Water Pressure Gauges – A Comprehensive Review


Why Should We Care About Water Pressure Gauges?

Every home owner should keep at least two working water pressure gauges on hand.  One to ensure that the home water pressure does not exceed the recommendations for the pipes in their house.  And, one to monitor the pressure on the soaker hoses in the garden.  I strongly advocate that it is essential for every home gardener to have a pressure gauge to ensure that the soaker hose water pressure does not exceed the maximum hose ratings of 40 to 45 psi.

These water pressure gauge reviews will give you a good sense of the brands and types of pressure gauges that work very well for residential applications.

Also, as a home gardener, you want to be able to regulate your garden hose water pressure so that the soaker hoses used in the garden are not destroyed by intense water pressure.  Remember…most soaker hoses operate more efficiently at pressures between 10 and 25 psi. 

Here, you can find further reading and in-depth information on water pressure regulators.

Although it is not essential, it is very convenient to invest in a good digital water timer that can be set to control frequency and duration of watering the backyard garden…as well as your lawn and flower beds.  Take a look at a discussion of the best and brightest among the water timer offerings.

Now, back to water pressure gauges…a “must have” for homeowners…whether or not you are an avid gardener.

Several of the gauges reviewed here are worthy of your consideration.  I have listed and discussed three gauges…starting with my personal favorite.


Rain Bird P2A Water Pressure Test Gauge

This Rain Bird pressure gauge is very simple and straightforward.  As it says in the title header, this gauge measures water pressure up to 200 psi.  It has a clear, easy to read 2 inch dial gauge display…and the standard 3/4 inch female hose thread adapter that fits perfectly to any outside faucet or garden hose.

Since I employ Y connectors in my garden’s soaker hose setup, I have two of these.  I paid less than $10 for each of them and they work like a charm.  I have verified their accuracy using other gauges and regulators and they are typically within several psi of each other.

I have never had either one of these gauges leak or fail to function properly…and I have measured water pressures well in excess of 160 psi.

Over 1,100 reviewers are shown for this gauge and the net average has, up to this point, been ~ 4.4 out of 5 stars.

I recommend these inexpensive Rain Bird gauges.  Take a minute…and have a more extensive look at the Rain Bird P2A Water Pressure Test Gauge.


LDR 020 9645 Pressure Gauge

One of my neighbors purchased this gauge…for around $10 a short time ago…and, they have been very pleased with its performance.

It has the same clear gauge, common with most pressure gauges, along with the standard 3/4 inch female hose thread adapter.  And, like the Rain Bird P2A, it can also handle pressures up to 200 psi.

The LDR 020 9645 also employs an additional red needle that will show maximum water pressure.  The water pressure to your house can fluctuate and single needle gauges will only give you an average reading.  The additional red needle will let you know how much the water pressure is fluctuating above the average reading.

This gauge is listed “for water only” so, don’t try to measure anything else.  Of course, that is generally the case with all water pressure gauges.

There have been a few reports of minor leaks in these gauges but, my neighbor has not experienced this problem.  He thinks that the leak reports are from folks who either did not ensure that the rubber seal was inserted or fully seated in the female hose adapter or that the adapter was not fully and tightly screwed onto the faucet or garden hose.

Over 120 reviewers give the LDR 020 9645 gauge a 3.9 out of 5 stars average rating.

Take a look at additional information and reviews for the LDR 020 9645 Pressure Gauge.


Winters PET Series Water Test Pressure Gauge, Steel Dual Scale with Polycarbonate Lens

This water pressure gauge is made by Winters Instruments…a manufacturer of high quality pressure and temperature measurement instruments for over 60 years.

Knowing this, I was a bit surprised that I could not find a lot of positive feedback about this gauge.  Currently, with less than a couple dozen reviewers, the gauge’s star rating is only 3.4 out of 5.

There are multiple reports of water leaking…both around the female adapter and into the gauge itself…which does not endear it to me.

  • The gauge’s redeeming factors are:
  • 2.5 inch dial gauge display (most displays are about 2 inches).
  • An additional red needle for measuring maximum water pressure.
  • 5-year limited warranty.

Additionally, the gauge only measures up to 160 psi.

And lastly, the price is almost double that of the Rain Bird P2A and the LDR 020 9645 gauges.

Would you like some more information and other opinions about the Winters PET Series Water Pressure Gauge?


Considering the pros and cons in my water pressure gauge reviews, my pressure gauge of choice is the Rain Bird P2A

I invite your comments on these evaluations of water pressure gauges.  You may also email me: jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com.


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener

2 thoughts on “Water Pressure Gauges – A Comprehensive Review

  1. Matt's Mom Reply

    I have owned homes for a long time and have never thought about a water pressure gauge. I just assumed that the water coming out of the pipe would be, well appropriate. I would think that the builder of the home would ensure that? Evidently not. So I learn something everyday. That got me to thinking too. My house was built in 1962 and the codes and standards were way different back then, and I am sure that the plumbing up to my house has been redone by the city. So this was great information for me and it looks like something I need to invest in!

    • Jim Reply

      Many folks do not realize that some of their leaking or busted pipes may be the result of high water pressure.  It could be because of a wrongly set or faulty home pressure regulator.  My house has 120 psi coming into it.  I try to make sure that the pressure inside my house is about half of that.  It took a handy water pressure gauge to alert me to the issue.

      Additionally, since I really do not want my soaker hoses to see more than 20 to 30 psi, I purchased an RV water pressure regulator…and a water timer to make sure that I didn’t over or under water my plants.  You may be interested in my favorite water pressure regulators or water timers.

      Thanks, for visiting.  Come back often.


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