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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Best Garden Hose

Hoselink Retractable Hose Reel

Hoselink Retractable Hose Reel

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4.8 from 1,997 reviews

Hoselink Retractable Hose Reels have an automatic rewind system, 180° of swivel, and the ability to be secured at any length for tangle-free use, letting you care for your garden without a fuss.

Durable hose and fittings
Simple to install
Easy to retract into storage unit
2nd Best Garden Hose
Hoselink Hi-Flow 25m Auto Rewind Hose Reel 3425

You don’t have to worry about an unsightly hose reel with the Hoselink Hi-Flow 25m Auto Rewind Hose Reel 3425 - its high water pressure, ability to retract smoothly, and self-layering mechanism lets you neatly and easily water your garden.

Retracts smoothly
Great water pressure
Sturdy build
Delrico Retractable Hose Reel

Delrico Retractable Hose Reel

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3.7 from 22 reviews

The Delrico Retractable Hose Reel has high-quality brass fittings and comes in 2 lengths, making it suitable for yards and balconies of all sizes.

Long lasting
Water flows steadily
Sometimes has trouble retracting
AK Reels Easyhose
4.3 from 13 reviews

With an auto rewind feature, an impact-resistant casing, and an automatic lock that lets you secure the hose to a length suitable for you, the AK Reels Easyhose can help make light work of gardening.

Hoselink Ned Kelly Starter Kit 2250

Leak-proof, ergonomic, and built to last the Aussie elements, the Hoselink Ned Kelly Starter Kit 2250 lets you instantly upgrade your hose so you can water with more ease.

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Hoselink Premium Metal 8-Function Spray Gun 5528

Latest review: I 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

Holman Multi Function Gun with Thumb Control 6552H

Latest review: We have loved this Holman hose gun, it’s amazing to operate and gives great precision and ease of adjustment. Unfortunately my home is run by a 3 year old who loves water, frequently has tantrums a

Holman Auto Retractable Hose Reel with Spray Gun
1.9 from 371 reviews

Latest review: Hose will pull out and lock but wont retract, about one year old. Will go back to winding the hose up by

Hozelock Ultimate Hose
4.6 from 5 reviews

Latest review: Bought my first 30m hozelock about 4 years ago and cannot fault what they proclaim. It faces the west in Perth so It catches a lot of sun. Bought another yesterday online as these big retailers

Pope Auto Wind Hose Reel
1.8 from 85 reviews

Latest review: Hi Bought the small Pope hose about a year ago for particular area of garden. Difficult to rewind, fittings broke off after a few months. Had a Hozelock for about 15 years and that is far superior.

Was replaced by...
Pope Automatic Retractable Hose Reel

Latest review: I note that many other reviews say they have had problems with the Pope retractable hose. I have had mine for over a year, it had a lot of use last summer (in Tasmania). We mounted it on a board

Nylex Flextreme Hose
4.8 from 4 reviews

Latest review: Having replaced a $25 hose that is not fit for purpose, I paid $50 for the Nylex Flextreme. It’s worth the extra expense as I’ve had it nearly two years and I’m pleased to say it hasn’t gone hard and

XHose Expanding Hose
2.2 from 18 reviews

Latest review: This is so light and easy to store over the tap. I've just bought 2nd. Tried the cheaper versions first but no good. Would recommend blue original x hose. Plenty of videos the net to see how they

Gardena Wall Mounted Hose Box 35

Latest review: Was hesitant buying as a bit pricey compared to others, but after reading several reviews on other reels I took the plunge and ordered one. I have always been a Gardena fan, been using there products

Holman 30m Battery Powered Hose Reel 3130H

Latest review: I hate to give bad feedback but I want to help people not waste their time buying this product. Same issue as a few other people I see where the housing for the hose is basically ready to fall off

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Hoselink Metal Hose Reel Box

Latest review: This is such a clever idea. I have wanted a hose reel for ever so long. I don't have any way to mount a hose reel due to our tap being located in an odd position. I saw this on Hoselink's web site.

Takagi Compact Hose Reel Nano Next

Latest review: This 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

Gardena Wall-Mounted 25m Roll-up Automatic

Latest review: First things first, reel and hose are great, have been working well for nearly 7 years. In that time I've probably only had to charge the battery 3-4 times total. The charger works fine, I've tested

ALDI Gardenline Hoses

ALDI Gardenline Hoses

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1.8 from 19 reviews

Latest review: I have had no problems with it retracting. Its great! It could do with a more sturdy connection point for the wall but some liquid nails fixed that. Would like another for the back

Pope Water Weeper
1.5 from 38 reviews

Latest review: Newly installed hose just cracked in a couple of places.Had to redo the whole lot waste of time and money. Cracks up on the green strip on the hose.Holman and Gardena are much

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Types of garden hoses

Woman using a rubber hose with orange and black fittings to water the red tulips in her garden.

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 make using your garden hose easier and safer.

  • 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.