The 10 best garden hoses to buy

24 March 2021

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Make watering your garden easier with our pick of the best garden hoses for 2021

Keeping your garden in tip top shape is made easier with the help of a good quality garden hose and it’s well worth investing in the right hose to suit your needs, the size of your garden and your budget. Whether you need a long hose to water a large lawn, a flexible hose for hard-to-reach borders or a hose to attach to a pressure washer, we’ve rounded up the best hosepipes to buy in the UK right now. And they’re all suitable for water play and filling paddling pools to boot.

We’ve scoured the Mumsnet forums and expert reviews for the best recommendations so you don’t have to. Because your time is better spent in your blooming garden!

Here’s our pick of the best garden hoses.

1. Best overall garden hose: Gardena Comfort Flex Hose

“I have a Gardena Flex Hose. It is the best one I have owned.”
“My Gardena hose is brilliant. It does not leak, drip or burst off the tap.”

1. Best overall garden hose: Gardena Comfort Flex Hose

Fed up of your hosepipe slipping off the tap or omitting a spritz of water from the connector as you manoeuvre it around your lawn? Then try this one for size. Praised by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, it prides itself on its tough, spiral mesh textile design and its secure attachment to the connector. And it withstands up to 25 bars of water pressure. It may not come with wall mounting accessories or a fancy cart on wheels, but this hose won’t let you down. Easy-to-use, high quality and reliable with a 20-year Gardena guarantee.

Key specs:

  • Length: 50 metres
  • Weight: 1.5kg
  • Wall mount: No
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2. Best budget garden hose: Cellfast Garden Hose ECONOMIC hose

2. Best budget garden hose: Cellfast Garden Hose ECONOMIC hose

A cheap and cheerful option for your watering needs. If you’re looking for a simple hosepipe to water the garden, then this is a good buy. It’s best for small gardens with easy access to a tap. If you have corners and passageways to navigate, this hose is likely to kink but for just over a fiver, you can’t expect too much! A decent all-round hose.

Key specs:

  • Length: 20 metres
  • Weight: 1.64kg
  • Wall mount: No
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3. Best anti-kink hose: Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose

3. Best anti-kink hose: Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose

Made from double latex, this strong hose is unlikely to kink and the manufacturer claims you’ll “never worry about untangling your hose ever again!”. The five-metre-long super lightweight hose can expand up to three times its own length to 15 metres. After use, it shortens back to its original length to help you store it away. Another bonus is that its connectors are made from solid brass so they’re less likely to bend or snap than plastic connectors. You’ve got eight different spray functions too and water pressure is decent at up to 12 bars. This is a great value hose.

Key specs:

  • Length: 15 metres
  • Weight: 1.3kg
  • Wall mount: No
Buy now from Amazon

4. Best quality garden hose: Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 50m Hose

“My Hozelock garden hose has lasted me 20 years”
“I have a hozelock – it's about 10 years old. It’s still going strong and reels in well. We take it off the wall in late autumn before the frost arrives and store it in the garage.”

4. Best quality garden hose: Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 50m Hose

If you have a long garden or a garden with hard-to-reach taps, then this 50-metre-long hose is the best garden hose for you. The hose cart design means you can wheel it to where you want to use it. Think of it like a wall-mounted reel in reverse – the hose unspools as you move the cart down your garden. The bonus of this design is that you can clip your hose to the frame if you want to water a specific section. The only downside is because of the length of the hose you have to manually wind it up again when you’ve finished as there’s no spring-activated mechanism. But you might see this as an advantage, as it’s one less thing to break!

Key specs:

Length: Up to 60 metres
Weight: 5.83kg
Wall mount: No

Price: £52.95

Buy now from Amazon

5. Best expandable hose: Homoze Expandable Garden Hose Pipe

“I bought one of those expandable ones. It was bloody marvellous.”

5. Best expandable hose: Homoze Expandable Garden Hose Pipe

If you’re looking for a large expandable hose on a budget, then this Homoze hose is a great buy. It competes pretty well with its counterparts when it comes to quality and design too. The hose expands to up to three times its original size under standard water pressure and stretches up to 15 metres in length. Once drained, it returns to its original size so you can pop it in the nifty storage bag included. It seems unfair to nitpick at such a bargain price, but if we had to, it would be to criticise the plastic fittings and connectors, although you do get a range of sizes to fit a range of faucets. The plastic spray gun has the usual eight settings and you also get a 180-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty. A steal!

Key specs:

  • Length: Up to 15 metres
  • Weight: 840g
  • Wall mount: No
Buy now from Amazon

6. Best lightweight garden hose: Aliuze 100ft Garden Hose

6. Best lightweight garden hose: Aliuze 100ft Garden Hose

The Aliuze garden hose is a brilliant lightweight and space-saving option. It’s all in the design – a thick latex inner hose pipe combined with a tightly knitted outer fabric enables this hosepipe to withstand pressure while expanding up to 30 metres. You will never feel like you’re lugging or swinging a big rubber hose around the corners of your garden as it’s so light. Nor will you be tripping over the kinks and twists. It doubles up as a great car washer, house cleaner and paddling pool filler for the kids (and/or dog!). This one comes highly recommended by users.

Key specs:

  • Length: 30 metres
  • Weight: 960g
  • Wall mount: No
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7. Best heavy duty garden hose: Kärcher HR4.525 Hose Reel With 25m PrinoFlex Hose

7. Best heavy duty garden hose: Kärcher HR4.525 Hose Reel With 25m PrinoFlex Hose

Karcher is a quality brand and this heavy duty garden hose doesn’t disappoint. It’s made from robust plastic and can be free-standing or mounted on the wall using the included wall bracket. It’s lightweight and the reel is easy to wind in, but you should take care. It also comes with a spray gun – useful for watering the plants and spraying down hot kids! You’ll find four hose connectors in the pack including a very useful connector which stops the flow if the hose isn’t connected. This is a good all-rounder that comes with a range of useful and good quality accessories.

Key specs:

  • Length: 25 metres
  • Weight: 4.5kg
  • Wall mount: Yes
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8. Best long garden hose: GroHoze Expandable Garden Pipe with Solid Brass Connector and 10 Pattern Nozzle

8. Best long garden hose: GroHoze Expandable Garden Pipe with Solid Brass Connector and 10 Pattern Nozzle

Like similar expandable hoses, the GroHoze has the dual layer latex with a tightly knitted fabric coating. But the difference is in the fittings. They are all made from solid brass with aluminium clamps to eliminate any annoying leaks and breakage. If you left this lying on your lawn in the summer, you wouldn’t have to worry about any small feet stepping on the fittings and breaking them, nor worry about them rusting. You can control the water spray using the robust plastic spray gun and easily dial through the 10 different settings. One reviewer flagged up the need to choose your length wisely when buying expandable garden hoses, as depending on your water pressure, it may only expand up to 75% of its maximum length. All in all, this gets a big thumbs up.

Key specs:

  • Length: 30 metres
  • Weight: 2.4kg
  • Wall mount: No
Buy now from Amazon

9. Best wall-mounted hose: VonHaus Hose Reel Auto Rewind Wall-Mounted Reel

9. Best wall-mounted hose: VonHaus Hose Reel Auto Rewind Wall-Mounted Reel

A messy hose sprawled out over your lawn can be quite the eyesore – not to mention a hazard if your children are running around playing. Consider this 20-metre-long hose with an automated rewinding reel which will put your hose back into a tidy wheel, mounted off the ground on your wall. The hose is decent quality as are the included attachments and connectors – although some reviews highlight the need for stronger bolts and rawl plugs to mount it with.

Key specs:

  • Length: 20 metres
  • Weight: Not stated
  • Wall mount: Yes

Price: £77.99

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10. Best garden hose with a sprinkler: The Draper 15m soaker hose

10. Best garden hose with a sprinkler: The Draper 15m soaker hose

A ‘soaker’ hose is slightly different to your normal hose. It’s designed to lie in your beds or borders to sprinkle water across a chosen area – a rose bed, an allotment or a vegetable patch for example. This particular brand offers a quality product that will reliably distribute water evenly across a specific area. The hose has a good number of holes to sprinkle the water to give a flower bed or lawn a good soaking. This is a great and reliable bargain buy.

Key specs:

  • Length: 15 metres
  • Weight: 1.5kg
  • Wall mount: No
Buy now from Amazon

How to choose the best garden hose

Depending on your needs and the size of your garden, there’s a garden hosepipe out there for you. You can buy a bare hose pipe, one with attachments or one in a reel. There’s not a huge difference in price and often it’s worth plumping for a reel so you can store the hose away when not in use in order to protect it.

Most garden hosepipes are a standard size – roughly one cm in diameter, but can vary in length. The main thing dictating quality and price is the construction of the pipe itself. Most hosepipes are made from rubber, but check out the composition as it will dictate how flexible it is, and therefore how easy it is for you to use, but it will also give you an idea of how long it’s going to last (see more details about materials to consider below).

Things to think about:

  • Length
  • Storage
  • Hose pipe construction
  • Water pressure

What length of hose should I buy?

This is very important as you don’t want dry flower beds at the far end of your garden, but nor do you want excess hose cluttering up your patio or garage. You basically want enough hose pipe so you are within sprinkler range of your furthest watering patch.

What material is best for garden hoses?

The best garden hose pipes have a technical composite construction – layers of vinyl, polyurethane and rubber, often reinforced with a nylon or metal mesh. Are you still with us? Basic options tend to be made mainly from vinyl, and the more expensive options will be constructed with materials which improve their durability, like rubber or strong fabrics that offer anti-kink protection.

It’s worth spending a few quid to avoid annoying leaks and punctures. Bear in mind that although a rubber hose might be a more expensive option with the expectation of durability, it can crack if left in heat and sunlight. So it’s worth thinking through where and how you’re going to store your hose if you want it to last.

What is the best garden hose to buy?

The Gardena Comfort Flex Hose comes out best in reviews. It’s available in a variety of lengths to suit your home and is easy to use. It’s also affordable and durable so it’s a sound investment.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which garden hoses discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their homes. We compiled a list of hoses they recommended for being durable and offering value for money.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which garden hose pipes had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the best garden hoses we thought would make the best buys.

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