Watering cans can get very decorative. So much so that you can forget they're supposed to be performing a function. But a handy watering can has saved more than 1 plant on the brink.
The 2 basic features to look for in watering cans are:
- A well balanced handle. Balance means the water won't have splashed out of the can on the walk over to the plant.
- A reasonable capacity. Bigger is not always better. Bigger is heavier. But you also want a can that doesn't need refilling after each plant. Choose the largest size you're comfortable lifting.
Of course, watering cans are old fashioned and looks still matter.
It's a Good Grip, so you know the handle is soft and flexible. It's also continuous, so your hands can move freely while pouring.
The spout is designed to rotate in toward the body of the can, to take up less space when storing. The spout is translucent so you can see the water level, which lines up with the measurement markings on the body. That's a nice feature if you're mixing fertilizer or pesticide. And theres a detachable spout attachment for a finer spray.
The 2 gallon capacity can be heavy for some, but you certainly don't have to fill it all the way. Comes in several colors. $14 - $25.
They're gorgeous and functional. If you're looking for a watering can to keep handy in the kitchen, without it looking totally out of place, a copper watering can makes an obvious choice. Sure they'll weather and age, but it's a tool, first and foremost. And copper looks good no matter how you abuse it. About $20 and up.