Whether your car or truck is your pride and joy or you just like to keep it clean, a regular wash with a hose is a must. Automated car washes are great but we’ve all heard horror stories about damage to vehicles, so there’s no substitute for doing it yourself.
A standard hosepipe will certainly do the job, but not as well as a hose fitted with one of the many special attachments that are designed specifically for washing vehicles. Following we have listed 10 of the best on the market right now, but before that, let’s talk about some of the features you should look for when you are choosing a best hose attachment for washing cars.
Comparison Table of 10 Best Hose Attachment for Washing Cars
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1. TriNova Foam Cannon and Gallon Car Wash Soap Kit - Best Set for Detailing Trucks or SUVs
The first item on our list is this handy device from TriNova, which is designed to be used with a pressure washer rather than a standard hose. This set up has many advantages. It provides a more powerful jet of water, but with the design of this one you also get a reservoir into which you add a soap element thus creating the ‘foam cannon’ effect that the device gets its name from.
The quality brass fittings on the head of this model give it an air of quality and it comes highly rated by a large number of buyers, plus a strong plastic reservoir container that can hold a mixture of soap and water. The ratio is up to you and trial and error is recommended. All fittings are standard so it will work with any pressure washer.
This is a simple to use device that features an adjustable spray nozzle so you can select how much foam or water you want, and the amount of air going into the device can also be regulated. This combination gives you the perfect results. A good device that might well make its way onto your shortlist.
2. SprayTec Garden Hose Nozzle Sprayer - Best Heavy Duty Metal Spray Gun
This is the first of our models that can be used with a standard garden hose, and it comes with a variety of features. From SprayTec, who offer a range of such devices, it fits onto the end of a standard hose with ¾” fitting, and no adapter is required. It is designed in a neat gun-shape that makes it easy to handle and is trigger operated by a sizeable trigger that should be easy for anyone to use.
There are nine spray patterns with this model: jet, full, soaker, mist, flat, vertical, angle, cone, and shower. Which you use for your car is up to you, and this is also designed for garden use and for washing down patios and decking. One-piece design means it is protected against leaks, and it also comes with spare internal washers for if those inside it need replacing.
A metal body is anodized to prevent rust and a rubber bezel means it should withstand shocks when dropped. However, despite assurances otherwise, a number of customers report that it leaks and is easily damaged, but the vast majority give it a high score, and it is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
If you’re looking for a package at a decent price that comes with a lot of bonus items, we recommend you check out this package from Chemical Guys, makers of a wide range of washing equipment and supplies for cars. The central piece here is a gun and bottle that fits to a standard hose so there is no pressure washer needed. It features quality brass fittings and a fully adjustable nozzle, but it’s perhaps the accessories that you get with it that may sway you.
There are 14 pieces to this package in total, including the spray gun itself. You also get the brand's very own detailing bucket, a useful item, plus 5 bottles of their cleaning products including wet wax, wheel gel and a glass cleaner among others, plus a selection of cloths and brushes, towels, and an applicator for detailing use. It’s quite a comprehensive package, but is it any good?
The gun itself meets with generally good reviews but customers have complained of a lack of supplied instructions. Also, while the products in the bottles are rated highly, the accessories such as the mitt and the towels are said to be not of great quality.
4. Foam King Deluxe Sprayer - Best Car Foam Gun
This no-nonsense example from Foam King, who is another brand with a range of such products. It is a low-pressure version that fits directly to a standard garden hose, so again, no need here for a pressure washer. It’s a simple design that is perhaps the most typical and needs no attachments or other items to get going. The bottle is also handily marked for the correct mixing of water and soap.
Operation is by a simple trigger mechanism, it has brass fittings on the nozzle for longer life, and the bulk of the device is sturdy and light plastic. The nozzle has a one-click switch between spraying water say, for your garden plants and foam for the car. This makes it easy to use, and a precision rubber seal means it should not leak.
This model is another that comes with a lifetime warranty, such is the maker’s confidence in its longevity, and it scores very highly in customer reviews. There are some complaints about the quality of the fittings, however, and quite a few buyers have misgivings as the pressure provided by the gun is not particularly impressive.
5. InGarden Garden Hose Nozzle - Best for Washing Cars
This model is similar in design to that we have looked at from SprayTec, number 2 on the list. But it is a completely different device from the InGarden brand. This one differs in that it has eight spray patterns, these being cone, jet, angled and shower plus full, flat, mist and soaker. That should be enough to choose between for both garden and car washing requirements.
Switching between the spray patterns is a simple case of turning the bezel, as all are on the same head, while it also comes with adjustable flow control, a solid metal frame and a rubber-coated grip containing the trigger which provides comfortable use. It’s easy to use, fits to a standard garden hose, and the adapter to fit it to the hose is made from quality metal and is supplied as part of the kit.
When we looked through random customer comments we did come across some complaints, although on the whole, this one meets with approval. One repeated gripe was that it is rather heavy, it dribbles water all the time was another, and the on/off control is complex to use and needs two hands.
This model is described as ‘Fireman Style’ as it is designed with a firehose type on/off handle attached to the gun itself. Is this a gimmick? In some ways it may be, but it might actually make switching the water on and off easier although it will mean you need both hands on the gun. The item is made from durable metal and coated in shockproof rubber for protection, and the makers claim the handle design makes it usable by people with poor grip.
This design offers six spray modes selected by moving the bezel on the head. It also has three mist jets which while good for the plants in the garden, may not be of much interest when washing the car. It fits a standard hose with no adapter needed, so that’s certainly a bonus, and pressure is fully adjustable by an easy to use the knob.
One neat touch with this one is the removable mesh filter that allows for any dirt to be easily cleaned away, and it is highly rated by buyers. The few complaints we have seen are that it does not have a very powerful jet, it leaks easily, and is not as durable as is claimed.
7. Volador Spray and Foam Nozzle - Best Foam Blaster for Car Washing
This ranks as one of the more inventive designs, and is a combined water spray nozzle and bottle for soap or other liquids to create foam as required. It has 8 spray patterns including the usual jet, mist, cone and more. These are easy to select by turning the bezel. The reservoir bottle for soap sits in the middle of the handle, which is a clever design that minimises space needed, and it is all controlled by a simple trigger mechanism.
The trigger has a self-lock so you don’t need to hold it all the time and it’s easy to click off when necessary, while the gun comes with an adapter so that it fits all different sizes of standard garden hose. The pressure with this model is set as standard, and it comes with a mitt as an accessory which is useful for washing the car.
There is a knob on top that is designed to be easy to switch between soap and spray, but even the manufacturer admits this can be difficult to turn especially in cold weather. There are, however, numerous complaints about quality, leaking and it using up soap very quickly, so we would approach with caution.
This attractive nozzle from ESOW is made entirely from metal, and is designed for long life. It is a traditional gun design but less gimmicky than some. To start with, it comes with just 4 spray patterns but the maker insists these cover all your requirements. It has a simple trigger operation and a large trigger for ease of use. It looks great, and it comes with some interesting features.
This one fits a standard ¾” garden hose, has a rubber washer fitment to protect against leaks, and is simple to set up and use. The brass head is a nice touch as it will not corrode. It is ergonomically designed and also comes with a buckle clip so that you can attach it to your belt for convenience when not in use which we think a nice detail touch.
The spray pressure is fully adjustable by an easy to use knob, and we think this one is well-designed. However, although customers rate it highly in general, one recurring complaint is that contrary to what is stated, you do need an adapter to attach it to the hose, and this is not supplied. This renders it unusable until one is purchased and is a questionable omission, plus many complain that it leaks.
This is another of the very typical spray nozzles with various spray patterns. There are nine in this case, including the usual cone, jet, mist and more. These are selected by turning the bezel. It’s easy to use and operated by the usual trigger movement, but this one is on the back of the handle so you press down from behind which is an interesting if unorthodox design but one that works.
Available in a range of colours, which is unusual for one of these, this spray gun is designed to be ergonomic and features a metal trigger hold device, which means you can set it to go and not have to press all the time. It also has a quality metal knob for selecting the flow rate and is rubber coated for comfortable use.
Dramm may not be a brand you know well but they have been in the business for many decades, and this example is clearly well-designed. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee. What we found interesting was that this one comes with more than usual poor customer reviews. There are complaints about its lack of durability, leaking, poor overall quality and short lifespan. The lifetime warranty may come in useful if you choose this one.
The final example on our list is this unusual item from Bon Aire. It is unusual because it is the only one that is not a gun design. Instead, it is an actual nozzle that simply attaches to your hose and they claim it fits any size of hose. It offers five patterns of spray. However, it does not provide any added pressure and although it is easy to use, we reckon may be somewhat limited in scope.
Nevertheless, it’s easy to switch between spray patterns, it’s made from durable aluminium with a protective rubber coating, and it is intended to be easy to hold with fibreglass coating too. It’s a ‘fire hose’ construction, but we’re not sure what alludes to, although the quality is commented on favourably by a number of users. It also has a two-way shut off which is a useful addition.
This one has been bought by more people than any of the others, and while customers rate it very highly overall, there are a few reported problems. Some say it broke easily when dropped, despite claims otherwise, and it has low flow rates, while other comment that it is rather fiddly to use.
That’s our selection of the 10 best hose attachments for washing cars, but is there one for you? Here’s our final word.
The basic premise of these devices is that they attach to a hose or in one case, a pressure washer. They are designed to provide a powerful spray in various patterns. Some are also coupled with bottles into which you add soap, so producing a foam spray that is great for washing the car. Each of the above designs has its merits so we won’t recommend one over any other, but we hope we’ve helped you find a hose attachment for washing your car that makes the job easier, and give you the best results.
Features and Factors to Consider When Buying a Hose Attachment for Cars
The following are a few of the features we suggest you make note of when you are looking for a hose attachment with which to wash your car, and you will learn more about them as you read through our detailed descriptions.
Standard Fitting: preferably you want a hose attachment that fits to a standard sized garden hose of which the usual size is the ¾” design, and most of the following examples do. Be aware, however, that some require an adapter, and it is not always supplied with the device.
Spray Patterns: the models we have included offer anywhere between four and nine different selectable spray patterns. We’re not sure that you would every use nine, but it’s up to you to check them out and see which you want.
Ease of Use: how easy is the hose attachment to use overall? Is it easy to switch on and off, and can the trigger be locked? Is it simple to change the spray pattern? Is it simple to attach to the hose? All of these are considerations that will make your life easier, so are certainly worth thinking about very carefully.
Adjustments: not all of those that we featured have adjustable water pressure, and it is certainly preferable to find one that has, especially for washing cars. Take note that only one on this list works with a pressure washer.
Construction: metal is the preferred material, and most of these are made from durable metals with brass for the nozzle to eliminate corrosion.
Soap Container: the list is split between models that are simply water sprayers, basic hose attachments, and those that come with a bottle or reservoir into which you can add soap for producing foam, which is a useful feature for washing cars.
Leak Protection: look for a model that has a strong seal for protecting against leaks, which can be common with these devices thanks to constant use with high pressure water.
Accessories: some of the below come with accessory packages, and one in particular is directly aimed at car detailing, it’s worth checking out for the savings on cleaning products.