A good hose is the most essential tool for a garden. Yet, having to carry or drag it to the garden and coiling it after each use can be a challenging task. But you know what, thanks to the modern technology, a new type of hose was invented to make gardening easier than before.
An expandable hose expands when with water and contracts when without water for easy storing.
The science behind expandable hoses is simple. When the hose interior is filled with water, it stretches all the way to the exterior shell. The hose then swells and water goes out of the hose to water your garden. Common lengths for expandable hoses are 25, 50, 75 and 100 feet.
LawnTEC LawnPRO 50' Expanding Garden Hose
How well the expandable hose expands and retracts depends on its design and materials. Each hose comes in this design construction:
Although water pressure expands and lengthens the expandable hose, they can only handle water pressure to a limit. Most expandable hoses can handle up to 200 psi water pressure.
There is no worry that expandable hoses will burst due to high water pressure because on the average, water pressure in suburban areas is usually not over 80 psi. For areas with low water pressure, go for a shorter hose so water pressure available can expand the hose.
To ensure the expandable hose expands well, the inner and outer layers should be made of the right materials.
Latex is the best material for the inner layer. Latex tubing per se is not extremely durable so when used it usually comes in 2 cores or 3 cores. To make the exterior portion of the latex hard, it is submerged in a like rubber material.
The latex tubing of the expandable hose should be made of 100% nature latex so it can contract and expand well throughout its life span.
A 3000 to 5000 denier count woven polyester fabric is the best material for the outer layer of expandable hoses. Woven polyester fabric with a high denier easily gets punctured or ripped.
Expandable hoses are increasing in popularity with good reasons:
Expandable hoses provide a lot of benefits for users who require light watering of their gardens and plants.
Choosing the best expandable hose can be a tricky task. Here are what you need to look for to ensure the best one for your money.
To be honest, an expandable hose is not as durable as a regular rubber hose. You need to remember that it should be made of thinner materials to allow its expansion. With that said, it is important that you properly take care of it to ensure more years of use.
While expandable hoses provide a lot of benefits, they can be delicate. It is important then to use and store them the right way.
This all new 2017 expandable garden hose from Hospaip expands from its original 17 feet long to 50 feet. It comes with a double latex material inner layer with extra strength which makes it leak free. It is highly flexible allowing you to pull it all over the garden even when full of water.
This expandable hose is not only for watering your garden and plants. You can also use it to clean your car, patio or bathe your dog.
The GrowGreen ALL NEW 2017 100 feet Expandable Hose comes with a triple Latex layer and an extremely durable outer layer fabric for protection. This expandable hose which was newly designed for 2017 features more durable materials and brass connectors. It also comes with an 8-spray water pattern.
This LawnPro expandable garden hose from LawnTEC comes with a durable5000 denier woven polyester outer layer. It features steel clamps and copper fittings It comes with a storage bag for safe storing and a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty as well.
Many users say this is the strongest hose in the market.
The EZfull expandable hose has an original size of 17 feet, expands to 50 feet when filled with water and reverts back to 17 feet after water is drained. It is lightweight and easy to store with the accompanying storage bag.
This 100 feet expandable hose from GreenTEC comes with a nozzle featuring 9 spray patterns. It stores at 33 feet and expands to 100 feet when filled with water. This 3-piece set includes an expandable hose, nozzle spray and a storage bag. It is tangle and kink-free making it a hassle-free tool to water your lawn and plants.
This 100 feet expandable hose is so versatile and convenient allowing fast and efficient watering of lawns and plants.
This 75 feet expandable hose from Gloue features with a 100% natural latex inner tubing and an extra strong woven polyester fabric outer tubing. It comes with solid brass fittings, with sealing rings and an extra quick connector that is portable.
Many users say this GLOUE expandable hose comes with materials that are more durable than most expandable hoses in the market. It is also easier to handle than traditional rubber hoses.
This TruTec expandable hose is 75 feet long when filled with water. It features a 3-layer inner tubing and a 48 ply-woven polyester fabric outer layer. It comes with an adjustable nozzle with 8 patterns and a stainless steel holder (patent pending) to keep the hose neat and tidy.
This expandable hose from TruTec is lightweight but strong and durable.. It is designed to prevent kinks and tangles.
The market for expandable hoses is gaining recognition. It has become an option for many consumers because of the combination of latex and woven polyester tubing.
It should always be remembered though that expandable hoses are not as durable as their traditional rubber counterparts. As such they should not be allowed to stay under the heat of the sun as well as freezing temperatures. Besides, expandable hoses are a good alternative to traditional rubber hoses as they can save you more energy and time.
Any of the seven expandable hoses listed above will make a good choice. The Hospaip Expandable Water Hose (50 feet) though stands out as the best expandable hose.
This guy from Hospaip is 50 feet long and comes with a double latex inner layer and a durable 3750D woven polyester fabric outer layer for tear and leak resistance. Above all, it comes with a control knob so you can control water pressure. It is a fact that while water expands the hose, too much water pressure can damage it.
Whether you are looking for a highly functional hose to water your garden and plants or just sick and tired of dealing with heavy hoses, an expandable hose is something you should never do without.