If you’re sick and tired of wrestling with a long heavy hose pipe each time you have wanted to water your lawn or wash your car, then don’t! There’s an ever-increasing number of lightweight and convenient hoses hitting the market.
In this article, our product experts get to grips with the best expandable garden hoses you can buy and offer the top picks so that you can order them online today.
Best Expandable Hoses Reviewed
Following hours of research pushing these products to their limits, we reveal the best all-round expandable garden hose, the best lightweight hose and the best heavy-duty garden hose. Our main consideration were focused around the quality of construction, including connectors and the inner rubber hose. As well as general handling, flexibility and weight.
So let’s get into our review to find the best expandable garden hose…
Best All-Round Expandable Hose
1. Flexi Hose Expandable Garden Hose [UK, USA]
The Flexi Hose wins our best expandable garden hose award. This lightweight hose stands as a market-leading brand and for good reason. It’s probably the most popular all-round expandable hose with a great range of sizes and colors.
The 50 ft model weighs in at 2.8lbs (1.2kg) which offers a great compromise between lightweight and still maintaining a high-quality inner latex core. This is model is so good I now have one in my own backyard.
It features solid ¾” brass connectors, which have a very high-quality feel, compared to many other brands. The connector at the spray head end features and on/off stop valve allowing you to change heads or to simply kill the water supply.
The hosepipe is constructed using a really robust double layer latex inner core hose that provides durability. Making this hose, the best overall value for money. This is backed by Flexi Hose’s Lifetime Warranty.
Like most collapsible hoses it is fast draining. As soon as you turn the water supply off, it recoils neatly for storage thanks to the high quality of the nylon outer sleeve.
Available in 50ft, 75ft, and 100ft models all of which come with a trigger-controlled spray head offering 8 spray settings.
- Lifetime Warranty
- Perfect weight to durability
- Premium build quality and connectors
- Some models offer zinc spray heads
Best Heavy Duty Hose
Our runner up is the TBI Pro Garden Hose Set. It just missed out on winning our overall best expandable garden hose pick.
This product has a 4 layer core making a super durable hose pipe. For me, this was a slight negative. Despite its awesome durability it puts a slightly stiffer feel into the hose and adds a little bit more weight. If you’re looking for a ‘heavy-duty’ hose. this would probably be the best choice for you.
Just like the Flexi Hose, you get ¾” brad connectors fitting with a switch value. I just felt the Flexi hose connectors felt that little bit more premium.
However, the quality of the product overall is fantastic. Within the ‘set’ you get a high-quality hose, a 9-way Zinc Spray Head which feels great, a very useful 2-Way Hose Splitter, a lightweight storage bag, and a hose tap hanger. Now that is what I call a full package!
The TBI Pro Hose weighs in at 3.7lb (1.7Kg) and is available in 50ft and 75ft lengths. Despite this product’s heavy-duty feel, it is only supported with a 1-year warranty.
- Extra Heavy Duty
- Zinc Spray Head
- Extras within the Set
- 1 Year Warranty
- Heavy compared to Flexi Hose
Best Lightweight Expandable Hose
The Fit Life Expandable Garden Hose 50ft was an impressive 2.1lb (0.9Kg). This is a really nice lightweight hose. It features a 3 layer latex core and a 3750D polyester fiber outer sheath. ¾” brass connectors and a high-quality 8-way spray head.
The brass connectors on this hose are of good quality. They do however come with an optional push-fit 1/2” connector in the box, similar to the Hoze-Lock design. This provides a convenient way to connect and disconnect from the main water supply. However, it also brings into play a weak point. The connector never really gets water tight.
They are an inherently poor design that usually leads to small leaks or annoying sprays. With this type of hose, it could lead to a lack of overall water pressure leading to the hose contracting, or at least not achieving full expansion. But, its an option, you also get the standard screw-on connector which is really good quality.
In the time I had this hose under test, I was impressed. If you’re looking for a lightweight hose then check this product out.
The Fit Life Expandable Hose is available in 25ft, 50ft, 75ft and 100ft and comes with a
- Very Lightweight
- Great Quality Spray Head
- 25ft -100ft size options
- Only 1 Year Warranty
The Gigalimi Expandable Garden Hose is another nice hose. Available in 50ft and 100ft featuring a ¾” brass connectors, plus a ½” Hoze Lock style connector. You also get a lightweight carry bag and a tap hanger.
The brass fittings were like many other products on the market in that they feel okay and just not as solid as the award winners in the tests, in particular the Flexi Hose. I keep saying it but these hoses have very few points of failure but the connectors are one of them, so I just want the best connectors I can find.
There’s a very durable 8-way spray head in an attractive green and gray color which did everything I asked of it. With the manufacturer claiming a 12 bar pressure rating this hose was one of the highest performers on the market, with most manufacturers claiming 10 bar.
I have to say setting up your expandable garden hose is not complicated, but the instructions for this product were not the best on review. I could imagine it confusing some people.
There is no formal manufacturers warranty on this product or at least not within the marketing or the paperwork I received. So despite its fair performance, I cannot consider it as an award winner.
- Good quality build
- High 12 bar pressure claim
- Really neat spray head
- No Manufacturer warranty
The Hiyutoy Expandable Garden Hose is a decent hose for the money. If you’re looking for a budget product I would recommend trying this one. They offer a 30 days returns policy and a 1-year warranty.
The hose is available in 50 ft and 75 ft lengths and is fitted with the standard ¾” brass connectors each end of the 3 layer latex core hose. The hose is fitted with a plastic 10-way spray head. Surprisingly you also get a lightweight carry bag and a hose hanger within the set.
There is no hiding the fact that you can feel the difference in build quality between the Hiyutoy hose and the other premium hoses we have reviewed. But, you get what you pay for, and sometimes a budget product will do just fine.
In our test, there were a few notable weaknesses in the Hiyutoy build. The spray head wasn’t the type of controlled spray pattern we would have hoped for. In some settings it was a bit, well drippy. But not too bad.
The joint between the connector and the hose feels like it could develop into a vulnerable point within the hose build, and there are a few reports online of leaking. The product did not fail out of the box, but compared to the best hoses on the market, you can tell it’s not built quite as well. This product did not demonstrate as much ‘expanding’ length as the other hoses, certainly not expanding 3X.
- A good hose if you’re on hard times
- A lot of kit for the money
- 1 Year Warranty
- Better spray heads available for a few more dollars
- Didn’t offer 3X stretch
Expandable Hose Buyers Guide
The expandable garden hose is a welcome technology to the home and garden product category. But what exactly do they do, and what are the benefits over a more traditional hose. Also known as:
- Collapsible Hose
- Bungee Hose
- Flexible Hose
- Retractable Hose
- Expanding Hose
- Shrinking Hose
Let’s run down a few of the benefits and consideration in our expandable hose buyers guide.
Products are made with specific purposes in mind, you know, you can’t be all things to all people, right. So where does the collapsible hose win over other technologies and designs in the hose category?
First of all this hose was designed with the primary function of expanding and contracting in a concertina motion. Offering an extended range of use of around 3 times if contracted length under full water pressure. This means a 30 feet hose should allow you to reach areas 90 feet away from the mains water source.
With the inherent collapsible or coiling nature of this style of hose you also have a space-saving benefit. Instead of having 50 feet of traditional hose laying on the ground the collapsible garden hose contracts and can be coiled or hung as a space-saving and convenient benefit. Without the need to wind it in.
Expandable Garden Hose Benefits
- Expands up to 3 times its contracted length
- Contracts to its original length when the water pressure is turned off
- Can weight 5 times less than a traditional garden hose
- Self drains through the contracting action
- Never kinks or twists
- Convenient space-saving design
Collapsible Hose Material
The best expandable garden hoses will be made with a high-quality latex rubber core, with a strong surrounding woven sheath on the outside to protect it.
When the water tap is turned on, the water pressure expands the inner latex core which in turn forces the hose to expand in length. Most high-quality collapsible hoses are designed to withstand up to 200psi, way about the typical household water supply of 50-80psi
Latex Core Hose
Most hoses have a latex rubber core. Latex is a natural material drawn from trees farmed in tropical climates.
This natural compound is considered very long-lasting and has amazing elasticity. It is not unusual for it to be used in multiple layers to improve strength and durability.
TPC Core Hose
Thermoplastic Copolyester (TPC) is a synthetic rubber compound used in the manufacturer of tubes and hoses. This material has a higher heat resistance than latex and good durability.
Nylon Shell Hose
The woven nylon outer skin of the hose plays an important role in protecting the rubber inner core. However, it also offers a very lightweight substitute to the extruded nylon used in traditional hose reels.
The woven properties also allow for wicking and air flow, which is important to minimize any risk of mildew or other organic matter building up leading to deterioration.
Garden Hose Connectors & Fittings
You should expect all quality hoses to be built with brass connectors, providing the most reliable and long-lasting wear. With zero corrosion and the inherent resilience against the most challenging outdoor conditions brass is the only credible choice.
The weak point of any hose tends to be either within the connector seal or the around hose joint with the connector. Look out for seal damage over time and replace rubber washers at the first signs of wear and leaks.
Expandable Hose Length
The best expandable garden hoses are manufactured in a variety of sizes, generally ranging between 25ft to 200ft when expanded. It’s tempting to go for the longest length you can find thinking that it will cover all bases.
We advise looking for a length that works specifically for the purpose you need. A hose that is to short will obviously limit your ability to reach all of the areas of your garden you wish to water. On the flip side, an oversized hose can be equally inconvenient with miles of hose trailing on the floor.
A further consideration is the expanding and contracting of the hose when the water pressure changes. If you wish to use your expandable garden hose with a lawn water sprinkler, you need to be sure to have it oversized.
When you turn the tap off or lower the water pressure within the hose, it will contract, which can drag your sprinkler head with it, potentially damaging plants or the sprinkler itself.
Collapsible Hose Storage
If you decide to buy a short hose, storage may not be a big concern for you. But for most users, some form of storage is essential. There are plenty of products on the market for storing hoses, included collapsible hoses.
- Hose Stands
- Hose Rack
- Hose Pots
- Hose Bags
Some of these designs come in really creative and beautiful designs to blend into your garden or yard design. Before you make a purchase be sure to check your hose storage unit and your retracted hose length is compatible.
Best Expandable Garden Hose Conclusion
If you take your time to scour the market, there are numerous good quality collapsible hoses available. Across all of the products I reviewed, there are three really good options I am confident in recommending to you. The Flexi Hose, TBI Pro, and The Fit Life hose. It really depends on what you are looking for.
In my hands-on test, the Flexi Hose comes out on top, as it just strikes the right balance for me between durability, weight and build quality. To prove it, I decided to keep it and use it in my own backyard. It hasn’t let me down yet, and if it does, I have a lifetime warranty!