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If you want a hose that can be neatly put away without much time or effort, then a retractable garden hose may be the best kind to get. This product is typically housed within a reel that makes it easy to coil the hose quickly, allowing you to store it free of tight kinks and loose tangles. Before you choose the best retractable garden hose reel system, you should first consider whether you want a manual or electric kind, keeping in mind that the latter typically requires less work for you. Another thing to keep in mind is that some retractable hose reels hide the hose from view, while others keep it visible. Additionally, you should think about the size of both the hose and the reel before you choose one, because it needs to reach your plants without taking up too much space in your yard.
One detail to consider is whether you want a retractable garden hose that you have to manually reel in, or one that does it with the push of a button. The manual kind usually features a lever that you have to wind up to release or coil the hose. This type is often inexpensive, but it takes some effort, so it is not usually best for the elderly, disabled or anyone else who might find it difficult to reel it in. If you plan to use the retractable garden hose often and do not have time to wind it on your own each time, the electric kind may suit you better, because it reels in the hose with the push of a button; it is usually more expensive, though.
Some retractable garden hose reels cover the entire hose when it is coiled up. This means that, if the hose is not coiled perfectly, no one will notice because they will not be able to see it. You can often get a covered hose reel that also features storage cabinets so you have a hidden area in which to store accessories, such as nozzles. If you do not mind your hose being visible when it is coiled up, you may be able to save some money by opting for the kind without a covered compartment.
Size is another detail to think about before buying a retractable garden hose. You should make sure the hose is long enough to reach from the water source to the yard and driveway so you can water your plants or wash your car as needed. At the same time, many retractable garden hose reels are bulky, so you should make sure you have enough space for the one you choose, especially if you plan to store it inside when not in use.
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