One of the most unsightly areas of an otherwise well-kept yard is the space surrounding the spigot. Garden hoses may feature kinks and become worn out before their time. Depending on the neatness of the gardening aficionado, the hose may be neatly coiled on some days or simply thrown haphazardly onto the ground on others.
To end this unsightly predicament, gardening outlets have come up with a wide array of hose management solutions. There are wall-mounted hose reels with cranks or automatic retraction; freestanding models may also feature hand cranks to make rolling up the hose a snap. Decorative holders are portable and stylish, while bins discreetly hide the big coils from sight.
Wall-Mounted Sidetracker Hose Reel
Available in taupe colored heavy-duty plastic, this hose reel accommodates up to 100 feet of 5/8-inch garden hose. Gardeners who routinely winter hoses in the garage will appreciate the detachable reel, which leaves the mount securely affixed to the wall. Hand cranking allows for quick rolling up of the hose.
White Hose Reel and Hose
Costing between $735 and $772, this high-end wall mount comes with 75 feet of 5/8-inch hose (or 50 feet of 1/2-inch hose). The hose retracts automatically and eliminates the hand crank. Since the reel is very narrow, it fits into the tight spaces where other reels cannot go.
Retractable Garden Hose Reel
The Legacy retractable reel accommodates 75 feet of 1/2 inch diameter garden hose. What sets apart this reel from others is the portability; the freestanding model does not require a wall mount. Maximum water pressure is 140 PSI. For easy handling, the reel offers locking brackets that support seven positions.
Odyssey Hose Stand
Made of glossy black rod material, the freestanding Odyssey stand is as decorative as it is functional. Weighing in at 21 pounds, it is so sturdy that it holds 100 feet of garden hose. For the yard with multiple spigots, the hose stand offers unparalleled functionality with style.
Maine Fairfield Garden Hose Bin
The cleverly designed hose bin features a back opening that accommodates a spigot. A hole in the front allows the hose to extend. It is easy to store up to 100 feet of standard garden hose in the polyethylene box. The cube design is sleek with a formal black coloring.
Hand Tied Hose Butler
This wall-mounted half reel is made of powder-coated steel. It holds up to 125 feet of 5/8-inch hose. It is easy to affix to concrete, stucco and siding. If the gardener is willing to roll up the hose neatly, this gadget is an economic solution to an untidy spigot area.