This is one of the best online purchases I’ve ever made. Let me explain why.
It might almost be fall, but it is still insanely hot where I live — which means my flowers and plants are thirsty all the time. June through September, I find myself watering nearly every other night unless it’s unusually rainy out.
I genuinely love being in my garden and caring for my plants. Still, if there’s one thing I absolutely HATE, it’s dealing with the hose.
If you’re a gardener, then you’ll know exactly where I’m going with this. It’s such a pain navigating my hose around my plants and planters without getting kinks, tangling it, or crushing plants. I water a few plants, then carefully move the hose around obstacles … water a few more plants, then carefully move it through obstacles — on and on and on.
Then, once I’m finally done watering, I have to painstakingly backtrack and wind the whole thing up nicely and neatly, just to go through the exact same scenario two nights later. I know there are bigger problems in the world, but it’s just maddening to me!
The Pocket Hose Silver Bullet has solved all of this. I know it might sound dramatic, but I could cry tears of joy from how much easier it’s made gardening.
In many ways, it’s just like a normal hose: You attach the nozzle to the connector, then connect that to your water supply. You turn the water on, and you can adjust the nozzle to change the volume and intensity of the spray.
Here’s where things get a little different. The hose is stretchy — like, way stretchier than I thought was possible. Once you turn it on and start using it, the fabric material of the hose stretches to four times its previous size, around what I would consider normal hose length.
Once you turn the water off and stop using it, it shrinks back to a more compact and portable length. Hence the name “pocket hose”: Although it couldn’t actually fit in my pocket, it’s smaller than any other hose I’ve owned.
This hose has made my gardening process one million times easier. It’s like when a vacuum cleaner has a button that you can press to automatically pull the cord back into the chassis of the cleaner. All the annoying work is done for you!
It also makes the hose so much easier to put away and stow. Since there’s dramatically less hose to roll up, it takes less time. I imagine this would be the perfect hose option if I had a boat or an RV because it stores away easily and barely takes up any room.
The other feature that I like about this hose is that it doesn’t kink. Most hoses kink up really easily, which cuts off your water supply. You have to go back and unkink the hose — sometimes multiple times — before you finally work it out. It’s not a big deal, but it’s a bit annoying.
I’ve been using my Silver Bullet for several weeks now and have yet to see it kink. I don’t know if it’s the material or what, but I’m impressed.
Speaking of the material: I don’t know what exactly it is, but it is super high quality. Aside from not kinking, it also hasn’t snagged or ripped at all. That’s impressive because it feels like fabric rather than the rubber/PVC material that hoses normally are made from.
I didn’t realize it was going to be this different material until the hose arrived, and I’ve really liked it so far. I know this is a bit nonsensical, but it feels like the water coming out of it is better for my plants. It’s almost like the quality of the material impacts the quality of the water, which is making my plants healthier and happier, too.
The hose comes in four different lengths: 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet, and 100 feet. I have the 50-foot hose, and it’s perfect for the size of my garden. I’d recommend getting whatever’s closest to the size hose that you’re used to using (unless, of course, your current hose is the wrong size).
Although I don’t have the 100-foot hose, I’d imagine it shrinks down to a similar size as the 50-foot one. Not to sound like a broken record, but the shrinkage is really impressive.
Oh, before I forget to mention it, the nozzle has three different spray settings: Wide, Power, and Stream.
Stream is super targeted, Power is middle-width but higher water pressure, and Wide is a bit less pressure but a wider stream. All three of the settings work well, but I do wish the hose came with more spray settings.
I used to use the Mist and Shower settings all the time on my old hose when I was worried about damaging delicate flowers or plants, and I miss those settings on this one. There’s not quite enough variety for me. That said, I just have to stand back a little further from those more delicate plants when I’m watering, and they’ve been totally fine.
The interior of the hose is lead-free, so it’s safe to drink from, which is a bonus if you have kids.
(I don’t have kids myself, but I remember that being a core part of my childhood summers: Playing in the sprinkler, pointing the hose at each other, and yes, drinking from it when we got thirsty. I’m sure that my hose growing up did have lead in it, and I can remember my mom yelling at me several times for that.)
You can’t buy any Pocket Hose products on Amazon. I’m pretty sure you can only buy them from their website. Some people may find that inconvenient, but I personally like it.
I won’t get too political, but I don’t like how Amazon is taking over all of our buying options. I like supporting the little guy, the Mom and Pop local shops. So, I love it when a company chooses not to sell with Amazon. To me, the fact that you can’t buy this on Amazon was another selling point, just like the fact that it’s a USA-based company.
Okay, last thing I’ll say: It might sound crazy, but I actually like the way my lawn and backyard look now that I have this hose. The difference between looking at a yard with a rubber hose all tangled up and snaking through the plants compared to a sleek black fabric hose nicely coiled and stacked up next to the water supply has done a lot for my overall happiness as a gardener. It’s not just the functionality that I like; the aesthetics of this hose appeal to me, too.
So, aside from the lack of spray setting options, I really like almost everything about this hose. If you have a boat or RV, like to regularly wash off your car, or garden all the time, I would highly recommend it. It’s made my life so much easier.
With the warranty and money-back guarantee, I think the price point for this product is super reasonable, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to any and all of my friends.
I think my tomatoes like it, too.
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