Rinse Ace Indoor Outdoor Pet Faucet Sprayer
The Rinse Ace Indoor Pet Faucet Sprayer is a portable sprayer to wash your dog either outside with the hose, or indoors in a sink.
Attaching to Hose for Outdoor use: If you unscrew the attached aerator you will have a sprayer that will screw on to your hose. The quick connect is just for use inside when attached to your faucet. It is easy enough though to screw the sprayer on and off the outdoor hose spigot. Make sure to save the indoor aerator quick connect adapter in case you want to use it inside.
Attaching to Faucet for Indoor use: The idea of this sprayer is that you are supposed to be able to leave the indoor adapter aerator on your faucet at all times and just snap the sprayer hose on when you want to bathe your dog in the sink. The adapter will work with inside or outside threaded faucets and works fine except that using the quick connect feature did not work that great. I did not like the quick connect so I just remove the aerator on my faucet and screw the whole thing on and off when I want to use it.
Using the Quick Connect on Indoor Faucets: To use the quick connect screw the aerator and adapter, remove the current aerator and replace it with the quick connect aerator. To put the hose on you have to push it on and then twist it clockwise until it catches and locks. To remove it turn it clockwise and pull or let the water pressure help you remove it by turning it counter clockwise while the water is still running.
I did not like the quick connect feature for two reasons. First of all I was using it in my laundry room sink and had a swivel sprayer that I used for washing other things and did not want to give up that sprayer when I was not using the pet sprayer. The other reason that I did not like using it is that it was not easy to connect or disconnect the sprayer and I did not find the easy connect very easy at all. The connection is not one that you can simply push on and off. You have to get the grooves to line up perfectly to get it on and then turn it clockwise to lock it. To remove you turn it counter clockwise and pull. You have to pull with quite a bit of force to get it off. The other thing I did not like was that when you go to turn it counterclockwise to remove it, it is real easy to start unscrewing the whole adapter, or loosening the hose spigot adapter. It is an interesting feature but it just does not work in a way to make things easy and frankly I could live without it.
The Hose: The hose is narrow but strong and 8ft in length not including connectors or sprayers. The hose is strong enough to not bend or kink but not so stiff that you can not work with it in the sink. I usually hang the end that is extra hose on the outside of the sink basin.
The Sprayer end: The sprayer end of this pet sprayer is screwed onto the hose but will swivel in any position without loosening. The Sprayer is flat and about 1″ tall, 2.5″ long and 2″ wide at its widest part. The sprayer flares in toward the end. There are four rows of holes on the bottom of the sprayer and they are large enough that they spray water gently rather than a strong spray that might upset a dog.
Washing the Dog in a utility sink: The shape of the sprayer is easy to grasp and when you are washing or rinsing your dog with it it feels like you are brushing them but with water. My dog does not care much for baths but does not mind this sprayer. It also does not splash a lot of water around. The thing I really like is that you can use a button and clip to turn the water on and leave it on without having to continuously press the button. The fact that the spray is so gentle you can drop it into the sink and it will just run gently without spraying all over the place. It’s nice because I can get the sprayer going and the temperature of the water set and then set it in the sink running, and then go get my dog. I do not like turning the water off with the push button because it seems like at least in my sink that the temperature goes up when I turn it back on. I am not sure exactly why it does this except that maybe the water pressure on my hot and cold water are not equal. At any rate, being able to set the hose down in the sink without it spraying all over the place is a real plus.
I find that this sprayer is perfect for washing a pet because it has such a gentle flow. If you are looking for a really strong spray you might want to keep looking. This is good for rinsing shampoo out of your dog but probably would not be good for washing anything else since there is not much power behind the water. Washing the dog in the bathtub: If you have a standard bathroom with a sink right next to the tub, with the 8ft hose you should be able to attach this to your sink faucet and have enough hose to wash your dog in the tub.
Washing a dog outside: Frankly if I was going to wash my dog outside I would just use the sprayer on my hose but if you felt the need to have a special hose sprayer, you can remove the aerator and just screw this on to your hose spigot.
Replacement or spare Parts: One nice thing about this sprayer is that you can get replacement parts. All parts can be purchased separately so if you wanted to use the quick connect feature you could get an extra one and just move the hose from one faucet to another.
Final thoughts and Rating
I would give this 5 stars easily but feel that the quick connect feature just does not work as I would expect it to. It is not easy to connect and I find it easier to just remove and replace the whole thing each time. Other than that it is perfect for our indoor uses so I will give it 4 stars.