Best Garden Hoses for Watering Your Lawn and Garden

The best garden hoses for watering your lawn and garden, or for delivering water to another sort of job that needs done, often depends upon cost and personal taste. However, there are some characteristics of garden hoses that can make them a pleasure to use or a problem. The goal of this article is to look at some of the characteristics of garden hoses.

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There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 5 of the very best options.

**Below, you will find more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices and read customer reviews on Amazon.

Using and Selecting Garden Hoses

Uses for a Garden Hose

A garden hose has the primary purpose of moving water from an outside hydrant to a location where that water will be used. It relieves workers from having to carry the water from the source in containers. In fact, you might say that the history of plumbing has been about the need and the desire to move water from its source to the place where humans desire for it to be.

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The garden hose is just one more example of this idea. It can be used to water the lawn, vegetable or flower beds – hence the name garden hose. It can also be used to feed water to a power washer, a cement mixer or to simply wash down a patio, a vehicle or the side of a house.

Considerations When Selecting a Garden Hose

The End Fittings

The end fittings are an important part of the hose. They usually consist of a metal collar and a male or female screw connection that allows one end of the hose to be attached to a faucet and the other end to a sprayer, another hose, an appliance or a sprinkler. If the end of the assembly is not well-made, it can leak. Leaks waste water and water pressure, decreasing the efficiency of the hose.

Durability

Durability counts, especially if you anticipate using the hose for more than one season. If the hose develops holes in the material between the end fittings, it will leak out water or even create a sprinkler effect in an unexpected location. Unless you are purchasing a sprinkler hose, holes in the hose material are undesirable.

Flexibility

Flexibility can increase the durability of your hose. One of the causes of holes in a hose is when the hose develops a kink in it, causing the hose material to pinch and eventually develop a hole. More flexible hoses are less likely to kinks, and are, therefore, less likely to develop a hole because of a pinched spot.

Size Matters

Unless you have a reason for wanting a long hose – such as to reach that back flower bed, longer is not necessarily better. It provides more opportunities for kinking, is heavier to carry around, and will usually cost more. Diameter will affect the amount of water that can be delivered at one time.

Drinking Water Safe

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If you, your kids, or your pets will be drinking water from this hose, select a model that is “drinking water safe.” This might even be a good idea if you will be watering your vegetable patch with the hose, or filling swimming pools. Some hoses seem to come equipped with chemicals that can leach into the water that is running through them.

Exciting Developments in Modern Hoses

The Expanding Hose

One exciting development in modern garden hoses is the expanding hose. The expanding hose is less likely to kink and develop those hole-causing creases than ordinary hoses. They also are easier to store. One of the challenges of having a garden hose is that whole business of getting it out, and then draining it after use, so that you can coil it up to put it away. More than one tired gardener has regretted not taking that vital last step in hose-care – as they drive their lawn mower over their investment.

The Flat Hose

For the absent-minded gardener or for one who has a hose layout that is a real pain to set up and take down, the flat hose is the answer. It inflates and works like any ordinary hose, but it deflates and lies flat along the ground when not in use. It is also lighter than a standard hose and easier to move around.

Hose Accessories

For the anyone who uses a hose often, accessories can make all the difference. A favorite is the Y valve, a device that can be placed on a faucet or on a hose to divide the water stream. The best ones have a shut off lever on each branch of the Y, enabling starting and stopping the water flow to an area. Likewise, there is the ordinary shutoff valve, which is handy for either a dripping faucet or a join between hoses. Flat, rubber washers that can be slipped into a hose or faucet connection can make a real difference between having the water leak out at every join or having it go where you want it to go. Finally, there is the hose repair kit, which is most useful on standard hoses. However, if you have a favorite that has developed a leak, this could be the answer.

The garden hose is a handy tool. Here are five examples:

Product Reviews – The Best Garden Hose

1. Ohuhu Super Strong Garden Hose

The Ohuhu Super Strong Garden hose is an expanding hose. When not in use, it wrinkles up into a compact size that is easy to coil up and store. It is 17 ft. long in its compact state, but can be stretched out to 50 feet. Once the water is out, it constricts. As an added bonus, it comes with a sprayer nozzle that can dial to 8 different spray patterns.

Pros

  • Expandable design makes easy storage
  • Lightweight – easy to move
  • No kinks

Cons

  • Metal fittings broke under some types of use
  • Can burst under high pressure

2. 50 ft Expandable Garden, Car Wash, RV Pocket Shrinking Water Hose

The 50-foot expandable garden, car wash, RV Pocket shrinking water hose is another collapsible hose. As the name suggests, it will work well as an exterior hose for an RV, since it will handily collapse for storage. It comes with hanger, splitter, spray nozzle and its own storage bag. It has a tough exterior that is made to hold up to thorns, pets and other challenges.

Pros

  • Lots of fun extras included
  • No kinks
  • Easy storage

Cons

  • Some pressure loss at full expansion

3. Expandable Hose 75 Feet Strongest Garden Hoses

This is another expandable hose. This one has a different outside cover, a double layer of latex core for durability. It will expand up to three times its original size. However, it carries a manufacturer warning to be sure to drain the hose after each use to prevent bursting. It is lightweight and easy to move about and to store.

Pros

  • Lightweight to move
  • Easy to store
  • Expands to three times its length

Cons

  • Needs to be drained after each use

4. SHINE HAI 50ft Expanding Hose with 8 Functions Sprayer

Here we have yet another expandable hose. This one comes with an 8-function sprayer, and is advertised as having a strong TPS, with well-made brass fittings that will not corrode. Like the others of its type, it is light and easy to move about, and easy to store. Just be sure to drain it before you attempt storage.

Pros

  • Never Kinks
  • Easy to Roll up
  • Stronger than similar hoses

Cons

  • Needs to be drained after each use

5. Flexzilla Garden Hose, 5/8 in. x 50 ft.

This one is a little closer to your average garden hose. It is still light and flexible. It is made to resist kinking, although some users reported that it was not quite satisfactory in that department. It is considered to be drinking water safe.

Pros

  • Light and flexible
  • Drinking water Safe
  • Kink resistant

Cons

  • Can develop a black residue on exterior
  • Moderate durability

Choosing the Best Garden Hose for Your Lawn and Garden

My pick out of this list is the 50 ft Expandable Garden, Car Wash, RV Pocket Shrinking Water Hose with the hanger, spray nozzle, splitter & storage bag. It seems to me to be a businesslike hose that isn’t flashing. And yes, I’ll admit to being partial to all the extra goodies that are included.

I would still be sure to pick up a hose repair kit – just in case, and a batch of those handy little rubber washers. Experience teaches that after a summer of hard use, almost any hose will develop a leak or two and you never know when someone will back over the end of the hose or run over it with the lawn mower.

Ona Jo Bass
 

Ona Jo Bass grew up on a small farm in the middle of Missouri. She currently lives in a small town – still in Missouri – where she writes, gardens, enjoys her cats, dog and grandchildren.

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