If you are here then you will probably agree that a hose pipe is modern day garden necessity. Saving you hundreds of trips carrying a cumbersome watering can.
But what style and how much to spend?
BestHose.co.uk have reviewed and tested a wide range of garden hose to suit every need.
Whether your are an avid gardener with acres of space or you have a patio or window box to take care of – our reviews will help you find the right hose for the right price – quickly and easily.
Here is a summary of our top picks, or you can read detailed reviews further down:
- Price: £££
- Length: 30m
- Type: Retractable
- Exceptional features, longevity and value
- Price: £
- Length: 100m
- Type: Expandable
- Incredibly cheap entry level hose
- Price: ££
- Length: 10m
- Type: Micro
- Tiny and compact for the space conscious
- Price: £££
- Length: 25m
- Type: Retractable
- The ultimate garden hose!
‘The Hose The Puts Itself Away’.
Sounds like our idea of heaven!This hose is edging towards the upper end of the market.
However – it is sill very affordable when you consider how long it will last and the hassle it will save you over the years.
This is a hosepipe with some epic qualities!
It is SO easy to use and the smoothly unwinding auto reel allows you to stop pulling the hose at any point to water.
– The reel mechanism automatically locks meaning you don’t have to use your other hand to hold the hose taught. (No tug of war.)
The two shining features in this little gem are the:
(Lets explore those in more detail.)
So you have finished using the hose – imagine just being able to give a gentle tug and to watch the hose pipe wind itself back up.
No mess, no annoying manual winding, no knots or lifting.
The ‘Auto Reel’ system is a patented automatic self winding gadget that gently pulls the hose back in with a unique braking mechanism to ensure a controlled rewind.
No winding, no kink, tangles or effort. Perfect!
The other great feature is the 180-degrees swivel of the bracket.
Which makes it way easier to reach all areas of the garden without putting strain on the wall bracket for turning corners.
There is also an integrated child lock, ensuring the hose is only pulled out when you need to water the garden.
The plastic case surrounding the hose is a UV stabilised Polypropylene heavy duty plastic which extends the life of your hose against sun and weather damage.
(This case can also be easily removed from the wall bracket for winter storage.)
As always with Hozelock products – the pipe itself is made of three durable layers of weather and UV protection too.
It’s also anti kink to give you the minimum amount of fuss when using it.
All of the relevant fittings you will need are included in the kit, tap connectors, hose attachments, a feeder hose and adjustable spray nozzle.
A trusted brand and a very reliable ‘get the job done’ hose pipe.
The starter set comprises of the standard hosepipe, a basic nozzle and the necessary tap connectors.
With four layers of braided reinforcement, there is no need to worry about the hose getting easily damaged or leaking.
(Even if it ‘accidentally’ gets left out for days at a time!)
The tap connector is the classic Hozelock tried and trusted connector.
We have confidence that you will have no problems and that it will last a long time.
Unfortunately, there is no reel stand or hook included with the starter set to store the hosepipe between uses. But these can be purchased in a variety of styles and are relatively inexpensive.
This is great starter set, the perfect gift for a young couple moving into a new home.
It contains everything you need to get going and won’t take up a tonne of space.
Classic Kärcher style.
Having used and loved other Kärcher products before we were particularly interested in this hosepipe.
So how does it differ from the other major leading brand Hozelock?
On the first look at this hosepipe and stand, it looks ultra cool.
With the classic yellow and black Kärcher style.
We really like the ergonomic non slip handle on the easy wind stand.
This hosepipe comes with everything you need.
(Including a 2 pattern spray gun, an adjustable spray nozzle and 25m long lasting hose pipe.)
Along with a neat wind up stand, a water-stop connector, 4 universal connectors, a threaded tap connector, outdoor tap connector and a unique wall bracket.
The wall bracket makes for easy ‘off the ground’ storage and the hose can also be used whilst the stand is mounted to the wall, for easy pipe dispensing.
The wall bracket doesn’t have to be used though, the stand can be used as a regular free standing reel.
(If you don’t want to be drilling giant holes in your wall!)
The Hozelock 2 in 1 is most similar to the Kärcher encased hose.
The major difference is the lovely robust feel of the outer case of the Hozelock one. (The heavy weight plastic feels tougher and more durable.)
This hose can be used as a free standing hosepipe reel and carried with the inbuilt handle.
It is super lightweight, which on one hand is a great thing – it’s not such a struggle to carry the hose around.
But the fact that it is so lightweight is also a slight problem.
If you walk with the hosepipe letting the hose unwind with the unit sitting on the ground, it can drag along with you – depending on what surface and how hard you pull.
The wall mounted option seems like a great idea, for easy storage and to save bending to wind it back up.
However, the force and pressure required to wind the hose back in is quite intense.
(So you may want to use your own wall plugs, if you have some longer stronger ones – for extra peace of mind.)
The Hozelock compact comes with a 25m hose, and all of the needed tap connectors, spray nozzle, wall bracket and screws.
It is fully portable, with a hand and lightweight in design, but with all of the durable and quality features you would expect from a Hozelock hose pipe.
The ‘manual layering’ is a good feature, (of course the automatic reel is better – but that costs more.)
The manual system allows you remotely layer the hosepipe when winding preventing twists and kinks.
(There is a viewing window to help you do it correctly.)
This extendable hose is super lightweight and much more well built that some of the other, cheaper magic hoses available on the market.
It comes with brass fittings, a 9 function spray gun and all of necessary connectors so you can simply open it, clip it on and get going straight away.
The Kingtop Magic Hose claims to be the best expandable hose available. We would certainly support that.
Yes, it is more expensive than the other variations and brands. But the upgrades in quality and details make it worth every extra penny.
When you hold it, it doesn’t feel flimsy or basic. It feels very high quality and like it was built to last.
The pipe extends to up to 100ft when in use making it the perfect length for general garden and car washing use.
The pipe contracts to an impressively small bundle which can neatly be stored in a box, bucket or other small container.
A tidy, compact and robust garden hose pipe for the average sized garden.
The Kärcher HR7.320 comes with a 20m ‘Primo Flex hose’ which is a material made from 3 unique layers.
Inside is a woven pressure resistant reinforced layer, coated in an opaque middle layer to prevent algae formation in the hose and an outer layer, made of a weather resistant, UV protective material.
The hose is wound onto a neat little stand which sits inside an outer plastic unit which is wall mountable.
The hose pipe can be used straight from the wall mounted unit like many other hosepipes of a similar price range. Alternatively, the stand that the hose is wound onto can be easily lifted out and carried into the garden or to the area of work.
There is a nifty little built in compartment for storing hose accessories in the main outer unit.
(No more spray gun buried somewhere in the shed!)
If the storage compartment is full, there are accessory holders attached below the unit to hang bulky accessories.
It also comes with 3 universal free flow connectors, 1 aqua stop connector and a tap adaptor to ensure that it will be easy to integrate into your home.
A lightweight and easy to manage version of the regular Kärcher garden hose.
The compact comes with 10m of hose so it it perfect for small gardens, patios and balcony type areas.
It comes with a:
Unlike many other hoses, this one also comes with a feeder hose included, so you don’t need to cut a section of your 10m hose length away.
The neat little compact box unit can be wall mounted and doesn’t stick out too far.
The bracket and required fittings are also included.
(It doesn’t have to be wall mounted and can just be placed on the floor.)
The hosepipe can be used straight from the wall or carried around the garden using the ergonomic handle.
If you are holding the hose box in one hand, the spray pattern flow can be adjusted with just one hand so you don’t need to keep picking up and putting the box down.
Its a simple little gadget that does the job very well..
The Kärcher is very lightweight, at 2.7kg, so you are not going to struggle to walk with it.
The hose pipe winds up neatly like a regular extension lead, using the dial on the side of the casing.
The Gardena auto roll up hose is the most expensive entry in our top 10.
It is very similar to the Hoselock Auto-Reel – So why the higher price?
It is certainly robust, with a hardwearing outer case and sturdy wall mount bracket included.
The hose is a 25m with an extra separate 2m hose for the feeder pipe.
It features its own unique version of the ‘auto reel’ which makes it SO easy to put this hose pipe away.
No more bending, winding or dirty hands!
Inside the box you will also fins an adjustable spray nozzle, tap connectors a standard hose connector with Gardena system fittings. (Compatible with all standard fittings.)
The hose is made of high quality and durable materials and is 13mm / 1/2” diameter, this ensures a high water flow. When pulling the hose out to use, it is easily withdrawn in short intervals of 50cm.
So again, no fighting to hold the tension!
Extra accessories can be conveniently hung on the wall bracket.
The total weight of the unit is 11.5kg. So it’s heavy, but lighter than the Hozelock.
The whole unit lifts easily off the wall for winter frost free storage.
Well, if you have ever used this brand before you will know they are reliable and stand the test of time.
The colours are grey, blue and turquoise, which is a refreshing change from the classic green and yellow.
You’re paying a premium price, and getting an excellent quality product. Every element speaks of quality and luxury. The materials feel beautiful and of premium quality.
The bargain buy of our review.
Super cheap and with some really good features we had to include this bargain back garden beauty in our best hosepipes review.
The hose pipe extends to 100ft and is the ‘magic’ type.
When emptied of water it shrinks back to a small and compact size for easy storage.
From past experiences with magic hoses, all we can say is make sure you read the instructions that come with it!
Having once bought a magic hose and expected it to function like a regular, robust and durable hose.
We found out the wrong way to use one quickly!
If water is left in the hose, it will break, start leaking or burst.
However, if you treat it properly and let the water run out when you have finished using it you shouldn’t have any problems at all.
A cheap and cheerful magic expandable hose.
This one comes with brass fittings instead of plastic fittings supplied with other magic hoses.
It looks rather cool actually, in a black, gold and grey design.
When you have finished using it, simply let the water out and the hose will shrink back to its small and convenient size.
It has been designed to be more durable than other expandable hoses on the market.
With a double later inner tube to prevent leaks, the brass fittings and is suitable for use with pressure washers.
Best Hose Pipe – Luxury
It has to be the Hozelock Auto Reel with 30m Hose.
The auto rewind feature is just brilliant.
As is the quality you can expect to receive with a Hozelock hose pipe.
We love the multitude of Hozelock accessories available and the fact there is rarely ever a problem for anyone with the tap connectors.
The hose has all the extra weather and UV protection you will need and the outer unit helps to increase the life of your new hose.
With a 180 swivel, this also makes awkward garden shapes easier, with no frustrating ‘tipping up’ of a floor stand.
We love everything about this hose and think you will too.
It certainly is an investment well made, the longevity of use and the hassle free practicality of it makes it the perfect wall mounted luxury hosepipe.
Best Budget Hose Pipe
Our pick goes to the King Top Black 100FT Magic Hose.
It is much more well built than some of the other magic hoses on the market, will last long and will do a grand job!
(Whilst not breaking the bank.)
Unfortunately it has received some negative feedback over the years but this is FAR outweighed by a vast majority of positive reviews. The sellers are also keen to make there customers happy and will of course help you out if you do encounter a problem with your magic hose.
We love the ease of storage for this hose, it can literally be placed into a bucket or adorable crate and not look unsightly.
Also we really like the fact it is super lightweight, there is nothing worse than lugging a hosepipe stand around the garden that weighs more than the average dog.
Great for the average sized garden with 100ft of hose pipe – (which shrinks back to a small and neat crinkly pile when you’re done!)
A great all rounder at an affordable price, you can’t go wrong!