Best Air Hose Buying Guide For 2018

Did you know that the quality of air hose you choose will directly affect the delivery of your air compressor? Whether it is a consumer grade, professional grade, or industrial grade air compressor, you should always go for the best hose. But I know you could be thinking that a high-quality air hose must be costing hundreds of dollars, right? Well, not really.

You can actually find strong and durable air hoses, which are quite affordable. We know it can be challenging to shop for the right hose for your compressor. But we came up with a list of the top 3 best air hoses you should consider buying. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Bostitch Hybrid Low-Memory Bend Air Hose

  • Its 50 feet long with a 0.375 inches thickness
  • Weighing around 8 ounces
  • It is stronger and offers a maximum operating pressure of 300 PSI

This Bostitch Air Hose is a low-memory bend hose, meaning that it can easily stay flat on the ground. Even when you step on this hose, it will still conform to its original shape. Furthermore, the hose will not coil up when in use. But its bright yellow color enhances its visibility on the job site.

This contender proves that you don’t have to be heavy to be the best air hose. Typically, the hose weighs just about 8 ounces. It is also 50 feet long with a 0.375 inches thickness. The hose features some end restraints that enhance its durability. It is stronger, and offers a maximum operating pressure of 300 PSI.

Do you want a hose that is strong enough to work easily in any temperature? This hose would serve you well. It can easily flex in temperatures between -30 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. So, whether it is summer or winter, you can still use this hose.

TEKTON Heat-Resistant 25-Ft Rubber Air Hose

  • 0.375 inch thickness and 25 feet long
  • easily work in temperatures between -40 degrees and 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Comes in at around 3.55 pounds and with a maximum working pressure of 250 PSI

Do you work in an environment with constantly high temperatures? Maybe you should consider getting this hose for your air compressor. This hose from TEKTON is rubber-made, and it has been designed to stay strong in the high temperatures.

Typically, the 0.375-inch hose comes with a spiral yarn reinforcement that protects it from bubbling or swelling in extremely high temperatures. Typically, the hose can easily work in temperatures between -40 degrees and 190 degrees Fahrenheit.

The hose is 25 feet long and comes with restrictors that limit the kinks when it bends. The strong brass connectors are corrosion/rust-resistant. This is a strong hose that’s also slightly heavy. It comes in at around 3.55 pounds and with a maximum working pressure of 250 PSI. This air hose comes with the best price on our list.

Rubber vs PVC vs Polyurethane Air Hoses

It is important to know that air hoses are made from three major materials; rubber, polyurethane, and PVC. However, you can find some hoses that combine all the three materials, here is where they are called hybrid air hoses. So, which is the best hose material? Well, they all have their unique qualities (both positive and negative).

Generally, rubber hoses lay flat when you are working with them. They are grease/oil-resistant, can endure a higher maximum working pressure, resist scratches and nicks, and are also long-lasting. In most cases, rubber share similar qualities with poly hoses.

On the other hand, PVC hoses are cheaper, but they coil up easily when using them and get stiff in the cold. These are also not the perfect choice if you will be using the air compressor {and hose} frequently.

Types of Air Hose Material

Now you have a clue of how the common air hose materials differ. Let’s now have a deeper look at each material.

Rubber Air Hoses

Honestly, out of the three materials, which would be your first pick for professional or even personal/DIY projects? Without any doubt, the rubber hoses are the best materials to go for. In most cases, the hoses will come with a synthetic rubber. They will also feature braided yarn rubber in and out to make it flexible and strong enough.

For instance, the Goodyear and TEKTON hoses on our list are made from rubber, which is why they can be used in both extreme temperatures. Other than that, this material doesn’t kink, and it will coil or uncoil without much difficulty. If you happen to have a leak on the rubber hose, you can fix it with ease.

Unfortunately, nothing on earth is perfect, right? Well, the rubber hoses are no exceptions since they usually pick a lot of dirt as you drag them on the floor. Still, there are some that come with a unique coating that resists the dirt/oil. All in all, the best way to resist too much dirt on the rubber hose is to hook it up on a ceiling or wall-mounted hose reel.

Polyurethane air hoses

Too many people confuse Poly hoses with PVC hoses. While they might seem similar, poly tends to have a higher rating. They don’t get stiff in a cold temperature, they are light, you can easily fix a leak, and they won’t pick up dirt/oil easily. As we said, they are almost similar to the rubber hoses when it comes to features.

As always, ensure that you pick the right air hose material that meets your needs accordingly. Always consider the maximum pressure, length, diameter, flexibility, and one that comes with the best price. Regardless of the air hose you decide to buy, ensure that you make the right choice.

PVC Air Hoses

Technically known as Polyvinyl Chloride, PVC air hoses are among the cheapest on the market. The inner tube of PVC hoses is usually stiff for extra strength. However, PVC hoses do have some disadvantages including the material stiffness in cold temperatures. Also, they are hard to fix if there’s a leak, hard to uncoil, and they will not lay flat easily when you are using them.

So you might wonder “why do some top-rated hoses contain PVC?” Well, the secret to this is that those hoses are hybrid (like the Bostitch hose on our list), meaning that they are a blend of rubber and PVC. Other than that, you should not go for pure PVC air hoses.