Retractable Hose Reel Review
Who would have thought a retractable hose reel would take me back in time to when I was a kid. You know, the good old days, when milk was delivered to the doorstep in glass jars by the ‘milko’. He would then collect the empty bottles to reuse. Remember when fruit and vegetables were bought at the local greengrocer? After weighing your selection it’s then placed in a brown paper bag which could be composted. What about when the TV or washing machine broke, a ‘repairman’ was your first point of call.
society went through a change as we looked for faster more disposable and cheaper options. This changed the way we lived.
It’s progress, right?
The more disposable life has become the more rubbish we have created. Even for the high priced items, when you look at the cost to repair something, it’s often a cheaper decision to just replace it instead. This has also been the case with retractable hoses however I have discovered one brand that has changed that.
Yes, it’s true.
Delrico Retractable Hose
A company that places great value on providing a product that can be completely disassembled if a part breaks, then reassembled and returned to the owner. Now that’s a massive tick because what this means, is that when you buy a Delrico retractable hose reel, your entire hose reel won’t end up in a landfill.
Let me share more about this superior retractable hose reel.
I caught up with Dave, joint owner and engineer at Delrico, to get a bit of background on the product.
In the early 90’s the team at DELRICO recognised a need for a retractable hose reel that met expected standards for quality parts, which was evidently lacking in the marketplace. When you consider the engineering background of the team members, it makes perfect sense that the mechanics of the system was the most important part. It’s obvious to me that this focus still remains today. So in 2003 they designed, manufactured and started selling their superior hose.
What’s their secret?
Best Retractable Hose Reel
Their secret lies in the fact that they design and manufacture every part to extremely high standard using brass fittings. They also ensure the longevity of your hose, by managing a team of qualified technicians, who not only deliver a high-quality product but if something was to go wrong they can replace the broken part and send it back to you. That’s either inside or outside of warranty.
Now that’s a big sustainability tick.
There are so many benefits to this retractable hose reel, so hold onto your hoses while we check them out !
DELRICO is the only company that offers a retractable hose reel housing (exterior cover) that can be Colorbond painted to match the exterior of your home (or any colour for that matter). All you need to do is supply them with the colour and they can match to your specification in their in-house spray and assembly area.
Colorbond won’t chalk up like other hose reel brands on the market, which makes sense when you think how widely it’s used.
Colorbond paint provides the added bonus of UV protection to the hose housing, which helps prevent the breakdown of the plastic. This provides you with a product which will easily outlast ANY other hose reel in Australia! Now that’s value considering our harsh Australian climate.
Heard of Mud Wasps nesting in hose casing?
It’s evident that customer feedback is of high value at DELRICO. When their customers talked about a common problem with retractable hose reels on the market, they listened.
Their customers complained about mud wasps nesting in the external screw holes on the unit. When the mud wasps decide to take up residence, their nests leach an orangy-brown stain down your unit. I know this first hand because it’s happened to my friend and it looks terrible.
So, when the hose casing is spray painted, DELRICO also plugs up the small holes so the wasps have to find another home to build their nests.
Protecting little fingers
When you take two engineers and talk family values, safety also becomes part of their product design.
DELRICO has also developed a patented SRS (Slow Return System). It’s designed so if the hose is accidentally let go, it will retract at a much slower and safer pace than other products on the market.
So if you have a budding fireman or woman at play in your garden, the DELRICO retractable hose reel has been designed so they don’t catch their little fingers. I suppose it comes down to knowing your kids can play safely with the hose. That’s the kind of reassurance I expect for my family.
DELRICO get’s a 10/10 from me for the following reasons:
- Sustainability focus – replace parts not throw out the unit
- High-quality brass fittings – longevity
- Colorbond match – protection, durability and style
- Have solved the mud wasp nesting issue in the hose casing
- Safe for my kids to play with
(Delrico Retractable Hose Reel has been reviewed by Sonia – NSW mother of 2 children under 10)