Heavy-duty brass coupling
Easy to use
Flexible and expandable
A bit awkward to coil neatly
Looking for a new garden hose? The J&B Lawn XpandaHose is a great one to consider. Touted as the “strongest hose available,” the unique design is supposedly more durable and flexible than traditional models on the market. Though it stretches to 75 feet in use, the hose contracts in size, making it easy to maneuver and store.
Honestly, prior to reviewing this product, we were unfamiliar with using expandable hoses, so this one would not have been on our list. But we quickly learned that going out of our comfort zone was well worth our while. Find out if the tool performed its obvious function (watering the lawn and garden) and lived up to the company’s claims.
The J&B Lawn XpandaHose outperforms expectations. When we first pulled this hose out of the package, it didn’t look like much. It seemed like a loose pile of corded polyester fabric tubing—not the excellent and efficient water-distribution tool that it really is.
But once we twisted the brass fittings onto our water source and turned it on, the hose came to life. It quickly filled, expanding three times its dry length, from 25 feet to 75 feet. The connections to the spigot are excellent and drip-free, and the water flows easily through the hose.
We were able to toggle back and forth easily between modes including shower, soaker, mist, jet, and more
When using, we found this hose super lightweight and maneuverable—so much so that it makes what used to feel like a chore (the uncoiling and re-coiling of the hose before and after use) a true breeze. Happily, the hose does not twist. We repeat: This hose does not twist, bend, or get kinks, even if you try to make it happen.
Things got really fun when we tried out the nozzle attachment, which is included with purchase. The intuitive nozzle allowed us to choose from ten unique, effective settings. We were able to toggle back and forth easily between modes including shower, soaker, mist, jet, and more, which provided just about everything we could hope for from a spray nozzle.
Design: Impressive and convenient
After that underwhelming first impression, it soon became clear to us that this hose is the product of superior craftsmanship and design. It boasts a triple-layered latex core, which gives it both strength and flexibility. That means it can withstand water pressure well above what is normally available.
The awe and wonder at watching the limp, 25-foot coil morph into a 75-foot, filled and ready-to-use powerhouse does not get old.
The awe and wonder at watching the limp, 25-foot coil morph into a 75-foot, filled and ready-to-use powerhouse does not get old—and it certainly adds to the enjoyment of using this hose. The lightweight design was also a snap to fold away into its storage bag, a convenient inclusion.
Setup Process: Nothing to it
This hose comes ready to use right out of the bag. Thanks to the solid brass fittings, we found connecting it to our spigot and attaching the ten-spray nozzle a snap. The nozzle’s multiple settings were also very straightforward to understand. The only hiccup we had was with the included holder, which is intended to hang over the spigot and provide a place to hang the hose.
This hose does not twist, bend, or get kinks, even if you try to make it happen.
We found that the holder’s cutout didn’t fit our water source, nor did it lay flat, so we tried hanging it on a hook instead. However, we then discovered that the hose does not easily and uniformly coil around the holder, which can end up looking a bit messy. This meant we either had to let go of the idea of a tidily wrapped hose or simply stow it away in the included storage bag, complete with a handy drawstring. We went with the latter because we found this option easier to hang from a hook in our garage or shed.
It’s important to drain the water from the hose while not in use and keep it out of extreme weather conditions to maximize longevity. Other than that, the hose doesn’t require much upkeep in order to retain its effectiveness.
Price: A solid buy
The manufacturer’s site lists this hose at around $50. However, you can often snag it for a lower price. This is about average or slightly above the price for comparable 75-foot expandable hoses. The difference is that this hose boasts more settings on its spray nozzle (most offer only eight) and a longer warranty (J&B Lawn offers a standard two-year warranty versus the one year given by most other brands).
J&B Lawn XpandaHose vs. Cindynamo 75-Foot Expandable Garden Hose
The Cindynamo Expandable Garden Hose typically costs a little less than the XpandaHose. Both offerings have the perks of being lightweight, flexible, and easy to store and use. Plus, as both names imply, they expand in size once filled with water.
We think the XpandaHose has the edge, though, since it offers more settings on its spray nozzle and also includes a storage bag and hanging holder. If you are looking to spend less, the Cindynamo is a decent model and comes in a springy, bright green color versus the XpandaHose’s basic black.
- Product Name XpandaHose
- Product Brand J&B Lawn Merchandise
- Price $49.95
- Weight 2.5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 9.8 x 2.8 x 8.7 in.
- Color Black
- What’s Included 10-spray nozzle, holder, and storage bag
- Warranty 2 year