With so many options to choose from and little visible difference between garden hoses, it’s tempting to simply choose the cheapest one. But small differences can have a big impact on how long the hose lasts and how easy it is to use.
A high quality garden hose should last 5 to 10 years. But many homeowners who buy lower quality hoses end up replacing theirs each year due to leaks, cracks or rot. Although some problems can be repaired, it’s generally more cost-effective to buy a good quality hose to begin with.
So what should we consider when choosing to buy garden hose?
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How to Choose the Best Garden Hose for You
There isn’t just one kind of garden hose that’s perfect for everyone. What works best for you will depend on the size of the area in which you’ll be using it, what you’ll use the hose for and where you’ll store it, as well as your budget. But, in general, there are six things you should consider when choosing a garden hose.
Important Considerations When Buying a Garden Hose
- Length – Longer is Not Better
- Hose Diameter – Width = Water Flow
- Material – Rubber is Best
- Strength – Look at Burst Pressure
- Flexibility – Try the Kink Test
- Couplings – Look For Cast Brass
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