Garden Gear - Accessories

Get the inside scoop on what to look for when buying a hose nozzle

Two-pattern gun
Made of zinc alloy, stainless steel and brass, this solid number is designed for the long haul. The conventional nozzle end has been replaced with a fitting that produces either a gentle rain pattern or a bubble faucet, the latter intended for filling watering cans and bird baths. It also includes a flow-control lever so that you can easily adjust the water volume. Judith and I both admired the durability of this spray gun but lamented the lack of versatility, and our hands got very cold. $39.95

Ergonomic nozzle
Judith and I were both impressed with the concept behind this nozzle: by gently bending the 24-centimetre attachment, water flows freely; but put it down and allow it to straighten out, and the water is immediately shut off. No doubt a good idea on the drawing board, but in practice, it reveals some significant design flaws. While it was intended to be supremely comfortable, we both found that our hands and wrists got tired after holding it for extended periods. Made in France, it's adequate for petits jardins. $31.96

SOURCES
Gardenscape Tools: Dramm revolver spray nozzle, $18.

Rittenhouse Since 1914: Magic Hose ergonomic nozzle, $31.96; 2-pattern spray gun, $39.95.

Home Hardware Stores Limited: Nelson long neck water nozzle, $13.99.

Lee Valley Tools Ltd: quick-change spray gun, $26.50.

Home Depot Canada: Gardena front trigger spray nozzle, $39.99.

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