" "Introducing the Pocket Hose. The hose so small, it fits in your pocket."
"Turn the water on, and it expands up to three times its original length."
"Ordinary 50-foot hoses are so heavy! The XHose is incredibly light." As-Seen-On-TV expandable garden hoses are popping up all over the place.
Infomercials Consumer Reports tested three - all 50 feet in length. The DAP XHose, the FlexAbleHose, and the
Pocket Hose. First they were weighed. They all came in about a pound, a lot lighter than a regular hose.
Testing hoses Then it was time to go to work. Testers measured the length, flow rate, and water volume, comparing
the results to regular garden hoses. "Their length increased by three times, as claimed. And their flow was good, just like a regular hose."
But if you go to do something like fill up a kiddie pool with the valve fully open, the hoses may shrink … a lot … because of lower water pressure. And using these hoses with sprinklers also poses a challenge.
Bernie Deitrich, "To use it with a sprinkler, you need to turn the water on first before you put the sprinkler in
place. When you turn the water off, the hose will contract, and it may pull the sprinkler through your
"Traditional hoses seem always to kink. But the Pocket Hose couldn't kink if you wanted it to."
Consumer Reports also folded, twisted … and even knotted all three expandable hoses!
Bernie Deitrich "No matter what we did, the water kept flowing."
And after the water drained out, all three shrank back to their original size - as promised.
So all three lived up to their claims. But it was the Pocket Hose that came out on top. "