What Are the Different Types of Washing Machine Hoses?

Troy Holmes

Washing machines have evolved over the last few decades to save energy and reduce water consumption. Washing machine hoses have also improved to give the consumer more options. The types of hoses available today include standard rubber hoses, hard plastic, PVC, and high-quality braided stainless steel hoses.

A washing machine.
A washing machine.

It is important to ensure a replacement hose has enough room to easily make tight turns and corners. A corner can cause hose pinching, which will reduce water flow and cause the hose to burst prematurely. Rubber hoses are more susceptible to this problem because they bend poorly.

A washing machine.
A washing machine.

A faulty washing machine hose can cause serious damage to the interior of a home. Most hose failures happen on the inlet connection line, which supplies the hot and cold water from a building. If these lines break, water will flow across the floor until the water-control valve is turned off.

Stainless steel washing machine hoses are the most durable hoses available. These hoses are made from braided stainless steel meshing, which makes them strong and durable. Even though these hoses are much stronger than other types, they can also crimp on tight corners, which can cause premature water burst.

PVC washing machine hoses are rubber hoses that are reinforced with internal PVC pipe. These hoses can handle more water pressure than other types and typically last longer than a standard rubber hoses. PVC hoses come in many sizes and feature multiple fitted ends to match most washing machines.

Replacing washing machine hoses is a simple task. After the water valve is turned off, the existing hose can be removed and replaced with a new line. It is important to verify the length of the replaced line to ensure it matches the existing hose. The hose simply connects to the appropriate output water valve of the building and the input of the washing machine

Most manufacturers recommend washing machine hose replacement every few years. Heavy-duty hoses will also require periodic inspection to check for wear. Over time, hoses will become damaged, making them hard and rotten. This will lead to leaks and complete hose failure if not properly monitored.

Many older washing machines use standard rubber hoses. These are hoses that are made of hard rubber, which are available in either black or red. Washing machine hoses that are made from rubber are the least expensive version but typically will decay faster.

Washing machine hoses are inexpensive and should be replaced periodically. Corroded water and old age can cause even the strongest hoses to burst over time. Washing machine hose replacement is recommended by most manufactures because damage caused by faulty hoses can cost thousands of dollars.

PVC pipes can be used in washing machine hoses.
PVC pipes can be used in washing machine hoses.

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@ocelot60- Though PVC washing machine hoses are very reliable, you may want to consider hoses that are made from other types of materials if you use hot water with each wash.

It has been my experience that over time, plastic and rubber washing machine hoses will deteriorate from frequent hot water usage. Better options are hoses that are made out of hard plastic or stainless steel, because these materials hold up better under the pressure and temperature of hot water. Though they may be more costly, they are worth it since you would most likely be replacing other types of washing machine hoses more frequently than those made of hard plastic or stainless steel.


Will a PVC washing machine hose be able to handle high water temperatures? I need to replace the hoses on my washing machine, and I use a lot of very hot water on a frequent basis. I am concerned that PVC hoses will quickly wear out from the high water temperatures, but I don't know much about other types of washing machine hoses.

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