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How Do I Choose the Best Wall-Mounted Garden Hose?

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  • Written By: Marty Paule
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 04 July 2018
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In choosing the right wall-mounted garden hose, consider the length and diameter that best suits your situation. Because price and quality often go hand-in-hand, decide whether economy or durability and functionality are your main objectives. Various materials and construction techniques contribute to how long a hose will last and how well it functions. If you shop in person, examine the quality of the hose's fittings and test its flexibility and ability to resist kinking. Purchasing a hose reel will help to maximize the life of your new hose and make its use easier.

Most garden hoses sold in the U.S. are offered in 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-foot (7-, 15-, 23-, and 30-meter) lengths. Choose the right length by establishing the distance that the hose will need to reach from the nearest faucet. When choosing your wall-mounted garden hose, also consider its diameter. Choices range from 3/8 to 1 inch (9.6 to 25.4 mm) with larger diameters offering a greater volume of water flow. A smaller-diameter wall-mounted garden hose is usually adequate for hand watering with a nozzle or watering wand, while 5/8 inch-diameter hoses are a good choice for use with sprinklers. The largest diameter hoses are often used to take advantage of available high water pressure and for commercial applications.

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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane are the two most common materials used in making the wall-mounted garden hose. The best quality hoses are made of multiple plies of PVC and/or rubber and contain special additives to combat weathering, kinking, and abrasion. Internal spiral-shaped plies and mesh tubing can also help to eliminate kinks. Many manufacturers use rating systems such as good, better, and best, or light-, standard-, and commercial-duty to differentiate their various quality levels. These are general guides, however, without any universal standards. If possible, test the hose by bending it into a "U" to see how readily it tends to kink. High-quality brass couplings are another indication of quality.

The manufacturer's warranty period and water-pressure-handling specification can also offer clues as to overall quality of the wall-mounted garden hose. If you plan to use the hose in sub-freezing temperatures, look for models formulated from soft materials that retain their flexibility under those conditions. If you don't already own a hose reel, consider purchasing one, as it will lengthen the life of your new hose and make using it more convenient. You may want to also consider a self-coiling hose that stows easily and neatly with minimal effort.

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