My husband introduced me to my first self-coiling hose
Several years ago, my husband got me a self-coiling hose as a gift. I had never heard of such hoses. That hose lasted quite a while, but when it gave out I had some trouble finding a good replacement. I tried one from Walmart, but the materials ended up being too cheap and it broke quickly.
Why I chose this new one
For a while, I tried a regular garden hose in my greenhouse. Even a relatively short and flexible garden hose was unwieldy in the tighter spaces of an actual room. Finally, I found a self-coiling hose on amazon.com that had a hopeful enough description. It had reinforcements at points of stress and the whole hose just looked thicker.
I was immediately happy with my purchase. I could now do everything from water seedlings to fill dog water bowls without untangling a heavy hose. Also, it was easier to move the hose around to clean the floor.
An example of the hose in action
The self-coiling hoses that I have seen have all been narrower than standard yard hoses. I am guessing this is necessary to make the self-coiling work optimally. It also keeps the hose from being as heavy.
However, I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t be able to handle the water pressure from the faucet as well. This hose both delivers adequate water pressure for my greenhouse and patio watering use AND does not give any signs of being strained by the amount of water coming through at any section. This importantly includes where the hose screws to the faucet and the nozzle end.
Below is a very short video showing how easy it is to move the hose. It is even my preferred hose for watering pots on the patio and just takes a few flicks of the hose here and there to move it around and over patio door ledges.
Why I may get a second self-coiling hose
The ease of the self-coiling hose has me thinking I may want one for the faucet near the garage door. This is place of high foot traffic and lots of debris gathers there due to the wind. Also, if it freezes, the narrower circumference may thaw faster and be more useful during the winter.
Maybe I should put it on my Christmas list? Maybe I should also think about who else could use one!