I've always liked rubber hoses instead of plastic ones. They seem to be more flexible and better-behaved. That said, there really is nothing exceptional about THIS rubber hose except the Craftsman forever warranty (well, as long as Sears is in business)... and I'm keeping my fingers crossed, 'cause I've always loved Sears. Go ahead, leave it under pressure 24/7...let it bake in the sun, leave it out all winter, use it year after year after year. Leave it to your grandkids after you kick the bucket! Just don't run over it with the mower. Like any hose, for the first six months that you own it the first water that comes out will have "eau de tuyau" (hose funk), but it will eventually off-gas. Then it will be broken-in, and ready for the next hundred years of faithful service.
This is a frustrating piece of equipment. I find myself fighting to keep it from kinking in 50 different places, and anytime I touch the hose my hands end up black! I am planning to return this item.
They only hose I I ever buy they last forever. The black rubber heats up fast
This is a good quality hose that has held up very well. This thing will last years. No sense buying a bad quality hose. The fittings on this hose are sturdy and quality. The actual hose itself if very, very good.
They recently changed this hose its round now not a hexagon made thinner and feels like its not all rubber (maybe some kind of plastic). The new one feels lighter ie cheaper the brass ends are not as heavy duty anymore. One of the few things I went to sears for is now gone their hoses are like everyone else