Not a bad sprayer...just different
November 16, 2011
I ordered a 3-pack of these based on other reviews that I had read. My initial thought when I pulled them out of the box was that the bottle itself is fairly heavy, but after examining the sprayer head it looks like it will break long before anything happens to the bottle. Only time will tell if the sprayer head will hold up. The next thing I noticed is there there are volume markings on the side of the bottle. It's a nice feature when mixing concentrates, but the markings are in metric only. It would be nice if the manufacturer were to put US volumes on these as well. That's not a deal-breaker, but if you are really picky about exact measurements, this could be an annoyance.
Next I filled a bottle to see how the sprayer works. I screwed the tip tighter to see how fine of a spray it would emit and started pulling the trigger to get it to spray. Once the water reached the head (2 or 3 pumps), a nice fine mist came out. I loosened up the tip and got a strong stream. But I really couldn't get anything between a mist and a stream. Now, that's probably not a big deal as I can't think of when I'd need something between those 2 settings, but it does seem a bit odd.
Now, how's the pump action? This is what removed a few stars for me. This is a double-action pump, but when pulling the trigger, the spray doesn't start until the trigger reaches the half way mark. But, when releasing the trigger, you get a full spray. So, half of a spray for the trigger pull, full spray for the trigger release. I thought perhaps that this was an issue with this one sprayer and so I tried all three of them. They all worked the same. Maybe this isn't an issue for most, but it really felt odd for me and it's something that I'm going to have to get used to.
All in all, not a bad sprayer if it holds up, but it will take some getting used to.