I read lots of reviews before buying this hose and therefore had low expectations. Maybe I am only thrilled with this sparkling white lead-free totally functional hose because the hose I was replacing was in the sorriest state imaginable. It's true the bar was set low, but still I was impressed with this hose because so far I have had none of the issues other reviewers had. Mine does not leak at the connection (and I thought it would, because this seems like a problem I would have) nor is it too firm to coil up (although I do live in an inferno-like city where temps routinely hover around 110 degrees). I wanted a white hose to lessen the likelihood of burns from the hose and hot water. I fill water dishes for my animals using the hose, so I liked the "drinkable" factor, although I am not sure how this differs from other hoses as surely they all must meet minimum lead levels. I have no complaints about this hose and only wish I had gotten a longer one!