Owing to the fact we’ve had the driest July on record, a hosepipe ban has been announced in southern England, which comes into effect on Friday 12 August, and will remain in place until further notice.
If it’s left you wondering how you’re going to keep your garden or greenhouse well hydrated, the good news is you can still use a watering can – and you’ve come to the right place for finding the perfect one.
Watering cans are a great choice, particularly when it comes to watering the plants that don’t appreciate getting completely drenched.
Whether filled from a tap or a water butt, they also help you keep an eye on water usage – especially useful for homes that run water meters.
When it came to testing the best watering cans for indoor and outdoor use, we took into account design, functionality, and price.
The best watering cans for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Kent & Stowe watering can deep violet: £24.99, Marshallsgarden.com
- Best for an allotment – Gardman green watering can: £12.99, Marshallsgarden.com
- Best for larger gardens – Kent & Stowe galvanised metal watering can: £30.81, Toolden.co.uk
- Best for traditional homes – Haws the rowley ripple: £64.99, Haws.co.uk
- Best for serious gardeners – Haws the warley fall: £74.99, Haws.co.uk
- Best for small gardens – Burgon & Ball waterfall outdoor watering can in slate: £33.99, Burgonandball.com
- Best for greenhouses – Burgon & Ball greenhouse & indoor can in buttermilk: £26.99, Burgonandball.com
- Best for indoor use – Room for Roots bohemian green watering can: £20, Roomforroots.co.uk
Kent & Stowe watering can deep violet
With its stunning livery, who could not fall in love with this can? This 4.5-litre can is the perfect size for pottering around the patio, and means it’s not too heavy when it’s full up. The rose screws on the end, so is not going to come off easily, and the water flow is even. The two handles make for easy watering – the folding top handle is handy for carrying, while the side handle allows for great balance when pouring. It’s also a good price for such a stunning can. If purple is not your thing it also comes in green, blue, cream and galvanised finishes.
Gardman green watering can
Best: For allotments
This no-nonsense tough plastic can holds a huge 10 litres. It’s the sort of can that you can throw down, bash against containers and generally treat quite badly, and it will still stand up and do the job for you. Perfect for allotment growing, as you can make one trip to the water tap and get great coverage over a large area. The rose delivers a wide flow – ideal for coverage of large containers and borders. It’s light too, which makes a full can easy to handle. It might not win any prizes for fancy design, but it’s a good, straightforward, no-nonsense can.
Kent & Stowe galvanised metal watering can
Best: For larger gardens
- Capacity: 9l
This large metal watering can has a great vintage look, thanks to its galvanised finish, complemented by a copper strip around the base. The rose screws – rather than pushes – on the end of the spout, so it won’t get lost in a hurry, and pours nicely, while it holds a good nine litres, so you won’t have to keep filling it up. The only downside for us was the top foldable handle. This is useful for carrying a full can, but on our test mode it wasn’t tight enough and kept flopping over when we were watering. Still, it’s good value for a large can that looks this good.
Haws the rowley ripple
Best: For traditional homes
- Capacity: 1.1l
This can certainly makes a statement! Its copper livery is complemented by a brass Haws stamp and rose. Its traditional look would look at home in a traditional cottage – or a modern home where copper accents are de rigueur. Its size makes it ideal for a plant-filled conservatory or a smaller greenhouse.
So, it looks great – but how is it in action? That lovely brass rose delivers the most delightful fine spray which is ideal for seeds, or you can take off the rose for a direct delivery of water from the spout.
Haws the warley fall
Best: For serious gardeners
- Capacity: 9l
This Haws can, with its traditional styling, solid build and racing green livery with brass rose, looks like something a gardener would use for years and years. The extra long spout is perfect for reaching the back of borders and the rose delivers a superfine rainfall spray. This can carries a huge two gallons (or 9l), so keeps watering when most other cans have stopped. Because of this it’s made for two-handed operation – this allows for very targeted watering, but you do need some strength to handle it. The Haws cans come beautifully packaged, which makes them ideal as gifts for the dedicated gardener.
Burgon & Ball waterfall outdoor watering can in slate
Best: For small gardens
- Capacity: 5l
This lovely looking can comes in a fashionable grey colour. Its slimline body is useful if you want to tuck it away somewhere, although it looks so good you will probably want it out on display when not in use! The handle is surprisingly comfortable for a metal one, with a rolled edge to stop it cutting into your palm, and it’s still quite light even when full of water. The rose spray offers a gentle watering action so won’t drown plants, but is very wide, so not so great for medium and small size pots.
Burgon & Ball greenhouse & indoor can in buttermilk
Best: For small greenhouses
- Capacity: 1.7l
Good looking enough to sit on a display shelf when not in use, this dainty indoor water can designed by Sophie Conran has a stylish tapered spout, which allows for precise watering – vital for indoor watering to avoid puddles and spills! Its slim handle is surprisingly comfortable and the can is lightweight even when full to the brim. The design, a blend of contemporary and traditional, allows for controlled watering, even though there is no rose. A can deserving of a place on the windowsill in any stylish home or greenhouse.
Room for Roots bohemian green watering can
Best: For indoor use
- Capacity: 750ml
This lovely little watering can look as good on the shelf as its matching planter. This stoneware can, which holds 750ml of water, makes a change from the metal and painted options, and its glazed green finish has a touch of the Seventies about it. Small, and quite lightweight, your houseplants will get quite a solid watering from such a small object. This one also comes in yellow.