In this 2017 Soaker Hose Buyer’s Guide we feature a variety of soaker hoses available as of 1/2017. At the end of this post we cover tips and techniques for properly using a soaker hose. We also cover ways to properly care for your soaker hose to ensure longer hose life. You should take into account any first person reviews for each soaker hose to help you make a more educated buying decision.
2017 Soaker Hose Buyer’s Guide
Decided on the perfect layout for your flowerbed or garden, then cut the soaker hose and push on the included EZ-connect Friction-Fit connectors. Water seeps through the soaker hose’s pores, watering your plants. When compared to a standard open-air sprinkler, this soaker hose conserves up to 70% more water. Available at Amazon.com
Conveniently water gardens and beds. Evenly waters from beginning to end. 50 foot Soaker Hose made from recycled material. Thoroughly waters using 90% less water than conventional watering. Conveniently waters garden and beds. 50% thicker wall eliminating the geyser effect, wasteful water that sprays out from hose. Made from recycled material. Available at Amazon.com
Use the Gilmour soaker hose for efficient watering. Create a watering system by burying the hose under mulch. Hook it up to a timer to make watering chores easier. Made of 100% environmentally-friendly recycled vinyl. Clog-resistant fabric cover for consistent soaking. Hose is constructed to release water throughout the entire length. Available at Amazon.com
The large 1″ diameter with .2″ thick walls means this soaker hose can carry the volume of water needed right to the end of the line. The extra thick walls means slower soaking for a more efficient watering. Includes regular 3/4″ garden hose connection. Water volume: Emits 1 gallon per foot per hour at low pressure. Available at Amazon.com
Slowly soaks only the areas you need, with a minimum of run-off. Flattens for easy storage. Soaker hose extends to 75 feet. Extremely flexible. Fits standard garden hose thread. Available at Amazon.com
This soaker has vinyl construction to help ensure flexibility. It delivers even greater water savings when used in conjunction with moisture-retaining mulch. Offers a consistent soaking action even in uneven and uphill flower beds. Uses ABS Plastic E-Z Tite brass couplings for secure connections. Made in USA. Available at Amazon.com
Specialized Soaker hoses
There are a few specialized soaker hoses that have been designed for watering trees. As you can see from the picture below, a length of soaker hose forms a circle and attaches to a single point where your main hose can be attached.
Pictured above is the Dramm Color Storm tree soaker ring (in either 5 foot or 10 foot lengths).
Although not specifically a tree soaker hose the TreeGator Slow Release Watering bag performs is a good alternative to a soaker hose tree ring.
Why use a soaker hose?
There’s certainly nothing wrong with watering small gardens and flower beds with a hose and sprayer. In fact, watering my flowers can be really relaxing. Unfortunately, watering your flowers or garden this way isn’t really efficient and chances are you are wasting water as well. That’s where soaker hoses excel. You can arrange them in your flower beds or vegetable gardens, put them on a hose timer and water in a more efficient way at times that are optimal (morning and evening). They will also eliminate issues with getting foliage too wet and having issues like leaf burn from harsh sunlight on wet foliage or other issues that could arise like leaf rot or fungus.
Are there disadvantages in using soaker hoses? There can be when your yard has lots of elevation changes. If you run a soaker hose up or down a small rise, the water may not weep out evenly along the full length of the hose. This could result in uneven watering.
Alternatives to soaker hoses
If you don’t think soaker hoses are right for your specific watering application, you might want to consider a drip irrigation system. There are dozens of systems suitable for applications where soaker hoses might not work. Organic Life has a good article covering this alternative to soaker hose systems.
How long are soaker hoses?
Typically, soaker hoses come in 25 foot, 50 foot, 75 foot, and 100 foot lengths. You can also custom size your soaker hose system. You can get soaker hose material in bulk rolls of 100 foot lengths and 500 foot lengths. You’ll need to purchase soaker hose fittings if you buy bulk soaker hose.
What are soaker hoses made of?
Many soaker hoses are made out of recycled tires. If you are an organic gardener this might be something to consider before you use. There are plenty of articles and discussions about the pros and cons of hose material but I haven’t run across any specific scientific studies that show direct connections between the hose material and effects on the plants you are eating. You’ll have to depend on the manufacturers description of the hose material. Most say they are made of recycled rubber or vinyl and since you can’t drink directly out of a soaker hose they normally don’t address that issue.
How to set up your soaker hose
Here are some resources that show you different ways to set up soaker hoses in your garden:
- How to lay a soaker hose – SFGate.com offers a 9 step process for soaker hose setup and layout
- How to install a soaker hose irrigation system – diynetwork.com has an excellent article on setting up and laying out a soaker hose system
How to care for your soaker hose
Unless you’ve buried your soaker hoses you should store them in a cool dry place during the winter. Leaving any hose exposed to the weather and sun all year long will lessen the hose life. Another thing that will lessen the life of your soaker hose are high water pressures. Consider using water pressure regulators if you have high water pressures.
2017 Soaker Hose Buyer’s Guide – Conclusion
In this 2017 Soaker Hose Buyer’s Guide I’ve tried to share a variety of soaker hoses and hybrid soaker hoses to consider when planning your system. I’ve also shared some web resources you can refer to for more information. I highly recommend planning out your soaker hose irrigation system prior to making your soaker hose purchase so you have all of the items you need (splitters, timers, water pressure regulators, etc.) Once you’ve implemented your soaker hose system you’ll be able to spend less time watering and more time enjoying the fruits of your labors. Thanks for visiting the site and reading the 2017 Soaker Hose Buyer’s Guide.