Recently someone asked me to recommend a watering can. We have been using this Rubbermaid watering can for over a decade. What I like about it:
- Holds 2 gallons (7.5 liters). Less trips to the rain barrel but not so heavy when full as to be unmanageable
- It’s easy to fill, not just from a hose, but from another bucket if necessary.
- Clearly marked, so when you mix fertilizer in it, you know how much water you’re adding
- The rose (sprinkler end) is removable, so you can clean it. It screws on, so doesn’t pop off unexpectedly
- It’s designed well, so that when you tip it, a nice shower comes out–and it’s easy to tip. (It’s too strong for seedlings, but great for established plants)
- It’s durable. The Purdyville gardeners are accustomed to tossing the empty watering can in the general vicinity of the hose when they are done with it. It takes such abuse without complaint.
- It’s inexpensive. You don’t have to worry about losing it or abusing it.
That last item was true until I discovered they don’t make them anymore. This last fact was uncovered several years ago, when the rose went missing. “I’ll just buy another,” I said to myself. I went back to the hardware store where I first bought it, and they didn’t have it. I tried every hardware store in town: no luck. I finally emailed the Rubbermaid company, and was told they don’t make it anymore.
Suddenly my humble watering can had become very precious. And pretty useless, seeing as it didn’t have the rose. We eventually found the rose at the bottom of the rain barrel, and all was well. And I gained a new appreciation for the Rubbermaid watering can.
Why did they stop making it? It was perfect for what it was designed for. Now all that’s available in the inexpensive but durable segment of this market are cans similar to this or this. Neither of them is as well designed, though the second one comes close. It doesn’t have as generous a filling hole, however.
Well, if any Rubbermaid executives google their brand name and find themselves here, I humbly request that you reinstate this in your product line. And if any of you readers come across this at a garage sale, buy it for yourself. And if you don’t want it, buy it for me. I will reimburse you for the cost of the watering can and shipping.