It is almost hard to believe I am writing this post, but there are a lot of options out there! I was organizing some of our gear today and came across a few nozzles which have earned themselves a permanent home in the bottom of a bucket. For something which only has a few moving parts, there are a lot of design features to consider. We will start with our least favorite and work towards our nozzle of choice.
Nozzle #1 Pros: Comfortable rubberized grip Cons: The tip of the nozzle is metal. The best way to keep a metal nozzle from banging into your boat and/or scratching it? Do not let it on the boat to begin with. Grade: D+ By definition it is a nozzle, but only to be used on non-paying customers.
Nozzle #2 Pros: All plastic construction with a soft rubber grip. Cons: Multi-flow head limits variability of flow on the go. Grade: C Less likely to cause damage than nozzle #1, but limited flexibility while in use can be frustrating.
Nozzle #3 Pros: Soft rubberized grip with classic single flow option. Cons: Extra stream setting on tip of nozzle requires fidgeting with, and threaded adjustment knob on rear of handle is prone to fall off. Grade: B- Unlikely to cause damage, single flow option surprisingly gives more flexibility in flow options. Using a lighter to melt rear adjustment knob is always an option.
Pros: Non-adjustable rear adjustment knob is not threaded, no piece to lose! Hinge mechanism is plastic, not metal, and as a result will not rust. Cons: Hard rubber handle. Grade: A- Hey, no nozzle is perfect! Get this to me in a soft plastic model and we can talk about that A. To be honest, the material choice is a very minor issue. No pieces to lose and rust is a huge plus. This nozzle can be found for $5 at your local marine store, and oddly enough is the cheapest of all your options! Now if they could just trap the rubber washer in there permanently...