The 5 Best Expandable Hose Consumer Reports in 2020

Intro

The expandable garden hose has come a long way from its home shopping network days. What was once mostly a gimmicky and novelty alternative to your regular garden hose is not its full-fledged garden rival. At the very least, the technology has improved by leaps and bounds since our best expandable hose reviews in 2017.

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In the same vein as the upgraded and best expandable hose options on our list this time, we’re also updating our article. Yes, even the humble gardener can future-proof. If you’re looking to upgrade your hose or get your next set, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s first take a quick look at our 5 top hoses.

A Quick Look

Expandable Garden Hose Reviews

1) TBI Pro Expandable Garden Hose, Updated

Details:

The first expandable garden hose on our lists come from TBI Pro. The 2019 update to their popular expandable garden hose line is still a class favorite.

The hose comes in 50-foot and 100-foot variants at 3.50lbs and 5.50lbs, respectively. If you’re worried about how long it’ll take the 100-foot (max length) model to completely expand, then you’ll be happy to know that it expands from its resting length of 17 ft. to its max length within seconds.

I found TBI Pro’s 2019 expandable garden hose as the most durable option on our list. You can feel that it’s really well-made. With its 3750D Fabric protecting a 4-Layer Latex core, this hose will weather whatever weather and anything you throw at it. It’s rated for 1500 uses. Used daily, that’s over 4 years of use! At the same time, it won’t get tangled, twist, or kink when in use.

The hardware on this hose is also remarkable. The robust brass connectors prevent both leaks and rust. You’ll also be getting the 9-Way Zink Alloy Sprayer (which was a joy to use), and the 2-way Splitter. If faucets are in short supply in your yard, that splitter will be invaluable. Also included in the package is a storage bag, hose, hanger, extra washers, and its user guide.

Pros
  • Durable
  • Great inclusions
  • High-quality and versatile nozzle
Cons
  • Heavy
  • 2-way splitter’s quality is so-so.

2) Flexi Hose Lightweight Expandable Garden Hose

Details:

Next on our list is the Lightweight Expandable Garden Hose from Flexi Hose. This model is a close competitor of the TBI Pro offering and is an online favorite. Its design and construction are very similar to the TBI Pro, as well, with its high strength polyester wall and 2-layer latex. What does separate this option from previous hose on our list is its weight.

The 50-foot, 75-foot, and 100-foot models are, respectively, 3, 3.50, and 5 lbs. That’s nearly half a pound in weight difference. Storing the hose Is also pretty simple. The 50, 75, and 100-foot will all shrink to a third of its size when not in use.

This hose avoids kinks like the plague. It’s just a breeze to use.

Pros
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Tough brass connectors
  • Great bang-for-buck
Cons
  • Average quality nozzle

3) GrowGreen Expandable Garden Hose, Updated

GrowGreen Expandable Garden Hose - Best Expandable Hose Consumer Reports
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As its brand name suggests, the bright green Expandable Garden Hose from Growgreen will look right at home in your garden. It’s color also makes it easy to spot in the grass.

The Expandable Garden Hose from GrowGreen is available in 4 flavors: 25, 50, 75, and 100 feet with weights starting at 2 lbs to 4 lbs for the longest hose. If you haven’t noticed yet, this is the lightest option on our list. If weight is important to you, you’ll love this hose from GrowGreen. 

The lightweight design doesn’t skimp on quality either. The hose sports durable corrosion resistance brass couplings, and a high-quality latex interior that can support up to 10 Bar of pressure. Although it’s still quite robust, this expandable hose’s material quality is just third-best to our two previous hoses. Also, It’s 8-way nozzle closely resembles Flexi Hose but it has the superior quality of the two.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
Cons
  • The fabric can abrade or pill on rougher surfaces

4) POYINRO Expandable Garden Hose

POYINRO Expandable Garden Hose - Best Expandable Hose Consumer Reports
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The Expandable Garden Hose from POYINRO sports the more old-fashioned knitted outer weave found in the first expanding hoses. However, there’s no need to doubt its durability. That outside shell is made up of 3750D high-strength polyester, like the hose from TBI Pro. It also sports a 2-layer natural latex core.

This Expandable hose from POYINRO is also an update to their best-selling older models. Take note though that this product does not have a spray nozzle or any extra fittings in the package. You’ll want to get a new nozzle. 

This hose does come in two packages, though. One is 50-foot long at a pound, and the other is closer to 2 lbs but at 75 feet.
50ft/1lbs; 75ft/2lbs

Pros
  • Durable yet easy to store
  • Great against kinks and tangling
Cons
  • Aluminum couplings/fittings are not as durable as brass.
  • No extra fittings/nozzle/equipment

5) Gardguard Expandable Garden Hose

Gardguard Expandable Garden Hose - Best Expandable Hose Consumer Reports
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The last product on our list comes from Gardguard, which is also an online favorite. Withstanding water pressures up to 12 Bar and temperatures around 41 to 113C, the hose from Gardguard can also spray 9 different ways. Except for the spray nozzle, this house fairly resembles the first two brands on this list.

Also, the brass couplings were incredibly strong. In our tests, we found how strong the mom was, and that it can deliver a line of water almost the same.
Besides that actual hose, the box comes with a spray nozzle, carry bag, 3 rubber washers, and a bag hook.

Pros
  • Tough outer material
  • Very durable brass couplings
  • Longer range
Cons
  • Only available in 50-foot variant

Brief Expandable Hose Buying Guide

We’ve listed and reviewed 5 of the very best Expandable hoses that you can get in 2019. Finding the model that best suits your space and gardening needs will depend on several factors: length, weight, parts, and quality of its design.

Length

Do you have a small yard or apartment terrace? Then the 25-foot (max length) hose will do you just fine. For the average garden, I’d recommend the 50-foot or 75-foot hoses. Meanwhile, If you’re planning to use the hose commercially or you have a sizable property, then the 100-foot Expandable hose will be your best bet.

Weight

A difference of 1 to 3 pounds between different expandable hose brands may not seem like much. However, since you’ll be using or bringing the hose regularly, if not daily, that small difference will make a difference. 

Take care that you don’t quickly get the lightest option, either. More on this in the Material Quality section.

Parts and Fittings

Are you looking for an entirely new hose set with all the pre-included parts such as the nozzle, splitter, connectors, and so on? Or do you already own a nozzle and are simply looking to replace your current hose? 

Naturally, complete hose sets will be more expensive than a hose replacement.

Material Quality

The well-known, and almost expected, flaw in Expandable garden hoses since its inception is its inferior quality when compared to the traditional hose. The fragile expanding membrane and its so-so fabric cover in expandable hoses several years ago meant shorter lifespans.

Thankfully, much has changed since then. The quality and lifespans of Expandable garden hoses now rival that of its non-expanding kin. It’s now quite easy to find hoses with multi-layered latex cores enveloped in robust fabrics and complete with heavy-duty, anti-rust metal hardware. 

For a more in-depth buyer’s guide on expandable hoses you can check the article here.


Conclusion

Finding the best expandable hose in 2019 was not difficult at all. You only need to consider the brand, length, and weight of the current expandable hoses in the market and determine which one will suit your particular needs.  If you’re looking for a simple hose replacement, then the expandable hose from POYINRO is both the better and more budget-friendly option.

If you’re looking to get a whole set while also investing in a top of the line product, you’ll want to get the updated Expandable Garden Hose from TBI Pro. This is an Expandable host that checks all the boxes. Its sprinkle nozzle is incomparable too.

If it’s the lightweight options that inspire you, then go for either the Flexi Hose Lightweight Expandable Garden Hose or the GrowGreen Expandable Garden Hose, the latter being a pound lighter.

Sources:

Hose Care - Rindels, Sherry. Department of Horticulture. Iowa State University.
Tools to simplify hand-watering in the garden - Hayes, Rhonda. Star Tribune. Startribune.com
Garden hose may be one of the most important tools you own - Donna Birch. Jun. 27, 2007. McClatchy Newspapers
Choosing A Garden Hose - 2017. Yardener.com

Hoang Quang

Hello! I’m Quang Hoang and Grow Gardener is my little nook for all the adventures, and occasional misadventures, on my journey in gardening! As I continue to awaken life in little seeds and struggle to keep flora alive, I’ll be here sharing with all of you what I’ve learned! Join me in my little garden, and let’s grow together.

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