In short

No, it’s generally not recommended to use an expandable hose with a pressure washer. Expandable hoses are designed for lower water pressure and may not withstand the high pressure generated by a pressure washer, potentially leading to leaks, burst hoses, or damage to the pressure washer itself.


The details

Expandable hoses are made of lightweight materials and designed to expand and contract with water pressure changes. These hoses are great for standard garden use but not suitable for high-pressure applications like pressure washing. Pressure washers require a durable and sturdy hose capable of withstanding high water pressure, typically between 1,300 and 3,000 PSI or more.

Using an expandable hose with a pressure washer can result in reduced performance, as the hose may not provide a consistent water flow or pressure level required for effective cleaning. Furthermore, the high pressure can cause the expandable hose to burst or develop leaks, posing a safety hazard and potentially damaging your pressure washer.

Instead of using an expandable hose, it’s best to use a non-expandable, heavy-duty hose specifically designed for pressure washers. These hoses are made from durable materials like rubber or reinforced PVC, which can handle high water pressure without compromising safety or performance.



While expandable hoses are convenient and lightweight for regular garden use, they are not suitable for use with pressure washers due to their inability to handle high water pressure. To ensure optimal performance and safety, use a heavy-duty, non-expandable hose specifically designed for pressure washer applications.