Best Garden Hoses

Gardens aren’t made by sitting in the shade, but the right garden hose, or water hose, can make the task a lot easier. Knowing what to look for when you shop for a garden hose reel can help you find the right product that keeps your plants green and your car clean. Continue reading...

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Hoselink Retractable Hose Reel

Hoselink Retractable Hose Reel

4.7  (2,033) Summary
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Craig
Craig2 posts
  3000 Series
Hoselink
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Shorty
ShortyVIC4 posts
 
Copper hoseCopper Hose does exactly what it is supposed to, very pleased. Show details
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JandJ
JandJ3 posts
 
Delrico Retractable Hose Reel

Delrico Retractable Hose Reel

3.6  (24) Summary
Emily
EmilyQLD2 posts
  28m with SRS
Nozzle breaks frequentlyHave had for 3 years. The nozzle broke 18 months in, bought a new one, it broke 18 months in. Emailed to ask about the warranty & no reply
AK Reels Easyhose

AK Reels Easyhose

3.9  (15) Summary
Dr. Steve Brand
Dr. Steve Brand
 
AK Reels
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Les
LesSA16 posts
 
HoselinkHoselink hose reel is good but hose getting sticky and going brown not good and
It’s happening to both hoses that I have purchased
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Jay
Jay
 
Blue 20m hoseNever written a review for anything , but this has been really frustrating , have used other nylex hoses with no issue. Have this blue one now that is the worst I have ever used. Can't roll it up without kinking , impossible to use as at heaps of kinks . Wouldn't recommend Show details
Nylex
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Paul
PaulNSW
 
Top customer serviceI was having issue with the spray gun o ring . I gave Ryan a ring from customer service . He is sending a replacement gun . TOP SERVICE it is good to deal with a good Aussie company
Kimmysmrt
Kimmysmrt9 posts
 
Holman
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Thank you for your review. Your Holman team!

WOODY
WOODYWA25 posts
 
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Paul
Paul
 
Great ProductThe Holeman Battery hose reel is great and has been used every day for the last 3 years without a single fault. Trust me if it can stand up to my wife for 3 years it can stand up to anything. Trick is to release all the water pressure in the hose before you rewind this way the battery has less work and this means less charging . Great Hose Reel. Show details
gillrock
gillrockBrisbane7 posts
  Verified
Just works so wellWell built, great mounting system, flawless mechanism, quality accessories. Just like their lube equipment, McNaught are masters at their craft. Well done! Show details
Andrew T
Andrew TNSW6 posts
 
Retractable reels are nice but costly as warranty life is about what they lastLeaking from inside casing after 8yrs. Better than some of the other big names reels i've used. Think I'll go for the cheap brands from here on. Show details
Sylvie
SylvieVIC3 posts
 
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Chris
ChrisSA28 posts
  Garden Hose 20m / 30m
philander
philanderAU76 posts
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Gardena Retractable Wall Mounted Hose ReelThe Gardena wall mounted Retractable Hose Reel is the best Reel we have ever purchased, fine engineering including accessories . Absolute quality compared to a local brand we previously owned , an amazing 5 year warranty …. A must for every garden Show details
Deserie
Deserie
 
Terrible hoseDo not buy. Bought 2 one didn't last 10 months. They say its got a 5 year guarantee but when I went to Ace they said they couldn't do anything about it. Called Ace customer service and the could not find a number because it's out of China. Thanks Ace you just cost me a hose. Show details
Pope Garden Hose

Pope Garden Hose

1.7  (41)
Matt
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Sophie B.
Sophie B.VIC
 
Super smart design and compact productThis is a great hose reel with a clever compact design. Super easy to unreel and wind back up with a good trigger spray. Bonus points for eco minimal packaging. Show details ·  1
ael86
ael86Sydney2 posts
 
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Peter P.16 posts
 
David
DavidWestern Australia13 posts
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RubbishI bought this hose as said kink resistance 10 . That was a complete joke it kinks just like my old cheap hose not worth it and to rate a 10 should be 2or3 as it is fails every time Show details
Amanda T
Amanda T3 posts
 
Terrible productGot this as a Xmas gift. Turned it on first time, minimum water pressure and it immediately sprung a leak. Of course no receipt as was gift, what a waste!
ozN
ozNNSW18 posts
 
MOST RELIABLE RETRACTABLE HOSEI am shocked by the reviews on here as I have the opposite experience. Have used 4 retractable hoses over the years and this is by far the best. Not one issue. All the others lasted less than a year when they wouldnt retract properly. Had this 3 years now and it is perfect. Show details
Holman SH2015P

Holman SH2015P

1.5  (26)
Kate P.
Kate P.WA2 posts
 
Pocket Hose

Pocket Hose

1.5  (28)
Bel.H
Bel.H26 posts
 
Crapiest hose ever!It kinks, you can’t regulate the nozzle to a mist, it’s strong and full on all the time, it takes 5 minutes for the water to stop running when you turn the tap off, plus it leaks!
I don’t understand why Global Shop Direct sell such dodgy products??
I can’t return it as I’ve thrown the box out.
Another waste of money, I’ll never buy from GSD again. Show details
Roy Smith
Roy SmithWA2 posts
 
DisappointedPurchased 4 of these at a good price. 3 dont retract and have jammed after only 2 months. Very disapointed in this product. Show details
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Mel B2 posts
 
big dog
big dogNSW7 posts
 
Very good quality very good value for money. Have now bought twoVery well made and very good value with free delivery. We have bought 2 now and also an adapter for my irrigation system. We use tank water with pump so the connection has to take a lot of pressure. Absolutely no leaks and the multi function sprayer is great and also doesn’t leak.
Highly recommended!! Show details ·  1
Mark Chapman
Mark Chapman2 posts
 
Timer FunctionMy timer worked well for years and then stopped ticking. I purchased a new one which stopped after i day, returned it to the shop for a replacement and it lasted only one day. Not ticking either connected to water supply or not.

Someone using a garden hose with orange and black fittings to water the red tulips in their garden.

Types of garden hoses

Most garden hoses are categorised by whether they’re retractable or manual, however expandable hoses are an up-and-comer that might make their mark in the gardening world in the future.

Retractable hose reels

Retractable garden hoses are stored in a plastic casing or housing, and can be triggered to draw the hose back in.

Pros
Quicker and easier to unwind and rewind.
Reels back in the storage unit more neatly, making it more sightly.
More kink-resistant due to the neater coil, making it the type of garden hose that lasts the longest.
Cons
More expensive than manual hose reels.
Often have slightly lower water pressure, as the hose is coiled up and water has further to travel.

Manual hose reels

Manual reels require you to gather the hose and loop it continuously over the reel by hand.

Pros
Cheaper than retractable garden hose reels.
Have a higher water pressure than retractable hoses.
Cons
Take more time and effort to unwind and rewind the reel.
More messy than retractable hose reels, which also makes them more likely to kink, tangle, and sustain more wear and tear.

You can also find semi-manual hose reels, which you guide into the reel, while turning a handle that pulls the hose over the reel. Like manual hoses, these also take more effort to use.

A soaker hose is another type of hose that's made of a porous material, letting water seep out of the tubing slowly and steadily. They’re placed around the base of plants, and are used to get water down to their roots.

Are expandable hoses any good?

Expandable hoses are a relatively new type of hose that expand to 3 times their normal length when water pressure is turned on, and contract to their original length when off. This makes them self-draining, and highly resistant to kinks, twists, and tangles.

They’re not as popular and are more difficult to find, so you may have trouble finding a high-grade model.

What to look for in a garden hose

Hose length

To determine how much hose you need, measure the farthest distance in your yard from the tap which you’ll connect your hose to, and look for a hose 1 or 2 metres longer than that length.

Hoses usually come in lengths ranging from around 15m to 30m; 15m is usually suitable for smaller yards, while you’ll often find a 25m hose does the job for most Aussie backyards.

Longer doesn’t necessarily mean better when it comes to hose length - if you have too much length for your yard, the cord might keep kinking and getting tangled.

A longer hose will also cost more, require more storage space, and be heavier to drag around your yard.

Hose diameter

The larger the diameter of your hose, the more water it can carry. Most people will find that a diameter of 12mm is sufficient for typical gardening duties, as it’s a good balance between water flow and pressure while still being relatively lightweight.

For those in need of a higher water pressure, consider opting for a 14mm hose. You can even find 18mm garden hoses (and wider), however these are generally only suited for use in rural areas or for commercial purposes.

Flexibility

A good garden hose is flexible enough to easily store and move around your yard, however isn’t so flexible that it kinks easily. Kinking can slow or stop water flow, and can also cause the hose to split, shortening its lifespan.

Garden hoses will generally kink when you twist them, however reinforced and rubber hoses are less likely to.

When shopping around, bend a hose into a U shape - if it kinks, you may want to keep looking. Some manufacturers will also advertise their hoses as being ‘kink-resistant’ (take these claims with a grain of salt) or having a high kink-resistance rating - this may be useful when comparing different models.

Features

There are some features that can make a garden hose easier and safer to use.

  • Automatic rewind system: An auto-rewind function on a retractable hose neatly coils the hose back into the storage unit, meaning less time spent carefully arranging it.
  • 180° swivel: A mounting bracket with 180° of swivel lets the hose easily follow the direction you walk in as you water your garden.
  • Locking mechanism: This lets you secure the hose at a length that’s convenient for you, so you don’t have annoying excess that leads to more kinks, more tangles, and more safety hazards.
  • Slow rewind: Hoses with slow rewind retract themselves at a slow speed if you accidentally let go of it, making it more safe, especially for the elderly.
  • Spring-loaded: A spring-loaded hose snaps back into the casing when you trigger the rewind function, so you can quickly finish up your gardening.
  • Child lock: This stops curious little fingers from drawing the hose out of the casing when activated, so you’re not slapped with a hefty water bill and a drenched kid.
  • Lockable: Some hose reels can be padlocked to the mounting, giving you extra peace of mind, particularly if you’ve forked out quite a bit of money for an expensive model.

Durability

Water is precious, particularly in a place as dry as Australia, which is why looking for durable, leak-proof garden hose fittings is important.

Solid brass hose fittings are generally the norm for most high-quality garden hoses, as well as some stainless steel fittings. Your fittings will go through a lot - they’ll be twisted, pulled, and exposed to the elements, so opting for metal fittings over plastic will likely let you enjoy your hose for years to come.

Read reviews to see how long a certain hose has lasted for other people, and whether parts have been easy to repair or replace when something goes wrong.

Ease of use

Look for ergonomic, easy to twist (yet still secure) fittings that can be used by people of all ages and abilities, particularly if your hose will be used by someone with mobility difficulties.

You should also consider how easy a water hose reel is to install - look for easy to read instructions that make doing it yourself a breeze, even if you don’t consider yourself much of a handyperson.

Check for easy handling by doing a lift test.

When shopping for a hose, do a “lift test” by lifting up equal lengths of hoses to compare how easy they are to handle. Keep in mind that they’ll be heavier when they’re full of water, and that you may not want to always hold it close to your body (such as when you’re watering muddy spots).

Hose storage

You can find wall-mounted hose reels or portable hose reels. While wall-mounted models are generally preferred, you may want a portable model if you want to store the hose in a different place to where your tap is located, or if you want to take it between different yards.

Price

Garden hoses can cost anywhere from $50 to $250 and upwards. You should expect to pay more the more durable you want your fittings to be, and the more features you want your hose to have. Retractable hoses are also pricier than their manual counterparts.

Look for a healthy warranty for your hose - the longer the warranty, the more faith a manufacturer has in the lifespan of their product. Some hoses also come with money-back guarantees, so you can return your hose within a short period of time (usually a month) if it’s not a right fit for you.

The bottom line

There isn’t a single garden hose that’s perfect for everyone and all kinds of yards. The size of the area you need your hose to reach, how you’ll use it, where you’ll store your hose, and your budget will determine what’s well-suited for you.

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