Guide to Self-Coiling Hoses
Tips for buying the new self-coiling hoses
The new self-coiling hoses won’t tangle or kink, and they store neatly, but they aren’t flawless. Here’s what to look for if you want to buy one.
Water flow. Expect a smaller interior diameter than the standard 5/8 inch; since less water flows through, it takes longer to water, and some spray patterns on a multipattern, hose-end sprayer may only gurgle. So look for 3/8 inch, the diameter most practical for everyday needs (1/4-inch hoses are suitable only for misting and watering small pots). UV-resistant polyurethane. This is the most durable, kink-free material, and is rated as drinking-water safe (check the label).