Best garden hose – All you need to know
Before 30-40 years a situation with garden hoses was dramatically different. Buying a garden hose at that times was impossible. If some shop somehow got a hose for sale, it disappeared within a minute. It does not matter if that hose was best garden hose ever made or was low quality or had a very high price.
Now it’s very different – you can buy all kind of hoses in almost every shop. I have seen hoses also at simple grocery stores. So the choice is a little bit harder that it was before. I will try to help you with choosing a right hose. But if you want to buy expandable pocket hose – read this article.
If we are separating all hoses into the groups, we got ~6 big groups if we are not counting small hose groups. These little hose groups are almost the same as big ones but with a little changes or features. I will not talk about them because they do not matter. You can make a choice quickly just knowing everything about these big groups.
The best garden hose comparisons table
|by hose material:|
|Rubber hose||Can be used when water pressure is more than 350psi. Resistant to temperature changes, UV, and chemicals. Are quite heavy, does not deform. Service life more than 10 years. Can’t be used for drinking water.||Multi-purpose. Mostly used for permanent irrigation systems or in car washing companies. Works perfectly from -30 to + 90ºC (-22f to 194f)|
|PVC hose||Perfect for systems where water pressure is 44psi or more.At low temperatures loses flexibility, kinks very easily. Maximum lifetime 3 years with a proper storing in winter.||Watering plants at temperatures from 23f to 122f or -5ºC + 50ºC. Not good for rough places with spikes and other sharp things.|
|TPE hose||Thermoplastic Rubber Hose – perfect for very high pressures. Can hold more than 116psi. High resistance in cold weather. Lightweight, hard to break and is not kinking. Resistant to UV and chemicals. Lifetime more than 15 years.||Can be used for year-round irrigation or other watering systems in freezing and very hot weather. Works from -50 to +90 ºC or -58f to 194f.|
|Silicone hose||Easily bends and kinks, can’t be used in direct sunlight because are getting soft.||Mostly used for watering flower beds.|
|Single layer hose||Does not have any internal or external coating. Very easy to break, kink or puncture. Very cheap.||Don’t use when a temperature is more than 40c or 104f. Mostly used for taking water from the water tank to bucket.|
|Multilayer hose||Better resistance to chemicals, cold and hot weather and also resistant to UV rays. Better kink resistance and flexibility. Can hold very high water pressures.||Daily watering. Can be used in almost all temperatures. Mostly all rubber hoses are a multilayer.|
|Expandable hose||Has two-layer structure – a hose in the hose. An internal hose is made of rubber with a high ability to stretch, Outside made of nylon filaments – it is resistant to dirt and has a wear-resistant.||Ideal for irrigation of ornamental plants and flower beds with a constant water pressure. Hard to stretch and collect hose when a surface is uneven.|
1. Rubber hose – Best for:
There are two types of rubber hose – single layer and multilayer. They are excellent at handling high pressures and mechanical damages. You actually can’t damage it, if you are using it correctly. There is one con for rubber hoses. It’s weight. It will be hard to carry it and you can easily break flowers and small trees with it. Another good thing about rubber hoses is that you can leave it outside no matter what kind weather is out there. Sun, rain, cold, winter (in winter – if you leave water in it, it can be damaged) is no problem for rubber hoses.
2. Vinyl hose – Best for:
If you are comparing vinyl hose to the rubber hose, it’s completely different. Light, elastic, easy to carry but it just can’t hold more than 5 bar pressure. It will blow up. Also, you can’t leave it out in the sun too long and don’t leave it outside when a temperature is unstable. If you leave it out, it will crack and start to leak water. Consider buying vinyl hose only if you are using it inside or if you will roll it up and empty all water every time.
3. PVC hoses (plastic hoses) – Best for:
most common gardening hoses. It have multilayer and single layer versions too, just like a rubber hose. To make it a little bit stronger, they covered it with vinyl strings. PVC hoses are easily bendable without any problems. It can also hold up to 35 bars of pressure. Impressive isn’t it? There is one interesting feature. After some time when being under pressure, this hose will leak water through many small holes. It will not affect pressure or anything else, but you can use it as a garden irrigation. Just leave it outside and it will sprinkle water. Prefect!
4. X-Hose (Latex) – Best for:
this type of hoses are new. The best thing about Latex hoses is that they are expandable more than 3 times. It is a hose in a hose. Inside elastic rubber hose and from outside is flattened vinyl hose. These hoses are not long in the market, so I can’t say how this hose will work after 5+ years. But who cares if you can get a hose who expands from 15 feet to 100 feet for only 30$?
5. Hoses made from transparent plastic – Best for:
They are cheap, light and elastic but they are very sensitive from temperature changes and inside hose walls accumulate limestone. It means you can use this hose for watering some stuff or washing a car but you can’t drink from it.
That’s all about types. When choosing a hose you will also think about length and diameter, but you will know how to choose that by reading below.
What is the best garden hose length.
You can measure hose length like this. Go to the hose splitter or spigot and check the length to the farthest garden corner. THat’s the maximum length you will be needing. Don’t buy longer. You can always connect more hoses but you can’t make it smaller (you can, but it’s not good). So, if you measured length 50m, buy 50m hose. Don’t buy 75 or 100. I own two hoses, Latex hose for longer watering and rubber hose for car washing. Latex hose is expanding to 75m, and when it’s not filled with water, I can put it in in a small bag. I bought rubber hose (20m) for car washing because I’m washing it also in the winter and as I said, Latex hoses don’t like winter.
If you accidently chose a very long hose there is few point for future why not to choose very long hose:
a.) It will cost a lot more than normal length hose
b.) It’s harder to drain it. You will need to push and push and push and pull to get all water out of it.
c.) It’s a struggle to move around with a long hose. All these corners you need to take and then also bending. Nightmare.
d.) If you have low water pressure, you will have, I’m sorry, piss at the end.
If you have low water pressure, buy a hose with a small diameter. It’s easy – the higher water pressure, the bigger diameter you can choose. Most common sizes are – 1/5 (16mm) , 3/4 (20mm), 1 (25mm).
This one is important. This is the pressure that hose can stand. This information should be written on the hose description – If you use sprinklers or anything else with high pressure – buy a hose that can hold more than 350 psi. The more pressure you have, the more PSI choose.
If you hate when you are doing some watering, and suddenly water stops and You need to check the whole hose for kinks and loosen them – then test it for kinking. If it kinks when you are bending it in U – don’t buy it. It also reduces your hoses lifetime.
If you want to use a hose in winter, you will need to check temperature description on hoses label. The typical hose will work from -13 Fahrenheit to 105. If you are buying casual hose, remember not leave it outside in hot weather and in winter. It will break very fast.
Tips on using a old garden hose
A hose is always an indispensable item when you have a garden and we suggest that when you buy a new one, don’t throw it away. Here are some ways in which you can transform your old hose into a great, ornamental object:
- Make a play phone
You can give your hose a new attribute just by sticking a funnel at each end and then attach it with tape or glue. Your children can talk as much as they want on their new phone without any additional “surprise” charges.
- Cover swing set chains
If you have a kid, there is no way you want to see him being hurt on the backyard swing set. You put a length of hose over the chains to protect his/her hands from getting hurt or even injured. If you want to try it in a different way, slit the hose down the middle, and then slip it over the swing set chains. You must close the slit hose with some wraps of duct tape after.
- Unclog a downspout
Having leaves and debris blocking up your rainspout and gutters, get your old garden hose and get everything flowing again. Try to push the hose up the spout and poke it through the blockage. There is no need to turn the hose on, the water in the gutters will flush out the ditch.
- Make a paint can grip
There are accidents involving the heavy paint can when it slips and spills all over. Of course, there is also those thin wire handles that can really cut into your hand. Give yourself a better grip. Cut a short length of hose and slit it down the middle and tie up the paint can handle.
How to connect a hose to hose splitter or hose nozzle?
Some people after buying a hose are quite surprised because they don’t know how to connect it and forgot to buy stuff for that.
You can connect hose by using fittings. Depending on the pressure and hose diameter you can use fitting or screw clamp. The simplest and cheapest option is a plastic connector. This option is ideal for small pressures mostly for irrigation systems.
If the hose is often connected for cleaning or washing your car, then the best option would be to screw a clamp. This type of connection provides a maximum speed of connection and disconnection from nozzles, splitters or other systems.
Metal fittings – this is the most common way to connect a garden hose to tap or hose splitter. Best for long-term. Soe hoses are very hard, and it’s hard to connect that fitting. In that case put hose ending in hot water, then hose will become softer, and you will be able to connect it easier. For even more secure fit use screw clamp made of stainless steel. This connection will be perfect for any pressures and systems.
Hoses are breaking very quickly, especially after kinking or if you leave it outside is frost or very hot weather. But remember, even if your hose burst, you don’t need to buy a new one. You can fix it.
If your hose bursted or got pierced, here is a way to fix it.
1. Disconnect your hose and let it dry
2. Use electric tape or duct tape to fix punctured space.
3. If your hose bursted, then use a sharp knife and cut it in half.
4. Cut out bursted part
5. Use clamp or connector to connect both hoses together. Now you got two peaces of hose and just connect them together.
How to store a garden hose?
In the summer when the weather is hot, and a hose is not being used, put it in the shade and avoid direct sunlight. Don’t leave it in the sun even in specification there is written that it’s UV safe.
I suggest using hose reels. That’s the best way to store the hose in the storage, and it’s safer also. Because if you leave it outside without hose reel, you can accidently drive over with a mower or lawn aerator.
These tips will help to choose a hose:
- Don’t try to save money by purchasing a simple single-layer hose. They break super easily.
- For house best option would be multi-layer PVC hose with a protection from UV rays and cold resistant (if your country are cold in winter)
- Don’t pay more for high-pressure hose if you don’t plan to use a pump or other specific high-pressure things. Mostly pressure in the city is 5atm. That can hold almost any hose.
- 1/2 inch diameter hose should not exceed 15m in length. Otherwise, the flow rate will decrease. The longer hose, the bigger must be the diameter.
- If you have very low water pressure it’s better to buy hose with smaller diameter.
- If you are using hose quite often and are moving it very frequently, think about buying hose reels or mobile carts. You can also avoid damaging hose with them.
- To extend hose lifetime don’t leave them in direct sunlight and when stored get out all water.
Best garden hoses on the market