Top 5 Best Hose Reels 2017 – A Buyer’s Guide

Gardening Tools , Hose Reels , Lawn & Garden Apr 14, 2017 No Comments

Every spring the trusty garden hose is rolled out for use throughout the hopefully hot summer. However, rolling out your 50 or 100 foot garden hose presents a problem, where do you store your garden hose? Well thats when then humble hose reel has its day. 

We’ve put together reviews of the top 5 best garden hose reels to help you choose the best reel for your garden.

ModelDimensions CapacityMount 
Liberty Garden 870-M1-2
32 x 28 x 36
(in inches)
300'Cart
RL Flo-Master 65HR820 x 13 x 23
(in inches)
60'Wall
Suncast PW100 Powerwind24.5 x 23.5 x 32.2
(in inches)
100'Ground
Liberty Garden Products 71219.6 x 18.6 x 21.9
(in inches)
125'Wall
GARDENA Retractable20 x 11 x 20
(in inches)
82'Wall

1. Liberty Garden Products 870-M1-2 Industrial 4-Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart

Heading up the pack is this highly hard wearing, functional yet stylish looking hose reel.

It boasts a weather resistant durable powder coasting, brass galvanized fittings and a 90 degree brass swivel connecter. Often gardeb hose reel carts can be prone to tipping/moving when rolling up the host, however, with the Liberty Garden Products 870-M1-2 this is a not issue due to its low center of gravity.

Whether using this in a commercial or professional capacity this hose reel allows for all your landscaping needs, with 4-10″ pneumatic tyres giving the ability to move this hose reel effortlessly over difficult terrain. The four wheel mobility allows for easy positioning of the hose reel in the direction you are pulling from.

Now although highly durable it is not invincible therefore, it is necessary to take some care of this hose reel and apply a clear coat of pain each year to keep the rust off. But this is not much of a task to keep this truely quality hose reel in good order.

Pros
  • Simple to assemble
  • Highly Durable protective coating
  • Pneumatic tyres make it easy to manoeuvre
  • Holds up to 300 feet of 5/8″ Hose
Cons
  • Still thinking…

2. RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel with 8 Spray Pattern Nozzle, 65-Foot

RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose ReelThis well priced retractable hose reel comes in at 3rd on our list. Created by RL FloMaster, this good looking, compact garden hose reel comes with 65 feet of reinforced braided hose and an 8 pattern nozzle.

Once the RL Flo-Master 65HR8 is mounted to the wall, it is possible to remove the reel from its bracket, with the included carry handle allowing for extra mobility.

Delivering both a smooth release as well as classy retraction process due to its spring loading and automatic hose guide.

However, it is worth noting that after a a few years this retraction process can degrade leading to the hose getting stuck or not retracting all together. Even so this hose still delivers on on quality, tidiness and effectiveness.
Pros
  • Simple installation
  • Handy carry handle
  • Good looking
Cons
  • Retracting the hose can become problematic over time

3. Suncast PW100 Powerwind 100-Foot Capacity Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel

Designed for ease of use, this hose reel comes with a foot pedal to aid in pulling out the hose. It is worth noting that the foot pedal acts like a clutch, so you need to push it down to the floor to engage the reel belt.

The task of rewinding the hose can sometimes be an arduous one, however this is when the Suncast PW100 Powerwind shines, as the powerwind motor allows you can sit back whilst the hose reel is retracted automagically.

Another quality aspect to this product is that the hose (this unit has the capacity for a 100 foot hose!) is housed away and out of sight. The Suncast PW100 Powerwind comes fully assembled so no need for the tool kit to come out!

Although it is great to marvel at the rewind action of this hose reel, pulling the hose out can be a little difficult. Also the lid can occasionally come slight ajar and this will disable the motor as a safety feature. Securing the hose reel is a good idea to as it can slide around when the hose is being pulled out.
Pros
  • Great motorised rewind action
  • 100 foot hose capacity
  • Fully assembled
Cons
  • Can be difficult to pull out the hose
  • The motor can occasionally cut off

4. Liberty Garden Products 712 Single Arm Navigator Multi-Directional Garden Hose Reel

Looking for a heavy duty well made garden hose reel. Well the Liberty Garden Products 712 Single Arm Navigator Multi-Directional Garden Hose Reel might be just what you’re looking for.

Capable of holding 125 feet of 5/8 inch hose, the bronze powder coating is not gives this hose reel a stylish look, it also protects the hose reel from the weather.

To prevent hose damage, it is fitted with a solid brass swivel allowing for 90 degree rotation. For further functionality, there is 360 degree catch to enable you to unwind your hose with ease.

This Liberty Garden Products 712 Single Arm Navigator does not come with any mounting hardware, however you should be able to buy the necessary items in any hardware store.

Pros
  • Heavy duty and well made
  • Simple installation
  • 90 degree swivel
Cons
  • Mounting hardware not included

5. GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel 82-Feet With Convenient Hose Guide

GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel 82-Feet With Convenient Hose GuideA little bit on the pricey side but well worth the money, the GARDENA Retractable Hose Reel 82-Feet With Convenient Hose Guide gives you an 82 foot hose, which is you are able to release with a simple tug as well as retracting easily.

Included are several nozzles and attachments, along with an integrated guide for the hose prevents twisting and tangling.

On the arrival of winter, this has a bit of a party trick. As it can be housed in its hose box for storage by simply being detached from the from the wall bracket (only one screw is needed to release the portable carry case).

A functional looking design which may be a bit too garish for some gardens. This is also a heavy weight hose reel, which may not be suitable for all.

Pros
  • Well made
  • Smooth unwinding and integrated steel spring allows for powerful retraction
  • Easy to maneuver the hose due to it being light weight
Cons
  • More functional looking than stylish in comparison to others on this list
  • Included nozzle only turns off when removed
  • May be too heavy weight for some

 

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