When it comes to buying a garden hose, most people just sail through the whole process without giving much thought about it. If it’s on sale, they just pick one that is long enough by their own standards and then purchase it. They base their purchase on looks and feels, but choosing a garden hose is more complex than that. If you made a wrong purchase, after a few days, you’d already be seeing the hose with lots of kinks when you roll the hose up. A few months after, there would already be leaks and when your duct tape can no longer repair the damage you would have to buy another one. What a complete waste of time and money!
If you want to find out how to properly choose the perfect garden hose, then here is a guide courtesy of Pro-Jett Rotherham.
The first thing you should consider when buying a hose is the material it is made from. A garden hose can be made from vinyl (PVC), rubber or polyurethane. If you want to go for the least expensive and the least heavy one, you can go for a hose made from PVC. However, vinyl garden hoses are mostly suitable for lighter tasks and mostly in mild climate because it has the shortest lifespan as well as being prone to kinks and damage. Rubber is deemed the best material for hoses because it is flexible and highly durable, can withstand even high water pressure and they are also safe to drink from since they don’t leach dangerous chemicals. However, they are also quite heavy. But if you want an all-around hose, you should buy one made from polyurethane. It shares the same qualities from rubber but is more efficient.
When it comes to the connections to the hose, you can either go for plastic or brass. Plastic is easier to tighten but it also breaks easily. Cast on the other hand is more heavy duty.
Size matters when buying a home. Most people would typically buy the longest they can but the problem with that would be the storage. When you buy a very long hose, it would be difficult to store it and also, the longer the hose, the lesser the water pressure.