If you do not have time for the details, here are our top picks for lawn sprinkler heads:
- Rain Bird Rotor Heads 5000 Rotor Sprinkler Heads
- Orbit Voyager II Rotor Sprinkler Spray Head
- Toro 53814 4-Inch Pop-Up Fixed-Spray
- Hunter PGP Ultra Rotor Sprinkler Head
- Rain Bird 1804VAN Professional Pop-Up Sprinkler
- Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler
Maintaining a beautiful and healthy-looking lawn can only be achieved by consistently making sure that the lawn is well taken care of. This might take a lot of effort from you but it is worth the effort if done right.
And with the advent of tools, machinery, and equipment that all have the sole purpose of helping to make stressful gardening something of the past, things don’t really have to be hectic anymore.
There are garden tractors that take care of the heavy-duty mowing and towing on the garden, and there are garden hoses that help make sure that you get water to specific objects. And as is the case for this article, there are sprinkler systems that help to make watering your garden the least stressful thing of all.
However, just like many other pieces of equipment like it, sprinkler systems consist of many parts that work hand-in-hand to make the whole system effective. One such component is the sprinkler head.
The sprinkler head is so important that this whole article is dedicated to it. In the article, I have listed the best sprinkler heads that are on the market at the moment with a short guide that is aimed at helping you to be able to pick one for yourself.
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- Top Lawn Sprinkler heads
- Lawn Sprinkler head buying guide
- Types of sprinkler heads
- Factors to consider before choosing a lawn sprinkler head
- Final note
Top Lawn Sprinkler heads
|Rain Bird Rotor Heads 5000 Rotor Sprinkler Heads||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Orbit Voyager II Rotor Sprinkler Spray Head||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Toro 53814 4-Inch Pop-Up Fixed-Spray||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Hunter PGP Ultra Rotor Sprinkler Head||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Rain Bird 1804VAN Professional Pop-Up Sprinkler||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
1. Rain Bird Rotor Heads 5000 Rotor Sprinkler Heads
If I had to make a list of the top 100, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rain Bird products dominated the list. Why? Not only do they consistently make high-quality products, but they also always have a lot of options for buyers to choose from.
This set of sprinkler heads is a good example of their many high-quality products. It comes in a pack of four sprinkler heads with each of them having a ¾ inch inlet and pre-installed GPM nozzles for easy setup.
The sprinkler head is designed to cover as much area as possible, making a 40-degree to a complete 360-degree arc rotation in either direction at a radius that ranges from 25 to 50 feet. In addition, adjusting the coverage area can be easily done by turning the screw on its head with a flat head screwdriver.
When it isn’t in use, it doesn’t get in the way as it has a heavy-duty retract spring that makes it pop down.
2. Orbit Voyager II Rotor Sprinkler Spray Head
Personally, I believe the best thing about this sprinkler head is its compatibility. This is one of the few sprinkler heads that are compatible with a lot of old sprinkler systems out there.
So if you’re using an old sprinkler system that has a malfunctioning sprinkler head, you really don’t have to change the whole system. This sprinkler head is compatible with the modern sprinklers that are being made today.
This sprinkler head has an impressive coverage range of 25 – 52 feet, making it well suited for big lawns.
To see to it that the sprinkler head does its job well, the manufacturer has designed it with a pre-installed nozzle that spews water at 3 gallons per minute. And while being able to span an arc of 40 to 360 degrees, you can adjust the coverage range of the sprinkler when you need to.
Finally, the ease with which this sprinkler head can be maintained is another worthy reason to buy it.
3. Toro 53814 4-Inch Pop-Up Fixed-Spray
The simplicity with which the Toro 53814 sprinkler head does its job is what endears it to its users. If all you want is something that simply does the spraying job without unnecessary complications, Toro 53814 is your guy.
First off, it comes with either a 3” or a 4” pop up that allows you to pop it down when it isn’t busy working. Also, it has a fixed 15-foot spray radius that makes it a perfect match for lawns that are not so big.
Although you don’t have the luxury of adjusting the coverage range of the sprinkler head, the sprinkler still rotates in a full circle to evenly cover every spot within the 15-foot radius.
In addition, the sprinkler head can be easily cleaned even while it’s working. And to set it up, all you need to do is to dig a hole, put in your sprinkler and you’re good to go.
4. Hunter PGP Ultra Rotor Sprinkler Head
Unlike the Toro 53814 sprinkler head, the Hunter PGP Ultra rotor sprinkler head is sophisticated with features. Although it has been around for some time now, the sprinkler head has gone through a series of improvements, and it is better for it.
The sprinkler works well to cover a range of 50 – 360 degrees while covering a significantly large area in the process. Additionally, it comes with an adjuster tool with which you can easily adjust the range of the sprinkler head.
Furthermore, the sprinkler head has a dirty water tolerance feature that makes it less susceptible to jamming from the building up of dirty water inside of it.
To add to it all, the sprinkler heads come in a set of five, all of which have pre-installed nozzles that make them ready to use right out of the box. And finally, there is an instruction manual that serves to walk you through how to make use of the sprinkler head.
5. Rain Bird 1804VAN Professional Pop-Up Sprinkler
Rain Bird once again makes a well-deserved appearance on this list with the 1804VAN professional pop-up sprinkler.
This sprinkler head is ideal for small lawns as it has a spray range of 8 to 15 feet while being able to complete a full 360-degree rotation. Also, it can be popped up and down very easily when needed.
The material used in constructing the sprinkler head is metal, guaranteeing durability and sturdiness. The Rain BIrd-patented pressure-activated wiper seals do an impressive job of ensuring that not even the tiniest drop of water leaks after consistent use over time.
Finally, the tapered pop-up neck would never allow debris to pass through it to corrupt its effectiveness in any way. With all these features, the Rain Bird 1804VAN professional pop up sprinkler is reported by many users to last for a long time with minimal maintenance stress.
6. Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler
If there’s anything that Rain Bird has achieved over and over again, it is the never wavering high quality of their products. And that has been one of the main driving forces behind their products.
The 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler is just another on the long list of the superb sprinkler heads from Rain Bird. At first glance, the rugged build of the sprinkler head already betrays its excellent durability.
The performance of the sprinkler head is another thing worth mentioning as it can spray in full circle or part circle (20 to 360 degrees) while reaching a maximum coverage range of 41 feet. With this, it can easily cover an area of 5,200 sq. ft.
Additionally, the sprinkler head is very easy to install and adjust so that the users don’t really need a manual to be able to control it. The classic impact sound that the Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler emits while working is comforting and assures you that your lawn is being well taken care of.
Lawn Sprinkler head buying guide
The importance of the sprinkler head can not be underestimated when it comes to the overall performance of the sprinkler. With good sprinkler heads, the consistent watering of the lawn is guaranteed.
But there are some things you should consider before attempting to buy lawn sprinkler heads. Knowing these things help make your lawn sprinkling a whole lot more effective and productive.
Types of sprinkler heads
There are a lot of sprinkler head types. These varying sprinkler head types make them suitable for different purposes.
Some of these sprinkler head types include the following:
Rotor sprinkler heads are commonly used on oscillating sprinklers and pulsating sprinklers. They spray water in a rotation form and usually require high water pressure to be able to function properly, making them perfect for large lawns.
Fixed sprinkler heads
These ones spray in fan-shaped motions. They are often raised above the ground so that they can easily water high plants effectively.
These are like rotors, only that they are smaller. As they are the latest to sprinkler head types, they are generally more efficient and produce less mist, thereby helping to conserve water.
Factors to consider before choosing a lawn sprinkler head
These factors need to be looked out for. They determine the way your lawn sprinkler heads function, and by extension, how healthy your lawn looks.
As you might expect, the material with which the sprinkler head is made determines how sturdy and durable it would be in the long run. You don’t want to buy a sprinkler head that only lasts for a few weeks before going completely crazy, would you?
The most common materials used for making lawn sprinklers are the following:
Metal: Metal sprinkler heads are very durable. However, they often fall on the expensive side.
Plastic: There used to be a time when the quality of plastic sprinkler heads was very inferior to their metal counterparts but that isn’t the case anymore. Today, plastic sprinkler heads can be really tough and durable. And to add to that, they are often less expensive than metal sprinkler heads.
Hybrid: These sprinklers are made from the combination of metal and plastic. Most often, the nozzles are metals while the sprinkler head bodies are plastic.
Nothing bites into the effectiveness of sprinklers like low water pressures do.
Some sprinklers handle low-pressure conditions better than others. That is why you should be sure of the kind of sprinkler head you want.
Generally, stationary sprinklers handle low-pressure conditions better than others.
Ease of installation
It is always recommended to buy a sprinkler head that can be easily fixed and unfixed. Also, you should make sure to get those that are compatible with your sprinklers.
First off, you should know that there are sprinkler heads for all budget sizes. The most important thing is that you get the best sprinkler head that your money can buy.
You can compare different sprinkler heads to know what features they all have on each other and of these features are worth what you’re paying for them.
It is always better to buy sprinkler heads with wiper seals. Wiper seals basically serve as a barrier that keeps dirt away from the sprinkler while ensuring that the water doesn’t escape through leakages.
How do I protect lawn sprinkler heads?
Make sure that the sprinkler head does not rise far above the ground level. To be safe, let it be raised to just about one-half inch above the ground and not more.
If it is raised too high, it could get caught in the blades of the lawnmower. If it’s too low, dirt from the ground could easily clog it up.
Some other steps to take include the following:
- preparing the sprinkler heads for winter by winterizing the whole sprinkler system
- Investing in sprinkler head donuts and swing joints
How do I choose the best sprinkler heads?
Well, that is what this guide section is about, but here’s a summary:
- Ensure that you consider the shape 0f your lawn before you attempt to buy a sprinkler. Some sprinklers perform better in some specifically shaped lawns that the others.
- Understand that water pressure can affect how effective your sprinkler heads would be. Hence, there is the need to buy a sprinkler head that will perform effectively at low-pressure conditions if you live in such environments.
- Choose the best sprinkler that your money can buy
- The ease of installation should also be one of the things that you consider
- And of course, the material with which the lawn sprinkler head was constructed should also be put into consideration
How long should a sprinkler head last?
Although the quality of the sprinkler head plays a huge role in this, it has been found that high-quality sprinklers that are well maintained often last for about 10 to 15 years.
How far apart should my sprinkler heads be?
Generally, sprinkler heads are to be placed about 15 feet apart. This is to avoid overwatering some spots on the lawn if the heads are too closely spaced.
Also, when the sprinklers are too far spaced, there might be some brown patches on the lawn that suffer from inadequate and uneven watering.
The sprinkler head products on this list were compiled after a lot of research and inputs from experts and users alike. However, it is not possible that I mention all the good sprinkler heads on this list.
I suppose you have seen how seemingly little things like water pressure and the type of sprinkler heads can offset their effectiveness. Now that you know better, you can now head to the store to buy a sprinkler head and be sure that it is going to suit your purposes perfectly.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.