Which Is Better: Polyurethane or Rubber Hose

Choosing the correct tube and hose materials are essential to getting any job done properly. This is as true for large industry corporations as it is for your home. When it comes to picking the right hose for your backyard needs, there are a number of materials you can choose from. Here are some of the key differences between polyurethane and rubber hose.


A rubber hose is a softer and more flexible material and will wrap back onto the hose reel uniformly. A polyurethane hose on the other hand is a tougher material and offers a larger amount of spring or bounce. Both options remain flexible in colder temperatures as well. 


Polyurethane hose is made of the same material as the wheels on in-line roller skates and is strong enough to withstand potential damages like being pulled across rough or sharp surfaces. The outer cover on the rubber hose is much softer and can tear easily.  


When it comes to bends and kinks, a traditional rubber hose is more likely to kink and retain a kink memory. This means it will easily kink over and over again in that same spot. Thanks to its sturdiness, a polyurethane hose won’t kink, but it does have a tendency to flip. 


Another benefit of a polyurethane hose is that its cover is 100% non-marking. So you won’t have to worry about it leaving marks across clean surfaces. Rubber hoses however can sometimes leave marks on surfaces or a small black residue on your hands after reeling it in.

Here at Harrison Hose and Tubing, our knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions you might have on hose, tubing, and their applications. Contact us today and learn more!

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