The Top 50 Best Sprinklers for Your Lawn & Garden

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Mar. 16th, 2016

Sprinklers might not typically be thought of as an unsafe household item, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates there were more than 2,273 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by garden hoses, nozzles, or sprinklers that were treated in hospitals in the United States in 2014.

The number of actual injuries is likely to be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC reporting system only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at one of 100 participating hospitals, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.

It’s important to teach children to be mindful of playing in areas where sprinklers are located, in order to prevent trips, sprains, and other injuries. Whereas oscillating sprinklers are generally suitable for children to play in during hot weather, some pulsating models can have a powerful stream that may injure a small child and should be avoided. Your lawn and garden’s watering needs will likely determine the style of sprinkler you purchase.

With the above information in mind, in no particular order here are 50 of the sprinklers that we consider to be the best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

1. Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion-Activated Sprinkler

This sprinkler features a motion-activated system that works both day and night to help keep unwanted visitors out of your lawn and garden. It boasts 120-degree coverage and helps to conserve both water and battery power with its smart sensing technology.

Key features:

  • 30-minute timer
  • Requires 4 AA batteries
  • Adjustable spray up to 35 feet

Cost: *Est. $69.97

2. Long Range Impulse Sprinkler System

This sturdy sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 5,800 square feet with a 60 psi rating to help cover more area in less time. It boasts adjustable coverage with oscillation to provide just the precise coverage you desire.

Key features:

  • Fits any standard garden hose
  • Weighted base prevents flipping
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Cost: *Est. $23.97

This adjustable sprinkler boasts a professional-grade design and construction and shoots water from 8-15 feet to provide just the right amount of coverage for your lawn. It pops up 12-inches and features a 360-degree adjustable spray zone.

Key features:

  • Heavy-duty stainless steel construction
  • Patented water leakage prevention system
  • Install via side or bottom inlet

Cost: *Est. $13.17

4. GARDENA 1975 Aquazoom 3900-Square Foot Oscillating Sprinkler with Fully Adjustable Width Control

This oscillating sprinkler boasts a coverage area of 3,900 square feet with fully adjustable width control to provide spray from 13-55 feet wide. It comes with a 1-year warranty and features quick connect hose connectors.

Key features:

  • Adjustable spray length
  • Long-lasting turbo drive motor
  • End cap doubles as nozzle cleaner

Cost: *Est. $56.53

5. Nelson 1865 Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler

This sprinkler boasts a convenient traveling design that allows it to provide up to
13,500 square feet of watering coverage. The durable, cast iron body and chip-resistant, powder coated paint has been built for year of continuous use.

Key features:

  • Can travel up to 200 feet
  • Choose from 3 speed settings
  • Integrated automatic shut-off ramp

Cost: *Est. $57.85

6. Dramm 15074 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler

This spinning sprinkler system provides a watering coverage area of up to 38 feet around while creating a beautiful and mesmerizing spray pattern. It features a heavy-duty stationary base that provides increased stability.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Integrated storage hook

Cost: *Est. $7.41

7. Gilmour Circle Pattern Spot Sprinkler 876C

This affordably-priced sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 30×30 feet in diameter in a circular spray pattern and features a heavy-duty metal construction that’s ideal for extended outdoor use.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Built-in timer
  • Impact-resistant, rust-proof

Cost: *Est. $3.99

This 5 pack of pop-up sprinklers provides adjustable spray coverage from 8-15 feet and is fully adjustable from 0-360 degrees without the need for any special tools.

Key features:

  • Adjustable nozzle pre-installed
  • Removable grit filter
  • 4-inch pop-up height

Cost: *Est. $19.95

9. Melnor 4200 Turbo Oscillating Sprinkler With Flow Control

This oscillating sprinkler is fully adjustable to provide a watering coverage area of 874-3,900 square feet. Easy slide adjusters make precise watering needs a breeze and the integrated flow control allows for fine adjustments.

Key features:

  • Long-lasting turbo drive motor
  • Connects to standard garden hose
  • Limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $23.49

10. Nelson Plastic Pulsating Sprinkler Head on Metal Spike, Two-Pack 50202

This 2-pack of pulsating sprinkler heads provides a watering coverage area of up to 85 feet in diameter in a circular spray pattern. It offers an easy and affordable solution to keep your lawn adequately watered all year long.

Key features:

  • Impact-resistant construction
  • Compact design
  • Metal connection base included

Cost: *Est. $8.28

11. Melnor 3900H Heavy Duty Metal Pulsating Sprinkler

This pulsating sprinkler boasts a spray coverage area of 50-7,850 square feet and is adjustable between 30 and 360 degrees to provide just the coverage you desire.

Key features:

  • Weighted base prevents flipping
  • Non-corrosive, metal construction
  • Lifetime warranty

Cost: *Est. $16.99

12. Gardena 1980 Polo 2,400 Square Foot Oscillating Sprinkler With Adjustable Garden Spray Range

This oscillating sprinkler is fully adjustable to provide a maximum watering area of 950-2,400 square feet and boasts an adjustable width range of 23-56 feet.

Key features:

  • Fits standard garden hose
  • 1-year warranty
  • Includes quick connect hose adapter

Cost: *Est. $29.40

13. Melnor 4200M Turbo Metal Oscillating Sprinkler with Flow Control

This oscillating sprinkler boasts a large coverage area of up to 3,900 square feet and comes complete with 18 clog-resistant rubber spray nozzles.

Key features:

  • Integrated flow control
  • Long-lasting turbo drive motor
  • Sturdy and durable aluminum base

Cost: *Est. $29.73

14. Rain Bird CNV182BUB Drip Irrigation Sprinkler Conversion Kit

This nifty little kit includes everything you need to convert your pop-up sprinkler system into a water-saving microbubbler zone. It is ideal for watering your outdoor garden areas with pinpoint accuracy.

Key features:

  • Reduces water consumption up to 40%
  • Easily installs in just 15 minutes
  • Includes stakes and bug caps

Cost: *Est. $19.60

This high efficiency sprinkler nozzle boasts a coverage area of up to 15 feet and comes in a convenient 10-pack to help cover even larger areas. Because the spray pattern provides an even coverage, you won’t have any more unsightly brown spots on your lawn.

Key features:

  • Hand adjustable
  • Shortens runtimes up to 35%
  • Helps eliminate dry spots

Cost: *Est. $12.20

This flexible outdoor sprinkler allows for precision control and watering of only the areas you desire and helps to prevent costly water waste. Thanks to its spray pattern and precision position, it helps to prevent unsightly brown spots on your lawn.

Key features:

  • Fully adaptable
  • Connects to standard garden hose
  • Ideal for oddly-shaped areas

Cost: *Est. $12.33

17. Nelson 50230 Metal Vane Square Pattern Spray Whirling Sprinkler

This whirling sprinkler boasts a coverage area of up to 35×35 feet and features a square spray pattern that enables the user to get water into every hard-to-reach corner. Thanks to its gentle rain pattern, it’s even ideal for gardens and areas with reseeding.

Key features:

  • Durable metal construction
  • Connects to standard garden hose
  • Can be hooked up in series

Cost: *Est. $11.52

18. Gilmour 876S Square Pattern Spot Sprinkler

This affordably-priced sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 30×30 feet in diameter in a square spray pattern and features a heavy-duty metal construction that’s ideal for extended outdoor use.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Built-in timer
  • Impact-resistant, rust-proof

Cost: *Est. $5.99

This high efficiency sprinkler nozzles boasts a coverage area of up to 12 feet and comes in a convenient 10-pack to help cover even large areas. Because their spray pattern provides an even coverage, you won’t have any more unsightly brown spots on your lawn.

Key features:

  • Hand adjustable
  • Shortens runtimes up to 35%
  • Helps eliminate dry spots

Cost: *Est. $12.20

20. Melnor 9536H All Metal Pulsating Sprinkler with Step Spike

This pulsating sprinkler features a coverage area of up to 100 feet in diameter and is available in single or dual packs to cover all your watering needs. It can be connected in series, if desired, and boasts a metal step spike that’s ideal for use even in hard ground.

Key features:

  • Long-lasting metal head
  • Spray adjusts from 30-360 degrees
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $14.95

21. Orbit 58288 3-Arm High-Rise Sprinkler

This high-rise sprinkler provides a watering coverage area of up to 50 feet in diameter and is available in single or multipacks to suit any home gardener’s needs. The integrated foot step spike allows for easy insertion where desired and the unit is retractable for convenient storage.

Key features:

  • Height adjustable from 23-35 inches
  • Corrosion-resistant metal construction
  • Can be connected in series

Cost: *Est. $24.28

22. Nelson Three-Arm Square Pattern Spray Whirling Sprinkler with Metal Wheel Base 50231

This three-armed whirling sprinkler boasts a coverage area of up to 45×45 feet and features a square spray pattern that is ideal for getting water to all those hard-to-reach corners of your lawn.

Key features:

  • Durable metal construction
  • Ergonomic swivel coupling
  • Wheeled base for convenient placement

Cost: *Est. $17.96

23. Rain Bird Rotor Heads 5000 Rotor Sprinkler Heads. 4-Pack

This 4-pack of rotor sprinkler heads provide a circular coverage area from 25-50 feet, and are fully adjustable from 40-360 degrees to allow only the desired areas to be watered. The arc is easily adjusted with just a flathead screwdriver.

Key features:

  • 4-inch pop-up height
  • Includes pre-installed 3.0 GPM nozzle
  • Self-aligning nozzles

Cost: *Est. $38.29

24. Bosch Garden and Watering 967MBGT Metal Impulse Sprinkler

This impulse sprinkler boasts a water coverage area of up to 5,800 square feet and is available in a single or 6-pack to provide sufficient watering to even the largest of lawns. It can easily be adjusted without any tools and the design helps eliminate water wastage.

Key features:

  • Durable metal design
  • 86-foot diameter
  • Connects to standard garden hose

Cost: *Est. $32.83

25. Gilmour Circle Pattern Rotary Sprinkler 883 Teal

This affordably-priced rotary sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 6.5 feet in diameter in a circular spray pattern and is suitable for use watering medium-sized lawns that don’t require a slower, gentler flow.

Key features:

  • Leakproof design
  • Available in single or 12-pack
  • Impact-resistant

Cost: *Est. $6.41

26. Dramm 15004 ColorStorm Premium Metal Oscillating Sprinkler with Brass Nozzle Jets

This oscillating sprinkler boasts a coverage area of up to 3,036 square feet and features adjustable, variable settings that allow you to find just the precise spray your yard needs. This sleek-looking unit is also guaranteed for life.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Durable metal construction
  • Nozzle plug cleaner included

Cost: *Est. $39.76

This oscillating sprinkler system comes with 15 holes that provide a coverage area of nearly 3,000 square feet, so you can spend less time worrying about watering your lawn.

Key features:

  • Long-lasting curved, anodized aluminum spray tube
  • Connects to standard garden hose
  • 3-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $13.66

28. Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler

This traveling sprinkler is ideal for watering areas that are not uniform in size and will travel along the path of any hose you lay. It is self-propelled and features a selection of 3 speeds to provide you with hassle-free watering.

Key features:

  • Durable cast iron construction
  • Integrated automatic shutoff
  • Adjustable spray from 15-50 feet

Cost: *Est. $56.86

29. Gilmour Circle Pattern Twin Spot Sprinkler 875

This affordably-priced sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 30 feet in diameter through two holes in a circular spray pattern and features a heavy-duty metal construction that’s ideal for extended outdoor use.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Heavy duty, die cast zinc construction
  • Built-in timer

Cost: *Est. $5.95

30. GARDENA 1973 Aquazoom 2700-Square Foot Oscillating Sprinkler with Fully Adjustable Width Control

This oscillating sprinkler provides a watering coverage area of up to 2,700 square feet and boasts a fully adjustable spray width of 12-46 feet and adjustable spray length of 23-59 feet that is ideal for watering small, rectangular or square yards.

Key features:

  • Hose filter included
  • Nozzle plug cleaner included
  • Quick connect hose adaptor included

Cost: *Est. $49.99

31. Orbit 56351 Zinc Impact on Metal Step Spike, 2-Pack

This pulsating sprinkler boasts a coverage area of up to 80 feet in diameter and is fully adjustable thanks to the integrated deflector shield. It comes in a convenient 2-pack for even the biggest of lawns.

Key features:

  • Adjustable from 0-360 degrees
  • Metal step spike for easy placement
  • Can be connected in series

Cost: *Est. $27

This 5-pack of rotor sprinkler heads comes complete with the nozzles already pre-installed and features a spray range of up to 12 feet. It also features a circular spray adjustment of 50-360 degrees.

Key features:

  • Adjustment tool included
  • 4-inch pop-up height
  • Dirty water tolerant

Cost: *Est. $59.99

This pop-up sprinkler boasts a spray distance of 8-15 feet and is fully adjustable from 0-360 degrees to give your lawn just the right amount of coverage. It features a 6-inch pop-up height with an integrated heavy-duty stainless steel spring to ensure a flush retraction.

Key features:

  • Water leakage prevention system
  • Durable, long-lasting design
  • Suitable for use with low water pressure

Cost: *Est. $7.17

34. Gilmour Metal Head Impulse Sprinkler on Metal Sled Base 167SMB

This affordably-priced impulse sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 5,800 square feet and features a heavy-duty metal construction that’s ideal for extended outdoor use. It is ideal for providing a slow, gentle watering to large outdoor areas.

Key features:

  • Adjustable distance, rotation, and spray control
  • Reduces water wastage
  • Can connect in series

Cost: *Est. $34.99

35. Quick-Snap In-Ground 5-Inch Pop-Up Adjustable Sprinkler With Quick Hose Connector, QSK-741

This pop-up sprinkler boasts a spray coverage area of up to 5,000 square feet and conveniently drops down and out of the way when the water is turned off so that you can mow your lawn without fear of running it over. It provides adjustable spray from 17-40 feet and 40-360 degrees.

Key features:

  • Quick connect hose adaptor included
  • Installs in just minutes
  • 5-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $31.92

36. Gilmour 896 Fan Sprinkler

This fan-style sprinkler boasts a coverage area of up to 20 feet in a quarter circular pattern that is ideal for watering gardens and other small or oddly-shaped areas.

Key features:

  • Durable metal construction
  • Made in the USA
  • 12-inch ground spike included

Cost: *Est. $4.91

37. Hi-Rise Lifetime Sprinkler

This high-rise sprinkler boasts a water coverage area of up to 22 feet in diameter and features a durable, all-metal construction of copper, powder coated steel, and brass to provide years of long-lasting outdoor use.

Key features:

  • Heavy duty steel spike base included
  • Can connect in series
  • Fine droplets suitable for delicate watering needs

Cost: *Est. $48.95

38. Gardena 1951 Small Area Garden Spray Sprinkler On Spike

This garden sprinkler comes pre-installed on a spike for easy placement and installation and boasts a coverage area of up to 1,000 square feet with a maximum diameter of 36 feet.

Key features:

  • Ideal for gardens
  • Quick connect hose adaptor included
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $16.99

39. Gilmour Turbine Rotor Sprinkler With Metal Spike Base 200MMS

This rotor sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 4,000 square feet in diameter and boasts a durable turbine motor that is suitable for years of outdoor use. It is fully adjustable to provide spray coverage for either a full or partial circle.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Quiet operation
  • Impact-resistant, rust-proof

Cost: *Est. $13.53

40. RainBird Gear 32SASP Gear Drive Shrub Rotor on Small Spike

This rotor sprinkler provides adjustable spray coverage from 19-32 feet and is fully adjustable from 40-360 degrees using a flathead screwdriver. It’s suitable for watering medium-sized areas and features a water-saving spray that produces wind-resistant droplets.

Key features:

  • Cast metal stake included
  • Long-lasting rotating mechanism
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $16.92

41. Orbit 91594 Stainless Steel Ornamental Sprinkler

These ornamental sprinklers boast beautiful designs that are both focal points in your garden but also effective at providing a water coverage area of up to 30 feet. The rings spin in opposite directions to provide thorough watering coverage.

Key features:

  • Copper-plated finish
  • 4-spike base included
  • Connects to standard garden hose

Cost: *Est. $32

42. Gilmour Circle Pattern Ring Sprinkler 306UPC Teal

This affordable sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 900 square feet in a circular spray pattern thanks to three rows of outlet holes. It provides gentle watering that is suitable for use in gardens or areas of reseeding.

Key features:

  • Connects to standard garden hose
  • Built-in timer
  • Impact-resistant, rust-proof

Cost: *Est. $4.86

43. Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler, Blue

This spinning sprinkler system provides a circular watering coverage area of up to 38 feet, while creating a beautiful and mesmerizing spray pattern. It features a heavy-duty stationary base that provides increased stability.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Suitable for use on well systems
  • Integrated storage hook

Cost: *Est. $15.28

44. Toro 53730 Adjustable Underground Sprinkler Nozzle 15-Foot Spray

Available in a choice of different sizes to suit every lawn and garden’s watering needs, this sprinkler nozzle provides a spray from 12-15 feet and comes in a convenient 2-pack. It is easily adjustable without the need for any tools.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Adjustable from 0-360 degrees
  • Compatible with multiple brands of irrigation systems

Cost: *Est. $3.17

45. RainBird P5RLSP Plastic Impact Sprinkler on Large Metal Spike

This impact sprinkler boasts an adjustable spray distance of 20-38 feet and spray radius that is adjustable from 0-360 degrees to provide precise watering coverage. It is easily adjustable without the need for any tools and is constructed of high-strength polymer and stainless steel.

Key features:

  • Removable bayonet nozzle
  • Portable metal stake included for ease of installation
  • Diffuser screw allows for improved coverage

Cost: *Est. $15.43

46. K Rain K8000 3-3/4-Inch Pop-Up Gear Drive Sprinkler 81031

This pop-up sprinkler boasts an adjustable 20-55 foot spray radius that is adjustable from 40-360 degrees and comes complete with 7 interchangeable nozzles to help you find the ideal spray for your lawn.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 4-inch pop-up height
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $9.98

47. Dramm 15024 ColorStorm 9-Pattern Turret Sprinkler with Heavy-Duty Metal Base, Green

This spinning sprinkler system provides a watering coverage area of up to 66 square feet with a choice of 9 different spray patterns for ultimate coverage. It features a heavy duty stationary base that provides increased stability.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Integrated storage hook
  • Lifetime guarantee

Cost: *Est. $18.95

This adjustable sprinkler boasts a professional-grade design and construction and shoots water from 8-15 feet to provide just the right amount of coverage for your lawn. It pops up 2.5-inches and features a 360-degree adjustable spray zone.

Key features:

  • Retracts when not in use
  • Patented water leakage prevention system
  • Suitable for areas with low water pressure

Cost: *Est. $2.99

49. K Rain K2 Smart Set 5-Inch Pop-Up Gear Drive 91031

This pop-up sprinkler boasts an adjustable 20-55 foot spray radius with arc that is adjustable from -30-360 degrees and comes complete with a tamper-resistant clutch with auto reset that helps to maintain your chosen spray pattern.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 5-inch pop-up height
  • 5-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $13.15

50. Gilmour 196SPB Pattern Master Impulse Sprinkler on Polymer Sled Base

This impulse sprinkler provides a coverage area of up to 5,800 square feet in a fully adjustable spray pattern that is ideal for oddly-shaped areas. It boasts speed control that provides for even coverage of the area you’re watering.

Key features:

  • Can be connected in series
  • Impact-resistant, rust-proof
  • Lifetime warranty

Cost: *Est. $24.99

 
 
   
 
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