If you want to maintain the lushness and beauty of your lawn when the temperatures rise and the days are long, a sprinkler system may well be the right solution to stave off the damage that can be inflicted in the summer by the heat. A sprinkler system is an apparatus linked to a water line which will evenly disperse water across your lawn. There are two kinds of lawn sprinkler systems, the above ground lawn sprinkler system and the underground lawn sprinkler system.
In this list of best sprinkler heads we’ll be looking at sprinkler heads to use in an above ground lawn sprinkler system. Hopefully helping you choose the right sprinkler heads for flower beds, plants and your lawn. If sprinklers are not for you a hose reel can be a useful alternative for watering your backyard.
Best Sprinkler Heads Guide – Our Top 5
|Model||Radius (degrees)||Reach (feet)|
|Hunter||50 to 360||22' to 52'|
|Rain Bird||23 to 50||23' to 50'|
|Quick-Snap||17 to 40||17' to 40'|
|Orbit||20 to 360||25' to 45'|
|K-Rain||40 to 360||20' to 25'|
5. K-Rain RCW SuperPro Sprinkler Head
Perfect for septic tanks is this sprinkler head from K-Rain, the RCW SuperPro sports a distinguishable purple top which is required by law if it is being used for reclaimed water.
Designed to be used for medium to large areas, its “Arc Memory Clutch” system allows the rotor to return to its pre-set position and prevents internal gear damage. Rubber cover seals help to keep out dirt and increases the lifetime of this product.
Adjustment from wet to dry scenarios can be made in seconds, and the rotation can be set from 40 to 360 degrees. 13 numerically coded, interchangeable nozzles are included (8 Standard, 4 Low Angle and 1 Preinstalled 2.5 Nozzle).
- Spray the water farther than the standard irrigation sprinkler heads
- Designed for septic systems
- Simple to install
- May not last for years
4. Orbit 55025 Satellite 2 Pop Up Impact Sprinkler Head
First on the list is the Orbit 55025 Plastic Pop-Up Impact Sprinkler, this sprinkler head can cover up to a 45 foot radius, the diffuser pin on the sprinkler allows you to reduce this to 25 feet if required.
Adjustable to deliver either a partial or full rotation, installation is of this durable pop up sprinkler head is simple and it can be used to replace a pop-up impact or gear drive equivalents. This durable unit will sit flush with your lawn once installed, keeping your lawn looking nice and tidy.
For use with either a low pressure or high pressure systems, this sprinkler head from Orbit has been created to be reliable for years.
- Easy to install
- Easy to adjust
- Plastic fittings
- Spread isn’t the best
3. Quick-Snap 2-Pack In-Ground 5-Inch Pop-Up Sprinkler Head
This is a two pack pop up sprinkler head system from Quick-Snap. These gear driven rotating sprinkler heads are essentially planted in the ground, sitting so low that you can mow over them. When activated the water pressure pops up the sprinkler heads and away the go.
The rotation can be set between 40 and 360 degrees, when activated a strong stream of water is thrown from 17 to 40 feet at 2.5 gallons per minute, operating at a minimum water pressure of 30psi
With no assembly required these sprinkler heads are great for those with a suburban backyards, and who like their sprinklers to stay out of sight when not in use.
- Quiet when running
- Cheaper solution to regular sprinklers with in ground pipes
- Slight problem is the leaking issue. (tip: using plumber’s tape on all the joints can ensure a leak free solution.
- The Y splitters are plastic not metal.
- Can be a little difficult to adjust
2. Rain Bird 35ADJTNTB Brass Impact Sprinkler Head
Company: Rain Bird
Hailing from Rain Bird is the 35ADJTNTB Brass Impact Sprinkler. Rain Bird is a well know brand in the world of sprinkler systems delivering irrigation solutions in over 130 countries, they are known for quality.
This Rain Bird rotating sprinkler head is adjustable from 0 to 360 degrees with a 23′ to 50′ spray. The high quality and durability of this sprinkler head is assured by the materials used to construct it – brass, bronze, and stainless steel.
Designed to distribute water in a uniform pattern, this is the traditional sprinkler head, boasting that classic sprinkler sound.
- Great distance when dispersing water.
- Solid, quality sprinkler head.
- Fast speed of rotation speed.
- The lever that moves up and down to control the travel of the sprinkler head is a very poor fit or design.
- Diffuser control screw could be bigger
1. Hunter PGP-adj Rotor Sprinkler Heads – 4 Pack – Includes Adjustment tool
When looking at sprinkler heads Hunter name associated with quality, ease of use and durability. Each rotor head in this Hunter PGP-adj 4 pack comes with a full complement of all the RED flow/spray pattern inserts with 7 nozzles already installed in each head, so that is 4 complete sets of varying sizes of spray nozzles for each Hunter rotor.
A breeze to install as well as to make adjustments, Hunter created these sprinker heads to last through harsh winters and over many seasons.
The rotors can be adjusted from 50 to 360 degrees, and with the easy to use adjustment tool you can replace nozzles without having to dig out the head.
- Looks good.
- Include adjustment tool
- No assembly required
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