Watering cans are the quintessential garden tool – they’ve been used by gardeners to water plants for hundreds of years.
Traditionally made from metal or ceramic, these days watering cans are often from plastic, which makes them lightweight and durable. They feature a main tank in which the water is contained, and a spout with a rose head, which disperses the water as you pour.
Whether you choose a classic metal design, or a brightly-coloured plastic watering can, they all do the same job – allowing you to carry water and apply it to your plants, at a lower pressure than a hose. You can also use a watering can to administer plant feed, to further help your plants to grow.
To help you choose the best watering can for your requirements, we’ve selected our 5 favourite options on the market. This is based on their appearance, capacity and user-friendliness – as well as the all-important, value for money.
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With one of these stylish watering cans at your fingertips, you’ll be counting down the days until watering time.
Our best watering can is lightweight and durable, with a large 10 litre capacity that means you can water lots of plants before refilling
This Big Green Watering Can from Geli has an impressive 10 litre capacity, which allows you to water plenty of plants between each refill. This makes it an ideal option for larger gardens, and those with lots of greenery to maintain.
The watering can is available in a dark green colour (to match your plants, and fingers!) or a bright red, which you can be sure will never be lost amongst your shrubs. It has measurements on the side, which allow you to see how much water you have left – although you may need to hold the can up to the light to get a good view.
The rose head on the end of the spout is fast-flowing, and creates a wide sprinkle pattern, that’s ideal for thoroughly watering several plants at once. The rose is also detachable, so you have the option of pouring the water directly from the spout, if required.
The plastic construction of this watering can makes it a robust and durable option, whilst still being lightweight. The large handle means it’s relatively easy to carry around your garden, even when full. It can, however, be a little difficult to fill from a tap, as the handle is directly over the hole, so you might want to use a hosepipe for this instead.
Overall, this is a lightweight, versatile and durable watering can, with a large capacity that should fulfil all your watering needs.
- Made from robust plastic.
- Stylish green colour.
- Large 10 litre capacity means fewer refills.
- Detachable rose, for multiple pouring options.
- Large handle, for easy tipping.
- Measurements on the outside allow you to see how much water is left.
- Lightweight and easy to carry.
- Ideal for bigger gardens.
- Rose is fast-flowing – some may prefer one with finer holes.
- Watering can is a little awkward to fill from a tap, as the handle is directly over the filling hole.
- Can be difficult to see the internal water level, without holding the watering can up to the light.
This low-priced, compact watering can is all you will need for watering a few house plants, or a small herb garden
If you’ve only got a few house plants or seedlings to water, this compact Ward Woodstock Watering Can might be just right for the job – and it comes with a very reasonable price tag.
With a small 1 litre capacity, this miniature watering can is ideal for indoor use, and can be easily stored under the kitchen sink, or on the windowsill, ready to water your herb garden when required.
The watering can is made in the UK, from recycled plastic materials. It is ultra-lightweight, which makes it very easy to lift and pour the water on your plants and soil, even when full.
Unfortunately, there is no rose head on the spout (although you could provide your own), which means you only have one option for pouring the water, and it isn’t dispersed into droplets. The finish on the watering can could also be better, as several online users comment on the sharp edges, and even small holes where there shouldn’t be any.
If you want to water a large number of plants, or disperse the water into droplets, it would be worth spending a little more for a larger model with a rose. However, if you only have a few indoor plants to water, this watering can should be perfectly adequate and is highly affordable.
- Made from durable plastic.
- Small 1 litre capacity, ideal for seedlings and potted plants.
- Perfect for indoor use.
- Easy to transport and store.
- Made in the UK, from recycled materials.
- Low price.
- No rose head on the spout.
- Not large enough for bigger gardens and outdoor use.
- Finish on the product is not the best.
A small and stylish pastel watering can, that’s ideal for tending to indoor plants, orchids and seedlings
Our next watering can, this Haws V127SK model, is another small option, specifically designed for indoor use. In fact, with a 700ml capacity, this one is even more compact than our value pick – but we would argue that it’s also a lot more visually appealing.
It’s made from durable, injection-moulded plastic, but features a more classic style, and is finished in a light, pastel blue colour, which makes it stand out from the sea of green watering cans commonly found in garden centres.
As a further stylish touch, the watering can also has brass detailing, including a brass-faced rose on the end of the spout. This rose is also removable, so you can choose to pour a steady stream of water, or disperse it through the head.
Given the stylish aesthetic, you may well want to keep this out on display, but if not, the small size means you can easily store it away when not in use. You should find it’s all you need for watering a few potted plants, or a windowsill garden, and the manufacturer specifically recommends it for orchids, African violets and seedlings.
This is another one that’s incredibly lightweight and easy to lift, even when full of water, and could also be a great option for less physically-able gardeners. Ultimately, we’d recommend this stylish blue watering can for anyone looking for a good-looking, practical and compact option, for indoor use.
- Made from durable, injection-moulded plastic.
- Small size is suitable for watering potted house plants.
- Classic style and attractive light blue colour.
- Brass-faced, removable rose head.
- Ideal for indoor use.
- Lightweight, compact and easy to store.
- Made in England.
- Only suitable for indoor use, and not large enough to water many plants at once.
This novelty watering can has a funky pink flamingo design, that makes it a great gift or home accessory, as well as a functional garden tool
For something a little more fun, take a look at this Flamingo Watering Can by Esschert Design – we defy anyone to resist these tropical vibes!
With its colourful, pink flamingo design, this unique watering can would make an ideal gift for a fun-loving gardener on a birthday or Mother’s Day, and could also be a good way to encourage children to get involved in gardening.
At 28 x 14 x 30 cm, it’s just about large enough to be able to water a collection of indoor house plants, whilst still being small enough to easily fit in storage – although we can’t see why you’d ever want to hide this funky bird away.
That being said, this watering can is a bit more style than substance – the design isn’t very user-friendly, and the hole the water pours from is located too far up the beak of the flamingo, making it difficult to aim the flow.
Due to the design, the water also comes out in a continuous flow, and there is no rose or sprinkler head to disperse the water into droplets. This might deter more serious gardeners, who would prefer a more functional watering can.
If you’re a relaxed gardener, who wants to have fun whilst taking care of your plants, we’d absolutely recommend this quirky option. Otherwise, you’ll probably prefer something a little more practical.
- Made from durable plastic.
- Funky, novelty flamingo design.
- Ideal as gift for a fun-loving gardener.
- Also a great option for children.
- Add a tropical touch to your garden.
- Not very practical – hole for pouring water is not in the best place.
- No rose/sprinkler head to disperse the water as you pour.
- Not large enough for outdoor use, or to water lots of plants at once.
A classic-style, small watering can, made from recycled plastic, and finished in a charming duck egg blue
This Heritage Watering Can in Duck Egg Blue by Haws features a classic style, similar to that of the other Haws watering can we’ve featured here. It has the same small 0.7 litre capacity, but a slightly different shape, with a taller, diamond-patterned container.
The 700ml capacity again makes it suitable for indoor use, or for watering a few potted plants or seedlings. The small size also makes the watering can lightweight, portable and easy to store when not in use – although the stylish duck egg blue colour means you’re likely to want it out on display. It’s also the perfect size for children.
A rose head for the watering can ensure that the water pours in a fine spray, and it can also be removed if you prefer a heavier stream. The watering can is made in England from recycled plastic, which makes it hard-wearing and durable.
To further put your mind at ease, there’s a 3-year guarantee from the manufacturer, in case of any faults or quality issues. This watering can isn’t as affordable as some, and it won’t be large enough for any serious watering tasks – but it’s a great option for indoor use, and doubles as an attractive home accessory.
- Made from premium, recycled plastic.
- Small 700ml capacity is ideal for indoor use.
- Stylish, classic design.
- Pretty duck-egg blue colour (other colours also available).
- Removable fine spray rose head.
- Made in England.
- 3-year guarantee.
- Too small to use for many plants, or to effectively water flower beds outside.
Can You Use Plant Feed In A Watering Can?
Most plant feeds can be administered using a watering can. Depending on the type of feed, you can either pour it directly from the watering can onto your plants, or you can mix it with water in the can first.
Choose a plant feed with the best nutrient composition for your plants, and always follow the dilution and dosage guidance provided by the manufacturer of your chosen plant feed. Generally speaking, you should only feed your plants before and during the growing season.
When applying any plant feed, you should do so little and often, being careful not to apply too much at once, as this can scorch the plant’s roots. Use a liquid plant feed for potted plants, to avoid overdosing them.
How Many Litres Does A Typical Watering Can Hold?
Most watering cans have a maximum capacity of between 2 and 10 litres. For larger gardens and outdoor use, a 10-litre model is appropriate, as you won’t need to refill it as often as a smaller watering can.
For indoor gardens, windowsill planters and house plants, it is also possible to purchase miniature watering cans, which hold as little as 0.5 litres. These can also be useful for watering plants in awkward, hard-to-reach places, and are small enough to be easily stored when not in use.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.