Rated 2.8 out of 5Â by 37
Rated 1 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â by ETXGardener Terrible Priduct
The reason I bought this product in the first place was I was so tired of the standard soaker that kinks and then breaks, doesn't hold up to Texas-Hot summers and is generally difficult to lay. I discovered the flat hose also kinks..and twists..is not much easier to lay and DOES NOT put out water! To avoid blowing out the seams, I started out slowly and after seeing no water flow to speak of, gradually increased but it is still very unsatisfactory. The water comes out in spots, not at all evenly and generally not anywhere near the plant roots...I suspect it is only coming out in the low spots. It takes FOREVER to get any amount of water to the plants. I am so unhappy with this product, I bought two, originally for around my rose bushes, this is the second year and fortunately, so far, we have had enough rain that I haven't had to depend on them. When we dry out, as we will, I will be going to the discount club store where I can buy two of the regular soakers for only a couple dollars more than this.
June 20, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â 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