In a nutshell

A BBC Gardener’s World Best Buy, this is super-quick to unwind and wind in, despite having by far the longest hose. It comes assembled, is sturdy and stable and when registered has a five-year warranty.

What we tested

  • Preparation
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Handling
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Quality
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Value for money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.


  • Sturdy and stable whilst unrolling
  • Exceptionally easy to rewind
  • Completely assembled, enclosed reel
  • Long warranty
  • Neat non-drip storage


  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive

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What is the Hozelock Fast Reel suitable for?

This is great for larger gardens that need a long, easy-to-use hose that can live outside tidily, neatly and unobtrusively.

Does the Hozelock Fast Reel need much preparation or assembly?

This is supplied ready to use with an extra section of feeder hose already cut with connectors attached. You just need to clip the winding handle into place, which is easy.

What is the Hozelock Fast Reel like to use?

The weight of this helps the reel sit securely even while pulling out the whole 40 metres of hose and an automatic self-layering system means the hose can be rewound quickly without any help from you. This hose is super-smooth and simple to both pull out and wind back in. The chunky twist-grip spray nozzle is also easy to use.

How easy is the Hozelock Fast Reel to store?

The reel feels heavy and bulky and it’s not easy to carry around, so it’s best suited to gardens where the hose can be kept in one place for the season. If you do need to move it, it does have non-drip storage features so it can be stored under cover and like all hose should be drained and stored indoors over winter to avoid frost damage.

Is the Hozelock Fast Reel built to last?

This feels very solidly made, with premium quality hose that doesn’t kink or twist. The long warranty gives confidence too.

Is the Hozelock Fast Reel good value for money?

Although this is expensive, this reel is durable and sturdy and backed up by a five-year warranty (when registered online). If you use a long hose on a regular basis we think it’s good value and well worth considering for the ease of use.

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Product Specifications

NameHozelock Fast Reel
ModelFast Reel
Feeder hose included
Hose diameter12.5mm
Hose length40m
Spray gun included
Attachments included
Other kit components

1.5m feeder hose included

Feature notes

2 years warranty, 5 years when registered