Are garden hose quick-release connectors any good? Or are they frustrating hassles that are more trouble than they’re worth?
Generally, garden hoses are connected to a water spigot at one end, and a sprayer or other kind of nozzle at the other, usually with threaded fittings. There might be a hose reel or splitting valve involved, or other such intermediate connections, but the mechanics are usually the same there too.
Threaded garden hose connections can be a test of one’s patience. We replaced older outdoors spigots with new frost-free ones, and the threads are a dream. The leader hose that came with my hose reel – that’s a different story.
I don’t know if I haven’t found the right brand, but it seems that most leader hoses or hose reels I’ve seen, tried, or read about are built as cheaply as possible and seemingly designed to spring a leak after just one season.
Quick release connectors or fttings create easily detached and swappable connections.
In theory, you get good quality hose connections and add on quick-release ends that make things modularized and easy to change out.
With quick connectors, you can switch between a higher pressure stream, soft or mist sprayer, wand, or other accessories much easier than if you had to unthread and then reattach each assembly. In theory.
What I want to know is whether they work well, and if so which brand to try out.
Right now, I’m focused on Gardena, shown above and below, and also Hozelock, which are said to be perfectly compatible with one another. There are other brands as well, but with uncertain cross-compatibility.
My current garden sprayer isn’t that good when it comes to a soft spray, which is easily forgivable because it’s one of those multi-setting handles.
So, I ordered a Gardena and it should be hear in a week or so. It comes with a built-in quick-release fitting and and looks to come with a hose-end adapter.
I ordered a Hozelock water splitter last year, but haven’t attached it yet as I’m still waiting to find a second hose reel that’s not reported to leak all over the place.
While I was at it, I ordered a Hozelock sprayer from Lee Valley. It seems like an interesting examination – whether a soft sprayer and higher powered sprayer with fast-fill option, will serve my needs better than a multi-functional sprayer with rotating spray pattern component.
Should I want to also use my cheap multi-pattern water spray nozzle, all I’d need to do is add in a quick-connector adapter.
I have read some complaints about Gardena’s plastic quick release connectors, but they also offer a metal + plastic starter set, and metal connectors sold separately. I figure that I’ll try the plastic components first, and if I like the idea but not the construction I’ll give the cross-compatible metal components a try later.
I won’t have an answer for the title question until the end of the season, but am hoping some of you could chime in about your own experiences.
So, do quick-release garden hose accessories work well, or are they to be avoided?
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- Gardena Quick Connect Starter Set
- Gardena Premium Metal Connector Starter Set
- Gardena Fine Soft Spray Nozzle
- Melnor Quick Connect Starter Set