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Garden Watering Cans: Buyer’s Guide

February 11, 2023

What to know about watering cans before you buy

There’s just something about having a nice watering can in the garden that adds to the overall joy. There’s nothing I love better than a summer or spring morning, filling up the can and watering my pots. It’s relaxing, soothing and just soaks away the stress.

Garden watering cans are an essential tool for any gardener. Whether you’re just starting out or an old pro, having the right watering can can make all the difference. When shopping for a watering can, there are several factors to consider, such as indoor or outdoor use, material, capacity, spout and design. Here’s a guide to help you choose the right watering can for your needs.

Indoor or Outdoor Use

The first factor to consider is whether you’ll be using your watering can indoors or outdoors. Indoor watering cans are typically smaller and made of lightweight materials such as plastic or metal. They’re perfect for watering houseplants, seed trays on a window sill or smaller garden beds. Outdoor watering cans, on the other hand, are usually larger and made of heavier materials like metal or galvanized steel. These are great for larger gardens and can hold more water.


The material of your watering can is also important. Plastic is the most common material used in watering cans, but metal or galvanized steel can be more durable and last longer. Many indoor cans also come in copper, for those that want an aesthetically pleasing addition to their decor. Plastic can be prone to cracking or breaking, so if you’re looking for a more long-term solution, metal or galvanized steel is a better choice.

We love our Haws watering cans here at Celtic Farm

Water Capacity

The size of your watering can also matters. If you have a larger garden or are watering multiple plants, you’ll need a larger capacity than someone with a smaller garden or fewer plants. Smaller cans typically hold up to 1.5 gallons of water, while larger cans can hold up to 5 gallons.

Spout or Rose

The type of spout is also important, and top of the line cans have a brass rose that spinkles the water for broader application and a gentle stream. Traditional spouts are great for watering larger plants or garden beds, while angled spouts are better for getting into tight spaces. Long spouts can help you reach further, while short spouts are great for watering smaller plants.


Finally, consider the design of the watering can. Modern designs often have ergonomic handles for easier carrying, while traditional designs are more classic. Many watering cans also come in a variety of colors, so you can choose one that best suits your garden. The English style watering can is traditional and classic. See our Haws English Watering Can selection.

When it comes to choosing the right watering can, there are a number of factors to consider. From indoor or outdoor use to material, capacity, spout and design, your watering can should fit your needs and style. Hopefully, with this guide, you’ll be able to find the perfect watering can for your garden.

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