They kink, they are heavy, they are too long and very often more hassle than they are even worth. Sometimes filling up a heavy watering can seems more convenient than having to deal with the hassle of a dang hose. If you have a pure hatred of your garden hose, then keep reading. I have a couple great options for you to try to minimize your frustration in the yard.
This sucker, a coiled hose by Water Right, is one of my favorites. The coils stretch as you walk with it, to a full length of 50 feet (for this specific one – they do come in more lengths) and get this – it weighs less than 4 pounds! It has some super engineered coils that prevent kinking. If you aren’t sold on it yet, consider your family. This hose is completely lead free so you have got yourself some safer drinking water. The wife is also a fan because of its brown color. She says it “color-coordinates” with the house or something, unlike the flashy traditionally green hoses.
One problem a lot of people have is buying a hose WAY longer than necessary. Why haul that long thing around when you don’t even need it? Consider buying a shorter one like this 15 footer from Colorite Plastics. Buy two if you occasionally need a longer hose and attach them together. If you needed a 25 foot hose just for one or two plants that are further away, just attach a sprayer and shoot it across the yard. More fun that way anyhow – set up some targets and save yourself the money you would have spent at the shooting range.
Got a broken sprinkler you aren’t in the mood to fix, or some plants growing in a spot that doesn’t have a sprinkler system set up? Grab yourself one of these Flexon sprinkler hoses and get the job done more efficiently. It is also a fun hose if your kids or grand kids are over for a visit. Mine always enjoy a fun run through the sprinklers. This hose is also a two in one – if you face the strips up, its a sprinkler, face them down to use as a soaker hose.
I am a big fan of the Craftsman brand. For that reason, I am recommending their soaker hose. If you haven’t hear of a soaker hose, it’s pretty awesome. The water just sort of seeps out of the length of the hose and saves you a ton on water usage – Craftsman claims it saves you up to 70% usage. I have one of these permanently set up around the perimeter of a large garden box and I just attach another hose to the faucet and the end of this guy when I do my watering.