If you do not have time for the details, here are our top picks for lawn sprinkler:
- Melnor XT Metal Turbo Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler
- Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer
- Nelson Traveling Sprinkler
- Gardena ZoomMaxx Sprinkler
- Gilmour 819603-1001 196SPB Pattern Master Impulse Sprinkler on Polymer Sled Base
Big lawns usually take a lot of time to water and maintain if you’re watering them by hand. If you’re using lawn sprinklers, however, watering your lawn suddenly becomes one of the easiest things on earth because you really don’t have to do much.
Getting the perfect lawn sprinklers for your lawn could make a huge difference in how beautiful your lawn looks. However, before you get to the simple part of just watching your sprinkler get to work, you have to do the not-so-simple part of picking the right lawn sprinkler to get the job done.
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In this article, you will not only find a list of five of the best lawn sprinklers out there. You may also feast on the short guide section where you learn what makes one sprinkler better than others, or more specifically, what makes a sprinkler well suited for your own lawn.
Let’s dig in already, shall we?
- Top 5 lawn sprinklers
- What to consider when choosing a lawn sprinkler
- Final Note
Top 5 lawn sprinklers
|Melnor XT Metal Turbo Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Nelson Traveling Lawn Sprinkler||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
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|Gilmour 819603-1001 196SPB Pattern Master Impulse Sprinkler on Polymer Sled Base||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
1. Melnor XT Metal Turbo Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler
How big is your yard? Melnor XT Metal Turbo has got it covered, literally.
This sprinkler eats lawns or gardens that are 4,200 square feet and less for lunch. How does it do this? The sprinkler has 20 precision nozzles that shoot water with high intensity to reach as far as that.
While the Melnor XT Metal Turbo shoots water far, it does not ignore width. With the sprinkler’s twin touch control, the range and the width of the watering pattern are absolutely in your control.
So, if you’re looking to cover a really wide space or you want to direct the sprinkler to a narrow space, it is all in your hands.
One useful feature that comes with the Melnor XT Metal Turbo oscillating sprinkler is the zoom control.
The zoom control allows you to adjust the overall watering area of the sprinkler. If you zoom in, the sprinkler concentrates on a specific part of the lawn and if you zoom out completely, the sprinkler sprays a larger area.
The sprinkler also comes with a feature called infinity turbo, which allows the sprinkler to perform smoothly while maintaining an even watering for a really, long period of time. This infinity turbo feature also boosts the sprinkler’s life span.
To top it all off, Melnor decided to place a limited lifetime warranty on their XT Turbo sprinkler, firstly, to prove how confident they are in the quality of their product, and secondly, to put the mind of its users at ease.
2. Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer
There’s something unique about this sprinkler: it is equipped with all sorts of technology features that help your lawn watering job really fun to do, even if you and tech don’t usually get along well. The simple and friendly controls make sure of this.
The first interesting feature on the list of innovative tech features that the sprinkler possesses is the day and night detection feature. In case you are wondering what this does, it allows you to be able to set the sprinkler to three spraying modes: day, night and 24/7.
This way, the performance of the sprinkler is not affected and it is still able to automatically conserve battery life.
Think about pairs or phenomenons that never occur at once: day and night, wetness and dryness, etc. Now add Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer and pests/animals to the list.
Why? This sprinkler is designed to spray water in such a way that it keeps animals and pests away from its domain.
The simplicity with which this sprinkler does its stuff is applaudable. You just have to stab the spike of the sprinkler into the ground to hold it firmly in place. And from where it is, it can spray a massive area of 3,840 square feet when it is set to a full circle.
And with all these features, there is no compromise on the quality of material used in constructing the sprinkler as every single material on it is selected for their strength and durability. The price of the Orbit 62100 yard enforcer may be more expensive than other sprinklers in its category but it is worth every penny spent on it.
3. Nelson Traveling Sprinkler
One of the best selling points of the Nelson Travelling Sprinkler is its durability.
To achieve this level of durability, its body is made with strong cast iron that is resistant to chip and an aluminum spray arm. In addition, it has a powder coat paint that makes it look as good as new even after a really long period of time.
The next best selling point of the sprinkler is its range. I’m talking about 5-digit square feet here (13,500 sq. ft), which is made possible by the ability of the sprinkler to travel as far as 200 feet. This puts it on an entirely new level of its own when compared with other sprinklers in its category.
Nelson Travelling Sprinkler has an aluminium spray arm that can be easily adjusted so that it can cover a diameter range of 15 to 55 feet. This feature allows you to control the sprinkler to concentrate on some specific parts of your lawn.
When you have this sprinkler in the garden, there are some things you don’t have to worry about anymore. One of such things is having to always remember to switch it off as the sprinkler has an automatic shut off feature that takes care of that.
Another thing you are allowed to control on the sprinkler is the speed at which it sprays water. With its three-speed settings, you can set it to fast, slow or neutral, depending on what you intend to do.
Finally, the large black wheels on either side of the sprinkler allow it to remain stable when it’s busy moving around to do its job.
4. Gardena ZoomMaxx Sprinkler
While other sprinklers may concentrate on how far and wide they can spray, Gardena ZoomMaxx oscillating sprinkler concentrates its effort in spraying a smaller area, only as evenly and perfectly as possible. So, if yours is a small garden, what you need is this sprinkler.
What makes the ZoomMaxx sprinkler well suited for smaller gardens? Well, the adjustable system of the sprinkler allows you to be able to change the angle, length, and width of the coverage area so that you can conveniently direct the efforts of the sprinkler to specific spots. If you also need to adjust the water flow, this can be easily seen to as well.
To help boost the durability of the sprinkler, its base has a water filter that helps keep minerals out of your sprinkler head.
Some sprinklers begin to “get tired” when they are made to spray water at high pressures over a long period of time but that isn’t the case with this sprinkler. With the sprinkler’s 16 nozzles which are all made from flexible materials, they can withstand as much water pressure for as long as you want them to.
Finally, the compactness of the sprinkler serves as a major advantage as it can be easily stored.
5. Gilmour 819603-1001 196SPB Pattern Master Impulse Sprinkler on Polymer Sled Base
While some sprinklers are great for circular lawns and others are good enough for rectangular lawns, just a few are like Gilmour Pattern Master impulse sprinkler which allows you to customize your own spray pattern for your weirdly shaped lawn. An implication of this is that you don’t have to waste water on some parts that you don’t need to water.
The sprinkler allows you to easily set it to spray at a full 360 degree or on a concentrated area with just a flick of a lever.
Another interesting feature of the sprinkler is its distance control feature. The distance control feature is made possible by the programmable disc that allows you to set the spray distance by the 12 adjustment points.
And with the distance control thing, you can spray a maximum lawn area of 5,800 square feet with the sprinklers 43-foot spray distance.
Finally, nothing gives one peace of mind like a lifetime warranty. You know that whenever the sprinkler starts acting up, a call to the customer care service is all it’s going to take.
What to consider when choosing a lawn sprinkler
Do you know what could easily defeat the purpose of choosing a lawn sprinkler that would suit your needs like it was designed with you in mind? Heading to the store to just pick one that you “feel” is good without wielding the right kind of knowledge to help you make the smartest decision.
Knowing these pretty basic things would go a long way in helping you choose a lawn sprinkler that works perfectly for you from here on. Without further ado, let’s take a bite.
Types of lawn sprinklers
There are many basic types of sprinklers that are commonly sold on the market today. Most of them are all named from the way they operate so when you see their names below you should have a pretty good guess of how the sprinkler works
Oscillating sprinklers usually spray water that vaguely takes the shape of a fan. The sprinkler keeps doing this while going back and forth so that the overall coverage looks rectangular.
If your lawn is rectangular then you should consider this sprinkler.
Impact sprinklers go in circles but they can be set to just move in an arc pattern. In the process, it makes some clicking sound.
Normally, sprays from impact sprinklers are always so powerful that they are wind resistant to a good extent while covering a really long range. However, most impact sprinklers allow you to adjust the force with which the water is sprayed.
Impact sprinklers are best used in large areas.
Stationary sprinklers spray in a fountain-like manner so they do not usually have long-ranges. However, most of them are designed so that they have different spray patterns to choose from.
So, what they don’t have in range, they make up for it in versatility. If you want to water a small lawn, this is probably the best type for you.
Rotating sprinklers always have two or more arms that go in circles, hence the name. You may not always have the luxury of adjusting the sprinkler but you can easily expand or decrease its coverage by increasing or reducing the flow of water out of its nozzles.
Rotating sprinklers are ideal for large areas.
Well, they travel, but probably not the way you’re imagining if you’ve not seen one before. They usually have the hose to guide them on their path as they move on wheels.
They are best used for really large areas.
With different sprinklers, there are different timing and water pressure settings. Some can be set to start working in the day or in the night while some can be set to go off at a specific time and so on.
These settings make the sprinkler generally easier to use. If a sprinkler has some specific settings that you like, then you can buy it.
However, if you don’t have any kind of setting in mind, it is advisable that you just get one that has a lot of settings so that there is a higher chance that there is a setting on it that you may like.
It goes without saying that some sprinklers can spray far and wide while some don’t spray really far. Be on the lookout for a sprinkler that has the range that can cover your lawn. I think this is quite simple.
This is another factor that sets sprinklers apart. The features that a sprinkler possesses make it more spectacular.
For instance, there are some sprinklers that are designed to chase pests away by coming on when they sense the arrival of the pests through their sensors. There are many other sprinkler features so you can just check the product manual to discover them.
How do lawn sprinkler systems work?
Lawn sprinklers have four main parts that work altogether. The timer controller is a device that is mounted on the wall where instructions are given to the sprinkler. The water passes through the underground piping to the valve system which is in charge of doing whatever the timer controller asks it to do. Finally, the sprinkler head is where the water comes out from.
How often should I water my lawn with a sprinkler system?
Generally, it is recommended that you use the sprinklers for about 35 minutes twice a week. During hot/dry weather you can increase the number of times you water the lawn to about 3 times a week.
How do I increase water pressure in my sprinkler system?
By reducing the number of sprinkler heads on your sprinkler system, you can effectively increase the water pressure. Adding a booster pump also helps.
From here, you should be able to hold your own pretty well when it comes to choosing a sprinkler that helps you take control of your lawn spraying duties.
What then are you waiting for? Get shopping!
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.