Your nozzle attaches to the end of your hose and directs the water spray. The type of nozzle you choose should depend on your specific watering needs. Here are the most common hose nozzles:
A dial nozzle, also known as a pattern nozzle, offers the most versatility. It has different spray patterns to cover a variety of watering needs whether you’re watering plants and flowers or using the hose for everyday cleaning jobs like washing a car or rinsing off decks and patios.
A fan nozzle has a wide mouth which disperses a wide spray of fan-shaped water. It offers the kind of gentle touch necessary for watering delicate flowers and plants.
A firefighter’s nozzle has a high-pressure water stream that produces a water flow that’s too powerful for flowers, young plants and delicate foliage, so it should be used for outdoor cleaning chores more than watering.
Pistol grip nozzles are the most common design for a garden hose nozzle. The handle gives you control over the water pressure and spray when you squeeze down.
Fan nozzles are for garden or lawn irrigation. Water drips out slowly, watering deeply into the soil and preventing soil or nutrient runoff.
This type of garden hose nozzle is usually made from brass or metal, and you can control the water pressure by twisting the handle. There are no spray settings, but the stream pressure can be adjusted to anywhere between a jet of water and a mist.
A water wand has an extended reach, making it your best choice if your garden has a lot of large plants or hard to reach areas. Some models come with adjustable spray settings or a telescopic handle for an extra-long reach.