Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose.  As you may know I always say with somethings always buy the best you can afford.  When I do I often use a garden hose as an example, because when you cheap out on a hose, you always regret it.

Up till now I have always said just go to Home Depot and get the red contractor grade hoses.  Well that was until I recently took my own advice and did that.  In a hurry I simply grabbed the hose that looked right, instead of a Gilmour it was made by a company called “Contractor Farm”. (this POS here)  It sure looked good and it damn sure was expensive enough, it also sucks.

Unrolling it alone I knew I had been had, stiff, not pliable and kinks like mad!  Great over built fittings but the hose just sucks.  So I went and looked at the three I had that I loved, all were Gilmour.  Frankly they are now the only thing I will buy.

What makes them so great?  First diameter, the flow you get though them is impressive, given I fill 8 kiddie pools or more a day that is important to me.  Next is the rubber, it is thick and very pliable, what that means is it simply doesn’t kink.  I mean you can kink it if you try hard enough but with normal use I never kink mine.

Lastly the hardware is just top notch, very sturdy and no spray by at the connections.  I personally like the 75 length, but when I got mine initially they didn’t make a 100 footer.  They are now available in lengths of…

It is a bit strange to me that the 25 and 50 are almost the same price and the 100 is so much more than the 75, but in the end pick what works best for you needs.

That said to me a few things are clear.  One the 75 is the best value, and two 75s would cost only 2.70 more than the 100, so I can’t see buying a 100 footer.  Get 2 75s, now you can go 150 feet or have two hoses for less than 3 bucks more.

Also if you need 25 foot hoses for some reason there is no way I’d personally buy one.  I would buy one 50, then get some hose end repair parts like these made by Nelson, and make 2 hoses both 25 feet long with them.  now you have a 50 footer or 2 25s.  I just ordered a 50 footer to do this with as I need a 25 inside my aviary and given it is 50 feet long and the hose bib is in the center anything longer is just bulk in the way.

So consider this I bought the 50 foot hose for 27.83, the two fittings cost me a total of $11.43.  So my total cost was $39.26 making the cost per hose $19.63 vs $29.39.  Just an example of thinking smart about total cost of things.  By the way every homesteader should have a few of those Nelson repair fittings on hand at all times anyway.

You know for like when your wife be running over one of your good hoses with a lawn tractor and what not. (true story)

Again I have to say that until I find something better I won’t buy anything but these in the future.  So check out the Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose and stop dealing with crappy garden hoses, life is too short to deal with a kink in your hose!

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17 Responses to Gilmour PRO Commercial Hose – Item of the Day

  1. George Hackney

    Thank you for the info on this hose, Jack. I just purchased my POS on Sunday but have not used it yet. It is going back tomorrow!
    Like you, I looked at this hose and thought – that’s a good hose. (I also thought about something you said long ago about the importance of a quality hose.) Thought I had one here, but I reckon not. Thanks again, Jack and of course, thanks for all you do for your listeners.

  2. I haven’t tried the hoses you suggest, but I have been very pleased with my Eley hose reels and hoses. Made in the USA, stay very flexible, but about 1.5-2x (depending on hose material) the price of the hoses you suggest, so may not be worth it. I’ve been very impressed with their hose reels – very well made and have held up over the past 3 years (including tough Chicago winters).

    Garden Hoses

  3. I just happen to work for THD and will not suggest anything but these hoses. I’ve slowly started replacing all my “plastic” hoses with these and will not buy anything else. The only problem I have is my store only carries them in 50′ and living on acreage, well you can see my delema. Overall though they are the best hoses out there.

    • Modern Survival

      Sadly I can’t find them in my local HD any longer, additionally on the HD website they show up, BUT there is now way to add them to the cart. I think you guys are phasing them out or something.

      As you said, nothing else is worth recommending. Those Contractor Farm brand HD started to carry recently are complete total shit.

  4. Are they potable water certified? Thanks
    Its not a deal breaker but it is nice to have

    • If you will be using a hose for drinking water, or watering an organic garden (plants can take up toxins), google “hose toxins” (or something like that), or read what Consumer Reports says about toxins in garden hoses. Even those white hoses for RV water lines are not toxin-free! We’ve learned to only buy “Water Right” hoses, and love them. They’re made of food-grade polyethylene, and different lengths come in different colors (you’d be surprised how handy that can be!). More info at https://www.WaterRightInc.com/. They’re more expensive, but we figure our health is priceless!

      • Modern Survival

        Well if drinking water from a hose was harmful I would have been dead by 10 years of age.

        The key is simple run the water out of the hose before you collect it. Yes if it sits in the sun and cooks out shit it can be shady, but who drinks stale hose water.

        Now if you are using it to top off a potable water tank by all means get a food grade hose. But if you think I would not drink out of a hose when busting my ass in the heat, to turn a phrase, “You don’t know Jack”.

        • Modern Survival

          First story on hose toxins and what it attacks most? PVC?

          Gee um sorry to tell you but 90% of the water consumed in America passes though PVC pipe before consumed.

          Besides get a Berkey anyway.

        • For what it’s worth Jack, that PVC that supplies drinking water is under ground and out of reach of sunlight.

          Not paranoid about hose water personally, just pointing out that discrepancy.

  5. This is a great price, but just for people who care, be warned, it is not designed for drinking water.

  6. I have worked on horse farms since I was 12 and learned the importance of a good hose a long time ago. I take extra care in rolling,draining and basic handling to help the good ones last longer. Thanks for all your suggestions and hands on feedback Jack. I am a new listener and appreciate your passion.

  7. I really suggest you look at Dramm hose, I won’t buy another brand of hose. Was at a nursery I frequent and finally said what are these hoses cause I was sick of all the other brands. He told me it was a Dramm and have been purchasing them ever since.

  8. As to the 25 ft hose, yeah, the pricing is odd, but we had one in the shop for washing parts when they came out of the Chem vat. Man, if like the flow from the 75 ‘ hose, you should see it from the 25’ A great hose at your work station is priceless.

    • Modern Survival

      You know I need a 25 footer in the aviary a 50 is just too long inside there. Torn between getting the 25 or buying the 50, cutting it in half and putting new fittings on it.

      Yea the flow is insane cuts my morning time with filling duck pools but at least half.

  9. We needed a new hose, so my wife came home with a cheap Walmart green kink-o-matic. I remembered your podcast about this and said “No way. I’ll get a hose for us” Came in here and found the TSPAZ link and just placed my order. Thanks!!

  10. Bought this hose last time he posted it. I guess it’s slightly better than others but still kinks.