Thoughtfully designed watering cans

For houseplants, flower beds, and vegetable gardens.

It can be tempting to water your plants with the remnants of a glass of water, but your houseplants—or your urban garden—deserve better. A great watering can is not only an essential tool, but also a quality of life upgrade for anyone who has to water plants regularly. They come in a variety of thoughtful designs, optimized for the type of plants you own.

We’ve picked our favorites for every kind of gardening, taking into account length of the neck, type of watering head, and gallon capacity.

A standard in garden centers. Amazon

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The Bloem watering can is a ubiquitous choice found in nurseries and home improvement centers alike. With a capacity just over a gallon, it will hold enough water to hydrate most houseplants, without becoming too heavy to easily carry in one hand. A long nozzle makes it easy to control the output—much like a pour-over coffee kettle—which is a plus for plants that don’t like having wet leaves.

A modern, mint take. Amazon

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The Pelican Watering Can is a modern choice with a pitcher-like design, making it easy to fill in a kitchen sink, and even easier to clean. This one also holds just over a gallon, and the long neck means it’s still easy to direct the water exactly where a plant needs it.

This one emulates a light spring rain. Amazon

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This watering can emulate a light rainfall, thanks to the tulip head—making it the best choice for urban gardens, who need to evenly water a larger stretch of land without disturbing seeds. It can hold up to two gallons of water, and has two handles, perfect for extra maneuverability.

For those cottagecore vibes. Amazon

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For gardeners who favor the rustic aesthetic, this metal, tulip head watering can should do the trick. The Best Choice watering can is made from galvanized steel, which resists rust, and the combination of handles—one at the top, like a bucket, and one at the back—make it easy to use. The contrasting green and copper accents look handsome on a greenhouse shelf.

A design object worthy of display. Amazon

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This copper watering can is as much a design object as it is a gardening tool. It’s just as functional as more straightforward models, holding just over a gallon of water, and boasting a long neck for controlled pours. But this one will look especially good displayed by a viney pothos, or in a plant “shelfie” (a selfie of a shelf) posted to your Instagram feed.