If you’re like me, you probably love the feeling of a clean, newly-washed car or lush, green grass in your front yard. Those things may be great, but often I put them off because I don’t want to deal with the biggest hassle: the hose. My hose is heavy, it kinks (and then unkinks just at the wrong moment and leaves me soaking wet), and it’s a royal pain in the rear end to wind up and put away. Hence my slightly brownish grass and my carwash-cleaned car that I overpaid for.
Like me, you may want more out of your hose. I couldn’t help but notice a new innovation that’s been popping up on TV here and there: the XHose. Just the name was enough to get my attention. Perhaps it could grow wings and fly, or sport a single lock of silver hair, or maybe even cause thunderstorms at will. Names aside, the it appears to be the new superhero of hosedom. Let’s see what it’s all about.
What is the XHOSE?
The XHose marketing team deem it to be the first and only hose capable of expansion. Due to its lightweight and durable composite material, the hose can twist and contort without kinking. It also has the capability of snapping back to its original position in seconds flat!
The hose actually expands to three times its normal size when water is coursing through it, but relaxes to its diminutive and storage-friendly size once turned off. All of this is done without compromising the hose’s spraying power.
This revolutionary hose comes in four sizes to fit any need or price point. The sizes range from twenty-five to one hundred feet and vary based on twenty-five foot increments. Remember, however, that the XHose is capable of expanding to three times its resting size!
- 25′ Hose Shrinks to 9 feet
- 50′ Hose Shrinks to 18.5 feet
- 75′ Hose Shrinks to 28 feet
- 100′ Hose Shrinks to 37 feet
XHose in the News
Fox 4 KDFW said that “the XHose is a deal at any one of its four price points!” Most customers tend to agree that the hose is extremely light for its length, capabilities, and general functionality. In fact, the twenty-five foot version comes in at around one pound! This means that it is lighter, more durable, and more powerful than perhaps any hose one would run into at the local hardware store.
Xhose is manufactured and sold by DAP – the makers of all those caulks, sealants and adhesives you see in the box stores so often. I was really impressed since I’ve used many of their products in the past and they are always top notch. A lot of “As Seen on TV” products are made by fly-by-night companies that disappear the next day and are never heard from again. DAP has been around since 1865. That’s right – over 100 years, so I don’t think they are going anywhere.
This all seems really incredible, but how can DAP deliver a hose almost incapable of becoming kinked that is light weight and still has great flow and durability? The exterior is designed using a robust webbing, which is intended to withstand the demands and rigors of even Midwest or Northwest winters. The interior hose is made out of a light weight expandable rubber.
The purpose of putting both of these innovative features in one product is to enable superior performance without sacrificing durability. As an added bonus, because of the size and expandability, storing the hose in the winter is really no problem at all. Whether inside or out, the XHose proves compact, hassle-free, and impervious to the torments of mother nature.
One complaint is that while the hose works great, the ends are plastic and can wear out well before the hose itself. Some customers we found suggested replacing the plastic ends with stronger metal ones right away. This eliminates cross-threading issues and extends the life of the hose.
There are four different price points corresponding to different sizes. The previously listed sizes in feet – twenty-five (~$20), fifty (~$40), seventy-five (~$50), and one hundred feet (~$60) – correspond to the distance that each hose is capable of extending to.
Customers who have tried the XHose brought up some potential drawbacks. Some customers complained that with enough time and with hot enough water, the hose actually lost some of its flexibility and durability. Although resilient to most types of weather, perhaps keeping it indoors during especially rough winters is a good idea.
Many customers extol the hose’s ability to withstand the rigors of bending without kinking and the hose’s continued ability to provide strong sprays even after extensive use. There are certainly ways one can extend the lifespan, but typically it does a good job of withstanding tough weather, use, and applications.
This product is an affordable and resilient garden hose at any of the four listed price points. Its chief merits are its ability to expand when filled with water and shrink for storage, its ability to withstand tough use and weather, and its revolutionary lightweight composite construction.
If you are tired of hauling around a large heavy hose or just don’t like those flimsy unattractive hose reels, then XHose may be a good choice for you.