Step outside to survey your kingdom of lush plants, flowers and trees in the early morning. In that moment, the hours, weekends and evenings you sacrificed to turn your yard into a magazine-worthy spread pales in comparison to your efforts. If you’re honest, you’ll take a moment to congratulate yourself for choosing the tools and equipment that got you to this moment in time–particularly the hose and nozzles you use to nurture each plant to life and tackle big cleanup jobs when you’re done. If you’re a gardening newbie, you’re likely eager to know more on this subject. Allow us to take you on a rocket ride through the world of nozzles, asking the questions you would, so your NQ (that’s Nozzle Quotient) blossoms and you become an authority on the subject!
What’s in a best hose nozzle?
Shakespeare asked the same question about names, but you’re more interested in nozzles, so here’s a quick overview: Hose nozzles typically come in three types or styles: All plastic, all-metal or a mix of the two. As you can imagine, metal holds up longer than plastic and if you treat your metal and metal-mix nozzles right, expect years of service. Regardless of material, there are only two components to a typical nozzle: handle and sprayer, but there’s nothing simple about the vast number of nozzles currently on the market!
Does this mean you need a wardrobe of nozzles?
It could if you’re committed to taking proper care of everything from your most delicate flower beds to the huge wheelbarrows requiring powerful blasts if your tools and equipment are to be around for the long haul. Having multiple nozzles means the life of each is likely to be extended.
Browse Bon-Aire nozzles to peruse an array of nozzle choices if you’re looking for dependability, reliability and longevity.
Does material matter?
It does. Solid brass, die cast zinc and aluminum are optimal materials for hose nozzles, but be discriminating if you have arthritis or health issues that make wielding a heavy nozzle uncomfortable. That stated, metal nozzles are getting lighter and “designer” nozzles are becoming trendy. These metal nozzles feature powder- or sealant-coatings; some come in colors. Metal can do a better job of fight rust build up. We’d love to wax poetic about plastic, but since breakage and leaks come with the territory, our advice is to take extra good care of plastic nozzles to enjoy the best wear and performance over time.
We’re not referring to your spiffy gardening apron or trendy clogs—we’re talking about getting a grip on your nozzle so it fits your hand and handles the tasks you undertake smoothly, efficiently and properly. Would you be surprised to learn that there are seven nozzle styles available, all of which could suit your fancy?
- The pistol grip offers a direct, pin-point spray,
- Dial or turret nozzles have adjustable controls; usually from two to eight patterns,
- Watering wands turn you into a distance wizard so hard-to-reach baskets stay hydrated,
- Fan nozzles dispense gentle water streams quickly over wide swathes of beds,
- The Fireman is a blast! Bon-Aire pioneered this unique fire hose nozzle, so stay with the brand!
- Traditional nozzles (AKA cylindrical or straight) are controlled by twisting the head to deliver everything from fine sprays to powerful blasts,
- The soaker/bubbler offers a slow, leisurely soak, so even thirsty new trees benefit.
How well are you connected?
Having best buds in the garden club is all well and good, but when it comes to the interaction between a nozzle and its best friend, the hose, if the marriage isn’t made in heaven, this can be a deal breaker. Some connections demand washers for the ultimate seal. Others don’t. A high-quality rubber washer costs little but if it can save on your water bill and prevent leaks, why not? It’s all well and good to delve into the inner workings of hose thread, pitch and incompatibility if your hose and nozzle are a bad match up, but sometimes, a slathering of petroleum jelly can produce a tight fit where it matters most.
Does size matter?
What do you think? As if life isn’t complicated enough, you must choose between common (3/4 inch, 3/8-inch, ½-inch, 5/8-inch and one inch) and custom (made for industrial purposes) hoses, so stick to the aforementioned standard choices to choose your width and you’ll likely avoid coupling issues. Your objective is to enjoy exactly the flow rate you desire, so whether you seek a rate of two gallons per minute or a more aggressive five gallon-per-minute output, audition several to see which delivers at the rate you seek.
Does brand matter?
Of course it does. Pick up a no-name nozzle and expect a short honeymoon before manufacturing shortcuts producing bargain nozzles deliver exactly what you paid for. At Bon-Aire, we’ve been pioneers in lawn and garden products almost as long as we’ve been in business and we’ve been around since the 1950s. Call us old-fashioned. We deliver products your grandparents would have bought in days when quality meant everything and longevity wasn’t just hoped for, but expected. And we do it all from our headquarters in the U.S., so whether you shop retail, online or home improvement outlets, look for our name!
Where can You buy the best hose nozzle for garden or vehicle?
We recommending buying from Amazon.com.
You can find Bon-Aire’s Ultimate Hose Nozzle at a great price there.