Hoses are garden essentials - we may not give them much thought, but we'd be lost without them. They allow us to easily feed our plants, wash our cars and even instigate the odd impromptu water fight on hot days. The best garden hose reels are often compact and simple to use, but they come in all shapes and sizes, with varying price tags attached.
So, it's a good idea to do a bit of browsing before choosing the right option for your garden. Whether you want a small set to pack away when not in use, or a more visually appealing option to leave out all year round, we've got something for you.
Keep scrolling for our run-down of the best garden hose reels on the market right now.
Best garden hose reels to buy for your garden
Draper Premium Garden Hose Reel
This floor-standing hose reel is an ideal choice for using in the garden. The durable, plastic frame is rust- and corrosion-resistant, meaning it can be stored outside during all weather and seasons. It's compact in design, yet not limited on its overall capacity, as it has room to accommodate 50m of hose. In short, it's a useful hose reel you can easily store and use time and time again.
Portable hose reel
This super-compact yet brilliantly practical portable option is one of the best garden hose reels for medium-sized spaces, terraces and even balconies. The hose is 16.5 metres in length and has two quick-click hose connectors and an eight-jet ergonomic nozzle, helping you to get to those hard-to-reach places. It also has a manual rewind function, and it’s portable and easy to store too.
IRIS Retractable Hose Reel Box with Hose and Nozzle
With its alternate cube-like design, this retractable hideaway hose storage has proved to be popular. The set comes complete with a 15-metre hose and nozzle, so you can easily reach tricky areas and extend as and when needed. A built-in crank handle makes this super easy to reel back into its caddy. Thanks to its compact shape, it’s incredibly simple and convenient to move about and store away.
Flopro professional metal hose reel
A premium hose reel made to last, the Flopro reel comes with a 5-year guarantee. It’s made from rust-resistant stainless steel and aluminium. Thanks to its practical rewind handle, it’s easy to safely store this hose without any kinks or twists, helping to avoid and water blockage and potential ruptures. It can hold an impressive 40 metres of 12.5mm hose (which can be purchased separately).
Mirtoon Garden Hose by Zee
For those with a smaller garden, terrace or balcony space, this modern, compact option from Zee is perfect. It can easily be moved, can pivot up to 180° and is easy to mount, thanks to an included wall bracket, along with screws and plugs. Pre-fitted with a feeder hose and tap connector, the automatic smooth, slow rewind function adds to the overall slick function of this stylish white hose reel set.
Hozelock hose with reel and hose
Functional and versatile, this 2-in-1 reel with 25 metres of hose can be mounted onto a wall or stored on the patio. A sturdy and durable construction of plastic and metal ensure that this equipment will last for many seasons to come, which is why an included 5-year manufacturer’s guarantee is included (upon registration). Plus, you’ll also receive fittings and accessories, so you can use it straight after purchase.
Garden Glory Hose
If you really want to go all-out, why not invest in a Garden Glory hose? They come in a range of different colours, which you can mix and match with the brand's eye-catching wall mounts and nozzles to create your own unique look. The accessories range from the understated to the bold and beautiful, so you can customise your choice according to the amount of attention you want your hose pipe to draw.
Verve Primoflex hose pipe cart without wheels
An ideal choice for both medium and large gardens, the Verve Primoflex hose pipe stretches to 25 metres in length. Watering gardens is made easy thanks to its all-purpose functionality and included tap fittings and spray gun. The crank handle makes it easy to rewind, and it’s compact size makes for easy storage.
Draper Garden Hose Trolley Kit
If you’re looking for a reel trolley that can easily be manoeuvred, this is a top choice. With a sturdy steel frame and wheels, this plastic and metal trolley comes supplied with 15 metres of 12mm bore garden hose. Its flow-through design helps prevents any kinks in the hose, and a water-stop hose connector is included, along with a seven-pattern spray gun.
Farrington garden hose
The Farrington expanding hose stretches to 30 metres in length, and with seven spray gun settings it's perfect for reaching the trickiest of areas in your garden. As versatile as it is durable, this hose comes in a modern grey and brass design with an included adjustable spray gun. It's also easy to hang up on the wall and store away neatly.
Katie is Editorial & Digital Assistant on Gardens Illustrated
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