This review looks at five lawn sprinklers to determine the best sprinkler for small lawn and garden irrigation.
We’ll compare five products on size, weight, area of coverage, quality of construction, adjustability, and buyer satisfaction.
Finally, we’ll provide some thoughts about the best sprinkler for different sizes and types of gardens and different gardeners and gardening styles.
Best Sprinkler for Small Yard Watering
Here’s a quick overview of the sprinklers we’re reviewing in this post:
|SYOOY||360º||6.1 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches||4 oz.||No|
|Madeking||360º||9.9 x 8.1 x 3.5 inches||15.2 ounces||Yes|
|Melnor||Up to 4,000 sq. feet||12.63 x 9.68 x 2.67 inches||1.36 Pounds||Yes|
|Gardena||Up to 1,000 sq. ft.||11.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches||4 oz.||No|
|Rocky Mt. Goods||Up to 4,100 sq. feet||18.4 x 7.4 x 3 inches||2.29 pounds||Yes|
- Compact and light
- Coverage area adjusts with water volume
- Durable metal housing
The SYOOY sprinkler is a circular, metal sprinkler design that delivers a 360 degree coverage area. The coverage size depends on how much water is coming out of the hose attached to the sprinkler. To increase the coverage area, turn up the water volume at the faucet or a shut-off attached next to the sprinkler.
This lightweight, durable, and compact little sprinkler is simple but effective in providing a generous, gentle spray of water in a full circle around the small lawn sprinkler system. The sprinkler is designed for normal household water pressure levels. At maximum water volume on the average faucet, it can cover a 30 foot diameter circle.
This sprinkler is suitable for any small lawn or garden area or agricultural use. Some people place these sprinklers on rooftops for cooling in summer months.
The metal sprinkler head can withstand prolonged exposure to sun and rain. However, it’s a good idea to bring this sprinkler inside during snow and freezing temperatures, or the sprinkler panel can pop off, or the aluminum housing can freeze and crack.
The top panel of the SYOOY sprinkler comes in several colors, including red, yellow, blue, and green. The color can fade over time with exposure to the sun.
These sprinklers come with a rubber washer that sits inside the hose fitting. Having this washer in place prevents loss of water pressure and is more water-efficient. When the washer is missing, a high pressure leak can blow out soil and damage the landscape.
These washers become warn over time. They also sometimes fall out when the sprinkler is disconnected. Check that this washer is in place when you hook up the sprinkler. Having a few extra washers around can save you from a leaky sprinkler head or a trip to the store.
Most buyers of this product are happy with how it works, saying it is inexpensive, easy to use, and delivers an effective, gentle spray over a small area. Customers particularly like using it for spot watering small lawns, seedbeds, and flower beds.
A few buyers complained that the sprinkler head does not lay flat on the ground when the water is on because the unit is small and light. However, you can use a ground staple to secure the sprinkler in an upright position and prevent this problem.
- Easy to move and set up
- Multi-use in garden and yard
- Gentle but soaking spray pattern
The SYOOY is an ideal sprinkler for small lawns and gardens up to 30 feet across and for use in spot watering small planting areas. It’s also a handy and inexpensive back-up sprinkler for any garden.
- 3-arm rotating sprayer
- Durable ABS plastic housing
- Allows for multi-sprinkler hook-up on one hose
- Leak-free design
The Madeking Garden Sprinkler uses a three-arm, adjustable rotating sprinkler head for broad and even coverage when watering lawns. An optional quick-connect fitting is included with the sprinkler. Installing this fitting lets you speedily connect and disconnect the hose by pulling back a ring on one side of the fitting while pulling the sprinkler away with the other hand.
The quick connect is easy to install, and it’s convenient if you frequently need to move the hose from one location to another. You can also use the sprinkler by screwing the hose directly onto either of the hose connectors at the unit’s base without using the quick-connect adapter.
There is a pass-through hose fitting connector at each end of the sprinkler under the rotating sprinkler head. This fitting can connect this sprinkler to a small yard sprinkler system with multiple Madeking sprinklers set up in series running from the same faucet.
You can hook a hose to only one side of the sprinkler and leave the cap on the other side when using a single sprinkler.
Or, you can remove the cap and hook a second hose to the opposite fitting and deliver water to one or more additional sprinklers using the same faucet connection.
The body and base of this sprinkler are dark green and black, so it blends into the landscape and is less noticeable if you leave it out on the lawn.
This sprinkler broad base and weight assure that it sits upright in one place, even when the water volume is turned up high. The base open construction also lets you use a ground staple to hold the sprinkler down if needed.
When using more than one sprinkler hooked together on the same faucet, the system requires greater water pressure for all sprinklers to deliver an equal amount of spray. This sprinkler works best with a water pressure of approximately 60 psi.
Madeking sprinklers work well on any small to medium-sized lawn. You can adjust the spray circle size by turning the water volume up or down at the faucet. The spray comes out in a swirling and rotating pattern that delights children and gently soaks a large area around the sprinkler.
Most buyers have favorable experiences with this sprinkler, saying it covers an ample area and is easy to move around. A few customers complained that parts of the sprinkler came off with high water pressure and that the unit does not come with instructions.
Several buyers said it makes a pleasing spray pattern that kids and grandkids enjoy playing in during summer months.
- Rotating spray covers a large area
- Sprinkler fun for kids in the summer
- Multiple sprinkler hook-up option for larger areas
The Madeking garden sprinkler is ideal for small or medium-sized lawn areas, and it can provide hours of entertainment for kids and grandkids.
The Melnor 65003-AMZ MiniMax turbo oscillating sprinkler has a large, black base and weighs over a pound and a third, giving it stability anywhere you place it on the lawn. The open design of the base pad also lets you use a ground staple to hold the sprinkler in place, if necessary.
- Adjustable for targeted watering
- Oscillating spray up to 4,000 sq. ft. area
- Limited lifetime warranty
The Melnor sprinkler is adjustable in four ways:
- The ‘Range Adjustment’ setting lets you control the length of the spray pattern backward and forward.
- The ‘Width Adjustment’ control lets you select the width of the spray from narrow to broad.
- ‘Zoom Control’ allows you to change the size of width and length simultaneously.
- The ‘360 Adjustment’ permits control of the sprinkler’s oscillating function.
At full water volume, this sprinkler can water as much as 4,000 sq. ft. of area. However, the maximum water delivery depends on how much pressure is coming out of the faucet. In low water pressure situations, the coverage area is reduced.
This sprinkler is designed for water temperatures to 115°F (46°C) and should not be used with water hotter water or water colder than 40°F (4.5°C). This Melnor sprinkler works best at a water pressure of 65 psi, typical water pressure in most houses.
The smallest strip of ground you can water with this sprinkler is about 3 feet wide. At the highest range setting, the spray is delivered for about 20 feet on each side of the sprinkler.
The sprinkler can also be mounted on top of a tripod up to 6 feet 7 inches above the ground to increase the spray’s coverage area.
Many buyers report this sprinkler is working well in their situation. Satisfied customers frequently say they are pleased about the precision of the spray adjustment this sprinkler offers, allowing them to direct the water to a narrow strip of lawn and avoid wetting walkways, patios, and outdoor furniture.
Some buyers say they were dissatisfied with this sprinkler because it started to leak or the oscillation function stopped working after a short time. This problem could be a result of incorrect settings on the adjustment controls. The product does not come with an instruction sheet, making it harder for buyers to set it up properly.
- Micro-adjustment of the spray pattern
- High-quality drive mechanism for long lifespan
- Quick-Connect adapter included
This sprinkler is the right choice for anyone with multiple garden areas of different sizes because it gives you four ways of adjusting and controlling the spray pattern.
The Gardena sprinkler is an economical option for a small garden sprinkler. It doesn’t have any adjustments to hassle with, and all you need to do is hook it to a hose, push the staked end into the ground, and adjust the faucet to control the output of water.
- Circular spray pattern
- Built-in quick connect for hose attachment
- Stakes into the ground for stability
- Plastic housing and ground stake
The circular spray size is adjusts by turning the flow of water up or down at the faucet or by turning a shut-off valve installed where the hose attaches to the sprinkler.
This sprinkler’s maximum coverage area is approximately 1,000 sq. feet in a circular area of about 36 feet in diameter at maximum water volume.
The built-in quick-connect fitting makes it a snap to attach or disconnect a hose from the sprinkler. This adapter lets you disconnect the hose without making a turning motion with your hand. You pull back a ring on one side of the fitting and remove the sprinkler with the other hand to disconnect it.
If you do not want to use the quick-connect feature for some reason, you can still attach the hose by screwing it on.
It’s crucial to take care when setting up and moving this sprinkler to be careful not to damage the plastic stake. The sprinkler should be pulled directly up out of the ground and pushed straight down into moist soil to prevent breakage of the unit.
The product comes with a warranty on parts and labor for 12 months from the purchase date.
A majority of buyers of this Gardena small area sprinkler say they are delighted with how it works for them. They especially like how simple it is to use and how versatile it is.
Many are impressed with how the fine spray works for sprouting new lawn areas or garden beds of freshly planted seeds. However, buyers also note that the fineness of the spray can be a problem during windy conditions.
A few customers say they had problems with the unit breaking at the hose connection point shortly after using it. Some of these buyers say it is advisable to carefully handle the sprinkler when it is attached to a hose to avoid breakage of the plastic housing.
Other buyers had problems with the stake breaking on the unit. However, the chances of this are minimized if you use care when installing or moving this sprinkler.
- Inexpensive and straightforward to use
- Gentle mist spray is ideal for seedbeds and delicate garden plantings
- Light and easy to move
This Gardenia sprinkler is a good option for anyone who wants a light and simple to use small area sprinkler, especially for delicate planting areas.
The Rocky Mountain Goods Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler is a solidly built, wide-based sprinkler with multiple adjustment features.
- Adjustable spray width and flow rate
- Built-in cleaning needle for unclogging spray jets
- Lifetime warranty covers all parts
The oscillating sprayer arm has 20 jets for delivering water to a broad coverage area. Six sliding switches allow for adjustment of the width of the spray from narrow to broad. The exact measurements depend on the water pressure.
The ‘range control’ sliding tab lets you control how far the spray goes back and forth when the sprinkler oscillates. A ‘flow control’ knob adjusts the total amount of water coming out of the sprinkler, similar to turning the faucet up or down but giving you control at the sprinkler head.
Sprinkler jets can clog up due to calcium and other minerals in the water. The Rocky Mountain Goods sprinkler comes with a cleaning needle so you can dislodge any build-up in the jets.
The cleaning needle is usually packed under a small, black knob located at the end of the unit opposite the hose attachment. In some cases, the cleaning tool is packaged in an envelope separately in the box from the sprinkler.
If you don’t have this special tool for cleaning the jets, you can also use a toothpick or an unfolded paper clip to clean out the jets from time to time.
The aluminum base on this sprinkler prevents rust, and it holds up better over time than many plastic sprinklers. This sprinkler comes with a lifetime warranty, so you are covered for the replacement if any problems come up.
This sprinkler gets high marks from most buyers, and many say they have purchased more than one over the years because they are so happy with how they work.
One buyer familiar with the product recommends occasionally using a spray lubricant on the moving parts of this sprinkler in areas with high iron in the water. Be sure to wipe off any excess oil with a rag before using the sprinkler again.
Some buyers comment that the one problem with this sprinkler is in the hose connection binding when taking a hose off or putting it on because the connection is too short. One customer resolved the problem by adding a short hose extension fitting to the sprinkler, making it easier to attach and disconnect the hose. These fittings cost about $12.
According to several buyers, this product does not come with an instruction sheet, although you can view information about the adjustment features online at the company website.
- Rust-proof aluminum housing
- Maximum control of spray area width
- Durable aluminum housing construction
The Rocky Mountain Goods sprinkler works well for people who need a sprinkler with a maximum adjustment of spray width, length, and volume or anyone with a small to medium-sized lawn or garden area.
Setting up a Small Lawn Sprinkler System
Freestanding, portable sprinklers like the ones reviewed here are an economical alternative to a permanent underground lawn and garden irrigation system.
Small area sprinklers can easily be set up on battery-powered timers or hand-turn type timers to make watering more automatic and efficient.
Small area sprinklers give you maximum flexibility over where and when you apply water to your garden. Choose sprinklers to match your garden size or planting area, and match them with high-quality rubber hoses to reach the nearest faucet.
The most compact, light, and movable sprinklers in this review are the Syooy and Gardeniasprinklers. These are probably the best sprinklers for anyone with a small yard and garden who needs a reliable and easy to use sprinkler without the hassle of adjustments and moving parts.
The Madeking sprinkler has the advantage of allowing for a series of sprinklers to be hooked together, making it an excellent choice for those with larger lawn areas or multiple planting zones watered from the same faucet.
The Rocky Mountain Goods and Melnor sprinklers stand out for their adjustability of spray width, spray length, and water volume, and they are a sound choice for anyone who wants maximum control of the spray pattern in a small garden sprinkler.