I find that watering the garden can be a time-consuming job.
Especially during hot summers where it is inevitable not to do it, or I saw my vegetable garden dried out the other day.
I just want it to be quickly and efficiently, so a good hose reel is critical.
In this article, we'll go over some of the best wall mounted hose reels on the market right now.
Automatic retractable or rewinding by hand?
A fundamental point to decide about when considering a wall mounted hose real is whether you want a retractable hose reel or a rewind by hand hose reel.
If you don't see yourself winding up endless feet of hose, then a retractable reel is what you are looking for. It may come with a price, but the convenience it adds may be worth it for you.
A quality retractable hose reel has a lock which prevents the hose from pulling back when you stop with unwinding the spool. With most retractable hose reels you slightly pull the tube to the left or to the right, and it will start rewinding the hose. Almost every retractable reel has a mechanism inside the box to distribute the hose over the spool evenly in a tangle-free manner.
The by hand operated hose reel has a traditional handle on the side to rewind it by hand. In opposition to a retractable hose reel, you have to be careful of kinks with these. If you do not patiently guide the hose when rewinding the spool, there is a chance you get kinks in the tube.
Long, longer, longest?
Retractable wall mounted hose reels are great for those with relatively small gardens. The length of the hose on most units range anywhere between 50 and a 100 feet.
On the other hand, the standard hose reel can hold up longer tubes and can hold up to a 225-foot hose on most designs. This makes them perfectly suitable for medium sized gardens.
Another benefit of a reel which is operated by hand is that you can attach the hose to another one to make them ideal for large-sized yards too.
Distance to the water tap
Did you already think about the wall where you want to hang the hose reel? Keep in mind that when deciding upon a location that you have a water tap nearby.
Another option is that you install a long leader hose to connect it to a drain farther on. This makes the possibility for leaks more significant though.
To keep your garden neat and not run in any problems we recommend placing it next to a water tap. Also, do first check the length of the leader hose before installing it.
Keep in mind to turn out the faucet every time you are finished watering your garden and let the water and pressure release out of the tube. The water inside the hose contains under high pressure. Therefore when it is heated by the sun, or it freezes during the winter the water can expand and crack the tube.
Accessories and assembling
Both retractable and regular hose reels usually have a leader hose included. With standard hose reels often only the reel itself is delivered. With these, you have to look for a separate tube. With retractable hose reels, the hose is part of the entire unit, and they are therefore delivered as a complete set.
Retractable hose reels usually come with a spray nozzle carried while a standard one doesn't. Most brands also deliver them with mounting hardware included, but there are some brands where you have to buy it separately.
To mount it onto the wall you will need a large drill to get through the hard bricks.
The wall mount hose reel reviews
Did you decide yet if you want a retractable hose reel or a standard one? Here’s a quick rundown of both different units.
Gardena Retractable Hose Reel With Convenient Hose Guide
The Gardena wall mounted hose is smooth to draw out. With a short pull, it releases the lock and the hose rolls right back into place without a single tangle because of the integrated hose guide.
The bolts to secure the mounting bracket to the wall are included you just have to drill four holes into the wall to mount it firmly. The screws have a Torx head, so be sure that you have that particular bit for your drill.
To store it inside during the cold winters you just have to unscrew one screw to unmount it from the wall and store it safely inside.
A thing to look out for before installing it is checking the length of the leader hose. The leader hose has to be long enough for the box to be able to swivel the entire 180 degrees.
It also comes with a durable sprayer nozzle which requires twisting to turn it on and off. Gardena also offers a sprayer nozzle which is squeeze operated to turn it on and off for even more convenience.
Furthermore, it is compatible with all original Gardena system fittings, but other brands with regular fittings will also work fine.
The Gardena is available in an 82-feet or 50-feet version.
- Pulls out and rolls up smoothly
- Heavy duty rewind mechanism
- Integrated hose guide
- Wall bracket, screws, and plugs are included
- Comes with a leader hose and sprayer nozzle
- Available in an 82-feet or 50-feet version
- Swivels 180 degrees
- Only one screw to dismount and store safely inside to protect from frost
- German quality
- Some people have problems with leaking
RL Flo-Master Retractable Hose Reel
The RL Flo-Master has a 65-foot long hose which makes it perfectly suitable for smaller gardens.
The durable spring in the mechanism to retract it provide smooth returns and the guide will layer your hose perfectly and automatically. So no more tangles in your hose with this one. The fittings are also very durable and are made from brass.
It is delivered with a leader hose as well as a nozzle with 8 different spray patterns for many uses, such as shower, center, flat, soaker, mist, jet, triangle and cone.
The bolts to mount it on the wall are included together with the instruction manual and are easy to follow. The box has a swivel of 180-degrees to reach all corners of your garden comfortably.
To store it you just pull a pin out, and the box is dismounted from the bracket to store it inside safely.
- Durable spring for smooth retractions
- Leader hose included
- 8 different spray pattern nozzle included
- Can be swiveled 180 degrees
- Easy unmounting without any tools
- Guide to layer your hose nicely
- Some people have problems with leaking
- Only available with 65-feet hose length
Power Products USA Power Retractable Hose Reel
This Power Retractable Hose Reel from Power Products USA is available in a 50-feet version for small gardens and a 75-feet version for medium-sized yards.
The durable hose supports up to 500 PSI, which is more than most competitors. And is made from a three-layer hybrid material to provide even more strength to the tube. It also has a unique nozzle protector to prevent you from hurting yourself when rewinding.
The retracting mechanism has a slow return system to roll up the hose smoothly. It is provided with a heavy-duty twist collar and 6-feet tail hose with brass fittings.
The durable steel mount ensures that it can be mounted securely to the wall. The quick disconnect pin lets you unmount the unit efficiently for storage.
- Available in 50-feet and 75-feet
- Suitable for high pressures
- Durable three-layer hybrid material hose
- Unique nozzle protector
- Slow return system
- Heavy duty twist collar
- 6-feet tail hose included
- Durable brass fittings
- Quick disconnect pin
- It may start leaking with some faucet connections
- Some customers are disappointed by the slow retrieval mechanism
Neverleak AutoWinder Retractable Poly Wall Mount Hose Reel
With just one simple tug the NeverLeak AutoWinder automatically rewinds the hose.
To adjust the strain at which rate the hose unwinds, merely remove the side cover by unclicking it and rotate the handle to increase or decrease the tension. The stopping ball to allow more or less hose to be exposed is adjustable too.
It swivels 180 degrees, so it goes where you need it just like the other retractable hose reels. It has a durable never leak water system made from aluminum, which is stronger than normal plastic ones, to prevent cracking.
The wall mount is made from plastic, and it comes with four wood screws, so if you want to mount it to a brick wall, you have to buy bolts separately. To dismount it conveniently lift the box from the mount to move it to another place in your yard or to store it safely.
- 100-foot long
- Adjustable ball
- Swivels 180 degrees
- A durable aluminum water system
- Increase or decrease tension at which rate the hose unwinds
- The plastic wall mount may not be very durable
- No mounting hardware for brick walls included
- A few customers report leaks
Suncast WM200 Wall Mounted Hosehandler Hose Reel
The first wall mounted hose handler we will have a look at is the Suncast WM200. It can hold up to 200 feet of 5/8-inch garden hose, which is significantly more than the retractable hose reels we just went over. The tube has to be bought independently.
It has a large crank handle to operate the mechanism and rewind the hose. The design has the typical brown and taupe Suncast colors and can be perfectly matched with any other products of the brand. The resin frame is heavy-duty and weatherproof.
The included leader hose may not be of the best quality so you might want to bring your own.
- Hose leader included
- Large crank handle
- Can hold up to 200 feet of garden hose
- Weatherproof frame
- Brown and taupe design
- Hand operated
- Plastic is not the strongest material
- Hose leader may not be the best quality
Liberty Garden Products Decorative Cast Aluminum Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
The Liberty Garden Products mounted hose reel can hold up to 125-feet of 5/8 inch hose. This may be more than a retractable hose reel it is less than the Suncast WM200. There is a 5" leader hose included.
It is a sturdy construction made of non-rust, cast aluminum and it has an appealing bronze design. It also features aluminum and brass pipe fittings with a long-lasting weather resistant powder coat finish.
It comes in fully assembled, and you only have to mount it to the wall. The mounting hardware is not included, unfortunately.
- Can hold more hose than a retractable hose reel
- Sturdy construction made from non-rust aluminum
- Weather resistant pipe fittings
- Powder coat bronze finish
- Comfortable handle with extra grip
- Holds less hose than the Suncast
- Hose not included
- Some customers have had a broken hose connection
- No screws or bolts included
Eley / Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
The very unique thing Eley has to offer is that it can be positioned in two different ways: a perpendicular position or a parallel position. This makes it convenient for all types of different situations.
The reel and the mounting bracket are made from durable cast aluminum to last for years. They even provide a 10-year no-break and no-rust warranty.
It includes a 6-feet long leader hose and all sorts of mounting hardware for almost every type of material you want to install it to. The bolts and screws are very high quality, and the mounting bracket is very well-thought-out. It's dimensioning is made to exactly fit over the mortar of your wall to prevent drilling into the bricks.
- Perpendicular or parallel configuration
- Durable cast aluminum with powder coat finish
- Sleek design
- 10-year no-break and no-rust warranty
- 6-foot long rubber inlet hose
- Brass fittings
- All sorts of mounting hardware
- Nothing we can think of
Conclusion - best wall mounted hose reel
Since we actually reviewed two types of products: retractable and non-retractable wall hose reels, we came up with two best wall mount hose reels.
For the retractable hose reel, we think the RL Flo-Master is the best because of the convenience it is used with. Also, the included sprayer nozzle with 8 different patterns is a big plus over the others.
If you decide to go for a handle operated mounted reel the Eley is your absolute best pick. Every detail is just so well-thought-out with, and the quality is imposing.