Consider hose tidies and reels when looking for a safe spot to store your garden hose. Of all the garden storage solutions, this may be one of the most important and aesthetically pleasing. After all, who wants an unsightly hose pipe cluttering your outdoor space, or a hose permanently strewn across the patio? Keeping your garden hose safe and snug will make sure it lasts for years to come, providing your plants with an essential element to their growth and maintenance – water. Below, we answer all your questions about garden hose storage.
Hose pipes are a garden must; they help you tend to your lawn and bedding plants, giving your outdoor space some extra love that it deserves. So, finding adequate outdoor hose storage doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Whether on your garden wall or in your trusty garden shed, your hose isn’t fussy about where it goes. Just make sure you make the right choice for your lifestyle, aesthetic and lawn care needs. Not all hose pipe reels are unsightly – and we’ve managed to find a few stylish picks.
Best hose tidies, reels and storage at a glance
• Best overall hose tidy storage: Hozelock 2-in-1 Manual Hose Reel - View offer on Amazon UK
• Best retractable hose tidy reel: Hozelock Auto Hose Reel - View offer on Amazon UK
• Best hose tidy storage pot: Rolled Edge Hose Storage Pot Small - View offer on Etsy
• Budget-friendly hose tidy solution: Oypla Heavy Duty Garden Hose Pipe Hanger - View offer at B&Q
Of course, you could pop your beloved hose pipe in a garden storage box, but you’ll need something else to tidy it up – and stay contained. After all, you don’t want to wrestle with metres of hose pipe to get to your other garden tools. If you plan to have your trusty pipe on display in your garden, then opt for hose tidies or reels that are confirmed as waterproof garden storage – from rust to UV damage. We’ll cover more of this in our buyer's guide down below, which has been sprinkled into the FAQs.
Below, we have rounded up the best hose tidies, reels and storage solutions for your garden. Whether exposed or tucked away neatly, hose pipes are worth looking after. For this guide, we’ve gone all-in and considered every avenue and lifestyle. Garden organisation doesn’t have to be boring. To keep your hose tidy, consult our refreshing guide below for all the inspiration you’d ever need.
Best hose tidies, reels and storage
Best overall hose tidy storage
At the top of our list is the Hozelock 2-in-1 Manual Hose Reel - a reliable manual option, which
- Strong and sturdy base for use
- 2-in1 with wall-mounted option
- Integrated handle for a smooth reel
- Some customers said the instructions were a little lacklustre
Best manual hose tidy for value
This St Helens Wall Mountable Hose Reel is an essential garden accessory that keeps your garden
- Store your hose on the wall for a neat look
- Helps to prevent kinks and tangling
- Quick and easy to wall mount using fixings
- No customer reviews yet
Best manual hose tidy for large hoses
The Claber Jumbo Hose Trolley Reel is a good value-for-money option. Its sturdy epoxy-coated steel
- Ideal capacity for large-sized gardens
- Quick and easy to assemble with no tools
- Complete with a design for easy handling
- Tricky to manoeuvre around corners
Best retractable hose tidy reel
If you haven't picked your hose yet, this hose and hose reel set is perfect for ease of use. The
- Keep your hose neat and tidy with easy access
- Ready assembled with 20m top quality hose
- Wall mounted with a 180-degree pivot
- Needs to be fitted to the wall only
Best hosepipe holder
With this stable Fallen Fruits Bird Silhouette Hose Holder with a classic design, the hose will
- Easily mounted on the wall
- Stable model with classic design
- Perfect for a cottagecore garden
- Unspecified hose length/width capacity
- Does not come with wall fittings
Best hose tidy cart
Consider the Hozelock Freestanding Hose Pipe Cart, which offers easy towing with its tall and wide
- A sturdy frame allows for quick and easy rewinding
- Large capacity hose cart for large gardens
- Robust and durable with a soft touch towing handle
- Some customers found it too lightweight
Best hose tidy storage pot
This Rolled Edge Hose Storage Pot Small holds up to 50' of hose. Made from repurposed tires,
- Perfect for long and expandable hoses
- Made from recycled materials
- Handmade and customized to order
- May not suit all garden aesthetics
Budget-friendly hose tidy solution
Store your hose neatly and avoid bends with the wall-mounted Oypla Heavy Duty Garden Hose Pipe
- Made from heavy-duty, weatherproof material
- Perfect for popping on the garden wall
- Prevents any bends and kinks from your hose
- No customer review yet
Best garden hose storage bag
Securely store your garden hose - with no more tangles. Capable of storing around 26m, this
- Weather-resistant and easy to maintain
- Portable, making it easy to carry around
- Great storage for an expandable hose
- Only stores up to 26m
Hose tidies buyer's guide
When considering the best garden hose storage for your lifestyle, things such as budget and brand reputation will likely influence your decision. However, we implore you to look further into cable length capacity, material, ease of use, aesthetics, durability, additional features and portability.
Thanks to Easy Garden Irrigation, we have written a simple guide on which type of hose tidy for your outdoor space. From automatic hose reels to hosepipe hangers, we have covered all bases.
Manual hose reel
Manual hose reels are a budget-friendly type of hose storage, perfectly coiling up the length of the cable for storage. With a handle on the side, it’s relatively easy and hassle-free to reel back in.
Easy Garden Irrigation says these manual reels can be “mounted to an external wall or sheltered inside of a cabinet or hideaway box.” For large gardens, the brand recommends a hose reel cart. Consider metal hose reels if you’re likely to be using your hose often. Not only are they heavy-duty and built to “withstand the outdoor elements”, but have large wheels for reliable, sturdy use.
Retractable hose reels
Retractable hose reels are the next step up, ideal for those with “mobility issues or limited strength,” says Easy Garden Irrigation. When mounted on your garden wall, they offer a hassle-free solution – as you won’t need to “stoop down, detangle, or crank any handle.” It’s a little luxurious.
In most cases, reeling in is gentle, and automatic and is stored in a compact, safe case that you can pop on the floor or mount on the wall. For ease, Easy Garden Irrigation suggests the Hozelock Auto Reel.
Hosepipe holders or hangers
Arguably the most attractive-looking storage solution, hosepipe holders, hangers or stands are multi-functional, much like garden storage benches. Think about your garden aesthetic and choose something that catches your eye. These hose pipe reels will need a little DIY to be wall-mounted.
Easy Garden Irrigation says a hose pipe hanger should have a “round surface for the hose pipe to hang on” which spreads the weight “evenly so that no kinks, bends, or tangles occur”. No matter the material – metal or plastic, we recommend placing it in a shady spot, away from direct sunlight.
Hose storage pot
Lastly, hose storage spots are another simple way to keep your hose pipe at bay. Minimalist or decorative, a hose pot can reflect your own personal style or aesthetic. It can be funky, quirky or even camouflaged to blend in with the beautiful plants you have in your outdoor space.
However, much like the hanger storage, a hose storage pot does require you to coil by hand, says Easy Garden Irrigation. After all, hoses “left twisted in a storage pot can become severely damaged.” Despite not being very user-friendly, hose pots are a fabulous solution, doubling as garden décor.
Why do I need hose tidies or reels?
Easy Garden Irrigation says hose tidies protect your precious garden hose from “the sun and temperature while keeping it neat and tidy.” After all, if your hose pipe gets tangled up, it will lead to damage – like splitting or kinking. Not only is sunlight damaging for the cracks and rupture in garden hoses, but water left in the tube to heat up or freeze can be just as bad for your garden tool.
If you’re wondering how to store a hose outside, Easy Garden Irrigation has left us with three main points to keep in mind: drain your hose pipe of any water, keep it tidy and away from direct sunlight.
How do I store hose pipes for winter?
To avoid any extensive plumbing repairs and expensive hose pipe replacements, Easy Garden Irrigation recommends preparing your garden for winter by using their easy hose-friendly tips:
Bring your hose inside a garage or shed for protection from the cold and wrap the hose for “extra protection from the cold”. When inside your garden storage, garage or shed, use a rounded surface like a garden hose tidies or reels, a hose hanger or a large circular plant pot for storage to maintain its shape.
When storing, Easy Garden Irrigation says to avoid hanging the hose on a nail to prevent any damage to the material. Remember to remove all attachments, including hose end fittings and the hose nozzle, before this step, as these “can retain water and become damaged if trapped water freezes.”
Lastly, “seal your hose over the winter” says Easy Garden Irrigation to keep it bug-free and maintain its integrity for springtime gardening. For this, consider investing in hose caps to prevent any unwelcome insects from making the pipe their home. Your trusty garden hose isn’t a bug hotel, after all.
How do I store a large or expandable hose?
Your garden hose, if a little different than most, may need extra care when storing. After all, they should be stored correctly to avoid any damage. If left lying around, hoses can be easily “run over by your car or a lawnmower” or even punctured by garden tools, says Easy Garden Irrigation.
For a larger hose, they suggest a Claber Jumbo Hose Reel – found in our round-up. These storage solutions can store extra-long hoses for larger gardens and will avoid any tangles.
As for an expandable hose, which is made to grow and shrink for easy use and storage. Though lightweight and very practical, they cannot be stored the same as regular hoses. Easy Garden Irrigation says cranking them into a hose reel or wrapping them around a hose holder can cause damage; instead, store them “indoors, out of direct sunlight, or in a storage container with a lid.”
Any ideas for hose storage?
Believe it or not, you can get creative with nearly every aspect of your garden – even your storage solutions. If you’re not keen on our picks, consider DIY-ing a hose holder or hanger. Easy Garden Irrigation has some hose tidy ideas, which include up-cycling and repurposing what you have.
By nailing a galvanizer pail or a vintage tire rim to a post, you have a cottagecore hose tidy in your beloved outdoor spot. You could even repurpose and up-cycle an old planter pot, an old tire and even a copper drum and washtub – to make your own hose pot for a rustic look and feel.
If you’ve got the smarts, go green and make it yourself, why not? Upcycling is the future.
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