Ultimate Hose Nozzle: Product Review
In spring of 2012, I bought the Ultimate Hose Nozzle (from Bon-Aire Industries) at the Fairfield County Home Show. All of the gardening nozzles I’d used the previous summer had broken – I dropped one on the driveway and it cracked, one literally fell apart, and the third one stopped spraying in any pattern other than a strong jet – so I was looking for something different that might be a little sturdier.
Built to Last
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle certainly is different and, with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer, it promised to be a lot sturdier than the typical hose nozzle. I started using the nozzle in April and, despite being left out in the dirt, trampled on, run over by the lawn mower, dropped on a brick walkway, and generally mistreated, it held up well over the summer. I then left it out in the garden all winter and, surprise, surprise, it still works perfectly.
Easy to Use
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle is made out of high-grade stainless steel, non-corroding brass, reinforced fiberglass, and Santoprene rubber – it’s definitely built to last. The nozzle is very well-designed and engineered – the O-rings inside it prevent leaking, there’s a cool two-way shut-off feature that allows you to turn off the flow of water by twisting the nozzle in either direction, you can take it apart with a 5/32″ Hex to clean and re-lube if desired, and you can even get replacement parts directly from the manufacturer (when you buy your hose nozzle, there’ll be an insert in the packaging with the contact information for Bon-Aire Industries).
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle comes in a variety of colors (e.g., blue, red, green) and fits any standard 5/8” hose. There are five different spray patterns, depending on how far you twist the end of the nozzle, ranging from a gentle fan to a powerful jet. The jet has come in very handy in knocking aphids off my roses without damaging the plants.
My only quibble with the Ultimate Hose Nozzle is that it works less well with low water pressure, especially on the “mist” setting (it emits bigger water droplets that may damage more delicate plants). However, with normal levels of water pressure, it works very well and is practically indestructible. It’s the best hose nozzle I’ve ever owned for general garden use and my go-to in most watering situations. However, for watering containers and smaller plants, I use the Dramm One Touch Rain Wand instead (here’s the review on the Dramm hose nozzle).
Where to Buy It
The Ultimate Hose Nozzle is sold in both the gardening aisle and/or auto parts department (targeting car owners who like to wash their car at home) so be sure to look in both places. It’s also available on Amazon.
- Durable, five-pattern spray nozzle turns any standard garden hose into multifunction spray tool
- Engineered with aircraft-grade aluminum, stainless steel, fiberglass and comfort-grip soft rubber to withstand years of use
- Fire hose nozzle construction
- Unique patented two-way shut off for added convenience
- 1-year warranty
If you search online, you may find a website called the Ultimate Hose Nozzle. Please note that it’s not associated with Bon-Aire Industries (maker of the nozzle) in any way – it’s simply a site that directs you to Amazon to purchase the nozzle.
I also recommend placing a hose washer at both ends of your garden hose. Not only does it make it easier to unfasten the hose from the nozzle or faucet, but it also prevents leaks. It’s well worth the small investment. Look for a washer that’s made of a softer rubber (rather than a hard plastic) so that it compresses easily. I like these rubber hose washers from Gilmour.
- Dramm One-Touch Rain Wand Hose Nozzle
- Best Garden Hose Nozzles – A review of what to look for when buying a quality hose nozzle, as well as our recommendations to best meet your watering needs
- Best Garden Hoses – A detailed review of the types of hoses, indicators of a quality hose, and our top recommendations
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There is only a 1 year warranty on these – NOT “with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.” Just checked amazon: 1 year warranty only. About as long lasting as all the other nozzles I have to keep replacing. Still on the search for a LIFETIME (or I would be ecstatic with a 5-10 year warranty).
Sears has one identical to this that DOES have a lifetime warranty.
Really Ralf where? what part number? Same name.?
Here ya go:
Craftsman Hose Nozzle Item# 07169040000 | Model# 69040
Thanks for sharing, Ralph!
Has anyone else tried the Crafstman nozzle? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.
Sears says you have a lifetime warranty, but it now takes an act of congress to get a replacement. I spent 30 minutes at the store, then another 45 minutes on the phone from home. They want me to pay for shipping of the sprayer. After all of this, I tossed it in the trash as a matter of principle and started shopping here.
You would be better off buying the same thing without the Craftsman name and save extra cash.
Sorry you had such a hard time, Robin. I guess a brand name doesn’t always translate into great quality or good customer service…
You should look into the ergonomic hand sprayer by Garden Works. It was developed for someone with arthritis who lacks hand strength and it operates by a thumb control which allows you to go from a light spray for window boxes to a heavy spray for cleaning the sidewalk.
Thanks so much for the suggestion, Toni. I’ll see if we can get one to review.
BEST HOSE NOZZEL I’VE EVER OWNED, I PURCHASED FROM THE MARYLAND HOME & GARDEN SHOW OVER 7 YEARS AGO I PURCHASED 2 AND GAVE ONE AS A GIFT. NOW EVERONE IN MY FAMILY WANTS
ONE I KEPT THE CARD FOR LIFETIME WARRANTY
So glad you like it Felicia. I’ve given several as gifts too 🙂 And after 5 years it’s still going strong.
For me a key feature of this kind of nozzle is a strong spray in the ‘medium’ spray pattern which is particularly useful when I wash my car, ‘sweep’ my sidewalks/drivewa, or clean off toolsy. My experience is that normally nozzles like this tend to have more forceful streams throughout their spray pattern spectrum.. The spray from this nozzle might be good for sprinkling purposes but I am disappointed.
Perhaps it’s a water pressure issue, Dave? The ones we’ve tested have been quite forceful throughout the entire range of spray patterns. But they don’t work so well with lower water pressure.
Hi I bought an ultimate hose from an expo in June 2018. the hose is now starting to leak. I was wondering how I can replace it using the life time warranty?
Jo, you’ll have to contact the company directly to see about a replacement. All we do is review products – we’re not affiliated with the company in any way.