Like several things, garden hoses come in all classes of varieties and several price points. I was amazed when I purchased a new garden hose in my local gardening supply store. Not only were there garden hoses of all lengths, thicknesses, colors, styles like coiled and retractable, but prices were all above the board. I tend to purchase quality Heavy Duty Hose where it makes sense, but with new developments in technology and new rubbers and manufacturing techniques, possibly the cheap ones were tolerable? I decided to buy, but by talking to plenty of gardeners, both professional and amateur, I did some online research and bought and used garden hoses.
Cheap hoses have improved markedly from the past, indeed from a decade ago, but suffer from a minimum of three deficiencies. One fault is certainly the Hose’s end connectors. They are cheaper, more easily distort, and do not in common form as good a seal. Another shortcoming is its durability, and there is no way they are remotely as durable as a heavy duty hose or another premium hose. It may or may not be an issue depending on your envisioned use; if your garden hose is relatively stationary and can only use it to water your backyard petunias or front windows, fine. All garden hoses will kink, despite what garden hose manufacturers say. Even twist-free hoses are kink-resistant garden hoses. Cheap hoses can kink a lot frequently and freely than their more expensive counterparts. For myself, most gardeners and I find this reason sufficient to avoid the most affordable of the cheap, but your mileage can vary, and I no doubt use mine far more than most people.
So, is a cheap garden hose value it, or is investing in a better garden hose more appropriate. If your pocket is tight and you aim for relatively light usage without much or any effort, then a cheap hose is proper for you. If you need a garden hose that may last longer, is more convenient, and more rugged, then invest in a quality one that can last you for several years.
Growing pains operated out.
The good news is that the big lawn and garden manufacturers have paced up the games. Nowadays, numerous expandable hoses are a good quality option for the money. You can find 50- to 100-foot hoses in the price range of $25-$50 —not much different from old-fashioned garden hoses.
Most important factors
Inner pipe material and thickness:
2- and 3-layer latex tubes are the method to go. Anything more minor appears to develop pinpricks or ruptures after some uses often.
Brass fittings are essential:
Slight differences in how you can attach them to hoses make a difference in preventing damage and leaks.
The outer layer has to contract and expand, so it is essentially a woven fabric. It can snag on sharp objects such as corners. Dragging it on uneven surfaces like concrete can wear it out—the best ones have a significantly more abrasion-proof, durable case.