Many acts and elements make gardening a fun experience, and watering your plants is certainly one of them. There is something so peaceful about the way it revives your connection with Mother Nature!And to ensure an uninterrupted connection, the first requirement that must be met is a premium quality hose.
But do you know what is even more important than that? A garden hose reel! You need these cylindrical spindles folks if you want your watering experience to be fun and fully organized. But we can guess from the bewildered look on your face that you are not exactly a pro when it comes to garden hose reels. Well, if you are really after a good one, why don’t you read this discussion till the very end? We are going to discuss the best garden hose reels, the best brands in this business, and a few key considerations.
What do we want in return? A promise that you will lend us your undivided attention. Do we have it? Excellent. With that promise, let us have a look at the best garden hose reels in the market first!
Top 12 Best Garden Hose Reels Reviewed
- Liberty Garden 709 Steel Wall/Floor Mounted Hose Reel -Best Overall
- Suncast Resin Swivel Hose Hideaway with Hose Guide – Best Value
- AMES 2388340 ReelEasy Side Mount Reel – Editor’s Choice
- Liberty Garden 704 Decorative Cast Aluminium Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
- AMES 2415500 NeverLeak Poly Wall Mount Reel
- Giraffe Metal Hose Reel
- Suncast Aquawinder 125' Wicker Garden Hose Reel
- ELEY Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
- TACKLIFE 5/8'' Hose Reel, 65+7 FT Wall Mounted Retractable Hose Reel
- GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel
- RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel
- Flexzilla Retractable Enclosed Plastic Air Hose Reel
- 1 #1. Liberty Garden 709 Steel Wall/Floor Mounted Hose Reel – Best Overall
- 2 #2. Suncast Resin Swivel Hose Hideaway with Hose Guide – Best Value
- 3 #3. AMES 2388340 ReelEasy Side Mount Reel – Editor’s Choice
- 4 #4. Liberty Garden 704 Decorative Cast Aluminium Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
- 5 #5. AMES 2415500 NeverLeak Poly Wall Mount Reel
- 6 #6. Giraffe Metal Hose Reel
- 7 #7. Suncast Aquawinder 125' Wicker Garden Hose Reel
- 8 #8. ELEY Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
- 9 #9. TACKLIFE 5/8'' Hose Reel, 65+7 FT Wall Mounted Retractable Hose Reel
- 10 #10. GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel
- 11 #11. RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel
- 12 #12. Flexzilla Retractable Enclosed Plastic Air Hose Reel
- 13 Hose pipe length
- 14 Portable or not
- 15 Materials used in construction
- 16 Accessories
- 17 Liberty garden
- 18 GARDENA
- 19 Flexzilla
- 20 What is the benefit of a retractable gardening hose?
- 21 Which garden hose reel is suitable for novices?
- 22 Is mounting a hose reel necessary?
- 23 What is the function of an integrated hose guide?
- 24 Which hose reel is the best one for hot summer days?
- 25 Related posts:
#1. Liberty Garden 709 Steel Wall/Floor Mounted Hose Reel – Best Overall
This hose reel is available in two colors i.e. tan and stainless steel, you can choose one that mixes and matches well your botanical theme. Moving on from the looks, this reel can hold up as much as 200 feet of hose. The hose can be 5/8 inches. The reel comes with five feet of leader hose, with an elbow at the center for proper attachment. The 13 gauge steel that is used in the manufacturing of this garden hose reel endows it with longer-than-normal durability. A reel’s handle must follow the basic principles of ergonomic designing, as does the handle of this floor mounted hose reel from the Liberty Garden. It is powder-coated as well to fight rust.
We think these specifications make a just case for this hose reel but in case you are after more, you might want to have a look at what we have waiting for you in the pros section.
|Assembly is super easy- all that you need to do is attach the crank handle||Connecting hoses via elbow can be tricky|
|Industrial grade materials used in construction||Doesn’t come with mounting hardware|
|Dual mount design|
#2. Suncast Resin Swivel Hose Hideaway with Hose Guide – Best Value
Ultimately, it is your wallet that decides what you buy. We had to expand our scope of research to find a product that is affordable for everyone but still features the traits of a quality reel. The Suncast hose reel is one such product. It is durable, which is mainly courtesy of the vinyl that has been used most ingeniously. A strong, reinforced system makes sure that the reel-hose connection is super secure. The reel features a swivel base, which allows you to turn the reel in any direction you want to. We know you are holding your breath for the number that this reel can manage! Well, 225 feet of 5/8 inches hose pipe is the length this water hose reel can manage. Have you guessed yet why is it called hideaway? Because you can stow away the hose when you aren’t using it.
Now, let us have a closer look at the pros and cons and then, you can make the final call about this hose reel.
|Doesn’t require any additional piping||It takes some effort to turn it in at first.|
|Premium quality aluminum used||Doesn’t come with mounting hardware|
|Neutral design and shade||Slides on a hard surface|
#3. AMES 2388340 ReelEasy Side Mount Reel – Editor’s Choice
This garden hose reel from AMES can hold up as much as 100 feet of a 5/8 inch water hose. This number is significantly less as compared to its competitors in the market, but still, we have labeled this product as a premium pick. Why? Hold your horses before you draw any conclusions! Now, the fact that this hose reel comes with a leader hose endears this pick to us. Also, winding up your hose becomes much easier courtesy of this reel’s alignment. If you want to store away your hose when you are not using it, you can use the convenient hose clip. Oh, we just remembered a point about winding, the reel features an easy-spin grip. This makes winding the hose a much more comfortable task altogether. The plastic used in the designing of this hose offers great resistance to rust. If you ask our opinion, we are not too fond of too much plastic in a hose reel. But having said that, we still don’t have many reasons to doubt the quality of plastic used in the construction of the item under discussion.
Now, let us weigh the pros against the cons and see if this gardening gadget is worth your money or not.
|Integrated hose guide||Does not come with a primary hose or nozzle|
|Comes all assembled||Holds only 100 feet of hose.|
|Easy spin grip|
Allow us the liberty of lauding the level of class in this product from Liberty Garden! Done with the applaud venting, let us enlist the specs which endear this hose reel in the first place. Well, cast aluminum is used in the construction of this very classy looking hose reel. Brass and aluminum both are used together in an ingenious manner, which is reflected through the looks. A powder finish means that this hose reel is resistant to climatic changes and challenges as well. The hose reel features a shelf as well. Here, you can stow away all the garden tools that you use daily and nozzles as well. This garden hose reel comes with five feet of leader hose.
Which other features of this hose reel can swing it your way? Which ones can make you think twice about this hose reel? Let us find it out in the pros and cons section.
|Brass and aluminum alloy adds more to style and sturdiness||Can hold up to 125 feet of garden hose only, which is far less than other competitors in the market.|
|Excellent neutral shade||No mounting hardware is provided by the company|
|Comes fully assembled|
Cross threading is one of the major issues when it comes to hose reels, the AMES NeverLeak aluminum water system offers a solution to this problem. Not only does it resist cross-threading, but it also puts up a good fight against a cold, chilly temperature. The manufacturers think it is important that we tell you that this 8X stronger than the average, inferior quality water hose reels you come across in the market. Honestly speaking, we can’t back this claim! But on the other hand, this hose reel does have some cool features such as a manual hose guide. Not only that, this specific gardening gadget allows you to place extra stuff on the accessory tray it comes with. Like a previously discussed gardening hose reel, this one too comes with the feature of easy-spin grip. Oh, we almost forgot about the capacity! Well, this water hose reel can hold up between 50-225 feet of water hose piping.
Haven’t we discussed enough specs to get you all intrigued about this gadget from AMES? You might need to have a look at the pros if you are shaking your head!
|Comes fully assembled and is quite easy to mount!||Quite heavy, something that hampers portability.|
|Excellent choice for low temperatures||Untangling not so easy|
This is a metallic hose reel that has been coated well enough to repel rust and other climatic changes that can inflict long-lasting damage. It is strong and solid enough to stick to its place as you move around the watering hose. Coming towards the capacity, well this hose reel can up to 130 feet (5/8) inches of the hose. On the other hand, the number changes to 200 ft. if your hose is 1-2 inches. The hose reel comes with an auto-track system. What does that do? Well, it makes sure that your hose is evenly distributed across the reel. Also, there is a hose guide as well, its function is to make sure that you can adjust the hose at your will. Then, there is a water seal system installed as well. Seems like this hose reel is all about systems! Anyhow, the idea behind this seal water system is to prevent leakages.
Now, we are going to list the illuminating features of this water hose reel in the pros section. Oh, and of course there are always a few cons as well!
|Overall, a very durable choice||Not suitable for 3-4 inches hose pipes|
|A plethora of useful systems||Not a great holding up the value|
|Excellent hose storage|
|Easy to install|
SMARTTRAK is what it is called, the feature that guides your hose into the reel, all very neatly. This is one of the key specifications of the garden hose reel under discussion right now. For rewinding the hose, you don’t need to be all manual. No, tangling and untangling is not good for health anyway. What you need to do is pressing the rewind lever that allows the reel to automatically reel back the hose. Quite astute! Coming towards the material, well, the hose reel under discussion is made using durable plastic. But it is the texture that fascinated us more! Quite wood-like, which means that this garden hose reel is a perfect choice for your garden. An idea that is further supported by the outdoor-friendly dimensions of this hose reel which are 24″ x 27″ x 23.5″.
How many hose reels can you recall from this discussion which come with a warranty? This one does, in any case. A three-year warranty puts the mind of most customers at ease. There is more for you to know in the pros section, let us jump to that PRONTO!
|Offers convenient space for storing your hose pipe and other gardening equipment/gadgets||Leader hose is available in the package deal only|
|No assembly required at home since it comes all assembled||It holds up to 125 feet of 5/8 hose only.|
|Design as good as patio furniture|
|Lever supported rewind|
This garden hose reel is made using an alloy of aluminum, which is durable enough for us. As far as the design and the contour is concerned, it features a gooseneck swivel, which is certainly a first on this list. The hose reel comes with an inlet hose, which is made of polyurethane. Coming towards the assembly, well there are two styles in which you can mount this hose reel after assembling it properly. You can opt for either a parallel configuration or a perpendicular one, the choice is yours. The hose reel comes with all the required mounting hardware. The holding capacity of this garden hose reel is 125 ft. if the hose you have is 5/8 inches. It is lighter in weight as well i.e. only 20 pounds.
Let us discover more about this garden hose reel in the pros and cons section.
The bronze color is compatible with the theme of most gardens Doesn’t hold up as much hose as expected
Suitable for wood and hard surfaces both Assembly required
A ten-year warranty is on offer Stylish but not very pricey
Got a lot to share with you about this garden hose reel but the key spec that caught our eye has to be the lock at length feature. What does that refer to? Well, you can pull the hose to a certain degree of length, and then once you are done pulling, it will get automatically locked at that specific position. Retraction of the hose through this hose reel doesn’t take much time either. All that you have to do is give it a slight tug! Water patterns are a subjective choice and with the 7 pattern hose nozzles this watering gadget comes with, this subjectivity is appeased sufficiently. This is not a 36o degree swivel hose reel but a 180 degree one. It comes with all the necessary accessories such as screws and wall plugs. For more about the key specs of TACKLIFE 5/8” hose reel, let us jump to the pros and cons section.
|Apart from the reel and lead, 1 PP bolt is also included in the package.||Leading hose a bit longer than normal|
|Four expansion tubes are included|
|The user manual makes life easier.|
|Comes with a 7ft lead hose|
This is an alloy steel garden hose reel, which weighs around 20 pounds at max. The key spec of this garden hose reel has to be the lock that allows retraction of the hose into the box without much fuss. This saves you from bouts of lumbar pain! The hose comes with an integrated hose guide, which as we have explained already, keeps your hose straight and safe from complicated twisting and tangling. The hose reel under discussion comes with a hose guide bracket that can be mounted on the wall. This is useful if you want to store your spare nozzles and brushes somewhere. Auto rewind feature and en ergonomic handle are some of the many key specs of the GARDENA hose reel. Item dimensions are 27 x 11 x 22 inches, see it is a suitable choice for your lawn or not.
But as it is the case always, there is always more to know about things, and in this instance, it is all lined up for you in the pros and cons section.
|Comes with all the required wall brackets and screws||Stores only 115 feet of hose.|
|Frost protection in winter||Flimsy plastic|
|Lovely shade of blue|
This retractable hose reel might be on number eleven on our list but has got some amazing specs that you need to check out anyways. It comes with an integrated hose guide, which saves you from the mess a tangled hose can create. Things remain straight during retraction! This gardening hose reel comes with a mounting bracket, which is significant since the bracket allows the reel to swivel as much as 180 degrees. Oh, you are worried about the mounting hardware! Don’t be, this one comes with all the required hardware. Also included in the package is an 8-pattern nozzle that makes allowances for several water patterns. The manufacturer of this hose reel has been generous with the warranty. A 30-day return policy is on offer.
Since we can already sense that you are craving for more, we will jump straight to the pros and cons without beating around the bush!
|Brown shade goes well with the theme of most gardens||Flimsy plastic used in internal engineering can break easily.|
|Comes with a spring-operated stopper||65 feet hold up capacity only (if the hose is 5/8)|
|The hose reel carries a handle|
|Retracing is uncomplicated|
Heavy-duty and lightweight. These are the two keywords that define this hose reel from Flexzilla. Let us talk about the manufacturing material used in this hose reel, which is UV stabilized polypropylene. As a pro gardener, you don’t want hose getting in your way, especially when you have to switch between the flower beds. Luckily, this watering gadget comes with an auto retract mechanism. You can lock the hose at a length of your desire using the lock mechanism on offer. Adjusting the length is easy since the Flexzilla hose reel comes with a hose stopper anyway. Storage is always an issue when it comes down to hoses and we are glad to report that this reel can be mounted onto a wall. This means that your hose can be conveniently stowed away out of sight when you are not using it. The reel comes with the lead hose, in case you were wondering about that!
|Premium quality materials used||Supply air hose is not long either.|
|Flexible and swivels well||Holds up 50’ hose at max.|
|Sturdy air connections|
|Coils the hose evenly|
|Comes with handles|
Top Pick – Best Garden Hose Reel
At this point in the discussion, you are bound to be a little confused by the immense variety that we have presented in front of you. It had to be done Doug, there was no other way! But, yes, we can understand that bewildered look on your face. Which hose reel do I buy? Well, if you are having a tough time picking the best of the lot, or if you jumped straight to this section, why don’t you just settle for the Liberty Garden 709 hose reel? We labeled it the best overall, after all! It has got the right specs too. We mean to say, surely you don’t want to be missing out on a hose reel that is made of 13 gauge steel, can hold up as much as 200 ft. of hosepipe (5/8), and promises a snap free experience for many years! Oh, and it is economical as well. After all, it is your wallet that decides what you buy ultimately. So yes, this is indeed one of the best garden hose reels that you are likely to come across in the market.
The ultimate guide for buying the best garden hose reel
We have talked about products enough for one discussion. Now, let us shift our focus towards the features that your hose reel must come with. Writing a complete buyer’s guide requires much more time and space than what we have at our disposal right now. However, we will try to rope in as much as we can!
Hose pipe length
One of the key features but not one that will entirely decide the value of your purchase is hose pipe length which your hose reel can hold up. Numbers are entirely different for 5-8 inch hoses and 1-2 inch hoses. So, we will refrain from talking in a tone of exactness. Which one should you buy? Well, your lawn area and the length of your pipe are going to decide that. However, we have found the trends to be heavily in the favor of a 200 ft. hose reel.
Portable or not
Portability of your hose reel matters if you have a bigger lawn than normal. And while we are on the subject, portability is decided by the weight of the reel. You are going to face a lot of difficulty in moving around a 200 pounds hose reel as compared to a 20-pound reel.
Materials used in construction
Steel. Aluminum. Plastic. Which material was used to structurally engineer the garden hose reel that has your heart racing? It is an important question that you must ask in your pursuit of the best garden hose reels. It is an important question too since its answer answers the durability question as well.
What is included in the package apart from the assembled reels? Mounting hardware, lead hose, screws, and wall brackets are some of the important items that must be delivered with the package.
A bit about top brands in the market won’t be too irrelevant in this discussion, what do you think?
The reason why we love Liberty Garden’s garden hose reels is their hold up capacity mainly. Not many hose reels are available in the market that can hold us as much as 200. Ft of the hose. Of course, there are other features like durability and sturdiness as well which contribute to the fame this brand has earned in such a short space and time.
A touch of modernity, a hint of flexibility, and premium grade materials that are employed in the construction of their hose reel ensures that GARDENA products are found at the top shelves in the market. Oh, and they are economical as well, a factor that is always instrumental in the selection of any commodity.
As the brand name indicates, Flexzilla hose reels are flexible as well as swivel in pretty much every direction. 360/180 swivels are important since they allow you to carry hose in pretty much every direction in the garden. Oh, the inconvenience will dawn on you only when you feel it! All we can say is we trust Flexzilla’s durability, and so should you!
Well, folks, that would be all for now. We DO think this is one of the most comprehensive buyer guides on the subject matter! But anyhow, snapping out of the self-praise that we just indulged in, we think there was a lot to learn from this article. We are not sure how much did you manage to learn, but we are optimistic that you learned something, if not everything, from this discussion. May your flowers keep blooming and flourishing forever! And on that note, with the last note in our mind, we bid you farewell!
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Before we wrap up this discussion, we want to answer some of the questions that might be confusing you right now. Yes, we know they are confusing you! While we cannot address individual queries, what we can do is that we will answer a few carefully selected FAQ. See if you can find your query listed below!
What is the benefit of a retractable gardening hose?
It comes with an auto-track system that allows hose recovery in double-quick time.
Which garden hose reel is suitable for novices?
The answer to this question is a subjective one. But in our opinion, a novice would be better served if he or she opts for a hose reel that comes with automatic retraction.
Is mounting a hose reel necessary?
Not really if you are a fan of keeping your hose all sprayed open.
What is the function of an integrated hose guide?
It keeps your hose from tangling and twisting, hence making sure you don’t spend your time and energy on this useless task.
Which hose reel is the best one for hot summer days?
In our opinion, you want to be purchasing something that offers UV protection. Hence go for a UV protected hose reel.