Monday, July 1, 2013

(Product Review) Telebrands Pocket Hose (As Seen On TV)

Telebrands Pocket Hose (As Seen On TV) Review

Telebrands Pocket Hose

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-06-30

Product Rating: 3

Community Rating: Very Helpful

Pros: Lightweight, compact, easier to handle than heavy garden hoses. 

Cons: Made in China. Light duty hose, not made for commercial use or higher psi uses.

Summary: Good light-duty hose. Not recommended for heavy use, commercial use, or high pressure, but works fine for general purposes.

Are you tired of dragging around heavy garden hoses? I was. Having several areas of my yard that need watered on a regular basis, I found myself dragging a garden hose from place to place around the yard constantly. I had seen advertisements for the Telebrands Pocket Hose on the TV and wondered how well these would work. I was talking with a friend who had purchased one, and she told me how much easier these were to handle than an ordinary garden hose. I decided to try it out.

I picked up one of the 50 Foot Pocket Hoses for around $20, however these are also available in other sizes ranging from 25 to 100 feet long. They all appeared to be about the same other than the length, but the 50 foot long hose seemed to be about the appropriate length for most of my watering needs. You should use your own judgement as to which size is best for your needs.

When I opened up the package, the first thing I noticed was that the exterior of the hose appears more like a wrinkled fabric, rather than the vinyl hoses I was used to using. I wasn't sure how well this type of material would hold up against being dragged across the yard, but I have had no problems with it. It seems to be holding up well to everything we have used it for, and doesn't have problems with kinking like I have had with most other hoses I have used.

The hose is much shorter when you first take it out of the package, and expands to the proper length as it fills up with water. Once the hose is emptied, the hose contracts again to a much more manageable size.

This hose is approximately 1/2 inch in diameter, and comes equipped with plastic connectors on each end, which helps to keep the hose as lightweight as possible. The instructions tell you to always turn the lever on the outlet to the off position before turning on your faucet unless you have an attached spray nozzle that can be turned on and off manually. This will allow the hose to expand while the water fills the hose. Once fully expanded, simply flip the lever to the on position and use your hose as you normally would. Once you are finished using the hose, you can turn the water off to allow the hose to shrink as the water is removed.

The manufacturer suggests that you disconnect the hose after each use, which could be a bit of a pain, but will extend the live of your hose. Personally, I found it easier to add a quick connect fitting so connecting and disconnecting takes only a second or two. The manufacturer also provides several other warnings which are pretty much standard for most hoses these days. Drinking from the garden hose as we did when we were kids is no longer recommended, and using this hose for hot water or high pressure is also not recommended. I am not sure what my water pressure is, but the rating on this hose is 80 psi, so if you have a higher pressure, you might have trouble with this hose. It has worked out well for me though, and my friend has been using hers for several months now with no problems as well.

My favorite part about this hose is how easily portable it is. Once the water is drained the hose weighs about 2 pounds, so it is easy for just about anyone to pick up and carry to wherever it is needed. Because it shrinks down small, it also stores easily in a very compact space.

Originally published on Epinions.