Whether it's for watering the flowers, washing a car, or cleaning off the patio, no garden hose is easier to maneuver than an expandable one. The best expandable garden hoses are made with durable brass connections and thick inner latex material to prevent leaks. Compared to a traditional rubber hose, they will also be much easier to store, less prone to kinking, and much more lightweight (from 3 to 7 pounds without water flowing). However, when it comes to choosing the right one for you, make sure you pick a size that will give you the total expanded length you'll need (when water runs through it).
Just like most garden hoses, expandable versions can be found in increments of 25-feet, and while most users typically only need around 50-feet of reach from the spigot, there are expanding hoses that go far beyond that — all the way up to 200 feet! Of course, the longer the length, the heavier and usually more expensivethe hose will get, but no matter what, they're all designed to shrink back down about three sizes for easy storage (a 50-foot hose, for example, will revert back to 17-feet once the water is drained).
In terms of construction, a majority of models will feature durable polyester fabric on the outside, but you'll want the inner core to be made from latex as it's the most pressure-resistant. Look for metal fittings (like connectors and valves) that are from brass because they are much higher-quality, rust-free, and more heat-resistant than aluminum.