Best Garden Sprayer Reviews And Top Pick For 2021

By Harry ! Last Updated: March 01, 2021

Best Garden Sprayer Reviews

If you need a garden sprayer, you want to buy the very best quality you can find. A premium, commercial-grade type sprayer that you can use not only on lawns, but one you also can use for commercial cleaning, sanitizing 

And applying harsh chemicals, and at the same time, will hold up and last for a long time.

The Smith sprayer is our top choice, but we know that every consumer out there loves to have choices. Yet you don't want to spend hours on endless review sites selecting the very best in sprayers and weeding out (pun intended,) those sprayers who didn't quite make the grade.

We've spotlighted the best sprayers available based upon:

  • Bestsellers 
  • Highly Rated
  • Ease of Use
  • Dependability  

We've also included a buying guide on features to look for in the best sprayers.

Quick Picks:

Best Pick

Budget

Overall

Chapin International 26021XP

Smith Contractor 190216

Field King Professional 190328

Why Buy a Garden Sprayer?

Naturally, you buy a garden sprayer in order to spray weed killers, herbicides, and insecticides over your lawn or garden. But you want a sprayer with a few qualities:

Controlling The Flow 

The keys to a quality sprayer begin the controls. You want to have adjustable nozzle action on your sprayer to control flow or direction options, as well as to be able to shut it on or off.

Controlling the flow is extremely important because it controls how much chemicals will be disbursed.

Chemical Resistance

The chemicals used in garden sprayers can be harsh. You don't want to use a herbicide or insecticide and have those same chemicals destroy the seals that keep the chemicals contained within the sprayer

Action 

The action on the sprayer should be smooth and controlled

Capacity

If you have a lawn to spray, for example, you don't want to stop every 15 minutes to refill your sprayer. You want one with sufficient carrying capacity.

Easy Cleaning

You want a unit that breaks down and allows for easy cleaning.

Recommended Top List Our 6 Best Garden Sprayer Reviews

Here Are The Garden Sprayers We Are Reviewing Today

  • 1. Field King Backpack Pump Sprayer
  • 2. MY4SONS Powered Backpack Sprayer Review
  • 3. Smith Pump Sprayer for Weed Killers
  • 4. Chapin Compression Pump Sprayer Review
  • 5. Master Gardener Rechargeable Cart Sprayer.
  • 6. Root Lowell Battery Powered Sprayer

1. Field King Backpack Pump Sprayer - (Editor’s Choice)

This is a Pump Backpack Sprayer which does the work of a piston or diaphragm backpack sprayer.

Capable of pumping out liquid chemicals at 150 PSI, you fill the sprayer with liquid insecticide or herbicide, choose your spray hose, strap it on your back, pump it up and spray.

You do need to pump it every 15 or 20 seconds, but it's and easy, natural motion, and once you pump it again once or twice, it goes up to full PSI capability.

The Field King Professional Sprayer will not leak or drip chemicals on you, shots off instantly, will spray up to 15 to 20 feet when fully pumped, and has internal paddles that will agitate and keep your chemical from clumping inside.

The Field King Sprayer holds 4 gallons of herbicide or insecticide so that you can spray extensive acreage. The adjustable backpack system weighs 12.8 pounds, and even the elderly or petite women can easily wield it when full.

The Field King Professional Sprayer will not leak or drip chemicals on you, shots off instantly, will spray up to 15 to 20 feet when fully pumped, and has internal paddles that will agitate and keep your chemical from clumping inside.

The Field King Sprayer holds 4 gallons of herbicide or insecticide so that you can spray extensive acreage. The adjustable backpack system weighs 12.8 pounds, and even the elderly or petite women can easily wield it when full, although if strength is a factor, petite women or the elderly may need to reduce the amount they load into the sprayer.

A gallon of herbicide or water weighs around 8 pounds, so the total weight of 4 gallons would be around 45 lbs, whereas using two gallons would bring that down to around 29 lbs.

  • This is a wearable backtrack sprayer that pumps up  
  • One of the best features of this system is its reliability and simplicity. Just pump and spray.  

Final Verdict
When it comes to sprayers, simplicity is often the best virtue. And this is what makes the Field King Professional No Leak Pump Backpack Sprayer a great buy.

2. MY4SONS Powered Backpack Sprayer Review

Look Ma, no pumping! The My4sons 4-gallon, battery-powered backpack sprayer, can spray up to 50 tankfuls on a single charge of the battery. So other than refilling, you can literally spray for hours.

The pumping system on the My4Sons sprayer maintains a constant 60 PSI pressure so that you can shoot bursts of insecticide or herbicide up to 30 feet.

The system includes a large assortment of nozzles, including I number of including cone, fan tip, fog, and variable in brass and plastic.

The My4Sons system also includes an 8 amps per hour lead-acid battery which is significantly stronger and more lasting than typical lithium batteries. ,

All of the above sounds great, however, you'll pay a significant price for this sprayer, and unless you own a grape vineyard or something, you'll need to ask yourself if you want to spend that much on a personal sprayer.

One thing notable is that the company does not restrict itself to spraying pesticides and herbicides. They clearly brag about the fact that people can and do use them for cement sealants and staining fences. Most other sprayers caution against using their sprayers for anything but spraying products like Roundup, or possibly liquid bleach or neem oil. This must mean the company has faith in its interior seals.

  • This is a wearable backtrack sprayer that operates on a lead battery  
  • This is designed for heavy duty acreage spraying  

Final Verdict 
If we owned an orchard or ran a pest control service, this would probably be our preferred choice for a sprayer. For the guy or gal with an acre or so to spray a couple of times per year, the unit, and it's price are probably overkill. 

3. Smith Pump Sprayer for Weed Killers - (Editor’s Choice)

First, we love the size and the weight of the Smith Contractor Sprayer. First of all, it's lightweight at only 5 pounds. Added with herbicide or insecticide, we are talking a max weight of around 21 pounds.

This isn't a backpack type sprayer, but it does come with a shoulder strap to bear most of the weight.

The unit is a hand-pumped and is really intended for close groundwork. Which is okay with us. Whoever decided that you need an orchard-sized sprayer or one that shoots 30 feet in the air is probably also selling $4,000 lawn tractors for people with a quarter acre of grass.

Our personal opinion is that a 2-gallon sprayer is an ideal size and weight, for 99 percent of customers.

With a high and low volume fan nozzle, a foaming nozzle and both poly and brass adjustable nozzles, you get everything you need to do the job. And here's the best part, the price.

The Smith is by far the most affordable sprayer on our list. Yes, it will only shoot a stream a few feet. Yes, it won't allow you to do acres at a time, or to use it for unauthorized uses like sealing driveways or wooden decks, but many people who buy Smith Contractor sprayer buy them and use them for several years, at an overall cost of around $5 per year.

  • This is an over-the shoulder, 2-gallon pump sprayer.
  • Made for people with ordinary sized lawns. With 5 different nozzles to spray with.  

Final Verdict 
Most people don't want an expensive unit that needs to be babied or to wreck their backs doing heavy weight lifting. They want a unit that will spray their ordinary garden and lawn, breaks down easily, cleans easily, at a great price.

If you share those thoughts, this is the sprayer for you.

4. Chapin Compression Pump Sprayer Review

At under $40, we'd love to tell you it's our favorite sprayer but it's not.

First, we don't like that you carry it around by the handle. No shoulder strap, no thank you.

In addition, there are more than just a few quality control problems. First of all, the company, buried into their Question and Answers, advises that every year you need to have the o-rings, seals, and hoses serviced.

This would be fine if the company made this obvious upfront. It is clear that the vast majority of customers do not have their unit serviced, and if they did so, would that under $40 price tag balloon to $80?

The vast majority of complaints center around the compressor leaking air, or the hoses leaking, even if the customer swears everything is tight.

Some people seem to love them, and probably this is because they do have a tendency to allow a steady stream of material from the unit, up to around 25 feet so the company says.

But those that don't love their units typically experience leaks with a year of buying, and while compression leaks can be flat out frustrating, getting your hands dirty with pesticide due to a leaky hose connection is a bit much for us.

  • This is a compression based sprayer that pumps up and maintains a steady stream of air.  
  • The units are reasonable priced at under $40.  

Final Verdict
Although some customers love them, we say pass. There are better sprayers out there at this price range. 

5. Master Gardener Rechargeable Cart Sprayer.

This sprayer answers the question if you need an industrial-sized orchard sprayer, why carry one when you can roll it on wheels? And why return back to your truck or whatever to refill a smaller tank when you can get a 9-gallon model?

The main issue, as you would expect, is the $300 price tag. But for those who have been lugging around a 2-gallon or 4-gallon backpack sprayer, rolling your sprayer on wheels and loading it up with nearly 9-gallons of herbicide or insecticide is a no brainier. They wouldn't turn back.

Not that the Master Gardner is perfect. For whatever design reason, those couple of quarts of herbicide won't dispense from the machine. This complaint happened enough that we wouldn't question it.

Another, very common complaint is that customers want a longer hose. Frequently they go to the hardware store, buy 15-foot of hose, and then rig it up to the existing hose which is a standard five-feet. That being said, if you have a lot of acreage, you definitely might consider this in your weed-control arsenal.

A single battery charge lasts around 2 hours, and while a charger is part of the package, having multiple batteries will give you around 4 hours of operation.

  • This is a battery operated sprayer that handles a huge capacity of weed killer.  
  • The price is definitely not for the faint of wallet, but you do get what you pay for.  

Final Verdict
If you want a sprayer that's built like a tank, holds 9 gallons and rolls on wheels, making it easy to navigate, this is the sprayer for you. Just take care of it, as it's a once eery 5-year or so purchase. 

6. Root Lowell Battery Powered Sprayer

For those who want a small, battery-operated unit with about a gallon and a half capacity, there is Root Lowell Sprayer.

This unit uses ordinary 4D batteries to power it, and a set of batteries will last for around 17 gallons of dispersal. That said, the unit does not have a lot of power, so don't expect more than a foot or so of liquid above the wand. 

It is light, at around 4 pounds, so a completely filled unit would weigh around 15 lbs. The unit comes with a carrying strap.

  • A small, 4D battery operated sprayer that handles a a limited capacity of weed killer.  
  • It's small, lightweight, and okay for spot jobs.  

Final Verdict
For the price, we can't recommend this sprayer which comes in just under $50. There are enough complaints about the unit being flimsy that raises up a red flag of caution for us. 

How to Choose the Best Garden Sprayer

How to choose the Best Garden Sprayer

Choosing the best Garden Sprayer is similar, in a way to buying the best lawnmower. If you have a small front or backyard lawn, then an ordinary push gas or electric mower will do. If it a quarter of an acre, perhaps one with a self-propelled engine will be desirable. But if you have an acre to mow, you'll be looking at a riding mower, and if a couple of acres or more, a garden tractor.

In a similar fashion, if you just need a sprayer to treat a small lawn, a backpack, pump operated model that holds around 2 gallons would be perfect. On the other hand, if you have an orchard to deal with, then we're talking about a whole different animal. Our major considerations were:

  • Total weight to be carried or transported
  •  Reliability
  •  Battery operated or pump operated
  •  Buying the right sprayer for your needs
  •  Price

Weight 

Realize that the more gallons your sprayer can hold, the more athletic you need be. A four-gallon backpack type sprayer, completely filled, may weigh 50 lbs or more in total.

This weight is not a problem for the average man in their 40's but for a petite woman or for an elderly man or woman in their late 60's the total weight can be a problem.

Therefore, we favor for the average person, a 2-gallon size sprayer. Yes, you'll need to make more trips to fill it up, but in general, the average person typically only sprays around 2 or 3 times per year, so getting rid of the extra weight is desirable.

Reliability 

All you need to do is read enough customer reviews before you come to the conclusion that many sprayers break down within 6 months or so of operation, and often within a couple of uses.

Some sprayers break down with the O-rings or get shipped units made in China with O-rings that don't fit well. Still, others leak, which is not a good thing when you are carrying a weed killer or other toxic chemical.

Our best advice would be to look for a sprayer which many customers say they get two or three years worth of use for them, or more.

Ixnax On Battery-Operated Sprayers 

With the possible exception of a sprayer designed for orchard use, we're not fond of battery-operated sprayers. The idea, of course, is that you needn't pump it to control your spray. However, most pump-action sprayers are fairly smooth, so that pumping is not that big a deal.

By all means, if you own an orchard, go with a battery-operated sprayer provided its a serious and powerful battery. Otherwise, for a portable unit, any battery type unit is just one more thing that can go wrong. In a sprayer, we prefer simplicity over complexity.

Buy The Sprayer Which Suits Your Needs 

First of all, don't buy a large sprayer if all you need is to spread herbicide or insecticide on your garden and your quarter of an acre land. On the other hand, if you own an orchard and have many trees, buy a multi-gallon sprayer that rolls on wheels. It's worth the investment inconvenience.

Most sprayers will hit a height of about 15 feet. If you need your spray to go higher, then buy an extension attachment if it's available, but to simplify things, most people get onto a 6-foot step ladder.

Price  

For a small acreage sprayer, we set the price barrier at $50 and under. You can pay more, and there are plenty of sprayer manufacturers that will charge more, but we think you can do better.

If you own an orchard, we set the price limit at $300. For one reason, it will buy you a multi-gallon sprayer the rolls on wheels. For another, when operating an orchard, even a small one, you are talking acreages of trees, that need to be fertilized, and watered often, so $300 for a top-notch, multi-gallon sprayer is not a lot of money to spend in the big scheme of things.

Best Garden Sprayer Reviews Buyer’s Guide

Best Garden Sprayer Reviews Buyer’s Guide

Buy a sprayer that fits your needs and is reliable, and comes in at a decent price is our simplified mantra. Ask yourself these questions:

Does it really matter what sprayer I buy? 

The larger your acreage, the more critical it is to buy quality. But even for a small 1/4 acre or less sized property, you want to make sure it has good seals, and neither the hose, nozzle, or chemical container leaks. By far, the number one criteria is whether it leaks. If it leaks, return it.

Are Pump Units Easy To Pump?  

In general, yes, and in fact, they are so easy to pump that is one of the main reasons why we don't recommend battery-operated units unless you own an orchard. That kind of large territory demands would make pumping prohibitive, but if you have 1/2 acre of less, we can't stress how easy and natural most pump-action sprayers are.

Just a few quick pumps every 20 seconds or so, is all it takes. And the best thing is, you'll never have to fool with the batteries.

Can I Use It To Spread Sealant Or Stain 

Most sprayer manufacturers caution against it, and although if it's thin enough, it might work, there are two problems. The first is that if you don't clean out the sprayer thoroughly after use, it may destroy the machine, particularly the O-rings.

The second is, why go for a second class product when you can use a paint sprayer to do the job much more quickly and with better results.

Do Sprayers Have Warranties? 

The answer is yes, they do. However, a warranty is only as good as the company. As one customer of sprayer with a five-year warranty said: "What good is a 5-year warranty if you can't get the company to pick up the phone."

In your research, pay due diligence to reviews about a companies customer service.

Does It Matter How Many Attachments Hose It Comes With? 

Your sprayer should come with a small assortment of sprayer nozzles so you can control the output of the chemical, ie, a small spry, or a wider stream. But generally, you should be concerned more with the build of the sprays. Are they metal, or are they plastic? This is not to say that plastic doesn't work with sprayers. But naturally, metal tips will last longer and be more resistant to chemical spray.

Is There Any Other Factor To Watch For In A Sprayer? 

Yes, and that's ease of cleaning. You should clean your sprayer each time after use. Don't leave unused chemicals in the sprayer and put it away. Always clean it out.

That said, ease of breakdown is important in a sprayer. The easier it is to breakdown and clean, the longer your sprayer will tend to last.

Wrapping Up!

Our clear winner was the Smith Contractor sprayer. I recommend Smith because the price is unbeatable, the sprayer is a manageable 2 gallons, pumping is simplicity itself, the unit is lightweight, you get a variety of nozzle hoses, including metal, and the company is tops for reliability.

These are all qualities which we highlighted earlier in our buying guide. That said, if we owned an orchard, we would go for a multi-gallon model on wheels like the Master Gardener. 

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