A basic hose nozzle is made to concentrate a flow of water into a tight stream, much like the classic fire hose nozzles. Household nozzles are a bit more versatile and will allow you to adjust the stream into a spray pattern. A stream works better for washing items down and a spray works better for watering gardens or lawns.
Versatility, ease of use and metal construction for durability are how the top rated nozzles will be rated, with price and design also taken into consideration.
The Bon-Aire Original Ultimate Aluminum Hose Nozzle comes with a 1 year warranty, uses aircraft grade aluminum and steel in its construction, and gives you 5 different spray patterns at the nozzle head. Read Full Review
Made using aircraft-grade aluminum, with added steel and a fiberglass hand grip, the Bon-Aire Original Ultimate Aluminum Hose Nozzle ranks #1 here because it is easy to use, has five different sprayer settings for versatility and features a 2-way shut-off for added convenience. As far as nozzles go, it is not inexpensive, but you get a 1 year warranty, and the metal construction assures you of a durable and reliable nozzle that will last year after year.
The Dramm 12380 Heavy-Duty Brass Adjustable Hose Nozzle is a basic yet extremely functional design. It will last for years with hard use, it is nearly infinitely adjustable for flow volume and/or fan spray pattern, and the design is timeless. Read Full Review
The classic brass nozzle doesn't get any better than this, and that's exactly what the Dramm 12380 Heavy-Duty Brass Adjustable Hose Nozzle is all about. It features an almost infinite adjustable spray pattern and water flow control, but it can shoot a steady powerful stream of water with the best of them. The heavy duty brass design assures you years of hard use and although not inexpensive for a brass nozzle, its versatility, ease of use and simple design are hard to beat.
The Gilmour Full Size Zinc Pistol Grip Nozzle with Threaded Front is made of zinc metal and features a brass internal stem. Fully adjustable and comfortable to use, the front is threaded for any garden hose accessory that you choose to use. Read Full Review
For those that want an infinitely adjustable hose nozzle in a pistol grip configuration, the Gilmour Full Size Zinc Pistol Grip Nozzle with Threaded Front is the nozzle for you. It is made of zinc metal to be durable and reliable, and it comes with a brass valve stem that can be adjusted for spray or stream. The threaded front allows you to attach accessories and the pistol grip keeps the nozzle comfortable to use no mater what watering task you undertake.
The Nelson 50121 50121 Multi Pattern Nozzle is a neat design that will appeal to home gardeners everywhere. It has an 8-position spray head for versatility and the all aluminum construction makes it durable for the long run. Read Full Review
Some people may claim that this is the best nozzle here, and if you had a need for the Nelson 50121 50121 Multi Pattern Nozzle, you would too. It is made of aluminum with a soft hand grip for comfort and it features an 8 pattern spray head which gives you a lot of versatility for watering or washing. The design is more exciting than anything else here, but that slightly long aluminum tube could get dinged or bent when dropped. If it wasn't for that, this nozzle might just have topped the list.
The Bend-and-Spray Hose Nozzle is designed to be operated by bending the actual rubber nozzle to allow or restrict the water flow. Although not inexpensive, it is versatile and the rubber and brass constructon makes it highly durable. Read Full Review
This may be the most versatile hose nozzle on this list, and although it doesn't come cheap, the Bend-and-Spray Hose Nozzle is rugged and nearly unbreakable. Made of brass and rubber, the nozzle is controlled by bending the hose tip. Maximum water pressure or minimum water pressure is controlled by pushing with your thumb. Although it can be used for watering the garden, this is best used as a utility nozzle to clean vehicles, homes or for filling buckets and bowls.