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The Top 3 Garden Hose Types

If you are shopping for a new garden hose, you may feel a bit bewildered with the seemingly dozens of different choices you are faced with. A little extra information is always good when you are trying to make an informed purchase, so check out my list of the top 3 garden hose types you should be looking at – staring from the bottom:

Number 3 – Reinforced vinyl garden hose
This is one of the most common types out there, and it can be had in many different qualities and at many price points. What you need to know, is that the quality depends on 3 things: The quality of the vinyl used, the quality and amount of reinforcement used and the number of layers of material all in all. You cannot take out any one of the three elements here and have a good hose. You need several layers of material, they must be of good quality and supplemented with good reinforcement. Look for a 4-5 layer hose, with multiple layers of reinforcement.

Number 2 – Reinforced rubber garden hose
Reinforced rubber hose is the original garden hose and it is still alive and kicking today. Rubber hoses are usually able to take a lot more internal water pressure than most vinyl hoses, and they have the advantage that they very rarely get kinks when bent – they are simply too stiff for that to happen. Again, the quality and thickness of the rubber layers matter, as do their numbers and the reinforcement.

Number 1 – Polyurethane garden hose
This is a relatively new material to be used with garden hoses, but most of the hoses that have appeared on the market have very attractive characteristics. For one thing, they are a lot lighter than rubber hoses and quality vinyl hoses. They are also resistant to kinks – and many of the hoses are also certified for transporting drinking water – something the other types of hose cannot touch. Supposedly they are now used at the White House, which must say something about their quality.

That was a little extra info for you. Whatever type you choose to buy, make sure you do not buy a hose without reinforcement, but apart from that, all these hoses will work well for you.

Garden Hose Connectors

garden hose connectorConnectors are mostly used by those people who find it very inconveniencing to constantly screw garden hoses to taps and other gadgets.

Quick connectors can only be bought in pairs. One of the connectors is attached to the garden hose while the other one is connected to the location of choice. After the adjustments have been made, you are required to push the connectors together until you hear a snap sound. Releasing the two connectors is easier; you just need to pull them apart.

Connectors used for garden hose come in two forms. They can either be made from brass or plastic. Brass connectors are more durable and strong compared to the plastic ones. They are also more expensive. The plastic connectors are cheaper but, you will be forced to replace them more frequently because they are weakened by exposure to the sun. Despite brass connectors being more reliable, there are some health related issues that are being raised about their use.

There are different ways of connecting the various types of connectors. You should choose the connection that is most favorable for you. After you have decided to use a particular connection type, you should consistently stick to that particular connection. You should be very keen when buying the connectors to avoid mix up.

There are those connectors that have been designed to automatically switch off the flow of water in the event that the connectors are disjointed. This quality can be looked at in two ways. If you plan to use the hose without connecting it to any other equipment, it can act as a hindrance. If you rarely use your hose on its own, it will help you on conservation of water. You can tell which type of connector before purchasing it. When you hold a connector to the light and you cannot see through it, then it has the cut off function.