Every "kink-free" hose I've ever bought, wasn't, and I'm beginning to wonder if such a thing really exists.
If anybody has experience with a TRUE kink-free hose, I'd like to know what the brand name is.
All I know is that I purchased an expensive (Over $ 60.00 with tax) 100ft Kink-Free hose at Home Depot. It kinks more than any hose I have ever used.
ROFL ... We're with thisisme ... bought a couple expensive "branded" kink-free hoses from home depot and suffer the same fate ... repaired them both, as the kinks create wear spots which then spring leaks ...
I actually have one (well, 2-50'ers) that I like really well. Not completely kink-free, I think there is some user error involved sometimes, but it's the best one yet. Of course, I don't remember the brand name, have had it at least two years. The hose itself is not completely round, it's hexigon shaped (is that six sided?) something like that. Heavy duty rubber.....wish I was more help, look for the not-round, not cheap, heavy rubber one. If I get to HD soon, I'll look. Mine's green, dunno if there's a clay colored one.
I got one from Costco a few years ago that's industrial grade, that's made out of a better type of rubber which doesn't kink as much as your typical hose.
ours are the "Goodyear" clay colored ones. They're "heavy duty" compared to the others, but kink-free they ain't ;)
In my experience, some of the more expensive ones are significantly *less* kinky than the cheap hoses. My best hose is an "industrial grade" one that's black with a yellow stripe, but I don't remember the brand name, sorry. I have one cheap hose that kinks if you look at it sideways. I moved it to a place where I rarely have to unwind it.
I also have one of those hose boxes with a reel inside that would much rather fall over sideways than unreel the hose. I HATE it!!
Yeah, Ive gone through several of the 'non-kink' hoses that HD and Lowes sell. The packaging says that it has a lifetime guarantee, so the last one I bought (a few weeks ago) I asked the cashier if they honor the warranty, they said yes. Save the receipt and packaging, bring it back when it kinks and they will replace it, I was told. Ill give it a try next year when the thing starts to fall apart.
On a side note, if anyone knows of a good hose nozzle that will last more than a year with our climate and water, please let me know. Thanks
I LOVE this discussion and have been laughing from some of the comments. It's fun and funny to share some of the same frustrations! :)
I don't think there are any truly kink free hoses, but it does seem like the better hoses are more expensive. Maureen, I had one of those hose boxes at my last Scottsdale house and I left that thing behind, LOL, it ALWAYS tipped over. I really did hate it too, LOL.
My current hoses are low kink, but they can occur. For me, the best option has been to use quick-connect and quick-release attachments so that I can have one hose at one end of the garden, and the other attached to the faucet, and when it's time for me to water the far side of the garden I use the quick-connect to attach hose #2 to hose #1. If nothing else, it reduces the likelihood that I'll snap some plant's head off dragging the two combined hoses all over the garden. It cuts down on hose winding/unwinding too, which I think helps reduce kinks.
I've fantasized about all metal wire mesh sorts of garden hoses (hey, I'm a true blue gardening addict, what can I say). I just wish they were available, LOL.
Keep the fun updates and suggestions coming!
Take care and happy gardening,
Hmmm ... I wonder if part of our problem is that we're looking for hose in all the wrong places, like Home Depot and Lowe's.
Did some research and the Sears Craftsman hose is getting favorable reviews. I hadn't even thought of looking there. I'm going to pick one up this weekend and follow up here in a month or two with (hopefully) less kinky results.
I had a black one that was commercial grade and made to withstand hot water, and it didnt kink. It lasted maybe 10 years and died from being dragged around. Never been able to find another like it, but I remember it as being pricey.
We've had really good experiences with the pink/terra-cotta colored ones from The HD. They'll still kink if pulled in the right way, but that takes some effort. My main issue with it is that it's so stiff it can have a mind of it's own and not point where I want it to sometimes. We've used these hoses in mechanic shop settings where they'd frequently get run over and were left in the sun, and they still held up beautifully.
OK, I'm back. I bought 2 Sears Craftsman hoses and after 2 months of daily use, I can say that these are the best garden hoses I have ever worked with. The 50' was on sale for $20, and the 100' was almost $60 with tax. Worth every penny though!
They're black rubber, hexagonal in cross-section and, strangely enough, the dreaded words "kink-free" are nowhere to be found on the packaging. (Perhaps this is the secret to finding the elusive kink-free hose!)
They do kink up once in a blue moon, but a simple twist of the wrist straightens them right out, and the kink doesn't leave a semi-permanent weak spot.
I haven't tried them in cold weather yet, but I imagine the rubber is far more flexible when cold, so it won't stiffen up and turn the hose into a giant Slinky.
I highly recommend the Craftsman hose if you've had it with these junky, so-called "kink-free" hoses!
Got the industrial grade one from Costco and it kinks like crazy and leaks. Not good.
I agree. The costco hose is awful.. I am going to check out the sears craftsman hose.
Wow, I may have to go look for that hose! I have two Goodyear black rubber hoses. One is commercial grade and weighs a ton to lug around; the other is ordinary size. Both will kink but not like the non-rubber hoses I have. I also have that "clay-colored" one supposedly favored by contractors. It kinks too and it's also heavy. As for the hose reels, the only way to keep 'em upright is to bolt 'em to the ground. I still detest mine.
I'm definitely going to check them out too. Thanks for posting the link. Just this morning I was getting all steamed up thinking about this very thread from awhile ago. I was yelling (in my head, LOL) that there is virtually NO PRICE that is too high for a truly non-kinking hose. I'm curious! Post updates if anyone tries one of these or other hoses.
Happy watering! :P
You know, there's a youtube video of someone who taped a recording of a kink-free hose flying over korea, but I think it's a hoax.
That Tuff-Guard hose looks like a great idea. I wonder how it holds up over time laid out in the sun through summer. It's a bit pricey, which is to be expected with the features it delivers.
I recently bought two new hoses at Ace. I have at least two of them already. The 25' was $20 and the 50' was $29. Tuff-Guard's 50'er is listed as $50 at Sears.
The Ace hose is called "Heavy Duty Kink Free". Although it *will* occassionally kink, it's because I'm not paying attention when dragging it around and it coils back on itself. The older ones I have are at least two years old and show no signs of wear. I'm happy with this hose, it's the most kink-free as I've found....not as light as Tuff-Guard but nothing like those heavy duty ones mentioned above. Sending this along as comparison for those interested.
I might make a trip to Ace for that 25' hose; I rarely - make that never - find a hose shorter than 50'. My theory is that the longer they are, the more likely they'll kink.
tf, one 25' would have worked for me but since the 25' was $20 and the 50' only $9 more, it made more sense. It's a good hose and even the 50'er does not exhibit serious kinking problems, a quick snap and twist will usually fix it. Or just be more careful than me when you drag it around so it's not curling back on itself. With this hose, it's more user error than hardware error, imo.
We have a commercial hose that is 'kink free". Yes, it is kink-less. But heavy!! I really do not enjoy using it because of the weight.
Back to hoses... I can't find the Tuff Guard except online. Has anyone seen it in a store here in the Valley?
I went to the Walmart on Bell to find a hose and they had none! Remodeling the garden center - phooey - I hope the one I got at HD behaves. I had to laugh out loud about the hose reels falling over. I'm taking mine to Goodwill with the rest of the things I have no use for.
Oh, yeah... hose reels. Another garden annoyance that never delivers on promises. The MOTH bought one of those auto-rewind thingies and I don't like it as much as the Suncast box with a handle. Can't ever get it to rewind. :(
I went to Ace to look at their hoses and asked about the Tuff Guard. They'd never heard of it, but the guy helping me looked it up on their computer. He came back out of the office all smiles, duly impressed. They are ordering it and should have it in the store in about a week. (That may be optimistic.) Anyhow, since all the high end hoses are anywhere from $40 on up, I think I'll spring for this hose. Lightweight and kink-free? What's not to love.
This trick works pretty neat. Instead of rolling your hose in a circle, use a figure 8 pattern as shown here. That way it just lays flat and won't flip over if you have it coiled, and cause a kink.
When you roll it back up, you can feel that the hose is laying flat and not twisting when you try to coil it into a circle. Let me know if this works.
The last hose I just bought from Lowes is advertised as kink-free, and so far it has worked.
Sure they exist. They are all over the place. They just aren't free of kinks. But they got my money.
I have tuff gards. They haven't kinked on me. I got a 100 foot for the front and it is too long, so difficult to haul around. So far so good. This is my second year with them.
Has anyone tried the "pocket hose" I see it adertised on tv. If fact...there's a google ad at the bottom of this page at the moment.
Ernie, where did you get your Tuff Guard hoses? Ace never did get them in and I haven't found them anywhere else. Meantime, I saw an ad for this one and wonder if anyone has tried it - or something like it.
Here is a link that might be useful: different kind of hose
im curious about feedback on the coil and pocket hoses also?
I was considering this at one point and read some reviews. The material on the outside seems to be a bit delicate for use on rough surfaces like gravel and concrete. If you're only using it on grass it would probably be great but I decided against the "flexable hose" because it didn't seem to be durable enough to withstand the conditions at my place.
I use a Craftsman black all rubber hose purchased at Sears. When the coils pull tight, you can easily stop them from kinking by just twisting the hose, from the business end. No more walking back to unkink. it's expensive but a great hose. Definitely heavier than others, though.
Thanks haname. Thats the kind of info I was looking for. Guess I'll pass on that one.
today i bought a 50' coil hose from walmart. i doubt it could be stretched to 50', but i only needed 25' so it should work out fine. it came with a nice multi-spray nozzle, and the connections were tight, and no leakage at either end. i'll review it after i've used it a few times.
5-22-13 update: it kinks :(
This post was edited by letsharmonize on Wed, May 22, 13 at 16:13
So the kink free hose from Lowes initially didn't kink but started kinking after a month.
My vote is TUff Gard. Even with all the twists and knots I create, it never kinks. U found them on Amazon, the co. sells directlyl thru amazon. Can't wait to get the replace meant hose.
I got one with a bad end - last year - but never opeend it to know it was bad. I wrote to them, and a replacement is on its way.
Nice to find integrity these days.
Yes, they are expensive, but how much is your sanity worth?
This post was edited by ernie85017 on Wed, May 15, 13 at 1:06