Patio Misters come in high pressure and low pressure systems. High pressure systems are designed to deliver the finest droplets. This type of system is what you normally see installed at businesses such as restaurant patios. High pressure patio misters require a booster pump that fills high pressure tubing with water and mister heads to produce the best mist. Most systems you will see at the local home improvement or hardware store are low pressure systems. These are designed to be hooked up to a house outlet or to the end of a hose. Low pressure patio misters produce a mist although not nearly as fine as those you might see at an amusement park.
Mister Kits: The easiest way to install a patio mister system is to buy a complete kit. Having everything you need for the project in one package (or pretty much everything since you might have to customize some kits) is always an advantage. Buying a kit can save you a lot of installation time but it will cost a little more money upfront. The least expensive kits usually have plastic mister heads whereas the better kits will have the brass or stainless steel mister heads. If you are looking for a kit that will last for years to come it’s a good idea to invest in a better kit. Also, make sure you can get replacement heads or tubing for future repairs. Some of these kits use a standard size mister head that can be replaced with other mister heads. The tubing can develop leaks so make sure it is a tubing size you can repair or replace.
1/4" kits: The 1/4" kits that I have seen come completely assembled and ready to go right out of the box. With a 1/4" tubing line you can usually not go more than 10’ so they cannot be added on to like some of the other kits. 1/4" misters have a hose connection on one end so they can be connected directly to a garden hose and be ready to go in 10 minutes.
3/8" kits: This is another kit size that is usually available in stores. The larger tubing carries more volume than the 1/4" tubing so it can usually be extended to run a longer distance. Extension kits are available for most brands for the 3/8” kits. Some of kits can be extended up to 50’ but you can end up getting less water out of the end mister heads the further you go with the system.
1/2" kits: A patio mister system with a 1/2" line is probably the best volume for a home systems. The 1/2" line will ensure that you get enough water to all of the mister heads up to 250’, depending on how many heads you have in the line of course. There are 1/2" mister systems that use a nylon braided tubing and come already set up out of the box like the Misty Mate system. Another option is to buy a kit that uses 1/2" PVC as the main trunk line. This way you can install the mister heads anywhere you want and extend it to whatever length you want. They do make kits for this type of system that can be easily customized. More 1/2" tapped tees and mister heads may be required depending on how many misters you want to install.
High Pressure Kit: If you want to go all out and have a professional misting system you can buy it in a kit. The high pressure systems will give you the finest mist. This particular kit even comes with a carrying case so you can bring it on the road with you. Make sure to have a place to plug into because it requires a pump (included) that charges the high pressure misting system.