Are you the kind of guy who is perfectly okay with replacing his garden hose every year just as spring is breaking or do your identify with the group that goes big once every 5 to 10 years? Choosing a garden hose may seem like a relatively simple task- to the laymen. The man’s man however, knows that choosing the right tool for the job is half the battle won and when it comes to choosing the right garden hose why should that be any different.
The subtleties that underlie a hoses design and construction can really make your gardening and by extension your life, such a pleasure, or a living nightmare. There truly is quite a bit to consider and take us by our word, it’s not all about size (this time anyways). Now while buying a garden hose isn’t exactly like fitting on sneakers until you find the one, you need not worry.
We’ve taken the time to review the best hoses on the market and for your convenience only, compiled this handy little list of all the hoses you need to know about in order to take the next step in becoming a master of his garden. You may need some knowledge and knowhow when it comes to choosing the right plants and trees and even where and when to plant them. Make no mistake though, while many of the chores and duties you may have to fulfill around the garden may be once a month or even once per season, watering your garden will likely at some point be an almost daily task.
Do yourself the favor and make that daily chore as simple and efficient as possible by getting yourself the right garden hose.
We certainly have not skimped or “kept the best for last” in this list. First up, guns blazing, we have a 50 feet expandable hose by TBI Pro, with all its bells and whistles. This finely engineered hose, sports seriously durability by design, through the use of 370D fabric, which forms the outer layer above the 4 layers of latex which forms the hose.
This ensures that you are safe from kinks while the hose is in use, but also reduces the chance of prematurely wearing out the rubber which in turn can lead to cracking of your hose.
The hose is a mere 17 feet when bundled up which greatly reduces the need for storage, which is key in maximizing your space. Additionally this excellent hose comes with rust free connectors, a zinc alloy sprayer which has 10 different settings and a handy little 2-way splitter. This is basically all you will need and should last you at the very least a few years.
At its price point, this expandable garden hose should be a great value option for those with slightly larger gardens as well as those with smaller gardens looking to get a quality hose.
Has rust proofing on all metal parts
Contracts to only `7 feet for storage
Consists of 4 core layers of latex
Comes with many extras
Does not have brass fittings
Only has 1 length option available
Available Lengths 50 ft
Weight 3.7 pounds
MaterialMaterial and Latex
Warranty 1 year
ExtrasSprayer, Extra Washers, Hose Hanger, Storage Bag
With this top expandable hose of 2023, convenience is king, while not compromising on the quality either. This expandable hose can best be described as a handy package for those with smaller gardening spaces. The hose is engineered with a triple dura-flex core with a material cover, which means that this is one tough cookie. Most other hoses make use of single or double layered core material which greatly reduces their lifespan.
Even though this expandable hose is more aligned to the budget side of this list, make no mistake, the Rolio punches way above its weight and cracks the nod for quality and convenience. The novelty of this hose however is the fact that its hanger is completely portable and it has a reel. Usually these two add-ons will be separate but this offers the convenience of a reel wherever you take it.
The no-slip handle also offers a comfortable grip which will not slip even when wet, which also scores major points in the comfort department. All-in-all a lovely hose to get if you find storage of your hose a hassle, like those with smaller gardens, or pets that lose to bite their hose- problem solved.
Triple dura-flax core for extra sturdiness
Easy to pack up and store
Hose comes with brass fittings
Comfortable no-slip handle with adjustable pressure
While some may like a few extra bells and whistle and rightly some guys may need those extras, some guys just need something that will get the job done. Now while you may not be getting the most durable expandable hose on the list, what you sacrifice in a bit of durability, you make up for with extra length- 100 feet thereof.
This hose still has a very respectable dual latex core, covered in a 370D synthetic fabric to give it a bit of longevity. While this hose should not crack or split under normal conditions, use is not advised in extreme conditions. The hose does also come with brass fittings which means you don’t have to worry about wear and tear of the fittings. This is very much a utility item and even though it does come with a cover for storage and transport, this expandable hose will require extra effort for packing up and storage.
Again nothing fancy, but this is still a very convenient and practical option for those of you with larger gardens who are also looking for something to suit their budget. This will last you a few seasons with proper care and is definitely worth every penny.
This expandable garden hose is just such a great all-round deal that we couldn’t leave it off the list. Once again you won’t get much in the way of extras with this garden hose, which is perhaps why the price is a bit lower than some of the other 50ft expandable hoses on this list. But this hose is still every bit as good as any other out there and the manufacturers are so confident in its ability, that is comes standard with a lifetime replacement warrantee.
That might take you a bit of time to digest, but in addition to the great quality of the hose itself, it is very lightweight and easy to store. Do note that there is no hose hanger included which means you will have to buy one separately, or one of your flower pots will have to make do. Most of the standard specifications can be expected, a 50 foot lightweight hose, which will contract to about 17 feet when not in use.
This expandable hose does come with a handy watering nozzle which has 8 different settings to ensure your watering needs are always met. Additionally all the fittings are brass which is always lovely on both the eye and in terms of durability.
Here we have one of the slightly more expensive but fancier garden hoses in the list, the 50ft expandable water hose by Begleri. This hose is a tough nicer than the average expandable gardening hose with subtle touches like the brass fittings, and metal spray nozzle. These may seem like minor things, but these little details are what makes a good hose a great hose and gives you those extra years of use.
This hose does have a much improved 3300D material cover, but sadly only a double latex core, which is good but could be a bit better. The metal spray nozzle comes with an impressive 10 settings for various modes of watering as needed. Also key to note is that the nozzle’s trigger can be fixed for making longer periods of watering much easier, while the metal is covered in rubber for improved comfort.
This expandable hose package additionally includes a hose hanger and handy storage bag for storage and transport purposes. Perhaps the only possible drawback is the material cover on the hose pipe, which can stick to unfinished cement surfaces and sidewalks, which can be a bit frustrating if you have to move around these. Otherwise, this is a wonderful expandable hose and comes with a 2 year warrantee.
The VERAGREEN gardening hose is something a touch different to the other hoses on this list, owing mainly to its internal design. This hose’s core is made from the proprietary Veragreen core which is capable of functioning is somewhat lower temperatures than that of traditional latex gardening hoses. The core material is additionally encased in a high-density woven jacket which offers longer lasting protection for your hose than some other synthetic woven materials.
While this does make for a really interesting hose which is also capable of higher pressure watering, sadly the hose itself does not expand and contract in length like traditional expandable hoses. This however was still considered for the list owing to the fact that this hose will shrink in size when not in use.
Due to the higher pressure functionality, this hose comes with the tried and tested metal nozzle which can be turned to adjust the water pressure. The other fittings are also brass on this hose which rounds off one of the more sturdy hoses on this list. There are sadly no extras to sweeten the deal and this hose is a touch heavier than most 50ft expandable hoses, at just over 4 pounds.
Veragreen Core and high density woven jacket for improved sturdiness
Capable of functioning at higher water pressures
Has a 1 year warrantee
Comes with a metal nozzle with variable pressure
Cannot contract for shorter length when not in use
This expandable hose keeps its very simple in the elegant black finish with brass fittings. While this expandable hose does not come with a nozzle attachment, what is great is the shutoff valve which it does come with.
The hose should easily be able to expand and retract to its advertised lengths, regardless of your length option; there are 4 lengths available. Additionally having length options ranging from 25 to 100 feet is useful if you would like to add an extension, you can now have matching hose segments.
While this expandable garden hose is of the no fuss variety, and reasonably priced, the quality of the hose itself is not specifically the highest on our list. Rest assured however that you will still receive a generous 12 month warrantee, which means your hose should last through all conditions without any issues. This expandable hose should not kink or twist and thus should not crack or develop leaks easily. In addition, this package comes with a useful storage sack.
A lovely simple hose with a can-do attitude, which is a good choice for gardeners who are looking for something simple but may not specifically, be planning on everyday use.
This expandable hose is really the budget option in this list, but do not be fooled by the price, because it also comes with an 18 month warrantee, which is good by most garden hose standards. Even though this should have any bargain-hunter rearing to pounce on this deal, this is an easy-to-use durable hose, which gets the job done just as well as the best of them.
The simple design is also a latex core, but with a looser fitting material around the core, which still gives you great durability but you will have to be careful with the material cover especially when there is no internal water pressure. This expandable hose should be easy to maneuver in almost any garden and it also comes in three sizes which should be plenty in terms of length options.
Perhaps the only real drawback of this hose is the fittings which are plastic and not metal. This means you may not have to worry about any rust, but will have to be careful not to leave this out in adverse weather conditions as it will create wear on the plastic.
You should be able to get at least a few years out of this hose and for such a steal, we absolutely love this offering by eBoTrade.
The expanding hose by lifecolor is one of our more premium picks for this list and embodies a more complete package as far as expanding hoses are concerned. This may however not be the highest quality or have the most bells and whistles, but what you are getting is a really well rounded package with a 100ft hose.
Definitely not the best pick for smaller gardens, but for a sizable garden this should definitely be a consideration. This expandable hose comes with a latex double core and 3750 high density casing, which is a sort of benchmark durability for expandable hoses. This design also ensures a high level of flexibility while minimizing the possibility of kinks and leaks, which is a very important feature when looking at longer garden hoses. The 75-100 ft range is particularly susceptible to wear and tear from coiling and uncoiling, especially in hot and cold weather.
This package includes a nozzle with 8 settings as well as a handy storage bag. Really something to consider for bigger gardens which require regular watering. This 100ft expandable hose additionally has a 1 year warrantee.
Longer hose, 100ft
Has a 1 year warrantee
Brass fittings with shut-off valve
Alloy hose nozzle with rubber grip for easy handling
Here we have the heaviest duty of the 100ft expandable hoses on this list, by 3KM. While all other 100 feet hoses in this list have a dual latex core, this one comes with a triple latex core also encased in woven synthetic fabric. This really is the one to get if you are looking for something that will put up with tougher and more frequent usage.
This expandable garden hose additionally come with all brass fittings, storage pouch and a 9-way adjustable nozzle. Those are really all the main accessories you could be looking for in a high-end expandable garden hose. While the nine-way nozzle attachment gives you all the options from a heavy or strong spray to a light mist, the handle is extremely comfortable for extended periods of watering.
While this expandable garden hose may cost a bit more than some of its competitors on this list, the solid construction combined with all those extras really are worth the investment for an expandable hose that will last for at least several years. Having an easy-to-use hose is also an added bonus and really makes gardening so much more pleasurable especially for those bigger gardens that require a bit more time and effort.
Brass fittings with shut-off valve
Has a 1 year warrantee
Longer hose, 100ft
Alloy hose nozzle with rubber grip for easy handling
Here we have perhaps the only other contender for the title of best 100ft hose in the higher end category of the list. While the 3KM 100ft expandable hose has a little more durability, the Crenova makes up with a few more extras to sweeten the deal for you.
While admittedly, this 100ft expandable garden hose only comes with a dual latex core, you should remember that a dual latex core is more than enough durability to keep you going for many a season. That being said there is a very slight tradeoff between convenience and durability, so it all depends one which you place a bit more emphasis on.
This hose should be no hassle at all to coil and store, especially since it comes with a hose hanger- the only 100ft hose on this list which does. You will additionally find all your favorite expandable hose trimmings such as the brass fittings, nozzle with 7 settings and storage pouch.
The one feature which does however set it apart from most of its competitors is this hose’s ability to function in hotter and colder weather than most.
The last offering on this list is certainly a great way to round off such a great selection, perhaps with the hose which includes the most extras of all our selections. Even that may catch your eye at first when inspecting this package; this expandable water hose has tons of built-in quality and durability which should last longer than most other hoses.
The inner core is a triple latex core with a synthetic woven fabric encasing it, which is what provides such great durability for a 50ft hose. This hose additionally comes with quite a list of goodies, including a nozzle attachment, hose hanger, storage pouch and microfiber sponge glove.
With literally so much to love about this package, even if you didn’t have a garden this would make a phenomenal gift for a friend who does.
What to look for when buying an expandable garden hoses?
This question may be a bit trickier than you think. Most people go into a store and immediately look at length, price and sometimes thickness. While these are definitely important factors, you should always ask or check the construction of the hose in terms of materials used and how many layers the core is comprised of.
This will give you a better indication of durability of the hose and also the general quality of the product. In addition, also remember to check the required or suggested operating pressure as some hoses will not give you enough water pressure at the nozzle to reach the entire garden.
Have a look at the extras included in the package when comparing hose prices, as high quality extras can cost quite a penny and really make a difference.
How do expandable hoses work?
Expandable hoses are typically made from a latex core, which is both stretchable but also durable, with a woven material outer casing to protect the latex from wear and tear. When the water is off and there is no internal pressure, the hose will naturally contract and become around a third of the full length.
Once water is run through the hose, it will conversely expand and become full length, which then allows you the maximum reach.