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Best Lightweight Garden Hoses 2020 – Reviews and Top Picks

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Lightweight Garden HoseMaybe gardening always seemed like a good idea to you, but then you realize just how much lifting you have to do! First, there are all the pots, and you have to lug around all that dirt!

To get the plants in the ground, you have to dig holes, which means you have to lift more dirt.

The easy part of gardening should be watering, but even that can be heavy.

Well, what if we told you that there are hoses that are not only lightweight but are also space savers!

You can buy a hose and watch it go from 100 feet to 10 feet. Magic! Of course, there are so many hose options, how do you find the right one for you? Fortunately for you, we love magic and we love writing reviews. Let us carry the load of finding the perfect lightweight hose.


A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

ModelPriceWarrantyEditor Rating
HYRIXDIRECT Garden Hose
small HYRIXDIRECT
Best Overall

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1 Year4.85/5
Sky hose Garden Hose
small Sky hose
Best Value

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1 Year4.65/5
Flexzilla HFZG575YW
small Flexzilla HFZG575YW
Premium Choice

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1 Year4.60/5
zero-G 4001-50
small zero-G 4001-50

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5 Years4.35/5
Todoya 3750D
small Todoya 3750D

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1 Year4.30/5

The 9 Best Lightweight Garden Hoses

1. HYRIXDIRECT Garden Hose Lightweight – Best Overall

HYRIXDIRECT Garden Hose

When a company states that they will replace a product a full 12 months after purchase, you know that they have some serious swagger. HYRIXDIRECT does not mess around with garden hoses, and we will absolutely vouch for that. The brass connectors alone will tell you everything you need to know about how serious this product is. The connectors are ¾ of an inch long and add so much durability to this hose, you won’t need another buying guide like this for a long time.

Composed of 3750D polyester fabric, this hose is super stretchy and flexible but still won’t burst a leak. This is possible because of the double latex tubing. Of course, what we’re really here for is how much this hose extends when the water is turned on. This hose can go from 17 feet to 100, as long as you have the water pressure for it. After you’ve turned off the water, it only takes minutes for it to go back to its original size.

As if this hose couldn’t get any better, HYRIXDIRECT offers a free eight-pattern spray nozzle to come with the hose. It has all the classics: rain, jet, shower, flat, etc. With the holidays coming up, this hose could even make a great gift!

Pros
  • Goes from 17 feet to 100
  • Back to original size in minutes after use
  • Comes with eight-pattern spray nozzle
Cons
  • Might leak a bit

2. Sky hose Lightweight Water Hose – Best Value

Moer Sky Garden Hose

When we think about garden hoses, we normally think about the pains we go through to put them away. Other thoughts include water spraying everywhere while you frantically try to turn the hose off. With those things in mind, it sure would be nice to have a short hose that doesn’t spray everywhere. The Sky hose is just that hose. Starting at 8 feet, this hose expands up to 25 feet when water passes through it. Instead of cheap connectors, this product has heavy-duty brass connectors so there isn’t anywhere for water to go except where it is supposed to go.

This hose is made even easier to use with a convenient on/off toggle by the connector. Made from three-layer latex, this hose is highly unlikely to burst. Because you’ll have it for a while, you might as well make use of the free storage bag that it comes with. It’s clear to see why we think that this is the best lightweight garden hose for the money.

Pros
  • Heavy-duty brass connectors
  • On/off toggle switch
  • No need for storage
Cons
  • Only goes up to 25 feet

3. Flexzilla Garden Garden Hose – Premium Choice

Flexzilla HFZG575YW

With a name like Flexzilla, you know that this thing has to be serious. Made out of the same material they make airplanes out of, this hose breaks many common hose tropes. Because of the material used, this hose never kinks. That may lead you to believe that this is a very rigid hose, but it’s quite the opposite, in fact. When you go to coil this product, it won’t fight you. This is because it’s made of a no-memory material. This hose is also extremely lightweight, so when you get to the worst part of being a hose owner — putting it away — you’ll be surprised at how easy the process is. As for bursting? It probably won’t happen because this hose can withstand 500 psi.

One issue that arises because of the unique composition of this hose is that if it does spring a leak, you can’t cut it to put a new end on. Still, there is a lifetime warranty, so there’s nothing to worry about!

Pros
  • Airplane material
  • Durable
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons
  • Springs leaks a little too easily

4. zero-G Lightweight Garden Hose

Zero-G 4001-50

Made in the U.S.A., this hose by Zero-G is meant to be used on the job site. It will be a welcome addition for workers, as it is 50% lighter than your average, everyday vinyl hose. While it doesn’t expand and isn’t made up of materials intended for airplanes, this product is super tough. Boasting a burst rating of over 600 psi, you’d be hard pressed to find water pressure good enough to ruin this product. While it doesn’t expand or contract, it does deflate after use, making cleanup that much easier. Kink resistant and easy to move, using this hose is like walking hand in hand with a good friend on a beautiful day.

While the issue of bursting seems to be negligible with the Zero-G, it does have issues with ripping. Fortunately, it comes with a five-year warranty, and the company is manned by good customer service staff.

Pros
  • Lighter than average
  • Super tough
  • Can handle 600 psi
  • Five-year warranty
Cons
  • Can’t expand/contract
  • Tendency to rip

5. Todoya Lightweight Garden Water Hose

Toyoda 100ft expandable garden hose

Great for space saving, this Todoya garden hose will expand by three times when water is running through it. Made with heavy-duty copper connectors, it is as durable as it is flexible. With a brass valve, it also makes the process of turning off running water that much easier. Corrosion resistant and rust proof, this hose should be able to withstand many seasons of heavy use. It can handle up to 12 bars of pressure and water as hot as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the flexibility of this product, it is mostly kink proof, albeit with no promises from the manufacturers. If anything were to go wrong, this product comes with a one-year warranty and a 60-day money-back policy.

Because this is designed to be a garden hose, we wouldn’t recommend heavy use with it. Even though it is supported by brass connectors, it is meant for watering begonias, not putting out fires or pressure washing driveways. It’s still lightweight and easy to store, but one issue we’ve had is that sometimes after the hose expands, it doesn’t quite contract.

Pros
  • 12 bars of pressure threshold
  • 113-degree temperature threshold
  • Flexible
Cons
  • Doesn’t contract

6. Water Right 400 Series Garden Hose

Water Right 400 Series

We’re now getting away from copper-supported hoses to more traditional ones. While the Water Right hose has classic connectors, it is made out of lightweight polyurethane resin, making it safe to drink from and easier to put away. This hose can also withstand the elements: Whether a brutal summer or a downright frigid winter, this hose won’t crack under pressure. The lead fittings won’t tarnish and are crush free, a welcome design aspect for those of us who regularly accidentally step on things. This hose is super easy to put away, but there is a bit of a catch. When you first get it, it’s a bit sticky and not quite trained yet. Once it has experienced some of the elements and has been wrapped a few times, it turns into a dream job, but the first few wrappings can be a bit of a hassle.

While it is one of the most lightweight hoses on the market, it does have unfortunate inconsistencies. If you get a good hose, it will be kink free and a total breeze. However, sometimes the hose just isn’t quite up to par.

Pros
  • Can handle the elements
  • Crush-proof connectors
  • Easy to put away
Cons
  • Kinks easily

7. Flexi Hose Expandable Garden Hose

Flexi Hose Upgraded

Once you take a look at the Flexi Hose, you’ll think it looks familiar, and that’s because this hose has all the features of our first few expandable/retractable hoses but doesn’t do them quite as well. Its packaging makes it look like this hose is meant to be thrown away, and the fact that the company will give you a new one every time it breaks doesn’t suggest anything differently. Still, this hose can expand up to 50 feet and is supported by ¾-inch brass connectors. As an added perk, you will receive an eight-pattern rotating hose nozzle, which we’re obviously fans of.

This product is less durable than the previously listed options. While they are made of several layers of latex, this hose is only made of one. We have also experienced issues with the connectors at the source. Between that and durability, this isn’t our favorite hose, but it is light and easy to put away, and if you’re only going to use it to water begonias, then we think it is perfectly suitable for that.

Pros
  • 50 feet
  • Free eight-pattern nozzle
Cons
  • Looks like it is meant to be thrown away
  • Only good for low pressure

8. Flexzilla HFZG575YWS Garden Hose

Flexzilla HFZG575YWS

If there was ever an issue with hoses that goes under-discussed, it’s how often they twist! It can make wrapping them impossible and connecting them to other hoses or spigots downright maddening. Fortunately, Flexzilla is no spring chicken when it comes to hoses, and they have made a product designed exactly to mitigate this issue. This is a zero memory hose so it doesn’t learn the patterns in which it is coiled or bent, which helps prevent twisting, though not as much as its patented SwivelGrip. The hose is somehow not attached to the connectors so when you are walking around with it, it moves freely.

While this technology does seem awesome, it comes with several drawbacks. The durability of this hose is suspect at best, especially around the connectors. This product also attracts mold faster than other hoses out there, and to wash the mold off, you’ll need … a hose.

Pros
  • Zero Memory hose
  • SwivelGrip technology
Cons
  • Durability
  • Molds quickly

9. Nifty Grower 100ft Garden Hose

Nifty Grower 100ft Garden Hose

We can appreciate a product that knows exactly what it is. Meant specifically for watering, this hose comes at a length of 10 feet but expands up to 100. Which is to say, it’s quite nifty. For the sake of fairness, however, this hose is also marketed as great for cleaning your car or your dog, but in either case, don’t use too much water pressure or this thing will burst. Compared to the other hoses on this list, cleanup is a bit more of a hassle if you intend to keep this product in good shape. You will need to make sure that it is completely drained of water and stored in a cool place, so it might not be an ideal summer hose. It’s also best not to step on this product, as that doesn’t seem to bode well for its durability. But at least there is a three-year protection plan that you can buy with this product.

As with other less expensive hoses, the connectors are a little lackluster here. While you can eventually get a good snug fit, it takes a bit of hassling, which is not ideal in the summer heat. While we think this is a fine hose for the price, we would rather spend just a bit more and get something more reliable/dependable.

Pros
  • 100 feet
Cons
  • Must let water drain
  • Bursts easily
  • Needs to be stored in a cool place

Buyer’s Guide

As you can see, when it comes to lightweight hoses, there are quite a few options, and the things that separate them in terms of quality are pretty nuanced. In our reviews, we tried to include something for everyone, from the hobby gardener to the jobsite worker. We are also specifically looking at lightweight hoses, which will naturally be less durable than, say, a fire hose. So, let’s narrow down what to look for when shopping for a lightweight hose.

Do you want it long?

Many of these hoses are expandable, with varying degrees of success and contraction. It’s definitely a bummer if you buy a hose expecting to only have to put away 10 feet of it, and it turns out that once it expands to 100 feet, it stays at 100 feet. This is especially an issue if you are trying to conserve space. Of course, with expanding and contracting hoses, you also have to ask yourself …

Do you want it for a long time?

Because if you do, you might want to avoid expanding hoses altogether. Of course, this depends on the type of job you are doing, as we mentioned, but there are other options that will be more durable if space is less of an issue for you.

Patience …

There are many factors when it comes to a hose’s durability, and unfortunately, in the world of lightweight hoses, they can be quite the prickly bunch. Whether it is the material that splits or a connector that is finicky, you’re bound to have a few issues before finding the right product for you. Fortunately, most of these products come with wonderful warranties and customer service teams that can help you out. Yes, it is frustrating to buy something and have it not work like you expected, but there is so much variance even within one company when it comes to the quality of their lightweight hoses, you should probably expect some trouble.

Maybe you’re in it for the nozzles?

If so, there are options on this list that will do you right! Of course, you can always buy them separately, but we all love free stuff. It’s especially nice knowing that the nozzle will be compatible with the hose because …

Some of these use parts not found on everyday hoses.

With most hoses, if you spring a leak, you can cut off an end and add a connector, but that isn’t the case with some of the products on this list. You will want to check and make sure that the hose you are buying is compatible with others if you have a collection of hoses.

How about that connectivity? (We don’t mean the internet!)

One of these days, there will be Wi-Fi hoses, but today is not that day. What we’re talking about is how well the hose connects to the spigot. Some hoses are just slide right on, and others can be your worst nightmare. You may also want to check to see if the hose you are buying needs an adapter.

Make sure you’re backed up!

Most of these products come with warranties or replacement guarantees. You look to see if the hose you buy offers this. Even if a company has a good track record, nothing lasts forever. The world of hoses is a twisty and coiled bunch, with problems arising out of nowhere. One minute, you’re watering the garden, and the next thing you know, you’ve created your own personal water park. Moral of the story? Check your warranty before buying!

Conclusion

Our favorite lightweight hose happens to be the HYRIXDIRECT because it is a wonderful amalgamation of two important things: value and functionality. While the Sky Hose is indeed our value pick, the HYRIXDIRECT offers more functionality at a price that could go for much higher. As for our premium pick, we are absolutely in love with the Flexzilla, but we understand that not everyone has the budget for hoses. But you could purchase the worst reviewed hose in the history of hoses, and it might never burst. While we don’t recommend doing that, we do recommend that you play the percentages and go with the products that are well reviewed.

We hope that these views have expanded your knowledge and contracted your options when shopping for a lightweight hose.


Featured Image By: Nifty Grower Garden Hose, amazon

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!