Garden hoses can end up being quite an expensive purchase (although you should get many years of good use) so its worthwhile spending some time to choose the best one.
Expect to pay around the £20 to £50 for a good quality hose, the price usually being determined by the length of the hose and the storage option.
In this review, we take a look at the current top-selling garden hoses in the UK to help you choose which is the best one for you.
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These reel carts come in a number of different designs and reel capacities. This version has a 60m hose length capacity and comes with a 50m hose. The cart has a small diameter reel drum so it makes it quick to wind the hose, especially as the reel has a long handle.
The cart’s handle itself is also adjustable and has a clip for attaching the hose nozzle. The great thing about hose reel carts is that they offer a compact storage solution along with kink free hoses.
Again, this model features a long plastic handle for easier winding and there is also a viewing window in the case to ensure that you don’t get the hose tangled when winding.
The “2in1” name comes from the option of either wall mounting this reel or using it free standing. If you go for the latter option you’ll find that the built-in carrying handles make moving the reel about easy. The water inlet is in the centre of the case which provides a quick and easy connection.
The great thing with Hozelock products is the ability to connect to a wide range of watering accessories including jet spray guns and sprinklers, so once you have purchased this product you can add extra items as your needs require.
The idea is that you get a similar extended hose length to rigid types (30 metres in this case) but because the hose is expandable (by around 3 times its original length), it can be made very compact for storing (a handy storage back is also included). So essentially you don’t have to unwind and rewind the reel, you simply turn the tap on and the hose starts to expand. Turn off the water (and make sure the hose is empty) and the hose will shrink back to its original size.
The hose is supplied with all the necessary connection fittings, which on this version are brass which is a nice touch. Also included is a trigger spray gun that has 8 different spray patterns to choose from. There is even a plastic hanger to use for the storage bag.
Two things to bear in mind though are because the inner hose is latex then the hose cannot be used with hot water (unlike rigid hoses). Also, you cannot use this hose to connect to pressure washers.
The good thing though is that the Pico reel is very easy to carry around (if you need to). The carrying case itself houses the reel but also includes neat storage for the tap connector and spray nozzle. The feeder hose (from the tap) can also be neatly stored. The case can be wall mounted but this is not really its intended purpose.
It’s nice to see a trigger spray gun included with the Pico and it features adjustable flow control and 5 different spray patterns. There are a few complaints about the quality of the trigger gun but you do get a 2 year guarantee in case anything goes wrong.
Buying a garden hose needn’t be complex, here are a few key points to consider: