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Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Review: Does it Work?

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Review: Does it Work?
3 (60.51%) 78 votes

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet is a pliable and durable garden hose made of seamless biaxial braid fabric. Here is my initial Pocket Hose Brass Bullet review.

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About Pocket Hose Brass Bullet

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet is a compact garden hose that has an outer sleeve constructed of seamless biaxial braid fabric. The product website is brassbullethose.com, which was first registered in October 2016. The screen shot below shows how the product website looked in April 2017.

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Claims & Features

  • Water lawns & gardens
  • Outer sleeve of durable & seamless biaxial braid fabric
  • Lightweight & compact
  • Will not kink or tangle
  • Sold brass leak-proof connector

Cost

Main Offers

  • 25 ft. – $19.99 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $27.89
  • 50 ft. – $29.99 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $37.98
  • 75 ft. – $39.99 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $47.98
  • 100 ft. – $49.99 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $57.98
  • Each Pocket Hose Brass Bullet comes with a Turbo Jet Nozzle.

Doubles Offers

  • (2) 25 ft. – $29.98 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $37.97
  • (2) 50 ft. – $44.98 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $52.97
  • (2) 75 ft. – $59.98 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $67.97
  • (2) 100 ft. – $74.98 + $7.99 shipping for a total of $82.97
  • Each Pocket Hose Brass Bullet comes with a Turbo Jet Nozzle.

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Review

As Seen on TV aficionados are quite familiar with the slew of retractable hoses that inundated the airwaves a few years ago. One of the first and most visible in this category was Pocket Hose. In 2017 we were introduced to the latest incarnation: Pocket Hose Brass Bullet.

If you purchased an As Seen on TV retractable hose a few years ago, you probably found yourself let down by the reality of the product versus the advertising. Consumers bought the first wave of these hoses in droves, only to find them bursting after a few uses.

The makers of Pocket Hose went back to the drawing board, not once, but several times with products such as Pocket Hose Ultra, Pocket Hose Dura Rib, Pocket Hose Dura Rib II, Pocket Hose Top Brass, and Pocket Hose Top Brass II. Each time a new Pocket Hose advertised, consumers were led to believe that this time they would get a hose that actually lived up to the advertising. And so far, it seems like consumers are still waiting.

There was, in fact, a class-action lawsuit against Telebrands in which the company was “alleged to have made false and misleading statements in connection with the marketing and sale of its ‘Pocket Hose’ line of expandable garden hoses.” That lawsuit was eventually settled.

With the history of the Pocket Hose so entrenched in consumer disdain and legal proceedings, it seems almost unfathomable that Telebrands would be so bold as to advertise yet another hose under the Pocket Hose name. But, alas, the Pocket Hose Brass Bullet was, in fact, advertised in Spring 2017 and again in 2018.

The new version is said to have an upgraded inner liner and a 3/4 inch diameter, which will improve water flow and durability. The rest of the features seem to be carried over from previous Pocket Hose incarnations.

In my initial tests, Pocket Hose Brass Bullet performed quite well. It didn’t leak, the stream was strong, it didn’t kink, and it retracted perfectly. Of course, I’m all too aware that the past Pocket Hoses have all performed well initially before bursting at the seams, so I’m keeping my enthusiasm at bay until I can see how this lasts over time.

Perhaps Pocket Hose Brass Bullet is Telebrands’ last attempt to right a ship that went awry long ago. Or maybe the company has actually developed a retractable hose that actually works. Or maybe they are just too savvy with their marketing to care about past failures.

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In any event, it seems that Pocket Hose Brass Bullet arrived late to a party that has already ended. 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the metal garden hose, and all of the major players are already on that bandwagon. I’m not sure consumers are willing to gamble again on yet another Pocket Hose, when the new breed of metal garden hoses is getting good reviews. For more, see my blog post, 2017 “As Seen on TV” Hose Roundup.

Update: After a viewer on my YouTube channel suggested leaving it out in the sun in the heat, I decided to give Pocket Hose Brass Bullet another challenge. I placed it outside in the direct sunlight when it was about 108 degrees, and went inside. One hour later, I went out to check on it, and the hose had burst, with water spewing out of the opening. You can see that challenge in the embedded video below. I’ve also posted a screenshot of that video at the bottom of the following series of photos. Is that a fair test? Perhaps not, but it does answer the question whether or not this hose can be left outside.

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When I ran over Brass Bullet, the stream faded to a trickle.

pocket hose brass bullet review

The Brass Bullet connectors.

pocket hose brass bullet review

I found the Brass Bullet didn’t kink, as advertised.

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The Brass Bullet stream.

pocket hose brass bullet review

Pocket Hose Brass Bullet didn’t last an hour in the Vegas heat and direct sunlight.

Alternatives

You can choose from numerous retractable garden hoses in stores and online. This model by Golden Spearhead has a higher rating than any of the As Seen on TV versions that I saw. As I mentioned earlier, you may want to look into the new breed of metal garden hoses, which in my opinion far outperform retractable hoses. You can see my reviews of Brass Bullet and Metal Garden Hose below, along with a Brass Bullet update where I was able to push its limits too far.

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Your Pocket Hose Brass Bullet Reviews

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Updated April 2018