Oscillating sprinklers

Best Oscollating sprinkler for 2021

The Best Oscillating Sprinklers for 2021

Oscillating sprinklers are among the most common types of irrigation systems installed in gardens. The great majority of these sprinklers are either ‘impact’ or ‘rotor’ type.

An impact sprinkler creates a fine mist by using an internal mechanism that spins at high speed which causes the turbine to generate centripetal force that flings water outward at high velocity. This force is strong enough that it can cause damage if someone were to walk into it while it is operating, so care should be taken when this type of sprinkler is being used near paths and patios. Impact sprinklers are cheap but they need to be installed with a high degree of accuracy for them to operate efficiently due to the fact that their spray is easily disrupted by wind.

A rotor sprinkler operates on the same principle as an impact sprinkler, but it uses a spinning disc instead of a turbine. Rotor type sprinklers are often used in areas where there is little access to electricity or where operating costs need to be minimized because they create less water spray which reduces operational cost and prevents errant water damage. Rotors do tend to overspray certain sections of lawn though, so care must be taken when installing them close to patios and pathways.

Oscillating sprinklers are easy-to-install rotary style sprinklers that produce large amounts of droplets at low velocity for optimal effective watering of grassy sections with high slopes or inclines. These sprinklers are designed to move in a side-to-side motion while facing downward at the same time, which allows them to cover lawns with inclined surfaces or slopes with high efficiency. They can rotate up to 180 degrees and come in several different spray patterns depending on the model that is chosen by the homeowner. Oscillating sprinklers are recognized for their great convenience; they do not need power cords like impact or rotor types, which means homeowners will save on installation costs too because there is no need for an electrician if they want to install new irrigation systems.

Below is our top choices for 2021:

1. Aqua Joe SJI-OMS16 Indestructible Metal Base Oscillating Sprinkler with Adjustable Spray, 3600-Square Foot Coverage

WATER YOUR YARD WITH UNPARALLELED PRECISION! Keep your garden green and your lawn lush and beautiful with the Indestructible Metal Base Oscillating Sprinkler from Aqua Joe. No more wasted water or overspray – put the H2O precisely where you want it. Control width and range with 16 clog-resistant nozzles for superior coverage up to 3600 sq ft. Sealed, turbo gear-driven unit for reliable performance, and an extra-large indestructible metal base for added stability and durability in the yard and garden. Includes a built-in clean-out tool to keep your nozzles clean and clear for years of reliable operation. Compatible with a standard garden hose.

Review:

There is nothing made from steel or indestructible on this oscillating sprinkler. The frame is cast aluminum or some other alloy, nicely painted though. The nozzles are made of plastic not brass and the gear is the same you get with any of the other brands for sale here on amazon or in the hardware store. So I’m expecting no wonders regarding longevity. It does it’s job pretty well while still new and will have to compete against a similar but cheaper model from Lowes. Lets see which one surrenders first.
>>Update: Deserves 5 stars. Still sprays like it did on day one.

Weight: 1.86 pounds

Dimensions: 15.86 x 5.24 x 2.44 inches

4.7 out of 5

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2. GARDENA ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler on Weighted Sled Base

GARDENA ZoomMaxX Oscillating Sprinkler on metal step spike is a compact oscillating sprinkler with fully adjustable controls for width, length and for water flow. Length adjustable from 10 to 60 feet, width from 10 to 40 feet. Area coverage from 76 to 2,300 sq. feet. Range of Spray (m): 3 m – 18 m, Width of spray max: 12 m

Review:

Maybe I’ve been in self-isolation/quarantine too long, but was really looking forward to this sprinkler for my small, but oddly shaped townhouse yard. My 5 dollar plastic sprinkler was no longer cutting it, so I decided to splurge. It did not disappoint. Widely adjustable, looks well made and covers all the yard. Not much was supplied in the way of instructions, but it’s pretty easy to figure out once you start it up. Very happy with the purchase.

Weight: 2.71 pounds

Dimensions: 1.5 x 3 x 11 inches

4.4 out of 5

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3. Melnor XT Turbo Oscillating Sprinkler with TwinTouch Width Control & Flow Control, waters up to 4,500 sq.ft. – XT4200-IN

Are you still struggling to keep the water on the yd & off the drive? then the XT4200 has the precision you need. This sprinkler adds another dimension of adjustability with an integrated flow control dial for precision water adjustments. Need to water a large area? you can do it with this sprinkler with its large 4, 000 square’ of coverage which isup to 75′ long x 53′ wide almost the size of a basketball Court! you can use the range control to reduce the coverage from the maximum 75′ length down to only 15′ long by sliding the range control levers. You can also position the pattern left, right or center using the range control levers. Not everyone has a yd this large though, so this sprinkler has the ability to adjust both the length as well as the width of its watering pattern. The width adjustment is a Melnor exclusive with the patented one-touch system which allows you to adjust the width from its maximum of 53′ to a minimum of 20′ by simply moving a lever up or down. Have the overall pattern right, but just need a little more, or a little less coverage? then use the integrated flow control knob that acts like a Zoom to grow or Shrink the whole pattern. So whether your yd is large, small, or somewhere in the middle, this sprinkler has you covered!

Review:

I’ve been using a Melnor spray nozzle and another Melnor sprinkler (model XT4100) for more than a year now through spring, summer and two autumns plus a winter of storage and both continue to perform very well. Had more landscaping and sod placed this fall and needed to be running two sprinklers at once, so decided to add this XT4200 model. Two of its features are the same as the model I had (adjustable oscillation up to 180-degrees; adjustable width from narrow (straight-ahead) to a wide fan spread). Plus it adds a third feature — a little switch that turns the water flow from high to low without turning it off, which is very useful for keeping me dry while I reposition the sprinkler 🙂 Very pleased with Melnor and this model.

Weight: 1.12 pounds

Dimensions: 6.65 x 17.32 x 3.46 inches

4.2 out of 5

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4. Rocky Mountain Goods Metal Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler – Rust-Proof Aluminum Base

Water the whole yard or just a narrow flower bed with adjustable coverage up to 4,100 sq. ft. Keep the water on the lawn and off the driveway with range and width controls. With flow control you can easily control the flow of water to more precisely water the areas you want. Includes an inlet filter and a jet cleaning needle to keep the nozzles clean and the sprinkler running perfectly. Aluminum base and plastic tube will not rust and last for many years. Whether your yard is large, small, or somewhere in the middle…this sprinkler has you covered! Includes a Lifetime warranty – If any component of this metal oscillating sprinkler fails we will replace it

Review:

I like the brass fittings that connect easily and tightly to a good hose, and I like the way this sprinkler can be adjusted to fit the garden areas I want to water. I can adjust the pattern to fit a narrow or a wide area with simple push button controls, and I can change the vertical pattern with a simple lever. I am thinking of ordering another one so I can have one for my front yard and one for my back yard to simplify watering all my gardens. I love it.

Weight: 2.29 pounds

Dimensions: 18.5 x 7.25 x 3 inches

4.5 out of 5

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5. Blisstime Lawn Sprinkler, Automatic 360 Rotating Adjustable Garden Water Sprinklers Lawn Irrigation System

Long Spray Distance and Large Spray Coverage: The spray distance of this lawn sprinkler can reach 26-32.8ft(depends on the water pressure) and covers up to 845 sq. ft area. Equipped with 2 nozzles, 360 degree rotating and adjustable angles, our sprinklers enables you use different sprinkling mode for various water spraying need. Easy to Install and Use: Directly connect the water sprinkler with the water hose and turn it on, then this garden sprinkler will work perfectly as planned, no other assembly or equipment needed, no complicated knobs or dials to work. Works quiet, it sounds like slight rain and sprays like dancing. Friendly Notes: two or more sprinklers can be connected in series to irrigate more area. Durable and High Quality: Made of premium ABS, non-toxic and tasteless. Features stable base, internal thread and leak-proof, this yard sprinkler is designed to be stable, water-saving and constant long service time.

Review:

Every summer I set up a new sprinkler in the backyard. I need something that will water my plants and lawn but also that my kids can around outside and cool off with. This sprinkler is great. I has two different attachments and you can rotate the arms to get the range and angle you want for the water flow. It was easy to connect to the hose and no leaking! My grass is looking nice and my kids are having fun running around with the water spraying. I am happy with it!

Weight: 11.5 ounces

Dimensions: 12.56 x 9.61 x 3.74 inches

4.3 out of 5

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6. RAINWAVE Turbo Gear Oscillating Sprinkler Set with Timer, Cover Up to 2800 Square Feet

The turbo gear oscillating sprinkler that includes an easy to use timer that can be positioned before the oscillator or right at the water source Durable spray tube constructed of aluminum with precision jets; Sturdy and stable wide base; Nozzle cleaning tool integrated with the end plug Long life turbo gear motor, precision jets for even watering, adjustable range control and included timer make this a great sprinkler No assembly required

Review:

Really like this sprinkler! After seeing the reliability reviews of similar sprinklers, I figured I’d get the least expensive model so if if broke I wouldn’t be out much money. I’ve only owned it about 6 weeks, but it’s great! The infinite adjustment is so easy! I have several sections of lawn to water of various sizes. You can easily change how far the spray goes from side to side. And the timer works perfectly. Good bargain. Even if it only lasts the summer, well worth it.

Weight: 1 pounds

Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 5.5 inches

3.5 out of 5

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7. Eden 94113 Lawn & Garden Essential Oscillating Water Sprinkler for Yard W/Quick Connect Starter Set, 16 Nozzles, Covers up to 3,600 sq. ft, Heavy Weight Base

The turbo gear oscillating sprinkler that includes an easy to use timer that can be positioned before the oscillator or right at the water source Durable spray tube constructed of aluminum with precision jets; Sturdy and stable wide base; Nozzle cleaning tool integrated with the end plug Long life turbo gear motor, precision jets for even watering, adjustable range control and included timer make this a great sprinkler No assembly required

Review:

Keep your garden green and lawn lush and beautiful with our Eden Oscillating Sprinkler. Smooth and quiet control tabs let you easily determine your watering coverage patterns and water precisely where you want. This oscillating sprinkler offers a turbo drive motor and 16 precision molded nozzles to deliver consistent watering for lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds. The sprinkler offers both durability and control. The rectangular spray pattern can be adjusted in range for superior coverage up to 3,600 sq. ft.(335m²), tested at 40 P.S.I (Dynamic) in a wind free environment. Adjustment levers are easy to use to provide precision watering– from a large lawn to a smaller garden. Our patented, sealed turbo drive ensures smooth operation regardless of water pressure, for reliable performance and a longer gear life. It also features an extra-large base for added stability and durability. This sprinkler has a built-in cleaning tool to keep the nozzles clean and assure years of reliable operation. It is compatible with all standard garden hoses.

Weight: 1.3 pounds

Dimensions: 5.11 x 15.74 x 2.36 inches

4.5 out of 5

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In Conclusion:

Finding the right cordless trimmer for your small yard can be a tough decision with all of the available options. It might be a good idea to see how long it takes to mow your lawn. You may need more or less run time for some of the options above. The purchase of an additional battery could save you a lot of head ache and wasted time by adding the extra power you will need for your small yard.

Matt McWilliams
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Hi there! My name is Matt and I write for American Lawns. I've been a home owner for over 15 years. I've also had the pleasure of working with some experts in lawn care and outdoor living. I enjoy writing about everything related to your lawn, pests and types of grass. In my spare time, I'm either spending time with my family, doing a DIY project or learning a new skill.