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Best Air Hose 2019 – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

Air hoses are useful whether you are a professional using them for tools or a DIYer doing some work around the house. They deliver airflow to power tools that use them. An air hose has to be tough and strong. In this post, we will run down five of the best air hoses that are on the market and make a comparison table to help you decide which one to choose. We will also dive into what makes a good air hose in our buyer’s guide. That way, even if you are not interested in any of our choices for best air hose, you will at least learn about what to look for and how to choose a good air hose for your needs.

Best Air Hose 2019

We tested more than 10 different air hoses and chose 5 really best. Below we reduced the characteristics of these products to the table.

PictureProductMaterial
Length
Pressure
 
Continental 047 Industrial Hose (Editor’s Choice)Rubber
50
200PSI
Flexzilla Air Hose (Editor’s Choice)Flexible Hybrid Polymer
50
300PSI
Check Price
Apache Air HoseRubber
25
300PSI
Continental Safety HoseRubber
50
250PSI
Coilhose Pneumatics R38012N EPDM*
12
200PSI

*-Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Rubber

Continental 047 1/2-Inchx 50 Red Rubber Industrial Hose – Best Durability

The Continental has a length of 50 feet and 200 PSI. It has 3/8-inch connectors and a half-inch diameter. It has brass connectors and rubber construction. It has an industrial-strength body and enough PSI for most household tasks.

Performance

The biggest attribute of the Continental is how tough it is. The rubber is strong and maintains its flexibility and integrity under a wide range of temperatures. The connectors themselves are also built tough and they are joined tightly to the hose, minimizing the possibility of a leak. The fifty-foot length is on the long side, so this hose is well-suited to working away from the air source.

The Continental is recommended to anyone who is using a tool rated for under 200 PSI. That should be nearly all home users and many professional ones. It costs more than most others, but the length and durability means it will be a mainstay for a long time.

Pros
  • Very tough
  • One of the longest hoses on the market
  • Good materials
Cons
  • Expensive
  • The length makes it heavy when carrying from place to place

Flexzilla Air Hose – Best Value

As the name implies, the Flexzilla is a quite flexible hose. It uses standard 3/8 inch connectors and it is built to resist abrasion, light cuts, and other obstacles. The hose is rated for -40 degrees Fahrenheit up to 140 degrees. Flexzilla stays flexible throughout the whole temperature range.

Performance

The Flexzilla’s most striking performance aspect is how well it keeps its shape. It doesn’t move around or twist, even when you turn the pressure on, and that’s a big relief with 50 feet of hose to manage. As with the Continental, that is probably more length and PSI than most users will ever need.

The Flexzillais recommended for people who like the look of the Continental, but want to save a little money. It is nearly as tough and more flexible for a few less dollars. The biggest issue is that it comes from a little-known Taiwanese company, but the lack of brand power doesn’t change the fact that this is a strong hose.

Pros
  • Great value for less money
  • Stays put under pressure
  • Green color keeps it easy to spot against a concrete shop floor
Cons
  • Not an established brand
  • Might be more hose than some people will need

Apache 98108942 3/8″ Rubber Air Hose – Best PSI

The Apache is a step down in length at 25 feet. It has a 3/8 inch NPT connector, as is standard. It is rated for 300 PSI and a max temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The hose comes with a 2-year warranty.

Performance

The Apache is the go-to hose for any tools that need more than the typical 150-200 PSI. 300 PSI is quite a lot and is enough to handle a much wider variety of needs. However, it is less durable than the two previous hoses, especially if you frequently use high PSI draws.

The Apache is a good choice for people who need that much of PSI capacity. It also costs less than the two previous hoses, so it makes decent value. It won’t last as long, but at that price, even buying two of them is cheaper. It can be a good secondary hose if you only have one tool that needs this much PSI and you want longer or tougher hoses for other uses.
Pros
  • Best PSI rating on this list
  • Cheaper per foot than other hoses
Cons
  • Durability issues
  • Is more likely to kink up under higher pressures

Continental Safety Yellow Rubber Hose With 1/4-Inch Ends – Best Quarter Inch

Goodyear’s Continental brand makes a second appearance on this list with a quarter-inch model. It costs $30 and measures 50 feet, giving it a good price per foot compared to other long hoses. The hose is rated for 250 PSI. The yellow color helps distinguish it from the other Continental hoses that have a larger connector.

Performance

Just as with the other model, the Continental is a tough and strong hose that will handle many years of use. It handles the abrasion of being moved over a rough surface and will maintain its seal for as long as necessary.

If you need or use a lot of quarter-inch ports, then this is a better model because you won’t need as many adapters. In reality, both Continental air hoses are good general-purpose performers, and you might want to just choose whichever one is less expensive at the moment. Both have plenty of PSI and length, so those should not be the final differentiators.
Pros
  • Long-lasting
  • Big PSI and length dimensions
Cons
  • Threads can be a little tough to work with
  • Depends on vinyl coatings on the ends

Coilhose Pneumatics R38012N – Best Short Hose

Coilhouse rounds out the list with an interesting hose. It is just 12 feet long and has a 3/8 inch MPT connector. It is blue and costs $24 for one unit. It is rated for 200 PSI and a temperature range of -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees.

Performance

The Coilhouse performs well in its special role, which is in short-range applications. It is very tough and its short length means that it won’t be dragging on the ground as much. That translates to a long lifetime. The blue color really stands out well.

The Coilhouse is another example of a good potential secondary hose. It is hard to imagine it as a main hose because it is so short. It is also fairly expensive compared to other hoses when you think about the length and PSI. Don’t buy it unless you can make good use of the short length, because there are more cost-efficient options on this list at this PSI level.
Pros
  • Short enough that there is less hose to kink
  • Very good temperature rating
Cons
  • Expensive on a per-foot basis

Best Air Hose Buyer’s Guide

In this section, we will list some of the most important attributes and characteristics of air hoses. You’ll learn why each one matters and how to take it into account when looking for a new air hose.

Length

Nothing is more annoying than a hose or a cord that is too short. It’s annoying to work with and it leads to wasted time. You might not get the right angle that you want with your tools, and in some cases, you’ll have to totally alter your plans to make things work. However, a hose that is too long is also a problem. The coils and extra length will lie around on the floor as a tripping hazard.
You want a happy medium, a length that is long enough to suit your needs without having too many extra loops. In general, it is easier to err on the short side. You can always buy two hoses and link them together for more length if you need it, although of course a new linkage means a new potential failure point. Do a little measuring to see how much length of hose you think you need. A longer hose also usually means more weight to carry around because there is more mass. There is no right answer here: go with what is best for your needs.

Temperature Resistance

A major challenge with hoses is the fact that the materials that they are made of can be susceptible to damage as a result of temperature changes. This is especially true with cold weather, which can cause hoses to crack and get stiff. That is the last thing you want because it introduces leaks and breakage, as well as making the hose harder to maneuver. Heat can be a problem as well if it causes melting or other damage as a result of expansion.
Before you buy any air hose, check out the rated temperature range. If there’s no information about the temperature tolerance, that is a bad sign. The manufacturer should have tested the hose to see how much heat and cold it can endure. The better a hose can hold up to temperature, the longer it will last. Depending on where you live and work, you will experience different temperature ranges. Big temperature swings can also cause damage, so be prepared for that just as much as the local extremes. Working indoors means you won’t need to worry about this as much, but remember that the temperature controls will be turned off when you go home at night.

Durability

A hose has to be tough. If the air hose breaks, you could lose usage of multiple tools until you get a replacement. There are all kinds of ways for air hoses to get damaged in the shop. We have already gone over temperature, but getting stepped on or rolled over are also possibilities. Your air hoses will be potentially exposed to sharp tools and heavy weights. The hose has to find a balance between having durable walls and permitting airflow. If it is too rigid, then it won’t function well.
The newer a hose is, the less you can know about how durable it is because it hasn’t been around long enough for people to put them through real-world testing. Air hoses from established brands tend to be more likely to be strong, so if there is a brand that you favor, it should take a lot to convince you to switch to something else. The durability of an air hose should keep it functioning at peak performance and without pressure loss for several years under normal working conditions. You don’t want to buy these too often because it’s a needless expense. Unless something catastrophic happens to the hose, it shouldn’t need replacing until it wears down or the connectors lose the joint.

Ease of Use

Your air hose shouldn’t be a hassle or annoying to use. Examples of annoying hoses include ones that have a tendency to kink, loop, coil, and otherwise move around on their own when under pressure. This can wear down the hose and make it more difficult to move and carry it around. It can also create potentially dangerous conditions if a hose that was lying flat loops and bends off the ground.
The best air hoses do not move and stay exactly where you leave them. They need to be flexible and remain so under any temperature and pressure. Anything else introduces some additional risk to your work environment. The material that the air hose is made of will contribute significantly to how flexible it is and how well it retains its shape. Remember that a hose that behaves well may not work the same way under different conditions, such as different pressures or temperatures. Do not assume that a hose will stay put until you actually test it yourself.

PSI

The PSI that a hose can accommodate makes a big difference to what kind of tools you can use with it. You should never try to push more pressure through a hose than it is rated for, because the results could be dangerous. Look up the pressure needs of all the tools that you expect to use with the hose and determine what strength of hose you require to power all of them. The needs of someone who is just using a few tools around the home and a professional can be quite large.
In general, a good air hose will provide plenty of capacity- more than enough for household applications. You should expect it to continue to provide that same level of capacity over its useful lifetime. If you think you might be experiencing a leak, then there are two main culprits- a breach of some kind along the hose or a leak at the connector. Check both. The best air hoses will have tough siding and strong connector joints, so you can count on them to deliver PSI for years. However, you should never try to move past the rated PSI, even if you believe it is safe. Not only are the hoses not demonstrably safe in those conditions, but you are almost certainly causing at least some damage and weakening for future use.

Connectors

The connectors are a crucial point because the air hose often fails at the zone where they join to the rubber hose. Your connectors should adhere tightly and there should be no signs of fraying or other problems.
In addition to that, there are different connectors available for different applications. In general, a larger connection allows for greater maximum pressure because more air can flow through. If you need to use an adapter to get your hose to connect properly to a tool or another hose, you are introducing another potential failure point. Take care that these adapters are rated for the given PSI and are free of flaws.
Poor connectors can leak air, harming performance. They should be made of a strong metal out of one continuous piece. They should not pull off or appear loose. Always inspect the connectors before using an air hose.
The most common size for a connector is a diameter of 3/8 inches. Your tools should connect to that, as should other hoses. A more powerful tool could require a larger connector and a thicker hose, but this is rare.

Value

When taking all of these factors into account, the best air hose is not just the one with the best materials and construction- it is also the one that fits the best into your budget. The more hoses you use, the more careful you need to be about spending money on them. The best way to save money is to avoid buying more than you need, especially when it comes to size and PSI. Don’t buy a hose that can do more than your current needs “just in case” when it will come with a significant bump up in price. You can always get a new hose if your needs change.
Value is closely connected to durability. Do a quick calculation to see how many times you will need to replace a hose and how much that will cost. Sometimes, the most expensive air hoses are of poor value because they won’t give you that much more lifetime than a less-expensive model. Conversely, the cheapest air hoses are often made with lower-grade materials that will break more quickly and easily. Do your research to ensure that the hose you choose will be worth the money that you put into it.

Conclusion

Buying the best air hose is far from a trivial decision. A good air hose keeps your tools running smoothly for years, and you won’t even need to think about it. A bad air hose will break, or trip you by coiling into a loop, or develop a leak after six months. Use the key characteristics in our buyer’s guide to settle on an air hose that works for you. That goes for all potential buyers of an air hose. A little bit of planning now will save you time and money down the line by helping you find a good match. It might be a good idea to have a few different kinds of hoses for different special cases if you have a variety of tools and tasks ahead.

Best Air Hose 2019 – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide
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Daniel Silva

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