- Reel – They can come as either a freestanding model or wall mounted, so think which will be best for your needs before you buy.
- Cart – Like a reel, except they are usually longer and easier to move around as they are on wheels
- Expandable – Just like an ordinary traditional hosepipe, except it drastically reduces in size when not in use. This is great if you don’t have the space to keep a long hose, or if you don’t want to risk any kinks/breakages
- Traditional – A standard hosepipe. Often prone to breakages and bends, and can be hard to store, but good if you want something basic and cheap
- Rubber – Generally the strongest you can buy. They are less susceptible to bends and kinks as the material moves more freely with your demands and with the pressure of the water. Best for high-demand jobs and frequent use
- Vinyl – Cheaper, but can be more prone to bending and weakening. Good for occasional use or simple tasks such as watering the plants but won’t last for years
- Mixture – hosepipes made from a rubber and plastic combination are becoming increasingly popular. They’re stronger than a vinyl hose, yet more affordable than rubber
Hoses usually go up in stages of 25m, but many manufacturers are now making models which are in between this.
The most common sizes are 25m, 30m and 50m but you’ll also be able to get 20m, 40m and even some expandable models which reach 100m.
You may think that the longer options are best, especially if you have a larger garden or it has to stretch quite a way, but longer hoses result in weaker water pressure as it has further to travel. But getting one which is too short could result in the material weakening if you put it under too much stretch. Always measure the distance between your water source and target areas and get a length which is near enough to this.
You will need a connection fitting if you are attaching the pipe to your tap.
There are many available, depending on your tap style and the fitting of the hosepipe. Check measurements carefully, as well as the shape and style of your tap. They are available to buy online or in hardware stores.
Bending, twisting and crushing are all issues which have plagued hosepipes over the years. Nowadays, many are being made which reduce the likelihood of these issues.
If a pipe promises to be kink-free, there is still the possibility it will bend, but the chance that this will create a permanent fold and weaken that area of the pipe is reduced.
This is the number of layers which a pipe is made up of. It can range from one to six generally, and the more layers, the stronger the pipe should be. But you also need to look at other factors such as the materials and storage method.
It is also worth bearing in mind that the fewer the plies, the lighter it will be. You may have to think about where the happy-medium will be.