Rated 2.8 out of 5 by 173
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by indigobow Be reasonable: this isn't a high quality reel, but not bad for the price.
Bought this reel this morning at my local HD after searching online for reels that I really wanted, but didn't really want to PAY FOR! Spent twenty bucks for the reel and another three bucks for four galvanized twelve inch x 3/8" spikes. I used four 3/8" zinc washers from home and the spikes to anchor the reel firmly to the ground. (Drive them in at a slight angle for better holding power.) It does come with spikes, but they're shorter, flimsier, (word?) and I'll use them on something else. I bought a 90' "Farm Hose" with a lifetime guarantee (we'll see) from Rural King for about $20 and used that in the reel. I used another farm hose I already had for the leader, because my faucet wasn't that close to where I wanted the reel. I'll use the shorty leader hose that came with the reel for something else. NBD. When reeling up the hose, you need to have one hand on the handle and the other guiding the hose. It needs to be rolled up fairly neatly to fit the 90' by 5/8" hose on the reel. THIS IS NOT AN IDIOT -PROOF REEL!!! You have to have some common sense. And since you anchored the reel properly, you will have that other hand free to guide the hose. I've owned at lease 10 different types of hose reels and even the ones with "hose guides" that are SUPPOSED to layer the hose on the reel perfectly, don't. But then again, I've never paid more than $200 for a hose reel. As far as lifespan goes, if I can make this last for a calendar year, that's probably pretty good. It will probably require a new O-ring after a while...NBD. Once something major breaks, I'll buy another one for $20, use the same spikes I had for this one and be good for another year or two.
July 14, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Nina This product doesn't work!!
It came as a square bucket with the hose reel inside and four stakes to allegedly hold it in place. They aren't adequate and the whole thing bounces around when you try to pull hose out or reel it in. Also the cover pops off, and without it the hose won't reel in on track. Honestly, this was a total waste of my money.
April 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NateIAD Good low cost option
This product was just what I needed for 50 feet of hose so that it doesn't kink, and to make storing a hose outside easier and more attractive. I haven't tried, but I'm sure getting 100 feet of hose to fit would be very tight. The included stakes should be put all the way into the ground, otherwise this won't work at all, because the product is so light. Also the attachment hose could have been longer. You'll need to install this very close to your faucet. Again, good product, does what it says it does, just no great features.
August 13, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ROK I should know better
This is not my first rodeo. I should have known better, but I really wanted a hose reel that would be very convenient. This isn't it and I'm probably looking for something that doesn't exist.
1. It does not hold 100 ft of hose. It had trouble with 50ft.
2. It does not stay stationary on the ground when you try to wind up the hose. It is very light and it moves around as you try to reel in the hose. They include some stakes to hold it in place, but they are ineffective.
3. Like most of this type of reel it is difficult to securely attach the hose to the inner reel and it leaks profusely.
4. On the plus side it seemed to be made of fairly tough plastic and never broke.
After 1 year I got tired of struggling to wind/unwind the hose and consigned it to the recycling bin. I got an old style hose rack and mounted it a little high so that I could wrap the hose on it with a minimum number of turns.
August 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jocko Second one
Other reviews mentioned need for anchoring. I merely put a foot on each side. This is my second one. Great value. Our community rules prohibit loose hoses.
April 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by alboy lightweight, and as such, not fantastic
It's super-light. The instructions do say that you should use spikes to anchor it into the ground, but in my case, I can't do that, because my hose location is over concrete. Because of that, this thing is very hard to keep still, and hard to operate by one person. It's alright, but not a great unit. A more expensive, weightier version would be better.
March 9, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Teriannw This product is difficult to unroll. ..
It does not roll out smooth. And when I bought it, it was difficult to roll up. So it's just sitting there helpless.
January 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by slogal Good Product for the Money
I wanted something to make the yard look cleaner. This works perfect. I know it will not last for years and years, but I'm accomplishing my goal.
April 15, 2015