About Pocket Hose Ultra

Richard Karn, known to millions as Borland from TV’s Home Improvement, is the chipper spokesman for Pocket Hose Ultra, an expandable/collapsable garden hose. This is the updated version of the Pocket Hose – by adding “Ultra” they claim it is now 3x stronger, won’t rip or pop, and has a new solar stripe shield they say extends the life of the hose.

Pocket Hose Ultra comes to you from Telebrands, a telemarketing company so old they claim to be the originators of the “As Seen On TV” logo. They are a BBB-accredited business (based in Fairfield, NJ) and currently have an A- rating. However, as the BBB site states, this does not mean Telebrands’ products or services have been endorsed by them.

Pocket Hose Ultra Construction

Pocket Hose Ultra sort of looks like a miniature green fire hose, albeit with amber-colored ends. In fact, they claim it is made with the same double layer construction, with what they claim is a “scientifically developed” elastomer hose (translation: a rubber hose that expands) with a “new and improved” fabric outer lining they say will have “no more rips or breakthroughs” (apparently a problem with the old version.) They tout the 2 white stripes running along the green exterior are Solar Stripe Shields they say will protect it from damaging UV rays and extend its life.

They brag that its amber tips are made of “super strong” material that is “3 times stronger”, but decline to state specifics (it appears to be a form of plastic.) They also tout its “tight seal technology” promises “no more leaks” (again, an apparent problem with regular Pocket Hose.) The infomercial shows an ordinary hose with brass ends being crushed under 300 lbs. of pressure, while Pocket Hose Ultra remains unscathed.

How Pocket Hose Ultra Works

To use Pocket Hose Ultra, choose length, unravel, and attach like you would any ordinary garden hose; you can also use the Amber Elbow Adaptor or attach 2 hoses together, but they say to not use the Adaptor if you are using a spray nozzle. and use any type of sprinkler or nozzle. Turn on the water and switch on the valve at the end. As water rushes through, the hose will expand to its full length. When done washing or watering, turn off the hose, de-attach and drain with spray nozzle (if used) and they claim it will return to its original compact size. They brag it can be easily stored unlike regular hoses of a comparable length, which they say are bulky and take up a lot of space. (They say to always store indoors when not in use.)

On the website, Karn is holding a Pocket Hose Ultra of unknown length easily with one hand. The actual contraction length is listed as 25 ft. hose contracts to 9 ft., 50 ft. to 17 ft., 75 ft. to 25 ft., and 100 ft. to 31ft. and its weight is approximately 1/2 lb. for every 25 ft.

Pocket Hose Ultra Warnings

They say to not drink from this (or any) hose, to never stretch the hose when empty as it may snap back and injure you, and that a hose may strangle you if wrapped around your neck. They add it is for outdoor use only in situations under 80 psi. They say it is not meant for use in hot water applications or with pressure washers. Do not leave unattended when in use, keep away from children or pets, and, finally they strongly emphasize, THIS IS NOT A TOY.

Pocket Hose Ultra Includes:

  • Pocket Hose Ultra (25, 50, 75, or 100 ft.)
  • 2nd Pocket Hose Ultra “free” (25 ft. only, extra S & H)
  • Amber Elbow Adaptor “free” (with 25 ft. extra S & H)
  • Lifetime Guarantee

Pocket Hose Ultra Pricing, Shipping, and Returns

Pocket Hose Ultra can be yours in different configurations. If you purchase the 25 ft. hose it is $12.99 for one hose, plus they automatically throw in another 25 ft. and Amber Elbow Adaptor “free” but tack on an additional $7.99 S & H making the total $20.98 for 2 hoses and an adaptor. You can also purchase the 50, 75, or 100 ft. versions for $19.99, $32.99, or $39.99 respectively (plus $7.99 S & H); in this case the Amber Elbow Adaptor costs $7.99 plus $3.99 S & H. All Telebrands products including the Pocket Hose Ultra have the same money back guarantee – you can return any item in the original packaging for your money back, minus what it costs to ship it back and your original handling fees. You must also include a “detailed explanation” why you did not like the product, or they may not honor the guarantee.

Bottom Line: Is Pocket Hose Ultra a Scam?

Pocket Hose billed itself as “the number-one selling expandable hose in the world” but that doesn’t mean people were happy with it. In fact, there were numerous complaints about the old version ripping, popping, leaking, and generally not working as advertised. That’s probably the reason why they came out with the “Ultra” version, and so far it seems to be getting a better reception (Pocket Hose Ultra was unleashed in early 2014.)

People love its collapsibility, especially those that don’t want to lug around a bulky long hose in the winter. They say it’s generally more durable than the previous product. There are less complaints about leaking, popping, or ripping (but they’re still there.) There have also been negative remarks about the low flow rate due to the very small opening at the end.

We think the word is still out on whether it is “improved” or not, but, if you want to give it a shot, we suggest buying from a site like Amazon, which offers the same product at a discounted rate.

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69 Customer Reviews for Pocket Hose Ultra

Average Customer Rating: 1.4
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5 stars: 3 4 stars: 2 3 stars: 3 2 stars: 6 1 stars: 55
Bottom Line: 16% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Worthless product!

    • Springboro, OH,
    • Sep 19, 2016

    I have purchased several Pocket Hoses over the past 2 -3 years only to have each of them spring a leak.

    Don't waste your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Busted hose

    I have the 75 foot hose. It blew out today. What is the warranty on the house? I bought it about twelve months ago.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Ultra Junk

    • Aug 25, 2016

    Replaced our first Pocket Hose that broke after only a couple weeks just from standard water pressure during use, with the Ultra version which claimed it had more durability. It might have lasted a week longer, but that was probably a coincidence. The Ultra version doesn't fix whatever it is that makes this garden hose fail so quickly just by turning on the faucet.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Has its good and bad

    I go through about two hoses a season. It is very light weight and reduces in size after each use. The problem is if you drag it across the concrete or pavers, it springs a leak or rips. That is the only flaw. You can drive a car over it, but drag it a few feet and its trash.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Telebrand Pocket Hose sucks

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Aug 20, 2016

    Purchased at Home Depot. It blew up after 1 year of only modest use. Unfortunately, I just bought another one a month ago (maybe that one will last longer, but feeling ripped off twice).

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Scam

    I bought two pocket hoses, and they both leaked after using twice. I would not recommend these hoses for anyone.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • I have given up on this product.

    Used my last high-end hose and it lasted 3 times before it blew up. No strain on it, just washing my car. Back to the real hose.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Pocket Hose

    • Chester, VA,
    • Jul 26, 2016

    Pocket hose Ha! The old original green one worked and lasted longer! My kids got me the very first one and it lasted 2 years with care. As for the new ones, I got two and they both popped or blew within about 20 minutes of use. it was either too powerful and no control on pressure! They had a great idea and first product. They just need to work out the pressure problems. I don't want to have to hook up 2 hoses and they blow in minutes! I have bought several but NO MORE. I will try another type like the coil hose. Thanks but not any more.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Not happy

    We were in desperate need of a hose. My husband went and bought the smaller one because it was the cheapest and money is tight, thinking this may last and be easy storage from dogs. After not even 10 uses it busted. Very upset because now we are hose-less again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Ultra Pocket Hose

    I have purchased the original pocket hose in the past because of the light weight. The previous purchases have all sprung leaks. I decided to purchase the Ultra because it was advertised it was made. I have 100 feet of hose and after two months of use I have a leak very disappointing.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Bad experience

    Bought two 50' and one 100' pocket hoses this year and all three ends blew off after maybe fifteen uses. We followed all instructions and were careful not to stretch them and stored them carefully. Now we are back to our heavy hoses. At least they work.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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