Pros: Well constructed UV resistant plastic, hinged-door, attractive neutral (taupe) color, nominal 150ft. capacity, inexpensive
Cons: No mounting hardware included (screws & shields)
A couple of months ago, without stepping on a scale I realized that I was experiencing upward “poundage creep”. I was standing behind the service bar on our enclosed back patio and as I attempted to slip out of the end closest to our back garden hose caddy some of that poundage caught the caddy and snapped it clean off the wall. There’s a wake-up call for me, huh? OK, so I resolved to lose some weight, but first things first.
I knew if I didn’t replace the caddy quickly it would become an annoying floating last priority item on my long “honey-do” list. I got in the car and went to Home Depot. I first unscrewed the portion of the caddy that remained fixed to the wall. I figured if I could find the same or similar caddy with the same mounting pattern this could be a 5-minute project since I could just screw the new caddy into the existing wall anchors. But I wasn’t going to get that lucky. Our caddy, although bare-bones basic, was probably 20 years old. While Home Depot offered similar bare bones models none of them had a similar mounting pattern. So since a 5-minute swap was out I decided to look at a more ambitious, practical design.
Suncast HHC150 Garden Hose Hanger with Storage Cabinet
As the product title would indicate, this hanger combines a caddy with a handy storage cabinet with an adjustable shelf that can accommodate hose accessories such as my sweeper nozzle, extra spray head, garden gloves, etc. Additionally it has a pair of adjustable hanger hooks at the bottom that will even accommodate holding my watering wand parallel to the ground.
This USA made Suncast product measures 13.5”w x 16”h x 6”d. The cabinet portion that also serves as the enter spool around which the hose is wrapped measures 11”w x 9”h x 4.75”d. While this unit is rated to hold up to 150’ of standard 5/8” garden hose, I’m not sure many people would want to manually wind 150’ of hose around any stationary caddy. But, for our 25’ or 50’ hoses it proves practical without taking up the additional space that a reel style hose hanger might. You do remember that weight I have to lose, right?
What I like
The Suncast HHC150 Garden Hose Hanger with Storage Cabinet is understated stylish and comes in a neutral taupe color that works well with our Mediterranean style home. It’s constructed of a relatively soft yet rigid UV resistant plastic that should stand up well to the heat in South Florida.
Unlike many plastic products of this type, Suncast used a hinged door rather than simply stamping the hinge into the molded plastic. Again, this should add years of service to the unit.
Of course it’s nice to see a product actually manufactured in the US. Who knew we actually do this stuff anymore?
What I’m not thrilled about
When I buy a product meant to be mounted on a wall I expect the manufacturer to include the necessary mounting hardware or to tell me explicitly that it’s not included, (but this is what I’m going to need). What are we talking about; a half dozen screws and wall anchors? C’mon!
The Suncast HHC150 Garden Hose Hanger with Storage Cabinet has 6 key-hole slotted attachment points on the portion that will make contact with the house. Suncast recommends the use of at least 4 screws to mount. Most homeowners will want to use #10x2” wood screws with matching plastic wall anchors. A power drill/driver will make this an easy installation. Since the attachment points are key-hole slotted, the unit is easily leveled even if the holes are not perfectly drilled.
In my case, since my home, like most South Florida homes is built with concrete block construction I used Spax Masonry Construction Screws that require a 5/32” pilot hole be drilled in the concrete block but then require no additional wall anchor or shield. Being an active DIYer I have a large supply on hand at all times. Most consumers would have to make an additional purchase of the screws and the masonry drill bit.
Aside from the absence of mounting hardware, at about $15, the Suncast HHC150 Garden Hose Hanger with Storage Cabinet is an attractive and practical replacement for a basic garden hose caddy. I recommend it.
But I still have to do something about that upwards, “poundage creep”.