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Retractable hose reel reviews

We test nine retractable hose reels in the CHOICE labs, including models from Gardena, Pope and Holman.

Last updated: 1st November 2011

Retractable hose reels help deliver some order to your gardening chaos, removing the dreaded kinked hose. However, care needs to be taken when sending the hose back to its home as some can get quite aggressive and could take you or an innocent bystander out.

Our advice is to keep clear when you trigger the retraction, or for safety's sake simply walk the hose back to the housing. All the models on test had plastic attachments, but if you want to exchange them for brass fittings it'll cost you a little more.

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