A quick Google search for Hozelock Ultimate Garden Hose will find other dealers that sell Hozelock Ultimate Hose and also have plenty of stock for instant shipping. One at the top of the Google list that I found in Sydney, Rock Around The Block, has lots of stock & a larger range of Ultimate garden hoses. They told me they sell lots to Councils & car yards. They have been around for 35 years well before Bunnings started in the Eastern states.
I phoned them and they certainly have rare product knowledge which was spot-on. I bought online. They ...
Purchased in May 2019 at Rock Around The Block .
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Excellent hose, difficult to find
The Hozelock Ultimate Hose (the one with iconic yellow tubing) is easily the best hose we have bought. Most garden hoses in Australia justifiably get average or poor ratings, but Hozelock really does stand out above them -- not perfect, just much better. In fact, we discovered that Hozelock Ultimate is apparently the top selling hose in the UK (where the company is headquartered) and has the highest customer ratings of any hoses sold on Amazon UK. The product is apparently made at Hozelock's factory in France.
Background: We bought a 15m and...30m (12.5mm diameter) Hozelock Ultimate last month through a Bunnings special order, and also own a 15m Hozelock that was randomly bought 2.5 years ago during the Masters shutdown sale. We hadn't heard of Hozelock before then. We currently also own a high-end Pope 30m hose (now replaced), a 15m Pope bendable-type hose (what's left of it is also replaced), and a Neta Platinum 30m (still in use). The Hozelock Ultimate is tough and kink resistant, yet lighter than most other top-end hoses we have owned. While replacing our older 30m Pope with the 30m Hozelock on an open reel last month, I estimated the Hozelock is about 20%-25% lighter. Hozelock Ultimate has a 30 year guarantee, but I'm skeptic of any hose guarantees. The products we bought come with fittings, including an "Aqua stop" connector -- water shuts off when spray gun is removed. The Hozelock Ultimate 15m hose bought from Master 2.5 years ago remains in excellent condition even though it is used daily and lays out on the open brick patio (partly under shade and partly in sun). You can kink it by hand, but it springs back with no apparent residual bend in the tubing. I have never seen it pinch by twisting; in fact, I don't recall it ever twisting. The hose has not bulged/swelled or come loose from its fitting (the usual removable clamping screw-on type) -- two problems we had with a pricey Pope flex-type hose. No hose is perfect, but even the heavy non-flex garden hoses we've bought start to show signs of permanent kink, twist, or brittleness after 3 years in Perth weather. Not the Hozelock, so far. What's wrong with the Hozelock Ultimate hose? The biggest drawback is finding the product in OZ. As mentioned, we bought our 15m and 30m Hozelock Ultimate hoses as a special order from Bunnings. Also sold by one eBay and one Amazon OZ seller. Bunnings monopoly doesn't help, but they really should add Hozelock and boot out one of the other hose brands. I also suspect that any garden hose is eventually going to have weak kink areas unless they are stiff as steel, but Hozelock Ultimate doesn't show any signs of weakening...yet. Fingers crossed.
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