Recently I have been looking for a soaker hose to swivel through my garden rows. My garden beds are located right beside my deck area and instead of manually watering them every day, I thought why not just have one of these soaker hoses snake through the rows and that way they’ll get watered automatically. That would be way more convenient.
So I came across the Gilmour Soaker Hose after thoroughly searching the internet. After reading plenty of reviews, I decided to go with this selection. It has been a month of use and I have come to the conclusion that this is definitely a top pick for soaker hoses – extremely affordable and gets the job done.
I didn’t want to spend a boat load on a soaker hose. Soaker hoses are usually cheap but some manufacturers price theirs way too high in my opinion and sometimes they’re not good quality.
The Gilmour Soaker Hose has great reviews by over 1,000 customers so I thought to review the hose myself and why it works best for me.
In my garden, I grow mostly tomatoes, green beans, and spinach. I also have a couple of flowering beds nearby which I need to give an efficient water supply to as well.
Gilmour Flat Soaker Hose Review
- Manufacturer: Gilmour
- Weight: 8 oz – 2 lbs (depends on size selection)
- Length: 25, 50, 75-feet
- Color: Black
- Material: 100% Recycled Vinyl
- Performance Features:
- Clog-Resistant Design
- Integrated Fabric Cover
- Ultra-Lightweight & Flexibility
- Low Pressure Weeping
- Waste-Free Watering
- Warranty: 7-Year
General Product Information
The Gilmour Soaker hose overall allows for efficient automated watering due to the tiny weep holes inserted along the hose that allows for water to be slowly perforated directly into the roots of your garden.
If you manually water your garden through a watering can or your hose nozzle, then you might agree with me that it is not only time-consuming but tricky to know how much water to use on which area.
The Gilmour Soaker comes in 3 length selections (25, 50 , 75-feet). Personally, I have a lengthy garden along my deck. It’s about 20′ x 10′. So I chose to get the longest one which is the 75 footer. This way I can efficiently weave the hose throughout the garden rows and not worry about needing more hose length.
The 75 footer only weighs 2 lbs, so you don’t have to worry about it disturbing any of your plants while you are laying the soaker hose throughout your garden. Once nicely laid out, just leave it and let it do its magic.
As for its construction, it is made out of 100% environmentally-friendly recycled vinyl. So not only are you conserving water by using a soaker hose, you are also being materially-environmentally friendly.
Now we’ll get into some highlights of the hose and why I find it the best fit for my garden and flowering beds.
As stated above, the entire hose is constructed with 100% environmentally-friendly recycled vinyl. The liner of it is made from perforated PVC liner which is covered in clog-resistant fabric cover.
This allows for there to be consistent soaking and no interruptions due to kinking or clogs. The fabric also protects the hose from UV rays which prevents the hose from becoming over-heated or even melting.
After you are done laying out the Gilmour Soaker Hose in your preferred position among your garden, flower beds, or other landscape designs, you then leave it in position so it can efficiently water your plants automatically.
Water will weep through the tiny pores along the entire length of the hose with less water being lost to evaporation. The hose water irrigation system has the ability to directly water the root zone of the plants through its slow perforating watering system.
Some people still decide to bury their hose underground. This is a good option if you would like your soaker hose to not be visible among your garden. However, you do not have to bury it for better water supply. Leaving it above the ground is perfectly fine. I did not bury mine in my garden.
You can leave yours on top of your soil swiveling it between flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants. Or you could just simply cover some mulch over it if preferred so it is invisible to you.
If you want to set-up a DIY irrigation system, you can connect your soaker hose to a timer for year-round irrigation.
Ultra-Lightweight & Flexibility
As shown above, the longest size selection which is the 75 footer (the one I got) is only 2 lbs. This is extremely light and in combination with the flat manufacturing design, the hose is also very flexible allowing you to weave it in any direction you like without disturbing your garden.
You can leave the hose in place during your gardening season, but I would detach it, let it drain, and then store the hose away for the winter.
On a side-note, the fittings of the hose are made of plastic and so to not damage or break them, please be careful otherwise you will have to attach another fitting. Soaker hoses like all hoses are susceptible to damage and so it is always good to know how to repair a soaker hose if need be.
The fittings are easily connectable to your spigot/faucet. You can also easily attach one end to another soaker hose if you wish. However, it is not recommended going over 100-feet in combined length of your hose as this will cause too large of a pressure drop which will negatively affect the efficiency of the watering.
Other Suggestions When Using the Gilmour Soaker Hose
- It is best to indeed swivel and snake the hose throughout your garden or flowering beds instead of just laying the hose out in a straight line. Snaking the garden hose allows for the watering system to hit all the root zones.
- Curves in the hose when swiveling it throughout your garden should be placed approximately 12″ apart. This will allow for better water coverage (not too much nor too little in a single root zone)
- As stated above, do not exceed 100′ in length when connecting multiple hoses together (due to pressure drop).
- If you would like to automate the watering process all season long, you can attach the soaker hose to a timer (like a sprinkler system) to regularly water your plants. If not, just turn the hose on and off when you like.
- Sometimes soaker hoses are susceptible to being clogged. If this happens, here’s how you can unclog your soaker hose.
- Make sure you are getting a 60PSI reading out of the soaker hose for effective watering pressure.
The warranty for the Gilmour Soaker is very good. They give you 7 years product guarantee. If the product fails to be up to standard, go to Gilmour’s official website for further details regarding refund and product replacement.
Final Thoughts on the Gilmour Soaker Hose
So after searching the net for hours deciding which soaker hose would be best for my garden and flowering beds, I decided to go with the Gilmour Soaker Hose.
It is very cheap in my opinion and the 75-foot option is perfect for an average to larger sized garden like mine. Now instead of manually watering my veggies and flowers with a watering can, I just have my soaker hose do it for me every day. It overall saves more water and efficiently waters my plants way better than I ever could.
If you have any questions or concerns or want to know more about my experience with my soaker hose, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to get back to you.