Best Vinyl Tubing for Your Project
Factors to consider when selecting vinyl tubing include length you need, diameter required, and the substance the tube will be transporting.
- Withstands a variety of conditions
- Does not rust or corrode
- Electrically nonconductive
- Helps to prevent fires by providing natural resistance to combustion
- Odorless, tasteless and nontoxic
Refer to the lists below for information about the two common types of flexible vinyl tubing:
- Low pressure applications with low volumes
- Use with chemicals, gases and liquids
- You can monitor flow and see clogs immediately
- Washing machines
- Dishwasher inlets
- Drain hoses
- Bathtub jets
Points to Consider
- Made from non-toxic PVC compounds
- Available in diameters from 1/8" to 2"
- Polyester braiding withstands higher pressures with resistance to corrosion and abrasion; available in 1/4" to 2" diameters
- Supply and drainage lines
- Evaporative coolers
- Fish tanks
- Backyard ponds
- Water gardens
Points to Consider
- Durable and resistant to clogs, ultraviolet light and ozone
- Inhibits algae growth
- Generally sold in 3/8" diameter rolls
- Blends in under water
Flexible vinyl tubing is easy to connect using a variety of barbs, clamps and fittings.
- Often comes in rolls of 25’ to 100’
- Pay attention to pressure rating, maximum vacuum and minimum bend radius
- Pressure rating is usually a measure of how much pressure a tube can withstand at 75˚ F.
- Temperature range is particularly important for tubes supplying hot water
- Wall thickness can affect the inside diameter of a tube
- Color. Available in a wide variety of colors to blend in with the background.
- Antistatic. Prevents buildup of static electricity that might interfere with substances passing through.
- Flexibility. May contain pleats or corrugations that allow it to expand or contract.
- Explosion Protection. Certified by the Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) to withstand internal explosions when transporting volatile chemicals.
- Spark Resistance. Designed to withstand electrical discharges or sparks.
- Sterilization. Sterilized to safely transport drinking water or other substances that must not be contaminated.