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The Aquor Hose Adapter can be affixed to typical gardening appliances like sprinklers and nozzles
The Aquor Hose Adapter can be affixed to typical gardening appliances like sprinklers and nozzles
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The company claims its gear to be leak-proof so there's no need to drain the hose before storage
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The company claims its gear to be leak-proof so there's no need to drain the hose before storage
Rather than screwing pieces together, the ends are simply pushed into one another and locked into place with a gentle twist
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Rather than screwing pieces together, the ends are simply pushed into one another and locked into place with a gentle twist
The Aquor Hose Adapter can be affixed to typical gardening appliances like sprinklers and nozzles
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The Aquor Hose Adapter can be affixed to typical gardening appliances like sprinklers and nozzles
Aquor has also developed a replacement for outside faucets called the House Hydrant
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Aquor has also developed a replacement for outside faucets called the House Hydrant
Made from stainless steel, the House Hydrant will require professional installation, but promises the quick connection offered by the hose adapter with the same O-ring design
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Made from stainless steel, the House Hydrant will require professional installation, but promises the quick connection offered by the hose adapter with the same O-ring design
Made from stainless steel, the House Hydrant will require professional installation, but promises the quick connection offered by the hose adapter with the same O-ring design
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Made from stainless steel, the House Hydrant will require professional installation, but promises the quick connection offered by the hose adapter with the same O-ring design
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Not much has changed in the way we plug in hoses over the years, with the male/female thread connectors for the most part keeping our gardening gear locked and loaded. But Seattle-based startup Aquor believes there is room for improvement, developing a plug-and-play adapter that connects hoses and accessories with a simple push and twist in less than a second.

Aquor is doing away with the fiddly threaded hose mounts in favor of a a double O-ring design for its connectors. These can be affixed to typical gardening appliances like sprinklers and nozzles on one end, and plugged into the garden hose at the other. Rather than screwing the pieces together, the ends are simply pushed into one another and locked into place with a gentle twist.

In addition to promising a quick, painless way to hook up your hose, there are a couple of other features that might come in handy. The hose adapter has a valve that remains closed unless the connector is locked in place, meaning the water stops when you unplug so there's no need to run back and forth to turn the tap. The company also claims its gear is leak-proof, so there's no need to drain the hose before storage.

Aquor has also developed a replacement for outside faucets called the House Hydrant. Made from stainless steel, this new take on the tap will require professional installation, but promises the quick connection offered by the hose adapter with the same O-ring design, and the valve remains closed until the connector is plugged in so the water turns on and off automatically.

The Hose Adapter Kit is priced at US$25 with extra connectors costing another $11, while the House Hydrant Kit will set you back $50.

Source: Aquor Water Systems

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8 comments
xock
And how is this better than Gardena's type connectors now standard at least in Europe? with the same valve, converters for every type of hose etc... ahh Gardena's type are usually made of plastic but wait... there are also some made of METAL and you can shop for them anywhere and they are cheap.
Dirk Scott
Here in the UK you can buy excellent push fit water hose connectors for $1.60 (£1) for a set including several connectors, spray nozzle etc. Brass ones are about $3.20. They do everything Aquor claims: push fit, hot swap, extension hose... US companies really need to check Europe and Asia before wasting time and money reinventing (and marketing) the wheel.
Vince Pack
I've had push-lock brass connectors on my hoses and ancillaries for years. They're available at Home Depot. They seal well with rubber o-rings and you can opt for a valved version that allows "hot swapping". I'm not a huge fan of that one as it has the effect of slightly reducing water volume and we have comparably low pressure to begin with.

That said, there's nothing wrong with competition in the market. This looks like a well designed system, but I don't think we'll be seeing new homes being built exclusively with the proprietary connectors any time in the near future (or ever?).

All you EU folk - don't assume that just because you read about a new product that we don't already have something in the US. Don't worry, we're adequately hosed here ;-)
Bruce H. Anderson
I had a few quick hose connects years ago, they were grey and orange (plastic) but I can't recall who made them. I prefer more commercial hoses with threaded HD brass fittings. Easy on, easy off, last forever.
Martin Hone
Same here in Oz. Plenty of quick, simple push-on hose connectors that don't require a twist. Most are plastic, but cheap to buy. I have a brass version that won't allow flow until connected. So nothing new here.....
jakey1234
As already stated, nothing clever or new here. I have been using the excellent locally produced (Australian) Hozelink system for some years
David_K
I bought one of these back when they had a Kickstarter campaign.
It's WAY better than anything I've used from Home Depot so far, and I've tried them all....Gardena, brass, etc. Considering I go through at least one set of Gardena connectors every season (they all leak or break eventually), I have no regrets paying twice as much for something that will last much longer. The Aquor stuff seems a lot more solid and well built.
Might not be a new concept, but these guys have definitely executed it better.
HobbledGrubs
I wonder how this handles freezing conditions considering it doesn't leak water. Maybe it has to be stored above 0deg C.