Best Watering Cans 2016: OXO, Haws, Fiskars & 8 More

updated Jul 15, 2020
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I’ve just begun watering again, so it must be time to run this post. If you’re into good design you don’t want anything ugly or impractical around your house, especially a great tool like a watering can that is all about sustaining life. The cans I’ve rounded up here draw from past lists as well as our great comments. Enjoy and let me know if I’m leaving anything out this year.

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One of our reader’s favorite cans, and the one I personally use at home, the OXO is beautifully designed with good looks, lightweight and their unique storable spout that allows you to easily stash it in the closet during the winter time. Comes in three colors and two sizes for a small or large capacity.

Elegantly designed by Carl Hagerling for the Swedish Giant, the Bittergurka is made of wood and metal for a very solid feel. With a price tag under $10, this is a great great find.

At the VERY lowest price, the PS 2002 is your low end classic. Made of polypropelene, it comes in three colors and holds 41 ounces. This is direct from Monika: “The shape was extra important when I designed IKEA PS 2002 watering can. I wanted to give it an organic, fluid shape so it would harmonize with plants and running water. By using different templates I was able to sculpt a prototype that felt completely perfect. The final watering can has both a shape and color that make you want to have it out on display, instead of hidden away. And if you like, you can also use it as a vase.”

From Dramm in Wisconsin comes this simple injection molded plastic watering can in a bunch of colors at a great price. You can visit their site and see the whole line here.

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The second MOST popular watering can among our readers is backordered right now, but don’t let that stop you! This brightly colored polyethylene can with a matte finish comes in five colors and looks like a flower OR a vase itself, so it will never be an eyesore.

New from Fiskars, this molded polypropylene can has a distinctly industrial black color with the Fiskars trademark orange on the spout. It takes on 2.6 gallons of water and has super cool multiple handles for easy lifting and a rotating spout that can be varied between “gentle shower” and “steady stream.”

Say you want just a plain, old fashioned shiny hot dipped steel watering can like you might find on a real farm. In that case Behrens would be your answer. Manufacturing in Minnesota since 1911, Behrens is the #1 supplier of steel containers in the U.S. and basically makes every steel bucket, tub or can you see. I’ve just discovered, however, that their watering cans are made in Mexico. 🙂

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These two cans, one from Amazon and one from Target, are both part of Haws plastic outdoor line, which is a great choice if you want a lighter, durable, softer on floors solution. “This is a well-designed, lightweight plastic watering can made with 2 handles for balance and effortless watering. The tall neck prevents water from spilling out when it is tipped forward. This is a general purpose can that comes with a plastic-backed oval brass rose and a right-angle downspout attachment for more precise watering in pots or planters.”

This sweet, colorful little can comes in two powder coated colors to brighten your garden indoor or out.


For you modernists out there, the X3 is a dreamboat of powder coated steel made in the USA in a range of colors, including shiny brass and available at Horne. “Constructed using a single metal tube, bent three times (Get it?), to create both the handle and the pour spout and then soldered onto a metal can, the x3 is not only functional, but a thing of beauty.”

On the highest end, here’s an absolutely beautiful stainless steel can from Blomus in Germany. This baby will last a lifetime and holds up to 1.3 gallons of water.

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