Different types of water hoses 2020
Hi friends, After I wrote the article, “How to Choose the Right Garden Hose“,
I bring you all the types of water hoses the market is offering.
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Types of water hoses
Light Duty Hoses
These hoses are usually made of vinyl (sometimes with a reinforcing mesh or multiple plies (layers)) therefore they will kink more simply, usually have plastic fittings, and have a tendency to come in thinner diameters but prices are in the lower range.
If you’re gardening on a budget, won’t be using it often, don’t need a long hose (over 50 feet), and have a lower water pressure or don’t use a sprinkler or hose nozzle, then a lightweight hose will probably meet your needs.
While you’ll be able to find lightweight duty hoses online, your best choice is to go to your local home improvement store or garden center. You’ll find some of the heavier duty hoses there as well, but many of them are perfect for light-duty use.
Heavy Duty Garden Hose
A heavy-duty hose can have many applications including use on farms, worksites, and high traffic areas. Made of materials that make these hoses difficult to kink and can withstand loads of weight. Usually, those hoses are more expensive.
The most common type of best garden hose can be made of either rubber or vinyl. Depending on how they are made and with what material can determine if they would suit your needs.
Pros Easy to find due to many products on the market, dependable, can be easy to work with, easy to carry, different lengths available
Cons Varying quality due to the types of materials used, hard to choose which one is the best value, often needs a garden hose reel to store.
Expandable Garden Hose
You’ve probably seen ads on TV for these scrunches-like hoses that expand up to three times their length when filled with water. They’re very lightweight (usually around 1 lb) and usually come in bright colors. Most are a ½ inch in diameter and have adequate water flow comparable to a non-expandable garden hose of that diameter, but not what you’d get from a regular hose.
Although they do expand as advertised, over time expandable hoses tend to stop contracting properly, leaving you with a hose that’s difficult to coil or store Be aware that once you open the nozzle after the hose is expanded it will shrink (sometimes dramatically) because the water pressure in the hose decreases.
And if you have a high water pressure or leave the full house in the sun, expandable hoses are prone to rupturing because of the thin (non-reinforced) and highly flexible inner tube. Using this hose you can protect drywall from water damage.
Having said that, many people do like expandable hoses because of the lightweight.
it’s best to keep them out of the sun, treated gently (they generally have crack-prone plastic couplings, although few of the hoses listed below have brass couplings), and used for hand watering, rather than being hooked up to a sprinkler or soaker hose. And be prepared to replace your hose frequently.
Garden Soaker Hose
Soaker hoses are usually used for garden irrigation. These hoses are typically made from recycled rubber and plastics and have porous walls. Once the water is turned on, it oozes out through thousands of small holes in the hose, letting water ooze out into or onto the surrounding soil.
Soaker hoses can either be Lay directly on the bottom on the ground(it’s better below a layer of mulch), or buried slightly below the surface, or even buried a little more than six inches deep (this is often done in large vegetable beds).
Soaker hoses are available in a range of diameters and lengths, from ¼-inch (these usually are a part of a drip irrigation system and might be cut to length) to ¾-inch (these are the large black hoses you regularly see in garden centers). The larger hoses may be tough to handle as they’re not very flexible. Use garden stakes to hold them in place and allow them to lie in the sun for a short time to “soften up” before laying them in the garden.
Soaker hoses are best for relatively level sites and shorter lengths (although ¼ soaker hose will be effective for up to about one hundred feet). If you’re using a large diameter soaker hose you’ll like good water pressure to make sure that water seeps out along the whole length of the hose.
Coil Garden Hose
A coiled hose is built into a tight spiral that pulls together when not in use and can be pulled out for use (some to an almost straight length of hose).
They generally come in shorter lengths (15-foot and 25-foot lengths are most common, although some companies make longer ones) and a ½-inch or smaller diameter (resulting in lower water flow and pressure compared to a typical garden hose).
Because of the coils, these hoses tend not to stretch out to the full length. For example, a 25-foot hose may only extend 15 to 20 feet so take that into consideration when buying one.
And storage may be a bit tricky; coiled hoses can’t be stored on a hose reel, and can quickly tangle if placed in a very large pot or storage bin. There are wall-mounted and stand-up hangers made for coiled hose storage but I’ve found that the coils get caught on the hanger.
Coiled hoses are best for hand watering and use in smaller areas, like a patio or balcony, where the hose is often stored out of the way.
Drinking-Water Safe Hose
If you or your pets are going to be drinking from the hose or if you’re using it to fill a pool that will be used by kids, confirm that your garden hose doesn’t leach harmful chemicals.
Most garden hoses are made with materials like plasticizers that give the hose flexibility but also contain chemicals, like BPA, lead, and phthalates that find their way into the water in the hose. While these chemicals don’t harm your plants, they are toxic to humans.
Look for hoses labeled “drinking water safe” or at least “lead-free” – you’ll often find them sold for recreational use, such as for use in boats and RVs These hoses are created with non-toxic, FDA-approved inner cores that don’t leach harmful chemicals.
And let the water run through the hose until it’s cold before watering your vegetables or other edibles (chemicals leach from the hose and concentrate in the water as it heats up inside a hose that’s been left in the sun).
Flat garden hoses are almost like a fireman’s hose; they’re round once filled with water, however, flatten down when empty. They’re typically light-weight, easy to roll up (they’re self-draining) and take less space for storing than a standard hose, however, it may be tough to store without a hose reel.
Some flat hoses are sold with a hose reel but for ones that aren’t, make sure they’re going to fit together with your existing reel (or the one you’re considering buying).
flat hoses are very flexible (so that they’ll flatten out), they’re usually made from vinyl, puncture, and kink additional simply and have a lower burst pressure, They, in addition, don’t work okay once pulled around corners. Plus, you’ve got to unroll the entire hose before turning on the water.
Flat garden hoses are best to use once storage space is can be a problem, therefore the hose will be used in a straight line over a surface without several snags.
In general, these don’t seem to be the most effective choice for frequent use within the garden and there are none that we have a tendency to recommend for that purpose.