About Pocket Hose Brass Bullet

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: May 19, 2017

Home Improvement star Richard Karn endorses Pocket Hose Brass Bullet, a 3/4" hose that automatically expands and contracts when you turn the water on and off, potentially making it easier to transport and store. In fact, the company calls it the easiest, lightest, most convenient hose you’ll ever use.

In addition to its re-engineered expandable inner rib cage, the hose also features an exclusive seamless Micro-Mesh biaxial braid fabric outer sleeve that won’t tear, burst, tangle, or kink, along with an increased diameter for a more powerful spray.

And at the tip, you’ll find an industrial-grade solid brass connector that won’t leak.

Spring has sprung, so you’re probably looking at your lawn and wondering how you can help it look its best. And obviously, much of this begins with the right garden hose.

But is the Pocket Hose Brass Bullet the right one for you? Can you expect it to work as well as it seems in the commercial? Will it provide a solid value for the money that can continue working, season after season?

Often, the best place to start when talking about value is money.

How Much Does Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Cost?

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet is available through two different offers, which might be a little confusing when you’re checking out. Here’s a simplified look at what you can expect to pay:

Main Offer

Includes one Top Brass Bullet and one Turbo Jet Nozzle, each.

  • 25 ft: Single = $19.99 / Double + $12.99 fee (total of $32.98)
  • 50 ft: $29.99 / Double + $16.99 fee (total of $46.98)
  • 75 ft: $39.99 / Double + $29.99 fee (total of $69.98)
  • 100 ft: $49.99 / Double + $36.99 fee (total of $86.98)

Deluxe Offer

Includes one Top Brass Bullet, one Turbo Jet Nozzle, and one Mighty Blaster Fireman Nozzle, each.

  • 25 ft: Single = $32.98 / Double + $12.98 fee (total of $45.97)
  • 50 ft: Single = $42.98 / Double + $16.99 fee (total of $59.97)
  • 75 ft: Single = $52.98 / Double + $29.99 fee (total of $82.97)
  • 100 ft: Single = $62.98 / Double + $36.99 fee (total of $99.97)

Whichever offer or quantity you choose, you’ll pay an additional $7.99 S&H fee. During checkout, you can also add a Protective Holder to your order that promises to conveniently store your hose and protect it from UV rays for $14.99, plus $2.99 S&H.

Bulbhead, a division of ASOTV giant Telebrands, provides a 30-day refund policy on all Brass Bullet hoses, less S&H. Note: This also includes any fees associated with the BOGO offers above.

Refunds can be processed by calling customer support at 855-668-1655.

Based on these prices, are customers reporting decent results?

What Are Customers Saying About Products Like Pocket Hose Brass Bullet?

Brass Bullet was brand new at the time of our research, although it appeared to be the most recent version of Pocket Hose Ultra.

Here on HighYa, 70 readers had given the previous version an average rating of 1.4 stars. Overwhelmingly, this most often related to complaints about leaking, sometimes after just a couple uses, as well as ends blowing off.

Perhaps this is why the new Brass Bullet model promises to feature a re-engineered, thicker inner tube.

It’s also important to note that until these blowouts occurred, most reported that the hose did expand and contract as advertised, making it easier to store.

Pro tip: More than one reviewer noted that these hoses are not for outside storage, and that they can tear easily if dragged over concrete or other rough surfaces.

Obviously, with its re-engineered design, we’re certainly not saying you’ll experience any of the same with Brass Bullet. But it’s worth passing along in order to help paint a more complete picture of the overall situation.

How does Pocket Hose Brass Bullet’s re-engineered design stack up to other expandable garden hoses?

Does Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Have Any Competition?

Expandable garden hoses are fairly popular these days and can be found not only online, but at many local retailers that feature home and garden sections.

In fact, even if you only stay within the As Seen on TV arena, we’ve written about the XHOSE, Flex-Able Hose, and Dap XHose Pro. Online, we found many other generic options (no brand name) ranging in length between 25 feet and 100 feet, priced between $15 and $50.

How to choose the right one? Consumer Reports tested three different popular expandable hose models (not Brass Bullet, since it’s so new) and found some pretty cut-and-dry advantages and disadvantages, regardless of the brand:

Expandable Hose Pros

  • All weighed about a pound, as promised
  • Each one grew to about three times its original size when water was added
  • The water flow rate and volume were just as good as a regular garden hose
  • Testers were unable to make them kink
  • They all shrank right back down to their original shape when water turned off

Potential Expandable Hose Cons

  • If you use the hose when fully opened (such as filling up a kiddie pool), it may shrink quite a bit, since the water pressure drops
  • Could get messy when using with a sprinkler, since you’ll have to put it in place when it’s off (or, when the hose it at its smallest). This means you’d have to turn on the hose, grab the sprinkler, and then put it in place—all while trying to avoid getting wet
  • The host brought two hoses home and found that each one broke at the plastic fitting on the first day they were used
  • As on HighYa, the company also received many complaints from customers that these expandable hoses tended to leak and explode

In the end, Consumer Reports felt that these hoses seemed great. "but may not be rugged enough for our endorsement."

Let’s continue this thought in the final section.

Our Bottom Line About Pocket Hose Brass Bullet

While neither us nor Consumer Reports tested the new Brass Bullet hose, with their redesigned thicker inner tube, larger overall diameter, Micro-Mesh biaxial braid fabric, and industrial-grade solid brass connector, it could be the case that this model will successfully address many of the common complaints associated with previous models—and even similar options from competitors.

At the very least, we think these upgrades indicate that Telebrands is listening to their customers and trying to provide a product that’s more in line with their demands. We’ll just have to wait until customer feedback starts flowing in (pun intended) to see whether or not they’ve successfully achieved it.

In the meantime, the manufacturer provides a 30-day refund policy on Brass Bullet, regardless of the length or offer you choose, which should be more than enough time to decide if it meets your needs. If not, just keep in mind you’ll lose your original shipping, any additional fees associated with BOGO offers, along with the cost to ship your hoses back to the company.

Looking for more tips? Be sure to read 5 Tips For Achieving the Greenest Grass on the Block this Spring.

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.3
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Bottom Line: 10% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Scam

    • Jackson, MI,
    • Sep 12, 2019
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    My hose sprung a massive leak by the connection. I still had the lifetime guarantee receipt. Good, right? No...it says I need the ORIGINAL PACKAGING! I am supposed to hang on to the package for the rest of my life?

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

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  • Splitting hose

    • Paso Robles, CA,
    • Aug 27, 2019
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    Bought about 1 and 1/2 months ago at Bed Bath & Beyond in Paso Robles, California.

    Needed a lightweight hose to daily water plants in the yard and on the patio. Use every day. It wasn't until I opened the packaging and saw "to store indoors." Thought odd for a hose. Because of some arthritis in hands, I keep it hooked to faucet, coiled up. Can't see removing and attaching every time I need to use. It has two splits in the hose now. The pressure of the hose was good and the nozzle good and still, with splits in the hose around the middle. I bought the 50ft. Not for someone who uses daily and does want to remove and store indoors daily. Do not know how storing it inside would help.

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

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  • Nice piece of junk that even last one summer

    I have to say this is a nice idea. Very easy to maneuver - compact, small, did very well for a 2-month period and then got a big leak. In order to take good care of it, each time I used it after it closed back up and dried off I brought it in the house to keep the elements from ruining it, heat and rain. Always kept inside my garage. Now has a big leak and almost impossible to fix. Tried to cut the end off with the leak and then the little plastic piping inside that the water actually runs through slid all the way down into the expandable black portion, impossible to get back up. Going to throw the whole thing away and go back to standard old heavy to lug around the garden hose.

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

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  • SCAM

    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Aug 12, 2019
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    They do work for a while but they bust. (Have had several.) They have warranties but the charge freight and always send a 50', regardless of the size they are replacing. They are lightweight, which is why I keep getting them, but I guarantee they will burst.

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

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  • Garbage

    • California,
    • Aug 6, 2019
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    Had this hose. Liked it for a while. Was uncoiling with the water pressure. Water encountered a kink in and the hose burst a giant hole. Cheap junk.

    I had a second hose on the patio. Worked well for three months until it sprang a leak for no discernible reason. It was emptied out every time after use, and so on.

    I wasted $80 on this garbage. I hope this company goes out of business and stops making this trash.

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

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  • Exploded hose

    • Georgia,
    • Jul 17, 2019
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    I purchased Pocket Hose in October 2018 and hardly used it last year as I purchased at the end of the season. It exploded last week when I was watering our yard. It worked good as long as it was working but didn't last long. I used it for maybe 3 months before it exploded.

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

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  • Garbage

    • New York,
    • Jul 13, 2019
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    Advertised expanding on concrete by the pool. Mine expanded and didn't even last 5 minutes before it popped a leak! Spent $35.00 on a 75ft hose and once again got ripped off. But I'm sure the manufacturer doesn't give a crap! They got their money from me! So tired of getting ripped off! If seen on TV, leave on TV!

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Rose bush poked in hose

    • Washington,
    • Apr 23, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I liked the hose the first time I used it. The second time when I turned the water on, the hose got hung up on rose bushes and poked hole in the hose.

    I like the idea of the hose. Just worried if I bought a new hose, I would have other problems.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Telebrands products, Pocket Hose.

    • Boynton Beach, FL,
    • Apr 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Like almost all Telebrand products, they are made to the absolute cheapest standards that China can come up with. And they break. Let's take the Pocket Hose, lately pushed by "Al Borland" from "Home Improvement" We love him right? He shows the hose being dragged across the sidewalk and driveway. He shows it being stored outside, he talks about a lifetime warranty. He even talks about "money back."

    My neighbors and I have purchased a few of these Hoses. You cannot drag them across driveways and sidewalks. They will burst. You are told to store this wet object in the house or void the Warranty. They will burst or leak within a month in any case. Sending it back will cost you more than you paid. All the shipping and any accessories will not be covered. But all this doesn't really matter. Four people I know, plus myself have tried to return these defective hoses. Not one received a reply, a new hose, or a refund. Guess China doesn't really cover these.

    I advise anyone interested to avoid this "Pocket Fisherman."

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy it

    • Avon, IN,
    • Sep 22, 2018
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    This product is worthless. If it touches concrete, sidewalk or driveway, it blows up and leaks almost immediately. And how can you use a garden hose if you are not allowed to drag it across your driveway or sidewalk? Don't buy it. You'll be sorry if you do. And to Richard Karn, if you are reading this: Sir, you should hang your head in shame for promoting such an inferior product.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    • Bloomfield, NJ,
    • Sep 11, 2018
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    I bought three of these hoses in Home Depot because I was so tired of lugging the heavier ones. I bought two for myself and one for my son. Two have already got holes and I had to discard them, and they were leaking all day, and I heard water running when I came home. What a mess. My son's is still working, but he doesn't like it because it doesn't have a nice powerful stream like the regular hoses. The idea is a good one, but the quality is just not there. They are flimsy and don't give a heavy stream of water.

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

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