep costs down. These can also have more comfort features, such as padded or textured grips. Many are still made very well and can last through multiple seasons. All-plastic hose nozzles tend to wear out the fastest and almost always need replacement each season. The only time we would recommend a plastic hose nozzle is if you intend to use it with small children. They may be tempted to swing around a hose with a heavy metal nozzle and inadvertently hit someone (or themselves).

Ergonomics and Comfort

Experienced gardeners spend a lot of time watering their plants, so a garden hose nozzle that is easy and comfortable to use is essential. Some features to look for that increase comfort include an ergonomically designed grip, which includes grooves for your hands and fingers to hold it in a natural grip. The comfortable ergonomic handle on the Dramm 14506 Revolution 9-Pattern Spray Gun contributed greatly to its selection as our Best Overall. Thumb controls are often more comfortable than traditional squeeze triggers, especially for prolonged use. We appreciated the Relaxed Gardener Watering Wand for its easy-to-maneuver thumb control as well as its extended reach. Fireman’s grips can also help, especially with high-pressure nozzles. Finally, a locking trigger can keep your hands from getting too fatigued during longer watering sessions. The AUTOMAN Garden Hose Nozzle, our Best Budget selection, proved you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get this useful feature.

Type

There are four main types of hose nozzles: pistol, dial, wand, and traditional nozzles. There is some overlap, especially between pistol and dial nozzles, since both can be adjustable. You can also look for a traditional hose nozzle, which attaches directly to the hose and is controlled at the hose valve.

Pistol nozzles, such as Best High-Pressure Gilmour Metal Pistol Nozzle with Threaded Tip, have a pistol-like grip that controls the water flow. Squeezing the grip releases more water, which then flows through the nozzle and creates whatever spray pattern you have chosen. Dial nozzles refer to any type of hose nozzle with an adjustable front dial. Many of our selections sport this feature, including our Best Durable, the Aqua Joe AJHN. This can control the spray pattern, allowing you many options to suit your watering needs.

Water wands often function similarly to dial nozzles, just with an extra few feet between you at the base and the water output at the top. They can also allow you to water directly at the base of your plants without climbing into your garden to do it. Our Best Wand selection, the Relaxed Gardener Watering Wand, is great for reaching overhead or hanging plants.

Traditional hose nozzles don’t have a lot of features, like adjustable spray patterns or ergonomic grips. But they are often made of all-metal, usually brass, and last for years with very little maintenance or care. 

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FAQ

  • Use pliers on the hose end and grip firmly but not so much as to crease or bend the hot metal hose fitting. Grip the nozzle with your free hand and twist. If the nozzle is still stuck, use a second pair of pliers on the nozzle, turning it counter-clockwise to loosen it.

  • A nozzle can get stuck from dirt or debris, which you can prevent by keeping it clean. Another way the nozzle can get stuck is when the threads, either those on the nozzle or those on the hose fitting, are damaged. To prevent damage, make sure that you put on the nozzle correctly. If the nozzle threads are damaged, you need to replace the nozzle. If the hose threads are damaged, you might be able to fix them. Use a v-shaped, triangle slim taper file for metal to file out the broken part of the threads. 

  • Clean both the inside of the nozzle, including the threads and the hose fitting. Light dirt can be simply rinsed off. To remove persistent dirt or debris, use a small firm brush or an old toothbrush to clear the threads.

This article was written by Ira Lacher, Senior Editor for The Spruce Home, Garden, and Outdoor products. For expert advice, Ira consulted with Veronica Lorson Fowler, a Master Gardener based in Ames, Iowa, author and editor of several gardening books, and the former editor of Better Homes and Gardens’ “Flower Gardening” magazine.

Thanks mostly to his wife, Lisa, Ira’s home in Des Moines, Iowa, is a showcase for roses, marigolds, prairie grass, and alyssum, as well as four tomato plants, all requiring frequent watering, depending on the Hawkeye State’s mercurial summer weather. As a result, Ira is constantly seeking the best nozzles for his two garden hoses (one for the front yard and one for the back). Currently, he relies on a pair of 2-year-old Melnor 65020-AMZ metal nozzles, the direct ancestor of our Best for Car Washing pick.

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