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Garden Hose Hangers, Holders and Reels

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on September 11, 2018
Best Garden Hose Reels

Watering the lawn or garden manually can be a very long and arduous task, particularly if you have a large yard. You have to hook up the hose and drag it all the way out and around the yard. Then when you're done, you have to drag it back to where it’s kept and somehow make it look nice and tidy and not a trip hazard at all. Effort!

Thankfully, there’s a little invention called the garden hose reel that’s there to make this task a whole lot easier. In this buyers guide and review, we’ll share with you some of the things to consider when making your next garden hose reel purchase before pointing you in the right direction of some of the best models around. 

What to Consider When Buying Garden Hose Storage

Technically, you don’t need a garden hose reel to water your garden. That being said, it does make it a lot easier for you. There’s no need to drag the hose around the lawn with you and it keeps the hose nice and neat. But before you go off to make your purchase, be sure to consider the following:

How long is your hose?

You’re going to need to know the length of your hose before you buy a hose reel. Buying one that’s too small is obviously not going to work, and buying one that’s too big is a waste of space. Try and aim for a hose reel that’s no more than 50 feet longer than your hose. 

Do you want a portable or mounted hose reel?

The next thing you’ll need to decide is whether you want a hose reel that you can carry around the garden with you or if you’d prefer one that’s mounted to the wall. If you have quite a small yard you may want to consider buying one that’s mountable. There’s less lifting involved and they’re usually much quicker to pack away.

Are you looking for a retractable hose reel?

Some hose reels out there are retractable. This means that they automatically wind the hose back in once you’ve finished watering. These reels are extremely easy to use once you get them going. However, you do need quite a lot of strength to start them off. Please note that most retractable reels are spring loaded and can be dangerous if not used properly. 

The Garden Hose Caddy Buyer's Guide

While they may not be particularly complicated products, there are still a few things to consider when shopping for a good hose reel:

Material​

The material in which the garden hose reel is made will play a large part in how long it will last. Most hose reels get used quite a lot throughout the year. They’re often kept outside and many are dragged around the lawn. And for that reason, you want to make sure you get one that’s heavy-duty and likely to last for a few years.

When it comes to garden hose reels, the most common materials used are plastic and metal. That being said the quality of both can vary greatly from model to model, so be careful. Stainless steel is always a good option as is durable and rust-proof - perfect for being outdoors. Avoid any that are made solely of plastic as they are liable to warp in the heat.  

Weight

If you opt for a mounted garden hose reel, the weight isn’t something you need to be too concerned with. If, however, you choose a portable hose reel, you’re going to want it as lightweight as possible.

Price

You shouldn’t get too hung up on price when buying a garden hose reel for two reasons. The first is that it’s an investment, not a purchase. You’re not going to be buying a new one every week. Provided you get it right the first time, your next garden hose reel should last for many years.

The second reason is that you invariably get what you pay for in terms of quality when it comes to hose reels. Buy cheap and you will get cheap. Invest a little more, and you should get a much more durable and longer lasting product.

Ease of use

Another thing to bear in mind before you make your purchase is how easy the hose reel is to operate. As mentioned earlier, these are not complicated pieces of machinery. However, one thing to be wary of is how hard it is to reel in the hose. The less effort that’s needed, the better!

Child safety

If you’re likely to leave your hose reel somewhere a child may have access to, then it’s definitely worth considering a model that has a child lock feature. Or, a hideaway reel is another option. These reels conceal the hose when it’s no longer needed, making it less tempting for youngsters to mess with. 

Assembly

Most garden hose reels require some kind of assembly. Sometimes they come with the necessary tools needed. Other times you may need to supply your own. However, you never normally need more than a wrench or a few screws.

Either way, you will want to consider this when making your purchase. If you’re someone who’s not too comfortable with DIY you may want to find a model that requires very little assembly.    

Top Tips on Using Your Garden Hose Reel Holder

The following are a few simple tips that will help make your watering experience run more smoothly:

  • To make the winding in of your hose easier, simply lay it out in a straight line first. Then, slowly reel it in.
  • Make sure you have drained all the water from the hose before winding it back in.
  • Never use a reel with a hose it’s not designed to work with.
  • Always read the instruction manual that comes with your purchase.

Top Tips on Caring for Your Garden Hose Reel Hanger

To ensure the longevity of your hose reel you need to maintain it, regardless of how high-quality is. The following general maintenance tips should help get you started in the right direction:

  • Clean your reel regularly. Garden hose reels tend to spend a lot of time outside. And for that reason, you want to make sure they don’t get too grimy as this may damage both the reel and hose.
  • Inspect your reel often. You can probably do this at the same time as cleaning. Just give it the once over without the hose on to make sure it moves and functions as it should. All reels have moving parts and they can become worn or damaged over time. The more often you inspect your reel, the less likely you’ll encounter an unfixable problem.
  • Never store your reel when it’s wet. This may cause it to rust or go moldy, depending on the material used. Giving it just a quick dry when using the reel regularly is fine. But when packing it away for the winter, be sure to dry both the reel and outer hose thoroughly.
  • Regularly oil any moving parts. Most metal objects that have moving parts will seize if not used on a regular basis, and hose reels are no different. To prevent this from happening, lubrication is the key. Apply a small drop of oil to any moving parts regularly to prevent damage from wear and tear.
  • Apply a protective coating. If you’ve opted for a metal reel another way to help preserve its life is to coat it with either a clear finish or acrylic paint. This will help to prevent rusting.
     

Garden Hose Reel Reviews

If you’re looking for a high-quality, retractable garden reel hose, that not only looks good but works well too, then the RL Flomaster Retractable 65-Foot Hose Reel may be just what you need.

RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel, Brown

This two-in-one product may seem pricey but when you consider you’re getting both the hose and hose reel, it’s actually not that bad. With 65-Feet of reinforced ⅝” thick hose and threaded brass ends, it does a great job at keeping your lawn hose-free while not in use. It retracts nice and slow and has a stopper to reduce injury.

The included mounting bracket makes it easy to put up and the automatic guides stoops the hose from overlapping when it is retracted. It even comes with an 8-pattern nozzle for more flexible watering.

All-in-all, it’s a really solid hose reel that will suit most users. Everything you need to mount the unit comes in the box and is really simple to install. The only thing I would say is that the retracting system is very finicky. If you pull the hose too far out, it is a nightmare to wind back in.

Pros
  • Includes both hose and reel
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    Slow retracting; durable
Cons
  • The retracting system can be temperamental

The Liberty Garden Products Cast Aluminum Garden Hose Reel is definitely one of the nicest looking hose reels I’ve seen in a while. With all brass fittings and a decorative design, it certainly stands out from the rest. 

Liberty Garden Products 704 Decorative Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel, Holds 125-Feet of 5/8-Inch Hose - Bronze

It may not come included with a complete hose, but it is equipped with a 5’ leader hose in which to attach yours. And in terms of capacity, it’s capable of holding one that’s up to ⅝” thick and up to 125-feet in length.

Being made of powder-coated cast aluminum it’s also highly durable and rust-resistant.  So there’s absolutely no reason as to why this hose reel shouldn’t last for a number of years. The other thing I really like about this hose reel is that it doubles up as a handy shelf for you to store a few extra garden accessories.

There’s no assembly required for the actual hose reel but you will need to mount it. And for that, you will have to provide your own hardware. Also be aware that you may experience some leakage. This can be prevented by using extra washers, but you will have to provide them yourself too. 

Pros
  • Durable
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    Rust-resistant
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    No assembly needed
Cons
  • No mounting hardware included
  • May leak a little if extra washers not used

If you’re looking for an innovative garden hose reel to help make your life that little bit easier while watering the lawn then check out the Suncast SFB205M 225-Foot Pro Hose Reel Cart. It’s big enough to hold up to 225’ of ⅝” hose and has a flow system that’s made using tough, no-leak aluminum.

Suncast SFB205M 225-Foot Capacity Hosemobile Pro Hose Reel Cart with Aluminum In-Out Tube

Fitted with 2 plastic wheels, this funky little cart is perfect for transporting around the garden with you. That being said, they aren’t the strongest of wheels ever made, so just be careful when going over rough or bumpy terrain.

As well as providing you with a nice looking place to store your reel, this unit is also fitted with a storage bin to help keep safe any extra watering accessories you may need. It’s made of sturdy resin so there are no worries about rusting, and it comes with a no-leak guarantee.

Other than the wheels being a little weak, there’s not much to complain about. It looks great, functions really well, and is a pretty good price. What more could you want?   

Pros
  • Innovative design
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    Fitted with storage bin to store small items
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    No-leak guarantee
Cons
  • Wheels may be a little wobbly when on grass
Eley/Rapid Reel Two Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart

This is one for all you hardcore gardeners out there. The Eley/Rapid Reel Garden Hose Reel Cart is by far, one of the highest quality units around (in my opinion). Having a reel that’s made of die-cast aluminum and brass means it’s extremely strong and durable, making it perfect for a lifetime of use in the garden.

The other thing I really like about this model is that it has quite a wide wheelbase, making it feel very secure and stable while in use. You can also adjust the height of the reel to make for more comfortable using and re-winding. There is some assembly required this hose reel, but it’s so easy and can be done in a matter of minutes.

Overall, it’s flawlessly crafted, works well, and it looks great. While it is a little on the expensive side, don’t be too put off by the price, as you do get a great deal of bang for your buck. And, it even comes with a 10-year no rust, no leak, and no break guarantee.

The only slight issue I found (other than the price) was that the hose rolled a little too easy off the reel, causing me to have more than I needed. I feel that maybe there should be some kind of resistance in place to prevent this from happening.    

Pros
  • Heavy-duty frame
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    10-year guarantee
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Very little resistance on reel

Here we have another great option for those of you who want a little helping hand when it’s time to reel in your hose. The Hoselink Automatic Retractable Garden Hose Reel is easy to set up and easy to use. It’s spring loaded so requires very little effort to pull out. 

HOSELINK Automatic Retractable Garden Hose Reel with 7-Function Spray Gun, 82-Feet

The reel comes with everything you need to allow you to water your lawn, including an 82ft BPA and lead-free hose as well as a 7-function spray gun. It’s also fitted with a ‘stop-anywhere’ locking mechanism that enables you to secure the hose at any length required.

To make things nice and easy for you, everything you need to mount the hose reel comes included in the package. Simply affix the bracket to something solid such as a wall or post. Then mount the hose reel onto the bracket and hook up the hose. And that’s it. Just turn the tap, pull out the hose to the length required and away you go! 

You may find the price tag to be a little high, but it is a great product all around. I especially love the fact that it conceals your hose and keeps it all rolled up in a nice, neat package. One thing you do need to be careful with is that it retracts really fast. Other than that, it’s a fantastic product.   

Pros
  • Easy to assemble
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    User-friendly
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Retracts really fast

Just remember, when buying a garden hose reel, it’s more of an investment opposed to some fruitless purchase. And provided you choose right, there’s no reason as to why your reel shouldn’t last a very long time.

If you’re still unsure as to what model to choose take another look at the Eley/Rapid Reel Two Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart. It’s portable, it’s functional, and it’s easy to use. If however, you’re on a bit of a budget, I recommend the Suncast SFB205M 225-Foot Pro Hose Reel Cart. Again, it’s got everything you need to do the job well, but at a much lower price. 

Happy watering!

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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