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The garden sprayer is an essential tool for gardening and should therefore not be missing in any household with hard-working gardeners. This tool facilitates the even distribution of water or other auxiliary materials for plants. It consists of a container, a hose and a spray lance.

In our garden sprayer test 2021 we explain the differences between garden sprayers and the points you should look out for when buying one. Here you will learn details about different buying criteria, different types of garden sprayers and we answer frequently asked questions. After reading this, you will be well informed about garden sprayers.




The most important facts

  • There are manual and electric garden sprayers. With manual sprayers, pressure is built up using a hand pump. An electric garden sprayer usually works with a rechargeable battery, batteries or motor.
  • Since the garden sprayer is carried on the back during work, attention should be paid to the weight. Devices that already have a high own weight without filled liquid are much more uncomfortable during longer working time.
  • When it comes to the range of spraying, the spray lance and the spray tip need to be looked at more closely. These two parts of the garden sprayer determine the way the liquid is sprayed.

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There are different garden sprayer models that are more suitable for different areas than others. These distinctions can be very big, but sometimes they can also be small differences.

Buying and evaluation criteria for garden sprayers

The following section lists the most important points of distinction between garden sprayers. Before buying, you should definitely consider these points.

Hose / spray lance

The hose and the spray lance of the garden sprayer are decisive for how efficiently you can work with the model. Of course, it makes a difference whether you are a hobby gardener buying for your own garden or a professional gardener buying for a larger area.

Therefore, you should first be clear about what you are going to use the device for and then find the appropriate model for it.

The hose of the garden sprayer differs mainly in length. The longer the hose, the easier it is to reach difficult areas. The spray lance is responsible for distributing the liquid. This can differ in shape, length or material.

Some spray lances have a head shape that distributes over a wide area and others are better for targeted distribution. If the lance is longer, it is better for working on the ground, whereas a shorter lance is better for working on perennials, for example.

Water pressure

One of the most important points to consider with a garden sprayer is the water pressure it can build up. In order to be able to work well with the device, it is very important that it has an appropriate water pressure.

Although the water pressure varies from device to device, all devices have a maximum pressure that cannot be exceeded. This pressure is given in "bar" or in "MPa". The maximum value for garden sprayers is approximately 4 bar.

The more bar it can build up, the harder the water jet. Again, consider how much water pressure you need for your project. For example, the hobby gardener will not need too much water pressure in his small garden as he would need in a larger field.

If you don't need too much water pressure, you should use one with less. This will save you unnecessary waste of energy and damage to more tender plants for which the water jet might be too strong.

Capacity

Since the garden sprayer only has one container to fill, the question of how much it can hold is very important.

It should definitely be large enough for you to work undisturbed for a while without having to refill it every 5 minutes. However, the container should not be too big as it usually has to be carried on the back.

A small garden sprayer usually has a capacity of 5 litres. The maximum capacity of a garden sprayer carried on the back is around 15 litres.

Drive

There are different types of drive for garden sprayers. The classic garden sprayers are driven by a hand pump. This builds up the water pressure with which the desired area can be treated.

In addition to the manual drive, there are also various types of electric drive. There are also garden sprayers that are powered by a battery or a motor. These variants are of course less complex in practice, but can also contribute to a higher weight.

They are especially popular for garden sprayers that are carried on the back for long periods of time. The electronic drive saves you having to remove the device from your back and the manual effort of pumping.

When it comes to weight, the material of the garden sprayer is of great importance! A plastic garden sprayer is nowhere near as heavy as a metal garden sprayer. In addition, the drive and the capacity are decisive for the weight.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a garden sprayer

In this section, we look at some of the most frequently asked questions before you buy a garden sprayer. What should you look out for?

What is special about a garden sprayer and what advantages does it offer?

A garden sprayer is special in that it is designed specifically for working in the garden. Due to its design, watering plants or spraying aids on large areas is possible in a nice even way.

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Also, the water pressure that is sprayed is adjusted so that it does not damage more delicate plants. A pressure sprayer that is also used in the house or for cleaning the car, for example, would be far too strong for the plants and would destroy them rather than care for them.

What types of garden sprayers are there?

Garden sprayers can be divided into two different types. Firstly, the manual garden sprayer and then the electric garden sprayer.

Manual garden sprayer

The classic manual garden sprayer is used by means of a hand pump. Therefore, no electricity is necessary for these models.

Advantages
  • No electrical defects
  • No electricity necessary
  • Cheaper
Disadvantages
  • Power required
  • Not suitable for older people

A manual pump is just as functional as an electric model. However, a certain amount of effort is required. For people who should not exert themselves physically or who have little stamina, the manual garden sprayer is not ideal.

Electric garden sprayer

The electric garden sprayer is powered by a rechargeable battery, battery or motor. This eliminates the need for manual pumping and the garden sprayer can be used without interruptions.

Advantages
  • No interruptions because you don't have to pump
  • No effort required
  • Constant water pressure
Disadvantages
  • Electricity required
  • More weight
  • Electrical defects possible

With an electric garden sprayer, the effort of manual pumping is eliminated. However, the devices usually weigh more.

Who are garden sprayers suitable for?

Garden sprayers are suitable for anyone who values a well-maintained garden. There are different models that cover everything from amateurs to professionals. A garden sprayer makes gardening easier as it allows an even distribution on the soil or plants.

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It is used for watering plants but also for spraying them with aids to make them grow healthier or with anti-insect agents. In this respect, every household with a garden can benefit from a garden sprayer.

What does a garden sprayer cost?

The price of a garden sprayer depends mainly on the size, the material and the volume of the pressure spray.

Type Price
manual garden sprayer 15 - 100 €
electric garden sprayer 90 - 200 €

A garden sprayer can therefore be purchased in a very wide price range. However, you will usually not have to pay more than about €200.

What are the alternatives to a garden sprayer?

If you don't want to buy a garden sprayer, there are other devices that can be used in its place. If the area of use is limited to a manageable area, a simple garden hose can of course do the job. There is a large selection of garden hoses here.

Depending on your wishes, there are different lengths of hoses as well as different head parts. In order to be able to water better, there are various head parts that you can buy and attach to the hose. This allows you to work in a more targeted manner or over a wider area, for example.

With the conventional garden hose, however, it is important to remember that only water and no other liquids can be sprayed with it. This variant is therefore useless for anti-bacterial agents or other agents for plants. However, there are also simpler garden sprayer models, such as the hand sprayer.

These work electrically and are a smaller version of the conventional garden sprayer. The biggest difference here is that they do not have a tank and often have a spray gun instead of a spray lance. These are more comfortable to work with, but they do not last very long. In addition, the spray gun makes ground work more difficult.

What are the different settings?

The garden sprayer can be used in many different ways thanks to certain features that its spray tip brings with it. Most garden sprayer models already have various adjustment options built in. If they don't, there are various extra parts that you can buy.

These are to be attached to the spray head of the garden sprayer. The different extra parts can change the way the liquid spreads. This means that you can work in a very concentrated way or also widely over a larger area. The different settings allow you to adapt the spray perfectly to your needs.

Of course, not all devices are compatible with other spray tips without exception. This should be checked in advance.

The various settings can be adapted on most models if they do not already have them. This also makes the decision to buy much easier, as the function of a not so expensive device can be improved.

Conclusion

In general, you can say that a garden sprayer is useful for anyone who likes to work in the garden. Given the circumstances, a large reach or a smaller one is better. This should be possible with the help of a suitable spray lance and spray head. You should also know beforehand what exactly you want to spray.

Now you are well informed about different purchase criteria and the correct use of a garden sprayer. We have also answered frequently asked questions in detail. With a little help, every garden can shine in its colourful splendour.

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