The best garden hose: wall-mounted, anti-kink and 40m options

Keep your flowerbeds looking their best with our top picks of easy-to-use garden hoses

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For anyone who likes to take care of their garden, a reliable hose is a must-have item. From watering your plants to clearing away dirt and debris, it’s undoubtedly the most efficient way to maintain your garden. 

Hozelock is currently one of the most popular brands on the market, offering a variety of choices such as wall-mounted hoses, different nozzles for tackling different jobs and anti-kink pipes for ease of use. Of course, one of the main things to consider is the length you need. Most garden hoses come in at around 30 or 40 metres, with some being extra-long for much bigger land and some smaller ones if you’re limited on space. Other features you may wish to look out for are microbial protection and a retractable hose with auto-rewind to save you tripping over it all the time. 

We’ve picked out a range of different garden hoses to suit your needs and budget. A decent hose is said to last between 5-10 years, so if you’re a keen gardener with a large outdoor space, it’s worth spending the extra cash for a hosepipe that won’t split after the first year. Check out our list below for some great options. 

Hozelock Auto Reel, wall-mounted, grey and yellow

1. Hozelock Auto Reel with 40m Hose

Wall-mounted for ease of use, even in bigger gardens

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Length: 40m
Weight: 16.4kg
Wall mount: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Auto-rewind + 180 degree pivot  

The Hozelock Auto Reel provides 40 metres worth of hosepipe with an auto-rewind function which is designed to make it easy to use in any sized garden. It is wall-mounted which only makes it simpler to manoeuvre this hose to the location you need it as it can pivot at a 180 degree angle when you need it to. It is said to be easy to connect to your taps and the wall bracket can be removed in the winter so you can store it away. You can expect this garden hose to stand the test of time.  

Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart, grey and yellow with metal stand and wheels

2. Hozelock 60m Assembled Hose Cart with 30m Hose

Ready-to-use, robust and durable

Specifications
Best for: Portability
Length: 30m
Weight: 5.83
Wall mount: No
Reasons to buy
+ Lightweight + Anti-kink design 

If you think a wall-mounted hose is a little OTT for your garden, this is slightly more modest design from Hozelock comes in a close second for anyone wanting an easy-to-use hose that will serve them well. It’s slightly shorter, at 30 metres, but comes fully assembled with a reel on wheels that can be easily manoeuvred around any outdoor space. It has been designed to protect the hosepipe from kinks and tangles, and despite it not having auto-rewind, you can expect this garden hose to wind up neatly so it can be stored in a shed or garage with ease.  

Gardena Wall Mounted Hose Box, grey, green and orange

3. Gardena Wall Mounted Hose Box

A compact and convenient hose for smaller spaces

Specifications
Best for: Small gardens
Length: 15m
Weight: 7.6kg
Wall mount: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Adjustable spray nozzle  + Convenient wall mount 

Smaller gardens may benefit from this shorter, more compact garden hose. It comes complete with wall mount and fixings, making it easy to get set up at home. The hose is designed to be withdrawn and locked at 50cm intervals so you can find the right length for the job without the hose kinking or tangling. This is one of the shortest hosepipes on the list, but one of the best garden hoses for small gardens! 

GroHoze Expandable Connector Hose, black and yellow, shown compacted

4. GroHoze Expandable Connector Hose

A flexible hose for larger outdoor spaces

Specifications
Best for: Big gardens
Length: 15m
Weight: 1.4kg
Wall mount: No
Reasons to buy
+ Expands up to 3 times its original length + Super lightweight  

The GroHoze is one of the best garden hoses for big gardens that don’t want to clutter up their outdoor space. This hose is designed to expand up to three times its original length, so although it’s only 15 metres, you’ll get nearly up to 50 meters of hosepipe if you require it. The material is flexible yet durable so you can expect it to be easy to manoeuvre and maintain, plus you get a 10 pattern spray gun so this garden hose can be used for watering the plants, the lawn, cleaning the car or washing down patio or decking.  

Karcher Hose Reel, black and yellow with metal stand

5. Karcher HR4.525 Hose Reel and PrinoFlex Hose

Save space by either using this as a portable or wall-mounted hose

Specifications
Best for: Versatility
Length: 15m
Weight: 6.5kg
Wall mount: Optional
Reasons to buy
+ Optional wall mount + Great value for money 

If you’re looking for a decent quality hose that won’t cost a small fortune, then you can expect good things from this versatile garden hose. It isn’t the longest, but it is both compact and portable, with the option to mount it on the wall if you prefer. It comes with three different hose connectors and a spray gun, so depending on the size of your garden you can adapt this hosepipe to suit your needs.  

Draper Soaker Hose, black, green and orange

6. Draper 15m Soaker Hose

A sprinkler-style hose that does the work for you

Specifications
Best for: Sprinkler
Length: 15m
Weight: 9.98kg
Wall mount: No
Reasons to buy
+ Permanently sits around garden borders + Perfect for those who don’t have the time for gardening 

This sprinkler-style hose is designed to permanently be set around your garden border in order to water your flower beds or lawn without the need to do it manually. It works by placing the hose on our under your garden soil and it then allows water to seep through to the surrounding areas. Users have found this to be one of the best garden hoses for both water and time efficiency.   

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