Best Garden Hoses
If you were to poll the residents of your neighborhood to see how many of them own a garden hose, the percentage is probably pretty high. For homeowners, there are several reasons why owning a garden hose can be beneficial. With one, you can manually wash your vehicles, water your garden, or even let your kids play water tag on a hot day. Simply put, they are not mandatory, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you do not currently own one. Even if you own one, does it perform to your expectations?
A hose is an inexpensive item that has plenty of uses, as we’ve said. So even if you already own one, it’s not out of the question to shop for another. To save you the hassle of browsing through tons and tons of websites to find a new hose (or even worse, just picking up the run of the mill option at the hardware store), we’ve compiled a list of the best garden hoses on the market right now. Browse through, read some of our FAQs and see which option best fits your household needs.
- Water Right 400
- Various Lengths
- Chemical Free
- Forever Steel
- UV Resistant
- Kink Free
10 Best Garden Hoses
Water Right 400
While some of the other hoses on this list possess a greater burst pressure rating, this polyether-based polyurethane makeup eliminates permanent cracks and leaks.
Nothing to criticize in regards to the fittings, that is certain. Besides the fact that they are an industrial-grade, they have been chrome-plated to ensure a long lasting shelf life.
Even in scorching or frigid temperatures, this is able to retain its softness and flexibility while in operation. Again, though, despite the claims, kinking has been presented as an issue for various reviewers.
Size and Length
While not quite a diameter of 5/8 inches like so many of the others on this list, the 7/16-inch diameter should still suffice. As for the length, you can choose from 25-foot, 50-foot, 75-foot, and 100-foot.
The polyurethane resin that is used for this hose is NSF and FDA certified. Past this, no extra odor or taste is added to the water. Indeed, this is as safe as it gets for drinking.
Though the diameter is a bit smaller than most garden hoses, this just means you will get a little less water flow. If you are not intending on using this garden hose for rigorous work, this should not be an issue for you.
- Contains no lead or other toxic chemicals
- There are length options of 25, 50, 75 and 100-foot
- The brass chrome-plated fittings are crush-resistant
- Several reviewers have expressed their issues with kinking
Forever Steel Hose
Being made from stainless steel means it'll definitely be durable and last you a long while. But that doesn't mean it's inflexible. You can be assured it'll easily move with you and won't weigh you down.
Copper is one of the most durable elements that can be used for fittings and even if something were to happen to them, they can be removed to be either repaired or replaced.
Like we said above, this stainless steel design ensures its durability but won't hinder your movement. You'll still have plenty of maneuverability with the added protection of no kinks or snags. It's also lightweight meaning you can twist and move as needed without causing any damage to your hose.
Size and Length
The Forever steel comes in four lengths. You can choose from a regular twenty five foot length, a fifty foot, seventy-five foot or even a one hundred foot long hose. This should allow you to choose the best size for your needs.
On the package, it claims that this hose is not to be used for drinking water. No matter the reasoning behind it, abide by this warning and keep your kids and pets from consuming it.
The Forever Steel hose is a great option for those looking for the right durability while still remaining flexible, and the ability to choose the length that best fits your needs.
- UV Resistant
- Kink Free
- Rust Free
- Rip Free
- Not the best spray distance
- Some found can still be tangled
Flexzilla decided to opt for a hybrid polymer material to make up the brunt of their hose. This decision leads to a hose with optimal abrasion resistance, along with a superior amount of strength.
The hose’s strength is one thing entirely, but the fittings are another story. Due to the anodized aircraft aluminum male and female fittings, they are crush-resistant and ready for anything.
Here is where things get a little dicey. Call it false advertisement or misjudgment, but it is claimed that this hose will not kink under pressure. While the kinking is kept to a minimum, it is not when the hose is under no pressure.
Size and Length
Several size options are available for you to select from and they range from 3 feet to 100 feet (in terms of the length). However, there are several options in-between.
Per its marketing claim, you are safe to drink the water that comes out of this hose. Due to the hybrid polymer material and fittings not containing harsh substances, this is possible.
When a manufacturer claims their garden hose is immune from kinking, take it with a grain of salt. It is almost expected and not avoidable. But, this hose does combine durability and maneuverability admirably.
- Features anodized aircraft aluminum male and female fittings
- It is lighter than traditional garden hoses
- Designed to stay flexible in most weather conditions
- When under no pressure, users have reported that it kinks badly
Briggs & Stratton
Being engineered for commercial, recreational, and residential use, it is clear that this is built to last. Industrial-style reinforcing ensures a high amount of strength and it can even handle water temperatures up to 200 degrees.
This garden hose comes equipped with male and female couplings and they are nickel plated. All in all, they are designed to resist wear and corrosion and are also crushproof.
Kinking is always going to be present but the key is to try and minimize it as much as possible. Briggs and Stratton achieve this with an eight-sided cover. Additionally, the hose remains flexible in cold weather.
Size and Length
There are four different lengths that you can choose from (25-foot, 50-foot, 75-foot and 100-foot) and all have a diameter of 5/8 inches for optimal water pressure.
On the package, it claims that this hose is ideal for recreational use. Now, it is not clear whether or not this alludes to drinking so if you want to err on the side of caution, do not drink from this hose.
The minute you grab ahold of this garden hose, you will understand its strength and durability. Of course, for some people, this will be too heavy to handle. At just under 10 total pounds, it is quite the beast.
- Can withstand water temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- It is engineered for recreational, residential and commercial use
- Features reinforcing for enhanced strength
- Tends to leave a black residue on your hands
- Not the lightest garden hose in the world
It does not matter what your intentions are with this hose, it should be able to handle it. This is thanks to its industrial-grade and burst rating of 500 PSI.
Even though it can be hard to fathom, the nickel plated fittings on this hose can withstand abuse from a moving vehicle. That is right, they are crushproof and could still be operable after being run over.
Some users have criticized this hose for being too stiff and bulky to maneuver. Those these claims may be true, Sure Grip technology has been integrated to make the handling experience improved.
Size and Length
What you see is what you get, in terms of the size options present for this hose. But, a 50-foot hose with a 5/8-inch diameter should suffice for most people.
This is another case of possibly erring on the side of caution. It is possible that no harm will come to you if you drink the water directly from this hose, but it could be a risk.
If you can handle a garden hose that requires a bit of effort, then you can appreciate the craftsmanship that is in order here. Toughness is certainly not everything but when you know something is going to last, it is comforting.
- Can handle water temperatures up to 160 degrees
- The fittings are attached for the utmost durability and strength
- Thicker and stronger than most garden hoses
- Can be a hassle to operate
- Kinking has been reported as an issue at times
Water Right Coil
If you remember anything about the previous Water Right garden hose that made an appearance on this list, you will not be surprised at the polyether-based polyurethane craftsmanship.
What is nice about the solid chrome-plated brass fittings, outside of being highly-durable and long-lasting, is that they prevent lead from entering into the water supply.
There are strain reliefs on both hose ends that are aimed to prevent kinking. Unfortunately, the real issue is with the coil system as they wrap around one another and can be difficult to manage.
Size and Length
This is offered in 25-foot, 50-foot, and 75-foot lengths. But, because of the coils, these lengths are a bit hard to achieve. Plus, the 3/8-inch diameter is not that great.
Water Right does not add any lead or phthalates into their design. Their hose is FDA and NSF certified and if you feel the need, go right on and drink straight from this garden hose.
Once again, this is a unique garden hose. Even though it is not the garden hose you will probably envision in your mind, they are nice and some feel they are less cumbersome than traditional garden hoses.
- It remains flexible in all weather conditions
- Features chrome-plated brass fittings
- Drinking water safe as it contains no phthalates
- Overall, managing this hose can be a chore as the coils wrap around one another
Being made from an all-rubber material, Craftsman ensured that their garden hose would stand up to wear and tear. Plus, the radial tire cord has been reinforced for improved force strength.
The brass coupler on this hose will tighten securely to your water source and due to the design, it is crush-resistant.
When rolling this hose up, kinking can become an issue but because of the concave hexagonal shape, the kinking is minimized as much as possible. Even more so, this can operate under nearly any weather condition.
Size and Length
While the hose displayed for you is the 50-foot version, Craftsman does offer more lengths such as their 100-foot version of the same hose. As far as the girth, it sports a diameter of 5/8 inches.
Via the product label, Craftsman warns that their garden hose is not intended for consumption. It contains various chemicals, such as lead, that can cause harm to humans if consumed.
The safety concerns may draw a red flag if you have kids and pets constantly running around in your yard but if you are in it for the durability, then this is the cream of the crop.
- It is made from an all-rubber material
- Features a crush-resistant coupler
- To reduce as much kinking as possible, this hose has a concave hexagonal shape
- When handling, black rubber tends to get on your hands
- Does kink a bit when you roll it up
ELEY decided to construct their garden hose with polyurethane and given that this material is used to make inline roller blade wheels, it was not a bad choice. Both the inner tube and outer cover are crafted with this material.
To ensure that their fittings would hold up to abuse, ELEY went with brass fittings that happen to be crushproof. Even if you were to drive over it by accident, they will still maintain their shape.
For further resistance to kinking, high-tensile reinforced threading has been integrated into this hose. On top of this, the hose is designed to retain its flexibility under all temperatures.
Size and Length
An unparalleled amount of options for length are available for this hose. You can get lengths as low as 6.5 feet or as long as 200 feet (with several options in-between).
There is no need for concern if you want to take a sip from this garden hose. The polyurethane is crafted from resins that are FDA approved and brass fittings are lead-free. In addition, even the rubber gaskets are free from any toxins.
Even though the price is pretty steep for a garden hose, it is more than worth it. Why keep investing in a brand-new hose every other year when you can buy one that will last for several years?
- It is resistant to mold and mildew
- Backed by an impressive 10-year warranty
- There are several hose lengths from 6.5 feet to 200 feet
- When winding up this hose, the end tends to kink
Miracle Gro Soaker
Let’s just say that this is not exactly a hose that is designed to be used recklessly. It is not cheap or anything like that but ensure that no bends are present when you place the hose where you want it.
Coming with the hose are EZ-connect fittings and they can be attached anywhere, you please. Again, you cut the hose manually and connect the fittings on the end.
To put the flexibility of this hose in perspective, you could easily make a loop that is no longer than one foot in diameter. In fact, this hose is ideal for watering those pesky areas in your garden.
Size and Length
A 3/8-inch diameter is significantly smaller than most hoses on this list but for what this hose is, it is not an issue. Also, you can opt for a 50-foot, 75-foot, or 100-foot version.
To guarantee you know you will be safe drinking the water from this hose, it meets the lead-free standard that is set out by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
This type of a hose is almost specifically tailored towards a garden. In fact, you could even attach other garden hoses to this if you so choose to. However, be aware that this is only going to appeal to a specific demographic.
- It is made up of 65 percent recycled materials
- Very simple to cut and assemble
- Comes with two male and two female connectors
- More connectors would have been nice
- The 3/8-inch diameter limits its water flow
Teknor designed their Apex hose to rival commercial-grade hoses in terms of strength. It has an enormous burst rating of 600 PSI and has a woven fiber jacket that resists abrasions and punctures.
For up to 900 pounds, these commercial-grade fittings are crushproof. One could only imagine what would need to be done to actually damage these fittings.
As compared to other garden hoses, this is about 50 percent lighter. But, when it comes to kinking, reference user feedback as several have not had a hassle-free experience.
Size and Length
Despite some issues, the size and length options of the hose are not among them. With a 5/8-inch diameter and options for 25-foot, 50-foot, and 100-foot, everyone should be pleased.
As the advertisement of the Apex Hose claims, this is free from lead and drinking water safe.
There is no debating the toughness and durability that is present here. Instead, most users have taken issue with the kinking. But, then again, what else is new, right?
- It is lead-free and drinking water safe
- 50 percent lighter than other garden hoses
- Both the hose and the fittings are built to last
- Some users have reported that they have experienced leaking from the connector
- Despite the claims, reviewers have not had a good experience with the kinking
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
How Tough and Durable the Garden Hose Is
Garden hoses are going to need to withstand some abuse; there is almost no escaping this reality. Unless you plan on becoming the most anal human being on the planet and watch every move you make with the 50 feet of hose you have, it may snag on something. If the hose is not durable enough, these snags can potentially lead to abrasions and when this happens, a garden hose is practically useless. A good way to guarantee that you are investing in a tough hose is to first look at its main material. For the most part, rubber hoses are the strongest and most long-lasting. This is because they have a natural tendency to resist cracking and deterioration.
However, the main material is one aspect but looking for a hose that has been reinforced is not a bad thing either. No matter how it is reinforced, for example with an added mesh lining, this increases the hose’s resistance to punctures and splitting. Something else to look for is the burst rating. A manufacturer may provide you with this information in PSI and this rating informs you of the maximum amount of pressure the hose can take before rupturing.
The Design of the Fittings
A hose is only as good as the fittings that are installed on them. If you think about it, without the fittings there would be no water flow, to begin with. The question is how do you determine a good fitting? Clearly, the first aspect would be to address what the fitting is made of. The two most common materials on this list were copper and brass. However, which one is better? If you paid any attention in science class, then you should already know that copper is in brass. Indeed, brass is an alloy that is composed of zinc and copper.
When it comes down to it, brass is a no-brainer because of its excellent durability and its ability to withstand high temperatures. In the long haul, brass will retain its condition and remain sufficient for years. However, also keep an eye out for chrome plating and nickel plating. Either technique will add wear-resistance and corrosion-resistance for the fitting. As you noticed throughout this list, it is not uncommon for some fittings to withstand being crushed by a 500-pound object and those are the type you want to go after.
Their Maneuverability and Kinking
Up until now, all we have shoved down your throats is the idea that garden hoses must be built to last. While this is inherently true, there is another major buying factor that comes into play in a big way. That is, of course, how easy the hose is to maneuver and if it has severe kinking issues. Let’s address the latter first, as hoses are infamous for it. If you have ever owned a hose, there is probably a 100 percent chance that it has kinked on you before. When this happens, it can disrupt the water flow and lead to irritation. Some garden hoses will be marketed with the guarantee that they will never kink, but take that with a grain of salt.
Sure, there are some garden hoses that will not kink as much as others but at the end of the day, it is nearly impossible to find a 100 percent non-kinking hose. But, some materials, such as denier woven fabric or polymer, will aid in preventing it as much as possible. Past this, though, analyze how large and bulky the hose is. You may not want to deal with a hose that you have to manhandle.
The Length and Diameter of the Hose
Now, it is time to address the specifications of a garden hose. There are two main aspects you should focus on here and they are the length and diameter of the hose. When assessing how long you need your hose, note that the longer you have it is not always the better. Sure, this allows you more coverage but it can also make the hose harder to maneuver and add to the storage space. Ensure you have a good understanding of the length you require. Given that hose lengths typically jump by 25-foot increments, though, at least make sure you have enough hose.
For the diameter, this is a different beast entirely. While there is a tradeoff of more weight for a larger diameter, this does ensure that your hose will carry more water. In addition to this, the water flow and pressure will be enhanced. For the most part, a diameter of 5/8-inch is your best bet.
If They Are Drinking Water Safe
All things considered, this is not the primary function of a garden hose. Yet, there are still several reasons why you should consider a hose that is drinking water safe. The most obvious is protecting your children and pets. Even if you inform your kids to never drink from the hose, your pets may accidentally get their paws on it. If the fittings contain lead it will seep into the water and if too much is consumed, lead poisoning could follow. It is just not something you should mess around with.
However, if the garden hose is FDA approved and there are no harsh chemicals throughout, you should be in the clear. Besides for safety, this can also be ideal on a hot day when you need a refreshing drink of water.
Q: How Do You Store Your Garden Hose in the Winter?
When the winter time hits, it is the time for you to properly store your garden hose. If it is left out and exposed to the elements, it can become damaged. Even worse, though, is if there is still water left inside as when water freezes, it expands and this can cause further damage. To extend its shelf life, it is best for you to store the hose indoors and here is how you should do it. After you have disconnected the hose from your spigot, ensure that you drain out all the water inside of it. Elevate the hose until all the water has been removed and then you can begin to coil it for storage.
But, when you are doing so, make sure you avoid kinking the hose. After which, you can go ahead and connect the fittings to each end of the hose for storage purposes. Now that the hose is ready to go, store it in a warm location off of the floor (such as the top shelf in your closet).
Q: Can You Repair Leaks on a Garden Hose?
Unfortunately, your hose may succumb to leakage. Even heavy-duty hoses are not immune to this but the light at the end of the tunnel is knowing that manual repairs are possible. Not only are they possible but for the most part, they are pretty simple. In a perfect world, if you had to suffer a leak then it would be a small one. In this scenario, you could probably get away with using standard electrical tape to seal the leak. But, before you apply the tape, thoroughly clean and dry that section of the hose. Take note, if you wrap the tape too tightly then it will not seal as the hose will crease.
But, larger leaks may require a bit more maintenance. If tape will not suffice, you may have to cut the damaged section out and replace it with a mender. As this process is a bit more complex, you may want to reference online tutorials for this one.
Q: Can You Recycle Garden Hoses?
No matter how durable or well-built a garden hose is, they will not last forever. At a certain point in time, they will reach the extent of their lifespan and you will need to replace it. However, what do you with the current hose? Can you recycle them? While it will depend on the current regulations of your county, the general consensus is that most can’t be recycled. This is due to most garden hoses being made from a variety of materials. But, for the most part, it seems that the ends can be snipped off and placed in your recycling bin.
All you really can do is place your hose in your bin and see if the city picks it up. If they do not, call your city and get further clarification on their regulations in regard to recycling.
Q: What to do When It Leaks from the Fittings?
Repairing small and large leaks was just addressed but because leaking is one of the biggest concerns for garden hoses, another similar question presents itself. This time, it is referencing what happens when your hose is leaking from either of the two end fittings (or both). While this is not the guaranteed issue, there is a high probability that it is leaking because there is a bad gasket. If you notice that it is not even there anymore or is warped horribly (look for the rubber washer), it is time to get a new one.
Granted you have some sort of flat tool, such as a flat head screwdriver, you can remove the current gasket by popping it out. Once the old one has been removed, install the new rubber washer and secure it by pushing it down. Make sure the washer does not drop on its own as that indicates it is not secure.
Q: How Long Do Garden Hoses Last?
This question is impossible to answer on its own. After all, the lifespan of a garden hose is going to be dependent on several different variables. For example, the main types of materials that are used to construct it, how you store it in the winter, and the overall manner in how you treat it. The first two examples have already been addressed in-depth. Yet, a cloud still looms over the latter example. With this in mind, what can you do to ensure that you are treating your garden hose correctly?
For starters, you should never drag the hose directly from the spray nozzle. Doing so can put unnecessary pressure on the coupling. In addition, you should drain the hose at the end of each day (if you use it) as turning off the nozzle does not release the pressure that has been built up. Lastly, try to avoid letting it sit in direct sunlight for long periods of time. If your spigot does not have a shaded area next to it, you may have to move the hose altogether.
Q: How Do You Stop a Hose from Kinking?
Alright, kinking has been brought up numerous times. Depending on the specific hose, it can be a major or minor issue. Yet, there are still some ways you can help prevent it. First off, stretch out the hose completely to ensure that there are no kinks, to begin with, and work with your hose like that. When coiling the hose, do not coil it too tight as this can lead to possible kinking.
Who knew buying a garden hose was such a convoluted process? If we are being fair, the information presented to you today should be fairly easy to wrap your head around. As long as you guarantee that your next garden hose is exactly what you are looking for, you should not be disappointed.