In this guide we’ll take a look at the best expandable hoses for UK gardens.
I’ve compared length, durability, flexibility and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Expandable Garden Hose?
More Detailed Expandable Garden Hose Reviews
This expandable hose is made of durable materials and will give you years of use. The hose itself is made from hard wearing triple latex with an elastic outer coating. The sturdy brass fittings are well made and easy to connect. This product comes with a spray gun that has nine different spray patterns which are useful for watering a variety of plants from seedlings to trees. It also has a strong jet which is handy for cleaning outdoor furniture and cars. The spray head is also solidly made from tough plastic.
The product is 33 ft long when unfilled, expanding to 100 feet when attached to a water supply. If you need it to be even longer you can easily join two of these together or connect this one to your existing hose.
I have been using this product several times a week for the past six months and it has saved me a lot of time and effort. It is much easier to use than unrolling a huge heavy plastic one. The fittings and spray nozzle work well and I haven’t experienced any leaks of bursts. This product is not prone to kinking as traditional ones are which saves a lot of time running backwards and forwards unkinking and untangling it! It is also more attractive than a plastic version and easy and light to store, weighing only 5lbs. It comes with its own storage bag, which I simply hang from a hook in my shed.
This is a definite improvement on heavy and unwieldy traditional hoses and makes watering the garden a pleasure rather than a chore.
I would recommend this product if you are looking for something that will last for years, even with frequent use, but also want a product that is light, easy to use and doesn’t take up much space.
This lightweight hose weighs only two pounds yet easily expands to 100 feet when in use. It is made from latex and has a tough outer webbing making it strong and hardwearing. The outer fabric is an attractive green and well-made though does not seem as if it will be quite as durable as the one I use, so may not be as suitable for larger gardens with lots of shrubs to manoeuvre around or hard surfaces to pull the hose over. The fittings are made from durable brass.
This product comes with a 7-pattern spray nozzle giving you a range of options whether watering the garden or cleaning. The spray nozzle is not quite as solidly made as that of the previous product, however, it still works well.
This was a pleasure to use being very light and easy to manoeuvre, however, I was careful not to drag it across rough surfaces or too close to the rose bushes.
The hose is made of durable materials yet is still super light and small and very easy to use and store. The spray gun is well made and offers a good variety of settings.
As with the other products, this expands to 3 times its original length when connected to a water supply. It is extremely light and easy to use and store. Being made of triple latex with a strong outer covering is sufficiently durable for regular use. It comes with a 7-setting spray gun which has a range of options from a jet which is useful for cleaning, to a mist which is handy for watering seedlings. It expands and drains automatically in just a few seconds making is easy to set up and put away.
This product offers excellent value for money if you are looking for a lightweight hose for moderate use around the garden.
Expandable Hose Buying Guide
Many people are switching from traditional hoses to expandable versions. Expandable hoses are light, easy to store and don’t kink in the way traditional ones do. They expand up to three times their original length when you turn the water on and then drain and shrink back to their original size after use. These products are light and easy to use and store.
Expandable hoses are an excellent choice if you have a very large garden as they can expand to up to 100 feet when the water is turned on. In addition, you can connect two or more together for an even greater reach. They are also useful for small spaces as they don’t take much room to store.
I decided to switch to an expandable version as I was fed up with coiling and uncoiling a heavy plastic one, dragging it around the garden, untangling it when it inevitably got twisted and kinked and then draining it before storing it away.
Expandable hoses fill with water and expand within seconds of turning on the water supply. When you have finished using it, it drains itself and shrinks back down to a light and convenient size for storage.
Choosing the right expandable hose will depend on your needs. If you have a large, sprawling garden with lots of trees and shrubs to manoeuvre around I would recommend getting the most durable of the products on offer. In this situation, you will be pulling your house a long way and it should have a strong outer webbing to be able to withstand this type of use.
If you also have hard surfaces such as concrete, paving and walls then choose the most durable hose as it will cope better with the wear and tear inflicted by these hard surfaces. I would also recommend a very durable product if you frequently use it for cleaning the car, garden furniture or patios.
However, if you simply need to water a few flower beds or pots then a less durable option will be fine for your needs.
Good quality expandable hoses are made of double or triple layer latex protected by a woven nylon outer covering that provides good breathability and protection from the elements. You should avoid any products that are not made of these durable materials because cheaper products may split or puncture easily.
You should also check your water pressure. If you are attaching your hose to the mains it will work fine, however, if you tap is fed from a tank or other water storage system you may struggle to get enough pressure to fill the house sufficiently for it to expand.
Some hoses also state a maximum pressure that they can withstand in the instructions. Failure to keep to this pressure may result in leaks or even bursting. You can buy a pressure reducer to attach to your tap if necessary.
You should also check the fittings. The above products fit standard taps, but it is wise to check the product description to make sure they are compatible with your tap.
Can I leave my hose out in the garden when not in use?
While it will be fine left in the garden occasionally it is best to keep it out of direct sunlight. However, it will last longer if you drain it and store it properly after use. It is certainly not advisable to leave it out over winter when temperatures may drop below freezing. If possible, store it hanging up so that any residual moisture can drain away. Store in a frost-free environment over winter.
Can I connect an expandable hose to my existing one?
Yes, it’s easy to connect these products to your existing ones. You can buy connectors from DIY stores or online. You can also connect two or more expandable hoses together if you need an extra-long hose.
Can I buy a replacement spray nozzle if the original one breaks?
Yes, replacement spray nozzles are readily available from DIY shops garden centres and online. All of the above products have removable and replaceable spray nozzles.
Can I attach and expandable hose to a mixer tap in my kitchen?
Yes, you can attach an expandable hose to a mixer tap, however, you may have to purchase an additional connector for it to fit.