Hozelock Auto Reel – The Best Hose in the world?

A hose that puts itself away automatically? Sounds like a dream. hozelock auto reel nozzle
The key feature of the Auto Reel Hose pipe from Hozelock is that with a gentle pull, the hosepipe automatically reels itself back in to its case. No more frustrating manual winding, or struggling to bend over to turn a winding handle.
You don’t even have to worry about trying to wind the hose back up evenly, because the unit has a mechanism that winds the hose back on perfectly every time, without knots or tangles, no matter where you are standing in your garden.
The ‘Auto-reel’ is a patented technology by Hozelock and one that really works and justifies the higher than average price tag for a hosepipe.
This hose pipe really is an awesome, user friendly and long lasting investment. Read on to pull apart the details and read our honest review.

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What exactly is it? 

  • The Hozelock Auto Reel is a wall mounted hosepipe in a plastic casing. It has a unique and patented automatic rewind mechanism which means there is no effort required in putting the hose away each time you use it.
  • The auto reel is available as a 10m, 20m, 30m or 40m length of hose. (The plastic outer casing is sized accordingly.)
  • Everything you need to get set up and the hosepipe working is included (no need to cut feeder lengths of hose).

 

Key Features

Super easy to use
To use the hose pipe, you literally pull the end of the hose to as long as you need. The reels mechanism automatically holds the chosen length of hose, so you do not have to hold the hose taught to use it.  When you are finished, a gentle pull and release of the hose tells the reel to automatically wind the hose back up for you. No more struggling or leaving the hose on the ground for the whole of Summer!
For those of you imagining an uncontrollably flailing rewinding hosepipe in your garden don’t worry. The mechanism has an auto brake, ensuring a controlled and layered rewinding of the hose every time.
The wall bracket is robust and allows the Auto reel hose to pivot 180*. This makes it much easier to reach all parts of your garden without worrying about having to pull harder on the hose to turn a corner.
Check out this installation video which shows just how easy it is:

 

Hozelock benefits
As with all Hozelock products, they offer weather protection by using a UV stabilised Polypropylene heavy duty plastic for the hose casing. This extends the life of your hose and offers protection from the sun.
The whole unit can also easily removed from the wall bracket to store it safely throughout the winter.
There is an integrated padlock function to prevent theft too, for when the hose is out during the Summer months.
Child lock – discreet and very useful!! Easily locks to prevent the hose being pulled out by children and played with. (The auto reel is a huge novelty, even for adults!)

 

Specially Designed Hosepipe
When you think of a hosepipe, they often are of a similar thickness and much alike. The Hozelock auto reel hose pipe is slightly thinner than your average hose, this is not at all something to be put off by as the water pressure is still excellent. The thinner pipe has been specially designed for the auto reel as it doesn’t kink and winds easier into the wall unit.
The hose pipe is made of the standard high quality Hozelock three outer protective layers, including weather and UV protection with an anti-kink design.

 

What is included?
Everything you need to get set up.
Tap connectors
Hose attatchments including adjustable spray nozzle
Feeder hose (this connects your outside tap to the hose unit.) The feeder hose supplied is 2m long, so should suit most needs.
Wall bracket and fittings (screws and wall plugs are provided and are suitable for brick, concrete and stone.)

 

Guarantee & Extras
Hozelock offer a 5 year guarantee (you need to register online).
The adjustable spray nozzle that is provided is very good and does a grand job of fulfilling most watering needs. There are of course, a vast array of unique spray guns and nozzles if you have more specific requirements. (You may have difficulty operating a twist nozzle and prefer a gun with a trigger for example.) These can all be used with the Auto reel hose.
One extra that could be very useful if you have a front garden and a back garden, is one or two universal hose guides. These are attached to the corners of your property and allow the hose to easily pass through the guide rollers and turn a corner with easer. This stops the hosepipe snagging or even getting stuck or worn on corners of houses.

 

Top reasons to get this hose:
  1. Makes using a hosepipe and putting it away a doddle. Every minute counts when you live in a busy household!
  2. You can easily remove the unit from the wall for winter storage.
  3. Hozelock have included safety features like the ability to padlock the unit to deter theft and a convenient child lock.
Auto reel negatives
  1. It is more expensive than most other hoses for the same length of hose. The premium price is for the convenience of the auto reel feature.
  2. It is more difficult to set up than regular hoses, you need a little knowledge and confidence in drilling holes to be able to securely attach the bracket to the wall.
  3. You can’t really use it anywhere other than in your garden. Its not really possible as you need to wall mounted bracket in order to use the hose.

Honest review

The Auto reel Hozelock hosepipe is an absolutely brilliant hosepipe if you are looking for a hose to use in your garden with minimal fuss or perhaps you are looking for the easiest hosepipe to use. For elderly parents or someone who would struggle with having to manually move a heavy hosepipe reel and wind it up after use.
The hosepipe kit comes with everything you need, so thats great – no need to worry about finding suitable screws or cutting a length of feeder hose.

 

As for setting up, this is going to take a little patience and basic DIY knowledge. If you’re not confident in drilling into walls, to attach the bracket, best to book a friend or relative in to lend a hand. You also need to be able to lift the unit up to attach it to the wall bracket. As a guide – the 30m hose length and the plastic casing weigh 14kg.
Have a think about the length of hose you actually need. Its great that this hose can now be bought in 10m, 20m, 30m and 40m lengths to suit all needs.

 

Tip* Don’t ‘over buy’ the length of hose you actually need for your garden. Think about how far the water sprays with the hose fully extended. You may be able to get a smaller hose and save yourself some money!
If you are after a basic hose that you can use every gadget going with (including pressure washers, sprinklers, etc) you might benefit more from a standard hosepipe with basic features
The hose is encased in the plastic unit, its probably a good idea to keep an eye on any dirt or debris that finds itself attached to your hose. Otherwise it is going to end up inside the casing.

 

The hosepipe has a sleek design finish with a soft grey colour, it looks robust and heavy duty enough for a large family garden, whilst being discreet enough to not stand out and take up too much space on your wall thanks the the slimmer, space saving hosepipe.

 

Yes, this hose pipe is more expensive than other hoses and you need a bit of time and patience to set it up, but once it is in place and you never have to manually wind up a long, heavy and wet hosepipe again with the water dripping all over you feet you will most probably think that your Hozelock hosepipe was worth every extra penny!
If you are someone who enjoys the garden with minimal effort required, this hose is certainly that. No fuss, neat, tidy and effective.
We seriously rate this hosepipe and wish that all hoses had this auto reel feature.

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