A Gator for your Garden

How can you tell if a garden hose is durable? If you’re Dee Evans (center with dad and brother), whose family has been in the hose business for 35 years, you’ve devised all kinds of ways to abuse a hose like this one, called GatorHyde. Dee left it outside, frozen solid, for months and repeatedly ran over it with a forklift and an 18-wheeler. Still the GatorHyde survived, without damage. Besides being incredibly tough, GatorHyde is lightweight and flexible. Dee uses recycled polyurethane to make the outside of the GatorHyde, a practice that so far has saved 150,000 pounds of old hose from winding up in landfills. The ends are nickel-plated, which ensures that no harmful substances transfer from the hose. If you’re ready to say goodbye to those kinked, cracked and impossibly heavy hoses that are always a tangled mess, the GatorHyde is the perfect lifetime upgrade. Its kink-free design will keep the water flowing and the grass growing.

GatorHyde

Garden Hose

A Gator for your Garden

How can you tell if a garden hose is durable? If you’re Dee Evans (center with dad and brother), whose family has been in the hose business for 35 years, you’ve devised all kinds of ways to abuse a hose like this one, called GatorHyde. Dee left it outside, frozen solid, for months and repeatedly ran over it with a forklift and an 18-wheeler. Still the GatorHyde survived, without damage. Besides being incredibly tough, GatorHyde is lightweight and flexible. Dee uses recycled polyurethane to make the outside of the GatorHyde, a practice that so far has saved 150,000 pounds of old hose from winding up in landfills. The ends are nickel-plated, which ensures that no harmful substances transfer from the hose. If you’re ready to say goodbye to those kinked, cracked and impossibly heavy hoses that are always a tangled mess, the GatorHyde is the perfect lifetime upgrade. Its kink-free design will keep the water flowing and the grass growing.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Dee
    Dee

    My name is Dee and I'm happy to be here today to answer any questions about our GatorHyde garden hose. The GatorHyde garden hose is up to 2 times lighter and yet 3 times more durable than other leading garden hoses on the market. It will stand up to commercial use and yet is manageable for home use. We are also proud that it is made from 50% recycled product and made in the USA. In short, the GatorHyde garden hose will be the best garden hose you've ever purchased!

  • Bill
    Bill
    6/22/2010 12:36 PM

    Hi Dee,

    The hose looks like it might be a bit too stiff for winding on something like a Suncast Sidewinder hose reel. Have you ever tried that? I would appear to be susceptible to being extra stiff in colder temperatures.

    Thanks! -- Bill

  • Bill
    Bill
    6/22/2010 12:37 PM

    oops... I meant "It" not "I".. but, "I" is funnier...!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2010 12:49 PM

    @Bill - Typos can be fun!!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/22/2010 12:52 PM

    As a kid, we could only afford cheap hoses and I have them. I've been buying expensive hoses for years but (a) they are very, very heavy, (b) they are not good for drinking out of, and (c) I'm starting to see them fail at the coupling. (Just threw one out this spring for that reason.) I'm impressed with the couplings on this product (and all the other features.) Great product.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/22/2010 12:53 PM

    Adding to the "typos can be fun," my typo above was that the first line should end, "...cheap hoses and i HATE them" (not "have" them.) Sorry.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    6/22/2010 1:04 PM

    Bill - the GatorHyde has excellent cold weather properties. It will still be flexible down to 40 degrees below freezing! It's the water inside that will freeze and cause it to be inflexible. That's still not a problem for the hose, though, it will withstand that abuse.

    As for rolling it up on a hose reel, it will work fine for that as well, my own Mother uses hers on a reel. To keep it from kinking when first rolling it on make sure to use the lead hose that comes with the reel. It's also a good idea to lay the hose out flat, charge it with water (pressurize it by filling it with water with a nozzle at the end that is keeping the water in and keeping the hose round) for at least the first couple of loops.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    6/22/2010 1:08 PM

    Des - Thanks for the compliment. Expensive rubber hoses are good, but they are heavy, it may be worth repairing them as they still have a useful life.

  • Len
    Len
    6/22/2010 1:45 PM

    I just bought a new "high-quality" hose at my local garden center for $30. It kinked and collapsed and was generally NOT high-quality. Think I will buy yours!

  • Judge Lou Lamphere
    Judge Lou Lamphere
    7/24/2010 5:52 PM

    Dee, I was given one of your hoses as a retirement present. I live on Oneida Lake in upstate NY. After the first month if use i noticed a small leak at the connection. I was still willing to deal with it. However the hose then started to split. By this time I no longer had any of the paperwork from the hose. Please email me your phone number so I can contact you. Sincerely, Judge Lou

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/25/2010 9:53 AM

    @Judge Lou Lamphere - I have sent you an e-mail with the customer service information for your issue. Thank you for posting!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    8/28/2010 3:59 PM

    Well, another one of my very expensive rubber hoses failed at the couplings so I ordered a Gator and started using it today. Love it. Whenever I need another hose, I'll buy this one from Grommet. Another great Grommet.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/29/2010 11:22 AM

    Des - sorry to hear that your other hoses are letting you down. You will have to stop back and let us know how your Gator is holding up!

  • seff
    seff
    9/1/2010 3:28 AM

    Nice post! I am currently looking for a good quality of garden hose and I'm glad I saw this post. I've got an idea.

  • DC
    DC
    9/24/2010 4:19 PM

    Dee,

    I am concerned about the hose being drinking water safe. I have seen reviews where it has been said the water has a new hose smell and taste. What has been your experience? Is there anyone else out there who can testify their experience with the smell or taste of water coming from the GatorHyde hose? In our location, summer is very hot, making any water within a hose get burn your hand hot. Is this any problem for this hose? Just a note, we always run the water through until cold before using it.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/26/2010 9:42 AM

    @DC - I contacted our customer Des who I knew had purchased at least one and he reported back: "the first water coming out of the hose did not have a smell. But it did have a slight taste; what I would expect of water sitting for three days.

    When I ran the water to cold, there was no taste; tasted just like water coming out of the tap."

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    9/26/2010 4:58 PM

    Because the weather suddenly turned here in New England from summer on Saturday to autumn today, I wound up all of our hoses. I did the GatorHyde first. Easy. Clean hands when done. Then i did the very expensive, high end, rubber hoses. More difficult. And my hands are filthy from the rubber. I've bought many hoses over the years and this one is the best, hands down.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    9/27/2010 4:48 PM

    DC - You should always purge hose of all standing or stagnate

    water. If it is hot out run all hot water out of hose 'til

    cold water has purge line. This hose is made of NSF and FDA

    materials and is safe to drink out of. The materials are non

    toxic. Thank you.

  • Justine Kalka
    Justine Kalka
    4/8/2011 1:38 PM

    Do your hoses come with adjustable nozzles? If nozzles must be purchased separately, do you have a web address? Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/8/2011 2:28 PM

    @Justine Kalka: No, the Gatorhyde garden hose does not come with a nozzle; however, it is a standard size and can be equipped with an adjustable hose that you can get at a garden store or a home improvement store.

  • bkress
    bkress
    1/22/2012 8:28 PM

    I have read all your comments. My only question is what is the exact weight of a 50ft. Gatorhyde hose?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/22/2012 8:56 PM

    @bkress: Its shipping weight is listed as 10 pounds, so about 9 pounds.

  • Ed Agranoff
    Ed Agranoff
    1/28/2012 1:10 PM

    I live in a condo. We have a car wash area in our garage. The existing hose is so infexible and heavy it usually is left on the garage floor. Many of our owners are elderly and cannot handle rewinding the hose on the brackets installed on the wall.

    What can you recommend?

    Thanks, Ed Agranoff (Condo Board member)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/28/2012 9:18 PM

    @Ed Agranoff: We don't have a great knowledge of all the different hose choices available, but we do know that the GatorHyde hose is a great candidate. It's tough so it can take the abuse if it's left on the garage floor. It's lightweight so it may be easier for your residents to put it away. It's kink free so it's easier to handle. If you do go with the GatorHyde, please stop back and let us know how it is working for you.

  • Marlene Krick
    Marlene Krick
    3/22/2012 10:10 AM

    My favorite hose - a European brand purchased years ago from a garden catalog was stolen from our yard. It is no longer available. Interested in this hose. Could you please tell me the inside diameter - I need to spray to the top of my fruit trees

    so I need good pressure. Another light weight hose that I bought online has a narrower diameter than the norm & the pressure is awful.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/22/2012 4:41 PM

    @Marlene Krick: The diameter of the hose is 5/8”. You can get more info in the DETAILS tab (below video) of the page where the GatorHyde is featured. Thank you for your interest.

  • Shannon Windmeyer
    Shannon Windmeyer
    5/5/2012 4:48 PM

    Is the gatorhyde hose phthalate free?

  •  Douglas lynch
    Douglas lynch
    5/8/2012 8:52 AM

    I am interested in the light weight garden hose......my question,

    your web site offers no way to purchase it.

    Doug

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/8/2012 12:25 PM

    @ Douglas lynch: Thank you for your interest. We no longer offers this garden hose, that's why there's no way to order it here.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

GatorHyde

Garden Hose

A Gator for your Garden

How can you tell if a garden hose is durable?

If you’re Dee Evans (center with dad and brother), whose family has been in the hose business for 35 years, you’ve devised all kinds of ways to abuse a hose like this one, called GatorHyde. Dee left it outside, frozen solid, for months and repeatedly ran over it with a forklift and an 18-wheeler. Still the GatorHyde survived, without damage.

Besides being incredibly tough, GatorHyde is lightweight and flexible. Dee uses recycled polyurethane to make the outside of the
GatorHyde, a practice that so far has saved 150,000 pounds of old hose from winding up in landfills. The ends are nickel-plated, which ensures that no harmful substances transfer from the hose. If you’re ready to say goodbye to those kinked, cracked and impossibly heavy hoses that are always a tangled mess, the GatorHyde is the perfect lifetime upgrade. Its kink-free design will keep the water flowing and the grass growing. Read More Read Less
GatorHyde - Garden Hose
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Dee
    Dee

    My name is Dee and I'm happy to be here today to answer any questions about our GatorHyde garden hose. The GatorHyde garden hose is up to 2 times lighter and yet 3 times more durable than other leading garden hoses on the market. It will stand up to commercial use and yet is manageable for home use. We are also proud that it is made from 50% recycled product and made in the USA. In short, the GatorHyde garden hose will be the best garden hose you've ever purchased!

  • Bill
    Bill
    6/22/2010 12:36 PM

    Hi Dee,

    The hose looks like it might be a bit too stiff for winding on something like a Suncast Sidewinder hose reel. Have you ever tried that? I would appear to be susceptible to being extra stiff in colder temperatures.

    Thanks! -- Bill

  • Bill
    Bill
    6/22/2010 12:37 PM

    oops... I meant "It" not "I".. but, "I" is funnier...!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/22/2010 12:49 PM

    @Bill - Typos can be fun!!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/22/2010 12:52 PM

    As a kid, we could only afford cheap hoses and I have them. I've been buying expensive hoses for years but (a) they are very, very heavy, (b) they are not good for drinking out of, and (c) I'm starting to see them fail at the coupling. (Just threw one out this spring for that reason.) I'm impressed with the couplings on this product (and all the other features.) Great product.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    6/22/2010 12:53 PM

    Adding to the "typos can be fun," my typo above was that the first line should end, "...cheap hoses and i HATE them" (not "have" them.) Sorry.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    6/22/2010 1:04 PM

    Bill - the GatorHyde has excellent cold weather properties. It will still be flexible down to 40 degrees below freezing! It's the water inside that will freeze and cause it to be inflexible. That's still not a problem for the hose, though, it will withstand that abuse.

    As for rolling it up on a hose reel, it will work fine for that as well, my own Mother uses hers on a reel. To keep it from kinking when first rolling it on make sure to use the lead hose that comes with the reel. It's also a good idea to lay the hose out flat, charge it with water (pressurize it by filling it with water with a nozzle at the end that is keeping the water in and keeping the hose round) for at least the first couple of loops.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    6/22/2010 1:08 PM

    Des - Thanks for the compliment. Expensive rubber hoses are good, but they are heavy, it may be worth repairing them as they still have a useful life.

  • Len
    Len
    6/22/2010 1:45 PM

    I just bought a new "high-quality" hose at my local garden center for $30. It kinked and collapsed and was generally NOT high-quality. Think I will buy yours!

  • Judge Lou Lamphere
    Judge Lou Lamphere
    7/24/2010 5:52 PM

    Dee, I was given one of your hoses as a retirement present. I live on Oneida Lake in upstate NY. After the first month if use i noticed a small leak at the connection. I was still willing to deal with it. However the hose then started to split. By this time I no longer had any of the paperwork from the hose. Please email me your phone number so I can contact you. Sincerely, Judge Lou

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/25/2010 9:53 AM

    @Judge Lou Lamphere - I have sent you an e-mail with the customer service information for your issue. Thank you for posting!

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    8/28/2010 3:59 PM

    Well, another one of my very expensive rubber hoses failed at the couplings so I ordered a Gator and started using it today. Love it. Whenever I need another hose, I'll buy this one from Grommet. Another great Grommet.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/29/2010 11:22 AM

    Des - sorry to hear that your other hoses are letting you down. You will have to stop back and let us know how your Gator is holding up!

  • seff
    seff
    9/1/2010 3:28 AM

    Nice post! I am currently looking for a good quality of garden hose and I'm glad I saw this post. I've got an idea.

  • DC
    DC
    9/24/2010 4:19 PM

    Dee,

    I am concerned about the hose being drinking water safe. I have seen reviews where it has been said the water has a new hose smell and taste. What has been your experience? Is there anyone else out there who can testify their experience with the smell or taste of water coming from the GatorHyde hose? In our location, summer is very hot, making any water within a hose get burn your hand hot. Is this any problem for this hose? Just a note, we always run the water through until cold before using it.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/26/2010 9:42 AM

    @DC - I contacted our customer Des who I knew had purchased at least one and he reported back: "the first water coming out of the hose did not have a smell. But it did have a slight taste; what I would expect of water sitting for three days.

    When I ran the water to cold, there was no taste; tasted just like water coming out of the tap."

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    9/26/2010 4:58 PM

    Because the weather suddenly turned here in New England from summer on Saturday to autumn today, I wound up all of our hoses. I did the GatorHyde first. Easy. Clean hands when done. Then i did the very expensive, high end, rubber hoses. More difficult. And my hands are filthy from the rubber. I've bought many hoses over the years and this one is the best, hands down.

  • Dee
    Dee – Special Guest
    9/27/2010 4:48 PM

    DC - You should always purge hose of all standing or stagnate

    water. If it is hot out run all hot water out of hose 'til

    cold water has purge line. This hose is made of NSF and FDA

    materials and is safe to drink out of. The materials are non

    toxic. Thank you.

  • Justine Kalka
    Justine Kalka
    4/8/2011 1:38 PM

    Do your hoses come with adjustable nozzles? If nozzles must be purchased separately, do you have a web address? Thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/8/2011 2:28 PM

    @Justine Kalka: No, the Gatorhyde garden hose does not come with a nozzle; however, it is a standard size and can be equipped with an adjustable hose that you can get at a garden store or a home improvement store.

  • bkress
    bkress
    1/22/2012 8:28 PM

    I have read all your comments. My only question is what is the exact weight of a 50ft. Gatorhyde hose?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/22/2012 8:56 PM

    @bkress: Its shipping weight is listed as 10 pounds, so about 9 pounds.

  • Ed Agranoff
    Ed Agranoff
    1/28/2012 1:10 PM

    I live in a condo. We have a car wash area in our garage. The existing hose is so infexible and heavy it usually is left on the garage floor. Many of our owners are elderly and cannot handle rewinding the hose on the brackets installed on the wall.

    What can you recommend?

    Thanks, Ed Agranoff (Condo Board member)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/28/2012 9:18 PM

    @Ed Agranoff: We don't have a great knowledge of all the different hose choices available, but we do know that the GatorHyde hose is a great candidate. It's tough so it can take the abuse if it's left on the garage floor. It's lightweight so it may be easier for your residents to put it away. It's kink free so it's easier to handle. If you do go with the GatorHyde, please stop back and let us know how it is working for you.

  • Marlene Krick
    Marlene Krick
    3/22/2012 10:10 AM

    My favorite hose - a European brand purchased years ago from a garden catalog was stolen from our yard. It is no longer available. Interested in this hose. Could you please tell me the inside diameter - I need to spray to the top of my fruit trees

    so I need good pressure. Another light weight hose that I bought online has a narrower diameter than the norm & the pressure is awful.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    3/22/2012 4:41 PM

    @Marlene Krick: The diameter of the hose is 5/8”. You can get more info in the DETAILS tab (below video) of the page where the GatorHyde is featured. Thank you for your interest.

  • Shannon Windmeyer
    Shannon Windmeyer
    5/5/2012 4:48 PM

    Is the gatorhyde hose phthalate free?

  •  Douglas lynch
    Douglas lynch
    5/8/2012 8:52 AM

    I am interested in the light weight garden hose......my question,

    your web site offers no way to purchase it.

    Doug

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/8/2012 12:25 PM

    @ Douglas lynch: Thank you for your interest. We no longer offers this garden hose, that's why there's no way to order it here.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.