What is better for a garden hose: plastic or rubber?

rubber garden hose
rubber garden hose

Choosing a plastic or rubber garden hose depends on various factors, including your needs and preferences. Each material has its pros and cons.

If you value durability and are willing to invest a bit more, a rubber garden hose might be a better choice, especially if your hose will be exposed to harsh weather conditions or heavy use. On the other hand, if you want a more affordable and lightweight hose, a plastic hose may be a better fit, especially for lighter gardening tasks.

 

plastic garden hose
plastic garden hose

Plastic garden hoses are generally cheaper and lighter, easier to handle and maneuver for those with limited strength or mobility. But due to exposure to UV rays and extreme temperatures, plastic hoses can be more prone to cracking and degradation and have a shorter lifespan. In contrast, rubber hoses are more durable, better able to withstand UV rays, extreme temperatures, and rough handling, are less likely to crack than plastic hoses, and last longer. However, rubber hoses can be heavier, less flexible, and more expensive.

Ultimately, the choice of plastic or rubber hose depends on your specific situation and preferences.

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