“ Brand: Hozelock / Type: Hoses / Reels „
This is the best garden hose I have ever owned and I would have no hesitation in recommending it as first choice for anyone making an investment.
We bought a 30m length of this, brand new but from a discount store. I really don't remember how much it cost us but it can't have been hugely expensive because I wouldn't have bought it otherwise.
Prior to that we had gone through two cheaper hoses which proved a false economy. A couple of things worth noting about hoses is that they need to be stored properly and not left out exposed to the elements - also, because cheap ones are lightweight and thin, they form kinks in them which is really frustrating in use when you have to go back and release it, as well of course as the frustration of not having any water come out at the end! When the frosts come the cheapo ones go all brittle and crack and a leaky hose isn't much good; even if repaired, the problem tends to reoccur and if you decide you can cut a length off at the split, a shorter length doesn't reach etc.
The big advantage with this Hozelock hose is that it is heavy and the material is thick enough to cope with quite severe frosts without splitting. The weight of the hose is such that it won't easily form itself into kinks and although this makes it a bit more difficult to drag it round the garden, my wife has compensated for this by starting her watering routine at the furthest end of the garden and working backwards so that she doesn't have to keep yanking on it.
In my experience the boys don't mind yanking on it and get lots of practice. I must admit that if there is hose work to be done, I do like to take on the task. Of course garden watering is a bit of a girly thing, but when it comes to pressure washing, then us boys come into their own and again, I have not found this Hozelock hose wanting in this regard. It allows a good strong flow and doesn't jump off the fixing at the pressure washer end. Again, none of us like to lose the flow half way through the job.
When you start out needing everything, it can be very tempting to go for cheaper options, but when it comes to garden hoses, splash out and buy a decent quality one like this. We did eventually, but learnt the hard way. You're reading the hard way and don't have to waste your money on cheaper hoses that simply won't last.
Hozelock is a recognised brand that enjoys good levels of distribution. You can buy their hose in varying lengths and a variety of attachments are available for it.
I was looking for a garden hose. I decided it was best to buy a heavy duty rather than a standard strength hose as the lighter weight ones tend to get kinked in use. I thought it would be a good idea to buy one that was on a reel, could be moved about and one that you didn't have to remove all of the hose from the reel before you could use it. The Hozelock Maxi Cart 2589 appeared to fit the bill. The hose was 50 metres in length. Think whether you will need a 25, 30 or 50 metre hose before you decide to purchase. It cost £60.00 so it wasn't cheap but it did have an adjustable spray gun so could spray a car etc. The problem I had was trying to assemble it. I didn't find the instructions very helpful, just in picture form with no written instruction as to what fits with what. On the first page the components are lettered on an exploded diagram but the letters are not used in the step-by-step instructions to put it together. The two halves of the drum which holds the hose were difficult to put together but the manufacturers had obviously had problems with this in the past and a supplementary sheet had been included advising you to apply Vaseline to the joints so it could be more easily pushed together. I was however, totally defeated by putting together the spindle which is connected to the turning handle with a plastic knob pushed onto it externally. A call to the Hozelock help line recommended I immerse the parts in hot water for 15 minutes to make them more pliable but it made no difference. After some frustrating hours I admitted defeat and returned the product. Not recommended. Perhaps it would have been easier to just buy the 50m hose with spray gun at £29.99
When our old hose was a mass of knots and kinks in a plie on the floor we decided that it was time to invest in a new one. We decided on a Hozelock as the hose was long and it all tidied away neatly on the wall mount. The spray nozzle is adjustable so the water can either come out in a blast or a fine mist. We chose the industrial version as we thought that it would really be put through its paces. If this is industrial strength, then I dread to think what an ordinary one would be like. We have had it a grand total of three years and we have had to cut so much of it because of holes that keep appearing. The hose is now too short to reach the bottom of the garden and out the front to the car so it is now useless. This was very disappointing as hozelock really are such a big make and it was quite expensive.
My husband, who is at present fitting my kitchen, in his wisdom left me without a sink for a week ( yes the relationship is a bit tense at present!) He did however, when he reorganised the pipework finally fit an outside tap and hook-up a Hoselock wall mounted hosereel (he did seriously think that this would compensate for the inconvenience!) The kids love the hose reel though, my plants have never been so lovingly cared for and I have to say it has been an excellent buy. It comes with two head attachments, one that sprays in a fan shape for borders etc.. and the other which adjusts from a fine spray to a strong jet. The hose itself is a supaflex (basically means that it is kink resistant),is guaranteed for 15yrs and is 25 meters long. I don't know the exact price but do know that Homebase had it on offer at lot cheaper than B&Q. If you are going to buy a hose I can recommend this one, as it is easy to use and was fairly straightforward to attach to the wall.