Whether you’re watering the plants, cleaning the car, or washing down the windows, a garden hose is an essential piece of equipment for every home. Although it may seem that all hoses will be similar, and it’s simply a case of picking one up from the local store, there are actually several options to consider. In this article, we’ll give you some top buying tips to help you know what to look for, and ten of the best choices that are currently available.
When buying a hose, there are some important variables to consider. Making sure to purchase the correct hose on the first attempt will negate the hassle of making a return and beginning the process all over again.
Purpose and materials
Firstly, think about the tasks you’ll be needing the hose for. If it will be used occasionally for light tasks, the hose will not need to be as heavy duty as one that has daily use. A hose made from vinyl, for example, is perfectly appropriate for watering plants in a temperate climate. These are the most inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to work with. You may also wish to consider an ultra-light, easy-to-store expandable hoses are also a worth option, particularly when storage space is at a premium. If your hose is to endure harsh winters or blistering summers, it would be useful to buy one that is more durable, manufactured from rubber. For commercial use, a hose reinforced with wire mesh will be up to the job. If you’re in doubt, err on the side of caution and buy one that will comfortably handle its intended use.
Here is a list of Top 10 Garden Hoses
Next, you will need to consider the amount of water you will need delivered by the hose; this will dictate the diameter size you require. Most standard hoses have a diameter of 5/8 inches, but there are also 3/8-inch, ½-inch, and ¾-inch diameters available. A standard 5/8-inch hose is suitable for the majority of household tasks, but if you require more water delivery, for a home project or frequent commercial use, opt for a wider diameter.
The ply of a hose refers to the number of layers used of material used in its construction. A hose with a lower ply will be lighter but not as strong, while a higher ply will be more durable but also relatively heavy. As with size and material, consider the application when deciding which ply to buy. For regular garden tasks, a lower ply of 1 to 3 is fine, but commercial tasks will require a hardier construction of 4 ply or higher.
The length of hose you require will depend entirely on how you plan to use it. Hose lengths are usually in increments of 25 feet, up to 100 feet. For small gardens and straightforward tasks, 25 feet is perfectly sufficient, whereas commercial applications will most likely require a longer length.
Coupling or fitting
It’s also important to think about the connection between the hose and the water supply, which is known as the coupling or fitting. Most fittings are either plastic or brass, and similarly to other options when selecting a hose, your selection depends on how the product will be used. Plastic fittings are easy to use, particularly for those with limited hand strength, but they are not especially durable. Brass coupling is sturdy and strong, but can be difficult to tighten. For infrequent, light use, plastic is perfectly fine. Consider brass as the superior option for commercial applications.
Attachments and speciality hoses
Many hoses now come with attachments, which provides greater versatility in application. If you are likely to require a hose for different purposes, consider a ‘starter pack’ bundle, which comes with various attachments.
There are also speciality hoses available, for unique applications. Sprinkler hoses, for example, are perforated to provide a soft upward spray, and are excellent for maintaining gardens. A soaker hose is made from porous material, and when buried under plants, provides gentle and consistent irrigation. There are also hoses specifically designed for use with hot water; note that most regular hoses should not be used for this purpose.
As you can see, there’s quite a lot to consider when buying the best hose for your needs! Next, we’ll explore 10 of the best hoses on the market right now.
- LawnTEC LawnPRO 50′ Expanding Garden Hose
- Teknor Apex NeverKink Commercial Duty Pro Garden Hose
- Miracle Gro Premium Soaker Hose
- Vetroo Lay-Flat Hose
- Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose
- Flexzilla Drinking Water-Safe Garden Hose
- Titan Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Garden Hose
- Adoric Life Flexible Expandable Garden Hose Kit
- Ohuhu 75 Feet Strong Expanding Garden Hose & 8-Pattern High Pressure Spray Nozzle
- Snow Joe Sun Joe 100’ Heavy-Duty Garden Hose
LawnTEC LawnPRO 50' Expanding Garden Hose
We’ll begin proceedings with a straightforward and reliable expanding garden hose. Built from 5,000 denier woven material, this simple black tube is resilient enough to handle the most challenging tasks, without the unnecessary features and accessories you might never end up using. At less than 2½ lbs, it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, and when not in use, it shrinks back to 20’ and can be stowed in the included storage bag.
Its expanding construction makes this hose kink-free, and solid copper fittings give you the assurance that your connection will be strong, without leaks. This product also comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s guarantee.
- Straightforward, expanding design
- Lightweight for ease of use
- Simple to store when not in use, with included drawstring bag
- Copper fittings to stop any leaks
- Manufacturer’s guarantee included
- Will require additional accessories, such as spray guns or nozzles, if you don’t already have them
Summary: A simple design that offers strength and reliability without unnecessary weight. Perfect if you have all the accessories already, otherwise additional purchases are required. A worthy replacement to any decaying rubber hoses in your garden.
Teknor Apex NeverKink Commercial Duty Pro Garden Hose
If you require a hose for professional or commercial purposes, or if you have a large garden with extensive requirements, it’s worth investing in a hose that is specifically designed for more rigorous applications. This hose is made from vinyl with mesh reinforcement to prevent kinking of the line, and it is flexible to 45˚. Antimicrobial protection is built in, which will prevent mould, mildew, and premature decay.
The couplings on this hose are built from aluminium, which is resistant to corrosion and rusting. There’s also a heavy-gauge coil at the faucet end, to inhibit kinks and pressure at the water source.
Note that if you work with hot water, this hose will not be suitable for that purpose.
- Strong, sturdy, reinforced vinyl construction
- Flexible and kink-resistant
- Antimicrobial protection
- Aluminium couplings are rust- and corrosion-resistant
- Not suitable for hot water applications
Summary: An excellent choice for those who require an industrial-grade hose, either for commercial purposes or rigorous home use. Its strength is quite literally its strength, and there are some added features that are actually useful. Note that there is limited scope for those working with hot water, but this hose is still a good complement to your portfolio if you work with both hot and cold.
Miracle Gro Premium Soaker Hose
Give your plants precisely the correct supply of water with this specially-designed soaker hose. Strategic perforation ensures that the ideal amount of moisture reaches the roots of your prized plants. Simply connect to a water source, run the line to the areas of your garden which require irrigation, and seal with the included fittings. You may then cover the hose with soil or mulch to ensure that delivery is optimised. Instead of having to filter through the ground, water is delivered straight to the roots of your plants. This hose is 50’ long, and can be cut to precisely the length that you need.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly product, note that this hose is made from 65% recycled materials, and saves up to 70% of the water you would have used with a regular hose. In short, it’s great for your plants, and great for the planet!
- Specially-designed for plant irrigation
- Can be cut to size
- Eco-friendly design and construction
- Specific application means that this hose is not suitable for other garden purposes
Summary: A useful product for people who wish to deliver an optimal volume of water to their plants. Its eco-friendly credentials are also impressive.
Maxx Flex Lay-Flat Hose
Reminiscent of firefighter’s apparatus, this flat-lay hose is durable, resilient, and ready for a wide range of applications. Thanks to its strong TPE composition and mesh reinforcement, it is highly elastic and resistant to harsh elements. Even in winter, this hose will remain flexible!
In the box, you’ll also find two copper connecting heads, a copper joint, a multifunctional joint, and a heavy-duty aluminium nozzle sprayer; in short, everything you need to get started. There’s also a 60-day money-back guarantee from the manufacturer included.
- Strong and resilient, with mesh reinforcement
- Resistant to weather extremes
- A good range of accessories included
- 60-day guarantee
- Specific application means that this hose is not suitable for other garden purposes
Summary: A strong and versatile hose with plenty of accessories to get you started. Ensure that this product is not overwhelmed by easing the water pressure up slowly.
Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose
Another excellent choice for professional requiring an industrial-grade product, or anyone looking to upgrade their home set-up. This hose is constructed from rubber and vinyl with double reinforcement, which provides superior strength and robustness in all conditions. At 50’ in length, it is suitable for many commercial applications.
Heavy-duty brass coupling, a sturdy O-ring seal, kink-resistant metal coiling, and 400psi burst strength ensures that this hose will not let you down whilst you work. The manufacturers are so confident that they include a lifetime warranty as standard.
- Suitable for commercial use, as well as heavy-duty work at home
- Manufactured from durable materials, with double reinforcement
- Brass coupling and O-ring seal prevent leaks
- Highly resistant to bursting, even under high water pressure
- Lifetime guarantee included
- At 10½ lbs, this hose may be too heavy for some users
Summary: An excellent hose for commercial use, as well as heavy-duty home projects. Strong, resilient, and burst-resistant. Might be too weighty for some gardeners, but is manageable for most.
Flexzilla Drinking Water-Safe Garden Hose
You may require your garden hose to be suitable to carry drinking water. Most hoses are not appropriate for this purpose, so it’s worth investing in a product that is drinking water-safe if there is a possibility of having this requirement in the future. This hose is lead-free, and certified as suitable for drinking water.
It’s also a fantastic all-purpose garden hose in its own right. It has been manufactured to remain flexible of temperatures from -40˚F to 150˚F, and the hybrid polymer construction ensures ease of use with no kinks. With crush-resistant aluminium fittings and abrasion-resistant outer cover, this hose is also built to remain fit for purpose in the long term.
- Safe to carry drinking water
- Strong and abrasion-resistant
- Will remain flexible, even in harsh weather conditions
- Some may find the bright green colour too garish (whilst others will love it!)
Summary: If there’s a chance you’ll be using your hose for drinking water, it’s worth investing in a hose that’s up to the job. This hose can do just that, and it’s also a solid all-rounder.
Stainless Steel Garden Hose
Stainless steel is not a commonly-used material in hose construction, but it certainly makes for a product that is extremely strong, will not kink, tangle, or burst, and is certain to last longer than competitors.
It would be fair to assume that a steel hose would be too heavy for most users, but at under 3½ lbs, it’s perfectly light and easy to manoeuvre. Aluminium fittings are included, as well as a brass sprayer nozzle. The manufacturer offers a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 180-day replacement promise for any defects.
- Stainless steel construction is the strongest on our list
- Will not kink, tangle, or burst
- Aluminium fittings and a brass sprayer nozzle included
- Stainless steel construction makes it more expensive than similar products made from vinyl, rubber, or woven materials
Summary: A unique product that is a worthy alternative to hoses made from conventional materials. Note that it is pricier than other options.
Adoric Life Flexible Expandable Garden Hose Kit
If you’re starting from scratch, this is the kit for you! As well as a reliable hose made from expandable woven material, this kit comes with solid brass fittings, a 9-function spray nozzle, car wash attachment, storage bag, spare sealing rings, and a hanging hook.
This is an excellent all-round kit that will allow you to complete gardening tasks, as well as car cleaning, window washing, and hosing down the dog.
- Great all-round product with multiple applications
- Strong and sturdy expandable hose
- Excellent range of accessories included
- Not suitable for commercial use or heavy-duty home tasks
Summary: An excellent starter kit, which is perfect for people moving into a new home. Good range of accessories and applications.
Ohuhu 75 Feet Strong Expanding Garden Hose & 8-Pattern High Pressure Spray Nozzle
While most garden hoses are available in 50’ length, this product gives you a little extra capacity with its expandable design, up to a maximum length of 75’. It is therefore a great choice for those with large gardens or the requirement to run a water line over a longer distance.
This hose also comes with a useful 8-function high-pressure spray nozzle, as well as leak-resistant brass fittings. Its latex construction is strong and burst-resistant.
- Longer than standard hoses
- Multi-function spray nozzle included
- Strong and burst-resistant
- Despite its long length, it may not be durable enough for commercial applications
Summary: Extra capacity makes this hose a great choice for those blessed with large gardens, or anyone who needs to run a water line over a distance, such as all the way around the house.
Snow Joe Sun Joe 100’ Heavy-Duty Garden Hose
Whether you’re a landscaping professional or an enthusiast with the requirement for an extra-long hose, this could be the perfect choice. At 100’, this product can deliver over impressive distances, without a loss of pressure.
Its included zinc fittings avoid leaks, whilst PVC construction makes this hose kink-resistant. Suitable for a wide variety of applications, this is a versatile and robust product that won’t let you down.
- Extra-long length for large gardens
- Heavy-duty construction makes the hose robust
- Leak- and kink-resistant
- Bright green colour may be too garish a choice for some
Summary: An extra-long hose for challenging tasks and sizeable spaces. It’s bright green, which might be off-putting for some, but will no doubt delight many!
Whether you choose to purchase a hose from our list, or simply use this post as a guide, we hope you find the product that is perfect for your unique requirements!