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Ohuhu Expandable Garden Hose: Product Review


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Expandable hoses, which stretch to full-length when filled with water but shrink to about a third of the size when the water is turned off, have been on the market for a few years now but I’ve been skeptical of how well they would perform. There is a significant range in quality from one brand to another, as well as a significant range of prices (see our review of the Best Garden Hoses for more information about expandable hoses). The Ohuhu Expandable Garden Hose is the first expandable hose I’ve used and so far it’s been one of the best hoses I’ve used.

Lightweight But Durable

What I liked best about the hose was how little it weighed and how easy it was to maneuver around the garden, even when full of water.

When empty, the Ohuhu hose weighs less than 2 lbs. and is an easy-to-carry 17 feet in length. Turn the water on and the hose quickly expands to a full 50 feet. The hose also comes in 75- and 100-foot lengths, although I didn’t test those.

It comes with an eight-pattern watering nozzle and a washer to place in the female connector of the hose that has successfully kept the hose from leaking at the faucet. The connector at the other end has a valve to turn the flow of water on and off. The fittings are brass, which should make them longer-lasting than expandable hoses with plastic connectors.

I didn’t try using the hose with any other attachments such as sprinklers or pressure washers, but the company states it is only safe to use with attachments that meet the standards of normal operating water pressure within 43.5-87PSI/3-6Bar and safe operating water pressure under 145PSI/10Bar. 

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With water turned off, the hose shrinks to just 17 feet.

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With the water turned on, it expands to 50 feet.

Using the Ohuhu Expandable Hose

The hose is 1/2-inch in diameter. I had no problems with water flow or pressure for the purposes of watering the garden. If, for example, you wanted to use it to wash down sidewalks (something currently prohibited here in California due to water restrictions), the pressure might seem less than optimum but probably good enough to get the job done.

To use the hose, you begin with the valve turned off. Turn the faucet on, letting the hose fully expand and fill with water, then turn on the valve and begin watering.

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The valve on the brass connector turns the flow of water to the nozzle on or off.

The manufacturer instructions state that when turning off the hose, you should turn off the valve on the brass connector first, then turn off the tap, in order to avoid having the hose jump back and hitting you. I tried it both ways–turning off the valve first and turning off the faucet first–and it didn’t seem to make any difference. I never had any trouble with the hose jumping around wildly when either filling or emptying, but that may be dependent on your water pressure. If you have very high pressure, you may have to exercise extra caution. What is essential in every case, however, is that when you are finished watering, you empty the water out of the hose (allowing it to shrink back to its short form).

Don’t Drink From It

The hose itself is made of latex and is unleaded but does contain cadmium. The product came with a warning sticker indicating that “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” While no one should ever drink water from a garden hose unless it’s clearly sold as “drinking water safe”, I can’t find anything to indicate that it would be unsafe to water edibles with a hose containing cadmium.

Easy to Store

To store the hose, I just coiled it easily into a terracotta pot in the shade, but it could also be stored hanging loosely on a large hook. I don’t think it would be good to wind it up on a hose reel where it might get wound too tight and stretch it out.

Extra Care Recommended

In spite of the fact that I’ve had a positive experience with the Ohuhu hose, I’d suggest taking some extra precautions with it. I wouldn’t recommend using it around thorny bushes or cacti and for longer life, it would be best to store the hose out of direct sun when not in use. And most importantly, failing to empty the hose when not in use will certainly shorten the life of the hose.

Recommendation

4-shovel rating from GPRAfter a long day of weeding or digging, the last thing I want to do is lug a heavy hose through the garden to water. Compared to the heavy-duty hoses I’ve been using, which were not only heavy, but also cumbersome and prone to kinking, the Ohuhu hose was problem-free. I experienced no trouble with the hose kinking or leaking. The watering nozzle that comes with the hose has worked well so far, but it is of similar quality to other nozzles I’ve used that didn’t last long so I’m not sure how long a life this one will have. Even so, the nozzle is easily replaceable with any standard watering nozzle. I think with the minimal care mentioned above, this hose will prove to be worth the price.

Where to Buy

The Ohuhu Expandable Garden Hose costs about $40 for the 50-foot hose (slightly more for the 75-foot and 100-foot lengths) and is available through Amazon and other online retailers.

Now over to you – Have you tried an expandable hose before? How did it work? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Comments on Ohuhu Expandable Garden Hose: Product Review

  1. Leslie Cashen

    i bought the ohuhu hose and i can’t turn the on/off switch – even with pliers. is there a trick? Should I loosen screw? HELP! thanks so much

    • Yikes, that doesn’t sound good. It should move freely when you turn it counter-clockwise. If you’ve tried everything else, perhaps loosening the screw will help. But perhaps it would be best to contact the company directly to see about a replacement.

  2. Todd

    According to the summary of hundreds of reviews on Amazon, this hose gets 60% 3-5 and 36% only a 1, witht eh most common comment that they actually blow up after 5-10 uses!

    • casplan

      I wonder if the people who had the hose blow up actually followed the proper procedure of using the on/off valve on the connector. I would imagine that not using that valve would definitely shorten the life of the hose. My hose is still working fine with no leaks.

    • Ruptures and leaks are common problems with all expandable hoses – that’s why they usually only last one season. This one is better than most but you’ll still need to take good care of it, including never leaving it out in the sun, draining it fully after every use, and coiling it or storing it in a spot where it won’t be stepped on, tripped over or otherwise disturbed. If these hoses are treated properly, they’re less likely to rupture. But leave it out in the sun or step on it at few times while there’s water in it and it’s only a matter of time before it goes “kaboom”.

      I’d also add that Amazon reviews, while helpful, aren’t always objective, detailed reviews by professionals. We don’t rely on them when writing our own reviews – instead, we do our own, thorough testing so we can give you an unbiased, detailed review.

  3. Teri A. Cotham

    I like the light weight of the expandable hoses but they seem to spring leaks very easily. I purchased one made by SoLed from Amazon and am able to send it back. Only used it 2 weeks to water my front yard and it has 3 leaks! Because I like the light weight, I’ll try the Ohuhu brand and hope it lasts longer. Maybe storing it in a pot or box in the shade will help. Thanks for the thorough review.

    • Leaking/rupture is the biggest problem with these expandable hoses. We’ve found the Ohuhu hose to be better than most in this category but you’ll still need to take good care of it, including never leaving it out in the sun, draining it fully after every use, and coiling it or storing it in a spot where it won’t be stepped on, tripped over or otherwise disturbed.

    • I’m sorry to hear that Joe. In general, expandable hoses aren’t as sturdy or long-lasting as good quality regular hoses, but the better ones (like this Ohuhu hose) can last at least a whole season if they’re taken care of properly. That means draining them after every use, not leaving them in the sun, not stepping on them or compressing them, and storing them somewhere “safe” between uses.

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