With more than 30 hours of testing seven hose nozzles over a period of six weeks in our backyard, we determined that the best garden hose nozzle overall is the SprayTec – 9-Pattern Nozzle Sprayer. Not only was the SprayTec comfortable to hold and easy to use, it also had all the functions the vast majority of garden-hose users will need. We also liked the Bon-Aire – Original Ultimate Hose Nozzle for its durability and ease of use.
Why we are qualified to test garden hose nozzles
We spent 30 hours over the course of a month and a half in our backyard, testing each of the garden-hose nozzles to determine which would work the best in real-life conditions.
While we did use a series of qualitative tests to determine which nozzle was best, ultimately our decision came down to using our finalists extensively before we could make a recommendation.
How we selected finalists to test
We used several different metrics to determine which garden hose nozzle is best:
First we looked over each nozzle’s overall build quality and durability. We considered everything from the materials used to the likelihood that the individual components would jam or otherwise break down over time.
The number of moving parts within the nozzle was an important consideration as well. Since garden hose nozzles are frequently dropped and often wet, it’s important that a nozzle not be susceptible to corrosion or rapid wear and tear.