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Best Kid Watering Can Sets

We tested 6 kids' watering cans from Melissa and Doug, Green Toys, and others to find the very best available
Best Kid Watering Can Sets
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Tuesday May 3, 2022
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Need a kid-friendly watering can? Our roundup ranks the best 6 kids' watering cans available today. To determine the best, we've researched the market before purchasing well-loved and promising contenders to send through hands-on testing. Influencing our overall ranking is the evaluation and comparison of each contender's design with tiny tots (and little hands) in mind, such as size and material, spout style, and carry handle. We also took note of any included accessories for extra fun. So, whether you seek a watering can to inspire your little gardener or for water play, we are confident that our review will help guide your search for the perfect watering can so your child can get in on the action.

If you are ready for outdoor fun with your kids, we've also tested sprinklers, swim goggles, walkie talkies, balance bikes, and more.

Editor's Note We've updated this watering can review on May 3, 2022, with new details on prices and related gear.


1

Best Overall Watering Can


Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
Stylish
Lightweight
Easy to hold and carry
Not for precision watering

The adorable Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can offers style and functionality. Thanks to its lightweight body and comfortable loop handle, it is easy for children to carry. And, let's talk about the blossom rosette head; what a lovely design touch, right? We think so. When it comes to capacity, we consider the size of this watering can to be the Goldilocks - not too big, not too small, but just right. The fill hole is wide enough and accessible for kids to refill the vessel independently.

The blossom rosette end creates a gentle shower effect, ideal for delicate seedlings and other adventures around the garden or backyard. However, the shower is not precise enough to target the roots of houseplants. With this Melissa and Doug product, your tiny gardener will perfectly equip your little gardener for the job. We recommend it to toddlers and children ready to shower flowers.

Best Overall Watering Can
The Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can is a favorite among our little testers as it is easy to carry, refill, and the sprinkler rosette end creates a shower-like effect.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

2

Best Bang for the Buck


Cado Elephant Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
Precision watering
Easy to carry
Not for showering

Little plant caretakers will smile with the Cado Elephant Watering Can, which costs a fraction of some competitors in our lineup. The elephant's long and slender trunk makes this product great for precision watering, such as plant roots or hard-to-reach places. This plastic option is durable and long-lasting, assuming it will not be sitting in direct sunlight.

If you're looking to shower delicate plants gently, the Cado may not be for you, given the trunk spout and its stream-like flow. But, if that factor is not a deal-breaker, we recommend this inexpensive elephant and think it will encourage your child's participation in plant care.

Best Bang for the Buck
The Cado Elephant Watering Can is inexpensive and best for reaching plant roots.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

3

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Set


Green Toys Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
Sturdy and durable
Includes rake and shovel
Rope handle may show dirt

Made from 100% recycled plastic, the Green Toys Watering Can is ready to join your child at the beach or in the garden. This watering can is sturdy and durable and sports a rosette sprinkler end and a cotton rope carrying handle. Plus, the set includes a rake and shovel for extra outdoor fun.

With gardening and outside play comes dirt, and we wonder if the cotton rope handle will show dirt over time. However, this may not be a deal-breaker as well-loved toys typically show wear and tear. Despite this matter, we think this watering is high-quality and recommend it to eco-minded families who appreciate the company's effort to repurpose recycled plastic and the bonus perk of hand tools.

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Set
The Green Toys Watering Can is sturdy, durable, and includes hand tools for extra garden fun.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

4

Best Gardening Set with Watering Can


Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can


Material: Metal | Size: Small
Non-plastic option
Includes multiple tools
No carry handle
Not for big watering projects

If you seek a watering can and toolset for your beginner gardener, the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is an option. This all-in-one set includes a metal watering can (a perk for folks who prefer to avoid plastic), gloves, shovel, fork, rake, and a tote bag to store the tools. We appreciate the rosette sprinkler head for its gentle shower, and overall, we think this set will be an inspiration for any little gardening enthusiast.

The watering can is on the smaller side, and although it features a pouring handle, it does not offer a carry handle. We do not view this as a deal-breaker because its size is not suitable for big watering projects anyway, and our little tester could carry it easily. We recommend this product to any family who appreciates owning a beginner gardener toolset with a watering can for their child. We are confident it will spark your child's interest and a "green thumb."

The Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can includes a metal can...
The tote bag from the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is...

5

Best for Reptile Enthusiast


Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium/Small
Attractive design
Durable and high-quality
Strong stream
Heavy

The creative and lovable Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can is perfect for a reptile enthusiast or children who love Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon, in the Disney movie Tangled. The plastic feels sturdy and high-quality, and the can holds enough water to get the job done. Instead of a rosette end, it features a spout, which delivers a steady stream. The chameleon's tail becomes a handle (we love this creative design!), and it's easy to carry and pour.

The spout's opening is wide and creates a strong stream that may not be ideal for delicate flowers or seedlings. When filled with water, this watering can also is heavier, so it may take some 'oomph' for younger tots to carry. However, if your child can manage its weight, we recommend this contender to older toddlers ready to engage in water play outside.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

6

Good Option for Older Child


Novelty Gnome Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Large
Sturdy and durable
Other characters available
Too large for younger toddlers
Strong stream
No carry handle

The whimsical Novelty Gnome Watering Can stands out among the competition (literally) with one of the largest sizes (it holds 1.5 gallons of water). Besides the gnome, other character options are available, such as a pig, fish, or duck. The manufacturer states the plastic watering can is UV, frost-resistant, and shatterproof. We believe this plastic watering is sturdy and durable, and without a rosette at the end, it pours a steady stream.

With larger capacity comes more weight, and when filled, this watering can is heavier than other contenders. If your child is older and ready for more volume to water a larger area in the garden, we think this product might fit your needs. Otherwise, if your little one isn't ready for a heavy watering can, we suggest looking elsewhere in our lineup.

The Novelty Gnome Watering Can is large in size and best for older...
The Novelty Gnome Watering Can is large in size and best for older children as it can be heavy when full.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Tip: With assistance and help, let your little one use the hose to fill their watering can. Alternatively, fill a bucket with water, and if your watering can is small enough to fit, submerge the can to fill it up.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why You Should Trust Us


When it comes to baby gear and toys, BabyGearLab has the expertise and knowledge (thanks to nearly a decade of testing) to help recommend a product to meet your needs. Leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor, and Nanny with over 15 years of experience. Molly knows the ins and outs of creating fun activities enriched with learning opportunities, and outdoor play falls right in her wheelhouse. We researched, purchased, and tested each product in our review to determine the best in this category. Our hands-on testing also helped us identify the essential qualities that make a kids' watering can great.

Besides using a hose to refill the watering cans, we found it...
Whether you have houseplants or a garden, teach your child how to...

Analysis and Test Results


We enlisted little testers' help for our review, and lots of filling, watering, and garden play went into our hands-on testing.

The Green Toys Watering Can is easy to carry thanks to its flexible...
The Green Toys Watering Can is easy to carry thanks to its flexible cotton rope handle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Size


A few factors, such as your child's age and goals, will help determine which watering can size works best for your tiny gardener. Keep in mind, the bigger the kids' watering can, the heavier it will be to carry when full of water. The Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is petite compared to the competition, whereas the Novelty Gnome Watering Can is one of the largest.

Most of the products in our review are plastic, except for the...
Most of the products in our review are plastic, except for the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can, which is metal.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Material


Most kid watering cans are plastic because children are not always careful nor mindful, so they are less likely to break or dent from drops. The only product in our review that is not plastic, but metal, is the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can. Most of the plastic watering cans in our review feel durable and sturdy, including the Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can and the Green Toys Watering Can.

Tip: Avoid leaving a plastic watering can in the direct sunlight as the plastic will degrade and cause fading and weakening.

Some kid watering cans feature a spout, while others have a rosette...
Some kid watering cans feature a spout, while others have a rosette sprinkler end, which creates a gentler flow for watering delicate flowers and seedlings.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Spout Style


Typically, watering cans have a spout or rosette sprinkler end. If you are watering delicate flowers or seedlings, the rosette sprinkler end is best because it offers a gentler shower and is less likely to snap stems. Most of the products in our roundup feature this end, including the Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can. However, a watering can with a slender, long spout produces a steady stream, which is best for reaching plant roots or hanging pots. The Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can, Cado Elephant Watering Can, and the Novelty Gnome Watering Can fit this profile.

Besides watering plants and flowers, let your little one enjoy some...
Besides watering plants and flowers, let your little one enjoy some backyard water play. Any product in our review will be a perfect fit for that activity.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Tip: As a fun, alternative idea, use a small watering can with a rosette sprinkler end to rinse hair at bath time.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Children are naturally curious creatures who are eager to explore and learn. Equipping them with a kid-friendly watering can and inviting them to help care for houseplants or the backyard garden, where they can play and learn, holds several benefits in their development. Regardless of your goals, our lineup consists of an assortment of kids' watering cans that will meet your needs and budget. And, like flowers and plants, we think you'll enjoy watching your child grow and flourish as they learn.

Molly Bradac

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