‘The Hose The Puts Itself Away’. Sounds like our idea of heaven!
This hose is edging towards the upper end of the market but is sill very affordable when you consider how long it will last and the hassle it will save you over those years.
This is a hosepipe with some epic qualities. It is easy to use the smoothly unwinding auto reel that allows you to stop 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 auto rewinding feature and the 180 degree coverage. (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 with no mess, no annoying manual winding, knots or lifting. Well thats exactly what this hose does. 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 degree swivel in the bracket, which makes it easier to reach all areas of the garden without putting strain on the wall bracket for turning corners.
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. There is also an integrated child lock, ensuring the hose is only pulled out when you need to water the garden. As always with Hozelock products, the pipe itself is made of the durable three layers with weather and UV protection. 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.
180 degree turn on the wall mount
Auto hose rewind feature (no excuse not to to put the hose away after each use!)
Durable and high quality hose pipe, plastic accessories and outer case
2m feeder hose included – so you don’t loose length from your actual hose
Available in 10m, 20m, 30m and 40m lengths
Quite a bit more expensive than standard hoses
Has to be wall mounted. (If you do not want to drill into your wall, you cannot use the hose pipe)
The auto wind feature can and probably will wear out eventually – it depends on usage, how carefully it is treated etc.
It is heavy to start with and even heavier when it is full of water, so it needs to be very well secured to the wall
Weight 14kg Size 65 x 54 x 26.2 cm Length 30m / 98ft Guarantee: 5 years
A trusted brand and reliable 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. The tap connector is the classic Hozelock tried and trusted connector. No drips! We have confidence that you will have no problems and 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.
Reliable and hard wearing
4 layers of reinforced material
Weather proof with UV and frost protection
Affordable – good for a first hose purchase
No stand included
Can kink easily
Weight 1.6kg Size: 11.5 x 34 x 33 cm (when stored in a coil) Length: 30m / 98ft Guarantee: 10 years
Having used and loved other Kärcher products before we were particularly interested in this hosepipe and how it differs 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!
Affordable and practical
Looks smart with Kärcher style
Two spray heads included
Optional wall mount included
Light to carry
The stand is a little too lightweight to hold the hose on the wall when the wall bracket is used. – Pulling the hose pipe out feels like it is going to pull the stand off the wall
Weight 4.7kg Size H31.8, W38.7, D31.8cm Length 25m / 82 ft Guarantee: 2 years
The Hozelock 2 in 1 is most similar to the Kärcher encased one. There are more positive reviews about the durability of the hozelock casing unit. It can be used as a free standing unit and it lightweight, which on one hand is a great thing, not so much struggling to carry the hose around or reluctance to put it away after use. But the fact that it is so lightweight is also a problem, you cannot simply walk and let the hose unwind with the unit sitting on the ground, it will drag along with you. 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 need to use your own strong and long wall plugs and screws 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 automatic 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.)
Long lasting hosepipe, nozzle and connectors
Lightweight and easy winding (remote manual layering system) means it distributes the hose evenly around the cylinder
The casing around the hose gives added protection from wear and tear throughout the year
You have to built it yourself which can be tricky – follow the instructions carefully when it comes to the handle!
If using the wall bracket you will probably need longer wall plugs and screws to support the weight
Weight 5kg Size 36.6 x 22.4 x 38.2 cm Length 25m / 82 ft Warranty: 2 years
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. This black, magic hose boasts of being the best available, and from its consistent highly rated reviews we are pretty impressed. It is more expensive, than the other variations and brands but when you know it is going to do the job well and last, the price is kind of justified.
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. We love the lightweight design, making it perfect for people who struggle to carry a traditional hose pipe on a metal frame.
Well built magic hose pipe.
Multifunction spray gun
Lightweight and manageable (no manual winding onto a stand – just throw it into a bucket if you want to keep it together)
Isn’t compatible with hose lock fittings (so no pressure washers)
Water flow is controlled by the tap not the hand held gun
Weight 2.2kg Size 36.6 x 22.4 x 38.2 cm Length 30.4m / 100ft when expanded Guarantee: 1 Year Warranty and 90 Days Money Back Guarantee
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.
Easy to mount onto the wall
Heavy duty, built to last with a high quality hosepipe
Extra storage built in underneath to hide and protect awkward attachments
Power washer compatible
More expensive for less hose length
Awkward to wind back up neatly when sitting in the wall mount
Weight 5.85kg Size H51, W46, D29cm Length 25m / 82 ft Guarantee: 2 years
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 2 pattern spray gun, a water stop connector, one universal connector, threaded tap connector and adjustable spray nozzle. Note, 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. However, 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, its lightweight, at 2.7kg, so you are not going to struggle to walk with it and the hose winds up neatly like a regular extension lead, using the dial.
Easy to mount onto the wall
Lightweight hand-held design
Ideally needs to be held/removed from the wall bracket when in use
Winding handle is fiddly for some people to use
Water often remains inside the hose after use
Weight 2.7kg Size H50, W39, D33cm Length 10m / 32 ft Guarantee: 2 years
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’ making putting this hope away a doddle. 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! In the same way as the Hozelock one, a simple pull of the hose means it will easily retract the hose and rewind it neatly onto the reel. Extra accessories can be conveniently hung on the wall bracket and the total weight of the unit is 11.5kg. So it’s heavy, but lighter than the Hozelock. (But there is also 5m less) The wall bracket has a 180 degree swivel, for easy reach of the whole garden and space saving as the hose box can be pushed flat against the wall between uses. The whole unit lifts easily off the wall for winter frost free storage. So that leaves us still wondering why you would choose this auto retractable hosepipe over the Hozelock one. Well, if you have ever used this brand before you will know they are reliable and long lasting. The colours are grey, blue and turquoise, which is a refreshing site from the classic green and yellow we must say. Also this hose has zero negative reviews from what we have seen, which is a pretty impressive achievement! You’re paying a premium price, and getting an excellent quality product.
Highest quality and long lasting
Auto reel winds in the hose after use without any manual winding – tidying the hose away is no longer a chore
High power water flow and extra length of feeder hose pipe included
Most expensive hose pipe
Heavy and awkward unit
Must be wall mounted to use
Weight 11.5kg Size H50.8, W27.9, D50.8cm Length 25m / 32 ft Guarantee: 2 years
The bargain buy of our review. Super cheap and with good reviews 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. The product reviews for this hosepipe are completely split, some saying it works great and is an excellent buy and some people say it is completely useless, it breaks after the first use and not to buy it. However, 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 the 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. Either the people leaving the horrific reviews got unlucky with faulty hose pipes or they used them incorrectly, (like we did before buying another.)
Easy to store
Comes with a general multi-function spray gun and tap connector
If used incorrectly in any way, it will break
Fairly cheap plastic components
Won’t last as long as some of the more durable brands on the market
Weight 621g Size: Compact Length: 100ft when expanded / 30.4m Guarantee: No specific mentions
A cheap and cheerful magic expandable hose. This one comes with brass fittings instead of plastic fittings supplied with other magic hoses and 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. The pipe expands up to 3 times its original size to 100ft, making it perfect for the average sized garden. 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 bass fittings and is suitable for use with pressure washers.
8 function spray gun included
Easy and compact to store between uses
Receives frequent negative reviews of the hosepipe breaking
Won’t last as long as some of the more heavy weight and robust hosepipes available
Can’t be left outside over winter
Weight 1.4kg Size: Compact Length: 30.4m / 100ft when expanded Guarantee: 90 days money back
Our pick goes to the Black 100FT OIOLP magic Hose. It is much more well built than some of the other magic hoses on the market, will last long and will 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 30.4m / 100ft which shrinks back to a small and neat crinkly pile. A great all rounder at an affordable price, you can’t go wrong!
Best luxury buy
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.