Best Garden Hose - 2021 Reviews
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Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to Consider

We’ve all been there: You roll out your hose, turn on the water, and nothing comes out. Kinked hoses are the worst. We found that even so-called kink-free hoses can develop kinks.

Good thing you can draw from our experience. We’ve researched and rounded up some of the very best and ACTUAL kink-free garden hoses available.

Backyard Boss Top Kink-Free Garden Hoses for 2021

PRODUCT FEATURES
Eley Hose - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderEley Hose
  • Length: 50 ft
  • Material: Polyurethane
  • Fittings, Size: Brass, 5/8 Inch
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Flexi Hose - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderFlexi Hose
  • Length: up to 200 ft
  • Material: Latex Core
  • Fittings, Size: Brass, 3/4 Inch
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Zero-G Kink-Free - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderZero-G Kink-Free
  • Length: 50 ft
  • Materials: Polymer and Nylon fiber covering
  • Fittings, Size: Aluminum, 5/8 Inch
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Legacy Flexzilla - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderLegacy Flexzilla
  • Length: up to 100 ft
  • Material: Polymer
  • Fittings, Size: Aluminum, 5/8 Inch
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NeverKink Heavy Duty - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderNeverKink Heavy Duty
  • Length: up to 100 ft
  • Material: Reflex Mesh patented material
  • Fittings, Size: Aluminum, 5/8 Inch
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Briggs and Stratton Garden Hose - Best Garden Hose: 6 Kink Free Choices to ConsiderBriggs and Stratton Garden Hose
  • Length: up to 100 ft
  • Material: Reflex Mesh patented material
  • Fittings, Size: Aluminum, 5/8 Inch
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Why You Can Trust Us

Every member of the Backyard Boss team is an avid gardener. We’ve been through our share of garden hoses, and we’ve tested all kinds of hoses, including expandable, flexible, and lightweight garden hoses. We know from experience that kinking is one of the most annoying things any hose can do when you’re in a hurry to water your garden.

The Best Kink-Free Garden Hose Overall

Eley Polyurethane Garden Hose
    This hose is a great choice for just about anyone that needs a hose - for any reason. Whether you need a garden hose to water plants or a long and heavy-duty hose for commercial jobs such as power washing, this could be the one for you.

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The first item on our list is the Eley Polyurethane Hose. We simply love this choice. Besides being one of the most durable and long-lasting hoses on the market, it is available in far more size variations than most brands including 6 1/2 ft, 12 ft, 25 ft, 50 ft, 75 ft, 100 ft, 1¸25 ft, 150 ft, 175 ft, and 200 ft. Better yet, these bad boys are easily connected to one another (if you purchase more than one) for an even more extended garden hose.

The hose has a lightweight but high-quality FDA-grade polyurethane construction that is also cut, abrasion, tear, and puncture-resistant as well as being practically kink-proof. Even more, the unit is 100-percent safe for drinking water.

The brass fittings that come with the hose are both lead-free and crush-proof. The hose is rated for water pressure of up to 150 psi (10 bar) and works in just about any weather. It is rated for temperatures between -40°F to 165°F. Another aspect that we love about this particular kink-free hose is that it actually comes with one of the best no-leak warranties in the industry, providing 10 years of coverage.

The Best Flexi Hose With a 3/4 Inch Fitting

Flexi Expandable Garden Hose
    This is a great kink-free choice if you are looking for a lightweight, medium-duty hose. Since the hose, emptied, only weighs in at 2.5 pounds, this is also one of the lightest hoses you can purchase.

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The inner double latex core, along with the extremely durable outer fabric makes this our favorite and most durable expandable hose. The benefit of expandable, aside from the fact that it’s easier to transport is that it rarely kinks while using. They also shrink to approximately a third of their expanded length when emptied of water.

Because this hose “deflates” when emptied of water, and can essentially fold back upon itself, kinks can arise in this state. However, when filled, it becomes kink-free as it unfolds and stretches out with the water pressure. It is also considered very difficult to twist or kink in this state since the pressure keeps the hose length fairly consistent during use.

Downfalls of most expandable hoses surround the fact that they should not be used in freezing conditions, nor should they be stored in direct sunlight due to how UV rays can break down the fibers of the materials used over time.

Most Lightweight Kink-Free Garden Hose

Zero-G Kink-Free Garden Hose
    This is a good hose for anyone looking for medium to heavier duty work in both the yard and garden and doesn't plan on using their hose once temperatures drop below freezing.

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This is an interesting new take on the traditional hose design using a polymer (plastic) and nylon waterproof shell to create a flexible, lightweight, and foldable hose that can stand up to pretty rigorous work around your home and garden.

The Zero-G comes with crush-proof couplings, which guarantee long-lasting and lead-free attachments. This hose is also drinking water safe and lead-free, meaning you can use it to water edible plants, and you can relax when your children or pets use water from the hose.

Rated as a durable, non-snagging hose (unlike many other hoses that have a fabric-like outer covering), you can store the Zero-G either rolled or folded and it also tolerates heat fairly well. It is not 100% kink-free, especially when emptied of water due to its collapsing nature, but when filled with water, kinks unfold easily with seemingly no memory and definitely no lingering damage. Kinks are few and far between, however, and it really does seem to hold up to a kink-resistant rating.

Best Hybrid Garden Hose

Legacy Flexzilla Hybrid Garden Hose
    This is a great hose for anyone no matter what sort of workload you have lined up in any type of season.

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Whenever I write a review for hose types, this hose keeps popping up over and over, regardless of whether I am researching for durability, lightweight, drinking water safe, or in this case: kink-free-ish. So by this point, I think it’s safe to say it’s one of the better hoses on the market.

Made from a premium polymer hybrid, this hose stays flexible and generally true to shape in both extreme hot and cold weather, meaning it’s good to go in below-freezing temperatures. Extremely durable for a variety of heavy-duty jobs around your yard, this is a hose you’ll probably have around for quite some time.

The biggest complaint by far is that it seems to have a severe case of memory, so it is probably best stored rolled on a hose reel in order to keep its shape consistent from one use to the next. Improperly stored hoses or those just left coiled on the ground seem to be the most complained about concerning random kinks with both water running and not running. The conclusion? Take care of your hoses to make them last longer and stay as kink-free as possible.

Best Heavy-Duty Kink-Free Garden Hose

NeverKink Heavy Duty Garden Hose
    This hose seems to be a favorite of gardeners, despite the fact it is more kink-resistant rather than kink-free. And so this particular product is a good choice for seasonal waterers and also for anyone looking for a dependable, easy-to-use, lightweight hose that with proper care has relatively few kinks through the life of the hose.

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A mesh reinforcement in this hose is supposedly the secret technique to keeping this particular brand from ever kinking. Rigid sleeves at the fitting ends also help to prevent folds where faucet connections occur from happening, as well as providing additional protection to the crush-proof aluminum connectors.

Although you should not use it in freezing weather, this hose is fairly durable and reliable for a variety of chores around your yard and garden. Helpful tips include laying the hose out in a straight line in the sun for a few hours after removing packaging to get rid of any hose memory (probably a good tip for ANY hose), storing it on a hose reel, and also pressurizing it before dragging it around for use as well.

Best Kink-Free Hose for Commercial Use

Briggs and Stratton Rubber Garden Hose
    This seems to be a great all-around, heavy-duty hose for anyone looking for a durable product. It also has a lifetime warranty which is always a great selling point.

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Produced by world-famous manufacturer Briggs & Stratton, this hose is one of the highest quality products on our list. It isn’t our very top choice, but it is definitely high on the list. The hose is ideal for just about any climate (temperatures ranging from -12 °F to 150 °F) and stays flexible and kink-free through it all.

This Briggs & Stratton hose has a 100-percent rubber cover with an eight-sided design made for residential, commercial, and even recreational use. The couplings that come with the hose are nickel-plated and crush-proof. They are also wear- and corrosion-resistant. Furthermore, the hose is industrially-reinforced to support high bursts of water pressure with ease.

Whether you are watering crops, washing the dog (or car), or power washing the homes of clients, this hose will serve its purpose with ease. Oh yeah, did we mention that it comes with a lifetime warranty? It does! Even more, it’s made in the USA.

What Hose Material Won’t Kink?

The most dependable hoses on the market used to be made of rubber and vinyl, but with the advances in technology, and the growth of unique consumer needs, fabrics, nylons, and plastic all are regularly found in their construction. All season, flexible, compact, expanding, and lightweight hoses are all made from different material combinations, although they do tend to have one thing in common: more often than not they kink.

Is there a dependable non-kinking material from which hoses are made of? Is there a true never kink hose material currently in use? In my search for the (almost) 100% non-kinking hose, I found a variety of hose materials and types that aid in preventing kinks through the life of the hose. My conclusion? There is not one single type of hose material that will keep a hose from kinking, but there is a variety of construction designs that most certainly are anti-kink.

How to Test for Hose Kink-Ability

Woman watering flowers with a red garden hose.

Trying to find a true kink-free hose is definitely a daunting task, but there are a few things you can do either in the store before purchase, or as soon as you receive an online buy to determine if a particular hose is a keeper. The following test pertains to traditional, round, rubber, or vinyl hose types and will not work with an expandable hose or nylon and polymer hybrids.

Step one

Remove about two feet of hose from the packaging if you can (generally hoses are tied together so you can remove the tie and then replace it).

Step two

Coil the hose back against itself to see if it kinks. If it kinks immediately then it’s a given that it is going to that much easier once warmed from the sun. If it flexes and loops, then you have a hose that is going to kink a lot less easily.

Step three

Try to bend it at a 90 degree (no more) angle. Most hoses will always bend, but those that resist the most are made of a heavier material and will hold up much longer than those that bend easier.

Hose Fittings

Garden hose fittings peaking out of rolled up hose bundle.

The fittings at the end of the hose are generally a universal 5/8th-inch diameter in order to be able to use any standard water spigot and connection to hose nozzles and other hoses. Fittings are generally made of one of two materials: brass, a strong, copper and zinc alloy, or aluminum, a silver metal element that is often used for both its strength and difficulty to crush.

Many people often prefer brass fittings over the slightly stronger aluminum versions due to the fact that they will not bind, or stick, when wet and are easy to attach and reattach to various ends with ease. Despite aluminum fittings being strong and less likely to flatten under pressure, they can bind up when wet and be difficult to unscrew from one another without the use of tools to loosen the connection.

Hose Lengths and Diameters

Hoses come in many lengths but are most commonly found in 25, 50, and 100-foot increments, although anything from 10 foot to 200-foot lengths can be found with a little bit of research. Depending On what you need your hose for, consider always buying a longer length than what you expect in order to use it for more than just one job. You can also almost always connect hoses together to provide more length due to universal fittings.

Hose diameters are often as variable as their lengths, and although are generally most found as a 5/8th-inch opening, can span from other popular sizes: such as 3/8ths, 1/2, and 3/4ths inches. The wider the hose diameter, the greater the water flow rate will be. Other, more narrow, sizes exist as well but are not as easily found in traditional hose designs.

How to Choose the Best and Lightest Garden Hose for Your Yard

Stretched out warm holding rolled up garden hose.

Before clicking on that hose add adding it to your virtual shopping cart, or picking one up at the local hardware store, there are a few questions that you should first ask yourself:

What are you using your hose for?

The purpose of your hose plays an important role in deciding which hose to purchase. Not only will it determine your hose length, but also overall durability. Hose used only for simple patio container watering may not need as much of a sturdy design in comparison to a hose you may want to use for multiple purposes. For example, BYB staffers use their hoses to water potted plants, water garden plots, wash cars, and drag across the asphalt to fill stock tanks.

Year-round use also requires a different hose than just one that only handles certain temperatures. This is an important consideration because some hoses cannot handle the heat of sun-warmed water, or are made of materials that can become compromised if temperatures approach or drop below freezing. Misuse of a hose that specifies a temperature range will often void any existing warranty.

Do you have any weight limitations?

Some of the heaviest hoses are the most sturdy and are the least likely to kink easily. But if you need to have a lightweight hose for easy maneuverability, or because of restrictions with your grip, then you may want to consider a light hose for your comfort level. Alternatives to traditional hoses that are touted as kink-free might be a good alternative: such as coiled, or collapsible hoses.

Where do you want to store your hose?

Some hoses tolerate heat and cold differently or will kink if not taken care of properly and rolled up after each use. Consider where you want to store your hoses, and read up on hose capabilities and their tolerances for storage in different conditions in order to keep your hose lasting as long as possible.

Which Kink-Free Garden Hose Is Right for You?

In the search for the best no kink garden hose, we came across a plethora of hoses claiming to be kink-free when they, in fact, did kink, and rather horribly at that. But there were a few gems that stood out to make the grade. The six choices we listed are some of the best on the current market and a common denominator between all of them is that they genuinely resist kinking and leakage very well, and if treated and stored correctly, will be a long-lasting, dependable product for years to come.

All things considered, our favorite choice is by far the Eley kink-resistant garden hose. This decision is due to its smart construction, 10-year “leak-free” guarantee/warranty, and its excellent tolerance for both extreme heat and severe cold. Further, many of us are not fans of rolling up hoses for storage and prefer leaving them stretched out when not in use, and this hose is a good fit for a wide variety of tasks including commercial applications. The material is built so that if you DO want to kink it, it’s possible but with its special design, it won’t “remember” that kink and will work as normal when you want it to do so.

Whereas it seems that no hose can truly promise 100-percent kink-free performance, there are some great ones on the market that certainly come close.

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