If you live in a place that doesn’t get a lot of rain, you’ll be well aware of the struggles that can place on your lawn. Manually hosing it down isn’t an option for someone with a full-time job, so what else can you do? Well, you could always just buy a lawn sprinkler.
The sprinklers in the table below are some of the best on the market. We’ve found models that are perfect for tight budgets, small yards, large yards, you name it. As a result, we’re sure you’ll find one that fits your requirements perfectly. Take a look!
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|Best Budget Lawn Sprinklers||US Buy Lawn Sprinkler||9.99m|
|Melnor Impact Lawn Sprinkler||12.86m|
|Melnor Oscillating Sprinkler||10.02m|
|Top Mid-Range Lawn Sprinklers||Tomky Lawn Sprinkler||10.31m|
|Melnor XT4100 Turbo||10.73m|
|Best Premium Lawn Sprinklers||Gilmour Heavy-Duty Adjustable Sprinkler||13.1m|
|GARDENA 1975 Aquazoom||10.55m|
|Green Thumb 4200MGT||10.73m|
|Best Sprinklers For Large Areas||Gilmour Master Circular Sprinkler||13.09m|
|Orbit 55662 Voyager II||12.19m|
|Editor's Pick||Rain Bird 25PJDAC||12.49m|
Now, let’s not rush in. By taking a few minutes to learn a little more about how sprinklers work, we can make a better-informed decision as to which is right for you. The following paragraphs aim to clear up some misconceptions about how sprinklers work and how to use them.
How To Use A Lawn Sprinkler
Sprinklers are actually fairly simple. They’ll usually have a base unit with a spike in it – this should be firmly planted into your lawn, and a hose attached. The most basic models will require you to turn the faucet on, but you can also find some that offer automatic timers and take all the work out of keeping your lawn healthy.
The second thing to note is that different sprinklers have different ranges. For this reason, you may need more than one – for instance, if you have a large area to cover. You could manually move the sprinkler, but that takes time and energy. However, most have a range of at least 10 meters, so you should be alright.
It’s important that you know your lawn doesn’t need to be watered every day. You’ll know best when it’s in need of a drink – tell-tale signs include yellowing and dry soil. However, when possible, allow the rain to do its job instead of turning on the sprinkler. Really, they’re a supplemental measure for very hot regions.
It might take a few weeks until you find the sweet spot for watering. If you go outside and squelch around in the mud, you’re watering too much. If your grass starts to lose its color despite sprinkling, you should leave it until it’s completely dry before attempting to water it again.
Best Budget Lawn Sprinklers
Without further ado, let’s start by taking a look at the sprinklers that offer the most bang for your buck. These are very affordable products that offer a balance between range, pressure, and price. In other words, they’re among the best for those of us on a tight budget.
First up is the US Buy Lawn Sprinkler. This model costs around $8 and has a range of up to 9.99m. That’s not bad at all! There are also several additional features that make this product one of the best around, and we’ll cover those in more detail below.
First of all, this is a rotating sprinkler that provides far more balanced coverage than its static jet-style rivals. It can even be mounted vertically, in case you want to water a smaller area (or avoid watering the side of your house every day). So, what else should you know about this sprinkler?
Well, it doesn’t use a lawn spike to stay in place. Instead, it relies on weight alone, which may not be ideal if you live in an area with the powerful wind. It’s made of plastic too, so while it’s relatively sturdy, it probably won’t survive being thrown around. This spikeless construction does mean that it can be easily relocated, though.
The US Buy sprinkler might not be ideal for those with large areas to cover or those looking for a long-term solution to their lawn watering needs. Despite this, it’s an excellent first sprinkler system and we recommend it wholeheartedly. Besides, for less than $10, you can’t really complain too much, right?
Our second pick is the Melnor Impact sprinkler. This one offers a significantly better range than the US Buy, at almost 13m. There’s even a pin that allows you to change the water pressure from a gentle mist to a powerful spray. So how much would you pay for a product like this?
Believe it or not, it costs around $12. That’s exceptional, especially when you consider that this unit has metal connectors and far more advanced functionality than similar models. It’s even backed by a seven-year limited warranty so if it breaks, you won’t have to pay a single extra cent.
We’re still not done.
You can choose to have this sprinkler rotate 360° if you’d like, or you can limit it to as little as 20° for a more controlled watering. It can water an area of up to 7850 square feet – that’s more than enough for most yards and speaks to the quality of this sprinkler.
Now, like the last model, this one doesn’t come with any kind of spike to keep it in one place. However, due to the thin outer ring, it can easily be pinned down with a couple of tent pegs if you’d like. This isn’t necessary, but if you don’t need to reposition it, it might not be a bad idea.
Lastly, in this category, we have the Melnor Oscillating Sprinkler. This one costs around $13 and has a range of just over ten meters. Not bad, right? Well, it gets better. What if we told you that this sprinkler could cater to your lawn from the seeding until its maturity?
Essentially, this sprinkler has an adjustable amount of pressure. For new lawns, it’s capable of outputting a gentle spray but as they grow, the pressure can be increased to ensure better coverage of a larger area. Plus, with a solid construction, you can be sure that this sprinkler will survive for years.
Even if it breaks, like the previous product from the same manufacturer, this one is covered by a seven-year warranty. Even if it breaks the day after the warranty expires, that works out to be about $1.85 a year for a perfectly watered lawn– not exactly a bad deal.
Ultimately, this product is geared towards those in it for the long haul. If you already get plenty of rainfall, it’s probably not necessary but if you’re looking to maintain a stunning lawn in a dry or hot area, the Melnor oscillating sprinkler might be exactly what you need.
Top Mid-Range Lawn Sprinklers
So, the last products were excellent choices for those working with restrictive budgets but if you’re looking for a more serious solution to your watering woes, you might be better suited to a slightly more expensive sprinkler. We’ve narrowed your search to just three products though, so you can find one easily.
At first glance, the Tomky sprinkler is very similar to the Us Buy one we covered earlier. However, there are a few subtle differences that allow it to justify its higher price tag. At around $15, it’s not exorbitant, but the features it offers can certainly save you a lot of time in the yard. Who doesn’t want that?
Take, for instance, the slightly increased range (around 10.3m). This allows you to cover a larger area, plus since each of the three spokes can be tilted manually, you have greater control over the areas that are watered. This means that you can even cover all parts of your lawn regardless of their shape or size.
We recently covered an oscillating sprinkler and noted how good they were for fledgling lawns. Well, if you don’t like the rotary spray, simply turn this into oscillation mode instead. Really, it’s a two-in-one solution that’ll look after your plants no matter how much they’ve grown.
Further, this model has an enhanced build quality. Sure, the majority of it is plastic but the parts that matter (connectors, nozzles) are coated with a rust-proof polymer. Cleaning rust from these often involves chemicals, and that’s the last thing you want in your plant’s water, after all.
Okay, our next product is the most expensive so far, but hear us out. The Melnor XT4100 Turbo costs around $23 but offers increased range, easier maintenance, and more customization than you might expect. It’s also very simple to use and won’t take long to set up. Really, what more could you ask for?
First of all, let’s address the range. This model can cover up to 3900 square feet in a single pass. That’s a range of almost 11 meters – incredible for a product of this price. Next, let’s discuss the spray type. The XT4100 is an oscillating sprinkler with 18 clog-resistant nozzles. This means less time cleaning, more time watering.
There’s a simple and intuitive width controller on the side of the unit. By adjusting this dial, you can reduce or increase the width of the spray. If you have a narrow strip of lawn, no problem – this allows you to water it without soaking the wooden fence nearby.
We get it. This model isn’t ideal for those with a very large lawn. However, some people just want to be able to water their yards as easily as possible and this sprinkler does just that. Really, it’s about as hands-off as a sprinkler can be and when combined with a timer will work exceptionally well.
The last of our mid-budget picks is the Orbit 58308, an excellent little sprinkler that costs around just under $30. Don’t let its price put you off, though: this model comes with something that none of the others do: a tripod that allows it to cover even greater distances without any trouble.
Of course, this tripod’s height can be adjusted to help customize the spray even further. Very far, in fact: you can water plants up to 12.19 meters away. Also, the hose connector is angled at the base so you won’t have any difficulty attaching it. These features are nice, but there’s still more to discuss.
The brass impact head gives you the freedom to choose where exactly you want to be watered, in a 25-360° radius. Plus, because the tripod folds down, it’s easily stored away during the winter. With a maximum pressure of 80psi, there’s very little that the Orbit 58308 can’t do.
Now, most people won’t require this much range, but those who do will find drastically reduces the time taken to water a large area. Whether you run a plant nursery, a garden center, or are lucky enough to have a huge backyard, the 58308 would make a great addition to your kit.
Best Premium Lawn Sprinklers
The following lawn sprinklers are a little more expensive than some of the others we’ve seen but make no mistake, they justify their prices. That said, they’re intended for people looking for more than the most basic lawn care solutions, so won’t be suitable for everyone.
Let’s take a look at this next product from Gilmour. It’s a heavy-duty, metal sprinkler with a range that’s especially impressive given the small size of the sprinkler itself. This model can shoot water up to 13.1 meters away with no trouble whatsoever. If that’s not worth a slightly higher price, we don’t know what is.
This sprinkler is all about customization. You can choose to set the spray distance, limit the direction, and even the pressure of the water by using the easily adjustable dials and pins. You don’t even have to worry about damaging your lawn since it relies entirely on its weight to keep it stable. That’s right, no spikes needed.
If you’re looking for a lawn sprinkler that’s simple to use but boasts the power to take care of large plots of land, few can stand against the Gilmour Heavy-Duty Sprinkler. After all, while its rivals might be less expensive, Gilmour has been in this business for over 50 years. With experience comes high-quality products and with those, happy customers.
Okay, now we’re really starting to get into the high-end sprinklers. The Gardena 1975 Aquazoom is priced at around $70 and comes with everything you need to get started right away. It’s got it all: range, ease of use, customization. So let’s take a closer look at its specs and see why it’s so well-loved.
First of all, this model allows you to change the width of its sprays independently of each other. Do you have a lawn that tapers at one end? Well, this oscillating sprinkler can take care of that for you. And with a maximum width of 55” on either side, as well as a range of over ten meters, your coverage is excellent.
That’s not all!
This sprinkler is covered by a year’s parts and labor warranty meaning that if it breaks, there’s no need to worry. It’s ultra-simple to set up. Just connect your hose, use the two top-mounted dials to adjust the width and length of the spray, turn it on, and you’re good to go.
Now, it should be noted that this sprinkler is intended for watering rectangular stretches of land. As such, it doesn’t quite have the coverage that a rotary sprinkler would. Despite this, we believe that it will work well enough for most households, and its additional features help justify its higher price.
Last but not least, let’s take a look at the Green Thumb 4200MGT. This is another oscillating sprinkler that costs just under $30, but that doesn’t mean it lacks build quality or functionality. Far from it, in fact – the 4200MGT has a range of almost 11 meters and that’s only the beginning.
Because of its clog-resistant water nozzles, you won’t experience any lack of pressure or uneven coverage. Further, with a base made of aluminum, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning it all that often, but when you do, just wipe it down the same way you would a bathroom fixture.
This sprinkler system comes with a one-touch wide adjustment bar on the top. Further, because it weighs two pounds and has such a low profile, it’s not likely to be blown around by rough winds or knocked over accidentally by an excited pet. Ease of use really is built in.
Of course, there is one small issue. The 4200MGT doesn’t include any sort of warranty period, so once you’ve purchased it, you’ll have to be careful. That said, it’s sturdily built and we can’t imagine it breaking all that easily so don’t let that put you off.
Best Sprinklers For Large Areas
If you have a really large lawn, you’ll need a sprinkler with the range to water it all. After all, what use is a sprinkler if you have to manually water some sections? The following products are ideal for those with larger than average areas to tend to.
We’ll begin with the Gilmour Master. This is a circular sprinkler that costs a little over $20 and has a range of more than 13 meters. When you do the math, that’s coverage of up to 5800 square feet, which isn’t half bad, given the relatively low price.
That’s not all this sprinkler has to offer, though. It allows you to choose whether to spray water in a complete circle or just a section of it. There’s also the option to reduce the range, if you’d like, however, if you’re buying this model, you’ll likely want that maxed out. So what’s the catch?
Well, the sprinkler’s base is made of plastic. This likely won’t be a huge issue but it does raise questions about the durability of the product itself. Luckily, it comes with a free lifetime warranty so even if it does break, you can have it replaced at no additional cost.
There’s also no way to adjust the pressure of the stream. For this reason, the Master sprinkler isn’t ideal for new lawns. However, if you have an already established plot of land, there’s nothing to stop you from maintaining it with this product. In fact, we’d recommend it!
Now let’s take a look at the Orbit 55662 Voyager II. This sprinkler is a little different from the others we’ve seen in that it connects to a hose that’s run under your lawn. However, this extra step is well worth it – with a range of over 12 meters, this compact sprinkler outclasses its similarly sized rivals.
Further, because this model uses water pressure to drive its rotation, there isn’t that distinctive clicking sound that you hear with motor-driven models. This also means that the internals are relatively simple and as a result, less likely to break and leave you hanging in the dead of summer.
So how much would you pay for a small, silent sprinkler with an impressive range? The Voyager II is actually available for around $10 and if one isn’t enough to cover your land, they come in various quantities. There are even alternative heads so you can customize the pattern and pressure.
So who is this sprinkler for? Really, we think it’d suit most people, however, since you do have to dig up part of your lawn, you have to be prepared for a little extra work. If you don’t mind this, though, the Voyager II offers everything you need for a very reasonable price.
Our final product is a strange one, but we think it’s incredibly versatile and worth its roughly $60 price tag. The Orbit 58322 is essentially a sprinkler on wheels. Bear with us, though, this is one product you’re not going to miss out on, especially if you have a lot of ground to cover.
All you have to do is attach this model to a hose, then lay the hose out along the route you’d like the sprinkler to take. This allows it to cover all kinds of lawn shapes and means it isn’t limited to just rectangular areas. In fact, you could water all around your house if you’d like. Not bad, right?
As it moves along the route you’ve set, it’ll spray water 15 meters in every direction. It’s powered by water pressure so there are no batteries required, and the powerful rear wheels are enough to conquer any kind of terrain. Plus, you can even choose from several different movement speeds.
This is a unique idea and we have no doubt it can benefit a huge number of people. That said, it is the most expensive sprinkler in our list by far and as such, it won’t be affordable for some. However, if you’re looking for reliability, customizability, and the largest area of coverage, this is the one for you.
We’ve seen some fantastic products so far but all good things must come to an end and this list is no exception. That said, we’ve decided to go out with a bang. Enter the Rain Bird 25PJDAC: a low-cost, high-range sprinkler system that’s as easy to use as it is versatile.
This sprinkler has a range of 12.5 meters – no small feat when you consider its small size and sub-$20 price tag. You can customize the spray distance, pattern, and pressure, plus it has a standard ½” connector so you don’t have to worry about buying specialized hoses or pipes.
The thing that really sets this model apart is its rugged construction. It’s made entirely of metal so it’s far more resistant to shocks, and of course, the elements, than most others we’ve covered. If you’re in the market for a durable sprinkler that’s affordable and still manages to get the job done, the 25PJDAC might be just what you need.
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Dean is a freelance copy-editor from Utah, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. His garden is a place to relax after a stressful day of work, have a beer and play in the pool with his girls.