Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our large shower hose test [sc-year]. Here we present all the shower hoses we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best shower hose for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a shower hose.




Summary

  • A shower hose flexibly guides the water from the fitting into the hand shower.
  • Due to their different uses in the bathroom, kitchen or WC, shower hoses are available in different lengths and made of different materials.
  • If a shower hose is defective, it is not necessary to replace the entire fitting. Replacing the shower hose is sufficient to restore water conductivity.

The Best Shower Hose: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a shower hose

In which rooms and for which purpose can I use a shower hose?

A shower hose can be used in all rooms where water is supposed to flow from a fitting into a hand shower. This is usually the case with bathtubs, showers or in the kitchen. The hose also needs to be replaced from time to time in certain garden showers.

In what lengths are shower hoses available?

Shower hoses are available in the following standard lengths: 1.25 metres, 1.50 metres, 1.60 metres, 2.00 metres. In addition, there are also various special lengths.

A shower hose of the appropriate length makes for a comfortable and flexible shower experience. (Image source: unsplash.com/ Yip Vick)

Which length is right for you depends entirely on where you attach the shower hose and what you need it for. The hose should be able to comfortably hold a hand shower over the showerhead without tension.

Shower hoses with a length of 1.50 m are common for showering. If the hose is only used for cleaning the bathtub, a length of 1.25m is sufficient.

What material is a shower hose made of?

In the past, shower hoses were often made of metal. If the workmanship of a metal hose is of high quality, there is nothing to be said against it.

However, a metal hose in a bathtub can leave scratches in the tub, for example. That is why shower hoses are now often available in chrome or chrome-plated. However, there are also hoses made of plastic.

The important thing with both is that it is kink-protected. This increases the life of the hose and prevents the water from accumulating.

Another weak point of shower hoses can be avoided by choosing a hose that does not twist. This is because twisting leads to cracks in the hose in the long run. These two features are often referred to as anti-fold kink-resistant and twist-free.

What colours are shower hoses available in?

Shower hoses are now available in almost all colours and there are almost no limits to the user's taste. Various companies have also specialised in custom-made products and allow their customers to creatively design their own shower hoses.

How much do shower hoses cost?

As already assumed, the prices differ depending on the material, quality and supplier. The prices for a shower hose range from about 8 to 130 euros. However, high-quality brand products are also available at a low price of about 10 euros.

Nevertheless, you should pay attention to the specified features of low-priced models. Cheap shower hoses, for example, are not always kink-proof.

This means that small cracks can form at the same kinks over and over again, and after a while water will leak out in unwanted places.

Who are the best-known manufacturers of shower hoses?

The best-known manufacturers of shower hoses in Germany have their company locations spread all over Germany. They include:

  • Hans Grohe
  • Hansa
  • Roesler
  • Oldoplast
  • Hans Grohe

Hans Grohe, founded in 1901, is the best-known manufacturer in Germany as a producer of shower hoses, fittings, showers, thermostats, drains and other sanitary accessories. In this sector, the company sells certified and tested products with the highest quality standards.

HANSA

Hansa Armaturen GmbH is also very well known as a manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen fittings, shower systems and temperature regulators for the private and public sector. Founded in 1911, HANSA is now one of the top 3 fittings manufacturers in Germany and Austria and employs around 600 people worldwide.

With the help of a longer shower hose, even a four-legged friend can shower comfortably in the home's bathtub. (Image source: unsplash.com/ Autri Taheri)

Decision: What types of shower hoses are there and which is the right one for you?

If you want to buy a shower hose, there are several alternatives to choose from. The basic decision is between the lengths and the material.

You can choose between these two materials:

  • Plastic
  • Metal

As a rule of thumb for choosing the size, the hose should reach comfortably and without pressure a little way above the head of the person showering when in use (e.g. when showering). If it is exclusively for cleaning purposes of the bath, you should also make sure that you can use the hand shower well without having to pull and strain the hose particularly.

If the hose is too short, showering the body or washing the hair can become unnecessarily tedious. Hoses that are too long, on the other hand, can be a nuisance when showering or even pose a tripping hazard and associated safety problems.

However, thanks to the variety of sizes of shower hoses available, it should not be a problem to find the right dimensions for your purposes.

What distinguishes a plastic shower hose and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Plastic hoses are easy to clean and there is no need to worry about chafing or scratches.

Advantages
  • Easy to clean
  • High standard of hygiene
  • No twisting
  • No scratches or scuff marks
Disadvantages
  • Limescale builds up quickly

What distinguishes a metal shower hose and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Metal hoses are particularly durable thanks to their chrome coating. However, due to their coiled metal bands, they are also somewhat more difficult to clean. However, they are extremely resilient and resistant to tearing and kinking.

Advantages
  • Extremely resilient
  • Tear-resistant
  • Kink-resistant
Disadvantages
  • More difficult to clean
  • scratches or scuff marks on the tray

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate shower hoses

In the next section, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible shower hoses.

These are the factors that will help you distinguish between different shower hoses:

  • Length & dimensions
  • Material & Construction
  • Colour
  • Brand

Length & dimensions

Shower hoses come in different lengths. Do you shower in a bath or in a shower cubicle? Are the shower users rather tall or rather short, is there a shower bar with a movable hand shower holder or does the shower hose hang from a deep-seated bath mixer?

In order to buy the right length for your purposes, you should take a look at your individual shower or kitchen situation and use a folding rule or tape measure to measure how long your shower hose should be in order to enable you to shower comfortably.

Length of shower hose Advantages
1.25 metres An optimal length for the bathtub to avoid having too much hose in the way when bathing
1.60 metres An optimal length for the shower to guarantee sufficient freedom of movement and a comfortable showering experience
2.00 metres Provides plenty of free space when the showering person takes a shower standing up in a bathtub with a low-mounted fitting

Material & construction

Shower hoses are available with plastic or metal sheathing. Which hose you choose also depends on your taste in terms of aesthetics.

Plastic hoses are often available smooth and slightly matt. Metal hoses have a twisted, shiny surface. The advantages and disadvantages of metal and plastic hoses are listed above.

Particularly high-quality shower hoses have drinking water approval. This is because water can flush out harmful substances from low-quality plastics. This possibility is eliminated with shower hoses with drinking water approval and is therefore highly recommended, especially for the kitchen.

Colour

Shower hoses are available in various colours. When choosing the colour, it is best to take into account the colour scheme of the room in which the shower hose is to be installed. Classic chrome or silver-coloured shower hoses are the easiest to combine with other colours. White or black hoses can set beautiful accents.

Brand

Shower hoses are available from different manufacturers. There are no-name products, as well as somewhat more expensive brand-name products or even custom-made products.

Brand-name products often have a longer warranty and are made of higher-quality materials, while custom-made products take into account customer wishes regarding length and colour.

A shower hose is mostly used in the bathroom but also in kitchens or guest toilets. (Image source: unsplash.com / Abigail Lynn)

Facts worth knowing about the shower hose

How do I connect a shower hose?

The installation of a shower hose is simple and usually works without any tools. The old shower hose is unscrewed with a little pressure and then the new one is screwed on.

Most shower columns have a 1/2 inch thread, so most standardised shower hoses fit on it without any problems. The shower heads that can be connected to them also have a standardised thread that fits any shower hose.

Fittings with a 3/4 inch connection or other special sizes, for example for fittings in the kitchen, are the exception.

For these fittings, there is a transition piece that can be fitted and then allows the use of a shower hose with a 1/2 inch thread. This saves you having to buy an expensive shower hose with special dimensions.

Two seals are required for each shower hose. These ensure a tight connection between the hose and the fitting. The seals are often already included in the package when you buy the shower hose.

Can I shorten a shower hose?

It is not advisable to shorten a shower hose at this point. If you need a particularly short shower hose, you can find one online. Shower hoses are available from a length of 30 cm.

Can I repair a broken shower hose?

Shower hoses can become porous and leaky with age. If this causes the water to run along the shower hose when showering instead of from the shower head, something needs to be done.

Sometimes only the sealing rings at the beginning and end of the shower hose are porous and can be replaced. However, if the hose is older or the water comes out between the threaded parts, it is not worth repairing because the hose is exposed to pressure and moisture every time you shower.

Before screwing on a new hose, the sealing rings must be placed in the connection pieces of the new shower hose. Then screw the thread onto the water connection in an anticlockwise direction and tighten it.

Then the shower head is screwed tight. Only then can it be checked for leaks. If no water penetrates through the screw connections, you have done everything right!

How do I clean a shower hose?

In principle, cleaning your shower hose is quite easy, especially if it is made of plastic or is covered with plastic. A gentle lemon cleaner, bath cleaner or descaler and a soft cloth with which you wipe the hose regularly (once a week) are suitable for maintenance.

To prevent water spots from forming on the hose, simply wipe the shower hose with a microfibre cloth afterwards.

To clean the inside, simply rinse the shower hose with hot water for a few minutes to kill bacteria.

With a metal hose, wiping is somewhat more difficult, as limescale can build up in the grooves. In this case, it is advisable to soak the hose in water with detergent and rinse it clean with hot water after a reaction time.

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