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The Best Sprinklers of 2022

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Melnor 65055-AMZ XT Turbo Oscillator

This sprinkler from Melnor is an oscillating sprinkler, meaning it moves to get your lawn the best coverage that it can. Read More

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Good for large lawns

Cons

  • Hose filter needs frequent cleaning
  • Not good for narrow spaces
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Orbit 58308Z Brass Impact Sprinkler

Spraying up to 90 feet in diameter with a 6,360 square foot coverage when set to a full circle, this sprinkler has a flow-through design. Read More

Pros

  • Heavy duty
  • Large coverage area

Cons

  • Ugly
  • Not super customizable
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Nelson RainTrain

The RainTrain is built with a cast-iron body with chip resistant powder coating and its adjustable aluminum arms provide lots of coverage. Read More

Pros

  • Cool design
  • Can create your own watering track

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Orbit Port-a-Rain Above-Ground Sprinkler System

Perfect for odd-shaped areas and hard-to-reach places, the Orbit Port-a-Rain sprinkler system lets you set up a custom layout for optimal watering. Read More

Pros

  • Easy set up
  • Adjustable Sprays

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Dramm Duty Metal Base

Great fun for kids, the Dramm turret sprinkler is even better for your lawn; it comes with nine water patterns for a variety of watering options. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to store
  • Nine water patterns

Cons

  • Doesn’t cover large areas

While a lot of people think the perfect lawn is a dad’s domain, nobody loses when the lawn looks great. One easy way to keep your lawn looking its best is simply to water it, and for that we turn to lawn sprinklers. Considering your lawn size, sprinkler settings, and range is important when picking out a sprinkler for your lawn, and that can be a pain, so we’ve done most of the work for you.

After poring over thousands of user reviews, we picked five of the best sprinklers to set your lawns and gardens up for success.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Product image of Melnor 65055-AMZ XT Turbo Oscillator
Melnor 65055-AMZ XT Turbo Oscillator

This offering from Melnor is a turbo oscillating sprinkler, meaning it moves to get your lawn the best coverage possible. Twenty precision nozzles provide maximum coverage for large lawns up to 4,500 square feet.

This sprinkler also allows the user to easily control the width, range, and flow so that you can be certain your yard is getting the appropriate amount of water—whether it’s a narrow or wide path—though some reviewers claim it isn’t the best for narrow spaces despite this feature.

Backed by the Melnor limited lifetime warranty, this sprinkler has a rust-proof aluminum sled. The hose filter will need to be cleaned regularly, but there is a nozzle-cleaning tool included, so you won’t have to work too hard to make sure it’s clean.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Good for large lawns

Cons

  • Hose filter needs frequent cleaning

  • Not good for narrow spaces

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Orbit 58308Z Brass Impact Sprinkler

While some may see this sprinkler from Orbit as a bit of an eyesore with its tripod design, there’s no denying the fact that it delivers full coverage for large areas and will hold up to any situation. Spraying up to 90 feet in diameter, with 6,360-square-foot coverage when set to a full circle, this sprinkler has a flow-through design, making it clog resistant. This would be a great sprinkler if you’re into vegetable gardens, considering the available spray patterns.

What we like about this sprinkler is that it’s made of heavy-duty brass and won’t tip over in your yard, but it’s still easy to connect to your hose with its gooseneck connection. Customizable settings include using the deflector shield and diffuser screw to alter the stream and change the spray distance radius, but this sprinkler does have fewer options than others.

Pros

  • Heavy duty

  • Large coverage area

Cons

  • Ugly

  • Not super customizable

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Nelson RainTrain

Said to be the best when it comes to big lawns, the Nelson RainTrain looks like a little tractor that moves along the track you set to water your lawn. The RainTrain is built with a cast-iron body with chip resistant powder coating, and its adjustable aluminum arms provide coverage from 15 to 55 feet along its 200-foot track (a total coverage of up to 13,500 square feet).

Included with the RainTrain is an auto-shutoff feature for after it’s completed the watering trip, so you don’t have to worry about overwatering or puddles forming in your yard. The RainTrain is perfect for lawns that need specific watering and is a great fit for a wide variety of yard sizes.

Pros

  • Cool design

  • Can create your own watering track

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Orbit Port-a-Rain Above-Ground Sprinkler System

Perfect for odd-shaped areas and hard-to-reach places, the Orbit Port-a-Rain sprinkler system lets you set up a custom layout for optimal watering. This above-ground sprinkler system is easy to move around if you need to adjust your watering path; there’s no need for digging; and setup is a breeze. Each sprinkler head waters up to 24 feet in diameter and is also adjustable from a partial to full circle.

Pros

  • Easy set up

  • Adjustable Sprays

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Dramm Duty Metal Base

Great fun for kids, the Dramm turret sprinkler is even better for your lawn. It comes with nine water sprinkler patterns for a variety of watering options. Six colors make it easy to fit into your landscape design, and each has a durable, heavy-duty metal base with a molded hook, which makes for easy storage in your shed or garage when not in use.

Another great option for a garden sprinkler, this one covers angles of 360 degrees without issue. The Dramm includes a lifetime guarantee as well, so you can use it with plenty of peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered if something comes up.

Pros

  • Easy to store

  • Nine water patterns

Cons

  • Doesn’t cover large areas

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