A hose is an essential piece of kit for most gardens. You’ll avoid having to lug around a heavy watering can. And it makes light work of washing your car too.
But if you’re buying a new hose, the range on offer can be enough to stop you in your tracks! That’s where we come in.
Our reviews of the ten best garden hoses out there right now will help you narrow down the field. And our buying guide will make sure you choose the perfect option for your gardening needs.
So step this way to find your new hose!
The Best Garden Hose In the UK Market
1. Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose (Our Top Pick)
If you’re looking for a hose that’s lightweight and easy to handle, consider this one from Flexi Hose.
It’s made from two layers of two-millimetre-thick latex – that’s the thickest latex you can buy. And it’s guaranteed never to kink. If you’ve ever had the frustration of watching your hose dribble to a stop, you’ll appreciate the clever design.
Its corrugated appearance allows it to extend to three times its size. The 5 metres of hose you get here will stretch up to 15 metres down your garden. And you won’t have to store a bulky reel of hose.
The thick latex tubing means you won’t have to worry about leaks along its length. And there are solid three-quarter-inch brass connectors at either end. A rubber seal inside helps reduce wear and tear, and there’s a robust on-off valve.
The hose will withstand up to 12 bars of pressure and temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius.
Included in the price is a zinc alloy nozzle with a choice of eight spray patterns. That gives you options for everything from watering seedlings to washing your car.
There are just a couple of things to watch out for with this one.
The first is that the attachment to your garden tap is a screw fitting. That means it takes a bit longer to attach and detach than it would if it were a push fitting. And we’ve heard of a couple of cases where people have experienced leaks at the tap end.
- Lightweight and strong
- Guaranteed not to kink
- Comes with brass connectors and a zinc alloy nozzle with eight spray patterns
- The screw-on fitting means it will take longer to attach to, and detach from, your garden tap
- We’ve heard of cases where people have experienced leaks at the tap fitting.
2. Cellfast Economic Garden Hose
Cellfast’s Economic garden hose is exactly what you’d expect from the name – a real bargain. Here you’ll get 20 metres of hose for about the same price as a coffee in a smart café.
The hose is made of three layers of polyester, and it’s very strong. It will withstand pressure of up to 20 bars. It will cope with high and low temperatures too – down to minus ten and up to fifty degrees Celsius.
It’s resistant to UV rays, so you won’t have to worry about it cracking in the sunshine. And the interior of the hose is coated to resist the build-up of algae.
It’s available in a range of different diameters, from a half an inch to an inch and a half. The half-inch version weighs just 1.64 kilograms.
You won’t get any connectors or nozzles with this – hardly surprising at this price. And it won’t be the best choice for regular, heavy-duty watering. The plastic tubing kinks all too frequently, which will be annoying if you’re moving it around the garden.
But if you’re looking for an inexpensive hose for occasional use, this is a great buy. And it’s stronger than many more expensive hoses out there.
- A great budget buy for occasional use
- Very strong – will withstand pressure of up to 20 bars
- The interior is coated to resist algae
- This does kink – a lot – so it will be frustrating for everyday use
- There are no connectors, nozzles of hose reels with this one.
3. HOMOZE Expandable Garden Hose
This expandable garden hose from HOMOZE has many features in common with the Flexi Hose. It’s another design where a crinkled surface allows the hose to stretch and grow.
It extends from just over 5 metres to about 15 metres when it’s full of water. It’s compact for storage, but gives you a reasonable length for medium sized gardens. The bright blue outer cover means you won’t miss it either!
That outer surface is designed to avoid the hose kinking, and it works very effectively. It’s light enough to be easy to manoeuvre too. But this is best used with cold water – warm water can damage the hose.
Note that this has some specific requirements in terms of water pressure. It will need to be between 3 and 6 bars for the hose to work effectively.
The hose comes with everything you need to fix it to either a tap or pressure washer. You’ll also get a nozzle, able to produce eight different spray patterns. And you’ll get a handy bag for easy storage.
- Nicely flexible and doesn’t kink
- Compact for easy storage, but expands to three times its length when filled with water
- Comes with connectors and a nozzle with eight spray patterns
- Not suitable for use with warm water
- Needs a water pressure of between 3 and 6 bars.
4. Hozelock Starter Hose Set
If you’re buying your first garden hose, this starter set from Hozelock is a very economical option. It includes 15 metres of hose, together with a range of connectors and a nozzle.
The hose is bright yellow. It’s formed of four layers and has a braided structure, so it will withstand being dragged over rough surfaces. If you need to run your hose across gravel, for example, this is a good choice.
It’s constructed without any phthalates or heavy metals. That will be reassuring if you want to use it for watering fruit or vegetables. You won’t have to worry about those chemicals being transferred to your soil and plants.
It’s also weatherproof, so it won’t degrade in either strong sunshine or frost. And it will operate effectively in temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Celsius, or up to 40 degrees Celsius. It comes with a 10-year guarantee too.
Also included in the package are three connectors for tap, nozzle and AquaStop. And there’s a simple nozzle.
The downside of this one is that it is prone to kinking. If you’re looking for a hose you can run out to a sprinkler or water butt and leave there, this will be fine. But if you plan to walk around a garden, changing direction as you go, it won’t be the best choice.
One other thing to note is that the tap connector is for a threaded garden tap. If you don’t one of those, you’ll need to buy a different connector.
- Good value set incorporating a hose, three connectors and a simple nozzle
- Tough four-layer construction
- UV-resistant and frost proof
- Prone to kinking
- The tap connector is for a threaded outdoor tap only.
5. Hozelock Ultimate Hose
Hozelock’s Ultimate hose is more than twice the price of its starter set. So what do you get for your money?
Well in this case it’s just the hose. There are no nozzles or connectors. So unless you already have compatible versions, you’ll need to spend extra and buy them separately.
You do get a lot of hose, though – 30 metres of it. And it’s guaranteed for an impressive 30 years.
The construction is lightweight but strong. It’s designed to resist flexing, twisting, crushing or kinking. Hozelock use what they call “Tricoflex Non Torsion Technology”, with five different layers, to achieve this.
You might find that it’s a bit stiff the first few times you use it, especially in colder weather. But stick with it and it will soon become more flexible. The smooth surface will slide easily across your garden and onto a hose reel.
It’s also resistant to both frost and UV rays. And no phthalates are used in its manufacture. That’s good news if you’re worried about plastics leaching into your soil and plants.
This is a great hose, but you may still experience the occasional kink. If that happens, it straightens out easily enough.
- The five-layer construction means this is very strong
- Resistant to kinking, twisting, flexing and crushing
- Comes with a 30-year guarantee
- Kink-resistant, but not 100 per cent kink-proof
- May be a bit stiff for the first few uses.
6. Kärcher HR4.525 Hose Reel With 25m PrinoFlex Hose
If you’re looking for a hose with its own reel, this one from Kärcher could be just what you need.
It comes with 25 metres of Prinoflex hose and a reel that can be wall-mounted or used free-standing. It comes with the hose already wound onto the reel, saving you a job.
Also included in the package is a range of useful accessories. There’s a spray gun offering different spraying patterns. There are three hose connectors. And there’s an AquaStop hose connector. That’s the one that shuts off the flow of water when the spray gun is disconnected.
You will need to attach all the connectors yourself before you can use it.
There’s an adaptor to fix it to your garden tap too. You will, though, need a small hose to connect your hose reel to your outdoor tap or other water supply. If you want to, you can unwind the hose and cut off a couple of metres for this purpose.
If you attach the reel to a wall, you’ll find it much easier to unwind and rewind the hose. All the bits and pieces for doing so are included in the pack.
- Comes with hose reel that can be wall-mounted or used free-standing
- Includes three hose connectors and an AquaStop connector
- Comes with a spray gun with a choice of spray patterns
- You’ll need a small hose to attach the hose reel to your garden tap
- You’ll need to attach the connectors yourself, so you can’t use this straight out of the box.
7. GroHoze Expandable Garden Hose
The expandable GroHoze offers a range of features at a very competitive price.
This is another hose with a corrugated exterior, allowing it to stretch out when it’s filled with water. It starts off 5 metres long, so it doesn’t take up much space. Fully extended, it’s about 15 metres long.
The outer cover is tightly knitted, protecting the inner tube and preventing it from kinking. Inside, the hose is constructed from two layers of latex.
It comes with solid brass fittings to attach to your spray gun and outdoor tap. Both have to be screwed into place, though, which does take a little more time than push-in connections.
It also comes with a good quality spray gun, offering a choice of ten spray patterns. There are low pressure options for watering delicate plans, and high pressure jets for car washing. Rubber washers help prevent leaks.
The hose weighs 1.4 kilograms and comes with a 12-month guarantee.
One niggle is that the spray gun is trigger operated, and there’s no way of keeping the trigger engaged. That means your hand can get tired if you’re watering for any length of time.
And note that the hose is elasticated. It will reach to 15 metres if you stretch it out – but if you let it go, it will ping back! So just be aware that you won’t be able to lay it on the ground fully extended.
- Hard-wearing cover
- Extendable in use and compact for easy storage
- Comes with good quality brass fittings
- You’ll need to keep holding down the trigger to activate the spray gun
- The elasticated hose will ping back if you let it go when it’s fully extended.
8. Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 50m Hose
If you want to be able to move your hose easily around your garden, consider this option from Hozelock. You’ll get 50 metres of 12.5-millimetre diameter hose wound onto a reel that sits on a trolley.
The trolley has a steel axle and soft patterned wheels, so it’s easy to move from place to place. There’s a wide base and low centre of gravity, so it will stay stable as it goes. And there’s a big metal winding handle, making it easy to unwind the hose.
It comes complete with all the connections you need, including an AquaStop connector. Note that you will need a small section of hose to connect the reel to your water supply. You can either buy this separately or cut off some of the hose on the reel.
If you want to change the hose in future, the drum will fit up to a maximum of 60 metres.
The trolley isn’t particularly heavy. While it’s nice and portable, you’ll need to step on it to keep it in place when rewinding the hose.
One other irritation is that the accessory pack comes stowed beneath the hose reel. This means that you’ll need to unwind the whole hose to retrieve it before you can connect everything up.
- Neat space-saving design
- The trolley is easily portable and stays stable
- Comes with all the connectors you need, including an AquaStop connector
- The trolley is too light to allow you to rewind the hose without holding it in place with your foot
- You’ll need to unwind the whole hose to reach the accessory pack for set-up.
9. Avyvi Expandable Garden Hose Pipe
Ayvi’s expandable hose is a great option for those needing a longer hose that won’t take up too much space. It retracts to 11 metres, but grows to three times that length when stretched out and filled with water.
A lightweight polyester coating surrounds an elasticated core. This hose is suitable for use with water pressure between 3 and 6 bars. And there’s nothing rigid to twist or kink.
It comes with nice quality brass fittings, and a spray gun with eight different settings. You’ll also get a bag to store your hose, and a handy hanging hook. The hook can be attached to your garden tap so you can wind the hose around it.
Note that you’ll need to remove all the water from the hose after use to retract it for storage. Just turn off the tap and press the trigger on the spray gun until it’s empty.
One thing to note is that the fittings here are a bit unusual. The spray gun screws into the hose, rather than pushing on. And if you want to attach the hose to a pressure washer, you may find the connections aren’t compatible.
- Won’t kink or twist
- Shrinks after use for easy storage
- Comes with brass fittings and a spray gun with eight spray patterns
- You’ll need to purge the hose of water after use to allow it to shrink back down
- The fittings aren’t standard, so you may find it’s incompatible with pressure washers or other spray guns.
10. Hozelock Compact 2-in-1 Reel with 25m Hose
This is a great little package if you’re looking for something that won’t take up much space.
The reel comes with 25 metres of hose all fully enclosed in plastic casing to protect it from the elements. It can either be used free-standing or mounted to a wall. The latter makes it much easier to unwind and rewind the hose.
The package includes hose end connectors, an AquaStop connector, a threaded tap connector and a nozzle. There’s a large handle for winding the reel. And a carrying handle enables you to move it around if you need to. At just over 5 kilograms, it’s light enough for that to be easy to do.
There’s a useful yellow tab at the front. Move that from side to side as you retract the hose, and it will ensure it’s wound evenly on the reel.
This comes with a two-year warranty. And because it’s a well-known brand, it’s easy to get spare parts to extend its life if you need to.
Note that you will be restricted to 25 metres of hose with this reel. The enclosed design means you won’t be able to fit on any more.
It does require a bit of assembly. You’ll get the best results if you take your time, and make sure you read the instructions carefully. If you’re looking for a hose to use straight out of the box, this won’t be the right choice.
- Fully enclosed reel protects the hose from wear and tear
- Comes with a nozzle and all the connectors you’ll need
- Clever design makes it easy to wind the hose evenly on the reel
- The enclosed reel means you won’t be able to change the hose for anything longer
- Assembly takes a bit of time.
So you’ve read all the reviews, but you’re still not sure which is the best garden hose for you. Don’t worry! Just take a look at these questions and you’ll soon be narrowing down your shortlist!
How long do you need your hose to be?
To start with, make sure your hose will reach as far as you need it to. Some of the extendable versions on our list have two measurements – standard and extended. Make sure you know which is which!
If you have an outdoor tap, that’s the point to measure from. And remember that if you’re buying a hose reel, you’ll need a separate short length of hose to run between the tap and the reel.
Think about how you’ll use your hose too. If you’ll use it for more than one purpose – say, watering the garden and washing your car – make sure it will stretch as far as it needs to for both.
What conditions will you be using it in?
Next, think about the conditions in which you’ll be using your hose. If you don’t plan to stow it away for the winter in your shed, make sure it will withstand frost. And if your garden tap is in direct sunshine, look for options that are UV-resistant.
All hoses will cope with cold water, but if you want to run warm water through it check the specifications.
And if you’re going to need to pull your hose over any rough surfaces – gravel, for example – look for tougher materials. Hoses made of multiple layers are a better bet here.
What is your water pressure?
Finally, make sure your hose will work with the water pressure at your garden tap. if you have higher pressure than your hose is designed to handle, you may find it splits or bursts.
If you’re not sure what your water pressure is, you can buy a simple gauge for a few pounds. Alternatively, you can work out your water pressure by timing how long your tap takes to fill a jug. There are plenty of guides to how to do this online.
Ready to Choose Your New Hose?
We hope our guide to ten of the best garden hoses has helped you narrow down your search! Think about your garden’s characteristics and check your water pressure before you buy, and you won’t go far wrong.
Our top pick is the expandable hose from Flexi Hose. We love the way it refuses to kink, and how little space it takes up when it’s not in use.
But whichever hose you choose, we hope it makes it easy to keep your garden green and pleasant. Happy watering!