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Top 10 Garden Hoses 2016

We've got labored out all of the kinks in this countdown of the best garden hoses, ranked by using durability, period, and the way properly they avoid kinking and tangling.

Camco 22904 TastePURE 1/2Water Right 400 Series Polyurethane Slim & Light Drinking Water Safe Garden Hose, 100-Foot x 7/16-Inch, Brass Fittings, Olive Green, USA MadeLegacy HFZG550YW Flexzilla 5/8Scotts SMF58050CC MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet, GreenFlexon PCH5850 Coil Hose, Green, 50 feetHosem-100 Ft- Expandable Garden Hose + 8 Function Spray Nozzle and Shut-off Valve, LightweightGreenbest 2016 New 50' Expanding, Ultimate Expandable Garden Hose, Solid Brass Connector Fittings, BlueNeverKink 5/8-Inch by 75-Feet Series 3000 Extra Heavy Duty Garden HoseGilmour Flexogen Super Duty Hose 1/2 Inch x 50 FeetCamco 22853 Premium Drinking Water Hose (5/8

What Makes One Hose Better Than Another?

Hoses are like extension cords, in that your first concern should always be the length. It pays to measure the distance from your spigot to all the places where you'll need a hose to reach. If that distance exceeds 100 ft., you can either buy an industrial-length hose, or buy two or more hoses that you can, in turn, hook up to one another. Keep in mind that the longer the hose, the more difficult it will be to roll that hose up, or uncoil it. The point being that you should buy a 100-ft.+ the length of hose if you need it, but otherwise stick to something that won't look like a giant snake out on your lawn.

The next area you want to consider is thickness. Standard garden hoses measure 1/2 inch in diameter, and this is fine for general gardening purposes. If, however, you need a hose that can deliver more water and more pressure, you may want to look into a 3/4-inch hose.

If you only need to use a hose every once in a while, a vinyl hose might do the trick. Vinyl hoses are cheaper than their rubber counterparts. Vinyl hoses are also more compact and lighter and less prone to kinks. With that said, vinyl hoses don't provide as much pressure as a rubber hose does, and they're not nearly as capable of standing up to the elements.

When choosing attachments, be sure to read the product descriptions. Your primary concern with this is making sure that the nozzle will be a perfect fit for the diameter of your hose. If you have environmental concerns, look for hoses that come advertised as "BPA and phthalate free." If you want to avoid any risk of bacteria in the hose's water, look for a model that features "antimicrobial protection."

4 Garden-Hose Hacks That'll Save You Time & Money

Here are four ways to get the most out of your garden hose, even after it's faded and worn with holes:

1) The Toothpick Plug. Assuming your yard hose springs a pin leak, stick a toothpick in the hole, then snap that toothpick off. You can reinforce the toothpick with some duct tape, but the principle is that the water will then cause the wood to swell, closing off the leak until you've got an airtight path.

2) The Tree-Branch Rack. Kinks are the primary cause of garden hose leaks. One way to avoid kinks - in the event that you don't own a hose rack - is by rolling up your hose, then finding a nearby tree branch, and draping the wrapped-up hose around it.

3) The No-Frills Sprinkler. If you've got an old hose that you're willing to sacrifice, drill a hole into the rubber - or plastic - every two feet or so, starting approximately 10 feet from the nozzle. Once you're done, you've got yourself a sprinkler. Just be sure that the holes are aligned, and that you can clamp the hose on either end to keep it straight and facing up.

4) The Rubberized Grip. When a hose is no longer usable, you can cut it into pieces, any of which can be used to create a soft grip that you can wrap around a paint can handle or even the chains of a swing. You can also use a piece of hose along with a length of wire and two pieces of wood to stake a newborn tree. Finally, you can wrap a length of hose around any outdoor cords, thereby protecting them from getting stepped on, or being run over by a vehicle.

A Brief History Of The Garden Hose


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There is something very American about a garden hose, whether it be the idea of spraying down a lawn, or hooking up the nozzle to a sprinkler and watching the kids jump back and forth. The garden hose is white-picket fences. It is that dream house in the suburbs. And while there are many other hoses, including an air hose and a brake hose, a garden hose is the most connected to who we are and what we do.

Hoses have been around for centuries. Conceptually, hoses represent a closed, tubular means of transport, usually for some form of liquid or gas. Most hoses are made out of reinforced rubber to withstand several bars of pressure. In addition, most garden hoses are designed using what are known as male and female connectors at either end. The male connector and female connectors from hoses of the same size can be hooked up to one another, allowing for an increase of the apparatus's length. This is especially helpful when someone has a spread-out lawn, or a driveway that is longer than 100 feet.

The typical garden hose is hooked up to a spigot. As of the turn of the century, most people tend to use what are known as quick connectors to hook their hose up automatically (without any need for screwing). Quick connectors also allow for the option of connecting a second apparatus to the spigot. This reduces the pressure, but it also increases the amount of work that can be done.


#10.Camco 22853 Premium Drinking Water Hose (5/8"ID x 50') - Lead Free


Camco's Premium Drinking Water Hoses are heavy-duty reinforced hoses that are 20 percent thicker than standard hoses. The anti-kink design features machined fittings and strain-relief ends for added durability. The hoses are lead-free, BPA-free, phthalate free and UV stabilized for longer life. Made with NSF certified hose and made with drinking water safe material. CSA low lead content certified. Complies with California's AB1953 and Vermont Act 193 Low Lead Laws.


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#9.Gilmour Flexogen Super Duty Hose 1/2 Inch x 50 Feet


As flexible as it is durable, Flexogen delivers superior all‑around performance for your lawn, garden, deck, and driveway. Count on a Flexogen garden hose to curve without kinking, connect without leaking and hold up season upon season.


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#8.NeverKink 5/8-Inch by 75-Feet Series 3000 Extra Heavy Duty Garden Hose


Only Never kink hoses guarantee no kinks or tangles, the patented Reflex Mesh technology ensures a hose that's easy to maneuver. The couplings are made with lead-free aluminum and are leak proof and crush-resistant, a Rigid sleeve prevents kinking at a faucet. All Never kink product contains MicroShield, anti-microbial protection, guards against mold and mildew that can cause hose deterioration. The series 3000 Never Kink is flexible to 45 Degree. This hose is 5/8th inch in diameter and is available in 50', 75' and 100' lengths. Made in the USA. Not for Hot Water Use.


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#7.Greenbest 2016 New 50' Expanding, Ultimate Expandable Garden Hose, Solid Brass Connector Fittings, Blue


If you're looking for something to last longer than one season, this newer model has a year warranty on it at 49.99 the Difference in the quality is very apparent you can feel the thickness of the 49.99 models interior hose, the outer casing is braided to keep the hose from expanding too much it appears and even the brass couplings are heavier. it does give you the convenience of last years model, but is more heavy duty and gives a 1-year warranty.


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#6.Hosem-100 Ft- Expandable Garden Hose + 8 Function Spray Nozzle and Shut-off Valve, Lightweight


It's so lightweight you'll enjoy watering your garden every day. While water flow enters the hose it expands from 33 feet up to 100 feet, when water is released it will shrink back to its original size saving you so much space.


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#5.Flexon PCH5850 Coil Hose, Green, 50 feet


The aqua coil hose from flexion is a self-coiling garden hose. Features a coil spring hose protector and solid brass compression couplings. A sink faucet adaptor is included for easy indoor watering. Weather resistant outer cover. This coil hose is also UV resistant. Measures 5/8-inch diameter by 50-feet length.


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#4.Scotts SMF58050CC MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet, Green


The Scotts MaxFlex hose with Lay-Flat technology is specifically designed for rugged everyday use by either homeowner or garden professional . Lay-Flat Technology means the hose snaps back in shape. Our innovative All-Weather construction makes this hose the most flexible and easiest to handle ever. High performance burst strength-500 psi. Heavy duty Lead-Free couplings with Hose Armor to prevent kinking at the spigot. Drinking water safe with bacteria and mold inhibitors. From America's #1 hose manufacturer- Swan. 5/8-inch diameter x 50-foot length.


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#3.Legacy HFZG550YW Flexzilla 5/8" x 50' Hybrid Garden Hose with 3/4" GHT Ends (Drinking Water Safe)


HFZG550YW Features: -Material: Premium hybrid polymer. -Extreme all-weather flexibility (-40° to 150° F Ambient). -Abrasion resistant. -Bend restrictors. -No memory - lays flat. -Lightweight coils easily. Product Type: -Garden Hose. Dimensions: -Threads: 3/4" (GHT) Garden hose thread. -150 PSI working pressure, 500 PSI burst pressure. Diameter: -5/8 Inch. Length: -50 Feet. Overall Product Weight: -8.3 lbs.


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#2.Water Right 400 Series Polyurethane Slim & Light Drinking Water Safe Garden Hose, 100-Foot x 7/16-Inch, Brass Fittings, Olive Green, USA Made


Super slim, lightweight and drinking water safe by design, the Water Right polyurethane garden hose is soft, flexible and effortless to use. We can honestly say that you have never used anything like it. Proudly manufactured in Oregon, using only top quality materials from Bayer Material Science, our polyurethane is safe to drink by using NSF grade polyurethane and is 100-percent free from toxic chemicals such as lead, BPA, and phthalates often found in other garden hoses.


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#1.Camco 22904 TastePURE 1/2" ID x 25' Heated Drinking Water Hose


Camco's Heated Water Hose provides safe drinking water in below freezing temperatures by combining a drinking-water-safe hose with a self-regulating heat source encapsulated in an all-weather, PVC coating. Camco has tested it's Heated Drinking Water Hose at ambient temperatures down to -40 Degree Fahrenheit while maintaining an inside water temp well above freezing. Features machined, nickel-plated fittings for maximum corrosion protection. Includes a female-to-male adapter for connection of the water source to either end of the hose; depending on the location of your electrical connection. Operates on 120VAC/2.27 AMPs. Made in the USA. Limited 1 Year Warranty (3 Year Warranty on Electrical Components).


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