What Are Some Tips for Choosing Good Garden Hose Sprinklers?

What Are Some Tips for Choosing Good Garden Hose Sprinklers?

The popular oscillating sprinkler, with its metal or plastic tube that moves back and forth, is a good choice for watering rectangular lawns. Better models have an adjustable spray pattern, at least 15 spray jets to ensure proper coverage and a metal filter in the hose connection to prevent clogging.

Stationary sprinklers, including ones with rings and salt-shaker patterns, are designed to water in a proscribed pattern over a fixed area. Fixed sprinklers with metal frames are more durable than plastic and better models feature interchangeable spray turrets to vary the watering patterns and a hose connector with a metal filter to eliminate clogging.

Rotating sprinklers have two or more arms that disperse the water in a complete circle when they spin. Better ones have a heavy duty, non-tipping metal base, emit droplets rather than mist for less evaporation, and have a metal, rather than plastic, swivel coupling. A series-connection base allows several sprinklers to be strung together along a line of garden hoses.