In a nutshell

A BBC Gardener’s World Best Buy winner, this mini hose reel is light, compact, versatile and very easy to use. It’s also well-priced for its features and has a long warranty.

What we tested

  • Preparation
    A star rating of 4.0 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 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.


  • A versatile design with the option to connect either end to the tap
  • Supplied fully assembled and ready to use
  • Light, compact and smooth to use
  • Drip-free storage
  • Spray gun clicks easily between 5 spray patterns with option to adjust flow rate
  • Long warranty


  • The feeder hose fiddly to tuck away behind its holder

What is the Hozelock Pico Reel suitable for?

Ideal for any small garden, patio, courtyard or balcony with a pistol-grip spray gun that’s particularly good for anyone with stiff hands. If your only tap is indoors, the option of connecting the long section of hose to the tap and carrying the reel around is handy as any drips are kept outside.


Does the Hozelock Pico Reel need much preparation or assembly?

This comes supplied completely assembled and ready to use: simply screw on the connector to your tap (a dual fit ½ / ¾ in connector is supplied), clip on the hose and you’re all good to go. The outer packaging has helpful, clear pictorial instructions too.

What is the Hozelock Pico Reel like to use?

The versatile design means you have a choice of which end to clip on to the tap, so the reel can either stay by the tap or you can carry it around, unwinding/winding the hose as you go – rather like using an extension lead. The hose pulls out smoothly and was equally easy to rewind, with a large, comfortable to grip, rotating winding knob. The only minus point is that the shorter section of feeder hose is a little fiddly to wind up and tuck behind the plastic holder.

How easy is the Hozelock Pico Reel to store?

Both ends of the hose clip upright onto the reel so there’s no drips or dribbles when stored - ideal if you’re keeping it indoors, in a cupboard or on a shelf.

Is the Hozelock Pico Reel built to last?

Despite being lightweight, the reel feels solid and the hose doesn’t twist or kink. This, along with being able to easily store the reel under cover away from the damaging ultra-violet rays in sunshine, should make for a long life. The manufacturer’s five-year warranty (which requires registration) gives extra confidence too.

Is the Hozelock Pico Reel good value for money?

This is not the cheapest model we tested but is of sound quality, easy and simple to use, with a good range of features and with its long warranty we think it’s excellent value for money.


For more tried and tested models, read our round-up of the best hoses and best garden hose spray guns on test. In the market for a pressure washer too? See our guide to choosing the best pressure washer.

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Product Specifications

NameHozelock Pico Hose Reel
Feeder hose included
Hose diameter9mm
Hose length10m
Spray gun included
Attachments included
Feature notes

Warranty is 2 years, 5 when registered