9. Flexon FS50
The versatile Flexon FS50 (around $21) functions as both a soaker, when its white stripes are positioned facing down, and as a sprinkler, when they’re turned up. The removable end cap can be used to add extra length or to flush out mineral deposits after a long season of use.
- 40-foot spray pattern
- Elegant green color
- Tough to bend around corners
8. Teknor Apex
Good for use in drought conditions, the Teknor Apex (appx. $9) has weeping pores that distribute water directly to plant roots for a deep, even soak. Although it lies straight pretty well on its own, it will require staking if your placement demands a lot of twists, turns and curves.
- Can connect up to 5 units
- Durable brass couplings
- Tends to kink easily
7. Swan Miracle-Gro
The Swan Miracle-Gro (appx. $26) comes in one continuous, 100-foot tube that can be cut to a specific length and subsequently secured with the patented EZ-Connect fittings. However, if more than four segments from the kit are required, you will need to purchase additional connectors.
- Made of 65 percent recycled material
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Takes a while to set up
6. One Stop Gardens Seeper
The One Stop Gardens Seeper (around $10) comes with three pressure regulator discs capable of restricting water flow by up to 75 percent, allowing you to customize the amount of hydration being delivered to your vegetation without worrying about costly leaks or potential hose bursts.
- Fits most standard hose connections
- Woven nylon sleeve
- Works best in a straight line
5. Gilmour Weeper
Available at an extremely affordable price, the Gilmour Weeper (appx. $23) is fashioned entirely from eco-friendly and perforated recycled vinyl, which can withstand being trailed through an entire garden between shrubs and trees or buried under mulch, depending on your needs.
- Clog-resistant fabric cover
- Good for irrigating new seedlings
- Not designed for high water pressure
4. Melnor Flat
Extendable to a length of 50 feet, the Melnor Flat (appx. $39) offer the flexibility to maneuver around any plant bed or tight corner that an ordinary tube-style hose cannot. Taking up only 0.05 cubic feet of space, their compact design makes them super-easy to store in the garage.
- Come as a pack of 2
- 2-year warranty
- Not ideal for use in hot climates
3. Taisia 1/2-Inch
Whether you’re installing it in a large garden or flower bed, The Taisia 1/2-Inch (appx. $34) will not disappoint. Its slow and steady water delivery means the underlying soil and root system can gradually absorb the necessary nutrients without the concern for wasteful evaporation.
- Uv inhibitors prevent fading
- Relatively easy to uncoil
- Money-back guarantee
2. Green Mount GM-04060
Made from resilient PVC, the Green Mount GM-04060 (about $27) distributes water along its entire length evenly at a flow rate of 2 gallons every 2 minutes and a pressure level of 10 pounds per square inch, allowing it to outperform much of its rubber competition.
- Withstands extreme temperatures
- 5-ply construction
- Compact design is easy to store
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1. Dramm ColorStorm
The Dramm ColorStorm (about $30) has extremely thick internal walls that prevent leakage, while also helping to reduce water usage by nearly 90 percent over most of its conventional counterparts. It is backed by a confidence-boosting lifetime guarantee.
- Crush-proof nickel-plated connectors
- Available in 2 sizes
- Abrasion-resistant design