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Hose Reel Cart | Garden Hose Organizers

Updated on August 29, 2017

Tidy and Easy garden watering with a hose cart

I have a large garden and if I had to choose a single garden tool I can't live without, it is the hose reel cart that organizes and easily transports my garden hose.

As you can see in my pic, my old hose reel has sun-bleached plastics and squeaky wheels from so much outdoor use over the rocky garden that I would forgive it for breaking down. It even sleeps outside during winter! But, it still works and has outlived 3 hoses by now.

It isn't perfect though and what I want on my next hose caddy is a longer handle. It may be hard to tell from the pic but the handle is just above knee level and I have to bend down when pulling it. Since my garden is hilly and complex, it would have been easier to tug the thing up and down without the bent-over posture.

My current cart came with the house and has done honorable service, but I decided I needed something bigger.

Photos by me

4 wheel heavy duty hose carts

Both of these can handle more hose than most people own,

Yard Butler IHT-4EZ Hose Truck 4-Wheel Easy Assembly
Yard Butler IHT-4EZ Hose Truck 4-Wheel Easy Assembly

Connect your main water supply to the cart spoke and start reeling off as much hose as you need.

Roughneck Hose Reel Cart - Holds 400ft. x 5/8in. Hose
Roughneck Hose Reel Cart - Holds 400ft. x 5/8in. Hose

A somewhat newer brand, slightly more expensive but it holds 400 ft of hose. Looking closely at the construction, I would say this is a Liberty Garden re-brand at a lower price. Works for me!


The garden hose cart challenge

These images show only a fraction of my total garden area (roughly 12,000 sq ft) where my little cart lacks the reach and has to move around all the time (connected to another hose). My next reel will have longer hose capacity than the one I have now and I need about 300 feet of hose. I can't imagine handling that without a cart!

Credits: my images

One of the best selling 2-wheel hose organizers - Not for my type of home though.

There are many excellent hose reel carts for sale and the following are some of the best hose carts you can get depending on your garden area and style preference:

I suggest this one by Suncast is not very convenient if you, like me, have a large property with lawn areas that are spread out in different heights and terraces. Dragging it around would take too much effort and it won't hold enough hose to do the job.

For a home with a flat garden and for driveway use though - it can't be beat.

4 wheel reel cart with steering wheels
4 wheel reel cart with steering wheels

The Best Heavy-Duty Garden Hose Cart

The only one with steering front wheels!

My nr.1 choice as the best is the Yard Butler HT-4 and one reason is because the small one I currently have never seems enough, and I could use a lot more hose on the reel. The more hose the higher the weight though and a 2-wheel type with a lot of yardage on it would be cumbersome to pull around. So that makes choosing a 4-wheeler easy.

So why this specific 4-wheel cart? Well, if you have a wagon that will carry a heavy load (hose with water in it) then you have to have wheels that can turn. You either have steering wheels, or you have to tip it back and get the front wheels in the air at every turn to avoid damaging the cart and the lawn... which kills the point of having more than 2 wheels. The main reason why I choose the Easy Turn Yard Butler is because it is the only 4 wheel hose cart with Steering Front Wheels (what were the others thinking of?).

My first choice is therefore the Yard Butler Easy-Turn Hose Reel Cart

Is This The Best Hose Nozzle?

You either like it or not. This is a fireman style garden hose nozzle which has 5 different water patterns.

Aluminum and fiberglass makes it stand up to daily use better than the traditional plastic spray gun.

Has a powerful water jet setting which is great for automotive use. Built of durable material, this is one nozzle that can handle a couple of drops on the driveway.

Liberty Garden 880-2 Industrial 2-Wheel Pneumatic Tires Garden Hose Reel Cart, Holds 300-Feetof 5/8-Inch Hose - Gray
Liberty Garden 880-2 Industrial 2-Wheel Pneumatic Tires Garden Hose Reel Cart, Holds 300-Feetof 5/8-Inch Hose - Gray

Superb 2-wheel durable hose cart that features a generous metal hose reel, industrial sized powder coat tube framing, and garden tool wire basket.


My Choice of 2-Wheel Hose Organizer

Sharing the nr.1 spot the second-best wheeled hose reel in my opinion is the Industrial sized Liberty Garden cart. It takes 300 feet of hose and has a wide footprint which makes it stable when loaded.

The thing I like best about it? It is a hose cart with big wheels that can handle all sorts of terrain.

Obstacles that would normally stop a cart with small wheels won't ever be a problem with wheels this size.

The Top Small Hose Carts

On second place I am choosing a long-time bestseller. I confess to being a bit partial for the Gardena brand because I have used a lot of their gardening equipment and they tend to have the basic features and durability that I want.

This model has the retractable handle that makes it very compact when you store it.

This version is without the hose-guide seen on the 8003 which I feel is too expensive. The 8001 seen here has adequate size for a average yard and is comfortable to use with very good weight distribution when you tip it down to move it.

The Gardena 8001-U Garden Hose Cart comes complete with 65 feet of half-inch hose.

My last choice is a modest reel onto which you can squeeze 100 feet of garden hose. Personally, I would guess that a standard 75 foot 5/8-inch hose is about right for it.

This is another product from the Yard Butler brand and it has the solid build quality the bigger versions.

What I like about the Yard Butler HTC-1 is that you spool the hose sideways which gives this hose cart a very slim footprint. The handle is also great and reaches up to waist level. All in all, it grabs the 3:rd spot thanks to smart ergonomic design and price.

Standard reel carts with 2 wheels

The whole point of having hose reel with wheels is to facilitate moving the whole reel around your property. While a lot of people have flat lawns all around, just as many have more complex terrain to deal with. All the more surprising that it is almost impossible to find a hose cart with terrain-friendly big wheels on it.

Luckily, there is one which stands above the rest: the Liberty 880. This is a no-nonsense rugged hose cart with metal hose reel and big bicycle style wheels that guarantee a smooth ride over all sorts of obstacles. It takes 300 feet of 5/8 hose and is getting excellent reviews from owners.

Another hose cart with a small metal hose reel is the Yard Butler HT2 which is adequate for a smaller garden. The reel is rated for 175 feet of hose and while the handle height is pretty low, the build seems sturdy and durable. This is another one that has gotten pretty good reviews. If I had a smaller, mainly flat garden I might have considered it as a replacement for my old Gardena.

For the smaller home with limited lawn, or perhaps just a driveway and backyard the Gemini hose reel cart will do the job just fine. It is very similar to my old hose organizer and has a total height of 18.2 inches.

It isn't big but it easily holds 250 feet of hose (rated for 300) and the small size makes it very easy to tuck it into a tool shed.

Sitting firmly on the best seller list, this small hose cart is a great gift idea for new homeowners.

Wall mount hose reel alternative

RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel, 65 Feet, Brown
RL Flo-Master 65HR8 Retractable Hose Reel, 65 Feet, Brown

Excellent deal considering it comes complete with hose and multi spray nozzle.


350 ft Liberty Garden Hose Reel Cart

If you have a lot of land you will probably be wanting a 4 wheel hose reel cart. Either that or you can extend the reach by connecting a bunch of smaller ones.

Personally, I always prefer to use "one of everything", so a high capacity hose truck like one of these would be my choice for really long garden hose transportation and storage.

Nr.1 best selling hose reel cart

4-wheel Yard Butler
Hose CartIndustrial hose trucks carry 300 - 400 feet of garden hose. Made of durable steel frames with pneumatic wheels, these heavy duty reel carts make transporting a long and heavy garden hose an easy job.

A four wheel hose caddy is the logical choice for large homes, or if you do professional home maintenance and landscaping, and need to trailer in your own gardening gear.

Suncast Reel Cart
FWT300As with every smart idea there is always a caveat: a 4 wheel hose wagon is harder to turn than a 2 wheel version. Granted, these are not intended to travel far (main purpose is to contain a lot of hose for easy storage).

But if you look at the Suncast hose reel as an example, it is probably great for a patio or deck but those small wheels, close together, are going to make it a pretty difficult to roll over uneven terrain or loose soil.

Most wagon type carts have a similar design, but there is one that is better than the rest. See my top choices below!

Garden Hose Reel with wheels or not?

What kind of hose organization do you prefer?


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