Rated 4 out of 5Â by 1
Rated 4 out of 5Â by RTRT Good Hose but Smelled Badly & Has Some Coil Memory
This hose seems well made and was a good value for the money. However it stunk terribly like chemicals out of the box, even without getting near it, and when I unfurled it, an oily residue made my hands wet. I ran it through a shop cloth and that turned the cloth red. I make sure to wash my hands thoroughly after handling this hose, especially so when it was new. The entire shed stank from the hose for the first few of weeks, but gradually the thing aired out and the smell subsided. So aside from having a "break in period" it's fine. It was made in China, of course (the smell gave that away right off). I try to avoid buying things from China but didn't know beforehand and in this case likely would have bit the bullet and got it anyway as it's hard to find short hoses locally, and at such a good price.
One thing I was disappointed about is that I got a rubber hose so it would be easy to coil and uncoil. However this must have some kind of inner skin that has a wrapped direction because it doesn't just fall to the ground limp (like my old 25-yr old rubber hose that finally failed). It has memory and a "curl direction" and when you coil and uncoil it you have to whip it around just a bit to get it to coil right. If I had paid more, this would really annoy me. It isn't terrible like a vinyl hose, but it doesn't behave like the proverbial passive rubber hose that has NO coil pull.
If I could "recommend it with caveats" that's what I'd check below. If budget isn't a concern, you might want to buy American-made that doesn't stink from chemicals and is truly passive coil-wise. But otherwise, it appears to be good enough for my uses.
August 21, 2013