Types of Garden Sprinklers

There are a lot of really poor quality garden sprinklers on the market. The best sprinklers will efficiently water the areas you want watered – its finding the sprinkler that is the biggest challenge!

Traveling Sprinklers

Traveling “tractor” sprinklers are perfect for a long straight area, but are also fine to wind through unevenly shaped spaces and on hilly locations. They attach to a garden hose and climb along it, effectively watering your area over the course of a couple of hours or so, depending on your selections. I used this type of sprinkler in my last yard, and it was great not to need to go move that hose every hour or so! A real time saver. Look for one that shuts off automatically when it reaches the stopper.

Nelson 1865 Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler

Nelson 1865 Raintrain Traveling Sprinkler

  • Can travel up to 200 feet and cover as much as 13,500 square feet
  • Long lasting Cast-iron body
  • 3 Speed settings Fast, Slow, Neutral Self-propelled
  • Includes automatic shutoff ramp
  • Chip-resistant, powder-coat paint
  • Price $60.73 at time of posting – click here for current price and further details

Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler

Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler

  • Self-propelled traveling sprinkler with 3-position speed control
  • Covers up to 13,500 square feet along 200 feet of hose
  • Cast-iron body for stability and durability
  • Adjustable diameter spray coverage (15 feet to 50 feet)
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Price $58.99 at time of posting – click here for current price and further details

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Oscillating Sprinklers

Oscillating sprinklers cover a large area, fanning back and forth spraying thin streams of water to cover large areas, and generally work well in average sized yards. They provide gentle, even coverage and are the perfect sprinkler for a rectangular or square area. Better models offer more spray pattern fine tuning and cause less puddling at the outer edges.

Gardena 1980 Polo 2,400 Square Foot Oscillating Sprinkler With Adjustable Garden Spray Range

Gardena 1980 Polo

RAINWAVE Turbo Gear Oscillating Sprinkler Set with Timer, Cover Up to 3700 Square Feet

RAINWAVE Turbo Gear Oscillating Sprinkler Set with Timer, Cover Up to 3700 Square Feet

  • The turbo gear oscillating sprinkler that includes an integrated easy to use timer
  • Durable spray tube of high impact plastic with precision spray jets; Sturdy and stable wide base; Nozzle cleaning tool integrated with the end plug
  • Long life turbo gear motor, precision jets for even watering, adjustable range control and included timer make this a great sprinkler
  • Price $22.99 at time of posting – click here for current price and further details

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Pulsating Sprinklers

Water pistol type sprinklers cover large areas, shooting water in a circular motion, and are easily adjustable. They are wind and clog resistant and are suitable for properties with low water pressure.

Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler

Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler

  • Only deterrent sprinkler with both night and day detection options
  • 120 degree sensor with night only, day only, and always on activation modes
  • Intelligent sensing technology for optimum water and battery conservation
  • 35-foot adjustable impact sprinkler and 30 minute timed watering setting
  • Over 7,500 activation cycles on just 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • Heavy-duty construction with metal dual step spike and brass hose connection
  • Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer  price $74.50 at time of posting – click here for current pricing and further details

Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler, Adjustable 0° to 360° Pattern, 20′ – 41′ Spray Distance

Rain Bird 25PJDAC Brass Impact Sprinkler, Adjustable 0° to 360° Pattern, 20' - 41' Spray Distance

  • Brass
  • The #1 selling brass impact sprinkler
  • Adjustable deflector flap adjusts spray distance from 20′ to 41′ radius
  • Brass, bronze, and stainless steel construction lasts longer than competitors’ zinc sprinklers
  • 1/2″ male pipe thread connection
  • Spacing up to 50′ apart with high gallonage output
  • Price $15.35 at time of posting – click here for current pricing and further details

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Stationary Sprinklers

Small sprinklers that stay in one place and spray in one motion continuously are handy for small out of the way spots, under trees and around corners. Some have pattern settings for triangles, semi circles and other unusual shapes so they can be great for oddly shaped areas. And most importantly, they’re perfect for kids in the summer! You do have to watch them though because if you forget about them they’ll cause quite a puddle. Metal filters and frames last longer.

Dramm 15074 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler

Dramm 15074 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler

  • Creates a very unique and beautiful spray pattern
  • Covers an area up to 38 Feet in diameter
  • Works with a water pressure from a low of 20 PSI, great for well systems
  • Has a heavy-duty stationary base for stability and a molded hook for easy storage
  • Available in six vibrant colors: red; orange; yellow; green; blue; and berry
  • Works with a water pressure from a low of 20 PSI
  • Price $18.74 at time of posting – click here for current pricing and further details

Nelson Cast Iron Circular Spray Pattern Stationary Sprinkler Head 50950

Nelson Cast Iron Circular Spray Pattern Stationary Sprinkler Head 50950

  • Circular spray pattern up to 30-foot diameter
  • Heavy-duty, cast-iron body with rust-resistant, powder-coat paint
  • Pound of Rain
  • 1-pound weight for stability
  • Price $12.95 at time of posting – click here for current price and further details

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