My One Year Review

of Flexi Hose

The Space Saving Expanding Hosepipe

Written by Daniel Woodley. Published to Products on: 16th March 2023.

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Nearly a year ago, I purchased 4 expandable garden hoses and put them to the test in my Surrey garden.

The Flexi Hose beat the competition and was the one that I kept, although a very similar product by The Fit Life came a close second.

You can read my comparison review here if you wish.

It’s now nearly one year on, and this is my long-term review.

If you’re thinking about buying the Flexi Hose expanding garden hose, I hope this review helps you.

Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)

What’s in the Box?

This is what came in the box:

  • Expandable hose (choice of 3 lengths)
  • Spray gun
  • Inline tap to adjust the flow rate (already fitted)
  • Threaded connectors (already fitted)

Notable in its absence was a tap reducer. I found that the Flexi Hose only fits the larger taps (3/4″) in the UK. Although tap reducers only cost a couple of pounds, you might need one if you have a 1/2″ tap faucet, I did.

Flexi hose fittings, pipe amnd spray gun

Pack contents, note the inline tap

Testing The Hosepipe For The First Time

I chose the 15m Flexi Hose, and I must point out that this is the expanded length as the collapsed length is 5m; other sizes available are 23m and 30m.

After connecting the pipe to the tap, it took a few minutes to fully inflate and expand, but I have very low water pressure here, so I would imagine in most gardens, it would expand much more quickly.

Any kinks in the hose quickly corrected themselves, and I was able to use the hose immediately.

The first time I used it, the water quickly gushed out of the hose, which began to shrink and pull me back toward the tap. However, by adjusting the inline tap just below the spray gun, I was able to control the flow rate, so it matched what was coming out of the tap on my wall, this kept the pipe expanded at its full length.

As part of my rigorous review, I then tested the hosepipe by doing the following:

1) Repeatedly Expanding and Collapsing The Hose

For my first test, I expanded the hosepipe with water until it would take no more and measured the length; it reached 14m in my garden, but as I stated, I have low water pressure – it may reach 15m in your garden.

I then left it fully inflated for 30 minutes.

For the next part of the test, I then drained the water and collapsed it, so it shrank back to 5m. 

I then repeatedly inflated and deflated it 20 times to see how well it performed.

I didn’t experience any issues with the Flexi Hose; there were no kinks, tears, leaks or any other problems, unlike when I tested Hozelock’s SuperHoze that burst.

Testing flexi hose

Me testing the pipe and the sprayer

2) Dragging Flexi Hose Over Different Surfaces

The Flexi Hose has a rubber inner core which is similar to a bicycle inner tube, and this is wrapped by a padded material on the outside that acts as a buffer, preventing damage from grazing or rubbing.

I tested the Flexi Hose by filling it with water until it fully expanded and then dragging it repeatedly over:

  • My lawn.
  • The slate chippings down the side of my property.
  • Over a concrete path and some cobbles.

I tried to mimic everyday use that I feel this hose would be subjected to by a typical gardener.

After dragging it over the surfaces, I checked every inch of the hose, and there were no signs of tearing, scuffing or grazing.

I should point out that the padded outer layer is much thinner than what you would find on a typical hosepipe, and in my opinion, a rose thorn or similar would likely go through it and puncture the inner pipe. You may wish to consider this if you have lots of thorny plants.

Flexi-hose over slate chippings

On slate chippings

Flexi hose on concrete

On concrete

Closeup of Flexi Hose

Closeup

3) Testing Flexi Hose’s Spray Gun

Next up, I tested the spray gun, which is a proper gun as opposed to the adjustable nozzle that comes with the Hozelock Superhoze.

The Flexi Hose spray gun comes with an adjustable slider so you can increase/decrease the flow rate and 8 options:

  • Cone
  • Flat
  • Vertical
  • Full
  • Mist
  • Shower
  • Stream
  • Centre

I only used a few of them:

Shower was best for my hanging baskets.

Stream was best for general use.

Flat was best for my low water pressure.

While the spay gun felt a bit plasticky, it didn’t leak and got the job done.

Here are the options:

Flexi Hose spray options

4) Cold Weather Test

I read somewhere that expanding hosepipes shouldn’t be left out in the winter as the freezing temperatures could damage the rubber inner hose, but I wasn’t sure if that claim was based on rumour or fact.

In 2022/23, I deliberately left the Flexi Hose draped over my outside tap for the entire winter, and we did have a good few days of below-freezing temperatures here.

I can report that there was no damage from the cold temperature, and the hose is working just fine. I don’t know how it would perform if it were full of water when it froze, as I never tested that.

5) Sprinkler Test

Like many gardeners, I own a lawn sprinkler and I wanted to test the Flexi Hose with it to see if it worked, as I didn’t see the point in having two hosepipes in my small garden.

Despite my pitifully low water pressure, here’s what happened:

  • The connector on the Flexi Hose (threaded) didn’t fit the sprinkler connector (push fit type), so I had to buy an adapter.
  • I was able, after a little tweaking of the inline tap, to get the outflow at the same rate as the inflow, so the pipe didn’t shrink and pull out of the sprinkler.

If you want to use any type of expanding hose with a sprinkler, you’ll need one that has an inline tap so you can adjust the flow rate, otherwise the pipe will shrink to its starting length. The same applies to any other watering device you have in the garden.

There are expanding hoses that don’t come with an inline tap and these rely on the nozzle/spray gun to control the flow rate. If you take this off, the water will gush out of the hose, and it will immediately shrink.

Issues (Could be a Deal Breaker)

Issue 1) I tested the 15m hosepipe and when it was fully inflated with water, it held much more water than a regular hose ever would and this made it surprisingly heavy.

While I never had any issues pulling the pipe around, I think the 30m version could be problematic for someone with arm strength issues.

I’m not 100% sure how much extra water these pipes hold, as it depends on the water pressure, but it’s most likely between 2-4 times more than a regular pipe.

Issue 2) I’m convinced that this pipe won’t withstand rose thorns or similar, so if you have lots of spiky or sharp plants in your garden, I think you should consider a regular hose rather than one with a thin rubber inner tube like this.

Alternatives

As part of my original comparison review last year, I also tested 3 other expanding hoses:

The Fit Life – This expanding hosepipe was very similar to the Flexi Hose, with only a few differences:

  1. It had quick-release fittings rather than threaded ones (could be helpful if you have lots of pipes and only one tap).
  2. It came with a reducer meaning it would fit smaller taps.
  3. It didn’t have an inline tap.

Hozelock SuperHoze – This expanding hosepipe burst when I tested it, and when I replaced it for another, that one leaked too.

XHose – I purchased this from B&Q, and it was nearly identical to the Hozelock SuperHoze, except it didn’t come with a spray gun or nozzle. During my test, it didn’t burst but I disliked the plastic fittings, and overall it felt flimsy.

The only two expanding hoses I recommend are the Flexi Hose and The Fit Life but if you have weak arms or are concerned about thorns damaging the hose, consider a regular hosepipe.

Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
TheFitLife Expandable Garden Hose Pipe - Triple Core Latex and Solid Metal Fittings 8 Pattern Spray Nozzle EU Standard Expanding Kink Free Easy Storage Flexible Water Hose (50 FT, Black)
HOZELOCK - 2-in-1 Compact Hose Reel 25m : Portable or Wall-mounted Plastic Reel, Easy Rewind Function, Supplied with Nozzle, Fittings and Fixings [2415R0000]
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
TheFitLife Expandable Garden Hose Pipe - Triple Core Latex and Solid Metal Fittings 8 Pattern Spray Nozzle EU Standard Expanding Kink Free Easy Storage Flexible Water Hose (50 FT, Black)
HOZELOCK - 2-in-1 Compact Hose Reel 25m : Portable or Wall-mounted Plastic Reel, Easy Rewind Function, Supplied with Nozzle, Fittings and Fixings [2415R0000]
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
Flexi Hose Upgraded Expandable Garden Hose Pipe Including 8 Function Spray Gun Nozzle - Extra Strength with 2 cm Solid Brass Fittings - No-Kink Flexible Garden Hoses (Black 15 Metres)
TheFitLife Expandable Garden Hose Pipe - Triple Core Latex and Solid Metal Fittings 8 Pattern Spray Nozzle EU Standard Expanding Kink Free Easy Storage Flexible Water Hose (50 FT, Black)
TheFitLife Expandable Garden Hose Pipe - Triple Core Latex and Solid Metal Fittings 8 Pattern Spray Nozzle EU Standard Expanding Kink Free Easy Storage Flexible Water Hose (50 FT, Black)
HOZELOCK - 2-in-1 Compact Hose Reel 25m : Portable or Wall-mounted Plastic Reel, Easy Rewind Function, Supplied with Nozzle, Fittings and Fixings [2415R0000]
HOZELOCK - 2-in-1 Compact Hose Reel 25m : Portable or Wall-mounted Plastic Reel, Easy Rewind Function, Supplied with Nozzle, Fittings and Fixings [2415R0000]

Who Should Consider Buying an Expanding Hose?

Still not sure if an expandable garden hose is for you?

Here are the key benefits:

  • They are space-saving and shrink to 1/3rd of their expanded length when the water is drained from them.
  • When not in use, they can fit into a small bucket or drawer, unlike traditional hoses which are huge.
  • Expandable hoses don’t kink.
  • Adjustable water pressure – once inflated, they provide the user with extra pressure, at least until the extra water is ejected from the pipe and the pressure equalises.
  • Flexi Hose currently offers a lifetime warranty with their hose, and from the research I conducted, I believe they will honour it but will only replace the hose once.

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Meet The Author: Daniel Woodley

Daniel has over 18 years of experience in the construction, home improvement, and landscape garden industries.

He previously worked as a project manager and has experience in managing teams of tradespeople and landscape gardeners on both small and medium sized projects.

Daniel is also a keen gardener and enjoys growing unusual plants and tending to his lawn.

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