If you’re sick of hauling heavy hoses around or you’ve just had one kink or twist on you too many times, an expandable hose will change the way you do your lawn work. We researched a range of styles and sizes and put together this expandable hose buying guide to help you find the right one for you. Before we get started, let’s take a close look at some of the key features you need to know about before you shop.
Unexpanded Length: Unexpanded length varies from hose to hose but the determining factor is how long the hose is when it’s expanded. With few exceptions, the unexpanded length is usually ⅓ of the expanded length.
Expanded Length: You can get this kind of hose in various lengths, including 50, 75, and 100 feet like the ones that we reviewed. Some are available in longer lengths but the lengths we picked are usually enough for home use.
Color: Black is the standard color for expandable hoses. That said, if you’re looking for something brighter and more colorful, you’ll find some great options in green and blue, too. Color doesn’t make the hose better, but it might make you like it more.
Brass Fittings: Brass fittings are important. Not only don’t the rust or oxidize, they’re also tough, last a long time, and don’t leak. If you want a hose that can go the distance, you have to get one with brass fittings.
Weight: We were actually surprised by how lightweight these hoses were, though some are much lighter than others. Weights on our top picks range from 1 to 4.5 pounds. A bit of a range but, like we said, all lightweight.
Warranty: As always, warranties are important. Make sure you know what is and isn’t covered under your warranty. For example, you aren’t supposed to let these hoses bake in the sun so damage resulting from that might not be covered.
Now that we know a little bit more about these features, let’s move right into the products to figure out what is the best expandable hose. Here’s the deal: our top and budget picks are right at the top of our list. That’s the best place to start if you don’t have a lot of time because you can get some idea of the range that’s available. Stick around if you can, though. These products are all pretty awesome. Alright, let’s get to it.