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Anne Marie Van Nest

Professional Gardening Expert

Best Garden Hose & Best Garden Water Hose

Who would have thought that picking a hose would have so many choices? What length should it be to get to that juniper in the far reaches of the yard? Should it be made of rubber, vinyl, or a combination? Is a reinforced hose needed to withstand high water pressures? Should it be kink-proof or ultra flexible to roll easily onto a hose reel? Finally, some hoses even come in designer colors!

With so many choices, one of the easiest to make is the length. Most hoses are available in 50 ft. (15 m) or 75 ft. (23 m) lengths, but frequently 25 ft. (7.6 m) and 100 ft. (30 m) lengths are also available. The longer the hose, the lower the pressure at the end. The longer the hose, the heavier it is to move, too. A 75 ft. (23 m) hose weighs about 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) and 100 ft. (30 m) weighs 15 lbs. (6.8 kg). So stringing two 100 ft. (30 m) hoses together and going uphill with low water pressure probably won’t result in much water coming out of the end. Sometimes the hose diameter is variable, 5/8” (17 mm) is a common size, but 1/2” (12.5 mm) and ¾” (19 mm) are also available from some manufacturers. The larger the diameter, the greater the amount of water delivered.

Psi (pounds per square inch) ratings generally range from 50 (3.5 kg/cm) to 600 (42 kg/cm) for garden hoses; the higher the psi, the stronger the hose. For a typical home that has water pressure of 50-60 psi, (4 kg/cm) a hose with 150 psi (10.5 kg/cm) should be adequate.

Hoses are usually made of rubber, nylon, vinyl, or a combination of these materials. Many have multiple layers (7-ply like tires) to give them greater durability and burst strength. Often reinforced hoses bend without kinking, have greater burst strength, better durability, and a longer lifespan.

Although many hoses are UV stabilized, they will all last longer if they are not left out in the sun. Also reduce pressure and drain hoses when not in use.

When looking for a quality hose, consider the coupling. Are the washers sitting inside snuggly and have a good tight fit? Many couplings are made of solid brass and are crush-proof so there’s no detrimental effect of rolling over the end with a car tire as it snakes across the driveway.

Be wary that most garden hoses are not intended for drinking (and often have a statement to this effect under the label). Use a white RV hose rated for drinking water if a hose is needed for human or pet water consumption. Do not drink out of garden hoses.

Many of the newer hoses have added antimicrobial features to their hoses to reduce the growth of mold, bacteria, fungus and yeast inside the dark, damp hose. That’s another reason not to drink out of garden hoses.

Tired of hoses that continually kink at the slightest provocation? Try the non-kinking (or at least kink-resistant) versions, but be prepared to contend with a heavier hose and in some cases, a tough time getting hoses to coil up - somewhat like a wrestling match with a boa constrictor. And cold weather makes the situation worse.

If you are prone to stabbing your hoses with a garden fork while working in the garden bed, try a light green (or even bright yellow or red) hose for better visibility. Having these hoses will also avoid the nasty black hose marks on hands, legs, and pants where the hose beast left its mark.

Finally, lifetime or multi-year warranties are a great security blanket if hoses happen to “spring a leak.”

For a quality hose, look for kink proof, crack, or burst resistant, heavy-duty fittings and flexibility in the cold weather.

When you shop for the best garden hose, you realize you have more choices than you could imagine. For the best garden water hose, consider length, materials, flexibility and other factors that ensure you can water your garden with ease.

Best Garden Hoses by Anne Marie Van Nest

The Best You Can Get

  • Dramm - ColorStorm Premium Rubber Hose

    Anne says: 5/8” (17 mm) diameter, 50 ft. (15 m) length.

    Built tough to resist high psi water pressure and surface abrasion.

    Striated surface for good gripping and long durability.

    Crush-proof, nickel plated, brass coupling to resist accidental tire run overs.

    Hot water resistant up to 160 degrees F. (71 deg. C.)

    Six bright colors for the highest visibility.

    Ability to color coordinate garden hoses with watering cans, sprinklers and hose nozzles.

    Rubber reinforced hose is hexagon shape to resist kinking. Bounces right back out of a kink every time without making a crease and coils even in cold weather (-25 deg. F. (-31 C.)

    • Bright colors for high visibility
    • Hexagonal shape for less kinking
    • Reinforced quality rubber hose
    • Crush-proof coupling
  • Hozelock - Tricoflex Hose

    Anne says: Sizes: 1/2” (12.5 mm), ¾” (19 mm), 1” (25 mm)
    Lengths: 25 m (82 ft.), 50 m (164 ft.)

    Multi-layers of flexible PVC enclosed with a textile knitted braid coating for better tensile strength, kink resistance, and higher pressure ratings.

    Smooth, black inner tube restricts algae growth.

    Tough and durable, used by English gardening professionals.

    Hard wearing outer cover is UV and abrasion resistant.

    • 4-layer reinforced hose
    • UV stabilized PVC cover
    • Bright yellow color for increased visibility
    • Tough and durable
  • Gilmour - Platinum Flexogen Hose; Series 10 Flexogen Hose

    Anne says: Items reviewed:

    1) Platinum Flexogen Hose #58025
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 25’ (7.6 m), 50’ (15 m), 75’ (23 m), 100’ (30 m))

    2) Series 10 Flexogen Hose #10-34100
    (3/4” (19 mm) x 75’ (23 m), 100’ (30 m))

    For both Flexogen hoses:

    Rated for over 500 psi (35 kg/cm).

    Lightweight and flexible, easily coils even in cold weather. No need to store these hoses in the garage for the winter.

    Metal spring protective collar at faucet end to prevent kinks.

    Crush-proof brass couplings with a built in washer.

    Maximum kink resistance.

    Smooth outer surface to resist tears and mildew.

    Won’t blacken surfaces or skin.

    • 8-layer construction
    • Double tire cord reinforced
    • Brass coupling with built-in washer
    • High pressure rating
  • Apex - Neverkink 3000; Neverkink 5000

    Anne says: Items reviewed:

    1) Neverkink 3000, Extra Heavy Duty #8640
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75’ (23 m), 100 ft. (30 m))

    2) Neverkink 5000, Professional Duty Landscaper #8690
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75’ (23 m), 100 ft. (30 m))

    For both Neverkink hoses:

    Guaranteed no-kinks or tangles.

    Solid brass heavy duty couplings.

    Anti-microbial protection against inner hose mold and mildew.

    Reinforced, protective collar to prevent kinking at the faucet.

    Rated for 360 psi (25 kg/cm).

    Remains flexible at 35-45 deg. F (2-7 deg. C).

    • Reinforced
    • Tough and durable
    • Ultra-flexible
    • Non-kinking or tangling
  • Gardener’s Supply Company - Lifetime Hose

    Anne says: Lifetime Hose #31-904, #31-911
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50' (15 m), 100' (30 m))

    Flow guard collar to avoid kinks at the faucet end.

    Built in washers for a leak proof seal at the faucet.

    Rated for 500 psi (35 kg/cm) of pressure.

    Lightweight and flexible for easy handling.

    Light green color for greater visibility when laying in tall grass.

    • 6-ply construction
    • 2 layers of tough polyester cord
    • Lightweight yet flexible
    • Brass couplings

You will be happy with any of these

  • Ames True Temper - All Weather Garden Hose

    Anne says: All Weather Garden Hose #4007978A66
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75’ (23 m))

    Spine down the inside of the hose keeps it kink-resistant.

    300 psi (21 kg/cm) burst rating.

    Anti-bacterial lining prevents algae buildup and extends host life.

    • Crush-proof couplings
    • Kink-resistant spine down top of hose
    • Anti-bacterial lining
  • Acme Flexeel - Super Deluxe Extra Light

    Anne says: Super Deluxe Extra Light #A774H50G
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75’ (23 m))

    Lighter than most garden hoses.

    Reinforced and flexible, yet tough enough to stand the pressure.

    UV stabilized and crack resistant.

    Constructed from top quality reinforced industrial polyurethane.

    Drinking water safe.

    Resists kinking and easy to handle.

    Ideal for hose reels.

    Rated for 100 psi (7 kg/cm) working pressure. Maximum water temperature 110 deg. F. (43 deg. C.)

    • Drinking water safe
    • Light weight and flexible
    • Solid brass crush-proof couplings
    • Great for hose reels
  • Swan - Soft & Supple; Permaflow

    Anne says: Items reviewed:

    1) Soft & Supple #SNSS58050
    (5/8” (17 mm) & 3/4” (19 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75‘ (23 m), 100’ (30 m))

    2) Permaflow #SNPF58050
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 50’ (15 m), 75‘ (23m), 100’ (30 m))

    For both:

    Crush-proof brass couplings.

    Dual, reinforced rubber and vinyl hose for high burst pressure.

    Internal steel spring at faucet end prevents hose end kinking.

    • Crush-proof couplings
    • Tough abrasion resistant exterior
    • High-burst pressure strength
  • Ace - Heavy Duty Kink Free Garden Hose

    Anne says: Heavy Duty Kink Free Garden Hose
    (5/8” (17 mm) x 25’ (7.6 m), 50’ (15 m))

    Two layers of reinforcement for high burst rating.

    Kink resistant with duraflow design.

    High pressure rating to 580 psi (41 kg/cm).

    • Nickel-plated couplings
    • High pressure rating
    • Tough outer cover for scuff proof durability
  • Goodyear - Industrial Garden Hose

    Anne says: Industrial Garden Hose #CWW7534075
    (3/4” (20 mm) x 75 ft. (23 m))

    Industrial quality reinforced water hose.

    Large ¾” (20 mm) hose diameter for higher water output.

    Extra heavy-duty octagonal coupling for drive-over protection.

    • Durable, abrasive resistant cover
    • Extra heavy duty brass coupling
    • Heavy-duty reinforced hose
    • High burst resistance
    • Larger diameter than many

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