Best Sprinklers

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 1, 2018
Want to keep your lawn looking healthy and beautiful but don't feel like walking around the yard dragging a long hose behind you? Read on for our review of the 5 best sprinklers to find a model that's right for you. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Coverage Area
Spray Distance
Spray Directions
Material
Package
Warranty
 
PROS

Comes with a tripod allowing you to adjust the height of the sprinkler within the range of 16-37 1/2 inches. Features a sturdy base made of zinc so you can be sure that the device won't tip over when in use. 

CONS

Not exactly tiny, might spoil the look of a groomed lawn.

OUR VERDICT

While it may cost you a bit more than some other sprinklers, spending these few extra dollars is totally worth it since you get a reliable and highly efficient sprinkling system that will let you cover your whole yard with ease. It's made out of sturdy metal that won't rust or break and is very easy to adjust to suit various spraying needs. Best choice for those in need of a true quality, large coverage radius, and durability.

detailed parameters
Type

Impact

Coverage Area

Large areas

Spray Distance

Up to 80 feet

Spray Directions

Partial circle coverage, Full circle coverage

Material

Zinc

Package

1 x Sprinkler

1 x Tripod base

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This is a 2 in 1 model which combines a rotating 3-arm device with 4 nozzles on each arm and a butterfly sprinkler that sprays a lighter flow, intended for small and uneven parts of the lawn.

CONS

No instruction on how to put the device together.

OUR VERDICT

A highly-efficient sprinkler with a leak-preventing connector that will provide you with a great variety of adjustment options. Despite the fact that it doesn't include any instructions, all of its modes are intuitive and straightforward, and should be easy to master for anyone who knows their way around sprinklers. 

detailed parameters
Type

3 arm + butterfly rotary

Coverage Area

Up to 3600 sq. ft.

Spray Distance

3 arm sprinkler - up to 26-32.8 feet

Butterfly rotary sprinkler - 3.3-16.4 feet

Spray Directions

Adjustable spray direction - 90 degrees or 45 degrees; 360-degree rotation

Material

Advanced ABS plastic

Package

1 x Lawn Sprinkler

1 x Butterfly Rotary Sprinkler

1 x Leakproof Hose Connector

Warranty

30 days

PROS

The spraying part of the device can be tilted to the right and left in order to ensure optimal watering of the lawn, bushes, flowers, etc. with no puddles forming. 

CONS

The water pressure has to be above 40 psi for the model to work.

OUR VERDICT

The features that win us over in this sprinker include a moderate price, durable, rust-proof aluminum design, and a fairly long water stream. Although we wish it'd had more adjustment options, we still find it a sensible choice, should you wish to save a couple bucks but do not want to get a cheap sprinkler that would fall apart after a month of use.

detailed parameters
Type

Oscillating

Coverage Area

Up to 3900 sq. ft.

Spray Distance

Up to ~70 feet

Spray Directions

3-way adjustments: control range, control width, control flow

Material

Plastic + rust-proof, aluminum sled

Package

1 x Sprinkler

1 x Nozzle Cleaning Tool

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

You can adjust this rotating sprinkler to water only certain areas of your yard even if it is irregularly shaped. The unit provides 12 adjustment points and can be set in a slightly raised position to cover more plants and grass.

CONS

Doesn't cover the area directly around it.

OUR VERDICT

A basic but pretty efficient sprinkler that works quietly and doesn't stick out too much as you can bury the bulk of it underground, rooting it in place. A good choice if you have a fairly big garden or lawn and want a device that will be effective at reaching distant areas.  

detailed parameters
Type

Circular

Coverage Area

Up to 5800 sq. ft.

Spray Distance

Up to 43 feet

Spray Directions

Partial circle coverage, Full circle coverage, Distance control - 12 adjustment points

Material

Impact-resistant, rust-proof polymer

Package

1 x Sprinkler

Warranty

Lifetime

PROS

The width control is adjusted with one quick touch. Since the sprinkler is double-sided, it's possible to customize its water jet for each side separately. 

CONS

The plastic regulators seem a bit flimsy and should be handled with care. 

OUR VERDICT

A double-sided oscillating model that offers flexible adjustment of stream strength, width, and length, making it suitable for watering lawns, flowers, and less delicate plants. It's an affordable yet not too flimsy choice, though the plastic body and nozzles aren't as great as the features offered by the sprinkler overall.

detailed parameters
Type

Oscillating

Coverage Area

Up to 3900 sq. ft.

Spray Distance

Up to 75 feet (length of the watering pattern)

Up to 53 feet (width of the watering pattern)

Spray Directions

Adjust range, Width, Flow, 360° rotation

Material

Plastic

Package

1 x Sprinkler with a flo-thru base

Warranty

2 years, limited

Orbit 56667N

Reaches New Heights

Have a big house with a huge yard? Feel tired just thinking about having to take care of the lawn? Don't worry as you can always fall back on the Orbit 56667N impact sprinkler. Perched upon a tripod, this impact sprinkler can cover a radius of up to 80 feet around it, depending on how you adjust its height. You can adjust the base within 16-37.5 inches and water some huge lawn making sure no single corner in your yard is left untouched.

Made out of sturdy zinc, the Orbit 56667N won’t rust or get dented if somebody knocks the sprinkling device over, so you can put it right in the middle of your backyard without worrying about your dog accidentally tipping the tripod. Of course, a tall metallic device isn’t exactly invisible and some users might prefer a stealthier model, but we think utility trumps design flaws and we hope you agree.

If you only want a gentle watering for a little flowerbed by the house instead of large coverage, you can switch from full circle rotation to partial movement and the Orbit 56667N will only work on a particular area, preset by you.

A well-kept backyard can be the hidden gem of any home and anybody who wants to really impress friends with pristine lawns shouldn’t spare any cost on the best lawn sprinkler. So while the Orbit 56667N is a bit more expensive than some competitors, it certainly has the features to make up for it and is a great choice for large area coverage as well as precise watering. You don't want your sprinkler to waster water, after all, as it's pretty cost-prohibitive!

Review of Orbit 56667N Zinc Impact Sprinkler on Tripod Base

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Gesentur Lawn Sprinkler

A Double-Pack of Efficiency and Yard Care

There are so many types of sprinklers on the market that choosing just one can make your head spin. However, you could always try and go for a combo model that packs several different watering devices in it, like the Gesentur Automatic does!

Even though you pay for one device, you get two: a rotating 3-arm model with four nozzles on each arm and a butterfly rotary model that sprays water like a fountain, intended for gently moisturizing flowers and plants. Of course, a device like that takes some time to put together properly, especially if you plan to change nozzles. That isn’t made any easier by the lack of instructions though, so prepare for a long afternoon with this device.

Still, the Gesentur Automatic sprinkler system packs quite a few versatile features. You can not only adjust the spray distance but also the angle of spraying so that the water doesn’t hit the plants too hard and isn’t spread out too much. If you want to transfer it to a different part of the yard, it will be easy to pick up and carry since the Gesentur sprinkler is made of lightweight ABS plastic.

In the end, the Gesentur Automatic is quite useful for watering flowers and plants and covering a reasonably large area of your backyard. But what really puts it above the competition is a leak-proof hose connector that comes with this model, ensuring that the watering process isn’t interrupted and no liquid is wasted. That alone could make the Gesentur one of the most efficient sprinklers out there.

Review of Gesentur Lawn Sprinkler Automatic 360 Rotating

 

Melnor XT4200M

Won't Miss a Beat

Even though many experts prefer pulsating models over oscillating ones, we do feel that some models of the latter type are no worse and may be even better in certain situations. The Melnor XT4200M lawn sprinkler system is one of such examples. The advantage of this model is that it uses water sparingly and doesn't waste it on objects and things around. As a result, you will water only plants and grass and won't make puddles on the surrounding territory.

As for minor yet important utilities, the Melnor XT4200M works equally well regardless of where you place it, be it a smooth surface or a hill, and its metal base won’t get rusty or bent. And while we can't say the same about plastic nozzles that come supplied in the kit, we do regard this model as reliable and can assure you that it won't fall apart after a couple years of use.

The Melnor XT4200M will work best for those looking for a portable device suitable for watering quite large areas. It yields a powerful jet and boasts a coverage area up to 3900 square feet with a 70-foot spray distance, meaning if you wanted to you could give your neighbors a shower, quite literally.

By the way, if you feel like your plants are being drowned or damaged by the overly heavy water flow, you can always take a minute to adjust it and make the spray easier to bear. Just make sure that the water pressure is above 40 psi or the sprinkler won't run at all!

The choice of a water sprinkler can determine how well-maintained your yard will look and, while some people have different tastes, it’s tough to deny that the Melnor XT4200M is at the top of the competition, thanks to its adjustable flow and range and a pretty large coverage area.

Review of Melnor XT4200M Metal Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Gilmour 196SPB

Turn It up and Hose 'Em Down

The main benefit of a lawn sprinkler system lies in the fact that it frees you from the need to crawl around on all fours or bend over to reach the farthest part of the flower beds or all the way to the last row of plants in your garden. That’s why we like the Gilmour 196SPB, a circular-type sprinkler that provides full control of the water stream, making your life a bit easier.

You’ll find a small ring on the base of the device with 12 adjustment points, which lets you choose how far the water will go and what shape the spray will take, thus determining how strong the flow will be. If you don’t feel like fiddling with settings too much, you can simply swap between a partial and full circle coverage with a single press.

Sadly, while the Gilmour 196SPB is able to hit some of the remotest corners of your garden owing to its impressive coverage area of up to 5800 square feet, it won't be as effective when needing to water adjacent areas. To solve this problem, you might need to move it around your garden a few times before the watering's done. Thankfully, it’s made of a lightweight polymer and won’t be too tough to carry. Plus, you can easily dig it into the ground so it won’t stick out too much in the middle of the lawn.

Overall, the Gilmour 196SPB doesn’t boast any innovations, opting instead to win over the competition with high-quality materials and an easily adjustable watering system. It’s a great choice if your yard has an irregular shape and you want full control of irrigation. 

Review of Gilmour 196SPB Medium Duty Circular Sprinkler

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Melnor 4060-TP

Dual Streams for Doubled Efficiency

Have no luck finding a sprinkler that would provide enough coverage while not posing a tripping hazard to you and your family members? Consider the Melnor 4060-TP, a compact yet effective oscillating sprinkler that will handle any backyard with ease.

Since this is an oscillating sprinkler, you can adjust not only how far the stream will go (and you do get a substantial range up to 75 feet) but also how wide it will be. With a maximum width of 53 feet, the Melnor 4060-TP is guaranteed to yield an impressive water flow and to cover even a large yard with ease. The same goes for the distance that makes 3900 square feet, quite impressive given the size of the sprinkler. That said, do not think that this model is some kind of a water-blasting cannon as you can switch between its flow strengths depending on what plants you need to water. On top of that, the sprinkler enables you to adjust the width and strength of flow for each side separately so you do not miss any part of your lawn. One thing we'd like to warn you is that the control knobs on the device do not look very sturdy and it's best to be very careful when twisting them.

Summarizing, if you don't particularly care if the sprinkler is made of metal or plastic and what you seek out is an affordable solution that will allow you to improve the health of your garden or lawn, the Melnor 4060-TP is the model you don't want to miss. Compact in size, effective, and powerful, you'll hardly find a better model in its price range. 

Review of Melnor 4060-TP Mini-Turbo Oscillating Sprinkler

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What Is a Sprinkler?

Ever since humans decided to settle and make homes, growing a big garden has been a staple of civilized life and while back in the day you had to drag buckets of liquid to water your lawn, nowadays you have the benefit of lawn sprinklers to keep the grass fresh. The market is flooded with different varieties, from tall tripods shooting water everywhere to stealthy models that dip below the surface after the watering’s done so nobody will even notice them. You can set up a whole automatized system around your home to cover a small yard in the front and a huge backyard with a garden or a flower patch. Most of the sprinkling systems allow you to choose how high the water pressure will be and how far the jet will propel the liquid, so you can cover your garden completely, if necessary. Of course, it might take you some time to set up a system like this, but on the other hand, having a whole set of irrigation sprinklers doing the lawn care for you will quickly pay you off with the healthy, well-groomed look of your yard and bumper crops every year since irrigation is key for many plants.

Still, taking good care of your garden and yard requires more than just water, so go ahead and look at some lawn mowers to keep the grass trimmed. And if you think that your backyard is ready for guests buy some hammock chairs to make it suitable for parties and BBQs!

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Publish Date: 2018-06-04 13:18:36