Best Hose Pipe – 8 Garden Hose Reviews & Comparison Table

Best Hose Pipe – 8 Garden Hose Reviews & Comparison Table

Best Hose Pipe – 8 Garden Hose Reviews & Comparison Table

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We look at some of the best garden hoses from good old fashioned standard manual hose reels, to magic shrinking hoses and our favourite, auto hoses which automatically retract with a tug of the hose, not forgetting soaker hoses to slowly seep water over a specific area such as a hedge

Nearly all garden hose pipes look the same, on the outside at least with the exception of shrinking magic hoses, however are hose pipes really the same, the short answer is no!,

Many cheaper hoses are prone to kinking which most gardeners have experienced, a nightmare when your trying to water you garden, once you get a kink it always seems to form kink again and again in the same place.

In this review we look at 8 of the best garden hoses which has been narrowed down from around 30 hoses, they all had to pass specific requirements such as being kink resistant, which means they need to be high quality, ideally have three layers and be reinforced. If the hose is good that's half the battle. We also compare the reel systems and casing, quality of the plastic used and finally the features they offer as well as warranty, and affordability.

The good news is that Gardena, Hozelock and Karcher all sell good quality hoses and have some really useful features, other favourite was the auto-rewind models that make rewinding the hose much easier, almost effortless. We also have have a shrinking hose which doubles in size when the water is turned on a shrinks again to half it size when turned off, there are a lot of cheap knock off's of this type of hose so it took a lot of research to find the one we recommend. Finally we also have a brilliant soaker hose worth considering if you have beds and borders to water or a newly planted hedge.

For those wanting to see our top recommended hose, we decided that the Gardena Wall-Mounted Auto Hose was by far the best hose, every part of the setup is super high quality, the plastic used is obviously very strong, the hose is a really good quality kink resistant hose and it probably has the best auto-rewind system, very smooth and easy to use. Its also available as a 15m, 25, 30m as well as the 35 meter model we reviewed so you can choose a size best suited for your garden.

Best Pick

This is our favourite hose out of all the one we have reviewed, we first seen the Hozelock auto hoses a few years back and now there are many models on the market, we even feature 3 on this list, however, this one by Gardena is probably the best of the lot.
This is our favourite hose out of all the one we have reviewed, we first seen the Hozelock auto hoses a few years back and now there are many models on the market, we even feature 3 on this list, however, this one by Gardena is probably the best of the lot.

This is our favourite hose out of all the one we have reviewed, we first seen the Hozelock auto hoses a few years back and now there are many models on the market, we even feature 3 on this list, however, this one by Gardena is probably the best of the lot.

its a little more expensive but the premium quality is simply outstanding from the high quality plastic construction to the auto-rewind mechanism which is made from steel on this model.

First off the its very smooth to unwind and rewind and the auto rewind function works a treat, all you do is give the hose a quick tug and it automatically rewinds the hole back onto the reel.

Its has many more features we explain further down but it also has by far the longest warranty of 5 years,


Quick Hose Comparison Table

Model

Length

Feeder Hose

Auto Reel

Warranty

Price

GARDENA Wall-Mounted Hose Box 35 roll-up automatic: Swivelling hose reel, 35-m GARDENA high-quality hose, short locking stops, including wall bracket, system parts, and spray nozzle (8024-20)

35 meters

Yes

Yes

5 years

Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 50m Hose

50 meters

No

No - manual

2 years

KINGTOP Garden Hose Pipe Expandable Magic Hose Stretch Hosepipe with 9 Function Spray Gun (Black, 100)

30 meters

No

No

1 year warranty - 90 Day Money Back Guarantee

HydroSure 50m Garden Soaker Hose (13mm)

50 meters -

Can be used in 30 meter runs

No

No

1 year

TACKLIFE Hose Reel, 20+2m Wall-Mounted Hose Reel roll-up Automatic: Swivelling Auto Hose, Including 20m Quality Hose, Wall Bracket and Spray Nozzle, Any Length Lock - GHR1A

20 meters

Yes

Yes

1 year

KAER5 Kärcher CR3.110 Compact Hose Box

10 meters

Yes

No - manual

1 year

Kärcher CR5.220 Auto Reel

Kärcher CR5.220 Auto Reel

20 meters

No - Cut some off the main hose

Yes

1 year

Kärcher HR7.320 Premium Hose Reel

20 meters

No - Cut some off the main hose

No - Manual

1 years

Hozelock Compact 2in1 Reel with 25m Hose

25 meters

No - Cut some off the main hose

No

2 years


Garden Hose Buyer Guide

So which is the best garden hose for the home gardener, unfortunately there is no simple answer to this question, as there are just too many factors to take into consideration. What length garden hose do you need?, longer does not mean better as it lowers the pressure and you pay for more longer hoses, sometimes a lot more. 

Do you need a hose real? most gardeners do. Does it need to be portable?  do you want a hose real with auto-rewind for ease of use, we wouldn't but one without this feature now, it really is that good! 

Do you need it to attach to the wall, do you need a light weight hose pipe, magic expendable hoses are very light but we're not that impressed with them, however they have there place, you may love it. 

As you can see, there are many factors to take into consideration when buying a hose pipe and that's before comparing the hose pipe quality and the overall reliability of the auto-rewind systems.

Read on to see which hose pipes offer the quality you would expect from the best hose pipes currently available. Below is a quick guide with some pointers on what to consider when choosing a hose pipe followed by our detailed reviews of 8 of our top recommended garden hoses.

If you know what you want in a hose pipe you can just scroll down to our reviews if you prefer.

What to take into consideration when choosing a garden hose pipe

Quality of hose pipe

The number one consideration, is the quality of hose pipe, the best hose pipes are usually have three layers and are reinforced. These are usually, easily identified, especially with with Hozelock hose pipes as they are usually a braided, silver and yellow hose. Quality hose pipes are kink resistant, hence the word resistant, this means they are less likely to kink, but even the best hose pipes can kink, but are far less likely to. A simple test is to form a u shape and see if its kinks.

Hose pipe length

Never buy a longer hose than you need, measure from your tap to the longest point you will need to reach and add a little extra so you don't need to stretch the hose pipe. Don't forget you often need to cut a small section of hose off (usually 1.5 to 2 meters is sufficient) so you can attach the hose reel to the tap, this is known as the feeder hose. Some hose pipes include a feeder hose, but most don't. The reason you don't want to purchase a longer hose than you need, is because the longer the hose, usually the lower the pressure. They are also obviously heavier, adding unnecessary weight to the reel and a lot more expensive

Hose diameter

Most garden hoses in the UK come in either 3/4 inch or 1/2 inch, with the latter being the most popular and usually sufficient for most gardens. The larger 3/4 inch, are usually used for very long hoses, usually in horticultural nurseries and garden centres, as well as for some pressure washers. Basically, larger diameter hoses can hold more water, but equally you need a water supply, with enough pressure to see the benefit. Most garden centres that use these larger hoses, have large water storage tanks with pumps that produce enough pressure to benefit. You can even get micro hose pipes now, which are even smaller, these are great for smaller gardens and balconies etc. For most gardeners, 1/2 inch diameter is sufficient and do a great job.

Runner-up

Soaker hoses are are your standard hose pipe but they are a great way to water any where at floor level, simply lay the hose along the ground, or slightly under the soil to slowly seep water into the ground where you need to. You can cut it to any length and it fits standard quick connect hose fitting.

A great way to water beds and borders and water newly planted hedge rows

Soaker hoses are are your standard hose pipe but they are a great way to water any where at floor level, simply lay the hose along the ground, or slightly under the soil to slowly seep water into the ground where you need to. You can cut it to any length and it fits standard quick connect hose fitting.

Attach it to a water timer and you have a automatic watering system.

Consider a hose reel

Do you need a hose reel, maybe one with wheels to make it easier to move around the garden, some models even have an auto-rewind feature, which makes it super easier to put it away and helps prevent kinking, while others just have manual handles which are fine for most people. Some reels even have a small storage sections such as this model by Karcher to store different nozzles and spare parts.

Micro hoses & Expandable magic hoses

Do you have a small garden, balcony or terrace. There are some fantastic, smaller 10 meters hose pipes with  light weight, compact hose reels. These can easily be stored in a small cupboard, some even has 'micro hose pipes' which are great for watering but are also super lightweight compared to standard hose pipes. Most will have seen expandable hoses on tv, they double in size when the hose is switched on and them shrink to half the size when turned off, they very light weight but don't have a hoze reel which means the hoze can be left untidy.

Plastic vs brass fitting

There are two main types of hose fitting you can get, which are plastic fitting and brass fitting. Hozelock do lots of plastic fitting and all though they are more likely to crack and break than cheaper plastic fixtures, their plastic fitting, are far more superior than cheap non branded plastic fixtures. My advice is, if you want fixtures that are very easy to fit together quickly, and easy to attach to nearly all nozzles, lances, and sprinklers as well as lots of other ingenious water applications, go with genuine Hozelock connections. If you want something that very hard wearing and you don't change your connections much, go for brass fitting, the only downside is most require spanner to tighten, all though some do click together. For most gardeners stand Hozelock connections will be fine and most watering reels come with plastic fixtures, purely for ease and simplicity.

Also great

Another well designed hose pipe, we love the on board storage for storing all your spare tools, gloves or anything you need quick excess to as well as the bottom storage hooks for attaching different hose ends and nozzles, but thats not the only stand out features here.

Innovative on-board storage

Another well designed hose pipe, we love the on board storage for storing all your spare tools, gloves or anything you need quick excess to as well as the bottom storage hooks for attaching different hose ends and nozzles, but thats not the only stand out features here.

This hose station can be fixed to the wall as pictured but the reel section also quickly comes away to use as a mobile water station.

Lastly the overall quality is exceptional with the 20 meters of primo flex hose it comes with being excellent quality.


Top 8 Garden Hose Reviews

Below we have reviewed a selection of what we consider to be some of the best hose pipes available, lengths start at 10 meters, ideal for smaller gardeners to longer 60 meter 1/2 inch hose lengths, which are perfect for gardeners who are lucky enough to have a medium to larger garden.

We kick it off which our favourite hose by Gardenia which is available in many sizes from 15 meters to 35 meters.

Gardena Wall Mounted Auto-Rewind Hose

WINNER OF OUR BEST PICK

The Gardena Auto Hose probably got the concept from Hozelock's auto-rewind hose, although i'm not 100% sure on this i'm just assuming but Hozelock were certainly the first models we came across with this feature.
  • Premium quality from the hose, to the high quality plastic construction, to the steel auto-rewind mechanism.
  • Very smooth unwind and rewind and the reel’s mechanism automatically locks the hose with ease.
  • Simply give the hose a quick pull to activate  the auto reel’s automatic rewind system.
  • Frost resistant materials
  • Reel can swivel 180 degrees to make water much easier and stopping kinks.
  • Removable reel for easy storage over winter but it also features thief protection.
  • Very easy to mount to wall and comes with everything needed.
  • Available in several hose lengths from 15 meters to 35 meters.
  • Very impressive 5 year warranty for full peace of mind.

The Gardena Auto Hose Reel brings a new meaning to the work premium quality but more on this in the minute. First off it's super simple to use as with all auto hose reels, simply pull the hose out and water as you go and the hose automatically locks in place roughly every 50cm as as you pull the hose out.

Once you have finished watering,  simply give the hose a little tug and thats when the real magic happens, the hose reel with then automatically start to slowly and smoothly, smoothly being the main keyword here, rewind the hose straight onto the reel without any kinks. its as easy to that.

The hose itself is made from premium materials which are kink resistant, is very tough and of course very durable, this along with the hose reel mechanism is obviously one of the most import aspects of the product which is why is so important the hose is a premium hose.

The hose itself is made from premium materials which are kink resistant, is very tough and of course very durable, this along with the hose reel mechanism is obviously one of the most import aspects of the product which is why is so important the hose is a premium hose. 

The hose reel itself is where the money is well spent, the quality is clearly better than most people would expect and is probably better than any other hose reel on the market. Its very high quality plastic and has been made to last and also protects the hose itself from uv rays while not being used.

The hose reel can swivel 180 degrees to make water much easier and this also helps stop the hose from kinking and forming knots, this feature combined with a quality hose its what makes it works so effortlessly.

What makes this model better than the other models out this is the smooth re-winding feature, this is because this model used long-lasting winding technology with a steel spring, it has reliable winding thanks to the centrifugal brake and integrated hose guide.

other features include integrated frost protection although we recommend storing indoors in winter, integrated handle for easy carrying, theft protection and anti-drip device.

Finally it comes with everything you need including 35 meter Gardena high-quality 13mm (1/2") hose, connection hose, Original Gardena system parts, spray nozzle, wall bracket, wall plugs, assembly aid for mounting to the wall. All you need to do is remove the mountain plate from the reel, fix to the wall and then offer up the hose reel to the mountain plate. 

Gardena Wall-Mounted Hose being rewind in.

Our thoughts

The Gardena Auto Hose probably got the concept from Hozelock's auto-rewind hose, although i'm not 100% sure on this i'm just assuming, however Hozelock were certainly the first models we came across with this feature but there are several now, we include 3 different models in this review.

However, whether they did get the concept from Hozelock or not, they have significantly improved both the design and the overall quality. Although its more expensive, we think its worth paying the extra premium and investing in this model if you have the extra budget.

When we first reviewed the Hozelock Auto-Rewind model in 2016 we couldn't speak highly enough about it, and although at the time, it was far more advanced than cheaper models and was very good quality. Nothing has changed and its still the same great hose but once you have the pleasure of the Gardena Wall Mounted Auto-Hose you really do see a difference.

Overall, the quality is extremely good, the auto-rewind, the main feature is probably better than any other auto-rewind hose on the market, much smoother and just seems to work better.

If you have the budget and are looking for a auto-rewind model you can rely on and really are looking for the 'best of the best', then this is the model for you.

Fitting its super easy too, comes with everything you need, simply remove the screw to remove the backing plate from the hose reel and screw backing plate to the wall. Then offer the hose reel up to the backing plate and slide one bolt through, that it all done, ready to use.

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Hozelock 60 Hose Cart With 50 Meter Hose

Best for larger gardens where portability is important as well as affordability

Another great watering station by Hoselock, the watering cart is a great option for anyone who has a larger garden and needs that extra reach. The quality is as you would expect from Hozelock, its very stable, this is one of the main concerns with wheeled cart models, but not with this model.

This Hozelock Hose Cart is capable of holding 60 meters of hose, but this model comes fitted with 50 meters of quality garden hose.  The small drum and extra large handle mean that its very easy to rewind the hose in after use.

The reel is made from robust, quality plastic and has a steel retractable handle that can be altered to suit the user, the handle also fully retracts back down to make it easier to store.

It has large soft tires which makes moving the cart over grass easy. The wide design and low centre of gravity means that its also very stable when being moved around the garden which prevents it being tipped over.

Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 50m Hose is perfect for large gardens

Our thoughts

Another great watering station by Hoselock, this watering cart is a great option for anyone who has a larger garden and needs that extra reach. The quality is as you would expect from Hozelock, its very stable, this is one of the main concerns with wheeled cart models, but not with this model.

Overall if you have a large garden, you wouldn't be disappointed, it also offers great value for such a large hose length as it doesn't have the fancy rewind features.

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Kingtop Expandable Magic Hose

This hose is worth the money and the 90 days money back guarantee shows the manufacturer has full confidence in this product. If you are looking for a hose that will give you more freedom to clean or water things around the garden, the KINGTOP Garden Hose Pipe Expandable Magic Hose is a safe bet.
  • Expands up to three times its original size for an extended reach.
  • Great design with dual-layer latex tubing and tough external knitted fabric.
  • Retracts down small and compact for easy storage and transportation.
  • Equipped with leak-resistant connection and anti-rust fittings for longer service.
  • Comes with a premium quality spray gun with 9 spray functions. 
  • Includes 90-day money back guarantee plus 1-year warranty for peace of mind.

The Kingtop Expandable Magic Hose does exactly what its title ‘Magic’ says. This hose is designed to expand up to three times its original size when water starts to run which is impressive which provides a longer reach when watering your garden. It also comes with a fairly good spray gun which has 9 spray functions such as mist, cone, and jet comes in handy in this regard.

The hose has an incredible burst cycle of 1000 – 1500 under 0.6MPa water pressure, which is double the capability of regular hoses rated 500 – 600 cycles under the same pressure.

Featuring a triple-layer natural latex tubing, surprisingly it does not seem to suffer from kinks, twists, or tangles, i suspect this is because of the materials used. This characteristic combined with its expandable design ensures that the hose remains compact when not in use, allowing for easy storage and transportation. Note that it instantly returns to its original size as soon the water is turned off and expels any excess water in it. The only thing we don't like about this is that is has not hose reel so can look a little untidy.

Additionally, the Kingtop expandable hose is built to last, with a leak-resistant connection, crush-resistant, and anti-rust fittings helping in this respect. Even the inner expandable tubing is protected by a stronger external fabric. There’s really a lot to like about this hose that even comes with 90 days money back guarantee and a 1 year warranty for full peace of mind.


Our thoughts

First things first, the expandable design of this garden hose definitely makes it stand out of the rest. It’s also built to the highest quality, for example, with leak-resistant connection and it doesn’t twist or tangle. This is just amazing for something that you will be toting around to perform various cleaning and watering jobs.

Another thing is how easy it is to store or transport this hose. It simply contracts down small and even though it doesn’t come with a reel, it can easily be attached to most standard reels, the problem is you have ti turn it off first and let it shrink and uncoil it from a reel before switching on for it to work properly. Be sure to drain the hose completely before storage as excess moisture remaining in the hose may degrade it over time.

It's ability to withstand a serious amount of pressure is also a plus. We’ve seen weak hose pipes break under a significant increase in water pressure, but this one will handle the load comfortably.

This hose is worth the money and the 90 days money back guarantee shows the manufacturer has full confidence in this product. If you are looking for a hose that will give you more freedom to water things around the garden, the Kingtop Garden Expandable Magic Hose is a safe bet, its one of the most affordable too. 

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 Tacklife 20+2m Auto-rewind Hose Reel

We do like this 20m hose reel. It unwinds easily and retracts gently with no kinks or tangles, so it doesn’t worry being around children and pets. The 20m hose itself is long enough to cover most garden areas and it’s just enough for those living in townhouses and apartments. Anyone with a seriously large garden will have to look elsewhere, though, such as the 100m KINGTOP Garden Hose above.
  • Automatic hose unwinding and retraction without kinking.
  • Ready to use as it comes with all necessary fittings for easy installation.
  • Wall bracket can pivot 180 degrees to direct water where it’s needed and help prevent twist and kinks.
  • Includes a hose brake for controlled hose retraction.
  • 1 year warranty for full peace of mind.

The Tacklife 20 Meter Auto Hose Reel is a retractable version that eliminates the backbreaking work of unwinding and winding a hose and is a good cheaper alternative to our 'Best Pick'. Using a controlled auto-wind system, the auto reel allows you to extend the hose to where you want it and lock it in place at any point. Once you finish watering, a simple pull on the hose will slowly send it back into its wall mounted storage box without kinks or tangles. It takes about 15 seconds to wind the 20m hose back and it retracts at a safe speed.

The tool comes with all necessary fittings including a robust wall bracket, 2m lead pipe, spray gun, hose connector, faucet connector, wall mounting screws, expansion tube, and 1 x PP bolt. The wall bracket is easy to fit and allows you to pivot the reel up to 180 degrees so you can reach every part of your lawn. In addition, the hose reel can be removed from the wall bracket and stored indoors during winter.

This hose fits a variety of nozzles, allowing you to choose a spray pattern that’s perfect for the job, whether a powerful jet for car cleaning or a shower spray for watering flowers.


Our thoughts

We do like this 20m hose reel. It unwinds easily and retracts gently with no kinks or tangles, The 20m hose itself is long enough to cover most garden areas and it’s just enough for those living in townhouses and apartments. Anyone with a seriously large garden can consider the larger model with the 30 meter hose which you can see here.

We also like that the hose comes with everything you need to get started and the user manual is straightforward.

If your looking for a good quality auto-rewind hose then this model by Tacklife is a great alternative to the more expensive Gardena or Karcher models in this review. The quality is good, just not quiet as good as the more expensive models.

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Hydrosure 50m Garden Soaker Hose

Simply place on the ground where you need to water

By far the best type are the ones made from flexible porous rubber pipe, after comparing a few we had two which were really good, one was the Hozelock soaker hose which was great but then when we reviewed the soaker hose by Hydrosure, this was slightly cheaper per meter at the time we did our research but was just as good, after much debate we named this model our 'Best Soaker Hose'. If we were installing one in our garden, this is the one we would choose.
  • Perfect for water flower beds, vegetable patches, newly planted hedges, green houses and anywhere you want to slowly water.
  • Can be easily cut to any length to suit your needs.
  • Fits all standard hose connectors such as Hozelock.
  • Can be placed above ground and under ground out of sign.
  • Can be connected to a water time.
  • Comes with standard hose connector and one stop end.
  • Porous flexible rubber pipe slowing waters plants.

The Hydrosure Garden Soaker Hose is perfect for watering specific areas such as vegetable patches, beds and borders, around trees as well as newly planted hedges and even in the greenhouse.

Made from flexible rubber pipe, its slowly releases water along the pipe and can even be placed underground but no deeper than 15cm deep so you can have it out of site for more long term watering.

Its simple to use and we really like that it can be cut to any size and is available in 4 meter, 15 meter, 30 meter, 50 meter and even 100 meter lengths.

However its best used is lengths, no longer than 30 meter lengths. It's also very easy to cut to length and as long as you buy the 13mm soaker hose like the one reviewed here it fits all standard hose connectors such as Hozelock, simply lay the soaker hose around the area you want to water and then connect to a hose using the standard hose connector, turn on and it will water the area.

It only comes with 1 end connector which is probably fine for most people, however you can purchase more end caps if needed but it would be nice to see it come with more end stops as standard.

It can be used with a water timer (see our reviews on water timers here) so all you need to do is set the time and it will water automatically which is great for those who are not in everyday to turn it on or are going on holiday.


Our thoughts

We looked at several soaker hoses, some were made from porous flexible rubber pipe like this one by Hydrosure and some were made from plastic pipe with holes in which we didn't like.

By far the best type are the ones made from flexible porous rubber pipe, after comparing a few we had two which were really good, one was the Hozelock soaker hose which was great but then when we reviewed the soaker hose by Hydrosure, this was slightly cheaper per meter at the time we did our research but was just as good, after much debate we named this model our 'Best Soaker Hose'. If we were installing one in our garden, this is the one we would choose.

You can get it in different diameters but the one we reviewed is 13mm, we choose this size as it fits all standard hose connectors which most people would be familiar with. With this in mind and the fact that most people have 13mm garden hoses this size is probably the best choice for most people.

Couple of tips, if you have a certain area you don't want to water, simply cut the soaker hose to the correct length and use standard 13mm hose in the areas you don't need to water such as paths etc. You just need to use standard hose connectors to join the garden hose to the soaker hose. 

When you lay it out it is quite flexible and  can be placed around trees etc, however best to lay it our when it is warm as it can become a little stiff when cold and is mu h easier to twist and turn when warm.

If you beds or boarders to water, perhaps a vegetable patch or you have a newly planted hedge, its a great way to water without wasting water by spraying water everywhere like a standard garden sprinkler.

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Karcher CR3.110 Compact Hose Reel

Top Recommended 10 Meter hose

Ideal for small gardens, patios, balconies and small spaces

We found the Karcher CR3 110 Compact Water Box to be extremely well made, as you would expect from a Karcher product. What we really like about this water hose, which is not possible with the 'Hozelock Pico' or 'auto-rewind hose', is that it can be fixed to the wall, but if you need to be, a little more portable, you simply lift it off the wall bracket and take it will you.

The Karcher CR3 110 Compact Hose Box is designed for watering small gardens or in small spaces, and comes with a 8mm diameter micro hose, which helps keep it compact and light weight. 

Its designed to be either fixed or mobile, it comes with a handy wall bracket, so you can fix the hose box to the wall and you can quickly take it off should you need to be more mobile.

The slimline compact design mean that it easy to store in a small space, and if fixed to a wall, it does not protrude out too much.

Its very easy to pull the hose out and wind back into the box when needed, one last feature it does have is an on board water stop which stops any water leaking out, when not in use.

It comes with everything you need including a adjustable spray nozzle, which can be adjusted to suit your application, ie watering plants or jetting the car, also comes with 2 Aquastop connectors, which means the hose ends can be disconnected without splash back and it comes with a 3/4" tap connection to easily fix to a outside tap.

The compact hose box also has a comfortable, ergonomic handle which makes it easy to carry around and at only 2.9kg, its incredibly light weight.

The Karcher CR3 110 Compact Hose Box is designed for watering small gardens or in small spaces, and comes with a 8mm diameter micro hose, which helps keep it compact and light weight.

Our thoughts

We found the Karcher CR3 110 Compact Water Box to be extremely well made, as you would expect from a Karcher product.

We like its very compact and slim build, this means that if you have it fixed to the wall, it doesn't stick out to much, which can be a problem with some bulkier hose reals, specially in tight spaces such as down the side of your house, where you may have a small path that's only a couple of feet wide.

The 8mm micro hose was a concern at first, but this concern was soon put to rest when it became clear it has as much pressure as any of the other 10 meter hoses, despite the narrower hose diameter.

What you may find is that you need to hold the box while winding the hose in, even when on the wall, this is still easy to do as you can hold the reel firmly with one hand, while winding the hose in with the other hand.

Overall a high quality peace of kit, perfect for watering a small garden or even washing the bikes down.

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Karcher CR5.220 Auto Reel

The first impressions of this model are of a compact and good-looking garden hose featuring Karcher’s black and yellow colours. It’s really a nice hose to add to your collection of Karcher garden tools including pressure washers. Still not a problem if, for example, you want to connect this hose to a spray nozzle from another brand; this product is compatible with all standard watering systems. The tool is easy to fit and easy to unwind and retract.
  • Includes a wall bracket that’s rotatable by 180 degrees and removable for storage during winter.
  • Easy to unwind and rewind the hose into its box.
  • Compact design with an ergonomic handle for easy transportation.
  • Compatible with nearly all standard watering systems.
  • 1 year warranty.

Karcher is a market leader in home cleaning technology and the Karcher CR5.220 Auto Reel is part of their innovative range of hose pipes. It’s designed with an easy-to-use controlled auto-wind hose system that makes it easy to unwind and retract the hose into its box. A braking system allows the 20m hose to stop and lock in place at specific points, meaning you don’t need to unwind the entire length if you don’t need it. 

The package includes a wall bracket that can be rotated by up to 180 degrees to water a wider area, and it can as well be removed for storage. The wall bracket is easy to fit but you will need a drill to help the job done smoothly. Other useful supplied accessories include a spray nozzle, 2 hose connectors, and a G3/4 tap adapter with G1/2 reducer. The hose is compatible with all standard watering systems, making it a good addition to any home.

Kärcher CR5.220 Auto Reel can be removed from the wall easily

Our thoughts

The first impressions of this model are of a compact and good-looking garden hose featuring Karcher’s black and yellow colours. It’s really a nice hose to add to your collection of Karcher garden tools including pressure washers.

However its still not a problem if, for example, you want to connect this hose to a spray nozzle from another brand; this product is compatible with all standard watering systems. The tool is easy to fit and easy to unwind and retract and is probably one of the better auto-rewind hoses we are seeing recently, the only reason this was not our 'Best Pick' is we thought it was a little more expensive some alternatives,.

So unless you’re a big fan of the brand or you don’t mind spending upfront, you can get a decent 20m hose at a better price somewhere else. All in all, the Karcher CR5.220 Auto Reel is a well-designed product and does the job very well and is worth considering at least.

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Karcher HR7.3 20m Premium Hose Reel

Practical: Space-saving hose storage with removable drum

We really like the Karcher HR7 .320 Water station, the on board storage is a great idea as often you can find your self owning several different nozzles, and other bits and peaces, but usually you do have have a good suitable place to store them. The hooks under the station are also great for storing the nozzles.

The HR7. 320 Hose reel by Karcher is designed to be both a 'fixed water station' or 'mobile water station', It comes with 20 meters of Primo flex garden hose which is made up of 3 layers, the first layer is designed to be weather resistant and UV protected, a pressure resistant weaved layer that is pressure resistant and opaque middle layer, is designed to prevent algae formation inside the hose.

Designed to be used around gardens of various sizes, the water station also incorporates a small store area, perfect for storing spares tools, gloves or anything you might need quick access to. The bottom storage hooks are perfect for attaching different hose ends and nozzles.

What makes this water station a little more unique, apart from the storage option, is the ability to quickly remove the hose reel so you can move it around the garden if you prefer, instead of leaving it on the wall.

Compact design for all your watering needs.


Our thoughts

We really like the Karcher HR7 .320 Water station, the on board storage is a great idea as often you can find your self owning several different nozzles, and other bits and peaces, but usually you do have have a good suitable place to store them. The hooks under the station are also great for storing the nozzles.

The hose is great quality, and the portable design is a great idea as you can quickly and easily, remove just the reel and take it down the garden if needed.

The only minor issue, and the Karcher is not alone with this, you need to guide the hose onto the reel with one hand while wind the hose in with the other. Not a big issue, and common on most reels where you wind them in anyway.

A little cheaper than 'Hozelock auto rewind model', the quality is just as good and you have the option of portability and great storage options.

Overall, very impressed and would highly recommend if your looking for a versatile watering system.

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Hozelock 2 in 1 - 25m Compact Hose Reel

The 'Hozelock 2 in 1 enclosed hose reel' is very similar to the 'Hozelock Auto-Rewind' but it does not have a auto-wind feature which means it comes with quite a saving.

The Hozelock 2 in 1 Compact Enclosed Reel comes complete with 25 meters of quality garden hose and you have the option to fix it to a wall or use it free standing.

The compact enclosed design, further protects the hose pipe, ensuring it will last for many years, the case is made from a very robust, high quality plastic that can take the hard wearing challenges of watering around the gardening, even on a daily basis. 

Its light weight design and carry handle, make carrying the hose reel around the garden effortless, and the wall bracket means you can choose whether to keep it on the wall when in use, or simply lift off the bracket, to take it down the garden.

One great feature this model does have, is the layering slider. The hose unit has a slider that you can slide left and right to ensure the hose pipe is rolled onto the reel evenly, this also means you do not have to physically touch the hose when reeling it in.

It comes with everything you need, all connectors and a spray nozzle with several setting.

The 'Hozelock 2 in 1 Compact Enclosed Reel' comes complete with 25 meters of quality garden hose, you have the option to fix it to a wall or use it free standing.

Our thoughts

The Hozelock 2 in 1 enclosed hose reel is very similar to the Hozelock Auto-Rewind hoses but it does not have a auto-wind feature which means it comes with quite a saving but requires a little more work.

Hozelock do several different hose length versions of the '2 in 1 compact reel', but they do have slight differences.

You can view the 25 meter Hozelock 2 in 1 reel here.

40 meter model alternative, which also has auto layering instead of manual

Hozelock do a 40 meter length version, but this model also had automatic laying, so you don''t even have to move the slider, side to side to neatly reel in the hose, it does this automatically. However it is only free standing and CANNOT be attached to the wall. You can view this model on Amazon here.

40 meter wall mounted version with auto-layering feature

Hozelock also have a 40 meter model which can be attached to the wall, again this has the auto laying system installed as well. You can view this model on Amazon here

Overall all versions of the Hozelock 2 on 1 compact reel are excellent, no negatives comments here and all though they are more expensive, than standard hose reels, they are far better and a joy to use.

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Final Conclusion

So which is the best garden hose reel

As we have mentioned before, there is no 'one hose', that is ideal for all users, some can be fastened permanently to the wall, while others have the advantage of being able to use it on the wall or standalone and some are standalone only and can not be fastened to the wall.

Then there is the hose pipe length, as we have suggested, your best buying the size you need and no longer.

Some models such as the one by Kartcher, have storage compartments, great for storing all them bits and peaces and other modles have auto-rewind features, again not essential but a nice little feature to have.

As we have seen, there are many features and it really depends on what you want from a hose pipe.

All the hose pipes we have reviewed and talked about, excelled in nearly every way and we would highly recommend them. We did look at another 6 hose reels from various other brands, but these were not even worth mentioning, as they failed early on.

If your after a wall mounted hose reel then we would highly recommend the 'Gardena Auto Hose Reel, this really impressed or maybe one of the Hozelock auto-reels for slightly cheaper and both come with 5 years warranty.

Most other models only come with 2 years and Karcher hoses, only include 1 year warranty which is a little disappointing, however their hoses are still very good quality and often very innovative. I think its also worth mentioning that Karcher hoses are all comparable with their pressure washers, that being said, I use a Hozelock hose in my garden with a Karcher Pressure Washer without any problems as they use standard connections anyway.

We hope you have found our post on the best garden hoses useful and we have helped you choose the right hose for you. If you have any questions or have anything to add, feel free to comment below and share your thoughts.

Best Pick

This is our favourite hose out of all the one we have reviewed, we first seen the Hozelock auto hoses a few years back and now there are many models on the market, we even feature 3 on this list, however, this one by Gardena is probably the best of the lot.

This is our favourite hose out of all the one we have reviewed, we first seen the Hozelock auto hoses a few years back and now there are many models on the market, we even feature 3 on this list, however, this one by Gardena is probably the best of the lot.

its a little more expensive but the premium quality is simply outstanding from the high quality plastic construction to the auto-rewind mechanism which is made from steel on this model.

First off the its very smooth to unwind and rewind and the auto rewind function works a treat, all you do is give the hose a quick tug and it automatically rewinds the hole back onto the reel.

Its has many more features we explain further down but it also has by far the longest warranty of 5 years,


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