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I am interested to know if anyone on the forum has an expandable hose. I was flicking through the tv channels recently and came across a shopping channel advertising this expandable hose. If it's as good as it appears to be it would suit me down to the ground as I have a long length which my existing hose can't reach. Have previously added to my existing hose but it didn't last long. Once you have turned the tap on it expands to three times it's size and when empty reverts to something quite small. I have hummed and harred over this and haven't taken the plunge to order one. They aren't that expensive. So I thought there could be someone on the forum who actually uses one and could let me know if it is worth buying one. I would be very grateful to anyone who could help.  :)



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Never used one @Fran IOM, but I do remember a thread about them a long time ago, and they didn't seem to be well liked. Problems with them bursting etc. 
    They may have improved since then though. 
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,561
    @Fairygirl. Many thanks for that info. I had thought that if they were that good members on here would be singing their praises. Maybe they have improved over the years. Will see if I can find any reviews online.  :)
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,336
    Not used them either, but have only heard bad things.
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,561
    @punkdoc Thanks for that. I'm glad I posted on here as I am now feeling they can't be as good as they make out. Just as well I didn't order one only to be disappointed.  :)

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,237
    My mum has sent two back so far to be replaced.  First one lasted a week, second one a few months.
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536
    I've had a few, they just burst. Wouldn't bother again.
  • Bought one at the beginning of last year and so far so good with it. Still kinks a little but nowhere near as bad as a normal hose.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,323
    I've posted quite often over the past five years about how much I love mine - from Hozelock. A total game changer. So light - curls up into a small bag when not in use.

    But there some caveats. They don't "expand" in a household with low water pressure as they use the water pressure to lengthen. They are more fragile than regular thick, heavy hoses, so not great if you have dogs etc that like to chew these things. Probably best to put the hose away out of strong sun and in winter when not in use. They don't get super long (because of the water pressure issue) so they are great for small garden.

    I suspect there is a big difference between the cheapo versions available on Ebay for a fiver, and higher end ones like Hozelock.

    For me it has been a 'valve decision'. I wouldn't go back to the old style, which are too heavy, cumbersome and take up too much space.
  • I bought mine a few years ago from Amazon n  I use it regularly to water the garden and also with my pressure washer.  It packs away into a supplied cloth bag and has to date been great. 
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,561
    @fidgetbones. @RoddersUK
    Not good news from either of you which really puts me off. Many thanks for your input.

    @februarysgirl Just as I had decided that they weren't worth bothering with you seem to be pleased with yours which you have had a while now. Maybe you have been lucky. Knowing my luck if I bought one it would probably burst.  :D
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