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LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,151
edited August 2021 in Tools and techniques
Anyone use one a Haws watering can?
I fancying getting a metal one, perhaps a 2 gallon, but they do a few different designs. 
Anyone able to advise which style are worth having please?



  • B3B3 Posts: 21,426
    You decide whether you want functionality or aesthetics. Cheapo delivers the water just as well.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,151
    B3 said:
    You decide whether you want functionality or aesthetics. Cheapo delivers the water just as well.
    I've already got cheapo, but I fancy getting a Haws, just need to choose the right style.
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 875
    Hi @LeadFarmer,

    I've had one for about five years. I have to say that I'm not impressed with it.
    The red paint on the inside has been flaking off for some time now. It ends up inside the rose ... which is a bit of a bu$$er to clean out.

    If I had my time again I wouldn't buy it. My cheapo plastic one I keep in the greenhouse does the same job for a fraction of the price.

    Bee x 
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  • HeliosHelios Posts: 186
    edited August 2021
    All my cheapo plastic ones leaked at the rose or drowned young plants. I took a fancy to a Haws but I got a plastic one with a metal rose, the reason being I thought all metal would make it too heavy for me. Pretty much the same design as in the illustration. Love the longer spout on it.

    No regrets. The rose still does a great job, option of fine spray for seedlings too,  and doesn’t dribble all over the place. Well made and worth it. That could of course just be me being a tad spendthrift though.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 6,971
    I have a metal Haws - the shallower design. It's the best balanced watering can I posess which outweighs any negatives re weight and means I can water slowly and steadily. The long spout gives very good reach.

    Mine is nearly 10 years old and no issues at all re flaking paint etc.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,426
    I have a little haws for watering seedlings. Overpriced  but good. I wouldn't bother with a big one for outside
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I have the one with the normal length spout , 2 gallon Bearwood Brook.  Expensive, yes, but well made, and well made in Britain, too.  Lovely balance, and not too heavy to be unwieldy.  Ten year guarantee.  Love it.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 995
    I chose the Cradley Deluxe one and a half gallon because it's plastic, therefore lighter than metal and won't dent when you drop it (!), but most importantly it has a metal connection for a brass rose ensuring there are no leaks.  (It is described by Haws as "the professional's choice" - so an opportunity to promote yourself!)  You can purchase additional roses to suit the task in hand - I find the round extra coarse rose most useful for everyday watering. The long spout makes it easy to direct water at the plant base, avoiding wastage. Well worth it.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,483
    I inherited two plastic Haws cans from my Gran that must be 20 years old or more now. The big one is the same design as your picture but with half the capacity. The long ,thin spout is brilliant and it's my favourite can. The top is starting to degrade now but I keep it in the greenhouse so it probably gets too much heat and UV. The small one is the same but in mini and has started to leak around the base now.
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  • I have the 2 gallon one similar to the one in your picture. 

    I received it as a present. It’s a great watering can and no issues with mine at all.

    I find the combination of long spout and rose delivers a very fine spray.which is very good for small/young plants.

    For larger plants or pots I use a cheap with no rose.

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