Product: Ansio Expandable Garden Hose
The Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.co.uk
Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 22.5 x 12.66 cm
Shipping Weight: 2.26kg
Hose Length: 30m when fully expanded
My Score: 9/10
Anybody who has a container garden, especially with a lot of containers will know how long and laborious watering can be. As container gardens tend to dry more quickly than normal gardens, especially in summer, where it can become a daily task. You can do this by using a watering can but if you have many pots to water, this can be very daunting.
You first need multiple watering cans, filling one whilst watering with the other. If you are using only one can you can spend hours watering. Even with two watering cans, this will still take a lot of time. The biggest problem is that you have to go frequently to the tap and wait for it to fill up with water. Imagine doing this 20-30 times every day.
If only there was a better way of watering all those container plants in an easier way, where the backbreaking work is reduced and time is saved? The answer is yes with a garden hose. Not any old hose but a more modern product.
WHAT MAKES EXPANDABLE HOSEPIPE DIFFERENT TO NORMAL HOSES?
We are all familiar with traditional hoses, made out of rubber and weighing a ton, especially when it is full of water. You often battle with the hose as you have to drag it along the ground where it does not want to move. This can be very frustrating. You also get kinks or knot inside the hose and no water comes out of it, so you have to spend time looking for it and then correcting the problem.
The hose themselves can also spring leaks, especially if it has been left outside all winter and been exposed to the elements. This is because the product degrades over time.
This is where the expandable hose come into their own, as all these problems are addressed. It is lighter, shorter, still works if it has kinks or knots in it, and will not degrade over time. What is not to like.
All hoses have extra benefits which watering cans cannot do, as you can use them to wash your cars, vans and other vehicles. This is not all as it can be used to clean out-side structures like greenhouses, summer houses, and other outer buildings. Hoses can also be used to clean decking outdoor furniture, patios and outside windows. There are multipurpose and have so many uses.
WHAT IS AN EXPANDABLE HOSEPIPE?
The expandable garden hose is similar to normal hoses but can expand up to 3 times its original length, so making transport around the garden easier to do, especially as it only weighs less than 3 kg.
It is easy to use as it is manufactured using polyester webbing and unusually for an expandable hose it has brass end ducting (No plastic) to avoid pipe bursting.
The hose is strong, kink-free and durable, as it has an inner tube made out of a triple-layer of natural latex over the inner tube and a durable outer layer. The outer later as said previously is made out of polyester webbing, making it difficult to break, as bursting is vastly reduced. It is also able to withstand high water pressures.
The hose will fit most standard outside taps and will not need any adaptors to be used. This is especially true if you use a brass garden hose tap connector (3/4” link)
THE EXPANDABLE HOSE COMES WITH A SPRAY GUN
The product also comes with 9 settings spray gun that has an anti-slip grip. It has an on/off valve and settings that let you choose from shower, mist, centre, cone, flat, jet, angle, and soaker. The spray gun also has the added advantage that it has a locking mechanism build it to it, altering to a continuous watering supple as you preferred setting.
This allows you to water your garden, wash vehicles, wash windows, etc.
It is easy to use and more importantly easy to store. As said previously it is kink and tangle-free, and it expands to 3 times its original length when filling with water, but retracts back to its original length after use when all water is drained from the hose. The empty hose can then be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight such as a shed, garage or outside in a protected shaded area.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to store.
- No kinks or tangling.
- Reasonable priced.
- Quick to fill and quick to drain.
- Has multiple uses.
- If it is not filled by the correct method, it can cause the hose to burst. It happened to my next door neighbour.
- Remember the hose expands so if you are looking for a hose in a small garden, do not buy a large hose as it will be too hard to direct the hose, as it will get caught.
- It can lose pressure when watering at a far distance from the tap or when it is at maximum flowrate. This can be easily solved by closing the valve near the spray gun. Allowing the hose to be re-pressurized.
WHY SHOULD I BUY AN EXPANDABLE HOSEPIPE?
I have used an expandable hosepipe for a number of years. In fact, I started using one when they first came out. I do not regret my decision as the hose has saved me numerous watering can trips. I have never had any problems with it, as it is lightweight and easy to transport, makes it easy to use.
Old hoses where a nightmare to use, where it was difficult to move around. It was also difficult to put the hose back onto its reel. Not so, with an expandable hose. I highly recommend them. If you are interested in buying this hose you can buy it here.
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