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7 Best Garden Hoses in Australia (2022 Reviews)

You can pick up a garden hose for $20 at most DIY stores, and in a world where we need to make every cent stretch that can seem like the obvious choice. But spending a little bit more can save you a lot of money down the line, as the best garden hoses can last for decades, and cope with sun damage, and accidental collisions with spades.

Some go even further, with porous walls, for more effective watering, and lower consumption, while others are perfectly designed for busy gardens with proven anti-kink designs. Follow our guide to know just what hose you need, and how to use it to the best of its ability.

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1. Hoselink Superflex Garden Hose

Hoselink Superflex Garden Hose 20m
Best Garden Hose in Australia

2. Hozelock Tuffhoze Hybrid Garden Hose

Hozelock Tuffhoze Garden Hose
Premium Choice Garden Hose in Australia

3. Hoselink Weeper Hose

Hoselink Weeper Hose 15m
Best Value Garden Hose in Australia

4. Pope Legacy Garden Hose

Pope Legacy Garden Hose 18mm

5. Hozelock Expandable Hose Superhoze

Hozelock Expandable Hose Superhoze 30 m

6. Hozelock UltraFlex Hose

Hozelock UltraFlex Hose 15m

7. Hoselink Soaker Hose

Hoselink Soaker Hose 15m

Tool Buyer’s Guide to Garden Hoses

Do You Really Need a Garden Hose?

A Kid Using a Garden Hose

As most modern gardeners will tell you, rainwater is the best source of water for the garden, and I’m very much in that camp. However, the reality of Australian gardens is that saving up enough water for your garden beds and borders is next to impossible. 

Hoses make light work of watering large gardens and help to reduce the burden of heavy watering cans for your patio pots too. With some designs perfectly suited for subtle but constant use around borders, gently soaking borders and shrubs, and perfect for use with tap timers.

What to Look for When Buying a Garden Hose

There are a few things to look out for with any new garden hose, but first, let me tell you a little about why. Like any gardener, when I started my first garden, I was passionate, full of ideas, and packed with the energy to make big changes quickly.

What I lacked was skill, but perhaps more crucially, patience. In my first week of gardening, I got through two hoses. One because it kinked in the summer heat, and the hose walls cracked.

The next, because I left it out over the lawn and dropped a hoe across it by mistake. Safe to say it didn’t last much longer.

There are three things to take away from that: Kinking, single-walled, and UV susceptible hose pipes are not worth your money. Because, to this day, I am still an overly enthusiastic gardener, and I still make mistakes.

The difference? Now I only buy the best tools, hoses included. 

When you’re buying a new hose, look for these three factors:

  • Anti-kink
  • UV resistant
  • Double, or triple, walled

Anti-kink hoses work in a few different ways. There are sprung types, and expandable types, which have soft walls, but the triple-walled anti-kink hoses maintain a sturdy loop when rolled up, making it much easier to pull them around the garden without the dreaded kink.

UV-resistant hoses aren’t new, but they use tougher plastic and rubbers on the outer skin of the hose so that they don’t become brittle, or weaken in full sun.

Double-walled or triple-walled hoses reduce the chances of damage, slicing, or tearing with thick membranes in a second layer, so if you damage the outer skin, they will continue to work, leak-free, for weeks or months to come.

Different Types of Garden Hoses

There are four main types of hoses to look out for, and one (at the end) which I strongly advise you steer clear of!

Types of Garden Hose

Weeper hose

Weeper hoses are less common than others, but for use with tap timers, or automated irrigation systems they are unbeatable. They have porous skins, which means you can use them both as a standard hose or cap the end to create pressure.

As the pressure builds, water slowly seeps into the beds and borders, leaving your garden evenly moist rather than soaked or wasting water through evaporation. The downside to weeper hoses is that they work best when they are permanently installed, so they can look unsightly if they’re not well covered by planting.

Expandable hose

Expandable hoses are great. They have a flexible rubber tube, with a waterproof fabric layer on the outside. This makes them really easy to move around with, and they take up very little space when not in use.

The downside to expandable hoses is that they can get dirty, and the fabric layer tends to get covered in algae if it’s not regularly rinsed clean. Provided they’re kept dry, and stored properly though, expandable hoses can last much longer than other types, just because they’re easier to store.

Anti-kink hose

Anti-kink is a pretty loose term, meaning simply that your hose won’t form tight bends. Those bends are more susceptible to wear and tear, and the walls of your hose will stretch and can crack over time if it kinks.

Kinks also stop the flow of water while in use too, so are best avoided. There really isn’t a downside to anti-kink hoses, but be aware that all of the other types of hose in this list will have anti-kink options. Choose them!

Soaker hose

Soaker hoses are similar to weeper hoses, but rather than seeping moisture out gently they are carefully perforated along their entire length. So when the pressure builds, they spray a gentle jet of water all over the garden. 

They can be used occasionally by just laying your hose out around the garden (choose a 50m hose for this so you don’t need to keep moving it, and snake it all over the yard).

Or, they can be set up like a weeper hose hidden in the shrubs so, when you turn them on, they spray water around the bed and increase humidity, misting tender plants that need extra help.

Refer to our comprehensive guide on soaker hoses to learn more about its types and how to properly install them.

The Three Best Garden Hose Brands

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Best Garden Hose Australia

There are dozens of hose brands out there, and there are a few honourable runners-up, like Gardena and Hills, but there are three that stand out as the best garden hose brands on the market:

  • Hoselink
  • Hozelock
  • Pope

Hoselink

Hoselink are Australia’s leading hose and irrigation brand, with years of experience producing trusted irrigation kits and simple watering tools. Their hose pipes are manufactured to the highest quality and they’ve got a great range of hoses, all for different purposes, which makes it really easy to navigate their store.

Hozelock

Hozelock is the biggest hose brand in the world, and they don’t come cheap, but they have a range of budget hoses, as well as premium options to suit everyone. Their hoses are all well-manufactured and built from UV-resistant materials.

The only real difference in price between different Hozelock hoses comes from whether they are anti-kin, and how tough their walls are.

Pope

Pope is a premium irrigation brand, and its focus is on professional quality drip systems, tap timers, and sprinklers. However, their hoses are second to none in terms of quality, and life expectancy, with a standard 15-year guarantee.

Learn more about tap timers, their types, and how to use them by reading our in-depth buying guide

Best Garden Hose Reviews

1. Hoselink Superflex Garden Hose 

Hoselink Superflex Garden Hose

Source: hoselink.com.au

Hoselink’s 20m Superflex hose is ideal for busy gardeners looking for a reliable hose. It’s got all the quality and durability of hoses twice its price and will last for decades with proper care.

Its price point is frankly unbeatable, but it’s not just about that. We’ve always loved Hoselink products, but never had a chance to get to know their inner workings, until now.

The multi-layered pipe is made from flexible Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which is far sturdier than standard rubber. That means that when it heats up it becomes more usable, without risking damage. Because of its general sturdiness, it’s almost impossible to kink too.

Pros

  • Great value!
  • Incredibly durable
  • Perfect for use with hose reels
  • UV resistant
  • PVC sheath
  • Multiple length options (20 - 30m)
  • Stands up to 500psi pressure

Cons

  • None

2. Hozelock Tuffhoze Hybrid Garden Hose

Hozelock Tuffhoze Hybrid Garden Hose

Source: hozelock.com.au

Hozelock’s Tuffhoze is the most durable hose we’ve ever come across. It bends around tight corners without any chance of kinking, and its woven skin is insanely easy to clean, and wrap up, and helps it to keep its position. 

Thanks to its durable inner skin, it winds well around a reel but works just as well draped over the tap thanks to its lightweight design. If you’re after an easy-to-use hose that looks good around the garden, you just can’t beat this 25m Hozelock hose, but it does come at a pretty steep price!

Pros

  • Virtually indestructible
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-kink
  • UV resistant
  • Works on a reel
  • Works with sprinklers for high-pressure systems

Cons

  • Expensive

3. Hoselink Weeper Hose

Hoselink Weeper Hose

Source: hoselink.com.au

Weeper hoses might not be for everyone, but I swear by them. They take so much effort out of gardening, particularly if you’re an avid veggie grower like me. The 15m weeper hose from Hoselink is perfect for greenhouses and just needs connecting up to a basic hose pipe once every few days for a couple of hours.

After that, you’ll have perfectly, evenly, moist soil around your veggies, and you get to sit back and read the paper while it does all the hard work. Like most weeper hoses, the Hoselink option is pretty hard to break and completely kink resistant.

When it’s not in use it stores away really easily too, with a lightweight, expandable pipe.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Multiple sizes to choose from (7.5 - 15m)
  • Zero-kink
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Won’t work on a reel
  • Not for standard watering

4. Pope Legacy Garden Hose

Pope Legacy Garden Hose

Source: popeproducts.com.au

There’s nothing fancy about Pope’s 50m hose, but it's built properly, with respect to its use, and clearly manufactured to the highest standard possible. Its reinforced, braided middle layer prevents anything from puncturing the central pipe, while the flexible rubber outer tube gives it full flex, and prevents kinking.

As well as that, it’s for a fully UV-coated surface, which keeps it flexible for longer, and a 15-year guarantee. If 50m is too long for your garden, there are cheaper options too, at 15m and 30m to suit any sized yard.

Pros

  • Works on a reel
  • Fully UV protected
  • Anti-kink
  • Sturdy pipe
  • Spade proof
  • High flow

Cons

  • Expensive

5. Hozelock Expandable Hose Superhoze

Hozelock Expandable Hose Superhoze

Source: amazon.com.au

The 30m Superhoze from Hozelock is just an outstanding product. Its fabric sheath isn’t bombproof, but I’ve had one of these for years, and even with a spade pressed directly onto it, it doesn’t tear.

But it’s not just that it’s useful for clumsy gardeners like me, this expandable hose shrinks back to a lightweight bundle of pipe and fabric when it’s not in use, so it stores easily in a bucket in the garage, or draped over the tap.

OK, so it can’t be used with a hose reel, but for many garners, hose reels are an imposition, rather than an asset.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to store
  • Durable
  • UV resistant
  • Never kinks!

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t work on reels

6. Hozelock UltraFlex Hose 

Hozelock UltraFlex Hose

Source: amazon.com.au

The only real criticism I’ve got of the Hozelock Ultraflex is its colour. Other than the garish yellow and acid-green pipe (which stands out like a sore thumb in any garden) it’s one of the most durable hose pipes you can buy on a budget.

With five layers of piping, there are few hose pipes that can stand up to accidents like it, and for the environmentally conscious gardeners amongst us, it’s made from 40% recycled plastics, helping to clean up the oceans and keep our gardens planet friendly.

Pros

  • Good value
  • Five layers of pipe, for extra durability
  • UV resistant
  • Anti-kink
  • Very flexible
  • Works on a reel

Cons

  • Garish colours

7. Hoselink Soaker Hose

Hoselink Soaker Hose

Source: hoselink.com.au

If you’re considering a sprinkler system in the garden but worried about the cost, try out this Hoselink soaker hose instead. It costs a fraction of the price of a standard sprinkler kit and does exactly the same job with even more coverage.

The transparent hose might not look great draped around your lawn, but it does a great job and takes less than a minute to set up even on larger lawns. Literally, drop it over the grass, and tweak the shapes later.

Pros

  • Incredible value
  • Multiple sizes to choose from (7.5 – 15m)
  • Replaces traditional sprinklers
  • Great for lawns, or borders
  • Ideal for watering newly planted shrubs and hedges

Cons

  • Not suitable for standard watering

Garden Hose Top Picks for 2022

Our Top Pick Garden Hose

Best Garden Hose in Australia
Hoselink Superflex Garden Hose

Source: hoselink.com.au

Hoselink’s Superflex is the obvious choice for our top pick of garden hoses. It’s affordable, it’s durable, and it's much more than just functional. For any gardener serious about buying the best tools, this has it all, and it has it on a budget.

With multiple walls and a UV-resistant PVC outer pipe, it would take some serious work to damage this hose. It works on reels and is light enough to drape over taps for a cheap fix too.

Premium Choice Garden Hose

Premium Choice Garden Hose in Australia
Hozelock Tuffhoze Hybrid Garden Hose

Source: hozelock.com.au

If you’re happy to spend a little bit more, and want the very, very best, then we stand firmly with the Hozelock Tuffhoze as the best premium garden hose in 2022. Its flexible walls, lightweight design, and sturdy pipe make it the best of all worlds.

We seriously can’t find fault with it. If I was heading out to buy a new hose for myself today, it would be this. But I might need to start saving…

Best Value Garden Hose

Best Value Garden Hose in Australia
Hoselink Weeper Hose

Source: hoselink.com.au

Serious gardeners know serious tools when we see them, and Hoselink’s weeper hose is exactly that! This flexible weeper hose is ideal for use in a greenhouse, under hedges, or just draped through garden borders.

I’ve got a friend with this same hose, and she runs it through pots at the front of the border too, which keeps even tender plants looking good through summer.

Garden Hose Frequently Asked Questions

Are expandable hoses any good?

Expandable hoses are incredibly useful tools in the garden. They are slightly less durable than stiff hoses, but they store more easily and pack away in a lightweight bundle when not in use, so tend to suffer from fewer accidents in the long run.

At full pressure (usually 200-500psi) expandable hoses can cope with the same flow as standard hoses.

Why do hoses burst?

Hoses can burst if they are left out in the sun for too long, particularly if they have kinks along their length. Kinks create weak points in hoses, where the inner tube and outer layers rub or separate from each other.

In high temperatures where hoses have been left full after use, the water expands and causes them to burst or split.

Can you leave garden hoses outside in winter?

It’s safe to leave garden hoses outside in winter, but you should drain any water from inside after each use. Water expands as it freezes and can split even the most durable hose, so it’s essential to drain as much as possible by turning off the tap and opening the nozzle before leaving it outside for winter.

Do hoses waste water?

Spraying water from hoses can lose up to 3% of the water in hot summers, but the majority of water you use will be beneficial to your plants. Even the stuff that evaporates will briefly help to humidify the area.

The biggest problem, with water wastage from garden hoses, is drips. Insecure connections and faulty fittings in reels can cause significant drips, and lose up to 30L of water per year.

Water Your Garden More Efficiently with the Best Garden Hose for 2022

There’s more to buying a garden hose than the obvious, but don’t forget to check the basics too. If you’re buying a garden hose in Australia, no matter how good it looks, check that it works with standard Australian fittings and that it’s the right length for your garden. 

Thankfully, Hoselink, Hozelock, and Pope make hoses to suit everyone, and they work, without fail throughout Australia. Follow the guide above to make sure you buy the best garden hose for you and don’t just pick the most expensive, remember to think about soakers and weeper hoses too; they can save a lot of time! 

What are you waiting for? Get your own garden hose today. 

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