The Best Hoses to Slake Your Garden’s Thirst All Year Long
The most leak-proof and kink-proof models that won’t leave you hosed
Sure, it’s more fun to shop for plants, but garden hoses are a requirement for keeping most things alive. Here are our five top picks for every need—plus accessories!—and some care tips at the end.
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Garden Hose Care Tips
First and foremost, put the hose away after each use—this is when a good reel comes in handy, but even just coiling it into a tidy pile near the faucet is better than nothing. If it’s possible to store it out of the sun, that will help the hose’s longevity.
One of the most common complaints about garden hoses is leaks. If the hose is leaking from the faucet, check that there’s a rubber gasket in place (and that it isn’t cracked)—some gardeners just replace the gasket every spring just in case. Leaks aren’t just annoying, they wastewater!
Unhook the hose from the faucet if freezing temps are in the forecast—the jury’s still out on whether or not leaving hoses attached can result in burst pipes indoors, but it can lead to leaky hoses.