5 Best Soaker Hoses

What is a soaker hose?

What allows a soaker hose to provide a perfect drip irrigation system in your garden is a myriad of tiny holes which are punctured throughout the whole length or the hose. When you turn on the water faucet, these holes allow water to drip water straight into the soil near the roots of your plants.

You can lay out a number of soaker hoses based on your watering needs and this will improve the watering efficiency and bring the much-needed water to your plants. Soaker hoses are positioned on the ground near the base of whichever plants need watering.

ModelEditor RatingPrice 
1. Gardener's Supply Snip-n-Drip Soaker Hose System
4.1$$$
2. Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose; 50 ft.; 2 Pack
4.0$$
3. Gilmour Flat Weeper/Soaker Hose, 25 Foot
4.0$
4. Rain Bird T22-250S Drip Irrigation 1/4" Blank Distribution Tubing
4.3
5. Apex 1030-100 Soil Soaking Hose
3.6$$$


Buying guide: Which Soaker hose features are essential for your watering needs?

Traditional hoses with spray nozzles as well as sprinkles shoot water on your plants’ leaves, trunks and onto the ground surrounding the plants. Excess water will splash your paths, your kids’ bicycles or your car. With soaker hoses, every drop of water goes where it should, and no water is wasted.

In order to buy the right soaker hose for your garden, we suggest that you consider the following features and their benefits.

How long should my soaker hose be?

The hose needs to be long enough to reach all the plants in your garden. So do the measuring and take into account the future layout of the hose as there are various layout options.

The usual length standards are 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet and 100 feet. However, you can combine two or more hoses as long as your water pressure allows it.

As a rule, the total hose length should not exceed 100 feet in order to get normal water pressure.


What is the optimal water pressure for a soaker hose?

Quality best soaker hoses can handle higher water pressure without bursting or leakage. Do bear in mind the optimal working pressure for drip irrigation is about 10 psi. You need to get a seeping effect out of your hose and not sprinkling.

Because the majority of home water systems are at about 50psi, we urge you to use the additional pressure reducer. They are affordable and easy to attach to your faucet. Once you install one, it will efficiently regulate dripping.


On the other hand, since soaker hoses have one open end to attach to your faucet and the other end can be connected to an additional hose, you will need to adjust the water pressure to allow sufficient flow for extended lengths.




This is where a water pressure regulator will also come in handy. In addition do over-dripping, low-quality soaker hoses can burst and flood the soil if the water pressure is too high.


Which materials are best for a durable and strong soaker hose?

To provide durability and strength at a reasonable cost, most soaker hoses are made of recycled rubber. Such hoses are the most durable and can stand up to the weather as well the ground conditions of the soil, dirt, mud, wood chips and trimmings.

The material is also strong enough to allow for puncturing all those small holes during the manufacturing process.


What else is needed to install a soaker hose system?

You will also need the fittings for your soaker hose, a garden hose of suitable length, hose pins, a faucet adapter, tee connectors, a pressure reducer and we strongly suggest installing a programmable timer (optional but recommended).

The timer is extremely useful if you want to set the time of the day when you want to start and end the dripping watering. If you are suddenly invited to barbeque or a pot-luck supper, the timer will look after the watering.


Best soaker hose for efficient watering – Top picks & reviews

Editor Rating:

4.1/5

Gardener's Supply Snip-n-Drip Soaker Hose System

Gardener's Supply Snip-n-Drip Soaker Hose System includes one 50' of 1/2" soaker hose, one 25' of 1/2" garden hose, a quick-connect coupler, eight hose couplers, one end cap and one faucet adapter.

With a little time and effort, you can set up a customized dripping watering system for your garden plants, in-ground beds and raised beds as well. This soaker hose kit will provide water straight to the roots with a minim waste of water due to runoff or evaporation.

Once you set it up, just open the faucet and you will have efficient and convenient watering throughout the year.

Both garden and soaker hoses are super easy to work with. Before you install the system, you should lay the hoses in the sun for a while and let them warm up and loosen.

Once they become pliable and easier to work with, simply lay them out, cut them to the desired length, assemble with the connectors included and repeat the process for as many loops or lines as you need.

Things We Liked


  • Super easy setup with no special tools needed
  • The quality recycled rubber soaker hose comes with a PVC garden hose
  • Ideal for customized drip watering of raised beds and in-ground gardens
  • Great savings due to efficient dripping
  • A faucet adapter, a quick-connect coupler, 8 hose couplers and 1 end cap also included in the kit

Things We Didn't Like


  • The manufacturer should include a warning that the water pressure should be reduced to prevent bursts or leaks

Price:

$$$

Editor Rating:

4.0/5

Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose; 50 ft.; 2 Pack

Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose is made of a woven mesh material with composite reinforced structure. This means that you can safely flex it, turn it, bend it and twist it, which makes it one of the most flexible soaker hoses out there.

Most regular and soaker hoses are made of recycled rubber. This often makes them difficult to bend at an angle you need. For this reason, Melnor Flat Soaker Garden Hose is a perfect option for those of you who are looking for more flexibility.

Another benefit of this choice of materials is that the hose is more durable in the sun in comparison to regular rubber models.

Melnor soaker hose provides even water distribution for your flower beds, perennials, shrubs, flower bushes and other plants. This hose is flexible enough for you to achieve just the curving pattern you have planned.

Although the hose is resilient and sturdy, don’t go crazy with bending. You will cause water locks, blockage, and bursts.

Melnor soaker hose delivers gentle watering so it’s perfect for raised beds and vegetables as well. It delivers water right where you want it and if you add a faucet timer when you want it.

If you plan to use Melnor soaker hose above ground, lay the hose along your plants and add a layer of mulch over the hose to reduce evaporation. If you’re aiming for below-ground drip watering at between 2 to 6 inches depth, you should consider recycled rubber soaker hoses.

The included rust-resistant end cap allows multiple hoses to be connected together. When the hose is not in use, you can simply roll the hose flat and store it. A very small footprint is a welcome bonus if you have a lot of equipment and tools in your garden shed or a garage.

Things We Liked


  • Really flexible flat design
  • Soft and gentle dripping with no waste of water
  • Rust-resistant end cap allows multiple connections
  • Sun-resistant and sturdy
  • Small footprint as you can roll it flat and store it conveniently

Things We Didn't Like


  • The coupling is plastic

Price:

$$

Editor Rating:

4.0/5

Gilmour Flat Weeper/Soaker Hose, 25 Foot

Gilmour Flat Soaker Hose is another model which features flat and lightweight design. You can easily move it around the garden without damaging your flowers or plants. Its flat design also makes it really easy to roll it up and store it away.

It's really light compared to traditional rubber soaker hoses and easy to carry and handle. As for installation, just place it where you want it and secure it if needed.

This soaker hose is sturdy and almost puncture-resistant so readjustments will be hassle and worry-free. It is made of 100% environmentally-friendly recycled vinyl and clog-resistant fabric which provides consistent soaking.

On top of that, the fabric protects the hose from UV rays and ensures more durability as well as longer-lasting and more efficient performance.

This soaker hose conveniently and efficiently feeds water straight to the root zone of your plants. You can be bury it underground or position it above the ground between your flowers, vegetable, seedlings or shrubs.

The water will gently and evenly ooze through tiny pores along the whole length. Very little water evaporates during the dripping irrigation and very little of your time is wasted. Once you place the hose where needed, your garden will get all the necessary attention and you can move onto other tasks at hand.

This soaker hose rarely kinks while being snaked around your plants. In addition, it will tremendously cut down on the amount of effort it normally takes to water your garden.

To sum up, if you prefer lighter soaker hoses to heavier rubber ones, and if you appreciate that conveniently small footprint a flat hose has, Gilmour Flat Soaker Hose is a great option

Things We Liked


  • Highly efficient and gently weeping soaker hose
  • 100% environmentally-friendly recycled vinyl
  • Clog-resistant fabric for consistent soaking
  • Durable, light and easy to handle and install
  • 7-year warranty

Things We Didn't Like


  • Occasional leakage at the seams reported

Price:

$

Editor Rating:

4.3/5

Rain Bird T22-250S Drip Irrigation 1/4" Blank Distribution Tubing

Rain Bird Drip Irrigation 1/4" Blank Distribution Tubing has a simple but efficient hose design and solid leak-free construction for convenient and reliable spot watering. If you’re not familiar with the spot watering concept, check out this two-minute Rain Bird info video:

If you like what you’ve seen, let’s consider this hose’s features. The rugged, flexible tubing is easy to unroll and stake in your garden, flower bed, ground cover or other areas with plants.

You can use it as the main line in a small drip irrigation system or branch off from larger 1/2" drip tubing system to micro-watering devices.

Rain Bird Drip Irrigation Hose is compatible with most brands of 1/4" barbed fittings, spot watering emitters, micro-bubblers, misters, and sprays.

It features the exclusive non-slip grip Gription technology for easier insertion of fittings in wet conditions. In addition, this hose offers extra flexibility for kink-free installation. And that’s not all: you get the unmatched resistance to chemicals, algae growth and UV damage.

Overall, this is a great product for landscaping your yard. It’s easy to connect your sprayers, drip heads or other connectors to emit water and coil it around trees or bushes. Alternatively, you can just run it past your flowers and watch them grow in all their beauty and splendor.

Things We Liked


  • Versatile hose for various spot watering and dripping solutions
  • Great for drip and micro-irrigation
  • 100 ft. coil offers all the length you need
  • Sturdy and reliable tubing with 70 psi pressure rating

Things We Didn't Like


  • Some gardeners might find the tubing to rigid to insert the emitters

Price:

$$

Editor Rating:

3.6/5

Apex 1030-100 Soil Soaking Hose

Apex 1030-100 Soil Soaking Hose comes at 100 feet with above average quality of materials and connectors but may struggle to deliver at lower water pressure. Let’s consider the pros first.

To put it simply, installing this hose is as easy as laying a rope next to your plants. It comes straight out of the box and ready to use. The hose is solid quality and it works great if you have good water pressure.

What I mean is this: most complaints about this hose itself refer to a much better dripping along the first 50’. The rest of the hose doesn't seem to be as efficient. The reason behind this may be the low water pressure or to straight setup.

According to some test watering results, at 70psi of water pressure, there is almost no water output in the last half of the hose. There is a strong drip output at the start of the hose and the efficiency just drops at the end.

The hose itself is much better quality than the average soaker hose. The connectors are also good quality and don't leak. To some, that's definitely worth the extra cost. To others, the issue with the uneven dripping will be a deal breaker. If in doubt, go for a shorter version from Apex.

Things We Liked


  • Vinyl construction for improved flexibility
  • Available in a 25', 50', 75' and 100' lengths
  • ABS Plastic E-Z Tite brass couplings allow for secure connections
  • Proudly made in the USA

Things We Didn't Like


  • The 100-foot hose may have issues with uneven dripping performance

Price:

$$$

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