Greensboro, NC -- Cleaning out the animal cages at Greensboro Science Center is hard enough without those big, bulky water hoses.
"I hate hoses," worker Jessica Hall said. "Somebody asked me my top five things I hated in the zoo field and hoses was in my top five."
To help, Hall's trying out The Pocket Hose - a flexible tube crammed into tiny packaging boasting the "hose that grows" to 25 feet - expanding with water pressure.
We carefully read the instructions and then followed them to the letter; turning on the water with the spray end switched closed the accordion design creeps like a caterpillar stretching out. But Hall soon learned using the pocket hose means you have to go with the flow - literally.
"As soon as I open it and I start actually using the water, it wants to pull me back because it's losing all of it," Hall said. "That constantly having to fight it back and forth would drive me insane trying to use this. Even in like a home back yard. Also I would wonder about durability - you can see it's gotten really dirty right away. I don't know what kind of fabric this is. If you're running it over rocks is it going to fray pretty quickly?"
The company behind The Pocket Hose says the problems our tester faced are uncommon and we might have just been unlucky enough to get a bad product off the shelves. So 2 Wants to Know went out and bought a second pocket hose to test.
Again it stretches out easily, but now for the real test - will it stay that way? The hose did jerk back a little bit when turning on the water, although it is not doing it nearly as much as the first hose, and all the other concerns are gone.
A spokesperson for Telebrands e-mailed:
"We offer our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which is clearly outlined on our website at www.telebrands.com. If consumers are dissatisfied with their Pocket Hose for any reason, they can simply return the product within 30 days."