You have probably thought in the past that a low water pressure situation in your house prevents you from using a sprinkler to water your lawn. We are here to assure you it is not since some sprinklers are explicitly made for that situation. However, they will work where water pressure is normal as well.
Noteworthy is the fact that we researched and reviewed about 25 products in our efforts to find the best sprinkler for low pressure. As a result of our labors, we were able to narrow down nine viable options. However, the GARDENA ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler was picked as our editor’s choice. This device, of course, has a myriad of top-notch features, including fully adjustable controls, extensive area coverage, compact design, and more. Nevertheless, this may not be the ideal product for all of you hence the inclusion of eight other products on the list that cater to various needs.
Getting all the available information on the 25 reviewed products involved combining data from both manufacturer and vendor sites before deciding which ones were worth putting on our list. The features that mattered most in the making of this list were divided into two. The type of device, coverage area, and spray distance all show what the devices are capable of in terms of functionality hence got priority. Additionally, the construction, weight, and dimensions were also brought in since they affect installation and durability. All the information we got has been compiled into three sections to help you choose the best sprinkler for low pressure, with a table being the first one. The second and third are a detailed product reviews section and a buying guide, respectively.
Editor’s Choice: GARDENA ZoomMaxx 84-BZMX
Premium Pick: Orbit 62120 Garden Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler
Best Low-Pressure Sprinkler: Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler
Best Oscillating Sprinkler for Low Pressure: Melnor XT4200M
Best Travelling Sprinkler: Nelson 818653-1001 Traveling Sprinkler
Best Construction: Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler
Best Pop Up Rotor Sprinkler For Low Pressure:
Best Shrub Style Low-Pressure Sprinkler : Raigro 360 Degree Pulsating Sprinkler
Best Value: Orbit Metal 3-Arm Lawn Watering Sprinkler
Top 9 Sprinklers for Low Pressure Review 2023
- Coverage area: 76 sq. ft. – 2300 sq. ft.
- Spray distance: 10-60 ft.
- Dimensions: 1.5” x 3” x 11”
- Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Other features: 16 flexible rubber nozzles, large sled base
The first thing anyone notices about this tool is design. It does look distinctly plastic from the image provided above. This admittedly may not be what you are looking for where durability is concerned.
Nonetheless, you have to remember that this is a tool that comes into contact with a lot of water. As such, metal components are more susceptible to rust, especially if they are not coated. While you might have to be more careful in the handling of this product, it should prove worth it in the long run.
Of course, one of the top features of this tool is the spray distance. Also, as you can see, the machine has a rectangular head. As such, it can cover a length of between 10-60 feet. The width is as well adjustable with a range of between 10 and 40 feet.
Since you can fine-tune the length and width, you will be able to tweak the device so that it caters to the size of your lawn. However, there is a 2300 sq. ft. limit to how far you can go.
Another positive aspect of the tool is the large sled base. This gives the sprinkler stability while it does its job of providing water to your lawn. Also, there is the sealed turbo gear unit that pushes the water out of the sprinkler and onto your grass. Add the 16 rubber nozzles, and most people will be impressed by the overall quality of the tool.
- Easy to use
- Customizable coverage area and spray distance
- Stable base
- The device is relatively compact
- The product comes with a two-year warranty
- Some people are not too impressed with the plastic construction
- Coverage area: 1600 sq. ft.
- Spray distance: 40 ft.
- Dimensions: 35.2” x 7” x 6.5”
- Weight: 5.3 lbs.
Other features: 120-degree sensor, 30-minute timed watering setting, stable metal tripod
Another tool that was close to the number one spot but didn’t make it is the Orbit 62120 Garden Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler. For anyone looking for a lightweight device, this doesn’t exactly qualify. However, you may find that the benefits outweigh the disadvantage of having a bit of extra weight.
As you can see, the sprinkler for low pressure is propped up on a tripod stand. If you add that to the overall weight of the device, you will find it to be quite stable. Other than that, there are several features that more or less cement the tool’s position as the premium pick.
Among them is the 30-minute watering setting. As such, you won’t have to worry about flooding your garden if you choose this as your purchase.
Another thing you have to note about this tool is the sensor. This can be used as a deterrent to keep animals out of your garden. The elevated sensor should detect the movement of the animal from even 40 feet away. However, you may have to angle the sensor up or down, depending on the size of animals that are prevalent in your area.
Once the sensor has detected movement, the sprinkler will spray some water in that direction. This serves as a safe way to deter the intruders from making a mess of your plants. Also, you cannot fail to mention the 1600 square foot coverage area of the tool since it is impressive as well.
- This is a dual-purpose tool that can be used for both watering and protecting your garden
- The 30-minute watering setting helps prevent flooding in your garden
- Comes with an infrared sensor
- Relatively wide coverage area
- The tool is heavier than most counterparts
- Buyers will have to pay more than they would for other sprinklers
- Coverage area: 1,100 sq. ft.
- Spray distance: 38 ft.
- Dimensions: 8.5” x 1.8” x 7.8”
- Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Other features: works with water pressure from as low as 20 PSI, heavy-duty stationary base
The Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler, with its set of positive features, is an excellent purchase option as well. Among the top reasons why anyone would choose to buy this model over any other is the build quality. The base, for instance, is made of a mix of zinc and aluminum. To top it off, it comes in six vibrant and fun color finishes that people can choose from.
These finishes add to the allure of the tool, all the while protecting the metal innards from rust. As such, you would do well to make sure the paint doesn’t chip as you use the device.
The innards of the spinning head are as well solidly built. You can see this in the brass construction of many of the components. However, the outside of the head is made of plastic, which may not be as sturdy. Also, as a prerequisite for making it onto this list, the water pressure required for this tool to function goes as low as 20 PSI. This means you can even use it with water from a shallow well.
Another positive you can associate with the device is the molded hook. This should be a handy addition when it comes to the storage of this tool.
- Available in different finishes
- Works with even 20 PSI water pressure
- Relatively lightweight
- Easy to use
- The spinning head is likely to break due to its plastic construction
- Coverage area: 4, 200 sq. ft.
- Spray distance: up to 71 ft.
- Dimensions: 6.7” x 17.2” x 3.5”
- Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Other features: 20 precision nozzles, twin touch controls, zoom control, lifetime limited warranty
For a sprinkler that covers a large area without moving, you might want to consider the Melnor XT4200M XT Metal Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler.
You may not see them clearly enough to count them from the image that we have provided above. However, there 20 effective precision nozzles on the body of this device. These, of course, are powered by the infinity turbo drive. Consequently, the water pressure from these nozzles is capable of reaching 71ft.
While this is impressive, you also have the area closest to the sprinkler as well. You will need to cater to the plants or grass here as well. As such, it might be helpful that you have total zoom control over the area covered by the device.
Concerning the twin touch controls mentioned in the features list above, you will be able to change the width and range of the watering area as you see fit. Of course, this will depend on the plants you are watering and their distribution as well.
Also, the manufacturer backs this tool with a limited lifetime warranty.
- Comes with a lifetime warranty
- Easy controls to change width, range and overall zoom of your spray pattern
- Wide area coverage
- Some of the components of the tool are not as solid and break off after extended use
- Coverage area: 13,500 sq. ft.
- Spray distance: 15-55 ft.
- Dimensions: 20.1” x 9.4” x 8.1”
- Weight: 17 lbs.
Other features: cast-iron body, automatic shut-off, adjustable aluminum spray arms
A traveling sprinkler for low pressure may as well be just what you need to service your garden and lawn watering needs. If this is the case, then the Nelson Traveling Sprinkler is a viable option. Without much ado, let’s get to the features that this product has to offer.
The solid construction for one may sway your decision in its favor. This is because it features a cast-iron body, and you no doubt, want a tool that lasts a long time. However, while this does protect against impact from external sources, it may not be as effective against rust and water damage.
As a result, the manufacturer was sure to include chip-resistant, powder-coat paint on the machine as well. This should protect the exterior of the device from any water damage.
Additionally, the tool comes with aluminum spray arms. These arms offer a range of between 15 and 55 feet. If you couple that with the 200 feet travel area that this invention is capable of, you get a huge coverage area overall. As such, this tool can even be used for major farming projects as well.
If this is not enough to convince you this is a worthy purchase, there are still more positives to count. An example is the automatic shut-off. This feature helps prevent flooding, as that would be detrimental to your plants.
Also, you have three variable speed settings to choose from. These are the neutral as well as fast and slow speed options.
- Variable speed options to choose from
- Solid construction
- Comes with an automatic shut-off feature
- Large coverage area
- Powder-coated to prevent rust
- This tool is bulky
- The device can get stuck in muddy patches or in areas where the grass is not very thick
- Coverage area: up to 13,500 sq.ft.
- Spray distance: 15-55 ft.
- Dimensions: 22.9” x 11.1” x 9.6”
- Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Other features: self-propelled, three-position speed control, automatic shut-off, cast-iron construction
Both the Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler and the Nelson Traveling Sprinkler seem to be quite similar in a lot of ways. As a consequence, it makes sense that they have almost identical ratings and standing on our list.
Another major positive is the total coverage area of up to 13, 500 sq. ft. Remember that this is a self-propelling device and, as such, will not require your input once the watering has started. Also, the automatic shut-off will make it easier for you to trust the machine since you don’t want it flooding your plants.
Another feature that is the same for the two traveling sprinklers is the choice of speeds available. Here as well, there are three options, which are the high, slow, and neutral speeds.
Even the heavy-duty construction seems to be on par for both products. As such, picking one out of these two options may be a tad more complicated.
- Durable body
- Wide area coverage
- Easy to use
- Different sprinkle speeds available
- The product offers automatic shut-off
- If you use a heavy hose, the unit might get stuck in the dirt due to the added weight
- Device is heavy
- Assembly is a bit complicated
- Coverage area: n/a
- Spray distance: 22-45 ft.
- Dimensions: 9.1” x 5” x 4.6”
- Weight: 1.05 lb.
Other features: rotor pop-up sprinkler, straight-through flow design, 25 to 60 psi
The Rain Bird 2045A NP Maxi-Paw is a great pop up rotor sprinkler option that you should as well consider purchasing. This is a compact device, and the coverage area might be a bit limited. As such, the wise shopper will get a few of these devices in a bid to cover their whole lawn or garden.
Nonetheless, it can work with water pressure of about 25 psi on the lower end, which is impressive. However, the Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler mentioned above slightly edges in front of the Rain Bird 2045A NP Maxi-Paw
since it can work with 20 psi as well.
Proponents of this tool will also often point out the straight-through flow design. If you have a dirty water supply, this feature will ensure it doesn’t affect your sprinklers’ capabilities.
- Works well with low pressure
- Straight-flow design makes it so that even dirty water does not affect the functionality
- Easy to install
- Surprisingly most of the people who have bought this tool have had nothing to complain about
- Coverage area: n/a
- Spray distance: 45-85 ft.
- Dimensions: 11.7” x 11.5” x 1.3”
- Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Other features: metalhead, metal-weighted base
Another high-quality device makes it onto our list in the form of the Raigro 360 Degree Pulsating Sprinkler. Once you have this in your backyard or on your lawn, you will probably start to appreciate the fact that this tool is compatible with most hoses. As such, you likely won’t need to make any other purchases apart from the sprinkler.
Also, the construction is something most people would write home about. It features a metal head sprinkler that is built to last. There is also the metal-weighted base component of the tool.
While the head is rust-proof, the base is protected by a coat of paint. You will as well be surprised by how easy it is to control this sprinkler with regards to the reach and spray distance.
Also, you have the added advantage of a satisfaction guarantee. As such, you can get a replacement or a refund if, after using this tool, you feel the quality is not up to par.
- Easy to use
- Relatively large coverage area
- For some users, the spray pattern may not be as even and spread out as they might like
- Coverage area: 450 sq.ft.
- Spray distance: up to 24 ft.
- Dimensions: n/a
- Weight: n/a
Other features: 2 pack, rotary sprinkler, 360° water coverage, quality metal construction
With the purchase of this Orbit Metal 3-Arm Lawn Watering Sprinkler, you will get two devices delivered at your doorstep. As a consequence, it’s possible you will be able to cover a little more ground than you would with a single device.
This tool offers even 360° water coverage, which is made possible by the three arms of the invention. Also, the device can cover a total area of 450 sq. ft. Also, the manufacturer is proud of the metal body since it guarantees you that this is a long-lasting device.
The image above also shows the presence of two wheels that will make it easier to transport the tool to where it is needed most.
- Durable body
- Easy to use
- Offers even 360° water distribution
- The manufacturer doesn’t provide a warranty
- The tool is also not customizable where spray distance and area is concerned
What to expect from a low-pressure sprinkler
A low-pressure sprinkler does what the name suggests, which is to take in the water at low pressure and ensure it sprinkles it on the designated area. However, the term low pressure is also relative and refers to a certain range.
To illustrate this, you can see the Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler that can work with a pressure of 20 PSI. In contrast, there is the Rain Bird 2045A NP Maxi-Paw that works with a pressure of 25 PSI and above. Both of these are still referred to as sprinklers for low pressure despite one needing more pressure than the other.
Types of garden sprinklers
Also, there are various types of garden sprinklers, some of which have been represented in the list above. As well, we have provided explanations and definitions of all of them below so you can be able to tell them apart.
Rotary sprinklers are not uncommon. They have rotating nozzles that serve to distribute water in a circular area. The radius and total area covered will often vary from model to model as well.
If you want to cover an extensive area without buying lots of equipment, the traveling sprinkler may be the way to go. As shown by the Orbit 58322 Traveling Sprinkler, these devices move on their own to cover a designated area while sprinkling water. They also use water pressure as the driving force for their movements. As well, you will often find them with large wheels that they use to navigate the terrain.
Impact sprinclers typically have two major components. The first is the rotating head, while the other is the nozzle that supplies water. For this to work, the water from the nozzle has to come in at relatively high pressure. The impact from the water then forces the head to rotate. As a result, water is distributed in a circular motion.
Stationary sprinklers are the opposite of traveling sprinklers in that they don’t move. As such, they can only water the area around where they have been placed. An example of such a tool is the Raigro 360 Degree Pulsating Sprinkler mentioned above with its metal-weighted base.
These types of sprinklers, on the other hand, offer a wide spray of water that often looks like a fan. They also oscillate from side to side to maximize the area covered. You will often be able to tell these tools apart from others by their long bodies and multiple nozzles. A prime example of the same is the Melnor XT4200M XT Metal Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler.
Features to consider when choosing a sprinkler for low pressure
You as well need to look at all the features on offer if you are to make a sound purchase decision. The breakdown of features available given below should be of immense help in that regard.
Shrub style vs. pop-up sprinklers
Another decision that you might have to make is to pick between shrub-style sprinklers and their pop-up counterparts. The shrub style options are always visible since they are positioned above the plants. On the other hand, pop-up options may be below the ground and only come out when you activate your sprinkler system.
The size of your lawn or garden will often differ from that of your neighbor, and this will affect your final decision. An example is that it would be foolhardy to purchase a tool like the Nelson Traveling Sprinkler when you have a small lawn. You can get by purchasing a more compact product that is just right for your lawn size.
You should also want to know if your tool offers adjustability where width and length are concerned. With this feature, you can ensure you focus on the areas that need water the most, whether they are right next to the sprinkler of further away. Also, with some of these options, you can tweak the intensity of water flow to suit the situation.
The spray distance also varies from model to model and affects the overall coverage area as well. The rule here is that the longer the spray distance, the more area the tool can cover.
Lowest functioning water pressure
While all the above products are sprinklers for use with low water pressure, you should know that their lowest pressure requirements vary from model to model. We have already provided an example of the same above where the Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler is a better performer than most. This is because it allows for use with a pressure of even 20 PSI.
In contrast, average water levels range from 40-45 PSI. As such, even 35 PSI can be considered as relatively low pressure.
The list above also provides quite a variety of options where the material makeup of the tool is concerned. You have metal options like the Raigro 360 Degree Pulsating Sprinkler. While these are good for protection against impact, they don’t perform as well where rust is concerned. Nonetheless, most manufacturers tend to include countermeasures to prevent that from happening.
Also, you have plastic options as well. These are impervious to rust but fail in the physical durability department. If you feel that your sprinkler won’t be subject to any impact, you can get away with a plastic option. However, if you have kids running around in your yard, they might not last very long.
Warranties also vary from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer. You can find options with limited lifetime warranties such as the Melnor XT4200M XT Metal Oscillating Lawn Sprinkler, while other products offer no coverage at all. Of course, the product with the longest warranty is the most sensible purchase since it safeguards part or all of your investment.
Of course, the different models will cost you varying amounts of money, which is why you need to have a budget before you even start looking at your options. There is, of course, a trend here where more expensive options will tend to have more features to work with. Additionally, the build quality is often better with more expensive models as well. While this is normally true, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
Extra features should always be welcome in the products you look to purchase. An example is seen with the Orbit 62120 Garden Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler. While you may not need the motion sensor to water your lawn, the extra functionality might come in handy in some scenarios. As such, if it fits your budget, why not make the purchase.
How do I increase water pressure in my sprinkler system?
Also, sometimes the issue can easily be solved by adjusting the pressure in the individual sprinklers. As seen by the models above, some of these sprinklers are incredibly adjustable.
If the two steps mentioned above do not work, you can eliminate a few of the sprinkler heads. This will increase the pressure on the ones that remain. A final measure you can try is to install a booster pump.
Can a backflow preventer cause low water pressure?
Is 35 psi good water pressure?
Our top three picks remain just as they are in the table provided above. As such, the GARDENA ZoomMaxx Oscillating Sprinkler takes the cake. Among the top features for the tool is the adjustability where the spray area is concerned. Also, despite its large coverage area, this tool is compact. Another benefit is the warranty.
Our next pick, the Orbit 62120 Garden Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler, is for a very specific market. As such, it comes with highlights such as a motion sensor and a 30-minute timed setting. Consequently, it makes for a very attractive purchase if you are trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Where you are dealing with extremely low water pressure, the Dramm 15075 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler is the way to go. This way, you make use of the 20 PSI minimum working pressure of the device.
Additionally, there are a couple of reasons why you should pick the remaining six. If you are well aware of your needs finding a suitable purchase from the devices named and reviewed above will be quite easy.