Last Updated on December 23, 2023 by Stewart

Using a hose on a cart or reel is a great option for car detailing. There are a lot of hoses on the market, some of which are better than others. After using various expanding hoses which don’t really last that long, I decided to instead try out a conventional garden hose that is included on a reel and cart to see how they perform.

Below, you’ll find my top picks on these hoses and reels so that you can choose the best possible hose for your needs, and price range.

Gardena CleverRoll M Easy Set

My first pick is one that I’ve been using for a few months now, and it’s one I’m very happy with. Gardena are well known in the gardening world, but perhaps not known to detailers. However, this hose reel really is an exceptional piece of kit.

The hose reel itself is made of plastic, but it is extremely well constructed. Not only does it have excellent wheels, but it also has a kick stand on it so that you can have it in different positions. In addition to this, the handle on it is telescopic, so you can adjust it to the height that suits you the most.

It also comes with a 20 metre hose, which should be enough for the majority of detailers. One thing to point out though is that you do need a smaller hose to make a connection between the tap, and also the reel. However, this is a standard practice across all of these types of hose reels.

One thing that sets this cart apart from others is the fact that there is a hose guide built into the reel. This means that when unwinding the hose, it is done in a way that the hose comes out smoothly.

Likewise, winding it back up is a breeze. The guide means that the hose is wound back up evenly, and the included handle allows you to do this in a short period of time. There is a bit of weight to the reel, but it’s still easy to move around.

The quality of the hose is second to none. During my testing, the hose never kinked on me, meaning I didn’t have to mess around with unraveling it when moving around the car. In addition to this, the hose is also frost proof, so come the winter, it won’t be an issue leaving it outside.

The hose is 13mm in diameter, and it also comes with a spray nozzle, although you may want to upgrade and get a hose spray gun which has several different spray patterns. It’s a pricey option, but when you factor in how easy it is to use, and the fact that it has a 5 year warranty, it really is the best choice for those that can spend that little bit extra.

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Gardena Connection Set Classic, 13 mm (1/2 inch), 1.5 m: Hose Adapter for Connection to The Hose Trolley (18011-20)
  • Ideal garden accessories: Use them to connect the hose trolley or hose reel to the water source

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Karcher Hose Reel with 25m PrinoFlex Hose

Of course, Karcher are well known for their pressure washers, but they also do garden hoses (which can be used with the pressure washer if you pick one up).

For those that just want to use a normal hose, and want a high quality, and long length without breaking the bank, this offering from Karcher is a great option.

The hose is of the high quality that you would expect from Karcher in that it very rarely kinks. Whilst testing it, the only time I found it to kink was when I was winding the hose back up on the reel. This was quickly rectified by flipping over the hose.

At no point during my rigorous testing did I experience any kinks, or drops in water pressure. The good news is that not only is it a 25m hose, but it also comes with various connections for you to hook the hose up to the tap. There is also a spray nozzle attached with the system which is decent enough, although you of course attach any spray gun of your choice.

As is the case with the Gardena mentioned above, you will need a separate hose to connect the reel to the tap.

The reel is also very well made. It is sturdy, and yet light and winding the hose back up is easy. I never had any real issues winding it up (apart from the few kinks mentioned above). For those that don’t want a large hose cart taking up space, but still want a solid option to store their hose, this is the ideal solution.

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Karcher (26451220) 1.5m Hose Connection Set with Connectors
  • 1.5m long, 5/8 inch PrimoFlex hose; For the connection of the hose trolley and reels to the water tap

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