Keeping your garden looking its best requires regular watering, so use a hose gun to make your life easier and to ensure the best possible yield from your patch. You'll be able to direct the water to where it is most needed and you can cease the flow when moving between planted areas. Some hose guns have a 50% less water option, while others can be used for cleaning cars, patios or decking.
We have reviewed the best garden spray guns from Hozelock, Karcher, Fanhao and more to find you the perfect match for your gardening needs. There are 100% metal options, as well as the more mainstream plastic hose guns, and even hybrid designs. All of the garden hose guns in the top 10 are available to buy online in the UK from Amazon, B&Q and Wickes.
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Most hose guns are plastic, making them durable, lightweight and easy to connect to your existing hose. It's important to match the material of the hose connector and the watering gun connector to avoid leaks. Plastic and metal items contract and expand at different rates, so if these materials are mismatched and cold water is used in warm conditions, leaks can occur.
Metal watering guns are becoming, once again, more popular, as people seek to reduce their reliance on micro-particle-releasing plastic. Properly coated metal, such as zinc, is longer lasting in garden conditions since it is frost resistant. Many plastic garden hose guns perish prematurely due to being left outside in wintery conditions.
Hybrid options, a combination of a metal casing and plastic triggers and connectors, last longer than plastic alone and connect seamlessly with existing plastic fittings on your hose. Luckily, however, most hose accessories sold in the UK have standard universal-sized fittings and can be connected, whatever brand they are.
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All hose guns have a variety of spray settings. Some have as few as two, which is suitable for basic gardening tasks such as gentle watering and the fierce cleaning of mud off a spade. If you also want to wash your car or patio, you'll need to choose a gun with at least five options. Here's a rundown of what the settings mean:
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Classic Multi Sprayer
The Perfect Combination of Spray Settings and a Five-Year Warranty for Peace of Mind
Garden Hose Heavy Duty Metal Water Gun
Shiny Brass and Zinc Make This a Stylish Yet Practical Garden Accessory
5-Function Spray Gun
Features a Unique Slider Control That's Easy for Those With Grip Issues
5-Function Spray Gun
Use 50% Less Water With This Clever Hose Gun
A Tiny-Yet-Mighty Spray From Kärcher
7-Function Multi Spray Gun Starter Set
A Robust, Mostly Metal Hose Spray With Connectors Included
Multi Plus Spray Gun
A Hose Gun of Hybrid Construction With Eight Spray Options
3-Function Gun Jet Spray
For Those Who Just Need Something Basic and Affordable
Garden Hose Pipe Spray Nozzle
Cost-Effective Option for Close-Range Watering
Lance Spray Plus 90
Something Different for Gardeners With Elevated Hanging Baskets
Gardena’s selection of uncomplicated spray patterns ranges from a soft spray for general watering, a bubble jet for reaching plants at a distance, and a three-point hard jet for cleaning purposes. The combination of a wide spray nozzle with just three settings is just right; there's no unnecessary complexity.
This German-made hose gun is sturdy and also frost-resistant, although we'd always advise storing hosepipes and accessories inside during the winter. To top it off, it comes with a five-year warranty for complete peace of mind.
This shiny metal hose gun comprises a brass nozzle and zinc alloy main body. The four different watering settings, from fine mist to jet stream, are easily accessed by rotating the nozzle. We love the utilitarian design of this spray gun – it's both stylish and super practical.
The solid brass quick connection attachments are universal, but do invest in metal fittings if you don't have them already as plastic-to-metal connections can cause leaks. This robust hose gun comes with a 1-year warranty and a helpful customer service team.
This unusual-looking hosepipe spray gun from B&Q's Verve brand is understated in design and will blend in well with your garden foliage while left uncoiled unobtrusively. It's also available as a hosepipe and spray-gun set if you want your equipment to match perfectly.
The five spray functions are cleaning, rinsing, fast filling, watering and misting, meaning that every garden hose job is catered for. The simple slider mechanism controls the flow and turns the water on and off, making this a great choice for those with grip issues.
Brand leader Hozelock doesn't disappoint with their 5-function spray gun. The top red switch can be ingeniously flicked to reduce water consumption to just 50% of the flow, making this the perfect choice for those on a meter or watching their energy use.
The five spray patterns are described as powerful jet, fast fill, fine rose, gentle cone and flat rinse. Reviews confirm that this hose gun is an excellent choice for car cleaning as well as gardening jobs.
This slim and ergonomically-designed garden spray gun from reliable brand Kärcher can easily be operated one-handed. The trigger simply needs pressing once to lock on and then pressing again to unlock.
The ridged barrel on the nozzle ensures that it is possible to switch easily between the two spray options, a jet stream of water and a mist spray, even with wet hands. This basic hose gun is a cost-effective yet practical and good quality choice.
If you intend to switch from a plastic garden spray gun to a metal one, then you will need metal connectors too. Otherwise, you'll get leaks between joints of different materials during temperature fluctuations. This set from GoodHome handily includes a (mostly) metal spray gun and the connectors you'll need.
Users are pleased with this garden spray gun's weighty, sturdy feel, although attaching and removing the metal connectors can be tricky. Those with limited strength in their hands or wrists should probably stick to plastic connectors.
This hybrid version of Hozelock's garden spray gun has a powder-coated, die-cast metal body. The soft-touch handle, variable flow switch and connectors are plastic, meaning you can use this with your existing universal plastic connectors.
Most of us realistically only use our favourite couple of settings when watering, so some may find scrolling through eight different ones overly time-consuming. However, if you do like having a vast array of spray options, then you'll appreciate the delicate cone spray, power jet, flat spray, fine rose, flat rinse, shower spray and centre rinsing jet, especially as all are clearly labelled.
Hozelock's most basic option has just three sprays to choose from: powerful jet, fast-fill and mist. If you're after a simple-to-use and lightweight sprayer, this will suit you. If you want lots of options for different garden and cleaning jobs, then we'd suggest that you look at a more complicated Hozelock product.
The front squeeze trigger, the on/off button, and the flow control have all been located so they can be operated with one hand. All in all, this garden spray gun is a light, ergonomic and cost-effective, albeit basic, choice.
The rubber grip handle and rubber nozzle ring on this garden spray gun from Wickes provide excellent grip, even when your hands are drenched from watering. Handily, the dark blue and black colourway won't show dirt, however much muddy splashback occurs.
Simply twist the nozzle to move gradually from fine mist to jet. The fine spray doesn't project with much power according to reviews, so this is best suited to small gardens where all plants are within a close range.
Although not a traditional hose gun, this long-reach extended device is a useful option for those who have hanging baskets to tend to. The long-reach handle is 90 cm in length, allowing you to water the back of deeper flower beds too.
This version is also lighter than its predecessors, so it should be suitable for use by all. The head of the sprayer is adjustable through 180° and the five spray patterns vary between powerful jet and fan spray. This is definitely a niche option, but for owners of tricky-to-reach plants, it could be indispensable.
No. 1: GARDENA ｜Classic Multi Sprayer
No. 2: FANHAO ｜Garden Hose Heavy Duty Metal Water Gun
No. 3: Verve ｜5-Function Spray Gun
No. 4: Hozelock Ltd｜5-Function Spray Gun
No. 5: Kärcher｜Spray Gun
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