The Tuff-Guard Hose is Lightweight and Doesn’t Kink

by Genevieve on March 20, 2012

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One of my most dreaded tasks is when clients have a hose that hasn’t been rolled up properly, so it’s bent and folded and won’t go back into place. Being the responsible horticultural professional I am, if I touch something, I have to leave it perfect. However, rolling up a heavy, kinked hose is a recipe for profuse “dammits”.

And a kinked hose happens to the best of us! I have invested in Gilmour Flexogen hoses for years, thinking them the best anti-kink hose, and they are pretty good if you roll them up religiously after every use. But over the years I’ve forgotten once or twice, and I now have a persistent kink which vexes me every time I water. Ugh!

So when Tuff-Guard offered to send me one of their kink-free hoses, I was so on it. Their website shows photos of these hoses all tortured into knots yet still unkinked. When I got it I saw why – this thing is downright bouncy! It’s got a springy feel to it and an outer spiraled wrap which keeps it from forming a “memory”.

Of course, I took the “no-kink” claim as a challenge and immediately took it upon myself to try to mess my new hose up. I stood on it, jumped on it, tied it into knots, and tried every way I could think of to kink it, to no avail. When they say it is kink-free, they mean it.

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But the other thing I love about this hose is how lightweight it is! You don’t realize how heavy a hose is until you’re trying to carry a big coil of it to the far end of the garden, or you’re pulling on it to wrap it up again. But this one is easily the lightest hose I have ever felt by a large margin. I bent down to pick it up the proper way so that I wouldn’t hurt my back, and immediately felt silly as it weighed nothing. Yet the materials seem so well-engineered that I have faith it’s going to last. It’s made in the USA, after all.

Of course if you buy the Tuff-Guard hose, you may wish to invest in a hose reel. It’s so delightfully springy and lightweight that it zooms into a hose reel with little effort, and I put mine into a hose pot in about five seconds – it just wanted to cooperate with me. But the springy nature of it means that it sits much tidier in some kind of hose holder than on its own.

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol March 20, 2012 at 3:19 am

A kink-free hose. Lightweight. Don’t tease us like that. I’d love to try a green hose.

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dheckert (Scholar's Garden) March 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

Kink free? Fantastic! I could sure use one of those around all the corners in my allotment plot. I think I’d like the red one!

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Kelly March 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

Now this is something I’d love to try! The grey hose looks great!

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Susan Moskaly March 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

Yes, I, too, have spewed many swear words at hoses. I just got to get one of these hoses — in gray, please.

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BARBARA NOVAK March 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

Blue, to match all those forgetmenots out there right now. Unkinkable hose? Unthinkable!

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Terry March 20, 2012 at 6:43 am

I think I’d go with the gray. The thought of a lightweight hose that doesn’t kink is heaven.

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Ann Walker March 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

I have promised myself a new “kink-free” hose this season. I cursed like a sailor every time I had to pull mine out last year. My aesthetic says to go with something that blends into the landscape, but the red one makes my heart sing, and my partner would be less likely to run over it with the lawn mower.

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Roseology March 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

Genevieve, What a great find. I would love one of the Red hoses. It will be so easy to find in the garden and match my beautiful Red Roses (Mr. Lincoln, Oklahoma, Chrysler Imperial & Olympiad) we have growing at the end of our Grapes.
Happy first day of Spring in the Garden. I will also be @ the San Francisco Garden Show tomorrow. Will you have a booth? I would so like to meet you.

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Kathy Ormiston March 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

Oh, oh, I want one in dark grey to blend in with my gravel patio.

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GardenXoe March 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

The dark grey one would look great in my cottage garden. I’m not into kinky stuff, so this hose would work great for me! ;-)

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Vicky March 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

A lightweight hose that doesn’t kink? I think I’m in love. Now I can send my kids out to drag that hose all over the yard to water the garden. They won’t have any excuses now about the hose being too heavy or that the water won’t come out because of a kink. Grey would be lovely. It’d match the house.

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Terrell Scott March 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

Lubi? kolor niebieski.

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Terrell Scott March 21, 2012 at 5:38 am

I like the blue color (My English is poor)

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Loree / danger garden March 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

Grey please! I’m currently using a black rubber hose that’s pretty good at not kinking but it weighs A TON!

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Allison March 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

SO COOL!! I was just starting to dread having to buy new hoses this year and I’m all over tortur, er, trying one of these… in RED please!!

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles March 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’d like the black/grey color please. But I’m not picky. I hate kinky hoses!

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Trisha March 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

sounds fantastic! I would love a red hose to liven up my chilly spring garden plot.

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Kate March 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

I’m planting my first ever garden this year and discovered that the hose I have is a) kinky (such a fun word) and b) not long enough to reach my garden from the closest spigot. Epic fail. I’d LOVE any color, but red looks pretty dang awesome!

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Coco Thorpe March 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

Oh please please please, pick me! My garden would love you for it, and so would I. A neutral color would be nice, if possible.

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Debbie March 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

What a cool product! I have a kink in nearly every hose I own and what a pain they are! I no more get it lugged to the point I need it and then it’s kinked and I have to find it before the water will flow…. errrr! For it to be light weight as well is just icing on my cupcake! :)

Personally, with all of the bennies this hose offers I wouldn’t care what color it came in! But just so my husband is less likely to carry it off I choose PINK!

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Carol E March 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

My garden is spreading in opposite directions. A new, red, non-kinky (not as fun when preceeded by ‘non’!) hose would definitely find a home. It could also be put to use for summer sprinkler fun – water wiggler anyone?!

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Janet March 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

Being a senior citizen gardener, I get so many kinks in my body that I don’t sure don’t need anymore in a hose! An unkinkable hose in gray would be perfection!

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Liz March 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

Sounds like heaven (I’ve hauled too many 50 foot hoses around doing hand watering). Only question is if it stays leak free long term.

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jackie helton March 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

Unkinkable & light weight….how wonderful would that be! Red would be great because when my father-in-law is on his riding mower he mows more than grass! Also red is such a nice contrast against all the green here on Maui.

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Heather March 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

Ohmigawd, this is pretty much my dream come true. I am a hose slayer, I seriously seem to return a hose every five months. That blue one is now dancing in my dreams….

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Kate March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

Green is the color of the Tough-Guard Hose that will
-water the earth,
-that will sprout the seeds,
-that will develop the blades,
-that will carpet the yard,
-with the beautiful grass,
-that will cover. . .
the really ugly yard left after last year’s replacement of the septic system. . .

(PS – This is the best gardening site ever!)

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Terry March 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

I would love to try a blue hose!

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Ed Remsrola March 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I have quite a few containers on my patio that I always hand water. This hose sounds like the perfect solution for the tangled two-step I regularly find myself engaged in. So many colors, and I can only choose one? My little neighbor, when asked her favorite color last summer, replied “Rainbow!” I suppose I would be least likely to stumble over a red one. :^)

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Humboldtjen March 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Is that one pink? I want an pink hose! I just got a new hose for the garden, but I’d move it to the back and use the pretty pink one in my front yard garden.

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Christine O. March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Kinky hoses are the bane of my existence. Even when they are new I can’t get them to roll up in the hose pot. So annoying! A kink-free one in pink would be the bomb!

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Kathy Brenner March 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Gray please! so exciting!

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shelley bates March 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

What I would do for a red kink free hose!

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Lauren A. March 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I bought a supposedly kink-free hose last summer and it’s the worst piece of crap. Why did I fall for that? Gray, white or green. Thanks!

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Kathy M. March 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Ooooh Kink-free Hose. I’d love the pink one, but my hubby would balk so I guess I should choose the blue… LOL

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David A. March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for doing all these giveaways! I’d love to win a red one.

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Robyn R. March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I still have nightmares about when my dad used to have me drain the hoses over the swing set before coiling and tapping them into loops for the winter. I bet that blue hose would cure me of my night terrors, though.

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Lori March 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I would get the gray hose to match my house and deck. That hose looks amazing!

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Barbara March 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Imagine my surprise to see a 50′ hose being given away to a lucky recipient. And this after I’d measured my yard from spigot to fence yesterday & determined I needed a 50′ hose. Kismet! If I’m the chosen one, I’d appreciate it in grey. Thanks!

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Mary March 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

Kink free hose? Seeing is believing. A light weight green hose would certainly be a boon to my arthritic hands.

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Chris N March 21, 2012 at 6:21 am

Red. Definitely red. It will remind me to actually coil it up and put it away.

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Jen. March 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

Awesome giveaway! I’d like the beige or the pink, as either would coordinate with the trim on our Victorian monster! Thanks for the offer!

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Erin March 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

Wow–this sounds like a dream–and the off-white looks pretty to me! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Michelle March 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

I’ve been using the plastic bin method for my vermicompost for ages. I would love to upgrade to The Worm Factory.

And I’d love to have a blue hose ;)

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sheila fonseca March 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

What a great product! I’d love a red or blue one.

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Kay-tea March 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Always looking for a way to save my back…fighting with a hose is the worst way to finish a day of gardening. I’d love to try gray to blend in with cedar siding.

Thanks!

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meg- grow and resist March 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I have so many supposed kink-free hoses, that kind immediately… I am so glad to hear of one that actually doesn’t! Woot! I’d love red, if I win. If not, I’m tracking them down! Thanks!

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Gmarieb March 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Gotta go with GREEN. And if I like mine as much as you like yours, it seems worth buying some as Christmas gifts for family. Can hardly wait to try it out.

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Denise March 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

I can’t even express how much we would like a nice new hose. We made-do with one until last year I bought an accordian-type but it isn’t quite right.

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blair March 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

Oh I would love a new hose! I’m tired of tripping over and fighting with our heavy, leaking, worthless hose. Pink would be pretty!

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Michelle March 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I sooo need this. Too many ‘damn it’s’ to count! Have to choose the pink one. Thank you.

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Ginger March 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Ooh! I’d LOVE the cobalt blue!

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Dorissa March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

If I won one of those cool hoses I’d like the red or the blue one. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Karin Steinhauer March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Green, green, green- my favoritest color ever! It’s really kink proof ‘cuz I’ve bought hoses before that say they’re kink proof and they’re not. Wow they even look cool!

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Kay March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I would love to have a blue one.

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Jim March 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Kink free! Like that. Did you try driving over it? I do that somtimes. I would like a blue one.

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Kimberly March 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

How great not to wrestle with a hose while the chickens and dog are out! I’d love a red one!!

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Suzy March 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

If it really is kink free, it could be 12 ugly shades of puce and I wouldn’t care (however, the perwinkle blue is lovely…).
Forgive me for not believing till I see it, but the promise of kink free has dashed my hopes and crushed my dreams one time too many! Thanks for the chance to play!

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Laura March 23, 2012 at 2:31 am

I would be very happy to win this. More hose! Kink free!
Just recently discovered your blog. It’s great and useful. Thanks.

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Colin March 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Ohhhh. Gimme, gimme, gimme (ahem…Please)!
A color that looks good after being hauled around my garden soil for the next 5 years will be nice, since you ask. I guess that would be grey?
I’ll connect it up to my sump/groundwater supply and happily hose my veggies with free water. I’d love to say I’m spending nothing to grow a lot.
Thank you for this kind offer.

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Alison March 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Oh My! This looks like a great hose! I would so love to win it!

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MKL March 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’d love a pink one!

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Maxine March 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

A hose was one of my first purchases as a new homeowner a long time ago. A kink free hose would be a wonderful replacement for that too-heavy, leaky old-fashioned one that’s been liberally repaired with gorilla tape. A terrific invention. Gray, please.

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Angeline March 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

Light weight, non-kinking, sounds great! The hose I have now is so heavy. I also love all the colors, but the grey, white and pinky/tan are my favorite.
Yes, my favorite color is rainbow!

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Sue Schwartz March 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

oh ! a red unkinkable hose ! it’s really unkinkable ? what a novel idea !

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Kelly O'Keefe March 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

Red! Very cool and thanks for the chance!

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Karl Katzke March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Oh, I’d be interested to see how it holds up down here in the high UV environment in Texas. It seems that the kinktastic and uncontrollable PVC hoses hold up well until they suddenly crack and go boom, while even the expensive heavy duty rubber hoses (which are controllable and flex and don’t collapse and don’t hold kinks) quickly lose their resilience at any point where they’ve been bent, especially around the fittings.

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Cheryl Bennett March 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

I would love to try this…red, please! Thanks!

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Erin @ The Impatient Gardener March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Blue would sure look pretty with my front door. I’ve been waiting for a hose recommendation from you for a LONG time. Thrilled to see this (and you know I’m gonna end up buying one anyway). :)

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Leslie March 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I would love that light pink rose-ish color. I would also love a hose that is truly kink-free…sort of the Holy Grail for watering.

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Amy Jarratt March 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

A green hose would be great!

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li March 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

A red one would be awesome!

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Sara P. March 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Wow, this is exactly what I need. My hose is heavy, and takes forever to coil.

I like the red one.

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Lynda E March 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

Red, same as my house!

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Jessica Eaton Ledford March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

I like the blue!

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Vera S March 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I would love the Green hose . :)

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Harold D March 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

I’d pick Blue

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sarah cool March 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

i would love the blue!

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Patricia Crowley March 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I’d love the Pink one!!

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beth bontrager March 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

pink

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Ed Resmrola April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

Gen, I just want to pop in and say, Thanks, for the opportunity to win this hose. I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and it is GREAT! My other hoses have been on their best behavior because I do believe they realize it won’t be long before they are all replaced by this excellent product. I think every time I replace a hose it will be with a different color so I can have a rainbow in my garden everyday.

Thanks again,
Ed

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Genevieve April 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

Ed, what a cheering note! I feel the same way. I just adore this hose! Who would have thought they could so improve on a classic? Thanks for checking back in. :)

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Lynne November 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Hi, i am wondering where i may be able to purchase the Tuff-Guard Hose.
And also, what is the price? i live in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks very much!,Lynne

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Genevieve December 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

US Amazon has them, as does the Tuff Guard website which I linked to. Price varies based on model and seller.

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