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The Best Garden Hose

Last updated on March 1, 2023

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Our Picks For The Top Garden Hoses

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Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Flexi Hose Expandable Lightweight No-Kink Garden Hose

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Flexi Hose

Expandable Lightweight No-Kink Garden Hose

The real selling point with this hose is the expandable material. With little effort, it can stretch out to its full length of 50 feet, then retracts for easy storage. It's also easy to carry and extremely durable.

Overall Take

Lightweight Space-SaverDitch the messy coils by using this expanding hose.

 Runner Up

VIENECI Durable Flexible Lightweight Expandable Garden Hose

VIENECI

Durable Flexible Lightweight Expandable Garden Hose

The pliable nature of the material makes this hose easy to store without a mess. As a fringe benefit, it's just as reliable in the winter since freezing isn't a worry. The nozzle goes on securely and has settings for every gardening situation.

Overall Take

Strong All-Season HoseYou can count on this hose in summer or winter.

 Strong Contender

BIONIC STEEL Heavy Duty Stainless Steel PRO Garden Hose

BIONIC STEEL

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel PRO Garden Hose

Say goodbye to kinks with this stainless steel hose. The metal unrolls easily and coils back up to its storage shape in a jiffy. There's also no worry about cold weather causing any internal freezing or cracks.

Overall Take

Tough Yet FlexibleThe lightweight steel is durable but surprisingly easy to carry.

 Also Great

Ovareo Flexible Expandable Heavy Duty Triple Latex Core Garden Hose

Ovareo

Flexible Expandable Heavy Duty Triple Latex Core Garden Hose

This hose not only comes with a highly functional nozzle but extra o-rings for replacement. As for the hose material, it's a vast improvement on standard rubber. The latex can expand out to 50 feet and coil back into storage without much effort.

Overall Take

Reliable, Versatile NozzleThis one is a dream to carry around bigger yards.

Buying Guide

If you’ve got a lawn, you probably have a garden hose. This backyard staple is the unsung hero of the summer, helping you out with your gardening, car washing and all those other outdoor chores. And while we might take it for granted, that changes the moment that it leaks or the water pressure falls.

If you haven’t been shopping for a garden hose in awhile, you should know that there have been a few innovations in the past few decades — both in industrial-grade hoses and those we just need to fill up the occasional kiddie pool. And while you’ll see selling points like “heavy duty” and “kink-free,” the main things that matter are the size, material and couplings.

When it comes to size, we most often think about length, and it’s easy to determine what you need just by looking at your yard. If you’ve got a 50 square foot garden, there’s no need to get a hose that stretches out to 100 feet. It might be tempting to buy some extra length “just in case,” but keep in mind that more length also means more weight.

There’s also the diameter of the hose to consider. The standard garden hose will have an interior diameter of 5/8 inch, and that’s usually sufficient for commercial use. Thinner hoses will be a little lighter to carry, which can be good for older gardeners. Hoses wider than 5/8 inch will put out more water, though they won’t necessarily put it out more forcefully. Your water pressure is regulated by the faucet you’re using, and while most hoses have a PSI rating, that determines the pounds per square inch of water pressure the hose can handle — not what it’s able to produce.

Now we come to hose material, which will really separate the gardener’s favorites from the cheap models. If you’re on a budget, you can find vinyl hoses at most any hardware store, and while they can last for years if stored indoors, they are undoubtedly the most fragile and prone to kinks. Rubber hoses are a big step up from vinyl in terms of durability, though they will be a little heavier. You can also find vinyl / rubber hybrid hoses, and they’re a good “middle of the road” option for casual users. Many modern hoses are made of a latex mesh that expands when it gets wet, allowing it to stretch out when in use and contract back into a coil for easy storage. There are even stainless steel hoses if you’re willing to sacrifice a little portability for a lot of durability.

Finally, make sure you take a look at the couplings. These are the ends of the hose that attach to the spigot and your spray nozzle (if you’re using one). Plastic couplings are a telltale sign of a cheap hose, while brass is preferred. Aluminum couplings will do the job just fine if you’re in a temperate climate, but they’re easy to bend out of shape.

What to Look For

If you want to keep that water flowing through your hose, proper storage is key. After a tough day of gardening, it can be tempting to leave the hose uncoiled out in the yard.  Don’t. Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause cracking in vinyl hoses, and it will even wear down rubber eventually. Keep them coiled up in the shade at least, or in the garage if you can. You can also extend the life of your hose by draining the water out as thoroughly as you can after use.

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