In spring of 2012, I bought the Ultimate Hose Nozzle (from Bon-Aire Industries) at the Fairfield County Home Show. All of the gardening nozzles I’d used the previous summer had broken – I dropped one on the driveway and it cracked, one literally fell apart, and the third one stopped spraying in any pattern other than a strong jet – so I was looking for something different that might be a little sturdier.
Built to Last
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle certainly is different and, with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer, it promised to be a lot sturdier than the typical hose nozzle. I started using the nozzle in April and, despite being left out in the dirt, trampled on, run over by the lawn mower, dropped on a brick walkway, and generally mistreated, it held up well over the summer. I then left it out in the garden all winter and, surprise, surprise, it still works perfectly.
Easy to Use
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle is made out of high-grade stainless steel, non-corroding brass, reinforced fiberglass, and Santoprene rubber – it’s definitely built to last. The nozzle is very well-designed and engineered – the O-rings inside it prevent leaking, there’s a cool two-way shut-off feature that allows you to turn off the flow of water by twisting the nozzle in either direction, you can take it apart with a 5/32″ Hex to clean and re-lube if desired, and you can even get replacement parts directly from the manufacturer (when you buy your hose nozzle, there’ll be an insert in the packaging with the contact information for Bon-Aire Industries).
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle comes in a variety of colors (e.g., blue, red, green) and fits any standard 5/8” hose. There are five different spray patterns, depending on how far you twist the end of the nozzle, ranging from a gentle fan to a powerful jet. The jet has come in very handy in knocking aphids off my roses without damaging the plants.
My only quibble with the Ultimate Hose Nozzle is that it works less well with low water pressure, especially on the “mist” setting (it emits bigger water droplets that may damage more delicate plants). However, with normal levels of water pressure, it works very well and is practically indestructible. It’s the best hose nozzle I’ve ever owned for general garden use and my go-to in most watering situations. However, for watering containers and smaller plants, I use the Dramm One Touch Rain Wand instead (here’s the review on the Dramm hose nozzle).
Where to Buy It
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle is sold in both the gardening aisle and/or auto parts department (targeting car owners who like to wash their car at home) so be sure to look in both places. It’s also available on Amazon.
If you search online, you may find a website called the Ultimate Hose Nozzle. Please note that it’s not associated with Bon-Aire Industries (maker of the nozzle) in any way – it’s simply a site that directs you to Amazon to purchase the nozzle.
I also recommend placing a hose washer at both ends of your garden hose. Not only does it make it easier to unfasten the hose from the nozzle or faucet, but it also prevents leaks. It’s well worth the small investment. Look for a washer that’s made of a softer rubber (rather than a hard plastic) so that it compresses easily. I like these rubber hose washers from Gilmour.