Roll out a garden hose to water your lawn, and your flowers and landscaping are a bit of a spring ritual. But do you know which type of hose is best for you? Yes, even the most deceptively simple gardening tools have a variety of options for homeowners to choose from. In the case of garden hoses, factors such as thickness, length and material should be considered. The latter factor is one of the most important to consider and usually boils down to whether a rubber or vinyl/plastic garden hose is best for your situation.

So what is it to you – plastic or rubber? Below are the pros and cons of each method.


Generally, plastic or vinyl garden hoses are the cheaper of the two hose options above. They are also better suited for more basic gardening needs, as these hoses tend to be lighter and easier to handle, but not as durable as rubber hoses. Here are more pros and cons of plastic or vinyl hose:

Dear: Suitable for mild climates. Plastics are easily deformed at high temperatures for a long time. Generally, milder climates are ideal for this hose type. While it can still be used in more extreme conditions, homeowners are generally advised to store it when not in use to avoid deformation and premature wear in such conditions.

shortcoming: kink. Plastic or vinyl hoses are more likely to kink than rubber hoses.

shortcoming: It’s easier to hurt. Plastic/vinyl hoses don’t roll up as easily as rubber hoses and are more prone to cracking and leaking in cold weather.


Rubber hose is more expensive than plastic/vinyl hose, so the upfront cost is higher. But they’re also more durable and ideal for more intensive gardening jobs. The following is a detailed introduction to some of the advantages and disadvantages of rubber hoses:

Dear: lasting. Rubber hoses are of better quality than plastic/vinyl, which means they last longer, are easier to store and are more resistant to kinks. They are also better able to withstand more extreme weather conditions than plastic or vinyl hoses. They can also be purchased with a reinforced lining, which makes them more resistant to kinking and cracking.

shortcoming: Heavy. Rubber hose is more durable than vinyl – that’s fine. But they’re also heavier and more laborious to maneuver, which can be objectionable to many. If you still haven’t purchased any of the above options, why not consider the best of both worlds in a hose? That’s right, a rubber/vinyl hose combination is available that combines the weight of a plastic hose with the durability of a rubber hose. However, one downside to such hybrid hoses is that they typically cost more than standard rubber hoses, which are the more expensive option in the rubber vs. plastic garden hose segment. So rubber/vinyl hose is probably the most expensive option you can get.

So it will suit you and your gardening needs – plastic, rubber or a mix?

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