Choosing The Right Hose
The Hoselink guide to choosing the right hose for your needs. No matter what job you have to do there is a Hoselink hose for you.
9 November 2015
Here at Hoselink we get asked a lot which is the best hose. The answer isn’t actually that straight forward. 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 three things you should consider when choosing a garden hose.
1. Length – Longer is Not Better
Only buy the length you need, no longer. Garden hoses come in different lengths, it’s tempting to buy one longer hose and use it for all of your watering needs around the garden.
BUT DON'T DO IT!
Not only do longer hoses cost more, they’re heavier to move around, need more storage space, can be difficult to drain before putting them away, and can result in lower water pressure coming out the end. Which is why our longest hose is 30m.
Measure the farthest distance from your tap and buy a hose that goes just beyond that. You don’t want to tug on the hose to stretch it out as that’s likely to cause snags or leaks.
If you need a longer length of hose than 30m, consider buying two hoses and joining them together when you need to go beyond 30m. That way you’re not lugging around a long, heavy garden hose all the time. Our hoses all come pre-fitted with a hose connector each end so when they're joined together you have a strong, no burst join.
If you have an Retractable Hose Reel you may wish to consider buying additional brackets so that you can move it from one tap to another. Bear in mind the weight of your reel they range from 9kgs to 13.95kgs without water.
2. Hose Diameter – Width = Water Flow
We sell hoses with diameters of 12mm, 14mm and 18mm. These measurements are based on the inside diameter of the hose, not the outside. The bigger the diameter, the more water the hose will carry.
A hose width of 12mm is generally the most useful and the most common in garden hoses. It’s a good combination of water flow and pressure without being too heavy. The majority of our hoses are 12mm.
The only 14mm hose we currently sell is the 25m Hi-Flow Retractable Hose Reel, this hose is perfect for those who have lower water pressure and would like to have an Retractable Hose Reel.
Our 18mm range is typically used in rural and commercial applications and provide a higher water flow rate than standard 12mm hoses and fittings.
3. Flexibility – Kinking
Kinking is probably one of the most annoying and irritating things a hose can do. Flexibility and kinking go hand in hand, the softer and more flexible the hose the more it will kink.
Our Superflex Hose has a kink resistance rating of 9 out of 10.
Our Classic Hose has a kink resistance rating of 8 out of 10.
Our Retractable Hose Reels rarely kink because of the way you use them you would normally only pull out the length of hose that is required and then retract it back once you have finished watering, this should mean a minimal chance of kinking hoses. The hoses inside the reel are designed specifically for use with an auto rewind reel they are softer than any of our others so that they rewind neatly onto the reel. A normal garden hose cannot be fitted to a retractable reel because they would never rewind neatly.
Overview of our hoses
Hoselink has the right garden hose for you!
Whether it's for washing the car, watering the garden or cleaning windows, a garden hose is essential to every home.
The right garden hose can make any watering task can be fun and pleasurable. Our range of quality hoses in a variety of lengths and options will ensure you can find one to suit your needs.
Hoselink Garden Hoses are:
- Made durable for Australian conditions
- Easy to roll and store away
- Pre-fitted with Hoselink Hose End Connectors
Here are some key points about each hose to help you make your decision.
|The Retractable Hose Reels|
|The Superflex Hose|
|The Classic Hose|
Don’t forget you can always call us on 1300 900 617 and have a chat about your needs.