It might seem as though no hose, no matter how sturdy, is immune to kinking. Be it because it has been improperly stowed in storage, keeps getting stepped on, or is so long it manages to get tangled with any and everything in its way, nothing matches the frustration of having run a spigot a yard away and realizing no water is coming out the other end.
While part of a garden hose’s lifespan depends on proper maintenance – namely, storing it away safely without folding in on any part of the length, and making sure it’s well out of the way of getting itself stuck or stepped on – there are a couple of hoses that are inherently durable. Let’s take a look at our picks for garden hoses we think are a good investment to make.
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This is quite easily the Rambo of garden hoses. As the name boldly proclaims, the hose is designed to be 100% kink-proof. This garden hose is reinforced with the brand’s patented Reflex Mesh technology and Non-Torsion System (NTS) to ensure kinks do not even have a chance of happening. With a heavy duty power collar to prevent kinking, bending or breaking at the spigot or faucet, the hose is also fixed with lead-free aluminium couplings, which are both water-resistant and rust-proof.
Apart from being crush-proof and flexible enough to be moved around without difficulty, the hose also comes with a micro-shield to protect against mold, so you don’t have to worry about emptying out dirty water when tending to your plants, washing your car or filling a kiddie pool.
Available in varying lengths of 50, 75 and 100 feet, we recommend opting for the shortest available length, as the longer the hose gets the lower the water pressure is likely to be, as well as the heavier the hose to maneuver and carry around.
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Camco Premium Drinking Water Hose
Certified safe for low lead content by the CSA, and meeting federal and state requirements for drinking-water friendly water-hoses, this hose is designed to be perfectly safe for use during camping, gardening, watering livestock, etc. Structured to prevent kinking or breaking, it is 20% thicker than an average garden hose, improving its longevity and toughness, with an internal diameter of 5/8 inches to ensure high water flow.
Perfectly safe for shuttling drinking water, this hose is free of lead, BPA or phthalate, ideal for use in gardening, filling up mini-pools, or even to drink straight out of without the unpleasant plastic-y aftertaste.
The hose also comes with anti-corrosive nickel-plated brass couplings which can be safely connected to a spigot without the risk of rusting or breaking. With a maximum length of 50 feet, it is just long enough to be easy to move around all over your average yard or garden, without being too troublesome to store away and use.
Podura Expandable Garden Hose
Available from 25 feet to 100 feet in length, this garden hose resists kinks and breakages with its reinforced mesh-like exterior of knitted fabric and a rubber, double-layer latex interior, making it capable of absorbing shock without getting crushed.
With brass fittings which won’t corrode or leak when connected to your faucet, this flexible garden hose comes with a spray-style nozzle, allowing you to control where and how much water you spray without needing to run back and forth between spigots or waste water. The hose is also easy to stow away, as the material stretches and expands without breaking, and springs back to a more compact length ideal for storage.
Gnome Garden Hose
Five times lighter than average garden hoses and with a spray nozzle to let you control water flow at your convenience without needing to have someone waiting by the faucet to turn it on or off, this hose is available at a length of 50 feet. It’s also fitted with anti-corroding solid brass connectors that have an in-built on/off mechanism you can operate at the mouth.
With a tightly knitted, webbed nylon exterior that resists tears and breakages and a resilient latex core, this hose is essentially kink-resistant while also being compact and easily portable. The length of the hose is self-adjusting, expanding from a compressed 17 feet – ideal for storage – to 50 feet once the water is turned on. It also self-drains and shrinks back to its compact length when no longer in use, making it a highly practical hose to have around.
Choosing the Best Garden Hose That Doesn’t Kink
When it comes to garden hoses, a key to finding a kink-proof option is picking something made of rubber. As a naturally resilient material, rubber reinforced hoses stand a greater shot at being durable and shock-absorptive enough to not easily break or tangle.
The toughest hoses, though, are the ones which come with double layers of protection, with mesh-like material protecting the exterior and a rubber or latex core improving the flexibility and strength of the interior. Since many occurrences of breakages or kinks occur at the faucet itself, as the pipe may bend sharply when pulled from the other end, choosing an option with a crush-proof, water-resistant collar or fitting is also advised.
The length of an ideal garden hose also comes into play. 50 feet, generally, is considered a reasonable length for your generic garden or backyard. The longer the hose is, the heavier it gets to lug around, the more difficult to drain out and store after use, and the lower the water pressure, due to the distance the water needs to be pumped to reach the opening. The difficulty in maneuvering also heightens the chances of the hose getting tangled or bent.
While there are several garden hoses promising to be kink-resistant, it is also important not to solely rely on the hose to do all the work. Proper storage and careful use, for example avoiding laying out the hose across the driveway where anyone might step on it, can improve the longevity of a garden hose and reduce the risk of kinks occurring at all.