A hose reel is the cylindrical spindle used for storing a hose i.e. it is a hose holder. It can be made from various materials, such as metal, plastic or fiberglass. Another distinguishing characteristic is in the mechanism of the hose reel – it can be either spring-driven, motor-driven or a hand crank hose reel. The best hose reel for a given price range is the one that is made from the best materials and offers the most convenience. It must do three things well: store the hose in a neat manner (which is the reason why most people buy a hose reel in the first place), make extension of the hose easy and reel in hose easily. Today, we will present three of our top picks for the best hose reel on the market that cost less than $200. We firmly believe that you can get very well-performing hose reels within this price range and therefore there is no need to spend more on this type of product. So, without further ado, we will start this review with our #1 pick.
Eley/Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
Our first choice for the best hose reel under $200 is the Eley/Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041.
This one also happens to be the second priciest hose reel among our three top picks, proving that sometimes the more expensive choice is the better choice too.
Even so, it is still well under $200 – its listing price is about $150, and you might be able to find it for a bit less on discount. We are not the only ones praising this particular hose reel – it actually has one of the highest consumer ratings on the web.
Let us look into what makes this such a great hose reel. First of all, the materials it is made of are all of great quality. It has an aluminum-alloy construction which in addition to being durable is also rust-proof. This is quite a useful feature to have in a tool that will probably come in contact with water on a daily basis. In addition, its construction allows for both parallel and perpendicular mounting to the wall. Thus, it gets some extra points for convenience – you can choose to mount it whichever way works best for you. The parallel configuration means the hose will go alongside the wall, while with the perpendicular configuration means it will be going straight, directly away from the wall. In addition to all that, you can also choose the direction for rewinding – it works both with left and right handed rewinding.
One of the most important things for a hose reel is that it does not leak. Leaking may not be such a big problem, but it is certainly very annoying when you see and hear your hose reel leaking day after day after day. That is why the best water hose reel should come with a high quality leak-proof swivel. And this one does. It swivel is made of solid brass and aluminum and it features a 3/4 inch capacity.
There are two more things worth mentioning about this Eley Wall Mount Hose Reel. First, the good one – it comes with a 10-year warranty that protects you if it malfunctions at any point! This includes the swivel as well as any other part of this hose reel. That is certainly a plus. Second, the bad one – hose and spray nozzles are not included in the package together with the hose reel. This is not surprising to us, but we wanted to mention in just in case – since our aim is for you to know exactly what you are getting with this product.
Liberty Garden Products 870-M1-2 Industrial 300 – 4 Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart
Our #2 choice for the best hose reel under $200 is the Liberty Garden Products 870-M1-2 Industrial 300 – 4 Wheel Garden Hose Reel Cart.
Actually, you could say that this is our top pick for the best hose reel cart, since it is not wall mounted as our previous pick but a portable cart hose reel.
This hose reel is in fact the most expensive one out of the three if we look at the listing price, but on discount it often comes out cheaper than the Eley Wall Mount Hose Reel.
Another notable difference between these hose reels is that this one can also be used for professional uses as well as residential ones. Its hose-carrying capacity is of up to 300-feet long hoses, while the capacity of the Eley Wall Mount Hose Reel is half as much – up to 150-feet long hoses.
With regard to materials, this Liberty Garden Hose Reel Cart is also made from high quality stuff. Its construction is of 13 gauge steel, while all fixtures are made of brass and galvanized, and have a powder coat finish. Thus, in this respect it is very similar to our #1 pick.
But, there are some things that make this hose reel less convenient to use. We will now turn our attention to those. Firstly, while the low center of gravity does succeed in keeping the cart from tipping over while it is wheeled around, it does not succeed in it while the hose is reeled back in. If you manually bring the hose close to cart though, the cart is not likely to tip over. Also, reeling in the hose when it is extended for more than 200 feet is extremely difficult. We feel that this is a significant drawback of this product, since one of the primary uses of a hose reel is that you can easily extend and reel back the hose.
Before we move on to our 3rd best alternative, we should also mention that in terms of warranty and what is included in the package, this hose reel is the same as the Elay Wall Mount Hose Reel.
Suncast Swivel Hose Hideaway with Smart Trak Hose Guide CPLSSM200B
Our third choice for the best hose reel is the Suncast Swivel Hose Hideaway with Smart Trak Hose Guide CPLSSM200B. It is by far the cheapest of the three with a listing price of less than $100.
In this case, the lower price certainly does not indicate a lower quality product – this hose reel is actually very well made and easy to use.
It is neither wall mounted nor a cart hose reel, but rather a stationary hose reel hosted in a white and brown box and kept on the ground.
It comes with two stakes to make sure it stays firmly in the ground, though we’d recommend buying two extra so you have one at each corner.
While we always dislike making extra purchases in order to use a certain product, in this case we think the inconvenience is offset by other positive features of the Suncast Swivel Hose Hideaway. One of those is its considerable capacity of 225-feet long hoses. Another is the fact that winding and unwinding the hose is really easy. The handle for doing so is placed higher than on most other similar units, so there is less bending over needed with this hose reel. Last but not least, the assembly is really simple. Not that we had big issues with assembling the other hose reels, but it certainly was not as easy as with this one – it only took us 15 minutes to have it assembled and ready to use.
Two more things – a leader hose is actually included in the package of this hose reel. On the other hand, the warranty is considerably shorter than that of the other two hose reels we reviewed.
In conclusion, we would like to point out that all of these hose reels will probably do great at keeping your lawn or driveway nice and tidy and keeping doing so for many years to come. While price is certainly one factor that will help you make your choice, the type of hose reel is also important. Each of our top picks is different in that respect – you have a choice of a great wall mounted hose reel, a great hose reel cart and a great hose reel box. Whichever one you choose, you will be choosing one of the best hose reels on the market!