Best garden sprinklers: 6 top sprinkler systems to keep your grass green and luscious

These are the best garden sprinklers to water your lawn and borders, so you don’t have to

The best garden sprinklers graphic including Hozelock best overall, best round sprinkler and best sprinkler for small gardens
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The easy way to water your lawn is with the best garden sprinklers. Especially during the summer, when heat waves are in full swing, garden sprinklers are the best way to keep on top of irrigation. Allowing you to do other things whilst your garden is being nourished, a garden sprinkler is a warm-weather must-have. After all, no one wants their garden drying up or turning yellow in the sun. Still, garden sprinklers are a worthy investment (though they don’t cost much), since you’ll reap the rewards of consistent grass growth all year round. 

Want a lawn luscious, rich and green? Of course you do. And with this round-up of the best sprinkler systems for your garden, you’ll easily achieve it. Whether you have a small patch of grass or a large outside space with beds and borders that deserve water-time too, there’s a sprinkler for you. From the best round sprinkler to the best oscillating sprinkler, and even the best versatile sprinkler you can also use to shower your flowers by hand, you’ll find a type that you like. 

But remember, all garden sprinklers need to be connected to a hose. So if you’re in need of a new one, then see our best garden hose guide to be irrigation-ready. And if you're going on holiday this summer then the best self-watering systems will water your plants while you’re away. Clever right? 

Best garden sprinklers for lush lawns and borders

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HOZELOCK RECTANGULAR SPRINKLER cut out

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1. Hozelock Rectangular Sprinkler plus

Best overall sprinkler for all-round use

Specifications

Suitable for : Big lawns
Coverage: Up to 180 square metres

Reasons to buy

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Even coverage
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Full or part rectangle settings
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Two-year guarantee
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Sled base for sloping outdoor spaces 

Reasons to avoid

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Design is not as sleek as others 

Hozelock is a well known brand for all your water and garden needs. You’ve probably already heard of it, and there's a reason why. 

Their rectangular sprinkler plus, in particular, is a stand out favourite for many, with an easy-to-use design and practical qualities you can always rely on. In a firefighter yellow, we do think it could be a little easier on the eye. But with all-round functionality, it does the job of keeping your garden watered and plants damp, and has done for many years. 

It has coverage of up to 180 square metres with 15 jets, which can be adjusted to a part rectangle if needed. Don't worry about not having enough water pressure as you may require with other garden sprinklers, as this overall best sprinkler can cope from 1-10 bar without compromising on coverage. Another handy feature? Its sled base will keep it secure on uneven ground and sloping grass patches. 

Hozelock HZ26950000 Ultra Twist Sprinkler Gun, Yellow, 64.0 mm*270.0 mm*255.0 mm cut out

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2. Hozelock Ultra Twist Sprinkler Gun

Best versatile sprinkler

Specifications

Suitable for : Hand spraying plants, sprinkling the lawn
Coverage: up to 69 square metres

Reasons to buy

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2-in-1 spray and sprinkle settings 
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Great for all types of gardens 
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Versatile design for play and spray 

Reasons to avoid

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Not as high coverage as others 
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Base not as sturdy 

The twist gun from Hozelock not only looks pretty cool but will do its job of cooling down your lawn. It’s a two-in-one waterer you can shoot at your flower beds or turn 90 degrees and let it sit on your lawn to sprinkle the grass around it. 

Since it is in a gun design, we found it doesn't sit as well on the ground. It does slightly lean towards a certain side. Yet what's impressive is its four spray settings that range from a powerful single spray for direct watering, to a light mist to shower over delicate flowers. Just turn the yellow head, hear it click and spray as you go. 

We have tested this best garden sprinkler. In fact, it’s been owned by a member of our team for many years - usual for the Hozelock brand, we’ve found. Used in many impromptu water fights during the depths of a heatwave, to rid the dog of mud and dirt and to give water to all parts of the lawn (with a move around the garden) we can vouch for it being the most versatile. At an affordable price too, this best multi-use sprinkler will do more than you bargained for. 

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Louise Oliphant

'Me and my family have had this garden sprinkler by Hozelock for years! With an unusual-shaped garden, that's not quite square, it works brilliantly for reaching all areas (if we move it around) including the corners of our flower beds. The adjustable settings are equally suitable for the delicate plants that need tending to and the vegetables that are growing in a patch at the back. Though the best thing this sprinkler is for? Hosing down the dog after a muddy walk! Oh, and of course water fights when it's really hot.'

Gardena Oscillating Sprinkler Aquazoom M cut out

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3. Gardena Oscillating Sprinkler Aquazoom M

Best oscillating sprinkler

Specifications

Suitable for : Even, all-round coverage
Coverage: Up to 250 square metres

Reasons to buy

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Adjustable coverage range with slider 
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Either left, right or both side spray 
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5-year guarantee 

Reasons to avoid

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Lightweight and a little flimsy  

Oscillating? To swing or move back and forth in a regular rhythm - pretty useful for when you’re wanting to water both sides of your garden or perhaps just the plants. Easily adjustable with a slider that measures how far you want your sprays to stretch and a setting to choose either side, this best oscillating sprinkler will generously water your garden without having to be repositioned. 

The Aquazoom has reviews for days, with users loving it for its flexible practicality and ease of use that is sure to outlast its five-year warranty. The only thing setting it apart from its Hozelock pro competitor? Its supporting feet are a little flimsy and don’t quite plant the sprinkler firmly on the ground. But for the price, you’re getting a good sprinkler that is sure to give you plenty (of water coverage) for your money. 

HOZELOCK ROUND SPRINKLER PLUS

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4. Hozelock Round Sprinkler Plus

Best round sprinkler

Specifications

Suitable for: Round gardens and lawns
Coverage: Up to 254 square metres

Reasons to buy

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Even coverage
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2 different spray settings
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Sled base for all surfaces 

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for rectangular gardens  
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Design is not as sleek as others

Another garden tool favourite from Hozelock is their round sprinkler plus. With four rotating arms that achieve up to 254 square metre coverage, you’ll be able to keep your plants and grass watered, at the same time. As well as hydrating with the jet spray, this best round sprinkler comes with a mist setting to water delicate plants and seedlings. Just turn the knob to change the setting - easy. 

While we haven't tested this sprinkler for ourselves, many reviewers deem it practical and reliable, with the colour taking the biggest hit. Reviews suggest those with a circular garden benefit most with all round coverage, and those without were left with dry patches after moving the sprinkler to water all bases. Thus, we wouldn't recommend this for those with rectangular or square-shaped spaces. 

Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler, Adjustable 20° - 360° Pattern, 20' - 41' Spray Distance

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5. Rain Bird Brass Impact Sprinkler

Best classic sprinkler

Specifications

Suitable for: Simple operation
Coverage: up to 480 square metres