In this guide we’ll take a look at the best watering cans for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, water capacity and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Watering Can?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
A charming duck-egg-blue can perfect for seedlings and houseplants!
This Haws Heritage Watering Can has a delightfully pretty duck-egg-blue design with a traditionally classic shape. It’s made from durable recyclable plastic and has a capacity of 1 L. It’s perfect for watering seedlings and houseplants, especially thanks to its fine-spray rose head. A charming and sweet can for both the home and greenhouse!
Things to Know Before Buying a Watering Can
Whilst a garden hose might be the ‘go-to’ tool of choice for a lot of people when it comes to watering the plants and flowerbeds, there are times when only a watering can will do.
Watering cans are invaluable in the green house, when taking care of seedlings, and also when looking after those precious house plants. They’re also a great way to get kids involved with the gardening (and if that means that they happen to take care of some of the watering so you don’t have to… well, who are we to complain!).
Also, watering cans are essential if you have an allotment that doesn’t allow hoses or, of course, when we experience that classic summer hosepipe ban. They can easily be filled up from a water butt, plus using a can as opposed to a hose makes us more conscious of our water consumption.
Not sure what to look for when searching for the best watering can? The following tips will help you make an informed purchase:
‘Rose’ is the rather charming name for the attachment which can be placed on the spout of the can and looks a bit like a colander.
It’s really one of the most important features of the watering can, as it allows you to produce a fine spray that gently waters your plants without flooding them, damaging their leaves or disrupting their roots.
Some cans have a removable rose which is handy if you require both a fine spray and a steady pour. In this case, choose a rose that attaches securely to the spout so that it doesn’t fall off or leak. Reading reviews can be a good way to assess how secure or leaky a particular rose might be. A removable rose is also easy to clean, particularly helpful if you live in a hard water area where you may suffer from limescale build up.
There are a few different styles of rose available, and they will prove useful for different jobs:
A long spout rose, or angled rose, is best for potted plants and hanging baskets.
A rose with small, fine holes will be suitable for seedlings and growing cuttings.
A watering can is usually made from plastic, metal, or ceramic.
Plastic is the most affordable option, and plastic cans are much lighter than other materials. They are easy on the hands and won’t dent or rust. The downside to plastic is that they can split over time, especially if they are left out in the sun.
Metal watering cans are another popular choice. These are usually painted and are very durable. The downside is they can be heavy and can rust over time. Metal watering cans are available in a range of sizes, but you might want to avoid getting too big a metal can if you feel it will be too heavy when filled with water.
Other material options include copper and ceramic. Copper and ceramic watering cans tend to be used for decoration and gentle watering of house plants.
Watering cans are available in a huge range of sizes to suit your garden or household.
Those designed for indoor plants are often smaller, with a capacity of less than 1 L.
Watering cans of around 1 L are also the most suitable for children, and it can be great to have an option for them to use around the garden. Not least because because the kids might even help you get some of the watering done faster!
Medium-size watering cans are suitable for smaller gardens, these tend to have a capacity of around 5 L. They’re not too heavy to carry when full, but you won’t find yourself having to stop to re-fill continuously.
Very large watering cans with a capacity of 10 L+ are also available. On the surface these often seem like a good idea, the more water, the less trips to the tap to re-fill! However, the caveat is that the higher the capacity of your watering can, the heavier it’ll be once full. If you’re up for a bit of a workout, this could be ideal, but if you won’t be able to take advantage of the capacity of a larger can, better not to waste money and get something smaller.
You’ll honestly be spoilt for choice when it comes to the design of your watering can.
These aren’t only used as a practical tool for keeping your plants healthy, they’re also frequently decorative and stylish; often adorned with colourful illustrations and designs.
Watering cans be designed to look modern, quaint, kooky or all-out entertaining (here’s looking at you, Esschert Design Flamingo Watering Can). Whether you’re looking for something entirely practical, or a statement piece, something that will look stylish on your conservatory’s shelf, or be a decorative feature in your garden, there will be a watering can to match your expectations!
When it comes to practical designs, there are a few features to look out for that can makes watering cans more comfortable or easy to use. Double handled watering cans may be easier to use if you lack strength, and they can also be used by children. A metal can will be heavier than a plastic one, so this is also something to bear in mind. Plus, some more decorate cans may not be quite as comfortable to use as other designs and probably won’t come with attachments like a rose.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Watering Can Reviews
Haws Heritage Watering Can Review
This Haws Heritage Watering Can has a 1 L capacity making it perfect for taking care of houseplants or seedlings.
It’s a really sweet little watering can with a classic shape, made from duck-egg-blue recyclable plastic. In my opinion there’s nothing better than a watering can that also makes a lovely decorative feature when not in use!
It has a removable rose which can be attached to the body so you don’t lose it. The rose creates a nice fine spray when watering, making it perfect for seedlings – they won’t be inadvertently drenched!
This can is engineered in England from premier-grade recyclable plastic. A design choice that more companies should really start making! It will give you years of use and will not have to fill up landfill when you eventually choose to part with it.
This sturdy little can is a pleasure to use and looks fantastic sitting on the windowsill. It’s the best watering can available for seedlings and indoor houseplants!
Fallen Fruits Watering Can Review
This Fallen Fruits Watering Can has an extremely stylish contemporary design. The handle and spout are formed from the same piece of metal which seemingly ‘flows’ in from one side and out the other. It’s attractive and modern, made from sturdy stainless steel.
There’s no two ways about it – this watering can will look fantastic on a shelf or windowsill when not in use.
It’s particularly ideal for houseplants or small potted plants outdoors. The long thin nozzle makes it ideal for tiny plants like cacti and succulents; you can direct the water straight to the roots.
Due to its design, it can be a little tricky to totally empty the last bit if water.
This is a stylish and practical watering can, another one of the best watering cans for indoor watering.
Haws Deluxe Watering Can Review
Now we’re moving on to larger garden watering cans.
I was fed up with cheap watering cans with loose-fitting, plastic roses. These products invariably had a very heavy spray that dribbled, and the rose would often fall off in the middle of watering.
On deciding it was time for an upgrade, I chose the the Haws Deluxe Watering Can because after researching I found it to be the best watering can on the market.
This watering can is attractive, sturdy and stylishly red. It is made from tough, injection-moulded plastic and the rose is made of brass. It has a capacity of 7 L which is just the right amount; you’re not running back to the tap every 5 seconds but it’s also not too heavy to lift when full either.
The top opening large making it easy to fill. Also, because it doesn’t have a top handle you don’t struggle to manoeuvre it under the tap which can be annoying.
It is well balanced, and the brass rose produces a fine, even spray. It’s made in England, and replacement roses are available.
This may not be the cheapest watering can, but it is well designed and built to last for years making it one of the best watering cans available.
Esschert Design Flamingo Watering Can Review
If you’ve ever seen a more fun watering can, I’d love to see it!
This Esschert Design Flamingo Watering Can adds something special to your garden. It is ideal for children as well as adults, adding a fun and quirky touch to watering plants that you never knew you were missing – until now!
One slight word of caution when using this delightful feathered friend: it does splash a bit when you pour, so I wouldn’t recommend it for indoor use.
It also only pours as there is no rose, so it’s not suitable for delicate plants or seedlings.
If you want something fun for the garden, which will keep you and the kids grinning as you water the flowerbeds, this quirky can is a perfect choice. Just do bear in mind that it might result in a few splashes
Ward Watering Can with Rose Review
This Ward Watering Can with Rose is a sturdy, practical can with a 10-L capacity.
The round top opening makes it relatively easy to fill, though the handle does get in the way a bit when filling it at a sink. It is made of a durable plastic and is an attractive dark green colour.
Its not the most beautiful design but it does a good job and the rose seems to stay put better than with many similar cans. It has a good flow, and the fine plastic rose provides a nice even sprinkle. It is quite heavy when completely filled so be careful when lifting.
All in all, a good practical watering can for a very reasonable price.
Apples to Pears Singing Duck Watering Can Review
This Apples to Pears Singing Duck Watering Can is absolutely charming – it acts as a beautiful ornament in the home or garden when not in use, whilst also being extremely practical!
It’s made from long-lasting galvanized metal, and is handmade in India making each product unique.
This fun, striking watering can holds 1 L of water – perfect for houseplants or a few pots in the garden.
Undeniably, it will become an excellent talking point in your garden, bound to make you smile and likely to become a well-loved addition to the household.
Now, I know, you probably didn’t come here expecting to find such a quirky watering can – but you’ve got to agree; it’s one of the best watering cans around because it’s just so charming and fun!
Gardman Metal Watering Can Review
This Gardman Metal Watering Can adds a certain rustic charm to the garden.
It’s made from powder-coated galvanised steel with copper painted details which create a chic, industrial look.
The large 9-L capacity is great for limiting excessive trips to the tap BUT do be careful when lifting as it is quite heavy when full. The top handle may be folded down for storage and therefore doesn’t get in the way when filling.
The double handle makes it easier to lift than some other metal watering cans, so with two hands you may find the filled weight is easier to manage.
This is certainly the best watering can if you are particularly looking for one with a large capacity.
CrazyGadget Steel Watering Can Review
This CrazyGadget Steel Watering Can is made from sturdy galvanised steel and has a practical, large opening at the top which makes it easy to fill.
It’s been cleverly designed, with the handle situated in front of the opening so that it doesn’t get in the way under a tap.
The capacity is 9 L which is excellent for jobs that have to be done far from the tap – but do be wary about how heavy 9 L of water can be! Its traditional brass rose is removable, so you can choose whether you want a sprinkling or ‘pour’ of water.
The carry handle is adjustable and may be folded down for storage. Again, the double handle makes it easier to carry as you can use both hands.
This is a sturdy, attractive watering can which is affordable and long lasting.
Watering Can FAQs
You may leave a watering can out year-round, although it will likely shorten its lifespan somewhat. A plastic can is probably better if you have no dry place to store it over winter, a metal can will rust if it isn’t able to dry out. Choose one made from a sturdy durable plastic and keep it in a shady place if possible – sunlight can also cause plastic cans to degrade.
This depends on the material used, but you should generally try to place your watering can in a dry area while avoiding direct sunlight, especially on very hot days. Watering cans can be stored both inside and out, but it’s best to keep metal cans out of the rain.
For hanging plants, a watering can with a long spout is best. If the basket hangs too high for you to reach, you’ll have to lower it to water it properly.
Begin to pour water onto the soil slowly, until you see the water start to flow from the drainage holes. Keep your feet out of the way! When the water flows through, the soil is fully saturated and you can stop watering.
I recommend watering indoor hanging plants in the sink or bath to avoid flooding your home!
Even if your favourite watering can goes rusty, you can still use it! In fact, many people prefer more of a rustic look!
A rusty watering can won’t harm your plants, so water just as you would normally but mind that it is not uncomfortable on your hands.