Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 44
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sonny GIlmour Soaker Hose 27025 Hose
I bought this hose a few days ago. I looked for instructions on the wrapper and label about how to use the hose and there were none. There was nothing said anywhere about using low pressure or using a pressure reducer. Now I have water spouts about a third of the way from the front end of the hose and drips on other parts. Had something been said about the need to control the pressure I would have done so.
May 8, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jskotr Poor; UNLESS you purchase an aftermarket flow reducer
I replaced a regular (cheap, recycled tire) soaker hose that lasted 5 seasons with this "premium" soaker hose in the drip section of my sprinkler system. Even though there were NO instructions to reduce the flow, I added an inline hose shutoff to the hose, since there appeared to by no flow reducer in the hose coupling, and adjusted it until the hose did not "overfill". The system pressure was obviously greater at 5:00 AM than when tested during the day and within a month the seam for the first 2 - 3 feet is separating and flooding that area of the garden. I do not recommend it, I have replaced it with a good quality standard soaker hose (Home Depot has one that is 5 star rated, I'm using it now.)
June 13, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HighAltMama Bad Purchase, only expect one season from them
I bought these for my garden last season with the expectation that spending a little bit more money upfront would save me headaches in the future. This is not the case with this product. Let me explain my usage. I used them to water a vegetable garden from approximately June through September. A few days following vegetable harvest ( I wanted them to dry out) I collected the hoses from the garden, coiled them nicely and stored them in a water tight tote in the shade for the winter. This spring when I placed them in the garden they were leaky and not good enough to ensure a good water for my garden. Complete waste of money, hoses should not be single season use. Go with the cheaper rubber soaker hoses.
June 16, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Franztini Barely lasts one season!
I completely agree with the other 1 star reviews, these hoses are only good for one season - at that! I used them last summer in my garden beds, I planted my spring garden and went to install the hoses and out of 10 hoses only 1 does not have major leaks. As for the comment on water pressure damaging the hoses and that you should install splitters and reduce your water pressure...well, this may be the only way to use these soaker hoses. However, before buying these soaker hoses, I used the cheaper ones, under the same conditions, and they last at least 2 years or more. I am beyond frustrated since the manufacturer warranty is one year. Guess when I bought them? You guessed it - 3/17/2014 - I am 9 days passed the warranty expiration. DO NOT BUY THESE!
March 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FarmYourYard Great when used correctly
This isn't your standard soaker and, to get optimal results, must be used in the right way.
First of all, for the 1 star reviews, I'm almost positive you're hooking it up to your faucet and cranking the water at full blast. No good, your hose will detonate. This is a soaker, so you'll either need to turn the faucet way down or, as I do, run these off splitters with very little water pressure.
Also, unlike traditional round hoses, these are flat and very flexible. You can bend them at almost any degree and water will still get to the end of the hose.
Additionally, water only emanates from the lowest spot on the hose. So if you're running them between containers, you can raise the hose up between the containers with poles so only the lowest spots (in the pots) will get wet. If the hose is flat, water will come out over the whole length at regular intervals.
Final pro tip: use these after a length of regular hose (wrapping the ends in that white plumber's tape) and you'll have a very cheap, very successful garden drip system with minimal water loss.
April 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by whitecap Great Product
I've been using these for a couple of years now, with excellent results. You do have to use pressure reducers with them, which can be had at HD for about $6.00. Trying to control the pressure with the faucet handle won't get the job done. Replace the plastic washers with rubber ones, and leakage will be negligible. I'm currently using 6 of them, connected to poly lines attached to sprinkler valves. My shrubs and perennials love them.
February 18, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Oldguy OK, but could be better
Like others, mine sprung leaks along the seam. I understand now that the seam is not strong enough to withstand full water pressure. But, if you turn the water on just enough to tighten the fabric a little, it works fine. I don't know if there is a warning about this on the package, but if there isn't, there should be.
Mine leaked in the first few feet from the faucet connection. I had nothing to lose, so I removed the two screws on the coupling and took it apart. Inside the fabric there is a thin walled plastic tube with tiny holes. The tubing and outer fabric are secured to the coupling by compression from the screws. There is also a short black piece of plastic tube between the inner tubing and the fabric.
The soaker was about six feet longer than I needed, so I just cut off the leaky portion with scissors and re-attached the coupling. Now it works like new.
I believe this would be a better product if the seam was heat sealed.
June 4, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KeithK2990 Does Not Work as Designed
Very poor performance -- Weak flow and saturation. Used five different times with less than desired results.
August 10, 2015