The Best Garden Sprinklers For Small & Large Areas

Transform your garden care routine with our handpicked sprinklers, powered by water pressure for a continuous and efficient spray on lawns and plants.
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Rather than using a hose and standing around watering your lawn, a sprinkler does the exact same thing without you being there. They are also great fun on hot days for children and dogs to enjoy with their various spray patterns. From an oscillating sledge (as shown above) to spike or multi-spray pattern sprinkler systems, there are plenty of options to choose from.

To assist you in selecting a garden sprinkler, our handpicked selection lists top-performing sprinklers, chosen based on our first-hand experience using them to water lawns and plants and for our kids and dogs to enjoy. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Hozelock Aquastorm Oscillating Sprinkler
Best Oscillating: Hozelock Aquastorm Garden Sprinkler
Karcher 320SV Lawn Sprinkler
Best For Large Lawn: Karcher 320SV Lawn Sprinkler
Hozelock Multi Garden Lawn Sprinkler
Best Multi-Spray: Hozelock 2515 Garden Sprinkler
Signature Garden Three-Arm Sprinkler
Best Budget: Signature Garden Three-Arm Sprinkler
Hozelock Round Sprinkler Pro
Best Spiked: Hozelock Round Sprinkler Pro
Cellfast Impulse Spike Sprinkler
Best Quality: Cellfast Impulse Spike Sprinkler

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Garden Sprinklers

Keeping your lawn lovely and green during the hot summer months can be a difficult task. However, with the use of a sprinkler, it’s made far easier, and there are plenty of options to choose from.

Due to the fact that we maintain our own and multiple other lawns of properties that we manage (rentals and Airbnbs), we’ve had the pleasure of testing a variety of garden sprinklers. During our ongoing testing of the sprinklers, we analyse their usability, spray patterns, build quality and coverage.

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As you can see in the photos, we also tried out all of the spray patterns that the sprinklers offered as well as all the adjustments. For example, in the Aquastorm photos above, we were able to adjust how far the sprinkler oscillated using the red lever. In the below photos of the Multi-Pattern sprinkler offered by the brand, we were able to choose from 8 spray patterns using the rotary dial.

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Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing the Hozelock Aquastorm that we rated as the best within our roundup.

To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest garden sprinklers (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest options from top brands in the UK. This means that if we notice that a brand has released a new and improved model, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test where applicable.

As well as our testing and experience using multiple sprinklers, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the sprinkler’s type, coverage, ease of use, spray patterns, minimum pressure required, construction quality, adjustability, warranty and value for money.

The Best Garden Sprinklers

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1. Best Oscillating: Hozelock Aquastorm Garden Sprinkler

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By far the most popular and highly rated garden sprinkler is by the reputable Hozelock brand. It isn’t the cheapest but it’s an oscillating sledge-style sprinkler that provides an ultra-even coverage of up to 200m2.

Unlike many of the alternatives, the Aquastorm model features 16 jets, which helps it achieve even coverage.

Pros
  • Easily adjusts to spray water in your desired area
  • Has the option to spray jet and fine spray patterns
  • Sled design that's very stable on all lawn surfaces
  • Water-powered, gear driven motor
  • During testing, we were impressed with its build quality
  • Available in either yellow or grey
Cons
  • Requires a minimum water pressure of 1 bar required
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Although expensive, the Hozelock Aquastrom is the best garden sprinkler on the market that’s easy to use, provides great performance and is built to last. It’s even backed by a two-year guarantee for complete peace of mind.

2. Best For Large Lawn: Karcher 320SV Lawn Sprinkler

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Karcher is another popular brand in the UK and they offer a garden sprinkler that’s ideal for large lawns because it provides up to 320m2 coverage. Although it’s one of the most expensive on the market, it’s packed full of unique features such as ground forks for stability and even a built-in pre-filter.

Pros
  • Max coverage up to 320m2
  • Adjustable spray width
  • Intuitive spray guard that stops you getting wet
  • Integrated ground forks for stability
Cons
  • Requires 2 bar of pressure to work as intended

The main drawback of the Karcher sprinkler is that it requires 2 bar of water pressure to work, which isn’t always possible for certain households. However, as long as you have at least 2 bar, as with the brand’s quality pressure washers, it’s built to last and offers outstanding performance that certainly won’t disappoint.

3. Best Multi-Spray: Hozelock 2515 Garden Sprinkler

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Another Hozelock garden sprinkler that’s very popular in the UK is their Multi Sprinkler. This particular model provides coverage of up to 79m2 and offers a choice of 8 spray patterns to best suit your watering requirements. During our testing of this sprinkler, our children really enjoyed the different spray patterns and our lawn benefited at the same time.

Pros
  • Only requires 1 bar of water pressure
  • Easily adjustable spray patterns
  • Mist, jet and strip patterns (choice of 8)
  • Semi or full circle and square sprays
  • Ideal for watering your garden or fun with the kids
  • Backed by a two year warranty
Cons
  • Only suitable for watering small lawns with a coverage of 79m2

Overall, the Hozelock Multi Garden Sprinkler offers great value for the money and meets the quality you’d expect from the brand. Considering the affordable price tag, you really cannot go wrong and it won’t disappoint.

4. Best Budget: Signature Garden Three-Arm Sprinkler

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If you require a high-performance multi-sprinkler, the Signature Garden brand has the answer. This is because it features three rotating arms with 12 spray nozzles that can provide up to 334m2 coverage. The brand even states that you can connect multiple sprinklers for further coverage for larger gardens too.

Pros
  • 360 degree rotation
  • Great range of up to 334m2
  • Constructed of thick ABS plastic
  • Backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee
  • Metal weights inside the base for extra stability
  • Easy to setup and use
  • You have the option to extend the sprinkler if required with another unit
Cons
  • During testing, we found that due to the fact that it spins in a circular motion, inside of the ring of water doesn't receive as much water and this means you may have to move it for even coverage

Although not produced by a reputable brand in the UK, the Signature Garden sprinkler is an excellent all-round option that ticks all the boxes. It’s also backed by a lifetime replacement warranty that no other brand offers. For the money, you really can’t go wrong and it’s the best budget lawn sprinkler by far.

5. Best Spiked: Hozelock Round Sprinkler Pro

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If you want to maximize the sprinkler’s coverage without requiring too much water pressure, the Round Sprinkler Pro is the best option. This is because it benefits from only requiring 1 bar of pressure, which enables it to cover up to 314m2.

Unlike many of the brand’s alternative sprinklers, the Pro model features a solid metal spike that digs into the ground.

Pros
  • High performance sprinkler
  • Coverage of approximately 314m2
  • Water-powered motor and 5 jets
  • Even coverage in a perfect circle
  • Fine spray or jet spraying patterns
  • Two year guarantee
  • Easily adjusts to best suit your requirements
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to other spiked sprinklers

Although more expensive than the standard or Plus spiked models, the Pro is the best garden sprinkler to choose from the brand. The large coverage along with the multiple spray patterns is worth paying the extra for.

6. Best Quality: Cellfast Impulse Spike Sprinkler

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If you require a professional garden sprinkler that’s built to last with an all-metal construction, the Cellfast Impulse is an excellent option. Unlike many of the similar alternatives, this particular model is made from high-quality metal and even features arms upon the spike to increase its stability in the ground.

Pros
  • Adjustable from 20 to 360 degrees
  • System can be extended with more sprinklers
  • Coverage of up to 530m2
  • Hozelock compatible connection
  • High quality metal construction
Cons
  • Requires a water pressure of at least 2 bar

Apart from requiring plenty of water pressure, the Cellfast Impulse is a well-made sprinkler that’s built to last with an all-metal construction. It can also be easily extended, which is another great bonus for large lawns.

Conclusion

Whether you want to keep the ground moist for newly planted grass seed or simply keep your lawn in good health, a garden sprinkler is a great investment. They also double up as a fun water toy for children and dogs to enjoy too.

To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend choosing a sprinkler that covers your entire lawn. For example, if you have a large garden, you want to be able to cover the entire lawn without having to move it continuously.

If you require further information regarding any of our garden sprinkler recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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