Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Will a garden hose fit a washing machine? Are the two hoses the same? If you're asking these questions to no avail, you're in the right spot. There's a lot of misinformation out there, so we felt it was time to correct a few painfully incorrect answers related to swapping out your washing machine hose with a garden hose.
So what's on the docket today?
Today's Topics Include:
Now, this is some important stuff, so let's dive right in, yeah?
Let's start with the basics - can you use a garden hose for a washing machine, should you, and why (or why not)?
This is one of my favourite types of questions; I call it the "yes, but actually no."
See, you can use a garden hose for a washing machine, but it is a very bad idea. This is because the diameter of your garden hose and that of your washing machine's hose are different, meaning they have different flow rates, acceptable levels of water pressure, and are ultimately not designed to connect to each other. And that's not even touching on the fact that washers use hot water, something for which garden hoses are not designed.
Using a garden hose in your washing machine runs the risk of two things:
With that said, you can (if needed) connect a garden hose to your washing machine. Here's how:
Now, do the following:
Now again, I have to remind you that not only is this not a good idea (unless you're in dire need) but it will likely end up with expensive repairs needed to fix both water damage and your washer. Garden hoses are not designed for this degree of water pressure, let alone hot water under pressure.
Garden hoses and washing machine hoses are not the same. They do bear some similarities, but they are ultimately designed for different things.
Additionally, garden hoses are designed to resist (not be immune to) UV rays and outdoor wear-and-tear, whereas washer hoses are meant to remain in one place - in your washing machine.
It's also important to remember that washing machine hoses actively hold back water until the wash is started. This is incredibly stressful and requires specialised seals to ensure it functions properly - something which garden hoses absolutely do not have .
However, the one similarity between washing machine hoses and garden hoses is that both share extremely similar threading. They have different diameters, but the threading similarity means it's technically possible to connect the two.
Take a peek at our garden hose threading guide for more information.
Once again, yes - you can use a garden hose to drain your washing machine, but it'snot a good idea . Garden hoses are designed for an entirely different job than washing machine hoses and will suffer catastrophic failure if used more than 1-2 times to drain your washer.
All in all, it's always better to get the right tool for the job - and yes, that includes hoses.
Okay, one more time for posterity.
Yes, a garden hose will fit a washing machine, but it is not designed to do that job and should not be used in place of an actual washer hose.
Both hoses use the same type of connector (same thread distance and angle, both use male/female connectors), but they are designed for different jobs. Garden hoses transport low-volume, low-pressure, cool water , whereas washer hoses transport variable, high-pressure water in both hot and cold temperatures.
Today was full of "well yes, but actually no" answers. Those are my favourite (though you may feel differently). At the end of the day, garden hoses will fit on washing machines, but you should not use a garden hose for a washing machine. They are similar, but (critically) specialised in different areas , meaning you can't just sub one out for the other willy-nilly.
That is, unless, you want a burnt-out pump and water damage in your home...
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