The appeal of an new design expandable hose is that it’s lighter, easier to handle, and doesn’t take up as much storage space as a conventional hose because when there’s no water in it the hose shrinks down to size.

In our first tests we kinked, knicked, and twisted the hoses, put them in a freezer to simulate cold weather, and otherwise abused them like you would any garden hose. This time we focused on what our readers told us was the weakest link, the fittings. We also evaluated the hoses for how easy they were to repair should they tear.

We also tested another lightweight, but non-expandable hose, the Clear Flow. The transparent 50-foot hose weighs just a tad over 3 pounds. The hose is compact and the sides flatten when it’s coiled and stored. T he manufacturer claims it doesn’t kink and we found that to be true. You can also repair the Clear Flow if it breaks. In short, it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a lightweight garden hose that’s easy to maneuver.

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