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…
- 25 Feet for $29.39 (click one of the other links and select this option if you want it)
- 50 Feet for $27.83
- 75 Feet for $35.24
- 100 Feet for $67.78
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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