Buying the best pressure washer hose might seem like a no-brainer for you, but trust me, there is quite something to it.
You must have done your research when buying your pressure washer. Now you might be looking to replace your pressure washer hose after the default one has broken, or you just want a better hose.
In either case, you need some research to pick the best model so that you can fully utilize the potential of your pressure washer, and I’m glad that you’re willing to do that.
Let me make choosing the best pressure washer hose attachment for you easier than ever.
Best Pressure Washer Hose Buying Guide – What Really Matters?
A hose looks like a quite straightforward piece of equipment and that to some extent is true. However, not so much that there’s no determinator of a good or bad hose.
Here’s how you judge a pressure washer hose –
There are mainly four things that you need to consider to choose your perfect replacement hose:
This is mainly related to your purpose of using the hose. What are you going to use the hose for?
Are you washing around the whole house or just in your driveway or? Is the pressure washer you’re using is electrically-powered so it needs to stay close to the outlet? Are you going to clean a second story with it?
Answer these riddles to find out how much length is that you need. This decision will determine whether you’d be simply walking freely to your work spot or carting your setup around the job site.
Hoses come in three widths: 1/4”, 5/16”, and 3/8”.
The most common hose that you’ll find has a diameter of ¼”. These are considered to be small hoses and they’re more of a consumer-grade hose. These hoses can be used with electric and gas pressure washer that has a maximum PSI of 3200.
Then there are mid-sized hoses of 5/16″ which are least common among the bunch. They’re prosumer-grade hoses that are made for pressure between 2700-3600 psi.
⅜” hoses are considered to be the large hoses & they’re made for professional and prosumer-grade pressure washers. They can withstand some serious water pressure of up to 10,000 psi.
You need to choose your hoses’ diameter considering how much pressure you need to withstand. Try to buy a hose that can withstand at least 300-400 psi more than the maximum pressure output capability of your pressure washer.
Material is a crucial aspect to consider while choosing your high-pressure hose. This will determine how flexible you’d like your hose to be.
Usually, these hoses are made of 3 types of materials – PVC plastic, Rubber, and Polyurethane. Each has its advantages and drawbacks.
Let’s go through them so you can decide which are the advantages that you really need and which drawbacks you can live with –
PVC: This is the most common material for hoses. Their main advantage is that they’re cheap compared to hoses made of other materials. They do the job but they’re not very flexible, which is a major drawback of them.
You’ll have to fight your hose to some extent to keep it in the right shape so that water flow doesn’t block out.
Rubber: Rubber hoses are way much flexible and that comes at the cost of more weight and some extra bucks. But the cost is worth it as they don’t kink or curl often. They’re more durable and capable of taking extra water pressure. However, they seem to leave black marks on the surface as you slime them across the concrete.
Polyurethane: Polyurethane hoses are meant to be the sweet point between these two options. These are steel-braided hoses that are covered with a clear and flexible plastic casing. They offer the flexibility we want to a good extent, and also usually doesn’t cost as much as pure rubber hoses. They’re a smart option.
Now you decide if you’d get one cheap, or you must have the flexibility and so forth things to decide which material-made hose might be the better option for your scenarios.
Will you twist or snap your hose connections together?
You have two connection points for every hose: One that connects to the spray gun and the other that connects to the pump.
And you have two ways to connect a hose to the pump: you can either snap them together or twist them, depending on what type of connecting mechanism is going on there.
Now, there are many types of connecting mechanisms that you’ll find. Find out what type your spray gun has. Most of them have a threaded male connector, and a few have female connections, while the rest of them have quick-connect plugs.
Say your gun has a male connector sticking out, then buy a hose with two M22 female connector plugs. If it has a quick-connect plug, you need to buy one with a female snap coupler.
Pressure Washer Hose Reviews – The Top 10 Models to Consider
Starting up the list of best pressure washer hoses is the genuine Briggs & Stratton 25 feet ¼ inch high-pressure hose. Though the manufacturer says it’s ¼, it’s wider inside which is a good thing for the consumers as it’ll be able to withstand more water pressure than stated.
However, the connectors are on point and exactly as specified. It has standard M22 connectors that fit snugly with most consumer-grade pressure washers. The top-notch quality connectors are one of the best selling points of this hose.
It connects easily and does not leak anything. However, you want to lubricate your connectors often to keep it easy to attach and remove them. Also, disconnect both the ends of the hose after the usage so it stays as functional as new.
The material is not specified but I assume it’s PVC by the lack of flexibility in it. This is not the most flexible hose you’ll find out. It’s on the par side and little more flexibility was expected from a Briggs & Stratton hose.
It has a black outer coating which is also not as good as the original hose that comes initially. It seems to peel off if it comes in touch with the hot engine. Be sure to route it the proper way to prevent this from happening.
-Genuine Briggs & Stratton hose.
-Stands of up additional pressure.
-Not really flexible.
-Average build quality.
This is more of an extension hose for Sun Joe SPX series pressure washers. They usually come with a hose of 20 feet by default which is a little short for many and they look to find the perfect extension hose for that.
This probably is the best option for them, while I recommend any other pressure washer owners to skip this model and find universal hoses.
So, it’s a 25-inch long extension hose for the SPX series washers. If you’re happy with the quality by the hose that comes with it, you’ll be delighted that this hose has the same quality as that.
It’s a highly flexible hose that does not kink at all. This heavy-duty hose is weather and abrasion-resistant and it’s rated up to 2900 psi. You probably already know how good SPX series default hoses are, and this model’s exactly on that level as per quality.
It has an internal diameter of .41 inches. The connectors are standard M-22 ones and it fits snugly with the default hose.
The compatible models are as follows –
SPX1000; SPX2000; SPX2500; SPX3000; SPX3001; SPX4000; SPX4001; SPX6000C; SPX6000C-XR.
Note that it does not fit model SPX1500 or model SPX1501.
-Very flexible hose.
-Firm connection, no leakage.
-Good build quality, long-lasting.
-The connector is a little longer than usual.
When you need a longer hose to reach even further places, the YAMATIC 50 ft hose could be the perfect solution for you. It’s a 50 ft long ¼” hose that’s rated for 3200 psi.
It’s made of high-quality premium PVC material yet it does quite a great job resisting the kinks. It holds up well to tortures and abuses. It comfortably withstands 3200 psi. You could say it’s built pretty well.
When you’re using it for the first time, you want to lay it flat to full length and then you will move it and store it easily.
It has American Standard M22-14mm connectors that fit most pressure washers. Most of the high-performance brands like Honda, Briggs & Stratton, Generac, Ryobi, etc. fit perfectly with this hose. Note that you’ll need extra fitting adaptors for Sun Joe and AR blue electric pressure washers.
The connectors are made out of full brass for snug connection and it does not leak at all, and last long as well, thanks to brass.
It also features heavy-duty bend restrictors on both ends, where the most pressure is applied when you move around with the hose. That’s one of the most vulnerable areas of a hose but not this model, thanks to the bend resistors on both the ends.
However, you want to keep this hose, or any hose for that matter away from the engine muffler.
-Brass connectors for snug connection.
-Bend-resistors for long life.
-Not much flexible
Want an as-good-as-original Karcher hose spending a little? This Karcher hose might be the one for you.
So it’s a 25 feet long thermoplastic hose that’s rated for 3600 psi. 3600 psi is a great number for a hose that costs this little. Karcher has manufactured this hose to be as good as the ones they provide by default with their pressure washers.
As the name suggests, it’s made out of plastic with a black coating over it. Since it’s PVC, it won’t be the most kink-resistant hose. Although it’s not the most kink-prone hose either, you want to handle it carefully to prevent kinks. As per flexibility, it’s on the par side.
And the black coating will melt if it comes in touch with really hot objects. So make sure you keep it away from the engine.
It has standard M22 female threaded fittings that fit most power washer brands. The great thing is that they provide adapters for compatibility with both quick connect and M22 threaded connections. At this price, it’s quite overwhelming that they provide these into the package.
For Karcher specifically, it fits all their gas models up to 3600 PSI and electric models K1700-K2000. However, it does not fit Karcher electric models K2/K3/K4/K5.
-Good as the original.
-Withstands 3600 psi.
-Comes with adaptors.
-Not the most long-lasting more.
We have not come across any rubber hose till now, have we? Well, not anymore. Say hello to the Black Synthetic Rubber made hose from Annovi Reverberi aka AR. This is a better hose than the original AR hose that comes with the washer.
It’s a 25-feet long hose with an internal diameter of ¼”. This hose is rated for 3000 psi which is the accurate claim for real-life usage.
Unlike most of the hoses we discussed so far, this hose is built out of synthetic rubber. As we all know how great rubber hoses are in terms of flexibility, it’s true for this hose too as we expected. I could confidently say that it offers better flexibility than the Original AR hose and that shows how good this is.
It’s probably the most kink-resistant hose we discussed so far. Due to the rubber build, it also tends to last longer than average PVC hoses. And it’s oil-resistant as well.
It features standard M22 brass connectors so the snug connection is not something to worry about. It fits most of the gas and electric pressure washers out there.
As it’s made out of rubber, you’d expect it to be pricier than average PVC hoses and it is. Though I believe it’s highly worth the extra money for investing in such a great attachment tool.
-Pricier than PVC hoses.
Most of the hoses we discussed so far had one thing in common, that they were all extension hoses, not the replacement for the original hose that came with the pressure washer.
Now, what if you buy a great pressure washer that comes with a trash hose? Well, that’s when this extra-long hose will be saving your life. You can use this hose as a replacement for the original one or also as an extension to that.
This universal replacement hose from Twinkle Star is a 50 feet long hose with a diameter of ¼” and a maximum pressure rating of 3000 psi.
It’s quite longer than most stock hoses that come with the pressure washer so replacing that with this will give you the freedom of reaching far areas. This will remove your hassle as you won’t have to move around the job site with the whole setup, and will also speed up your power washing job.
Regarding kink, it’s on the average side. It’s not much prone to kink but that’ll happen occasionally. But not that frequently that I’ll have to complain about.
The connectors are brass-made M22 Thread Female Fitting. The fittings are perfectly sized and they fit nice and snug with most standard pressure washers and don’t leak.
-Affordably priced for a 50-feet hose.
Do you want flexibility? I’ll give you flexibility – says the UBERFLEX kink-resistant hose by ProPulse. If you’re into flexibility and you’re so irritated by kinks, let me present to you one of the most flexible and kink-resistant hoses in the industry – UBERFLEX.
So this is a 25 feet ¼ inch hose that’s rated for 3100 psi. This hose is so lightweight that when you take it in hands, you may think that how could such a lightweight hose withstand that amount of pressure?
Here, let me assure you, it may fool by its weight, but it does live up to the pressure. I’ll give credit to ProPulse for making such a heavy-duty hose so light.
However, for me, the most attractive feature of this hose is its amazing flexibility. This hose is surprisingly flexible. You could already say that it has rubber in it. It’s made of proprietary water and chemical resistant rubberized thermoplastic blend – as they officially say.
This hose possesses the smallest bend radius in its class, and that further proves its amazing flexibility.
Now, we know what that much flexibility means, right? That means it’ll hardly kink on you, even if it’s put into that sort of kink-friendly conditions. And when it does, it’ll come out of that fast and automatically.
The outer side of this is made of abrasion-resistant polyurethane and it reinforces ProPulse’s exclusive low tack, low friction finish, as they say. For real-life use, I can say that the textured cover upgrade reduces tack and snag tendencies.
The outer cover is way more abrasion resistant than traditional PVC covered hoses.
The connectors on this are also doing a great job here. It’s compatible with almost all pressure washers within its pressure capacity limit that can take standard 22mm-14 female twist connects.
However, you want to ensure that you don’t use this hose for hot water or steam, as it won’t hold up great.
-Most flexible hose.
-Abrasion-resistant outer cover.
-Fits most pressure washers.
-Comparatively pricey for a 25 feet hose.
SIMPSON Cleaning Monster 41030 Replacement/Extension Hose
Who wants a professional-grade monster of a hose? Here’s the Simpson Cleaning Monster 41030 that well justifies its name.
So, it’s a hundred feet long hose that gives you the freedom to reach any corner of the job site without having to move your pressure washer and the whole setup.
The reason I mentioned it as a professional-grade hose is that it has an internal diameter of ⅜”. If you remember from the buying guide, only professional hoses tend to have this diameter.
This means the hose is supposed to withstand great water pressure and it does so. It’s rated for a whopping 4500 psi. So no matter how powerful a pressure washer you have, that won’t scare this piece of hose.
Speaking of the buying guide, I told you that Polyurethane was a great sweet point for hose making material and it’s a choice of many nowadays, but we haven’t really seen any hose made of that yet, have we?
Well, say no more. Here’s the Simpson Monster made of dual-braided construction of steel over polyester for high strength and durability, while jacketed with translucent polyurethane that ensures this hose is non-marring and abrasion-resistant.
Polyurethane made means this hose is quite flexible as well so it does a good job resisting kinks which we all hate. It’s rated for a maximum temperature of 140 degrees.
You can use this hose either as a replacement or an extension. They are equipped with 3/8” Male quick connect plug x 3/8” Female quick connect socket so you can set up quickly and easily. They’ve 4” bend resistors on each of the ends to protect the most vulnerable part of a hose as well.
-Great maximum water pressure.
-Polyurethane made, durable, and flexible.
-Abrasion and kink resistance.
Briggs and Stratton bring you another replacement pressure washer hose here. This time it’s a 30 feet long ¼ inch hose that’s rated for 3000 psi and is recommended to use with cold water.
Most of the similar hoses tend to be of 25 feet. I like the extra 5 feet on this hose and oftentimes you fall short by a little and wish your hose had a little bit of extra length. Well, this hose has that.
It has standard female M22 fittings and B&S says it’ll fit most of the pressure washers out there, as far as it’s within the maximum psi limit of this hose.
However, it still keeps some sort of doubt in a buyer’s mind who uses an uncommon pressure washer, that if it’ll fit his/her machine.
Now, it’s really great of B & S that they’ve put a compatibility checking box on their Amazon’s sale page where you can enter your pressure washer model and be confirmed if this hose will fit your washer or not. It’s a nice touch to clear doubt in the shopper’s mind.
It features dual O-ring and sealing systems ensuring that it’ll remain secure on the connections of both ends and there’ll be no leakage.
It’s on the par side when it comes to flexibility and dealing with kinks. But my complaint is regarding the outer black coating. It’s not of great quality and tends to fall off with very little abuse. If you get this home, you need to use it with great care to protect the out coating from getting damaged, which, to be honest, is an extra hassle.
-Good with kink-resistance-
-The outer coating is bad in quality.
To wrap up the list of best pressure washer hoses, we have a colorful one here. Say hi to the Generac 6621 pressure washer hose.
It’s a 30 feet long ¼ inch hose that’s rated for 3100 psi. Again, that extra 5 or 10 feet compared to the original hose length does make a difference on many occasions.
Since it’s a ¼ hose it might seem okay for it to be rated for 3100 psi.
But I don’t really recommend putting it under that sort of pressure, since a few customers complained that it doesn’t hold up well under that sort of pressure and seems to ballonet in places.
I’d mark that as a drawback of this hose that it doesn’t live up to the claim. But if you’ve to put it under 2500-2700 psi, you could ignore this issue.
Otherwise, it’s made from nylon-inforced PVC blend material which makes it durable for long use and also flexible.
I didn’t expect such flexibility from a hose that has ‘PVC’ in its build but seems like there’s some sort of chemistry going on to make flexible stuff out of PVC and other materials’ fusion.
And as it has a touch of PVC, it’s non-marring and also lightweight.
For connectors, it has standard female M22 connectors with bend resistors each side to protect them from wear and tear. It’s supposed to fit most standard consumer-grade pressure washers.
And as it’s not black, it stands out which is a small thing I liked about this hose.
-Flexible and kink-resistant.
-Non-marring and lightweight.
-Orange color stands out.
-Can’t take 3100 psi as manufacturers claim.
There you have your pressure washer hose reviews. Let’s go through a few more things that’ll teach you how to get the best performance out of your pressure washer hose.
How to Connect the Hoses to the Pressure Washer?
Connecting the hose to your pressure washer might is not a really big deal, but still, you want to do it right so there’s no leakage or nothing at all. Here’s how you do that –
Check the hose: Firstly, check if the hose is laying nice and flat on the surface or not? Is there any tension or kinks anywhere? You want to get rid of that before filling it with water.
Check the water supply: Is your water supply turned off? Before you connect your hose to your pressure washer, you want to keep the water supply turned off.
Connect the water supply hose: Now you want to connect the hose to the pressure washer hose end (or directly to the pressure washer outlet, if it’s working as a replacement hose). If you’ve bought the hose with the right connectors to connect to your default pressure washer hose, this should be a no brainer job.
Some hose needs to be twisted whereas some need a snap to connect, so understand which needs what. You might need to get adapters if the hose is not a direct fit for the washer hose.
Connect the wand hose: All the words above apply exactly as it is in here as well. After you’ve connected the hoses’ one end to the pressure washer hose, you want to connect the other end to the spray guns’ hose (or directly to the spray gun, if it’s working as a replacement hose) in the same process.
Turn the power washer on: You’re all set. Turn the power washer one, see if there’s any leakage. If you’ve done the above things right, there shouldn’t be any. Start power washing.
Common Reasons for Hose Failure
There are a few common reasons that cause hoses to fail. You want to be aware of those and make sure this doesn’t happen to you –
You should not rush the process of connecting the hose to both ends properly, because the improper coupling is one of the main reasons behind the failure of pressure washer hoses.
If you keep it ill-fitted yet start spraying, the pressure of the water might fly the hose or the spray gun off. It could heart people, cause water damage, and not healthy for a hose.
Not all the hoses resist kink too well or at least get itself out of the kink situation by itself. If it stays kinked for a long time, it could permanently damage the kinked area.
If you have an ultra-flexible rubber hose, you might not have to worry. But if it’s not the case, you want to check for kinks after a while and fix it.
Pressure washer hoses have to go through quite some abuse, abrasion is a major one among them. When you drag them across concrete surfaces or asphalt, they get damaged.
And if one particular place is constantly the victim of such abrasion, it could permanently damage its outer surface and the reinforced wall inside might be harmed as well.
I prefer that you give a little effort not to ruthlessly drag a hose around especially if you’re working on hard and rough surfaces like concrete or asphalt. You could gently lift it off the surface a little and put it where it’s meant to be.
And after you’ve done washing that area, again gently move it to another area in the same process, instead of dragging it around.
Maintaining a pressure washer hose includes very little tasks but if you procrastinate on them even, you’re soon going to lose your hoses full performance.
For example, after you’re done washing, you should not leave the hose there, attached to the pressure washer and spray gun. Rather you need to take both ends off, coil it properly, and store it in a nice and dry place.
Otherwise, the connectors will lose their smoothness over time.
Another thing you need to do to keep the connectors smooth and functional is lubricating them after a while. It’s not a daunting task and probably won’t require even 5 minutes to complete but it goes a long way to keep the connectors as smooth as it was when new.
Also, you never want to keep your hose outside or store in such a place where it’s exposed to sunlight, especially if it’s a polyurethane hose. Sunlight makes the outer surface stiff and hard, will reduce your hoses’ flexibility for sure, and might even cause cracks on the outer surfaces.
These maintenance tasks are very insignificant and require nothing but will to do. If you can manage yourself to do these simple tasks, you might face hose failure very soon.
What is the difference between garden hoses vs. pressure washer hoses?
They both spray water might look similar, but they’re not and one shouldn’t be the replacement of the other. The most significant difference between them is the ability to withstand pressure.
Where a normal garden hose would be rated for 50 psi, a hose for a pressure washer would be rated for 20 times more than that. So, if you try to use a garden hose as an alternative to a pressure washer hose, you could already imagine how loud of a noise that blast is gonna make.
Since there’s a significant difference in pressure withstanding capabilities, you could tell by yourself that pressure washers’ hoses are going to cost much higher. And they also tend to save water. So, there you have your differences.
Does a large hose reduce water pressure?
Yes, to some extent, but not significant. Think about it: when the water has to travel more within the hose, it comes in contact with more inner surface areas of the hose, which applies more friction force on the water, so water has to keep fighting to move forward and lose a little bit of pressure in the process.
But if your hose is not significantly longer, you don’t have to worry about this.
Is it safe to use a pressure washer hose for high-temperature pressure washing?
No, unless it’s stated in the manual of the hose. Every hose specifies a maximum temperature rating and one should not exceed that.
Can I use any Power washer hose with my pressure washer?
They need to match together. And for that, they need to have the same connectors and also the maximum pressure rating needs to match.
Are pressure washer hoses universal?
No, not all of them. Some of them fit most of the pressure washers but they’re still not universal. You need to check compatibility before you get one home.
Can I use a longer hose on my pressure washer?
Yes, certainly you can if you have to reach farther places.
Expert Tip – Replace, Don’t Repair
Pressure washer hoses do not cost a fortune, so when a replacement is due, it should be done instead of somehow trying to repair the existing one for a few more days of use.
You understand that high-pressure hoses are engineered and built to withstand immensely powerful pressure of water over a long period. When the original integrity of its material is broken, no amount of duct tape or water sealant is going to fix that.
So if your hose simply isn’t holding up anymore, you need to replace the hose, and not attempt to repair it.
Wrapping Up “Best Pressure Washer Hose”
Now that we’ve gone as in-depth as we could, you can decide which pressure washer hose is going to be the perfect choice for you and how you can maintain it to get the maximum performance out of it.
I’m open to any further queries you might have. Shoot them in the comments below.
Good luck with cleaning.
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