Last updated: August 8, 2021

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Welcome to our big flexible garden hose test 2021. Here we present all the flexible garden hoses that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best flexible garden hose for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a flexible garden hose.




Summary

  • Flexible garden hoses are lightweight, kink-free and flexible in their length as well as in their bend and diameter.
  • The flexible garden hose expands to three times its original length due to the pressure of the water and contracts again after use. This allows it to be stored in a space-saving way.
  • Flexible garden hoses are available in different lengths and with different attachments or nozzles.

The Best Flexible Garden Hose: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a flexible garden hose

What is a flexible garden hose and how does it work?

A flexible garden hose is a hose for watering your garden that expands due to water pressure and contracts again after use. When filled with water, it becomes up to three times longer than its original length.

It is very light, kink-free and flexible in both bend and diameter, in addition to its length. For the flexible garden hose to expand properly, a water pressure of at least four bar is necessary.

Then it works like a normal garden hose. By pressing the on/off switch on the nozzle, the water sprays out. Depending on the nozzle, different settings of the water jet are possible.

What material is a flexible garden hose made of?

The inner hose of the flexible garden hose is usually made of latex. There are different quality levels, depending on how many latex layers the hose has, it is available in one, two or three layers.

The more layers, the more stable. Very inexpensive models have an inner hose made of silicone. The outer cover of the flexible garden hose is made of strong, sturdy, hard-wearing fabric.

Can the flexible garden hose simply be connected to the tap or does it need an adapter?

Yes, just like a rigid garden hose, the flexible garden hose is connected to the tap.

If your hose comes from Germany, it usually comes with a suitable connection.

If it comes from another country, you may have to get an adapter. Sometimes several connection options are included in the scope of delivery.

What are the differences, advantages and disadvantages compared to a conventional rigid garden hose?

The main differences between the ordinary rigid garden hose and the flexible garden hose are the weight, the flexibility, the water pressure and the space required. The flexible garden hose is very flexible because it expands during use and then contracts again, is kink-free and therefore always continuous. It is lightweight, can be easily transported and stored in a space-saving way.

However, it needs a few minutes to fully unfold and a minimum water pressure of four bar to function. It is also more sensitive when it comes into contact with edges, sharp or pointed objects.

Advantages
  • Flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Kink-free
  • Space-saving to store
Disadvantages
  • Certain water pressure required
  • More sensitive than rigid version

The rigid garden hose is more hard-wearing and resistant; it is robust and very stable. Neither a lead time nor a minimum pressure is necessary for use. The disadvantages here are the heavy weight and inflexible rigidity, as well as the twisting or kinking of the hose, which disrupts the flow of water. In addition, this type of garden hose needs more space.

Advantages
  • Robust
  • Durable
  • Hard-wearing
  • No minimum pressure required
Disadvantages
  • Heavy
  • Inflexible
  • Can twist or kink

How much does a flexible garden hose cost?

Flexible garden hoses can be had for little money, starting at about 3 euros. However, the reviews of such inexpensive models are rather poor, if there are any.

To get a certain quality and durability, you should invest 20 to 50 euros, depending on the length and accessories.

In exceptional cases, far more expensive flexible garden hoses can be found, but it was not clear to us what justifies these prices.

Where can I buy a flexible garden hose?

Although the flexible garden hose is not yet as common as the rigid one, you can get it without any problems.

  • Online retailers such as amazon.de, ebay.de
  • You can also find them in garden centres and DIY stores
  • You can even buy them from time to time in supermarket chains or discount stores

What are the alternatives to the flexible garden hose?

Rigid garden hose

The common rigid garden hose is found in most gardens. It is made of hard-wearing cross-weave fabric, is robust, resistant and stable.

The rigid garden hose is less flexible but also not as sensitive as the flexible garden hose (Image source: pixabay.com/Skitterphoto)

It is available in different lengths and diameters. The rigid hose is great if you don't have any corners or edges to get around. With this type of garden hose you can start right away, it doesn't need time to expand or a minimum pressure.

Spiral hose

The spiral hose is, as the name suggests, spiral-shaped. To use it, you don't need to roll it up or unroll it, just pull it, and the restoring force will automatically spring it back after use. It is made of plastic, lightweight and takes up little space.

As it is usually only available in shorter sizes, it is particularly suitable for small gardens, terraces or balconies. To give you an overview of the features of the alternatives, we have put them together in a table.

Type Features
Rigid garden hose Rigid, robust, durable, made of hard-wearing cross-weave fabric, does not get around corners and edges so well, available in different lengths and diameters
Spiral hose Spiral-shaped, unwinds when pulled, pulls itself back into its original shape, space-saving, particularly suitable for smaller gardens, terraces or balconies

Buying criteria: Use these criteria to compare and evaluate flexible garden hoses

In the following, we show you the criteria that can help you choose your flexible garden hose.

  • Stability
  • Length
  • Attachment/nozzle
  • Cold/UV resistance
  • Accessories

Stability

The stability of the flexible garden hose depends primarily on the inner hose or the number of latex layers used for the inner hose. There are one, two or three layer hoses.

The more latex layers, the better the stability.

In addition, the connections to the connector and the nozzle must be stable. However, there is hardly any meaningful information on this.

Length

Flexible garden hoses are available in various lengths. There are two different specifications. The first is the length when extended and the second is the length when contracted. When extended, the flexible garden hose can be up to three times as long as in its original state.

Did you know that you can calculate the length of your garden hose yourself?

You need the length and width of your garden and calculate the diagonal using the Pythagorean theorem (a² + b² = c²). There are sites on the Internet where you can easily calculate this. Add 10-20 percent to the length of the diagonal and you have the optimal length to reach all places with your hose. The decisive factor for a flexible garden hose is its length when extended.

Attachment/nozzle

As a rule, you get the flexible garden hose with an attachment, i.e. a nozzle. However, there are differences in handling and in the settings. The handling can be done by pressing and holding, by turning or also by a locking mechanism.

Some of the nozzle settings have only two or three different spraying options, while others have up to nine. Depending on what you want to use your hose for, different variants make sense.

Cold/UV resistance

If you want to leave your flexible garden hose outside all year round, you should make sure that it cannot be damaged on cold days as well as on particularly sunny, hot days. For this, it is necessary that it has a certain cold and UV resistance.

Accessories

Some flexible garden hoses come with a number of accessories, others not so much. Think carefully about what you need and whether you want to buy more later. If there is not much, it makes sense to find out if there are any other attachments or connections if you need them.

In addition, you should think about a storage option as an accessory. The following table shows you the most important accessories and the most suitable material for them.

Accessories Most used material
Adapters Brass, Plastic
Sealing rings Rubber
Wall bracket Metal
Storage bag Plastic, Mesh
Storage basket Plastic

For very long hoses, a reel for garden hoses is also worthwhile. This will help you avoid mess in the future and make it easier to pull the hose.

Facts worth knowing about the flexible garden hose

Can I shorten or lengthen a flexible garden hose?

It is possible to extend a flexible garden hose by using a so-called coupling, a connecting part. You need another flexible garden hose and a coupling. The coupling is attached to the end of the first hose and the beginning of the second hose, thus connecting them to form a long hose.

With a so-called coupling you can connect two hoses and thus extend them (Image source: pixabay.com / thechance)

You can also shorten the hose, but it seems to be difficult to put the connector back on properly.

How can I repair my flexible garden hose?

If your flexible garden hose has a small tear or hole, you can easily repair it.

The flexible garden hose can be repaired with a connecting part, the so-called coupling.

You can find the leak by running the water at low pressure and looking along the hose for the spot where the water is coming out. Cut the flexible garden hose in two and remove the broken part.

Then insert the coupling between the two parts of the hose. Make sure that both the inner and outer hoses fit snugly and that the outer hose is flush.

Where should I store the flexible garden hose?

As flexible garden hoses are more fragile than the rigid alternative, it is advisable to store them in a bag, plastic basket or holder. These do not have to be large, as the flexible garden hose can be stored in a space-saving way.

In some cases, a storage option is included with the purchase. Some sellers recommend storing the hose indoors.

Image source: Pixabay.com / Punch_ra

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