Choosing the expandable hose may be a growing pain if you do not know what to look for. For someone who is really enthusiastic about gardening stuff, allow us to break down the tips that will give you a heads up in choosing the expandable hose that you need.
Not only should you check the materials used in the inner tubes but more importantly, the thickness of these materials. Latex tubes within the 2-3 layer mark is a good find. Anything less than these layers will surely burst after just a few uses.
As have been previously mentioned, brass materials help you to avoid rust and corrosion which is the ultimate find because you do not want your garden to be too acidic in the long run because of the rusty water that will spew out from the hose.
Aside from this, checking the brass fittings and the way they are attached to the hose will early on give you a hint if the product is prone to leakage or not.
If it has a woven fabric for its outer layer, go for it because you are sure that the hose will contract and expand and that it is durable enough to snag off sharp objects it may be exposed to along the way or in the corners of the garden. The key here is to look for outer layer features that are abrasion-proof or tags such as durable shells.
This is slightly taken for granted for many products but when it comes to expandable hoses, it must also be a must. This small detail could save you money if you check it. Short warranties are conspicuous and should not be easily trusted. Opt for longer warranties and with more warranty coverage.
At the rate of where the market is going for expandable hoses at present, most manufacturing companies are competing on the length they can offer. Innovating based on the length alone may not be advisable in the long run because it will be harder to navigate and storage may be a problem. The key to expandable hoses would be its lightweight feature and its self-draining mechanism so do not be too enticed with the length.
For some reference if you are already planning to buy your own expandable garden hose, these are some of the products which we think should make it to your ‘expandable hose potential buys’. There are hundreds of them around the market but as far as the previous descriptions and information are concerned, we think that the following products are all within those ranges, designs and all.
This expandable garden hose is efficient for gardens or lawns that are not that wide. With the 50 feet reach, it can help you in frequent watering and in maintaining your lawn grass in no time. More than that, it is flexible and kink-resistant, with brass connectors and fittings that will give you relief from possible corrosion and rust in the future.
This most recent expandable hose from TBI Pro really is probably one of the best catches to date because of its improved latex layers and fabric outer covers. It upgraded its latex layers from 3 to 4 which means that it can go from 17feet to 50feet in a matter of seconds, self-drain and coil back in two minutes. Its outer cover is now made up of 3750x3750D fabric which makes sure that it does not burst, leak or get tangled while you maneuver it around the garden.
The main thing about this is its upgraded nozzle pattern. Typically, expandable hoses have 8 nozzle patterns but this one added one more so that’s a major plus. Aside from that, it shifted to a rubberized outer coating instead of fabric so it is non-slip and the dirt can be easily wiped off.
This one has an all-brass fitting from nozzles to connectors. It is super lightweight with only 2.7 pounds at coil and is kink-resistant. It is also very sturdy because of its three-layer latex core. As an upgrade, the latex core is infused with an elastic fabric and sealed with ¾ solid brass fittings.
The major upgrade for this expandable garden hose is that it is heavy-duty grade. It is used not only in watering the garden but is also used for car washing, in race pits, ATV pits and is also used as a trailer accessory. With three-layer latex core, it is kink-resistant, portable and easy to store. We think that the outer cover will also not disappoint because of its hard fabric made of 3750D polyester plus all of its connectors are made of brass so durability is also ensured.
Since we gave you a rundown of the five best expandable hoses in the market right now, it is but right to present to you our verdict. We based this verdict on specific things such as affordability, specifications, details like inner core quality, outer cover quality, materials used for the connectors, inclusions in the box and the quality of the upgrade for a better user experience.
So for this roundup, we think that the Gard Guard wins because we think that it focused on durability and innovating small details that would make the product really last.
The latex core is one of the ups that this expandable hose is commendable for. Investing on durability is very manifested in details such as shifting from just hard polyester to a double layered outer cover of rubber and hard polyester fabric that makes it sturdier even when exposed in harsh climate conditions like heat and frost.
This is a major plus because we cannot control the temperature levels in our storage rooms and it’s quite a relief because it means that it could tolerate some bad weather conditions without us fearing that it might rip off.
More importantly, it could take on more water pressure than the rest plus it has nine nozzle patterns with a rotating bezel.
This means that you could strategize better in watering the lawn or garden because you are sure that it could spew out water in all directions at an even distribution.
You can also opt to use all the nozzles all at one time and just leave it be and just turn it off when you are done. With these, we think that the Gard Guard expandable hose is the clear winner of this roundup.
With all of these innovated characteristics, it does not fall short in all key aspects of what we should look for in an expandable hose.
It is durable, it has an all brass fitting, the nozzle sprays are more than what is expected, and an innovated one for that matter because of the rotating bezel that will help you in making your next watering session more fun and convenient.
The major problem that often happens on expandable hose is leakage. It is a problem because of two things: first, it is annoying because some parts of the garden may be overwatered and second, it is a waste of water.
Leakage can be caused by a lot of things. One would be being too exposed to natural elements like leaving it out to freeze during the winter. It may also be accidental things like being run off by a mower or of a dog chewing it over and many others. But there are steps on how to fix it and you do not really need to fuzz over it because it will not cost you much.
In fixing a leaking expandable hose, you will need a screwdriver, a hose repair kit that you can buy from the nearest hardware, complete with male or female threaded hoses and with variations for metal or plastic hoses, and a utility knife.
You can follow four steps suggested by Today’s Homeowner for this. First, you need to cut the hose either on the broken part in a smooth manner. From that broken end, attach the threaded new hose and make sure that it goes all the way into the hose. Third, attach the clamp from the repair kit and screw it in until it is tight enough to prevent the leak and to avoid future leakage.
You might think that the expandable hose is just a no-brainer but looking at what we have covered so far in this article, it seems like it needs a lot of time, consideration and entails a sound decision for you to choose the best one.
Perhaps, the easiest trick to consider here is to know what you want. Already having a cognitive checklist of the features you are looking for will help you narrow down your choices regardless of the other good features that you will see as you check other products. But at the end of the day trust your gut feel about the product. What suits you, suits you so go for it.