Best Hose Reels for Kink and Hassle-Free Hose Storage

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
Tired of constantly tripping over your garden hose lying in your backyard? The hose reel will help you store it neatly in one place without kinking or tangling. It can also increase the hose service life up to 3 times! So, take a look at these awesome products right here. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Capacity
Leader Hose
Mechanism
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

Four 10" wheels provide great stability and maneuverability for watering plants in multiple spots in your garden.

CONS

Not too lightweight even without the hose.

OUR VERDICT

Huge capacity, high portability, and durable design make this hose reel cart an absolute leader for watering a large backyard or even several gardens around your house.

detailed parameters
Type

Hose cart

Capacity

300' of 5/8" hose

Leader Hose

5'

Mechanism

Manual

Weight

39 lbs

Warranty

Lifetime limited warranty

PROS

Automatic guides distribute the garden hose evenly on the reel without kinks. The box rotates on the platform at 360°.

CONS

Comes with only 2 stakes for securing the base platform to the ground.

OUR VERDICT

The Suncast CPLSSM200B Hose Reel combines aesthetic look with the quality functionality. A viable choice for setting in a large garden without ruining the landscape design.

detailed parameters
Type

Hideaway

Capacity

225' of 5/8" hose

Leader Hose

6'

Mechanism

Semi-manual

Weight

23 lbs

Warranty

10-year warranty

PROS

Vintage design. A small shelf on top for tools or flower pots. Rust-free frame materials.

CONS

Comes without mounting hardware.

OUR VERDICT

This garden hose reel by Liberty Garden Products is made of durable materials and has exquisite look, which makes not only functional gardening equipment but also a home exterior decoration as well.

detailed parameters
Type

Wall Mount

Capacity

125' of 5/8" hose

Leader Hose

5'

Mechanism

Manual

Weight

11.6 lbs

Warranty

3 years on frame,
1 year on parts

PROS

A foldable handle for the free-standing mode. Hooks on the handle for hanging the hose ends.

CONS

Narrow wheels might leave traces on the lawn.

OUR VERDICT

The AMES Hose Reel will help you can effortlessly water the plants in a medium-sized yard. It is also an excellent choice if there are several faucets around your garden, due to its light weight and portability.

detailed parameters
Type

2-wheel cart

Capacity

185' of 5/8" hose

Leader Hose

N/A

Mechanism

Manual

Weight

7 lbs

Warranty

2-year warranty

PROS

The reel can be detached from the mounting plate for storage. The nozzle on the garden hose (included) has 8 spraying patterns.

CONS

A springloaded mechanism may not fully retract the hose in cold weather.

OUR VERDICT

This automated hose reel can unwind the hose reel in a single smooth movement, evenly distributing the garden hose without kinks. The ultimate solution for small yards and gardens.

detailed parameters
Type

Wall Mount

Capacity

655' of 5/8" hose

Leader Hose

6'

Mechanism

Automated

Weight

26.6 lbs

Warranty

1-year warranty

What is a Hose Reel

If you own a garden, high chances are you use a hose to water your plants. Of course, garden hoses can be simply rolled up for storage. However, it's hard to avoid tangles that cause the hose to wear. Also, you might need some kind of a strap to hold the tubes fixed together. Finally, rolling up and transporting a tube longer than 50' can be quite a challenge. Especially, for a woman or a kid. In this case, the hose reel is the solution. Simply put, it's a large reel with a manual handle or automated mechanism to coil the hose up on it.

There are some variations of what a garden hose reel can look like, but we've got the technicalities covered in the detailed review of each model below. Meanwhile, we can also offer you our reviews on the best smart sprinklers and robotic lawn movers that will help maintain your yard or garden while you are away.

Liberty Garden Products Professional Garden Hose Reel Cart

A Reel Cart That Will Go Where Others Can't

This Liberty Garden Products Garden Hose Reel Cart may not look like anything special at first. However, don't let its toy-like look fool you. It has a well-thought-out design that makes it one of the best possible choices for watering plants on large areas, and here is why.

The cart's frame is made of a 13 gauge steel with a powder-coated finish that prevents metal from corrosion. Though, keep in mind that the cart is not rustproof. Therefore, store it in dry places.

It has 4 10" pneumatic wheels that make it easy to roll around. What's more, the extra-low reel placement provides an optimal center of gravity, which makes the whole construction less likely to tip over, as you pull the hose even when it's standing on the small slopes.

The cart comes disassembled. Still, you will only need a couple of Allen wrenches to tighten a couple of nuts and fixtures. Speaking of them, the box also includes a 5' leader hose with a brass female connector for attaching it to a spigot on your garden faucet.

As a result, the huge reel capacity and great cart mobility make it one of the finest choices if you have a large yard or are looking for the durable model that would be super easy-to-handle and move around.

Review of Liberty Garden Products Professional Garden Hose Reel Cart

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Liberty Garden Products Professional Garden Hose Reel Cart
Liberty Garden Products Professional Garden Hose Reel Cart
 

Suncast CPLSSM200B

Jack-In-The-Box

If you have enough space in your backyard for a 25"x25"x25" box, we totally recommend this Suncast Hose Reel because of its quality features that convinced us to include it in our review.

Inside the box, it has a semi-automated reeling mechanism, i.e., you still have to manually rotate the handle to reel the hose, but there are special guides that distribute it evenly along the reel. Also, the crank handle can be folded to prevent any accidents during unraveling.

The box can hold up to 225' of 5/8" hose and stands on the swiveling base that reduces the chances of kinks when you pull the hose in other direction. The same base has 4 slots in it for the stakes to secure the whole system to the ground. For the concrete patio, you will have to drill holes for the stakes, though.

All in all, this model is a solid choice for any region because it provides the shelter from both rain and UV rays to the hose, increasing its longevity.

Review of Suncast CPLSSM200B Automatic Hose Reel with Storage System

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Suncast CPLSSM200B
Suncast CPLSSM200B
 

Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel

Garden Equipment or Backyard Decoration?

Although reel carts and hose storage systems may be very handy, they still can take up some valuable space if you have a small yard. This issue can be easily solved with the Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel (boy, that's a long name).

First thing first, this is one of the most vintage-looking reels out there that you can even use as a practical decoration. It is made of cast aluminum with taupe powder finish and features a small 7"x14" shelf where you can store some tools or put a flower pot.

This model is designed to hold up to 125' of 5/8" hose. However, even at full capacity, it unwinds effortlessly when pulled and winds back smoothly by rotating the handle. It also comes with a 5' leader hose with non-rust brass and aluminum fixtures on both sides for connecting it to the faucet nearby.

Sadly, the mounting hardware is not included in the package. Therefore, make sure you have 4 lag bolts for securing it to the wall. As for the installation, any concrete or brick wall will do. By the way, the horizontal distance between the mounting holes is 16" matching the standard width between the residential wall studs from center to center. In case you can't find them by knocking on the exterior wall of your building, we recommend using a stud finder to detect them.

Concluding, this is a fine water hose reel for when you need to store your garden hose neatly but want to save space in your backyard at the same time.

Review of Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel

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Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
 

The AMES Companies, Inc Poly Hose Cart

A Lightweight Heavy-Lifter

The AMES Companies Poly Hose Cart is made mostly of plastic polymer resistant to UV rays and seemingly any weather conditions. Owing to the material, it also weighs only 7 lbs. Nevertheless, it offers great 175' capacity for a standard 5/8" garden hose. Thus, this portable two-wheel dolly is an optimal choice for watering plants on medium and large areas.

The design features the foldable handle so you can roll it around the garden and then put in one spot like a free-standing model. By folding the handle before you start watering plants, you'll be able to move around freely in any direction without having the handle in the way.

Although there are no holes in the base for securing it to the ground with any kind of stakes, the low center of gravity and small spikes in the front make it possible to pull the hose without tipping the cart over on flat ground.

Overall, it is a solid model for when you have a large yard and have to change the reel position often, thanks to its weight and functionality.

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The AMES Companies, Inc Poly Hose Cart
The AMES Companies, Inc Poly Hose Cart
 

RL FLOMASTER 65HR8

Hassle-Free Handling

The RL Flo-Master Retractable Hose Reel is a wall-mounted model that comes with almost everything you might need to effectively water plants in about 60' radius around it. The package comes with all the mounting hardware, a 5'6" leader hose with brass fittings for connecting it the faucet, and the retractable hose reel itself along with 65' of reinforced garden hose. Additionally, the hose ends with the nozzle that has 8 spraying patterns, including the shower, cone, mist, powerful jet, and others.

The wall plate can be attached to a concrete wall or even a wooden post as long as it doesn't lean when you retract the hose. Also, the reel is connected to the wall plate with a single vertical pin which provides the 180° swivel, making it possible to easily pull the garden hose when you move from side to side without creating kinks.

Still, the key feature of this product is that it automatically winds the hose back onto the reel with the spring-loaded mechanism. It also has a built-in guide that distributes it evenly inside. If necessary, you can also take out the pin in the base and carry the reel away for storage with the handle on top.

The fact that it comes with all the necessary parts makes it a really awesome product for watering the plants in the small gardens and backyards.

Review of RL FLOMASTER 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel

RL FLOMASTER 65HR8
RL FLOMASTER 65HR8
 

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3. Hoses and Reels Buying Guide, eBay. January 8, 2015.

4. How to Choose the Right Garden Hose, wikiHow. May 2017.

5. Garden Hose Buying Guide, Lowe's.

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Publish Date: 2017-05-30 08:01:35