When a company makes a rubber tire with an 80,000-mile warranty, you gotta believe it can crank out a darn good hose, too. Goodyear seems to have done just that. The MAXLite hose has big fittings that make it easy to secure to faucets or other hoses. Goodyear claims it’s twice as strong as and 40 percent lighter than standard hoses. And—though I rarely water my yard in winter—the company claims the hose will remain flexible down to 40 below. And it’s backed by a limited lifetime warranty—a vote of confidence from the maker.
A 50-ft. MAXLite rubber hose costs about $35 at home centers, hardware stores and online. — Spike Carlsen