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Greetings from Monederosmart! Tending to the garden is always a very relaxing activity, caring for the lawn and plants allows us to enjoy a bit of nature in our home, of course we need water to bring the plants to life and that's why a garden hose is always a must.

Hosepipes have always been an essential part of every home and building, as they help to move water to where it is most needed, whether for watering green areas, filling swimming pools, cleaning floors and even washing the car, plus children love them and they are great fun to use during the sunniest of days.

To help you choose the best hose on the market, Monederosmart brings you this shopping guide where you will find all the most important buying factors, such as which hoses are the most sought after, what makes them so good, where you can buy them and even the prices at which you can find them.




The most important

  • A hose is a long, hollow tube used to move water from its source to where it is needed. It has a multitude of applications due to its ease of use and versatility, ranging from irrigating plants and grounds, putting out fires, washing cars or pavements, and filling tanks and swimming pools.
  • There are a multitude of hose models. Traditional hoses are easy to recognise as typical garden hoses, expandable hoses swell and increase in size according to the flow of water. There are also coiled hoses that are spring-loaded so they don't tangle and are easy to store.
  • To get the best value for your money, think about the length of hose you need before you buy it. Also consider the terrain you will be using it on to choose a hose that is constructed from materials that match, as they will spend most of their time on the ground and will be dragged regularly.

The Best Hoses: Our Picks

A good hose should last you for many years, so make sure you buy one that will stand the test of time. To help you choose the most competitive products on the market, we've put together this list of what we consider to be the best hoses on the market. We have included different types of hose to cover all needs.

Buying guide: What you need to know about hoses

The best way to buy the best products is to know them well, so you will know which ones are the most suitable for you and also the best way to use them. That is why in this section we will inform you about the different types of hoses and what they are for, their advantages and recommended uses and also the best places to get them.

Nothing like a good car wash hose. (Photo: RyanMcGuire / pixabay.com)

What is a hose and what are its advantages?

A hose is a long, hollow tube made of elastic materials, which is used to move liquids from one place to another. It is most commonly used outdoors as an irrigation and cleaning tool, but it also has industrial applications where a constant and defined flow of liquids is needed.

The hoses eliminate the need to transfer liquids manually and slowly, as in buckets for example, and due to their simple design they are economical, easy to use and can be fitted with a multitude of accessories that increase their usefulness, such as spray guns or pressure pumps.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Liquid transfer
  • Long service life
  • Multiple fittings
  • Easy handling
  • Quick installation
Disadvantages
  • Tangles
  • Weak in the sun
  • Can be permanently kinked

Traditional, expandable, helical, flat and impregnation hoses - what should you pay attention to?

Because the hoses work in a simple way and their design only requires a long tube to carry liquids, different types of hoses have become available that are a far cry from the simple green rubber hose. These aim to reduce tangles and take up less space for convenient storage.

Traditional hose: This is the typical green hose so characteristic of patios and gardens. It is usually made of materials such as vinyl and rubber, the latter being the most resistant to rough terrain and therefore the most expensive. They are more resistant to sun exposure than other hoses.

Expanding hose: It has a curious design, which expands when there is a constant flow of water and contracts as soon as the water stops flowing. Their main advantage is that they are very easy to store and transport when not distributing water, as their size and weight are considerably reduced when not in use.

Helical hose: Designed to rest in a spring form. They are very easy to store and do not tangle easily, but do not usually reach their maximum length while water is flowing between them due to their design. They are very good for use in small households where space saving is preferable.

Flat hose: This is a hose that resembles the design of hoses used by firefighters. While the hose is not in use it will have a flattened shape and is easy to coil, but once it receives a flow of water the hose will assume a tubular shape. They are easy to damage and it is not recommended to bend them while in use.

Impregnation hose: Also called drip hose. It is filled with small holes through which water gushes out once the water flows into them. They do not need to be handled for watering, as they can be left in the ground to do their job, or they can be buried to irrigate without being damaged by the sun.

Traditional Expandable Helical Flat Impregnated
Design Simple hose Contracts and expands Spring-loaded Similar to fireman's hose Porous hose
Outstanding feature Very strong Easy to store and lightweight Saves space Coils easily Can water on their own
Weaknesses Difficult to store Weak to cracks and sun Does not reach maximum length during use Difficult to manoeuvre Only good for soaking

No yard is complete without a hose. (Photo: sevenpixx / pixabay.com)

Buying criteria

It seems hard to believe, but buying hoses is a little more complicated than going to the nearest garden shop, as you need to take into account things like the size of your yard, the uses you'll be putting it to and even how much sun it will receive during use. To help you choose your hose, we've put together the most important buying factors.

Installation location

Before you go out and buy a hose, think about the size of the location where you will be using it and also how much space you have available for storage. Also consider the physical properties of the terrain, such as how much grass or soil the hose will be in contact with, as you will be dragging the hose during use and transport.

Small to medium-sized yards and gardens: In these types of space-saving locations, you need a hose whose length can be adapted to your needs. For example, if you will be using your hose on a small terrace, you will need a coiled hose that allows you to adjust its length and store it easily.

An expandable hose is also suitable for small gardens with a lot of grass and in garages, as they won't need to be moved around a lot over ground that can damage them and they won't spend a lot of time in the sun. Flat hoses are also good for garages and patios as they are not places where you need to flex them a lot.

Patios and large gardens: In this case it is better to have a traditional hose made of rubber or reinforced materials, as these types of places are much more demanding on hoses as they will drag a lot on the ground.

These hoses are usually very long so a good part of it will be in the sun during use. The sun quickly degrades these tools, so expandable and coiled hoses are not recommended for use in large areas, as they are not as durable as thick hoses made of strong materials.

Planting: If you will only be using one hose to deliver water to your plants, it is best to buy a drip irrigation hose. This is because they save much more water than other hoses and do not need much supervision, as you can bury them or leave them near your plants and leave the tap on.

Diameter

The diameter of a hose will define how much water it can deliver in a given time. If you want to make an economically efficient purchase you should buy a hose that is the right width for your intended use, as the price of a hose is linked to its size.

1.3cm diameter: This can be considered the standard hose size. They can be used for applications that do not require a large flow of water, such as washing cars, watering plants, and use on small patios and porches. They are especially useful when fitted with nozzles or spray guns.

1.9cm diameter: A hose of this diameter is a little heavier to carry and takes up a little more space. It can deliver a greater flow of water, so it is preferable for more demanding tasks such as for use in agricultural applications, as well as for filling tanks and pools using pressuriser pumps.

Accessories

Many hoses often come with water guns that add many functions to a hose, such as regulating its pressure or the way the water is dispersed. If you find a hose that you think is ideal for your garden but does not come with the attachment you need, you can buy the hose and attachment separately.

A hose gun is not only useful, it's also fun! (Photo: StockSnap / pixabay.com)

Material of manufacture

The material a hose is made of is one of the factors that, together with the length and diameter, largely define its price. Try to choose materials that can withstand the use you will give it, because it is not the same to water the lawn of your garden, than to water a large plot of land with a lot of sun exposure.

Rubber: It is the most expensive material to manufacture, but also the most resistant. It is thick and a little hard, which makes it resistant to tangles, and it can also be used on rough and rocky terrain. It is resistant to the sun and high temperatures. All this makes rubber hoses the most durable.

Vinyl and Latex: Hoses made of these materials are cheaper, but they are not recommended unless you are not going to use them heavily, as they break and degrade in the sun more easily than rubber hoses. Latex is used almost exclusively for expandable hoses.

Reinforced materials: A hose made with reinforced materials will have several layers of rubber or vinyl joined by mesh or wire, this makes them more resistant to the most demanding uses, it also gives them greater resistance to high water pressures. If you will be using a pressure pump, look for one made of reinforced rubber.

Drinking-safe hoses: If you will be drinking from a hose or a container filled by a hose, try to buy a hose that is designated as safe to drink from. If, for example, you have small children at home or will be using a hose to transfer liquids such as alcohol or milk, buy a hose made of polyurethane that is safe to drink from.

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