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The 10 Best Garden Hoses (2019)

By: Darion Robinson

If you have a house with a small garden, maybe a few plants and grass, or a huge yard and plenty of flowers and trees, you need to have a good quality garden hose. Summertime and higher temperatures make your plants thirstier, and if you want to keep your garden growing, you have to water your plants almost every day. My house is an average size, but the yard is a bit bigger than the other ones in my neighborhood.  

There are plenty of flowers, grass, and culinary herbs we are using for cooking. This means more job around the house when summer comes. I enjoy very much in watering our garden, and honestly, that is the only reason I am looking forward to higher temperatures. I am not much of a summer person, but this activity makes me enjoy the house yard even more. Since I bought the house a years ago, I tried many different garden hoses, and the Expandable Water Hose made by Hospaip (click here to view on Amazon.com) is the best you can get so far for the reasonable amount of money.

Besides watering the plants, I use the hose for washing the car and yard paths and sometimes to shower our dog. After experimenting on many materials and models, buying the good and “never again” ones, these are the best ten options you can currently find on the market. 

Top 10 Lightweight Garden Hoses Comparison Chart

*List recently updated for 2019

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Hospaip Hose

#1

Flexible Expanding Hose-Metal 8 Function Spray Nozzle by Hospaip

This functional and extremely flexible water hose will make your life much easier if you already have plenty of garden tools and not much-left space around the house.

It comes with or without the sprayer, but I like to use sprayer because it is multifunctional. You can use it to water your garden, wash your car, the pool, or even shower your pets.

My Impression

I was impressed with the flexible design of this garden hose and its lightweight. Thanks to the excellent quality materials used, this garden tool is so much easy to store and set for use. It doesn’t take much space in my garage, and it doesn’t twist. Walking around the yard while watering the plants was easy, and this hose is very easy to control as well. 

What could be better?

Expandable Water Hose comes only in 50ft length, which is enough for an average yard size. But for anyone who has a bit bigger yard, this one might not be enough.

More features:

– After turning on the water, the hose will expand from the originally 17ft to 50ft in just a few seconds
– Zinc alloy sprayer nozzle comes you to adjust the water pressure (3-12 Bar)
– Comes with a storage bag
– Should be stored out of direct sun

Water Right Professional Coil Garden Hose

#2

Water Right Professional Coil Garden Hose (75-Foot x 3/8-Inch)

Water Right Professional Coil Garden Hose is manufactured in the US. It is very flexible and easy to store.

I like the fact that it is lead-free and drinking water safe. Since I have many other garden tools and already used most of the storage space, this garden hose is a perfect match. It is easy to set and control, no matter the weather conditions.

My Impression

I used this garden hose mostly for watering the plants on the deck, and it served me very well. What satisfied me the most is the fact that the hose didn’t lose the quality even after three years. It was exposed to the sun and cold weather, and it didn’t get damaged.  It doesn’t come with a water sprayer so you will have to provide one by yourself.

What could be better?

This retractable garden hose is perfect for smaller gardens and yards. After some time, it might lose the “memory” and its retraction features. The diameter is lower compared to the regular garden hose so it might be not enough in case you want to fill the entire pool with water or to water the whole yard quickly.

More features:

– The hose stretches up to 65ft
– Doesn’t contain any phthalates
– Both hose ends have a strain relief specially designed to prevent hose kink

Joeys Garden Expandable Garden Hose

#3

Joeys Garden Expandable Garden Hose (With 8 Way Spray Nozzle)

Joey’s is just one more great option among the expandable garden hoses available to you. Durable, high-quality materials and fabric are used, which guarantee the long-lasting garden tool. 

If you are tired of leaks, cracks, and rust, this expendable garden hose is exactly what you need. Although it is made only in black color, you can choose 25ft, 50ft, 75ft, or 100ft in length.

My Impression

The end valve is located just next to the sprayer, so you can turn off the water in a second, and save yourself a time of going to the main water shut off valve. The second feature that impressed me is how quickly this garden hose expands from its original size and length to a 75ft long hose (you can, of course, choose another length, depending on the size of your yard). With this flexible 75ft long hose, I could easily maneuver around the trees and other plants in the yard.

What could be better?

Even though the high-quality materials were used to make the spray nozzle that comes with this garden hose, the construction itself could be a bit better. It is effortless to control; however, it might give you some trouble if you press the handle too many times and too hard.

More features:

– Very easy to store: comes with hose clamps and storage bag
– The garden hose can withstand the water pressure of 4-8 bars (60PSI-115 PSI)
– Easy to control sprayer can be used in 8 different ways.

#4

Water Right 400 Series Polyurethane Slim & Light Hose

When buying a garden hose, you have to be careful about the materials the hoses are made of. But why exactly, you may ask?

Many products on the market can affect your health and the health of your family members while handling or drinking the water from it. Water Right 400 Series hose is another excellent product made in the US. It is wholly made of safe materials, and it is toxic chemical free.

My Impression

Even though I enjoy very much watering the garden and washing my car, those activities cause me back pain sometimes. I had a few heavy garden hoses so far, and they were challenging to control. Water Right 400 Series hose is entirely the opposite. It is easy to maneuver without using much strength, and I can reach any corner of the yard.

What could be better?

This hose has a bit higher price comparing to the others on the market. However, the excellent quality product justifies its price. It comes in several colors and different length, so the longer the hose – higher the rate.

More features:

– Water drinking safe
– Choose among the Brass Fittings or Stainless Steel Fittings
-Made of Polyurethane which is certified by FDA and NSF
– Fittings are made of long-lasting materials, they are resistant to cracks and guarantee no leaks.

Flexzilla Garden

#5

Flexzilla Garden Lead-in Hose 5/8 in. x 50 ft, 50' (feet)

The name itself directs you to one of the best features of this garden hose – extreme flexibility. Even though Flexzilla can’t retract like some other above described hoses, it certainly can last for years without any sign of degradation. 

Whatever the temperature, -40 or up to 140°F, Flexzilla will serve its purpose without any flows. Now, let’s discuss what I absolutely loved about it and what makes it reviewed by over two thousand customers!

My Impression

Flexzilla comes with great O-rings, which will make sure there are no leaks while using this garden hose. Long lasting materials and the design of the Flexzilla, makes this product stand out among other garden hoses. I like the most the fact that it doesn’t kink under the pleasure, and stays soft and easy to maneuver even on the lowest temperatures. It is made of the lead-free polymer, which makes this garden hose safe for water drinking.

What could be better?

Flexzilla comes only in one color, so for those of you who like to have other options, well this is terrible news. Therefore, you will have to suit yourself with the green garden hose.

More features:

  • – Light in weight and easy to store
  • – High-quality hybrid polymer materials were used to make Flexzilla
  • – Comes with crush-resistant aluminum fittings
  • – Has Zero memory which means that it will lay flat.
Flexi Hose

#6

Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose, Extra Strength (3/4")

Flexi Hose is a flexible garden hose that expands up to three times from its original size when you turn on the water. It comes with an 8-pattern nozzle and shut-off valve right next to it. 

Light in weight, natural to control and put away, Flexi Hose has 3/4” solid brass fittings. Get rid of the mud and dirt off your yard paths, wash your car, water the garden, and so much more around the yard with this high-quality garden hose.

My Impression

I got tired of knots and tangles every time I use the garden hose. This is why I like Flexi Hose – no more wrestling with knots for sure. Flexi Hose is easy to store since it retracts after usage, and it will not take a lot of space. A significant advantage of this garden hose compared to many others you can purchase online is the fact that it has the lifetime replacement warranty, so you don’t have to worry if something goes wrong.

What could be better?

The hose itself is made of the high quality and long lasting materials, but the eight function nozzle, unfortunately, is not. But don’t panic, this doesn’t mean the nozzle is entirely useless. Since the hose is made of high-quality materials, the nozzle should follow the same standards.

More features:

  • – You can choose between two styles: black or green garden hose
  • – Only 50ft long hoses available
  • – Leak resistant performance
  • – Easy to control and maneuver around the yard.
Teknor Apex Hose

#7

Teknor Apex Neverkink 8844-75 PRO Water Hose

NeverKink Pro garden hose is a multifunctional garden tool, with the flexibility that goes up to 45 degrees. Neverkink water hose is based on the patented Non-Torsion System, which doesn’t allow the hose to twist while being used. 

A translucent strip goes all the way through the water hose and makes the hose resistant to any potential tangles and twists. Thanks to this technology, Neverkink water hose is easy to control and maneuver around the yard. Lead-free and crush-resistant, this garden tool is one of the first kink resistant garden hoses ever produced in the US.

My Impression

This hose is an excellent option if you are looking for a hose with high water flow. You can choose between two diameters, 5/8 and 3/4 Inches. Therefore, you can use it to water the garden, wash the backyard, or even water the farm. After purchasing the first one for our house yard, I bought another one to use on our family farm.

What could be better?

Make sure not to leave this hose too long on the high temperatures and direct sun, since it might become stiff and hard to roll. This is something familiar for most of the non-retractable water hoses, so if you want this garden tool to serve you for years, a bit of attention on this detail won’t hurt.

More features:

  • – Produced in 3 lengths: 50ft, 75ft, and 100ft
  • – Has integrated micro-shield protection against the mildew and mold
  • – Lead-free aluminum couplings
  • – Recommended for contractor environments, tradesmen, and landscape professionals
  • – Comes with a lifetime guarantee
J&B Lawn

#8

J &B Lawn XpandaHose Light Weight Heavy Duty Triple Layered Garden Hose with Holder

XpandaHose garden hose is light in weight, and expands from 25ft when not filled with water, up to 75ft while being used. Excellent water pressure features give this hose ability to withstand up to 12 Bar (174 PSI). 

The hose is made of triple-layered latex core, and it has only 3.5lbs in weight. The insole cushion is designed in a way that it provides you with a very comfortable experience of working in your boots.

My Impression

I especially liked the flexibility of the XpandaHose and the sprayer that comes with it. The sprayer has ten patterns easy to set and use, which gives the garden hose multifunctional ability. Since it is very light in weight and simple to use, even my kids enjoyed showering our dog and helped to water our garden. Since it retracts after usage, it doesn’t take a lot of space in your garden tools storage. You can even hang it on the wall since it comes with a hose clamps.

What could be better?

I would recommend this hose for use in a smaller garden since it might not expand completely when you first use it. I believe this feature comes from the fact that it is a brand new product, so after using it for a few times, the hose will expand to its full length for sure.

More features:

  • – Comes with a storage bag and clips
  • – Has solid brass ends and steel assembly clamps
  • – Two years’ warranty on any damage and issues
  • – Made of a high-quality corrosion resistant material.
Gilmour Pro Hose

#9

Gilmour Pro Commercial Hose (Red 50 feet)

After thorough research of the design of other garden hoses on the market, manufacturers constructed Gilmour PRO as a response to the most common deficiencies water hoses usually have. 

This hose went through many different tests before it proved its connection and burst strength, and resistance to corrosion. Implemented non-kink technology, ability to withstand high water pressure, and extreme water temperature (both cold and hot), gives the Gilmore PRO advantages over many other water hoses. It comes in the red color, which will help you locate the hose easily every time you are trying to find it.

My Impression

High flexibility of the Gilmour PRO, while being the one of the hardest to kink and twist, made me very satisfied. From the moment I got this hose, I noticed its strength. I bought the 100ft long one to use it on the family farm. The farm tools should always be a few times stronger than other garden tools used at home yard. Why? Because on the farm the works are not so kind to any of the equipment or tools, and I needed a hose that will last at least for a few seasons. I didn’t make a mistake for buying a Gilmour PRO.

What could be better?

Durable materials used for making this hose can give you a bit of a struggle while using it. It is a bit heavier compared to retractable water hoses, but if you are looking for a tool that can face the extreme working environment, and everyday-use, you should not expect anything less.

More features:

  • – Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • – Has 500PSI burst strength
  • – Manufactured in the US
  • – Solid brass fittings are resistant to fractures and based on the no-leaks technology.
Touch-Rich Hose

#10

Touch-Rich Lightweight Metal Hose with Free Nozzle Flexible & Kink Free

Even though it is made of the metal, this garden hose has exceptionally lightweight. High-class stainless steel used for its production, guarantee no corrosion and rust. 

An integrated hose is Phthalates free so you can drink the water safely. Ultra modern design allows you to connect one hose to another, in case you need a longer water hose. You can choose between 50ft and 100ft length.

My Impression

What impressed me the most about this water hose is the modern design and the excellent quality.  It is easy to maneuver and control, even though there are some rocks or bricks around the yard. Pulling the water hose on those kinds of objects, with rough edges, might rip up a hose if they are made of some softer materials, but with stainless steel hose, you are on the safe side.

What could be better?

Since the hose is made of the stainless steel, and it has certain limitations when it comes to the flexibility, you have to be careful not to run over it with your car. It might crack or break if too much weight is placed on it.

More features:

  • – Comes with a seven function sprayer
  • – One-year warranty
  • – Can stand the pulling force up to 1000 N
  • – Kink and dog chew proof.

Choosing a Garden Hose FAQ

What is the best material for a garden hose?

Garden hoses can be made of different materials, with various features and capacities. Therefore, when choosing among the many options on the market, start from your own needs. Color is something less important of course, but the characteristics of the yard or garden where you plan to use the hose are starting point. If your yard is mostly covered with grass and plants, and without any sharp rocks or decorative bricks, etc., then you can go with vinyl or rubber. Otherwise, it is recommended to buy a hose made of some stronger materials, such as stainless steel, or radial core reinforced hoses.

How long of a hose do I need?

This one also depends on the size of the yard, or the surface where the hose would be used. For smaller gardens, 25ft and 50ft long water hoses are great options, since you don’t want the unnecessary tube to take place around the yard, and in your storage. In case you are looking for a hose to use on the farm, or if you have bigger yards, a longer hose is necessary. You can also find hoses that can be attached one to another, which is very practical.

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Summary

Even though there are plenty of manufacturers and sellers, choosing the right water hose can be challenging. Since the materials used for and during the production of the hose can be unhealthy and toxic, make sure you find the one safe for you and your family. Drinking water safe and lead-free garden hoses are always the best option, and you will not need to worry about jeopardizing your own or someone else’s health.

Above described garden hoses were tested and used by me, and I have chosen them as the ones that have the best features, and affordable price at the same time. There are also many other options on the market, made of high-quality materials and safe to use. Some of them are higher in price, so be careful since the high rate doesn’t have to be the guarantee for the high quality. I hope my personal experience will save you some time and help you to find the right one for you.

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