There’s a truth about gardening. Either you’re pushing back the chaos, or the chaos is pushing back against you, and winning. If you want to stay on top of your garden and keep it in tip-top shape, you’re going to need a high-quality garden sprayer.
If you’re like most of us, you’d rather be outside than on the internet looking for a good deal on a garden sprayer. It can be hard to tell from a product description alone if you’re getting a good deal or getting ripped off.
However, we want to make it easy to find the tools that you need online. That’s why we’ve created these reviews of the best garden sprayers of 2020. You should be able to use this information to find the model that’s right for you, and you should be sure to check out our buyer’s guide if you want to get a great deal, too.
|Field King Professional 190328|
|Smith Performance Sprayers R200||5 lbs||4.7/5|
|Chapin International 26021XP|
|Solo 418 One-Hand||1 lb||4.2/5|
|HOMEDECISION 3L Lawn Pump||2 lbs||3.8/5|
The Field King Professional 190328 is a great option for those who have heavy spraying needs and want to get the job done quickly and safely. This backpack model features a four-gallon tank, which will allow you to cover a very large area without stopping for refills. The straps are comfortable, and the included belt keeps the weight from resting entirely on your shoulders. The pump is designed to minimize leaks so that you’re not exposed to the chemicals you’re using. This model also works with liquids, powders, and water-soluble solutions, and comes with agitators that keeps them well-mixed while you work.
This model also comes with four nozzles, including a brass adjustable, two flat fans, and one foaming nozzle. That allows you to choose the nozzle that will make your next job the easiest. Furthermore, it is compatible with many aftermarket nozzles, so you can use something you like better if those four don’t suit you. The only downside to this model is that it can be hard to store since it doesn’t fold down well. However, this model is still the best choice for people who need a high-capacity spraying solution and value the convenience of a backpack.
The Smith Performance Sprayers R200 is the best two-gallon sprayer on the market and is a strong contender for the model you should choose if you don’t need a backpack solution, but still, need up o two gallons of capacity per use. This model is designed to make life easier. Each pump is up to 25 percent more efficient than those on other models, which means you can get up to speed with less time and effort. It also comes with a lock-on nozzle, so if you’re constantly spraying, your hands will feel less fatigued when you’re done.
Like the previous model, this one comes with four nozzles, though it’s a slightly different set, which arguably makes this model the best pump sprayer for weeds. It’s also far easier to store than the previous model, which is good news for people pressed for storage space. One small problem with this model is that it has unclear fill lines. If you need specific measurements, then you may want to do your mixing in a different container and then pour it into this one. This is the best overall two-gallon sprayer, and it does enough to earn second place.
If you need a two-gallon sprayer, but don’t want to pay through the roof to get it, then you should check out the Chapin International 26021XP. This model earns the title of best for the money on our list, due to its great overall value, and price that is far lower than the top two models on our list. This sprayer comes with a wide mouth, which makes adding chemicals easy, and reduces the chances of spills. It also comes with a three-stage filtration system. That keeps the internal components clear and reduces wear, extending this model’s life. It also comes with three nozzles, which is not as many as other models, but enough to give you some versatility.
What keeps this model out of the top two is its poor overall durability. If you’re an occasional sprayer, you would probably get a few years of use from this model. However, if you’re looking for a model that you could use a couple of times per week, you would probably be disappointed with how long this model lasted. Still, there’s a lot of potential here for someone who needs to do occasional work and wants to get a good deal.
The Solo 418 One-Hand sprayer is a good discount model. It’s small and light enough that you can use it with one hand. If you don’t need two full gallons of capacity in a single-use, this model is a good choice. It’s far lighter than most competing models, and you can use it with a single hand, so it’s a low-intensity garden sprayer. It comes with a drip guard and can be used at many different tangles without jamming, so you should be able to get in and out of tight spaces without spilling any of its contents on yourself. It also costs about half of what you’d end up paying for our third-place model.
However, that low price comes with some significant downsides. Chief among these is the fact that it only comes with one nozzle. For some people, that won’t matter, as they won’t need the different spraying modes in their garden. Others will lament the lack of fine control. This model also suffers from poor durability. It’s cheap enough that you could replace it frequently without making harming your budget, but at some point, you’ll probably want to upgrade to a model with better longevity.
The HOMEDECISION 3L Lawn Pump is a decent lightweight option that won’t be hard to carry around but also provides the option to have a sprayer attachment. This model’s sprayer comes with an adjustable nozzle, which allows you to spray in a concentrated, long-distance stream, or a diffuse mist that will land within a few feet of the nozzle. That gives you the option to work with weed killer, bug spray, or liquid fertilizer with equal efficacy. It also weighs less than three pounds, which means anyone should be able to use it.
However, it suffers from some significant design problems. The pump handle is also the carrying handle, and it extends when you use it as a carrying handle, which can make the whole device cumbersome. The nozzle also tends to drip, which can lead to you accidentally getting the contents on yourself. Finally, it lacks instructions, so you can’t learn anything about this model that you can figure out on your own. It’s not too complex, but everything should include a user manual. Overall, this model is cheap, but it doesn’t work very well and is frustrating to use, so it only earns last place on our list.
Hopefully, our reviews have already led you to a model that you think you’ll love. Of course, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a garden sprayer, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t been able to make that decision just yet. This buyer’s guide is designed to help you understand some of the thinking that went into our reviews, while also helping you learn about garden sprayers in general so that you can know everything you need to know about these models before you buy. It’s also a good resource for people who want to get a good deal on their next purchase, as we walk you through how to find the models that are right for you and get one of those for as little as possible.
If you’re in the market for a new garden sprayer, you may not know that you have an option between three transportation methods for your sprayer. Each type varies in key areas, so understanding the differences between them is an important first step in finding the model that is right for you.
Handheld sprayers are ones that you carry around without any assistance. They typically have a handle on the top that you use to move them around, or they’re small enough that you don’t need a handle to carry them around. They tend to be the cheapest models, by far, so if you’re looking to save some money, this is a good category in which to shop.
Backpack models are the way to go when a handheld sprayer isn’t going to have enough capacity. They’re the best choice for people who will be spraying large areas for at least half an hour at a time. The best backpacks evenly distribute the weight, making it feel like less of a strain. They also tend to come with a lot of options when it comes to nozzles.
Wheeled garden sprayers should be your go-to if you’re going to be covering a very large area and need to work for long periods without refilling. Their tanks are large enough that you wouldn’t want to have them on their back, and they also produce the best pressure out of all models. However, they’re overkill if you’re going to be treating a small area or need to spray infrequently.
How much capacity you need depends on how much area you need to cover at once, and how much spraying your task requires. For example, treating the occasional weed in a home garden probably calls for a handheld sprayer. If you’re working on a multi-acre lot, you may want to get a backpack model, so that you can do the whole thing without stopping. Or, if you’re going to be working in a multi-acre lot multiple times per week, you’ll probably want a wheeled model, so that you put less stress on your body and don’t have to refill often.
However, there are a range of available device available within each category. You can find handheld models that hold a few gallons of liquid, or less than half a gallon. You can find backpack models that hold four gallons, or less, which means that there’s some overlap between the two categories. Generally speaking, if it’s close, capacity-wise, the comfort of a backpack model means that going with one of those over a handheld model is a good choice.
It’s also important that you consider the kinds of nozzles that will come with your new garden sprayer. The more nozzles you have, the more tasks you can do, which greatly increases the value you get out of your purchase. However, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend a lot of extra money on nozzles you’re not going to use.
The biggest difference from one nozzle to the next is the area that it can cover in a single pass. Models that come with multiple nozzles tend to come with three or four, with one very narrow, direct nozzle, which is good for spraying herbicides on weeds. At the other extreme will be a nozzle which is primarily used for spraying pesticide and features a very broad application. The nozzles in the middle will be neither as wide or as narrow as the first two, and that means that they often form a happy medium point between specific application and application speed.
There are two major pump types, and they differ greatly in price and what you can do with them.
The first type is the diaphragm pump. The diaphragm pump is the more durable of the two types, and you should expect minimal budging or breaches due to pressure in this pump type. They have the widest range of accepted materials, and can take liquids, water-soluble solutions, but can also handle wettable powders. These powders don’t ever full dissolve, but instead, stay solid while they sit in the water. Those solids will wear down other pump types very quickly.
The second type is the piston pump. The piston pump is far cheaper and is consequently the kind that’s most frequently found on handheld sprayers. It doesn’t do well with wettable powders, so if you’re looking to use those chemicals, you’ll probably want to invest in a model with a diaphragm pump. However, these pumps do great with water-soluble chemicals and liquids, so you can spray to your heart’s content when using those.
Sometimes when people shop online, they get too focused on how much something costs. However, we all know that buying the cheapest available model can lead to problems down the road. Sometimes those models don’t work well, or breakdown prematurely.
If you want better value than that, it’s important to think about the experience that you’re looking to have. Figure out what you would need to be able to do with your garden sprayer, and then figure out which features would best make that happen. Then, you can create a list of all the models that have those features.
Then, it’s a good idea to choose the cheapest model off that list. It has all the features you need to have a great experience. But, you’re also getting those features for the lowest price, so you’re getting the best value for your money, without spending extra on features that you’re unlikely to use.
The Field King Professional 190328 is the best overall garden sprayer due to its backpack design, inclusion of four nozzles, and no-leak design. The Smith Performance Sprayers R200 also comes with four nozzles, a lock-on handle, and easy pumping, which makes it the best pump sprayer for weeds, but hard-to-see fill lines keep it out of first place. The Chapin International 26021XP comes with a wide mouth for easy filling, three nozzles, and a great filtration system, and since you can get it for a low price, it’s the best value for the money on our list. The Solo 418 One-Hand sprayer is cheap, can be used with one hand and comes with a drip guard, but its lack of interchangeable nozzles and poor durability means that it only earns a fourth place. The HOMEDECISION 3L Lawn Pump includes an adjustable nozzle and is relatively lightweight, but its dipping, odd design problems and lack of instructions cause it to drop to fifth place on our list.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you understand the world of garden sprayers. Armed with this information, you should be able to find the model that works best for you.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!