What Are Buyers Saying?
The first expandable garden hose we examined is manufactured by LawnTec. It features a denier casing, steel assembly clamps, copper fittings and is marketed as a compact and ultra-lightweight, kink-free option.
Buyers say that you can join two together and they work anywhere traditional hoses work. One homeowner tells us that he went through several of these before purchasing this option- finding that other cheap models were prone to developing leaks and quickly deteriorating over the course of the summer.
In addition, he praises how tight and compact it is when not in use, the lack of any water leaks at its joint connections, and the effortlessness with which it glides over outdoor terrain.
- Another reviewer describes how annoying and messy it is to struggle with heavy traditional rubber hoses- as an alternative these lightweight expanding options feature durable fabric construction which makes them particularly lightweight and compact.
- Other reviewers tell us that because of how compactly it stores, it looks a lot cleaner in the front yard rather than traditional hoses that when unrolled become unsightly.
The second heavy-duty option we examined is provided by Kona Home Products- it features a latex core, brass fittings and promises to be a tangle and kink-free option. It ships with a sprayer, as well, which integrates eight different spray settings. The company also helpfully provides some operational tips, saying that when you are done using the hose, you should always make sure to drain all the water out.
Secondly, you don't need to tug and pull on the hose to have it expand, the water pressure itself will perform that. Thirdly, it's best to keep the hose away from harsh and damaging exposure to direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time. Fourth, when you are dragging your hose across your yard, make sure it doesn't travel across sharp surfaces or get pulled tightly around corners.
If you suffer from low water pressure, your hose may not expand to its full length- if you encounter that problem, you may want to purchase a longer hose.
- Buyers offer some mixed feedback for this option, saying that after a couple months of use it sprung a leak.
- A homeowner we interviewed told us they appreciated the included sprayer head, saying that this lightweight option was a handy complement to heavier, traditional garden hoses- useful for certain tasks in the garden that heavier units couldn't accomplish.
- With regards to this option, it seems that it suffers from durability issues if you trust online reader reports.
- One of the common claims is that it's inner plastic tube lining bursts.
The third expandable garden water hose kit we examined is manufactured by Treeco. This latex option includes a seven-way metal spray nozzle and a 50-foot hose that includes an integrated latex inner tube lining with zinc alloy nozzles.
It's marketed towards gardening enthusiasts who are frustrated having to haul heavy houses around the garden to water plants or even their large-breed dogs.
- One reviewer says that he hangs it over the outdoor spigot, but also says you can leave it freestanding since it takes up a little room- though it's best to store it in the shade when not in use.
- This 50-foot option attracted some skeptical purchasers- reviewers were impressed, however, by how easy it was to use, clean, though there was isolated feedback that it suffered from durability issues.
A fourth option we examined was the JFSG Outdoor expandable hose. Again, reviewers were somewhat unimpressed, saying that it was prone to leaking.
The last option we examined was the VicTsing expandable hose- it features brass connectors and 50 feet of length designed to help you do your outdoor work.
While some buyers experienced water pressure problems, for the most part, reviewers say that this is a solid option that has not generated user-reported durability issues like the other options have.
- Reviewers describe using it to water their hydrangeas, pachysandras, and all manner of flowers and plants in their backyard garden, with another buyer telling us that he used it to help maintain a backyard pond during drought months.
- Yet another reviewer employs it to wash their car, saying that it truly doesn't kink and that the valve allows you to effectively alter the flow rate as you use it.
- Buyers say that when not in use, it's about 25 feet long, but when the water is turned on it expands to 50 feet.