If you do not have time for the details, here are our top picks for expandable hose:
- TBI Pro Expandable Garden Hose
- Trutec black expanding garden hose
- Elk and Bear expandable garden hose
- FlexiHose Upgraded Expandable garden hose
- TheFitLife Flexible and Expandable Garden Hose
Don’t be deceived by the name, garden hoses aren’t only used in the garden, but you probably already knew that. Here’s another thing you probably already know: the importance of getting a high-quality garden hose can never be underestimated.
For a long time, rubber garden hoses have ruled the market. They were great for their durability but they soon fell out of love for reasons, such as the stress of dragging them across the yard, the stress of having to coil them back up when you’re done with them, and how often they kink.
Today, however, you don’t have to go through the torments that the rubber garden hoses put you through as there is a new hero in town: Expandable garden hoses. These hoses, unlike their rubber-made counterparts, neither get tangled nor kink.
Furthermore, they wouldn’t be called expandable garden hoses of they couldn’t expand, and oh boy, they do expand. You may think you have a 17-foot expandable hose right now but fill it with water and watch it triple in length!
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If you are ready to make the bold switch from using the old rubber garden hoses to the new expandable garden hoses, you’re welcome to the right place.
However, with the numerous brands of expandable garden hoses that are out there, you may find picking the one that suits your preferences to be quite confusing. And if you are new to this whole hose picking thing, something as simple as choosing your own garden hose becomes an almost impossible task.
Having once been where you are, I understand what you’re going through, and that is why I have compiled for you a list of the best expandable garden hoses on the market today. You’re welcome.
And to give you a better sense of direction in selecting one for yourself, I have provided a short guide to choosing an expandable garden hose for you after the list. You’re welcome once again.
- Expandable Garden Hoses Comparison Table
- What to look for when choosing an expandable garden hose
- Final Words
Expandable Garden Hoses Comparison Table
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1. TBI Pro Expandable Garden Hose
For maximum durability, TBI Pro expandable garden hose has four layers of latex that don’t sacrifice too much in terms of flexibility. In addition, it features high-quality brass connectors, advanced connector protectors that help to prevent leaking, and a shut-off valve.
You don’t have to worry about storing the garden hose as it can retract to a very small size when not in use. And when in use, it quickly expands to its maximum length in no time.
The lightness of the expandable garden hose is also another valid reason to buy it. You could do a lot of heavy-duty jobs with it and not get tired easily from having to drag a heavy hose around.
And if that isn’t enough to convince one to buy it, its efficiency is another worthy reason. This hose does not get caught when in use, neither does it get tangled nor kinked. And to make your work easier, it has a multifunctional nozzle with which you can spray in ten different positions.
2. Trutec black expanding garden hose
The first thing that is worth mentioning is the high quality of the Trutec expandable garden hose. It is constructed with 3 layers of latex with which it perfectly balancing durability and flexibility. It also features a 48-ply nylon shell that zealously protects the hose from the littlest wear or tear.
The solid brass fittings are of the highest quality, effectively striking out the possibilities of cracks, leaks, and corrosion. Like that isn’t enough, the shut-off valve handles the job of easily connecting to a nozzle, a sprinkler, and another hose.
With a lightweight of about 4.7 pounds (for the 75 feet), it can be easily lifted and used however you like. It also comes in three different sizes, 50 feet, 75 feet, and 100 feet, making it perfect for very big yards.
An innovative feature that catches my eye is the stainless steel hose hanger that comes with the hose. This greatly solves the problem of where to store the hose, and it isn’t like you would have that problem in the first place as the hose can retract to next to nothing when not in use.
Finally, the package comes complete with a stainless steel hose hanger, a multifunctional nozzle that has eight different spraying patterns, and a storage bag.
The icing on the cake is the 30-day money-back policy of the manufacturer starting from the day of purchase. Also, it comes with a 12-month warranty.
3. Elk and Bear expandable garden hose
Like the other two expandable garden hoses that are above it on this list, Elk and Bear lifetime replacement hose is a high-quality hose that doesn’t disappoint even after years of intensive use. It is made of latex core, a material that is guaranteed to offer the best durability ratings.
Although you may not be able to spray big yards with the 50 feet hose, it is more than capable to use in a small yard or a vegetable garden. And its lightweight of just 2.3 pounds makes the job way easier and better. In addition, there’s a 100-foot option to cover bigger yards.
The solid brass connectors function properly by not making you worry about trivial matters like cracks, leaks, and corrosion. And when it comes to how well it expands and contracts, it does this like a pro.
When a manufacturer tells you that they are placing a lifetime replacement guarantee on their product, that should tell you a lot about how confident they are in the quality of that product.
Finally, when you purchase Elk and Bear expandable garden hose, you get a spray nozzle and a carrying bag.
4. FlexiHose Upgraded Expandable garden hose
If you want to do your gardening (or whatever you use your garden hose for) with as little stress as it would take you to flick a finger, Flexi Hose is the best tool for the job. It is a very durable garden hose that has a very lightweight of just 2.9 pounds.
With a tough double latex core for strength and flexibility and a nylon shell for protection against wear and tear, the FlexiHose expandable garden hose is a strong as they get. In addition, the brass fittings are nothing short of the best quality as it gallantly refuses to be corrupted by corrosion or the weather.
Don’t think you can cover a large area of garden or lawn with this garden hose as it is only 50 feet long. However, it is more than capable for anything within its length as it doesn’t snag, kink, or stress you to carry, and there are even bigger sizes (50, 75 and 100 feet)
When not in use, the Flexi Hose expandable garden hose easily shrinks back to 17 feet so that it can be easily stored. The nozzle, made of zinc alloy, is multi-functional as it has eight different spraying patterns to help you handle different jobs easily.
The icing on the cake is that it comes with a lifetime replacement warranty.
5. TheFitLife Flexible and Expandable Garden Hose
Of all the hoses I already mentioned on this list, none is better suited for heavy-duty jobs than TheFitLife expandable garden hose. Everything about it is designed with durability and strength in mind.
The first feature that makes this garden hose the beast that it is is a triple latex layer core. With this, it strikes the perfect balance between toughness and flexibility. To add to this, the latex core is shelled in a high density woven polyester fabric that keeps even the littlest wear and tear away.
Like the other top hoses on this list, the fittings are made of high-quality brass that ensures that it does not yield to the temptations of the UV rays from the sun or corrosion. Also, the nozzle is designed with versatility in mind as it has eight different flow patterns.
To make things more interesting, the manufacturers manufacture different sizes of the hose so that you are not stuck with a too long or too short hose. The available lengths include 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet, and 100 feet.
It doesn’t end there. These different hose sizes all contract to a third of their extended length whenever they are not in use, making them very easy to store.
Finally, whatever you decide to use the garden hose for, you are guaranteed to have a hassle-free experience as it doesn’t kink, get tangled or caught, and it doesn’t twist.
What to look for when choosing an expandable garden hose
By all means, resist the urge to head to the store to just pick any expandable garden hose that catches your fancy without knowing the following things. Doing so is synonymous with going to the car dealership without having any car brand or model you want to buy.
Sure, you may get lucky and choose the perfect one for you, but nine times out of ten, you end up buying something you’re not happy with.
Why is it important to know the following things before you choose an expandable garden hose? Because it puts you in a better position to be able to pick the perfect garden hose for whatever you choose to use it for.
Mind you, the best expandable garden hose on the market isn’t necessarily the perfect one for you. So lets head to these important things.
Quality of materials
There are two main materials that are used to make expandable hoses: latex and TPC, both of which are very good materials with their own pros and their cons.
Thermoplastic Copolyester (TPC) is commonly used in the manufacture of industrial tubing. It is very resistant to heat, expandable and durable.
These characteristics make it perfect for making expandable garden hoses. The only factor that discourages manufacturers from using this material for their hoses is because it isn’t as common as the alternative material, latex, and hence, usually expensive.
Latex, having similar qualities with TPC (expandable and durable) has one advantage that gives it that edge over TVC: it is more abundant in nature than TVC. Because of this, it isn’t as expensive as TVC. Two types of latex are used, however: Natural latex and Synthetic latex.
While natural latex is the type that is gotten from trees, synthetic latex is the type that is made from petroleum products.
Number of cores
Latex-made expandable garden hoses are often layered. Some have 2, 3, or even four layers. What eventually choose is totally up to you.
All you have to know os that the more the number of latex layers, the more durable the hose is, the heavier it is, and the less flexible it is.
The material used for the hose fittings
Three materials are the rulers of this category: Brass, Aluminium, and Plastic. Of them all, brass is what you would find on most high-quality expandable garden hoses.
Brass has a very high level of durability, a toughness that the other materials don’t possess, and a high resistance to corrosion. For these reasons, it is unusually more expensive than other materials.
Aluminum is the next most commonly seen right after brass. It is also tough and resistant to corrosion. On the upside, it is lighter than brass. Aluminum made fittings also tend to be longlasting.
There are also plastic fittings. Expandable plastic hoses are not as strong as the other two. And they are only used for low-quality expandable garden hoses.
Normally, the lengths you find on the package of the expandable garden hoses are the expanded lengths. In actual fact, the hoses are only about a third of these extended lengths when they are dry.
When a manufacturer places a warranty on their product, they are only telling you that they are sure that that product is going to perform as good as new for the duration of the warranty. Take advantage of the hoses that have longer warranties as they will save you some money if the hoses break within the warranty period.
Quite often, expandable garden hoses come with nozzles in their full package. You would be better off buying these expandable garden hoses.
Also, do yourself a favor and read some of the customer reviews of those hoses to have a better idea of what you’re getting.
Which is better, latex or TPC?
One isn’t all that better than the other. The only advantage that one (latex) has over the other (TPC) is expensiveness.
Should I use a synthetic latex-made expandable garden hose or a natural latex?
Use any you want or any you find. While synthetic latex isn’t cheaper than natural latex, any of them is as good as the other.
Are expandable garden hoses good?
They are. In fact, they have some characteristics that make them better than the old rubber garden hoses. They are lightweight and easy to carry about, and they are easy to store as they retract to a third of their expanded lengths.
Can expandable garden hoses be repaired?
Contrary to what you might have heard about them not being repairable, expandable garden hoses can very much be repaired. Arm yourself with a few tools and you’re good to go.
How do expandable garden hoses work?
Simple. Connect them to the faucet, let the water flow and watch the expandable garden hose do what it was created to do: expand to three times its dry length.
All the expandable garden hoses on this list have been confirmed by customers and experts to be very good. But I should remind you once again that the best expandable garden hose on the market may not be what is best for you. Take your time to choose what is best for you and you’ll be glad you did.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.