The garden shed usually fills with new goodies as each year passes. In the fall, you might add some decent rakes to help you stay ahead of the leaves and pine needles that conglomerate around the yard. In the spring, a durable pair of pruning shears joins the box and so does a nice new lawn mower.
So, now you need to do something about that garden hose that keeps tripping you up as you go about your yard work!
Since you’re in need of a reel to keep the hose safely off the ground and out of the way when you’re not using it, our guide has all of the info you’ll need in order to choose a great one.
We highlight the ten best hose reel choices below and provide you with plenty of useful shopping tips that make choosing one a breeze.
Here are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration before you choose a reel.
Material. There are plenty of different options when it comes to reel materials, so as the king (or queen) of your garden, you’re going to have to decide which of these things is more important to you: durability or aesthetics?
Unfortunately, the best hose reel is usually a bit of an eyesore out in your garden, but it is stronger than an ox and will probably last much longer than the more attractive ones.
We’ve included a mix for you in our list, but as a rule of thumb, this is a way to help you narrow down the choices.
Aluminum. Aluminum is both strong and lightweight, and if the manufacturer wants to ensure a happy client, they have also ensured that it is rustproof. These are the most durable choice and what we recommend.
Plastic. Plastic is the cheapest (and most unattractive!) choice out there. We do appreciate that it is easy to clean and it definitely gets the job done.
Wrought Iron. Wrought iron is quite heavy but it definitely adds a nice touch do your gardening décor.
Style. When it comes to the style of the hose reel, you basically have four options: wheeled, wall mount, cabinet and fixed ground reels.
The one on the far right – the Liberty Garden Products 3-in-1 Garden Hose Reel – isn’t featured in our table because there were better options available. The fixed ground reels are like cabinets without walls and wheeled reels without the wheels. You’re welcome to check it out anyways, if you like!
Wall Mount. One of the most important things to check on before you purchase a wall mount reel is the type of surface(s) it can be mounted to.
Will it be going on a brick wall? Siding? Wood? Always make sure that the mounting hardware included will accommodate the surface you need to attach it to, otherwise you’ll need to head down to the nearest home improvement store and purchase separate parts.
Cabinet. Cabinets keep the hose out of sight and out of mind. We included a decent plastic one (number 7) and a wrought iron cabinet (number 9) for those of you who are interested. Bulkier, yes, but they keep the hose protected from the elements, too.
Wheeled. Wheeled hose reels are very convenient, but make sure that the unit is solid (won’t tip over easily), that the wheels are durable and that the body is made out of rustproof material (as mentioned earlier).
Eley made it twice on our list and twice on the top three because they make some seriously good products!
This particular hose reel is a wall mount unit made of rustproof aluminum alloy and the nice thing about it is that you can mount it either parallel or perpendicular, depending on your individual needs.
Whether you need something to keep the garden hose or a shop hose out of the way, this unit is worth every penny invested. We have a few of them: one outside in by the garden hose and one in the garage for winter hose storage!
For the serious gardener, this is definitely the best hose reel on our list. It is super dependable and made of high-quality materials, which are two of the most important features that a reel should have (in our humble gardening opinion!)
As it should be, this reel is made from rustproof aluminum alloy and has unique rubber tires that will never go flat since they are filled with a solid material rather than air. The tread pattern will help you rumble over any surface!
This is quite a serious investment but one that other gardeners are not sorry they make.
It’s heavy-duty construction and reliable design mean that you won’t even have to think about buying another one for another 10 years or more.