Coil garden hoses were all the rage a few years ago. People loved how you could stretch out the hose for use and when you were finished it automatically recoiled back into an easy to store compact form.
This product suddenly took off which quickly brought on a flood of imported knock offs to saturate the market with inferior performing hoses.
Other bi-products like the pocket hose have also been introduced to the market. These cheap imports almost killed the coiled water hose market because consumers got frustrated when they stretched out their hose to use it and then after a few times the hose wouldn’t retract back into place.
These low-quality hoses quickly found their way into garbages and landfill sites. The news quickly spread by word of mouth and on forums – Avoid coil hoses. We disagree – the concept of a retractable hose is still viable. There is still quality made self-coiling hoses on the market.
Here are some quick pointers to look for in choosing the ones that actually work over a long period of time and with heavy use!
Domestic or Import Coiled Hoses?
I know I have a bias because my friend owns a manufacturing facility in the UK that produces high-quality air hoses, garden hoses, and coil hoses. The reviews that are out there on the imported coiled products do not speak highly of them and I feel justified in my remarks on their being an inferior product.
The UK-made coil products and garden hose are the best performings on the market. We are not the only one to supply good quality recoiling water hose. Many UK competitors also make good products.
Buy a domestic made coil garden hose and you will be glad you did now, in one month from now and for years to come.
Length Of The Coil Hose
Remember this tip – the longer the hose the more coil strength needed to retract the hose when it is full of water. Again I am going to take a shot at the imported hoses. They work great when you try them at the store when they have no water in them, but as soon as the water weight is added to the hose they lose their elasticity.
A longer hose means more water which equals more weight. The longer the hose the more you need to rely on a quality made product to provide the retracting strength needed to pull the hose back into its storage position.
Here is another important tip when looking at length: a coil hose will stretch out 80% of its length. A 50-foot recoiling water hose can be extended to 40 feet with a 25-foot hose stretching to 20 feet.
The Inside Diameter
Most water hoses are measured by their inside diameter. Some, trying to mislead, will make the outside diameter of their product the prominent number they display. Always look at the inside diameter when looking for a garden hose product. The most retractable garden hose has a 3/8 inside diameter.
The reason for this goes with the comments above about water weight. A larger diameter hose has more water weight which creates a need for stronger coil strength to pull the hose back to its original position.
We use both 3/8 and ½ inch coiled garden hose and they both work well because they are very well made. The inside diameter of 3/8 will provide enough water to water plants and spray down a small area. If you need more water volume go with the ½ inch inside diameter.
I hope this information was helpful to you in choosing a good quality coil garden hose. A high-quality hose is a great choice for the conscientious gardener. Happy Gardening!