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The Hose That Grows, Does It Work?

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Those As Seen on TV products are tempting, but it’s nice to know if they work before you buy them. Valley News Team’s Nicole Johnson is taking some of the most popular products for a test. You may have seen this one in the store, it's the garden hose that expands.

It's supposed to revolutionize the way you water your plants. The pocket hose claims to be the best selling expandable hose out there, but does it actually work?

I took the pocket hose to Valley Landscaping in Fargo to test it out. "One thing we really look for, is the end, a good end, heavy duty brass end, in other words you get a good nice solid connection and they don't leak," says Craig Wendt, owner of valley Landscaping, "We need to make sure they have a good water flow through them too, so that's another thing we look for, more than anything just durability."

But right away Craig notices it can't be stored outside, "I mean how many people store their hoses inside?" he asks.

It claims there are no leaks, and it seemed to hold up well, but for heavy duty use Craig says the pressure is not strong enough. "We have to pull hoses sometimes the long ways around the house to water trees, we need something that wouldn't get caught on anything, snagged," says Craig.

The hose doesn't kink, and it does stay out of the way, but is it as strong as they claim? The commercial shows that the hose can withstand 300 pounds of pressure.

We put it to the test, and after 400 pounds it stays strong.

You have seen it on TV, but should you buy one?

"You get what you pay for, you spend $12.00 on a hose, and like I said if you don't have high expectations, it will work fine for what you have to do," says Craig.

We're giving the pocket hose an A for regular at home use, but a D, for anything that needs a high pressure.

Craig says $12.00 is a good price compared to other normal hoses out there, but for commercial use hoses can be upwards of $50.00.
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