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Showering is primarily for body care, but it also stands for well-being and relaxation. The shower hose is an important component for a relaxing shower. We would like to make your next purchase decision easier and have listed the most important criteria and information in this guide.

We have also answered the most frequently asked questions for you. In this guide, you will find useful information that you should definitely pay attention to when buying a shower hose. In a compact summary, this guide will help you with your next decision.




Summary

  • A shower hose is available in different materials and colours.
  • Quality hoses only come together with materials that are permissible for drinking water.
  • A shower hose is easy to replace without having to replace the entire fitting.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for shower hoses

In order to find the right shower hose, we have listed a few buying criteria that you should consider when buying a shower hose. The individual criteria should help you compare different products.

The following criteria serve as an aid when buying a shower hose:

Now we will go into more detail about the individual criteria.

Length

What length should a shower hose be? This depends entirely on how the hose is used, whether in the bathtub or shower cubicle, standing or sitting. Is the shower bar on the wall, which allows the shower holder to be pushed upwards? Or does the shower hose hang from a bath mixer further down? The length should be considered individually in each bathroom.

Classic shower hose lengths are:

  • 125 cm: optimal for the bathtub (for less hose chaos during bathing)
  • 160 cm: ideal for the shower (for more freedom of movement)
  • 200 cm: for showering in the bathtub (standing) (gives more free space)

Material

Shower hoses that kink, quickly develop holes, cracks or leaks are not only a waste of water, but also of poor quality. Quality shower hoses are made of robust and high-quality material.

The classic metal hose is no longer the only market leader. Nowadays, plastic shower hoses are also very popular. Plastic hoses are gentler on the skin and easier to clean and should pass the "scratch test" (how does the hose feel on the skin?).

Most shower hoses made of plastic are very easy to clean because, among other things, there are no grooves in which limescale and soap residues can collect.

Installation/connection

A high-quality shower hose is very easy to screw on and off, so replacing it is uncomplicated. Before buying, the connection size should be checked. Conventional shower fittings have a 1/2-inch thread and most shower hoses are adapted to this. However, there are also 3/4-inch threads, which are somewhat rarer but can be mounted in the same way with the help of connectors.

A high-quality brass nut, for example, and two seals should also be included in the purchase of the hose. If you are still unsure which hose is right for you? Unscrew your old hose and take it with you to the shop.

Sustainability

The material of the hose should be safe and sustainable, i.e. recyclable. Additional sealing attachments can also be used to stop a large flow of water and can be individually adjusted to save water. This means that more time can be spent in the shower with a clear conscience.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the shower hose answered in detail

In the following section, we would now like to go into the frequently asked questions on the subject of shower hoses and answer them.

Who is a shower hose suitable for?

A shower hose can be used in all rooms, wherever water is to be directed from a fitting into a shower head.

During bathroom cleaning, the shower hose can be easily cleaned using mild cleaning agents. (Image source: ErikaWittlieb / pixabay)

This is usually the case for bathrooms, showers, kitchens but also for garden showers.

What types of shower hoses are there?

As already mentioned, there are different types of shower hoses. From classic metal hoses with grooves, to high-quality plastic hoses, to chrome-plated hoses - the choice is wide.

There are also different colours. The choice you make also depends on your personal taste and aesthetics. You should only make sure that the hose is kink-free and has an anti-twist protection.

What does a shower hose cost?

The price of a shower hose depends on the quality of the material, the length and the different suppliers or brands. The price range here is from €8 to €120 or more. The following table provides an overview of the different price categories.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (8 - 20 €) Material and kink protection should be taken into account here, however, qualitative shower hoses are already available from 10 €
Medium-priced (20 - 50 €) Anti-twist protection, robust, mostly smooth surface, combinable
High-priced (from 50 €) high-quality materials, various designs and colours (apart from conventional hoses)

Our table shows that standard shower hoses with the most important features are already available from a low to medium price range. For more unusual designs and colours, a little more budget should be calculated.

How do you clean a shower hose?

Shower hoses should always be cleaned with a mild ordinary bathroom cleaner. This is particularly easy with plastic hoses, as most do not have grooves, so cleaning can be done quickly. A plastic hose should be cleaned once a week. It is sufficient to wipe it with a damp cloth. To avoid leaving water stains, you can wipe it with a microfibre cloth.

In the case of a metal hose with grooves, it is advisable to soak the hose in vinegar water and simply rinse it with warm water after some time.

For cleaning the interior, the shower hose can be rinsed with hot water for a few minutes.

It is also important not to use steel sponges or other rough scouring pads when cleaning. These can damage the surface. It is also helpful to ask the manufacturer of the product about cleaning.

Where do I dispose of an old shower hose?

Depending on the material the shower hose is made of, there are different ways to dispose of it. In addition, the recycling of recyclable materials differs depending on the region. The main material of the hose is decisive.

Consequently, some shower hoses can be disposed of in the residual waste. However, if there is a recycling bin for plastic packaging waste and "non-packaging of similar materials", plastic shower hoses can be disposed of there. Hoses that are made of 100 % metal should be taken away via a recycling centre or a commercial disposal company.

Conclusion

In summary, shower hoses are available in different materials and sizes. The only important thing is that the hose has kink and twist protection. The commercially available models can be fitted very easily and without tools. In addition, cleaning costs little time and can be done weekly.

High-quality shower hoses can be bought for as little as €10. If you want to invest a little more money, you can expect more unusual designs, away from the standard products, in the price range from 50 €. Ultimately, the decision remains individual in each bathroom.

(Cover photo: Michael Balog / Unsplash)

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