I hate water hoses laying around in the yard and in our part of the country the summer temperatures are well above one hundred degrees for many days at a time. Hoses do not last very long and they get so hot that they are difficult to even touch. The idea of a hose retracting certainly appealed to me but after buying three of the retractable ones that were less expensive and having them break within months, I decided that they were a waste of money. My wife however decided to surprise me with the Gardner Coiling hose. They are strong, retains their shape and shrinks up to the original size in seconds. I have used this amazing hose now for several months and can't say enough good things about it. They stretch out quickly and recoil just as fast. Neat, clean, and these heavy duty hoses are made to last. My advise don't give up if you have tried those inexpensive hoses that break and the shipping cost is as much as the hoses. Save your time, money and energy buy a Gardener Coiling Hose. They connect together so if you need a longer hose buy two or three of these magic hoses and just connect them together. No leaks and works great.