The 10 Best Hose Reels

Updated March 12, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. One of the greatest frustrations when you're working around the house or in the workshop is having to stop in the middle of a project to unkink a hopelessly entangled mess of tubing. Whether you're using compressed air for power tools or watering the garden, one of these handy reels will help keep you and your hose on track from start to finish. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best hose reel on Amazon.

10. Goodyear Multifunctional

It may not be the prettiest solution, but when attached to a wall, ceiling or floor in your work area, the Goodyear Multifunctional is a heavy-duty option that provides practical and convenient access to pressurized air or water at a maximum level of 300 PSI.
  • corrosion-resistant for outdoor use
  • comes with 50-ft hose
  • sturdy mounting surface required
Brand Goodyear
Model pending
Weight 33.2 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

9. RL Flo-Master

Offering the versatility of wall-mounting or being carried by its built-in handle for all of your irrigation needs, the retractable RL Flo-Master features an 8-pattern trigger nozzle and guides to keep the line from overlapping as it's pulled back into the chamber.
  • ships with swivel-bracket hardware
  • 65-foot capacity
  • retraction is unreliable
Model 65HR8
Weight 26.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Flexzilla Retractable

With a fully enclosed housing for use in temperatures ranging from -40° to 150° Fahrenheit, the Flexzilla Retractable includes a pivot-mount bracket, bend restrictors to reduce wear and tear, anodized aluminum aircraft-grade fittings and a positive latching mechanism.
  • lightweight hybrid tubing
  • 150 psi max air pressure
  • not suitable for paint spraying
Brand Flexzilla
Model L8250FZ
Weight 16.4 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. Eley Rapid

The Eley Rapid is capable of being installed parallel or perpendicular to the mounting surface, depending on your preference. Its die-cast aluminum construction will last through many seasons of heavy use easily, and it's guaranteed against breakage or leaking.
  • six-foot rubber inlet
  • durable brass hardware included
  • attractive bronze finish
Brand Eley Rapid
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Yard Butler

The freestanding Yard Butler can be placed wherever you need it most, holding up to 200 feet of hose and rotating 360 degrees so that whether you're watering the garden, washing the car or cleaning out gutters full of muck, all you have to do is unwind it and open the tap.
  • lifetime warranty coverage
  • heavy-duty bracing prevents sagging
  • ideal for paved decks and patios
Brand Yard Butler
Model SRPB-360
Weight 22.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Liberty Garden Navigator

The practical and elegant Liberty Garden Navigator holds 125 feet of 5/8-inch diameter tubing, and features a convenient winding handle for 360-degree rotation and easy, free-spinning release. Galvanized fittings and a solid brass hinge help ensure its longevity.
  • attractive bronze finish
  • assembly is a breeze
  • built-in storage basket
Brand Liberty Garden Products
Model 712
Weight 20.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

4. DuRyte Pro

A spring-loaded retraction system and variable locking mechanism make the DuRyte Pro an ideal solution for having 300 PSI of compressed air right at hand without lugging that heavy tank around or wrangling cumbersome piles of tubing-spaghetti just to use a power tool.
  • swivel mount for walls or ceilings
  • high-impact crack-resistant housing
  • flexible all-weather hybrid hose
Brand PowRyte
Model pending
Weight 14.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Suncast Hosemobile

If you're on a shoestring budget, the simple and portable Suncast Hosemobile is the way to go. It includes an integrated plastic handle for easy management of lines as long as 175 feet, oversized wheels to take it where you need it, and an Easylink watertight adapter.
  • uv-resistant materials
  • leakproof connection
  • no assembly required
Brand Suncast
Model JNF175BD
Weight 13.5 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Reelworks Steel

Designed for use with water or air, the Reelworks Steel is a bracket-mounted base unit for storing up to 50 feet of hose in a vertical or horizontal configuration. A 3/8-inch hybrid polymer compressor line is included, and replacements are readily available.
  • rated for 300 psi
  • can be bolted to floor
  • withstands temps of -4 to 140 deg f
Brand ReelWorks
Model 28107153A
Weight 17.1 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Eley Rapid Cart

Constructed from heavy-duty die-cast aluminum with 10-inch tread turf tires, the Eley Rapid Cart is a solid and reliable mobile option for gardening that's tough enough for the long haul. It holds any standard 5/8" hose up to 150 feet in length.
  • state-of-the-art braking system
  • comfortable handles
  • 10-year warranty is included
Brand Eley Rapid Cart
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Before The Wheel, The Reel

Not to be confused with the type of clothing men wore centuries before women called them pantyhose, the first hose was made of long strips of leather riveted or laced together the way one might lace up a combat boot.

Invented in 1673 by two Dutch firefighters, Jan and Nicholaas van der Heyden, the first fire hose was designed to replace buckets of water and hand pumps, neither of which were considered very accurate.

Unfortunately for the van der Heydens, their prototype hoses did not perform very well under pressure. The leather would dry and crack while folded up in storage resulting in leaks, and laces would pop like those of tight corsets worn by voluptuous, Early Modern courtesans.

In an attempt to limit the number of leaks, copper rivets (just like the ones you find on your jeans) replaced laces and lengths of hose were wrapped around large cylinders called drums. No more creasing, no more leaking. That was the idea, at least. But rivets still pop and wet leather still rots.

It was not until the late 1800s when linen replaced leather and rubber replaced linen that hoses became increasingly durable and therefore more reliable. However, due to their stiffness, rubber hoses were no less prone to cracking when folded, creased, and left to dry than their leather predecessors. In some cases, rubber hoses were so thick you could not crease them even if you tried. Where linen hoses folded flat and fit in smaller spaces where they often rotted due to molding, rubber hoses required reels not only to prevent cracking but because they refused to fold without unreasonable amounts of force.

Cylinders were laid on their side, hand cranks were applied, and what once took longer than putting out fires themselves became a quick and simple procedure. Hand cranks eventually became motorized and by 1922, Popular Science published an article about new-fangled handheld reels. Shortly after, the wheel was invented and reels were attached to carts that you can now buy on the internet.

The Arm Bone's Connected To The Hose Bone

When I was growing up in the mountains of Virginia, the garden hose reel at my family's house consisted of two things: the palm of your hand and your elbow. You started at the nozzle and ended at the spigot then hung the hose up to dry on a metal half cylinder drilled into the side of the house.

When you unraveled the whole hose the length of the yard, you had to play jump rope with an imaginary friend for a bit to untwist the hose so it wouldn't kink too much when you dragged it around. All the other kids in the neighborhood had Slinkies to play with, so we were special in that regard. We also wore wooden shoes and walked ten miles to school every day, but that's beside the point.

The point is that you cannot patent the human body no matter how you use it or how far you push the envelope while using it. You cannot patent Michael Phelps' arm span or his webbed size-14 feet, but you can patent a torpedo that can leave Phelps in its wake.

Likewise, you cannot patent the ancient technique of using your hand and your elbow to wrap up a hose or extension cord, but you can patent a wall-mounted reel that will make your life easier and give you time to toss around your Slinky.

And to think someone did precisely that in 1891 a hundred years before we grew our first garden in Virginia. Talk about being a bit behind the times. It makes me wonder if the reason we had a garden at all was because my father hadn't heard of the grocery store either.

Real Reels Reel Real Easily

Because you have no intention of subjecting your uncalloused elbow and palm to a dirty hose covered in grass clippings, here's a few tips for choosing a garden hose reel from a guy who wishes he had one when he was younger.

The trick to choosing a hose reel is deciding before you buy where exactly you plan to put it. When my current home in Los Angeles was being built, it never occurred to me to suggest a strategic location for my one and only outdoor spigot. As a result, I need to keep more hose on hand than my small back yard can handle because once every few years I want to pressure wash my second-story deck. It's a good thing my front yard is a runway for LAX.

For those with a penchant for large yards, keep in mind that what may appear to be aesthetically pleasing may not be athletically appealing. Some reels are designed to sit in the rain year after year, and need not be kept close to home.

In other news, homegrown rice paddies tend to defeat the purpose of hose reels.

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Last updated on March 12, 2018 by Lydia Chipman

An itinerant wordsmith with a broad constellation of interests, Lydia Chipman has turned iconoclasm into a livelihood of sorts. Bearing the scars and stripes of an uncommon diversity of experience—with the notable exceptions of joining a religious order or becoming an artist—she still can’t resist the temptation to learn something new.

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