A good garden hose is indispensable for homeowners and gardeners alike. You need one for watering your lawn and washing your car (and sprinkling the kids), and you need one to irrigate your eggplant and begonias. Specialized hoses can soak or mist as needed, saving water. A high-quality garden hose can be easy to use and last a long time and helps avoid the frustrations of kink-prone hoses that refuse to straighten out and stay where you want them. Here are three factors to consider when purchasing your next garden hose.