Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel: Review

Review of the Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel

As of this review, the Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel had 499 customer comments and 91 answered questions on Amazon.  I've read through the comments and questions and then condensed the results into this report.  I hope that this helps you when picking out a garden hose reel.

Best Fea‚Äčtures

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    Automatically winds
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    ‚ÄčComes fully assembled
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    Battery holds a charge for a long time
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    Long lasting
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    Comes with leader hose

Item Specifics

The Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel can hold 100 feet of hose.  It has a foot pedal function for easy use.  A rechargeable battery and charger are both included.   The garden reel was designed to be tangle-free.   It comes fully assembled. The dimensions of this hose reel is 18 X 20 X 22 inches.

Battery Holds a Long Charge

The battery will hold a charge for a very long time.  Some customers charged it twice in a season, and some only charged it once a season.  Most commented that they charged it up in the Spring and that the charge lasted all season until it was put away in the Fall.  Many commented similar comments about the battery life: "I charged the battery as instructed and put it out in the garden. It's been working like a champ for nearly three months (still on the first charge!).  Most hose reels have disappointed us, but not this one. We're very pleased with it. We may buy another," a customer explained. 

You Will Need to Guide the Hose In

You won't be able to just start the winding and walk away when reeling in the hose. To keep it from twisting, customers commented that it will be important to guide it in.  One customer commented that, "you cannot go to sleep while the hose is winding up.  You need to try to keep it coming in as straight as possible and avoid kinks getting into the roll. Pulling out the hose was not an issue (though I know some have mentioned that as a problem)."

Long Lasting (May Need Cleaned If It Stops Working)

Most customers commented how the Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel lasted for many years.  One man gave valuable feedback and information about how to clean it if it stops working.  He said, "I bought the first one of these for my patio about 9 years ago and it worked so well I bought another one for the other side of the house that sits on the driveway. I have had to charge them about once a year and use them probably twice a week. The older one quit working after 9 years. I checked the micro-switches and cleaned the belt assembly. I then disassembled the DC motor mechanism and found that dirt had collected in it, binding it completely. After cleaning with WD40 and air, I re-assembled it and it's working like a champ. Hopefully, I'll get another couple of years out of it, but if not I would buy another in a heart-beat!"

Makes Keeping Your Backyard Organized Easy

People liked how this automatic hose reel made it easy to keep their backyards uncluttered.  When you have to physically reel in something each time, you may have a tendency to skip the chore.  But from what I've read this made it so much easier to do the reeling chore.  One of many customers commented on how fun it was to operate.  One said, " I was frustrated with my wife because she would water the flowers in the backyard and leave the hose in a big tangled mess.  No more. We fight for the fun of winding the hose now.  I never liked cranking my old one anyway - too much work. I would buy another one in a heart beat.  Addendum - bought a second one this year for the other side of my house.  Takes the pain out of watering."

best garden hose reel, Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel

Pros

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    Automatically reels hose in
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    Comes fully assembled
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    Long lasting

Cons

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    Will need to guide it in 

Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel Conclusion

The Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel makes reeling in the hose easy. Though it does reel it in automatically while saving you some of the physical work, you still will need to guide it in to keep it from twisting on you.  The battery is a great feature because it will hold a charge for a long time.  Many reported that the battery held a charge for the entire season. Of course it will depend on how many times you use it per week, but expect the battery to not need to be charge very often at all.  

It does appear to be a durable hose reel.  It should last for many years.  If at some point it stops working, you may just need to clean it out.  If you are tired of hand cranking your hose in, then you might enjoy the Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel.  Some people even considered it fun to use.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a Suncast Powerwind Automatic Rewind Garden Hose Reel.

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    Is the hook-up for the hose in the back of the container or on the left side?  The hook-up for the filler hose from the faucet is on the left side. The pedal to activate the winder is on the right side as is the manual windup handle.
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    Is it safe to leave the battery in sun/rain/winter or do I need to remove the battery each time I use the hose reel?   Not over winter. Remove in fall and bring it into an area that does not freeze.
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    Is this unit free standing or is it anchored somehow to the ground or the house? There are spikes that hold the back down and to keep the unit from moving.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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