The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Lawn Sprinkler that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Lawn Sprinkler that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Lawn Sprinkler. They responded that Area Covered is by far their most important concern, followed by Ease of Use and Features. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Lawn Sprinkler. Based on their answers, The Best model must be oscillating, have variable speeds and a timer function, and be able to hook up to a standard garden hose.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Lawn Sprinklers that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Each Lawn Sprinkler was rated for its Area Covered, Ease of Use, and Features.
To determine the total size of the area that a Garden Sprinkler can water, Institute analysts set each model to its narrowest setting to measure the maximum length of the spray, and then set each model to its widest setting to gauge the maximum width it can cover. These two numbers are multiplied to calculate the total coverage area in feet. Analysts only conduct testing when winds are calm and enough water pressure is available, as these will affect a sprinkler’s results.
Note: these were tested in an area that received 40PSI of water pressure. Results will vary depending on water pressure.
Analysts then took the average of the scores and determined a final Area Covered score.
For each Lawn Sprinkler, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Lawn Sprinkler.
Institute analysts inspected each sample to determine whether it had any of the following features, which made a Lawn Sprinkler easier or more effective to use:
Analysts awarded points for each feature that a model had, weighted according to how important that feature was to consumers. After testing, they calculated an average features score for each sample.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Lawn Sprinkler to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
To keep lawns and gardens healthy and lush, experts recommend watering at least twice a week. An oscillating garden sprinkler makes quick work of this chore by covering a large surface area at once. The sprinkler connects to a standard 5/8" garden hose, and the power of the flowing water causes the central jetted arm to rotate back and forth, sending a spray from side to side across grass and flower beds. Older versions of this traditional sprinkler design were notorious for dousing everything in the process, including patios and sidewalks, but newer models boast adjustable settings that let gardeners control the power of the flow, the height and width of the spray, and the radius of the oscillation, directing the water exactly where it is needed without wasting any on hardscaping. A timer prevents overwatering by turning the flow off after a desired period, while a simple connection mechanism makes it easy to disconnect a hose to use for manual watering.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.