If I weren't already calling the Craftsman Premium Rubber Garden Hose a superlative product based on its inherent quality, I'd call it a great buy simply due to its price. This rugged, capable hose could easily sell for double its price tag thanks to its durability.
It just might be the last hose you buy, in fact. Unless you run over it with a lawnmower. And yes, I've cut short the life of a hose that way (OK, two), though thankfully not a Craftsman.
The thick yet pliant rubber used in the construction of this hose remains flexible and resists cracking even in temperatures down to 25 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) and it is safe for use with water as hot as 160 degrees, which is dozens of degrees hotter than you'll probably ever run through it anyway.
The nickel-plated brass hardware is crush-proof and corrosion-resistant, and the octagonal exterior shape of the couplings makes it easy to twist the hose onto or off of a spigot, sprinkler, sprayer, and so forth.
With a few dozen reviews posted on Amazon, this hose has a shining 4.8-star average. One buyer praised it as being "very good quality" and able to "handle high pressure," while another called it "well constructed" and loved that it "does not kink."
If you think dealing with a heavy garden hose is no big deal, then you have clearly never dealt with a heavy garden hose. I had a 110-foot long monster hose a few years back, and I guarantee my neighbors learned new curse words listening to me haul the thing around our property.
Even many 50-foot hoses can weigh more than 10 pounds when bone dry, with any water trapped in the tube adding lots of extra weight. For a senior citizen, a person of smaller stature, or anyone with strength limited by injury or ailment, a heavy hose can be a serious hindrance to gardening, cleaning, and other such projects.
With the Water Right 400 Series Slim and Light Garden Hose, weight is hardly an issue. This slender flexible hose weighs scarcely more than three pounds, so you can move about with ease while using it, distributing water anywhere you need up to 50 feet away from the source.
Made with sturdy, durable polyurethane, it also resists permanent kinks and is safe to use in sub-freezing conditions or in temperatures hotter than any yet recorded on earth. (Which was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded in Death Valley, CA on July 10, 1913 in case you were wondering.)
With more than 900 reviews and counting, this lightweight hose has a fine 4.3-star average rating. One elderly gardening enthusiast was thrilled that the Water Right 400 Series Slim and Light Garden Hose "is so lightweight" that it didn't hurt her "hands, arms, or back" to use. Another customer called it "simply perfect!"
Why you'll love it: The Orbit 26380 25-Foot Coil Hose is ready to stretch out to its full 25-foot length when you need it and coil back up when you're done.
There are a few scenarios in which you probably shouldn't opt for a coil-style garden hose. If you need to use your hose for a sprinkler that rests on the lawn, this design is a bad pick. If you need to run extra high-pressure water through your hose, same story. For just about everything else, however, a coiled hose gives you the reach you need when you need it and stores away in significantly less space than a traditional rubber or vinyl garden hose, and no laborious winding or looping needed to stow it away.
The Orbit 26380 25-Foot Coil Hose is a great choice for your next coiled hose because it's a good price, it's of good quality, and because it comes with a sprayer head. For watering potted plants on a porch, balcony, or patio; for irrigating small patches of lawn or garden beds; or for spraying down a car in the driveway, this hose gives you reach and easy control, and then it coils itself right back up again when you don't need it anymore.
An Orbit 26380 25-Foot Coil Hose owner named Karl said that after using this hose, he would "never go back" to other hose types. Another customer was thrilled that she didn't "have to roll it up" after watering, as the hose "snaps back in place" once the water is turned off and the hose has been released.
I do have to note that some customer report leaking problems, many of which I suspect were caused by too much water pressure.
Pros: Self-coiling for easy storage, comes with sprayer head, lightweight design
Cons: Occasional leaking issues, not suitable for all applications
Why you'll love it: The Hospaip Expandable Water Hose extends out to a full 50 feet when water is flowing through it, yet contracts back to a mere 17-foot length again after use.
You've probably seen TV commercials for hoses like this, right? You hook them to a spigot, turn on the flow, and that "short" hose starts to stretch out, eventually doubling or even tripling is length as if my magic! Well, kids, that magic is just the inherent elasticity of latex and the clever design of a knit polyester cover. Sorry to burst the bubble, but I'm not sorry to say that the Hospaip Expandable Water Hose is one of the finest examples of these hoses around.
It delivers plenty of water pressure for most common residential and light commercial tasks, from car washing to watering gardens to hosing off decks or driveways, and it has a 50-foot reach when in operation yet measures just 17 feet long when "dry," so it takes up minimal storage space.
The Hospaip Expandable Water Hose features durable, rust-resistant brass fittings and has a convenient on/off valve built into the male end of the hose. If you need a relatively long hose but don't want to deal with a large, hulking piece of hardware, this just might be the one for you.
At the time of this review, the Hospaip Expandable Water Hose enjoys a sterling 4.7-star average rating on Amazon. One gentleman spoke for many when he lauded the convenience of storing the hose after it had shrunk down following use, saying the hose made it "much, much easier to water [his] plants." A lady named Janet was direct when she said: "this hose is made extremely well."
The product writers from Ezvid called the Hospaip hose "lightweight and easy to carry" and resistant to leaks.
Pros: Requires minimal storage space, features built-in shut-off valve, lightweight and flexible
Cons: Extending and retracting processes wastes water
Why you'll love it: The Beaulife Steel Garden Hose is durable and capable, but it's most noteworthy because of its super cheap price.
Looking at the Beaulife Steel Garden Hose, you would probably think the most notable thing about it was the fact that the exterior of the hose is constructed entirely from bands of stainless steel. Indeed that's a fine feature. The hose resists damage from dog bites, crushing, and even encounters with tools like shovels or rakes. (Don't try mowing over it, it will probably lose.)
On learning that the hose can easily tolerate high water flow such as might be used for pressure washing, you might think its capabilities were the real selling point. But in fact, it's the price point that sells this hose. A 75-foot Beaulife Steel Garden Hose sells for less than fifty bucks.
In fact, currently, it sells for less than $47. If you have rambunctious kids or pets prone to cause hose damage, or if you need a hose for a high traffic area like a garden nursery open to the public, this tough, cheap hose is a fine choice.
With more than 225 reviews posted on Amazon, most buyers are more than sold on the high quality of this low-cost hose, which has a 4.2-star average rating. A lady named Erica says that it's a "must have for owners of brat dogs," while a gentleman named James calls it "durable" and even "good looking."
Why you'll love it: The Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose delivers a slow, steady drizzle of water to tree roots, garden beds, planter boxes, or even to small patches of grass.
While all garden hoses can, of course, be used for irrigation of plants, flowers, turf, and so on, a standard garden hose is not referred to as an irrigation hose. That's a classification reserved for hoses like the Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose, which features a permeable exterior that allows a water to slowly but steadily leak out all along its length.
This design allows you to weave the hose among rows of flowers or food plants, to coil it loosely around the base of a tree, or to snake it up into planter boxes or along the edge of a strip of grass or ground cover.
The Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose can be used in place of much more expensive and invasive irrigation systems, and it can be moved around or removed entirely as needed, unlike more permanent watering hardware. Also, the 50-foot Melnotr Flat Soaker Hose costs all of $13.
While this hose is going to prove entirely ineffective for powering a sprinkler or pressure washing a front stoop, it's a superlative choice for keeping plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, and patches of ground cover watered and healthy.
The Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose has a solid four-star average rating at the time of this review, with one satisfied customer saying she is "glad [she] did [her] research before choosing a soaker hose, because her Melnor irrigation hose proved a be a "success story." Another owner says the hose was "a great addition to [her] veggie garden."
A writer from Garden Aware said the Melnor Flat Soaker Hose "provides even water distribution for your flower beds, perennials, shrubs, flower bushes and other plants," and called it durable thanks to its "woven mesh material with composite reinforced structure."
Pros: Provides ideal irrigation for myriad plants, great low price, durable construction
Cons: Not suitable for use with sprinklers or sprayers
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