Throughout my gardening years, I have become a fan of Flexon garden hoses. They are good quality and more importantly they are very affordable for the everyday gardener like myself.
I find some hose manufacturing brands make their hose prices way too expensive. Today, I have chosen to review the Flexon Soaker Hose and explain why I think it’s a great affordable addition to your garden or flowering bed.
I have used soaker hoses many times throughout my growing seasons. They are so convenient. I used to water my garden plants and flowers with my watering can each time which to say the least was very time-consuming. Not only that, I didn’t know what areas needed more water than others.
With a soaker hose, I just lay the hose out in my garden each year, swiveling it nicely around my plants, shrubs, and trees. Then each day, I’ll turn the faucet on and then it directly waters the roots automatically by weeping through the tiny holes along the hose. It’s so simple!
Flexon 25-Feet Soaker Hose Review
- Manufacturer: Flexon
- Model Number: WS5825
- Weight: 1.61 lbs
- Length: 25-Feet
- Inner Diameter: 5/8″
- Color: Black
- Material: 100% Recycled Rubber
- Performance Features:
- Non-Clogging Porous Design
- Low Pressure Weeping
- Ultra-Lightweight & Flexibility
- Shipping Weight: 2.35 lbs
General Product Information
I find the Flexon Soaker Hose overall is a good quality and extremely affordable soaker hose. It works for me and my garden. The water nicely perforates into my garden giving my plant roots the efficient water supply they need for better growth.
Now this is definitely the shortest Flexon garden hose I have purchased. This one is 25 feet long which is the perfect size for a smaller garden. Once you have snaked the hose around your plants, shrubs, or trees you will most likely have used the whole length of the hose.
If you want a longer soaker hose, then I would recommend the Gilmour Soaker Hose which is a 75-footer and great for larger gardens.
The hose is extremely light. It only weighs 1.61 lbs. So swiveling it throughout your garden or other landscape design will be extremely easy. You don’t have to worry about damaging your plants or soil as the hose is too light to cause any effective damage. Once it is nicely laid out, leave it for the season and let it do its work.
The Flexon Soaker Hose is black in color with aluminum crush-resistant fittings. It is constructed with 100% recycled rubber which is environmentally-friendly. So you are conserving water by using a soaker hose and keeping our environment healthy.
The Benefit of Using a Soaker Hose
Now I will dig a little deeper as to why I believe this is one of the best soaker hoses for smaller gardens.
So I already mentioned that the hose is constructed with 100% recycled rubber which is a plus. But also, the cover around the lining features a non-clogging porous design which prevents the tiny holes of ever becoming clogged. It also helps with preventing kinks. This way your water flow will remain uninterrupted.
It is recommended to place mulch on top of your soaker hose. There are 2 reasons for this. The first is that of course it is better to get the hose out of view for aesthetic purposes. The second is that you don’t want the hose exposed to UV rays which can evaporate the water that is perforating out of the holes.
If you would like to bury your hose completely underground which can directly target the root zones better, then learn how to effectively bury your garden hose.
If you have never used a soaker hose before then it may seem a little odd at first, especially since you are not physically watering your garden yourself anymore. It took me a little while to get used to it. But I liked how it saved me so much time. I could lounge in my lawn chair reading my book instead of watering.
So all you do is hook up your soaker hose to either your yard faucet or another garden hose coming from the faucet (depends on garden location). Then you lay the soaker hose throughout your garden rows nice and evenly. You can then cover your hose with mulch (optional – but recommended). Now turn the faucet on and adjust the pressure so the soaker hose is seeping water, not spraying. There you go!
On a side-note, you could set up your soaker hose to a timer so the water turns on at the same time for the same duration each day, which would leave you with absolutely nothing to do.
Tips When Using the Flexon Soaker Hose
- You can leave the soaker hose in position all season long, but I would recommend detaching it, draining it out, and then storing the hose away for the winter.
- The fittings are easily connectable to your spigot/faucet. You can also easily attach the hose to another hose – perfect if you need a longer length – just get two and attach them together.
- Do not exceed a combined length of 100-feet of soaker hose as this will cause a pressure drop which will affect the water efficiency.
- If 25-feet is too long for your garden, then you can easily shorten your soaker hose so you are not wasting water and there’s no excess hose laid out.
- It is strongly recommended to snake/swivel the hose throughout your garden instead of just laying it in a straight line at the front or back. You will hit all your root zones of every plant by snaking the hose.
- It is best to get a reading of 60PSI coming out of your soaker hose for the most effective water pressure.
Final Thoughts on the Flexon Soaker Hose
So would I ultimately recommend this soaker hose? It’s a yes from me. It gets the job done and is extremely affordable.
Now the length may be your only issue. For a smaller garden, a 25-foot soaker hose is fine. But you are better off getting two or three of them and connecting them together if you have a larger garden.
If you have any questions or concerns, just leave me a comment below and I will be happy to get back to you.