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For many Germans, the garden is a place of retreat in whose greenery one can let the soul dangle. The warmer it gets and the less it rains, the more often you have to water your own plants - but constantly carrying watering cans becomes burdensome in the long run.

Garden hoses are ideal for effortless watering in the garden. However, there are many different hose models and variants on the market. In our comparison, we have compared different water hoses with each other and highlighted the most striking features.




Summary

  • The water hose is a practical tool for transporting considerable amounts of water over long distances. Still, there are a few things to consider when buying one.
  • Garden hoses have a wide variety of features, which bring advantages depending on their purpose. They can be expandable, particularly kink- and temperature-resistant, or they can be rolled up using a hose reel.
  • When connecting a water hose, it is important to pay attention to the compatibility of the hose and the water source. A variety of different adapters and hose dimensions exist, which must be taken into account when buying.

The Best Water Hose: Our Choices

Below we have listed a selection of our favourites, which differ from each other in terms of their specialisations. This list should make your purchase decision easier and at the same time give you an overview of what types of water hoses there are.

Buying and Evaluation Criteria for Water Hoses

With the sheer number of types of hoses available, it is easy to lose track of them all. Therefore, we have prepared some buying criteria to help you choose a suitable model.

Our criteria, which should definitely be taken into account when buying a hose, are:

In the following we will describe these criteria in more detail so that you know exactly what to look for when buying.

Dimensions

The correct length of your garden hose depends on how far your water connection is from the area you want to water. Since nothing is more annoying than a hose that is too short, we recommend measuring the maximum distance you need and buying a few metres longer if in doubt.

Another important unit of measurement is the inner diameter of the hose, which is usually given in inches.

This influences how much water can flow through the garden hose at the same time and thus also determines the water pressure that prevails in the hose. We have given the most common measurements for garden hoses in the following table and converted them into millimetres for the sake of simplicity.

Inner diameter (inch) Inner diameter (millimetre)
1 / 2" 12.7 mm
3 / 4" 19 mm
1" 25,4 mm

Of course, there are many other internal hose diameters and the one you need also depends on the pressure and diameter of your water source.

Maximum water pressure

The maximum water pressure (also: burst pressure) of a hose in bar indicates how high the internal pressure of the water hose may be before it bursts. This is why the burst pressure is specified by the manufacturer.

The pressure of the water source as well as the thickness of the hose and the temperature have an influence on the water pressure prevailing in the hose.

The average pressure of a domestic water pipe is usually between 3 and 4 bar. However, other water sources, such as a rain barrel or a water pump, can deviate considerably from this value. More pressure is also needed to overcome metres in height. The more pressure the hose can withstand, the less likely it is to burst.

Temperature range

Depending on the water or outdoor temperature, the temperature range of the water hose also plays an important role. The temperature range of most garden hoses is relatively wide and they can usually cope with high water temperatures in the short term.

However, if you want to leave your garden hose outside in winter or even lay it underground, we recommend hoses with thicker walls and stronger thermal insulation. All in all, however, it is advisable to empty any water hose before winter to avoid damage.

Connection type

One of the most important criteria to consider when buying a hose is the type of connection. Which connection you need depends on the water source to which you want to connect your garden hose.

If you only want to connect your water hose to the fitting by putting it over the fitting, the outer diameter of the fitting and the inner diameter of the garden hose must be identical.

Some hoses come with screw or push-on fittings attached, or it is possible to buy matching adapters for different connections separately. Here we recommend that you pay attention to the brand of the hoses and fittings, as products of the same brand are often compatible with each other.

Stretchability / Flexibility

To ensure that no kinks occur when using the water hose that could hinder the water supply, you should pay attention to the flexibility of the hose.

This also plays a role if you want to roll up a long hose in a particularly space-saving way. Of course, the material from which the garden hose is made is decisive here - for high flexibility, latex is the best option.

It should also be noted that there are water hoses that expand with increased water pressure and contract again when the pressure drops.

The clear advantage is that they save space when stored. However, you should make sure in advance that your water source guarantees the pressure specified by the manufacturer in order to be able to bring the hose to its maximum length.

Guide: Frequently asked Questions about Water Hoses answered in Detail

In the following, we would like to answer some frequently asked questions about water hoses so that you can get an even better overview.

Who is a water hose suitable for?

A water hose is most commonly used in the garden and is suitable for anyone who wants to transport large amounts of water easily over a certain distance.

Especially if you need to bring water to a particular spot frequently, a hose saves both strength and stamina that you would spend carrying buckets or watering cans.

The uses of a water hose are therefore manifold: whether for watering flowers, cleaning tools or filling a garden pool in summer, a garden hose is ideally suited. By using different attachments, you can also optimise the use of your water hose.

What types of water hoses are there?

Due to the large number of possible uses, there are of course also water hoses with different features. For particularly long hoses, for example, a hose with a wall-mounted reel is a good idea, on which you can roll it up when not in use. This variant is also available as a hose cart if the transportability of the garden hose is important to you.

As already mentioned, there are also water hoses that only expand to their maximum length above a certain water pressure, garden hoses that are particularly kink-resistant or hoses with a thick wall that are very suitable for laying underground. Which hose is best for you depends entirely on your intended use.

How much does a water hose cost?

The price range for water hoses is relatively wide and is mainly defined by the functions and the accessories included. In the following table, we have divided the market into different price classes and defined what you can roughly expect for your money.

Price class (euros per metre) Available products
Low-priced (0.20 - 1 €/m) Mostly PVC hoses with 1 / 2 inch without connection and accessories
Medium-priced (1 - 2 €/m) Often hoses with fabric, usually already some additional functions (flexible, connections etc.)
High-priced (2 - 6 €/m) Often high-quality hoses with 3 / 4 to 1 inch, many additional functions / accessories (cable reel, attachments etc.)

The comparison shows that even mid-range water hoses, depending on how they are used, have the necessary stability and durability to recommend them for purchase.

Conclusion

All in all, water hoses are a helpful tool for a variety of uses and especially when temperatures rise in the garden. However, when purchasing one should always keep the intended use in mind. Important criteria are the dimensions, maximum water pressure and temperature range, the connection type as well as the stretchability and flexibility.

Overall, you can get good products at a fair price for as little as one to two euros per metre of hose - the need for artificial water supply is not likely to decrease in the coming decades.

(Cover photo: Irene Dávila/ Unsplash)

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