MY FAVORITE GIVEAWAYS: THE PERFECT HOSE

Every day this week I'm giving away one of my favorite gardening tools. I've written about all of them and I'm hoping that whoever the lucky winner of each item is will share my enthusiasm and fall just as in love with these tools as I am.

I'm kicking off this big week by giving away a hose. OK, I'll admit, hoses aren't flashy and they aren't the most exciting things in the world, but I'd be willing to bet that most gardeners use them more than any other tool in their garden. And if you've ever had a bad hose, you know how frustrating they can be.

Here's what I require in a hose: It needs to be light enough to move around easily, but large enough to have enough water flow to power a water wand or sprinkler (I briefly tried one of those light, skinny garden hoses and I could even use my water wand with it because there wasn't enough water pressure). It needs to have heavy-duty brass ends that last and don't leak. Crucially, a hose must not kink. On the scale of terrifically frustrating things, a kink down the line of your hose is right up there with metal folding chair legs that insist on intermingling.


I found the Tuff-Guard Perfect Garden Hose four years ago and I've been using the same two since then. Having and intensely using a hose for four years is a first for me, so in addition to having all the attributes that I require in a hose, it also has longevity. I can't tell you how nice it is to pull a hose out of the garage in spring and know that it's just going to work. It's not going to leak or have developed a random hole or somehow grown a kink that will not come out no matter what over winter.

I've written about this hose before, including here and here.


The nice folks at the Perfect Garden Hose have agreed to give away a 50-foot hose in any color to one lucky winner. I have boring old gray so that it blends in with the patio a little better when I get lazy and don't coil it up, but it comes in a bunch of fun colors.

Entering is easy: Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to log in and then leave a comment (go to the bottom of the post and look for the highlighted # of posts link) telling me what color you want your hose to be or just what your favorite color is. Additional entries can be gained through other tasks in the widget. I'll pick a winner on May 5.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


97 comments :

  1. What a lovely giveaway. I have chronic hose problems- for me it's always kinking. I'd love a pink one!

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  2. Yes yes yes! We just bought a Craftsmen hose, after trying so many over the years. I have continued to search, and read reviews, but it's hard to know exactly what other people want from a hose! You I trust…so yes, put me in for this and here's hoping. Great giveaway (and, in case I don't win, nice to know this brand!)

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  3. I think red would be my pick. Thanks!

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  4. I have never seen a pink hose! I love it! But perhaps my husband (who gardens even more than I do) would appreciate the grey! Thanks so much!

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  5. We need a hose for our new home - I would love gray!

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  6. I like that pink one. My hose leaks a lot at the attachment to the spigot so a new one is "on the list". Instead I have been watering via can.

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  7. Red or blue, hard to choose! :)

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  8. I would love this hose. I really need a hose that does not kink and the colors are fabulous!

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  9. What a wonderful hose. This sound great! I would love to have one! :)

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  10. A bad hose can ruin your whole aesthetic and trip you up literally! A good hose can enrich the space.

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  11. My favorite color is purple, but the blue is pretty.

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  12. Pink would be fun. I'm very particular about my hoses too. I've been using the Flexzilla ones and those are still working well, but this is only year 2 for them, so I'm still testing them... Thanks! -Beth

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  13. Sweet! I'd pick green, but probably just because I'm traditional like that. :)

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  14. I need to replace the hose in my front yard, this is such great timing. Fingers crossed, because I'd love a red one in the absence of orange. Thanks for the chance, and the recommendation.

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  15. I also despise hoses when they kink, as every minute in the garden is precious! I always have green, so pink or red could be cool!

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  16. I would go for a gray hose. For exactly the reasons you stated. :)

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  17. Pink please!
    Thanks,
    Jennie Brooks

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  18. Pink please,

    Thank you,

    Sherry Bartels

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  19. red would be a great contrast to green grass!

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  20. I think I would like the grey because it would go with my deck.

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  21. Blue

    phyllisphipps_at_hotmail_dot_com

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  23. I would like to have the blue hose - shaunie

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  25. Green would be great! My old hose needs to be replaced because It kinks.

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  26. Oh, I think I'd like a white one...my others are black, I'd love a radical change! ;)

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  27. I'll take a green one, please!

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  28. So pretty, I'd want a red one to show it off!

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  29. I like the blue

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  30. Loe the red!! Hope this contest is open to us Canadians too!

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  31. Green is my favorite color!

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  32. I don't think my first comment posted.... Likin' the blue! Thanks for this great giveaway week!

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  33. I would need a pink one for my girls and so I can see it in our garden.

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  34. I didn't even know there were hoses that don't kink! How amazing! I'd love a red one!!

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  35. This great, I love to have good tools and sources to share with my clients! Green or Blue

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  36. I'd love that biege colored hose that might blend in with the mulch.

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  37. I'll have to go with the grey because, like you said, it blends in better with the concrete.

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  38. I love the blue one. How fun, thanks for the opportunity.

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  39. White or blue would be fun!

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  40. Hi Erin! I was wondering how you store your hose? Or other readers - any tips? Not only have I tried a bunch of hoses, but I have tried every which way to store my hose and it always seems like a frustration. I have tried a pretty metal hose pot (the bottom rusted on my patio), the hose reel boxes (that always fall over), the stake in the ground (which always comes out). I changed to a plastic flower pot on my patio which won't rust, but it always tips over. Have you found a better way??

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    1. Oh the hose storage problem is definitely a pain! I found a metal hose pot (I've not had problems with rusting) that has worked out better than anything else I've tried. The one thing with the Perfect Garden Hose is that it is springy so you really do need to keep it contained in some way because it doesn't want to lay on the ground in a perfect coil. But that spring also helps it pull out of the hose pot quite smoothly so the pot doesn't fall over unless I'm really yanking on it.

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  41. I SO agree with you about the kink factor and also the longevity. This hose sounds too good to be true! Love to try it!

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  42. This isn't an entry, so should I win please choose someone else!
    I understand being crazy particular about hoses. They're one of those things that you don't realize what a pain in the ass they are until you really have a good one! Thanks for the heads up on this company.

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  43. We've been talking a new hose for two years. Maybe this is the one! Grey, of course.

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  44. I would love a red one!

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  45. Perfect timing! My hose just popped a big hole in it. I would love the white hose. jan_walton@sbcglobal.net

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  46. would love to try a green one. great idea. thanks
    suz in ohio

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  47. I would probably pick the green one.

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  48. I think I need this hose in my life. The red might actually keep my husband from running over it with the mower-great giveaway!

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  49. Love the pink and green"! ....also, your blog. I learn so much. Thanks.

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  50. I think I would need a green one, because I also have trouble getting it coiled back up, at times. Thanks!

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  51. I would like a green hose. I do like all the bright colors, too. Thank you!

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  52. Would love to win this hose, I like green the color of money

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  53. a green one would be perfect
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    (it would only let me comment anonymously)

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  54. I'd take the red one. Oh, wait, should be pink so my daughter would volunteer more often :)

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  55. Oh I need one! My nice heavy duty hose is 100' long, which makes it just too unwieldy. I think red, so my husband won't mow it when I leave it in the grass!

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  56. All great colors, I'd go with the bright green. What a great hose and I like that it's light enough to pull around.

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  57. So glad I found your page! Love the hoses! I like them all, but I think I would have to choose blue (for water)!

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  58. Green or gray would be nice, so it wouldn't be too obtrusive in the garden.

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  59. Gray sounds perfect! I'm going to get one..but another one would be very useful..big big garden! Thanks for the post in the plant co-op group on Facebook.

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  60. Gray or red. I like that it can stand out or blend.

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  61. Any color would be great, I like the blue and the grey.

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  62. I would love a gray one! Thank you so much for the opportunity.

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  63. This would be great for the front porch where there are lots of containers.The blue would be a nice change from the earth tone hoses we've had over the years. Good luck, everyone!

    Tom Mann AKA @SolakNC

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  64. I'd love a pink hose to match the pink David Austin rose that's next to where the hose lives. ;)

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  65. I can't remember if I followed all the instructions on all the days so I'm just making sure :)

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  66. I love the blue one! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com

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  67. I'd love the gray!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Red - for a dash of colour no matter where it is.

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  69. I would get green. That's awesome that they come in so many different colors.

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  70. I really NEED a new hose; mine is always kinked! Green!

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