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Choosing a new hose seems like such a simple choice, but it’s more complicated than you think. Buy the wrong one and you’ll be frustrating with it kinking all the time and tough to move around.
Buy the right one and you’ll enjoy using it so much more….trust me on this one 🙂
Take your time, do a little research and buy the best one for your situation. Don’t just run down to the local big box store and buy whichever is on sale or the cheapest. Read on to see which ones are my favorite.
Quick look: the best garden hoses in 2019
- zero G Pro: my new favorite hose, kink resistant, lightweight, provides lots of pressure and commercial tough
- Aterod Expandable: very good expandable hose, fairly inexpensive, comes with nozzle
- Water Right 400 Series: the best “traditional” hose, slim and lightweight, kink resistant
- TheFitLife Metal Hose: if you want a metal hose, this is hands down the best on the market, just buy it
- Melnor Soaker: my favorite soaker hose, top brand, very flexible, provides gentle watering
- Flexzilla: very flexible & durable hose, will not kink and has swivelgrip to help attach to spigot
- Touch-Rich Stainless Steel: my second choice for metal hose, lightweight and strong
How I Rated the Garden Hoses
I choose each of the hoses above for a number of reasons. Overall usability was the number one factor, but the categories below also weighed in on my decision.
Most people don’t think about a hose’s warranty before making a purchase.
Make sure to buy one that has a least a year warranty in case it leaks within the first season of use. If you take care of your hose, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the warranty.
Strength is important because it enables the hose to resist leaks and puncture wounds.
Usually, the strength of most hoses is determined by the number of layers or piles.
A hose with several plies is considered stronger than a single layer hose. Hoses that have a steel outer case are usually far stronger than traditional or expandable hoses that have no protective casing.
Everyone has experienced the frustration of a hose kinking.
It slows down the entire process as you struggle to unkink the garden hose so that pressure can be reestablished.
If you have to go around a lot of bend and other obstacles, get a hose that is kink resistant.
The fittings on a hose must be durable for the hose to last. Examples are:
- Brass Fittings
- Industrial Grade Fittings
- Plastic Fittings
- Steel Fittings
How to Pick the Best Hose for You
Picking a hose can be difficult.
Here are a few things that you should take into consideration before purchasing a hose.
- Intended Purpose: Commercial or residential?
- Length of Hose: You will need to determine how long of a hose you need to water your flowers or landscaping. Try to avoid choosing a hose that is too long because it becomes unweilding, added weight that you will be pulling around your yard.
- Weight of the Hose: You should always take into consideration the weight of the hose. Some hoses are heavier than others. Although, a heavy hose is not necessarily a better made hose. Many factors determine the lifespan of a hose and weight has no bearing on the durability.
- Kink: Ideally, the hose you choose should kink-free.
- Expandable vs. Non-Expandable: An expandable hose is great for storage. A non-expandable hose is more conventional and a viable option if you have a hose wheel or large hose container in your yard.
- Fittings: Brass or steel fittings are built to last. Plastic fittings typically only have a limited lifespan but tend to be cheaper.
Hoses typically come in 25, 50, 75, and 100-foot lengths. You will need to determine the size of your yard to figure out what size hose will fit your needs.
Also, the longer the hose, the less water pressure. If you are seeking a lot of water pressure, then you may want to purchase a shorter hose to meet your needs.
Hoses range in diameter from 3/8-inch to 3/4-inch.
However, the typical garden hose is usually 5/8-inch in diameter. Hoses with a larger diameter deliver more water. If you want a standard garden hose that you can easily attach a sprinkler or nozzle to then, you should consider a hose that is 5/8 inch in diameter.
Hoses that are expandable are far easier to store because when not in use their length is usually half the size.
A full-length hose will require a hose wheel or a container to store the hose when not in use. Storing the hose helps to protect it from harmful UV rays that can shorten its lifespan and may even cause leaks to develop as the material suffers damage.
I created a page to help you find the best hose reel if you are looking for a new storage solution.
Types of Garden Hoses
Nowadays, there are numerous types of garden hoses available such as traditional, expandable, stainless steel, soaker, and drinking water hoses.
All have their perks…it just depends on what you plan on doing with your hose.
Traditional hoses tend to be made out of vinyl, polyurethane, or rubber. They maintain their length with or without water.
Unfortunately, many do not feature the kink resistant technology of newer, more modern hose designs. Traditional hoses tend to be less expensive and are usually fine for people that only use them occasionally.
Expandable garden hoses have become popular and really improved over earlier models.
They expand via water pressure. In many cases, they double or even triple their length.
Once the water is turned off, the hose again shrinks back to its normal size. They are ideal for easy storage and tend to be lightweight.
Some people steer away from expandable hoses because they have not been around very long, so their durability is often questioned, but the new models have really improved, so don’t dismiss them because of how they used to be made.
Stainless steel hoses are also a relatively new to the market.
Many are kink proof and highly durable. They typically feature a steel casing that covers a traditional hose. The steel casing offers protection to the encased steel or vinyl rubber hose. It protects the interior hose from UV rays and harsh weather extremes.
Steel encased hoses are also dog-chew proof.
A soaker hose is a rubber or vinyl hose that features hundreds or thousands of holes that allow water to seep out slowly.
Many of the hoses are also made of a porous material. Soaker hoses are usually used to water gardens, flowers, or other vegetative life that only require water at the root zone and do not benefit from having damp foliage. They are a great way to irrigate slowly.
Drinking water hoses are designed to safely move drinking water for campers, RVs, and home use.
They are safe for humans and pets to drink out of which means they contain no harmful chemicals or materials such as lead, BPA, or phthalates (plasticizers).
They tend to be made out of polyurethane and have a non-toxic core.
Hoses are often classified as commercial grade and non-commercial grade or consumer light.
A commercial grade hose tends to be made of heavier material that enables it to withstand severe weather and rough landscapes.
A non-commercial grade hose is usually ideal for a home gardener or home lawn.
Consumer light hoses are non-commercial grade. They are normally very lightweight and ideal for the typical homeowner. Many are expandable which makes them easier to store.
The lightweight construction of a consumer grade hose allows you to move it around the landscape with ease. They tend to be made of polyurethane, plastic or vinyl.
A commercial grade hose is constructed of heavy duty material and usually boasts numerous plies. The hose tends to be less pliable and can withstand adverse terrain. It can even endure being run over by heavy machinery.
Landscapers and other outdoor professionals tend to use commercial grade hoses because of the durability and extended lifespan.
Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Models
There are innumerable differences between cheap and inexpensive hoses. Remember, that just because a hose is expensive does not mean that it is safe to drink from.
Many hoses, inexpensive or expensive, are made from harmful chemicals and materials. They are usually clearly marked if they are not safe for drinking water.
Inexpensive Models: A basic vinyl, polyurethane, or plastic hose is the least expensive type of hose. It is constructed of a flimsy material that makes it more prone to twisting, kinking, and tangling.
The fittings are often plastic, which easily break. Sun exposure causes the hose to flake and crack over time.
However, if you are only using the hose for occasional gardening tasks, then a cheap hose may be fine for you.
Expensive Models: Expensive hoses are often made of stronger materials such as rubber or reinforced mesh vinyl and rubber layers.
The layers of a hose are known as ‘plies’. The more plies that a hose boasts, the tougher it is.
Expandable hoses often have an outer material sheath that offers protection to the inner hose to extend its lifespan.
In some models, the hoses are even encased in steel. They do not twist or kink.
Most feature UV protection to extend the lifespan of the hose. Expensive models also have long-lasting brass or steel fittings.
Best Selling & Top Rated Brands
- Water Right
How Much Should I Expect to Pay?
If you are an avid gardener or you have a large yard that depends on frequent watering then you will want to invest in higher grade hose. Garden hoses vary widely in price.
You can pick up a cheap hose for under $10, but an expensive, commercial grade hose might cost you up to $100.
Also, the longer the hose you need, the more expensive it will be – even in the same model. So that’s another reason to not buy a hose that is too long.
Garden Hose Reviews
1) zero-G Pro Garden Hose
- Lightweight – simple to move around
- Very durable
- More expensive than competitors
The zero-G Pro is my favorite hose on the market. It is lightweight, super durable and the connections are very well made. In fact, this hose is a game changer for me.
No more trying to move a heavy hose around and the casing is super durable.
I haven’t had an issues with kinking either.
This is THE hose to buy if you can afford the slightly higher than average price tag.
2) Aterod Expandable Hose
- Brass couplings
- On/Off shut off valve
- Includes 9 function nozzle
- Casing not as durable as competitors
- Nozzle just ok, but it’s free 🙂
The Aterod expandable hose is a quality product priced right. It is compact and stores very easily. I love the built in shut-off valve – I wish all companies included those.
It comes with a 1 year warranty which is nice for an expandable hose.
I did see a few people had some issues with kinking, so if that is a concern, you may want to pass on this model.
3) Water Right 400 Series Garden Hose
- Traditional design provides maximum water pressure
- Durable case
- Safe for drinking water
- Lightweight to the point where in can kink in certain situations
The Water Right 400 Series hose is perfect if you want something safe for drinking water. It is made from NSF and FDA certified polyurethane resin so it’s completely safe.
It is so lightweight and flexible that some people had issues with it kinking. You will want to take this into consideration if you plan on using it a lot and don’t need the drink water safe feature.
Overall, this is one of my favorite “traditional” style hoses available.
4) TheFitLife Metal (Stainless Steel) Garden Hose
- Puncture and tear proof
- Flexible and never kinks
- UV resistant so can withstand even hard weather conditions
- Thin diameter limits water pressure
If you need a super durable hose, you should strongly consider a stainless steel model. Generally, metal hoses are more expensive than other styles, but they are also the most durable.
You don’t have to worry about punctures or kinks with a metal hose. The TheFitLife model is also pretty lightweight, so it’s easy to move around.
Due to the diameter, this isn’t the ideal choice if you need to move a lot of water rapidly.
Out of all the metal hoses I researched, this one is my favorite.
5) Melnor 65060-AMZ Soaker Hose
- Very porous
- Flattens for easy storage
- 2 Year warranty
- Plastic connections are brittle
- Kinks very easily
The Melnor soaker hose does what it’s suppose to do….it leaks:) And it leaks a lot!
My only 2 gripes with this model is it kinks easily (true with almost all soaker hoses) and the connections are plastic which means they are prone to damage easily if you aren’t careful.
If you need a soaker, get this one.
6) Flexzilla Garden Hose With SwivelGrip
- Swivel connections make it easy to attach
- Will not kink
- Safe for drinking water – lead free
- Heavier than other hoses listed
The Flezilla SwivelGrip hose is awesome!
How many times have you had difficulty attaching your hose to the spigot or nozzle? The SwivelGrip eliminates that frustration. The ends turn separately than the hose to avoid twisting.
The Flezilla is also completely kink free. Try to kink it and you won’t be able to.
It will also deliver plenty of pressure if you need to move a lot of water, plus it’s lead free so you can drink from it.
The major downside is it’s expensive for a garden hose.
7) Touch-Rich Stainless Steel Hose
- VERY durable
- Tangle free
- Lightweight for a steel hose
- More expensive than other options
- A few customers had issues with it leaking
The Tough-Rich stainless hose is loved by a ton of users. Most people that switch over to a stainless hose don’t come back to a traditional model due to the added durability and kink proof design.
If you have issues with punctures, get a metal hose. Your dog won’t be able to chew through this hose.
This model is also simple to roll up and put away. It also includes a 12 month replacement warranty.
A few users did complain about leaking issues, but I assume the company replaced their hoses under warranty.
In my opinion, the best garden hose for most people is the zero-G Pro. I have fallen in love with this hose and don’t think I’ll ever go back to a traditional model.
If you already own one, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. Or if you have hose that you love, list that one too!