See those expandable garden hoses above? Well, in my first ‘stinker’ Unskewed Review, here goes:
Although the concept of an expandable garden hose is fantastic (who doesn’t hate having to unknot a 50 foot hose to water the flower bed right in front of you?), the practicality is ‘not so much.’
My love, John, gave me one of these expandable garden hoses when we first bought our Shadow Cruiser travel trailer. I immediately loved the thing, until I went to hook it up. Right off the bat, there were 2 pinhole leaks in the thing. A roll of Gorilla Tape later, and I looked like I’d just driven down and parked from West Virginia (sorry to WV folks – we have a house there and love it). In reading the reviews on Amazon.com, I saw that I was not alone.
Expandable Garden Hose Pros
- Very lightweight and easy to tote around with you.
- Although your nice, neat little expandable garden hose comes in a nice package, don’t ever expect it to go back in there again. Once expanded under water pressure, and even when well drained, you’ll be left with a long hose in a pile. In fact, my favorite Amazon Review is titled: Compacts nicely to fit into a trash can.’ See the picture to the right….
- These garden hoses are just not built for wear and tear. As noted above, my hose was busted before I even got a chance to run over it with the travel trailer.
- This garden hose has plastic fittings which tend to break right after the 2 month Amazon return policy is up.
- I couldn’t seem to get a good fit to the standard faucet with my expandable garden hose. Water shot out everywhere – more Gorilla Tape to the rescue.
- No warranty – there is absolutely no warranty with this expandable garden hose. That in itself should tell you something.
Additional Author Comments
In case you didn’t get the gist of my review on these expandable garden hoses, I do not suggest this product. Out of 2977 reviews currently on Amazon.com, a strong 2001 reviewers gave this hose one star – one measley star.
Instead, I would suggest purchasing one of the below hoses which has at least a 4 out of 5 star rating:
Water Right PCH-050-MG-6PKRS Polyurethane Lead Safe Coil Garden Hose, 50-Foot x 3/8-Inch, Olive GreenOrbit 25-Foot Blue Coil Hose & Spray Nozzle 27890Apex 7612-50 NeverKink Boat and Camper 2000, 1/2-Inch by 50-Feet HoseScotts SMF58050CC MaxFlex Premium Heavy Duty Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 50-Feet, Green