We all know that water garden hoses come in many variations of length, type, material, tips and colors but which garden hose is the best option when using a pressure cleaner? It may seem like a simple choice at first but after reviewing all our options we may want to think again. Lets dive into the different garden hoses out there.
Garden hose lengths
We have lengths varying from 5, 6, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 foot and these can be customized to fit your specific needs. All that needs to be done is change and secure the tips to prevent leakage and damage. We suggest 75 foot garden hose to give you versatility when using your pressure washer around the home.
Garden hose size
Sizes can come in 1/4 Inch, 3/8 Inch, 1/2 Inch, 5/8 Inch, 3/4 Inch or 1 Inch. We prefer to use 5/8 inch for best water flow. The water flow given off by your hose outlet must also be taken into account as this is where your GPM (Gallons Per Minuet) will come from to feed the pressure washer. A quick and easy test can be done by using a 5 gallon bucket to measure how many gallons come out per minuet. This gives us more confidence when turning on the machine, ensuring it will not overheat and burn due to insufficient water levels.
Garden hose material
Common garden hose materials are as follows
Vinyl - the least expensive out of the other materials and is reinforced with nylon mesh, tend to kink easily.
Polyurethane - considered a light duty hose, stiff to the touch and hard to roll back up.
Rubber - Heavy duty in nature and build to take a beating from the outdoor climate.
Polymer - lightweight soft and easy to maneuver, high chance of kinking but can be unkinked easy (Our preferred choice for garden hoses)
Metal - tougher than the other hoses but is more pricey when compared and has a small chance of kinking.
Expandable - This hose is also lightweight and expands as water flows into it, helping it grow into a longer and thick hose. The ability for these hoses to contract are amazing. A 100 foot hose that typically takes up a lot of space can easily be drained of water and fit snug into a 5 gallon bucket.
In conclusion we strongly suggest a polymer garden safe water drinking hose, primarily the Flexzilla 5/8 Inch 100 Foot hose that allows a large distance to move the power washer if needed or can be hooked up to a mobile hose reel.
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