Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 70
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Haroki Too Stiff to work with in crawl space
I'm installing a whole house filter/conditioner (Aquios) and it was necessary to go in the crawlspace under the house in order to cut into the main. Basically, I'm separating the house water from the yard water to keep from "using up" the filter media too fast.
Read reviews stating how stiff it is, but since I'm in the trades (carpenter - not a plumber) I thought I would have the strength to make it work/straighten it out. I wanted to do this due to the fact that using a single piece of long pipe is cheaper due to fewer fitting, plus a better flow rate since the fittings will constrict flow somewhat. But I was wrong about my ability. It is flat too stiff to straighten it out on your own while under the house. It was so precurved from being in the roll that I was unable to even get it straight enough to get it on the male adapter. It would pop off.
I would of given it one star because of how stiff and unworkable it is, but my situation is perhaps a little extreme. I ended up buying straight 10' sections and multiple fittings and it worked fine.
If you're doing above grade work where it's easier to work it/pre-straighten it better and are able to put several pipe clamps to hold it straight you might be fine if you have adequate abilities. For the home diyer though, I cant recommend it. You're better off getting the 10' sections and using multiple fittings.
August 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mickey Product works fine
I installed this pipe in my home and has been working very well for 3 months now.
September 8, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BenHerr the 1 in pex was easy to cut but took large bending radius.
Over all I was happy with the product.
The 1 in gave us the water presure we were looking for at the end of the garden hose.
April 24, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Nate Too hard to straighten
I installed 3/4 PEX and 1/2 PEX during a renovation and the water pressure was noticeably lower, mostly likely due to 1/2 inch PEX connections compared to 1/2 inch copper (which has a wider internal diameter compared to 1/2 pex, particularly at couplings). At $20 less than any other competitors 1" pipe, and free shipping, I figured I'd give it a try. Shipping was fast.
However the pipe is incredibly inflexible compared to the previous brand I had used (Appollo) and extremely hard to work with in a tight space (my crawl space). The pipe basically refused to be straightened out, even when I tried bending it straight outside of the crawl space.
I ended up giving up 1/2 way and ripping it all out and picking up some Apollo brand 1 inch, which worked great and is much more flexible in tight spaces. It was about $20 more than this brand but well worth the headache.
Perhaps this product would work better if it were a 3 man crew with lots of space, and 2 guys holding it taunt and 1 guy installing a clamp or talon every few feet along the joists. However any future installations I'm going with Apollo.
A big disappointment in this product, as I absolutely love Sharkbite compression couplings. Those saved me plenty of time during this renovation going from the new PEX pipe to existing copper behind the wall, in the areas I didn't need to change any of the existing plumbing.
February 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Very easy to use and work with
I have been using PEX piping in my remodel and I am very happy with the quality of the product. I was worried it would not hold up like copper does but in fact I think this product is superior to copper. Much easier to work with and you do not have to solder.
July 21, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by zuul Water tastes like plastic
I did all the plumbing in my house with this.
My complaint is that the water tastes bad from the faucets that have the longest length pipe going to them. You can definitely taste the plastic. The upstairs bathroom water is undrinkable, and you can even smell plastic in the shower when you turn it on. You have to leave the water running a while until you get decent water.
It wasn't too difficult to install, but is more stiff than I expected and tries to go back into the coil shape. For the entire house, there was two leaks that I had to redo. I used the "better" stainless crimps and the tool from HD. Not a big deal, but it scares me because I drywalls over a lot of pipe before pressurizing the system.
April 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Auburn317 Great Product Easy To Use
I used SharkBite PEX to replace copper line running to my Water Heater. The red and blue colors make it easy to distinguish Hot and Cold lines after install is complete. Using a SharkBite coupling I easily transitioned from Copper to PEX, the PEX is more flexible than copper and easy to work with, it is also a great value at much lower price point. PEX is easy to cut as well and can be done with a PEX Cutter sold at Home Depot. Great product very easy to work with and use for an average DIYer.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jeff Sharkbite PEX
This is my first time using PEX. Cutting it is easier than I expected. There's no ratcheting cutter needed for this stuff, Buy a decent single-action tubing cutter and you'll be happy. When I cut the tubing originally I don't believe it was cutting square because of the curve of the pipe. The best way to cut it is to lay the tubing in sideways to the curve (if that make sense).
Uncoiling the tubing is a little bit of a challenge. Make sure you leave the wrapping on and uncoil from the center.
April 7, 2015