Hoses are an essential tool to any garden, but unfortunately, the hose isn’t the type of item that lasts for 10 years or more. If yours has, then you should consider yourself lucky!
There are quite a few different manufacturers all claiming to sell you the “best garden hose ever,” but many of them fall short because their product just doesn’t last!
Luckily, for you, we have weeded out (no pun intended) all of the bad hoses and present the top 10 products to you here in our guide.
Here, you can easily compare and contrast the top hoses in order to find the right one for your needs and budget; plus, we’ll provide you with plenty of useful shopping tips that will make the process as easy as pie!
Things to Consider
Before you purchase a hose, here are a few important things to take into consideration in order to narrow down the choices to the right one.
- Length. This is kind of a no brainer, but we’re mentioning it because it will encourage you to get out in the garden and measure everything!
Make sure that the hose you choose will reach everywhere in your garden that needs watering. If it is too short, remember that you can purchase separate (and shorter) extension hoses to help you reach an area without too much excess hose.
- Weight. Some of those hoses are pretty heavy-duty, and as such, they are also quite heavy.
If you’re looking for something that is easier to drag around the yard, consider getting an expanding garden hose.
- Outdoor Temperatures. This suggestion is mainly for those of you who live in climates where the temperatures get close to freezing.
Different hoses can withstand different temperature lows, so if you think that your fall, winter and early spring temperatures will dip down quite low, be sure to check the temperature rating of the hose.
Top 10 Garden Hoses Comparison Table
|1. Craftsman Premium Rubber Garden Hose, 50FT. x 5/8. inch||50 feet, 5/8 inch||$$||4.5|
|2. LawnPRO 50' Expanding Garden Hose. Kink-Free. 5,000 Denier Woven Casing. Copper Fittings||50 feet, ¾ inch||$||4.5|
|3. Flexzilla Garden Hose, 5/8 in. x 50 ft., Heavy Duty, Lightweight, HFZG550YW||50 feet, 5/8 inch||$$||4.3|
|4. VicTsing 50ft Expanding Hose, Strongest Expandable Garden Hose with Double Latex Core||50 feet, ¾ inch||$$||4.3|
|5. Stanley FatMax Garden Hose, 50' x 5/8", Yellow||50 feet, 5/8 inch||$$$||4.2|
|6. Melnor Flat Soaker Hose; 25 ft||25 feet, ¾ inch||$||4.1|
|7. NeverKink 8844-100 Series 4000 Commercial Duty Pro Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 100-Feet||100 feet, 5/8 inch||$$||4.0|
|8. Clear Flow Water Garden Hose, 5 8-Inch / 75-Feet||75 feet, 5/8 inch||$$$$||4.0|
|9. zero-G Lightweight, Ultra Flexible, Durable, Kink-Free Garden Hose, 5/8 Inch by 25 Feet||25 feet, 5/8 inch||$$||4.0|
|10. Gilmour Flexogen Super Duty Hose 1/2 Inch x 50 Feet||50 feet, ½ inch||$$||3.8|
In order to choose the best garden hose, compare and contrast the different types in order to determine which will suit your needs.
- Polymer, PVC or Rubber. These are the most common types of hoses out there and the majority of the hoses on our list are made from them.
Some may be a combination of materials (the Stanley FatMax Garden Hose for example, is made from a combination of polyurethane and PVC) while others are made from hybrid polymers.
Rubber hoses are usually the heaviest and not as common in the garden because of this. Many use them in commercial or industrial garden areas or as farming hoses.
- Expandable. Stretchy hoses are ideal if you want a lightweight hose that takes up little space when not in use.
These hoses are usually made of nylon on the outside with a solid material in the core. Number 4, for example, has a latex core and a 5000D polyester shell on the outside.
- Soaker Hoses. We figured that those of you who are looking for the best garden hose probably want a solid one, but we did throw in one soaker hose in our table since they can be equally as useful to gardeners (number 6).
These allow you to water certain areas of the garden with a slower water flow rate and release rate. They’re also great for watering in full sun since the water falls directly on the ground and seeps into the soil rather than hitting the leaves. This will help you prevent burnt leaves.
Control the Fittings
It’s important to scrutinize the hose connectors (or fittings) since this is where leaks can develop.
Most hoses have a ¾-inch fitting (the actual hose itself is 5/8-inch) and come in a variety of materials such as aluminum, brass and copper.
These are the most common and are all durable, but you should always make sure to double check that the fit is secure when you tighten the male end to the female end.
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This rubber garden hose from Craftsman is very durable and dependable, so in spite of how heavy it is, we still consider it one of the best hoses for garden use on our list.
Being rubber, it can withstand extreme temperatures (Craftsman states that it has been tested and proven to be flexible at temperatures of -25°F and as hot as 160°F.
The fittings are made from crush-proof copper, so if you have to run your hose across the driveway a lot, this one can withstand the weight of your car passing over it.
The water pressure on this hose is pretty impressive, too, at 500psi, so if you’re sick of wasting money on hoses every season and want something that actually lasts, we highly recommend you choose this one.
Those of you looking for something a little more lightweight and convenient might like an expandable hose, and if this is the case, you should definitely try the LawnPro.
This features a 5000D seamless polyester shell on the outside (seamless since that is how many leaks occur).
It weighs less than 2.5 pounds, making it easy to drag around the yard and they’ve used solid copper fittings that will fit any standard hookup.
One tip we can offer for using a hose like this is to avoid turning your water on at full pressure. These flexible hoses can’t handle the pressure as well as rubber or polymer hoses can, but in terms of toughness, this particular brand seems to hold up quite well.
If you don’t like this one, check out number 4.
When many of us think of a garden hose, we think of something like this from Flexzilla.
What’s great is that they sell it in increments as small as 3 feet and up to 100 feet for those who need a little extra. This also makes it easier for those of you who have “in between” length needs.
This hose is pretty temperature-resistant, capable of being left in temps that dip to -40°F and ambient heat as high as 150°F.
Pressure is lower than number 1 on our list at 150psi (compared to 500psi from the other one).
This is probably one of the most popular choices on our list and while some have experienced leaking and kinking, it’s still a great value. They claim that it is drinking water safe, but we’d use it for gardening and not drinking water ourselves.
We’d purchase another one!
This hose isn’t quite as popular as the LawnPro, but in terms of durability and reliability, we were quite pleased with it.
As we mentioned earlier in the guide, this hose consists of two layers: the outer shell is made from a super strong 5,000D polyester (a backpack that is made with 600D polyester, just to give you an idea of the strength) and inside is a latex core.
It definitely is another lightweight and convenient option for those of you who hate lugging around the heavy hoses.
A great alternative to the other expandable hose we looked at!
This polyurethane/PVC hose is another one that will please the gardener who wants a hose that won’t let them down.
It’s sturdy, durable, features forged aluminum titanium coated-couplings (strong!) and has an impressive pressure rate of 500psi.
This one is actually quite similar to the Craftsman, just made with different material.
Some have had problems with the thread connectors rusting and kinking issues, but the hose itself has always impressed.
Another great choice for gardeners who need heavy-duty tools!