Sprinkler coverage – Think about how far you’ll need your lawn sprinkler to spray water. Consider the square footage of your space and how far the sprinkler will spray water to make sure the sprinkler covers your lawn area without needing too many additional sprinklers. Also, look for a sprinkler that allows you to adjust the sprinkler distance to only water the area you need.
PSI and GPM – Water pressure is measured by the pounds per square inch. The water flow can also be measured by gallons per minute (GPM). The PSI and GPM of your sprinkler will vary depending on the type, spray distance and range. On average, most sprinklers have 30 PSI. Be mindful if a lawn sprinkler has more than 80 PSI as it may damage plumbing.
Installation – Be mindful of how your lawn sprinkler should be installed. Some in-ground lawn sprinklers may require digging to connect your sprinkler to your home’s water system. On the other hand, some sprinklers are easy to install by simply screwing it onto the sprinkler. If you’re renting your home, doublecheck with your landlord before you start digging.
Durability – For the best sprinkler, look for one that’s made of durable materials such as copper, metal or ABS plastic. Make sure your lawn sprinkler has a sturdy base to stay in place during use. You’ll also want one that’s rust-resistant for a long-lasting sprinkler. And to save water usage, look for one that’s leak-resistant to only use the water you need when you need it.
Sprinkler use – Think about what you’ll be using your sprinkler for. You may want one to water smaller garden beds and your backyard. For the best usability look for a sprinkler with adjustable distance or multiple nozzles for different watering patterns whether it’s for your potted plants or your entire lawn.
This Melnor lawn sprinkler system waters up to 4,200 square feet. It’s equipped with a zoom feature to only water the area you need from smaller plants to gardens. This sprinkler also includes Melnor’s Infinity Turbo Drive to evenly water your lawns without puddles or dry patches.
Waters areas up to 4,200 square feet
Ability to control the sprinkler’s spray width and range
The GrowGreen Garden Sprinkler has a spray distance of 32.8 feet, 80 PSI and is made with adjustable spray directions. This sprinkler is made with ABS plastic, polymer and weights to stay in place while watering your lawn. GrowGreen also approves this sprinkler to be kid-friendly for playing outdoors.
The Orbit 62100 uses a 120-degree motion sensor to detect activity within 40 feet and covers up to 1,600 square feet. It uses three detection modes to easily activate the sprinkler only during the day, night or 24/7. This sprinkler also has the ability to connect to other Orbit sprinklers and includes a 30-minute watering timer.
Waters areas up to 1,600 square feet
Includes a 120-degree motion sensor to detect motion up to 40 feet
The Sun Joe lawn sprinkler is durable with a sturdy metal base. It’s equipped with 16 clog-resistant nozzles to control the width and range of your sprinkler. Nozzles are easy to clean with the sprinkler’s cleaning tool to keep each nozzle free of dirt. It has the power to control up to 3,600 square feet and is leak-resistant.
The Nelson sprinkler is designed to be durable with cast-iron and powder paint free from chipping. It can spray areas up to 13,500 square feet and has an adjustable spray range from 15 to 55 feet. This sprinkler is also equipped with an automatic shut-off and the ability to travel customized paths using the hose included.
The Kadaon Lawn Sprinkler is a durable sprinkler made of ABS plastic and is equipped with Water Sprinkler Irrigation as a patented system to save water with adjustable water density and range. It’s easy to use and child-friendly. The sprinkler sprays directly and at a 45-degree angle to water your lawn or plants.
The Gilmour lawn spray is made with brass, zinc, metal swivel and sled base to be a long-lasting, durable sprinkler. This lawn sprinkler has the power to water lawns and gardens up to 5,800 square feet within 43 feet. It includes an easy-to-turn dial to adjust the sprinkler’s spraying distance and water pressure.
Waters areas up to 5,800 square feet
Sprays water within 43 feet
Adjustable sprinkler spray range and water pressure
The Gardena ZoomMaxx sprinkler is made durable with a sled base and 16 rubber nozzles to control spraying range. It’s designed as an oscillating sprinkler to water small areas including smaller garden beds and plants. This sprinkler comes with an adjustable timer for up to 120 minutes and covers 2,300 square feet.
The MPLUS lawn sprinkler is easy to use and is made of brass and copper to be durable and withstand lawn debris. This sprinkler covers up to 5.600 square feet and has an adjustable sprayer pattern from 20-360 degrees. The sprinkler’s radius can also be adjusted from 20-41 degrees.
The Melron lawn sprinkler sprays water up to 5,600 square feet and has an adjustable spray range from 20 to 360-degrees. The sprinkler is designed to spray lawns and garden beds with an adjustable spray power. It is made durable of metal, zinc and brass to withstand weathering.
The type of lawn sprinkler you choose depends on a few factors including how much water your lawn or garden needs. You’ll also want to consider the direction of the sprinkler. Each lawn sprinkler works differently for the best use. Before you pick one for your garden or lawn, here are a few types to consider:
Oscillating – An oscillating sprinkler is one of the more popular sprinklers designed to fan water side-to-side over larger lawns.
Stationary – Stationary sprinklers are made to water one area until moved and are best for smaller garden beds, individual plants or smaller lawns.
Pulsating – Pulsating sprinklers are best for evenly watering larger gardens or lawns. They rotate to slowly water your yard in directions automatically.
Traveling – Traveling sprinklers follow the direction of your hose to water your lawn in unique patterns – similar to a lawnmower.
Lawn Care and Sprinkler FAQs
Does a sprinkler system require any maintenance?
Yes. You’ll want to make sure the sprinkler head and nozzle don’t become clogged with dust, dirt and debris by regularly cleaning them. Most heads and nozzles are easy to remove and rinse out with water. You’ll also want to regularly check for any leaks and pipe issues that may bring forth a larger issue in plumbing, installation or your water pressure.
What do most sprinkler systems include?
If you’re looking into a standard irrigation system to evenly spray water across your yard you’ll need a few pieces of equipment to work properly. Most require a water pump to send water to the sprinkler. You’ll also need a water meter to measure the water’s GPM. And the most important component for most sprinklers is the head to send the right amount of water from the sprinkler to the head for the lawn. Most sprinklers come with multiple heads to water your lawn and plants the way you wish. There’s also other equipment to consider including valves and pump controllers. Refer to your sprinkler’s manual for all equipment needed for proper use.
Are there any regulations for watering my lawn?
Most areas have regulations for lawn watering which limit the number of times your lawn is watered weekly. To avoid penalties and fines, double check with your local utility commission for any scheduling, regulations and restrictions. If there are any, adjust your lawn sprinkler schedule as needed.
Lawn Care Tips When Using Sprinklers
Know when your lawn needs water. If your grass has a brown-colored tint to it, it most likely needs moisture. But, be careful to not oversaturate and add fertilizer to help grow healthy, green grass.
Water the lawn in cooler temperatures. For the best growth, water your lawn and plants in the cooler parts of the day for the water to reach the soil. Most recommend between 6-10 A.M. And if you have an interconnected sprinkler system, run all sprinklers at the same time to avoid wear-and-tear on your water system sooner than expected.
Saturate the soil. If you’re watering plants, water the soil – not the plant leaves. You’ll most likely need a special sprinkler nozzle for smaller plant beds or areas to avoid adding too much water.
Set a schedule. Create a schedule for watering your lawn and stay consistent during high-growth season. Most lawns require an inch of water a week but use a rain gauge to measure the amount of rain and avoid oversaturation.
Keeping a healthy lawn takes a great deal of upkeep, and the right sprinkler can help keep your plants and yard full of life. As you shop for the right lawn sprinkler, remember to keep lawn care tips and key factors in mind. Check out our expert’s list of recommended sprinklers, then browse Amazon’s best-selling sprinklers to find the right one for your home.