Review of the Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel
As of this writing, the Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel had 707 customer reviews and 81 answered questions on Amazon. I've read through the comments and also the questions, and then condensed the results into this review. I hope that this helps you when shopping for a hose reel.
The Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel holds up to 150 feet of 5/8 inch hose or 100 feet of 3/4 inch hose, depending on the hose brand and style. Included is a 6 foot long rubber inlet hose with crush-proof brass fittings and mounting hardware. The hose is not included and assembly will be required.
Not the Most Attractive but Durable
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes, but I think most would agree, that this is not the most attractive nor fanciest looking hose reel out there. However, it is built to last. This really is one serious piece of hardware. Some of the decorative ones are hard to crank and bolts eventually come loose. Others built to be beautiful may also rust fairly quickly. The Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel is built for durability which is what the customers who loved this reel commented about most of all.
Here is the explanation of why one customer choose this reel over cheaper plastic ones, "I'm a quality nut, I'm willing to shell out more money on an item that is built well and will not need to be replaced. Hose reels really annoy me, the only ones you can buy at any brick and mortar store are plastic and they leak the minute you connect a hose to it. Searching through Amazon, I found the these Rapid Reel hose reels. 10 year no leak warranty, check. Incredible ratio of 5 star to 1 star reviews, Double check!"
Ease of Assembly
You will need to assemble this hose reel. So let's talk about how hard the assembly is. From what I've read, it really is not that hard to assemble. It comes with a combo allen wrench to assemble the unit, anchor bolts for attaching to a masonry wall, and screws with spacers for attaching to siding/studs. You'll need to have your own 5/16" masonry bit or a 1/8" drill bit, a 7/16" wrench to tighten the mounting bolts or screws, and a 3/8" wrench to adjust the brake. The majority of people commented that the directions were easy to follow and that it was fairly easy to put together.
It may seem like a heading "Doesn't Leak" should be a given when buying something that shouldn't leak, but when reading through some other hose reel reviews, I learned that many people replace their old hose reels every 3 or so because they wear out and leak. Leaking is not a complaint for the Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel.
A customer had this to say about this product not leaking, "Overall, we're incredibly satisfied with the purchase. Our previous purchases for wall mounted reels were plastic, and they inevitably leaked. This device is sturdy and doesn't leak at all. It's clear that it's very well built, and we expect it to last for many years to come."
Yes, the price is bit expensive but not when you compare it to many of the plastic ones, and then calculate in how often you may need to replace a cheaper plastic reel, this is actually a money saver. This is a heavy built unit that should save you money over the years.
Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Conclusion
The Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel is a quality hose reel. You will pay more than you will for plastic hose reels, but this one is made to last. It is not fancy nor attractive, though it depends on your definition of beauty. This is a simple to look at, yet very durable hose reel. You will have to put it together, but the directions are easy to follow and assembly is easy according to the majority of customers who bought this hose reel. In comparison to hose reels of less quality, this one does not leak. If you can swing a bit more cash and want a durable yet simple looking design in a hose reel, I would go with the Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel.
Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying an Eley Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel.
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