Best Lightweight Garden Hose Picks For Your Watering Needs
Surprisingly enough, there are quite a few traditional hose options that are both durable and lightweight available, of which my top picks are described below. Read on to determine which of the following are the best, and lightest, garden hose pick for you.
**Our top pick is the Eley Polyurethane Hose.**
- Rubber tubes
- Thermoplastic elastomer
- Vinyl cores
- Polyurethane resins
- Water Right 400 Series Slim & Light Hose
- Zero-G 4001 Lightweight Garden Hose
- Legacy Flexzilla Lightweight Garden Hose
- Tuff-Guard Garden Hose
- Gilmour Flexogen Super Duty Hose
|Length||Dry Weight||Fittings||Materials||Size||Our Rating|
|25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200 foot options||7 lbs (50 foot length)||Lead Free Brass Fittings||Polyurethane||5/8ths|
Water Right 400 Series
|25, 50, 75, 100 foot options||3 lbs (50 foot length)||Brass or Stainless Steel Fitting Options||Polyurethane||7/16th - 3/8th inch choices|
Zero-G 4001-50 Hose
|50 feet||4.7 lbs||Aluminum||Polymer and Nylon fiber covering||5.8th inch|
|3, 5, 10, 50, 75, 100 foot lengths||8.0 lbs (50 foot)||Aluminum||Polymer||5.8th inch|
|25, 50, 100 foot lengths||6.3 lbs (50 foot)||Brass||Thermoplastic elastomer tube and polyester core||5.8th inch|
|25, 50, 75, 100 foot lengths||5.4 lbs (50 foot)||Unspecified metal||Rubber, foam, nylon combination layers||1/2 inch|
Polyurethane resins are often used as fiber reinforcements with other materials, but when cast as a hose, can provide a slim, sleek, flexible, and strong design.
Although brass fittings are the most commonly found fittings due to its durability and popularity of not ‘grabbing’ and sticking to connections, brass can be quite heavy and in some cases have been replaced with lighter metal alloys, and unique patented fitting ends to help alleviate weight.
Most commonly found are aluminium ends, occasionally plated in nickel to help provide less friction upon connection. Aluminum is a tough, lightweight alloy that can withstand quite a bit of pressure. Aluminum can occasionally bind to other metals when wet, and be difficult to disengage from faucet ends.
Stainless steel fittings
Stainless steel fittings, although rare, can be occasionally found with molded hoses and are both crush resistant and long lasting.
Hoses generally come in a standard 5/8th size for universal fittings and pressure, even though they may be offered in other sizes with a little bit of research on the buyer’s part. Lightweight hoses seem to have a bit more of a variety, offering the sizes more often in a 5/8th inch size, 3/8th inch size, or a ½ inch size, which decreases the amount of water that can pass through it through a given time due to the smaller diameter. You may often even find 7/16th inch choices as well. This is commonly used to offset the weight of the hose in relation to the amount of materials being used.
How to Choose the Best and Lightest Garden Hose for Your Yard
Other considerations surround why you are looking for a lightweight hose in the first place. If you have long distances to cover, or are physically unable to drag or lift heavy hoses, you’ll want to consider the lengths and weight choices that you’re comfortable with.
What are you using your hose for?
Is the weight considerations do to physical ailments?
Where do you want to store your hose?
When are you using your hose?
Again, consider the materials your choices are made of in order to make sure you not only get a useful product, but one that will last you years to come. Think of it as an investment.
- Height: 25, 50, 75, 100 foot options
- Weight: 3 lbs (50 foot length)
- Fittings: Brass or Stainless Steel Fitting Options
- Materials: Polyurethane
- Size: 7/16th – 3/8th inch choices
The Water Right series of hoses are also meant to be extremely flexible, and come in quite the selection of colors as well if you like that sort of thing. I have no shame: complementing my house siding with a hose is right up my alley. Plus I like that there is a wide variety of both lengths and hose diameters to choose from.
The biggest complaints surrounding this product is that is does, in fact, kink at times – which it’s not supposed to do. Personally I find almost every manufacturer of hoses say their hose isn’t supposed to kink, and almost every rating site has a review that complains of kinking. I feel that surviving extreme temperatures and having a decent durability to last outweighs this issue.
This particular hose is best suited for somebody looking for a good, all-around hose that can hold up to weather and multiple tasks through the year.
- Very flexible in sub-zero to 140 degree weather
- Drinking water safe
- Simple to wind and store easily
- Easy to move around
- Kinks easily when not filled with water
- Does not ‘free’ coil easily on the ground
- Weak flow rate
- Height: 50 feet
- Weight: 4.7 lbs
- Fittings: Aluminum
- Materials: Polymer and Nylon fiber covering
- Size: 5.8th inch
Patented couplings are considered crush proof, and they certainly look to be as they are thick and durable in design, but still fit a universal nozzle. Mentioned multiple times is how easy it is to combine multiple hoses without sacrificing much in the way of weight or overall water pressure. I actually am intrigued by the design and overall positive ratings surrounding this hose and believe it would be fn to try out around my place during the summer months.
This is not a choice, however, for temperatures that drop below freezing, as the materials will not stand up to cold extremes, and freezing water can damage and strain the materials rendering them useless.
This is a great pick for temperate climate users, or those who put up their hoses once temperatures begin to drop towards freezing.
- 5 year warranty
- Fittings are well made
- Easy to grip
- Lightweight and easy to pull
- Difficult to roll up
- Is not kink free
- Leaks easily, although covered by warranty
- Height: 3, 5, 10, 50, 75, 100 foot lengths
- Weight: 8.0 lbs (50 foot)
- Fittings: Aluminum
- Materials: Polymer
- Size: 5.8th inch
To me this is just a fun looking hose that I think I might like to try out eventually despite being on the heavier side of lightweight hoses. The cold factor has me hooked despite living in a desert simply because it DOES get into the single digits here and I really hate having to put up my hoses when I know I have to drag them back out to fill up stock tanks.
The Flexzilla is also drinking water safe, which I like because, as mentioned, living things will drink from it (things include my children). Complaints about the hose have almost everything to do with how easily it can kink due to it’s flexibility when the water is not on.
This is a good choice for year round use, and since it is drinking water safe, is also a good consideration for those who needs to be filling water for animals or who have children.
- Handles freezing weather well
- Very flexible
- Lightweight and easy to use
- Holds up well in sun and heat
- Has a curvature memory
- Will kink if not filled with water
- Heavier than other lightweight brands, but very durable
- Height: 25, 50, 100 foot lengths
- Weight: 6.3 lbs (50 foot)
- Fittings: Brass
- Materials: Thermoplastic elastomer tube and polyester core
- Size: 5.8th inch
Weather tolerant (down to -20 degrees), and incredibly lightweight at 3.3 lbs/25 feet, this hose seriously looks like nothing I’ve ever seen outside my children’s toys. Yet, despite it’s one major flaw (described below) it seems to be loved by the consumer for every job imaginable while it is working. Multiple colors, and lengths, are available as a 5/8th inch diameter hose with sturdy, brass fittings.
The only complaint it seems to have, and this can be a deal breaker, is that the hose couplings separate from the hose itself causing an un-fixable leak. Although completely covered under warranty, and well documented by the manufacturer, one can only hope this is something that has been, or is being corrected.
Due to the issue with the fitting separation, this is not a pick for somebody who is going to use this heavily until that issue is corrected. However, it seems to be a favorite regardless of the problem as long as you don’t mind taking advantage of the return policy.
- 1 year warranty
- Very durable, can buried and withstands temperatures to below freezing
- Survives high temperatures
- Kink proof
- Fitting to hose connection can tear easily (covered under warranty)
- Leaked fittings within a few months (replaced under warranty)
- Height: 25, 50, 75, 100 foot lengths
- Weight: 5.4 lbs (50 foot)
- Fittings: Unspecified metal
- Materials: Rubber, foam, nylon combination layers
- Size: 1/2 inch
This is a pretty simple layered creation that takes less amounts of durable rubber than a traditional all rubber hose combined with thin layers of foam and woven nylon for extra durability. And for the most part the hose seems to hold up to cold and heat, simple watering, and heavy duty work with a pressure head without any problems.
Complaints surround a design flaw that causes an inner rupture and resulting bulging of the hose despite it being able to still work. However, over time this causes the hose to kink and fold more easily, and break down the material further until it is rendered unusable. The perk of the company is that they will replace it if this happens.
This is a great pick for general use around the yard for watering and other light chores. Longtime use (such as hooked to a sprinkler) seems to result in an internal issue that causes bulges and eventual leaks.
- Lifetime warranty, good customer service
- Good water pressure comparable to a 5/8th diameter
- Rolls up easily for storage
- Begins to bulge with heavy uses
- Kinks easily after bulges begin even with water on
- Sun deteriorates it quickly
The lightweight hose market is certainly larger than I expected, and it even has a variety of choices that seem to stand up to some heavy duty work. Durable fittings, unique materials and polymer combinations, and a variety of diameter sizes and lengths certainly make them competitive in the garden hose market. Plus, most manufacturing companies provide a healthy warranty to back up their claims and provide replacements if you have any trouble with the design.
Consider, however, that lightweight hoses are not supposed to last as long as the heavy duty, rubber and reinforced vinyl hoses. The use of varied lightweight materials often don’t hold up to extreme temperatures, or long term use as well- although recent ratings show that there are many on the market that are approaching the more expensive, heavier alternatives in comparison to overall life expectancy of the product.
Even with the variety of choices I provided, only one really stood out to me that I considered acceptable for my needs: Eley Polyurethane Hose provides the durability, weather resistance, ligth weight and bang for your buck that I’m looking for. I also really like the fact that there are so many choices in length in order to get the right hose for whicever job you need.