Does the size of your hose matter? Apparently so...
Does the size of your hose matter? Apparently so...

Why the size of a man's (garden) hose matters

IT'S the age-old question about whether size and the length of a man's hose matters. 

Garden hose, that is.

Hoselink conducted a survey of more than 2000 people to discover the changing hose habits of Australians.

It revealed men in regional areas typically had longer hoses than their city counterparts.

But does size really matter? Hoselink founder Tim Kierath said it was incredibly important, and there was a way to tell what size was best for you.

"Hoses come in all different lengths and longer is not necessarily better," he said.

"You should only buy the length you need and that will depend on the size of the area that the hose will be used in, what it's used for and where it will be stored." 

The longer the hose, the heavier it will be to move around, the more storage space it needs and it can also result in lower water pressure at the end. 

In order to choose a hose, Mr Kierath advised measuring the longest distance from the tap and buying a hose that goes just beyond that. 

Tugging on the hose to stretch it out is not recommended. If "click-on" fittings are being used he said it was likely they would give way. 

In terms of size, a 12mm diameter hose is the most useful and common diameter for a garden hose around the home. For regional areas and commercial applications, an 18mm diameter hose was typically used providing a much higher water flow rate.

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