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Top 10 Lead Free Drinking Water Safe Garden Hoses

Updated on August 22, 2017

Garden hoses can be a dangerous hidden source of lead and phthalates. If you use a hose to water fruits and vegetables for food, fill up pools, or supply drinking water for people or pets, it is best to have one with the least possible amount of these contaminants. As a bonus, many of these hoses are also phthalate-free

Material Lead Rates

The actual materials (polyurethane, PVC, and metal fittings) in the hoses on this list of 10 lead-free and drinking water-safe hoses were rated against the federal standard for lead in children's toys, which is currently 100 ppm (parts per million). 90% of the hoses contained less than 30 ppm, well below the safety standard. They contain some of the lowest levels commercially available today.

Leaching Lead Rates

None of the following hoses leached lead into the water, which was the ultimate test for safety. All of the water from the hoses met the lead-free standard under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which is 15 ppb (parts per billion), which is good news for the consumer. They help ensure you can provide water for your family and pets with peace of mind.

1. Element Green & Grow

  • No leached lead
  • Phthalate-free
  • 100 ft. long
  • Weight: sturdy 9.2 lbs.
  • Manufacturer has a 10-year warranty
  • 300 PSI burst strength
  • Assembled in the USA

This drinking water hose is perfect for people who need a very long hose or have a large garden, are concerned about phthalates, or want to support American jobs. Although no lead leaches into the water for any of these hoses, this hose is also recommended for its very low material lead rate.

2. Big Boss AquaStream 50 ft. Garden Hose

  • Phthalate-free
  • Bromine-free
  • Weighs under 4 lbs.
  • Self contracts
  • Kink-resistant
  • Compact design
  • All-weather
  • Frost-resistant

This hose is recommended for people who need a lightweight solution and cannot carry bulky items.

3. Scotts MaxFlex Premium 50 ft.

  • No leached lead
  • Phthalate-free
  • Weight: 7.2 lbs.
  • Kink-resistant
  • 500 PSI burst strength
  • Built-in bacteria and mold inhibitor
  • Limited lifetime warranty

This hose is ideal for people that want material strength with a high PSI, a long warranty, or a hose free from phthalates.

4. Element Commercial Grade Industrial PRO Hose 50 ft.

  • Weight 6.47 lbs.
  • Kink-resistant
  • UV-resistant
  • 500 PSI burst strength
  • Heavy-duty eco couplings

This product is ideal for people who want a high-burst strength, have experience with failing couplings, or need UV-resistance because they often leave the hose on the ground outside under the sun.

5. Water Right Professional Coil Garden Hose 50 ft.

  • Phthalate-free
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs.
  • Hose kink prevention
  • No-tarnish fittings
  • Weather-resistant

This product is recommended for those want a very lightweight hose.

6. Element RV & Marine Hose 50 ft.

  • Weight: 4.43 lbs.
  • 400 PSI burst strength
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • High performance stainless steel couplings

This product is ideal for people who have concerns about the durability of hose couplings.

7. Valterra W01-5120 Water Hose 50 ft.

  • Phthalate-free
  • Weight 5.4 lbs.
  • 10-year warranty
  • 120 PSI burst strength
  • Made in Mexico

This hose is better for general use and people who will keep the water flow on low. The PSI is meant for gentle waterings.

8. Miracle-Gro Ultra Light Hose 50 ft.

  • Weight 4.9 lbs.
  • 400 PSI strength
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Compact size

This hose is suited for people who need a small hose but want a long-lasting warranty.

9. Apex Drinking Water Safe 4-Ply Construction 25 ft.

  • Phthalate-free
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs.
  • 7-year warranty
  • Built for shorter reaching distances
  • Built-in protection against mold, mildew and bacteria

This hose is deigned for short-range use, for example, reaching off the edge of a deck to spray.

10. Apex Boat and Camper Hose 50 ft.

  • Weight: 7.8 lbs.
  • Thick tubing
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Tangle-resistant

This product is suited for consumers who need a thick hose in a marine setting

Garden Safely

These 10 hoses were part of a larger study of 32 hoses available at major retailers. All lab testing was done at the Ecology Center of Michigan using a high definition X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to measure lead.

Since lead is one of earth's naturally occurring metals it is ever-present on the planet. For example, even in safe garden soil. The Centers for Disease Control note that safe garden soil has lead concentrations of 50 ppm.

What is lead dangerous to the body?

Dangers to children:

Children's growing bones, muscles, and connective brain tissue need every bit of healthy nutrients they can get in their diet to make growth possible. When lead is used as uptake in this process, many problems can occur. Some possible diseases and symptoms include ADD, behavioral disruptions, nervous system breakdown, speech impediments, decreased bone and muscle growth, and kidney function interruptions.

Dangers to adults:

Even as adults over 25 as a rule no longer grow, their bodies are still affected by unsafe levels of lead. Disease can occur, for example, damage to a fetus in pregnancy, difficulty having children, increased blood pressure, nervous system disruptions, diminished memory, and muscle aches.

Dangers to pets:

Symptoms in cats and dogs can include lack of appetite, vomiting, pain in the abdomen, constipation or diarrhea, biting down of jaws, blindness, seizures, spasms in muscles, behavioral disturbances, circling around, and lack of coordination.



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