All About The Types Of Hoses

Hoses are a type of tube that is used to transfer liquids, powders and other materials. They are usually made from rubber or plastic tubing and come in various sizes for different applications. When working with a hose, it's important to know the difference between these types so you don't accidentally break your hose when trying to bend it!

Rubber Hose

This is a type of hose that works well for transferring liquids, powders and other materials with low pressure. Rubber hoses are also flexible and easy to bend. The drawback to rubber hoses is that they are typically more susceptible to wear than other types of hoses like PVC. They are not ideal for transferring liquids with high pressure or for chemicals that will damage rubber.

Rubber hose is often given a rating to indicate its resistance to tearing from pressure. The higher the number, the stronger it is and the less likely it will tear or spring leaks. Rubber hoses are typically rated between 190-210 PSI (pounds per square inch).

PVC Hose

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a thermoplastic used to make hoses for transferring liquids and gases. PVC hoses have their own advantages and disadvantages. They are not as flexible, but they are stronger than rubber hoses, making them more resistant to wear.

The PSI rating of PVC hose provides an indication of how strong it is. The ratings are roughly 40 points lower than the PSI ratings of rubber hoses. PVC hose also comes in various sizes and resistance levels to suit different applications such as performance, domestic and industrial use.

Metal Hose

When working with a hose, you usually want the fluid flowing through it to have a consistent pressure. This is where metal hoses come into play. Metal hoses can handle more pressure than other types of hoses and don't break as easily when they are under pressure.

Metal hoses usually come with an inner lining of other materials such as rubber or plastic, which protects the metal while allowing for flexibility. When choosing a metal hose, remember that some metals react to certain chemicals in liquids like acids and can corrode, so it's important to know what material your hose is made of.

Metal hoses are often marked with a number that tells you how thick they are. The lower the number, the thinner the hose and therefore more flexible.

Compressed Air Hose

Compressed air hoses are used in industries to pressurize gases or liquids. Compressed air hoses create a lot of pressure, so they have to be made from strong materials like metal or plastic that can withstand high amounts of pressure.

Compressed air hoses are typically used for industrial purposes, such as operating high powered tools and machinery.

Air Brake Hose

An air brake hose is a type of hose that is used to connect the braking system on a vehicle to its source of compressed air. It's important to use high quality hoses in this case because if one fails, it could put your life or others at risk.

Air brake hoses are coated with an elastomeric material that is designed to withstand the high amount of pressure that they're subjected to every time you use your brakes. The types of air hoses commonly used in vehicles today are reinforced fabric, synthetic rubber and natural rubber. Although all three perform similarly, it's recommended that you use synthetic rubber hoses in aviation applications.

Air brake hose is typically found throughout the braking system of a vehicle. This includes where it connects to your master cylinder, supply valves and within its air tanks. The type of air hose that you use will depend on how you've set up your car's braking system but most vehicles today are equipped with multiple air hoses.

Rigid Air Hose

Aside from giving you more control when working with compressed air, rigid air hoses can withstand higher pressure than flexible hoses. Rigid air hoses have a solid metal wire or a Kevlar fiber woven into them. Their durability comes from the fact that they can withstand more pressure than flexible hoses without bursting or leaking and their rigid shape makes it easy to attach them to your equipment.

Rigid air hoses are used in a variety of applications including hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum and compressed air systems. You'll find them attached to tools and machines, large machinery such as an air compressor and under the hood of your car.

You should use rigid air hoses in applications where you'll need a hose that's strong enough to withstand high pressure and will perform well in both hot and cold weather. They're great for workshops, garages and factories where you work with compressed air.

Propylene Hose

Also known as polypropylene, propylene is a thermoplastic polymer that's considered to be an alternative to rubber. Propylene hoses are used in applications where you'll need a hose that can withstand temperatures at both ends of the temperature spectrum and will not rot or crack when exposed to sunlight.

Propylene hoses typically come in white, orange or gray and are used in applications such as air brake systems, high-pressure hydraulic lines, recreational vehicles and boat trailers. Fire departments also use propylene hoses to connect fire suppression equipment to their trucks because of its ability to withstand extremely hot temperatures.

A propylene hose typically has an inner tube made of wire mesh that's filled with a blend of propylene and other plasticizers. The outer skin is usually wrapped around this inner tube in order to provide you with more durability.

Vinyl Hose

Vinyl is another type of thermoplastic and vinyl hoses are commonly used in air brake systems. They're also used on machinery such as woodworking machines, plastic injection molding machines and paint sprayers. In order to utilize a vinyl hose to its fullest potential, you'll need to choose one that can withstand extreme temperatures like vinyl hose that has been reinforced with aramid fiber or fiberglass.

A vinyl hose typically consists of three layers - a rubber tube, a latex coating and its outer layer that's made out of vinyl. Some of the more advanced hoses today are fast-recovery ones which have an inner lining that serves as a sound barrier to decrease noise levels.

Soaker Hose

Soaker hose is a rubber hose used for "soaking" an area with water. They have no pressure and will be unable to reach any further than the nozzle can be pushed. In addition, their stream of water has little power and leaves much room for improvement over other hoses. They have a medium range, but overall are considered inefficient.

Soaker hose  can be found in every shape and length. Soaker hoses are also durable and can last upwards of two weeks if taken care of properly. To clean, you simply need to remove the nozzle and hose from each other, soak them in some soapy water for a few minutes, shake off the excess soap when they're done soaking, then leave them to dry.

Pinpoint Hose

Pinpoint hoses focus water into a small stream. These hoses are best used for large groups of trees or gardens and have a high pressure rate. They are also able to reach further than soaker hoses. Pressure can be increased by long-pressing the button, but at the cost of range (2x range, 4x water power). These hoses are commonly used over soaker hoses because of their effectiveness on small areas.

Pinpoint hoses have a pressure rating of 50 PSI, which can be increased to 100 by long-pressing. A pinpoint hose is able to reach anywhere from 4 blocks away to 12 depending on the nozzle selected.

Plastic Hose

Plastic hoses are used for all purposes. These can be used as soaker hose, pinpoint hose, or a regular water stream. Plastic hoses have the same range as soaker and pinpoint hoses and only lose a little pressure when using them to soak an area. Pressure is infinite; you do not have to press a button with these hoses. One of the best things about a plastic hose is that they are the only type of hose which can be used to water flowers.

When watering flowers, you can simply turn off the water and direct the stream at a particular flower. This can be done by long-pressing or double tapping (with sprinklers). Plastic hoses are also used when fighting fires because they do not lose pressure when sprayed continuously.

Polyurethane Hose

They are able to spray a single stream or wide-spray, and never lose pressure (except when using them to water flowers). In addition, they have a range equal to pinpoint hoses and much more than soaker hoses. When watering plants with these hoses, you can spray for a longer period of time without stopping to water the plant.

It is recommended that you mix this hose with other hoses. Polyurethane hoses tend to be expensive ($100-$300) and break very easily. Polyurethane hoses are found in every shape and length.

RV Hose

The RV hose has the best range, pressure and can cover much more space than any of the previously mentioned hoses. The only downside to this hose is that it cannot water flowers without removing one end and placing it very carefully near the flower's base. This hose also costs a fair amount at $100-$200 and breaks easily.

The RV hose does not have to be hooked up to a green pipe.

One of the best features is that it can reach out as far as 50 blocks and still have high pressure. The water flow is very fast so only focus on one flower at a time. To focus on multiple flowers, it's recommended you get a small section of the hose and switch off the water flow.

Flat Hose

The flat hose is mainly used for irrigation and can be found in parks. The range of the normal watering tool (not sprinklers) with a flat hose is about 25-50 blocks depending on the nozzle selected. Pressure is limited to 25 PSI unless you long press (when using it as a pinpoint hose).


Q: How do I make my water more powerful?

A: You can either upgrade your pipe or get a different hose. All hoses have the same inner workings, differing only in appearance and range. You cannot increase pressure by switching nozzles with any type of hose. The only way to increase pressure is to add green pipes (at least 3) to the hose.

Q: Can I use a non-green pipe with an RV?

A: Yes, remember that it will cost more money to use non green pipes. In addition, you can only add one if you want water pressure. If not, then instead of one green pipe on the end of the hose, it will be two green pipes.

Q: How do I make my hose reach further?

A: You can add a second RV to the first one to increase range, or you can add green pipes. An outer layer of 1-2 will increase range by about 50%.

Q: What is the best type of hose for watering flowers?

A: It depends on how many sprinklers you will be using. If you only want to water one plant at a time, then the best hose would be either a polyurethane or an RV. The range of these hoses is high and they do not lose pressure when watering plants.

If you want to use the pinpoint function while using sprinklers on more than one flower then the best hose to use is a flat hose.

Q: What's the difference between colors?

A: The color amounts to nothing. For example, a white hose has identical performance as a blue one or even a red one (excluding aesthetic). There are two drawbacks to this however. One is that they can add up to make you confused underwater; it looks like there are many layers of hoses. The other is that hoses can be hard to find if they are not animated.

Q: I want to use my hose on a public server, can I do that?

A: Sure! But remember to not take it from your house and protect it. Protecting a hose means surrounding the whole thing in blocks (or water) so that no one can take or break anything on it, except for the end of the hose.

Q: Is there a maximum length?

A: There is no maximum length to a hose, however the amount of pressure you will have depends on how long it is.

Q: Are there any hoses that I can use in combination with each other?

A: There are many which you probably don't know about. These include the sprayers, sprinklers (with and without timers), pressurized water, and the hybrid.

Q: How do I attach a hose to water and/or a green pipe?

A: While facing the green pipe or water, hold the hose in your hand with one end of the hose in the water or green pipe. Then, hold and right click with a screwdriver so that you can place it.


To conclude, there are many different types of hoses. Some are better for certain things; it's recommended to know what each hose does before buying one. All the information above is from my experience and research.

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