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 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.
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.
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.
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.