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The Best Hose to Tap Connectors in Australia

The right connector will make your watering system more efficient and easier to use.

Hoses are an essential part of any garden. They allow you to water your garden, clean up your yard, and wash your car. But what is the best way to connect a hose to a tap?

When it comes to choosing a hose-to-tap connector, it’s important to choose a product that is compatible with your tap and hose. This way, you shouldn’t end up with leaks or burst fittings.

First, measure your tap size

Before choosing a tap connector it is important to know what size tap you have. The measurement used, known as British Standard Pipe (or BSP), refers to the diameter of the pipe’s interior.

Therefore, you need to measure the internal diameter of the tap to determine what size your tap is. In Australia, the two common sizes for outdoor taps are 25mm (1”) and 20mm (¾”) BSP.

You will find that many tap connectors are “Universal” as they come with an adaptor that allows them to be fitted to taps of both sizes.

Next, measure your hose fitting size

There are two common sizes of standard garden hose fittings in Australia:

  • 12mm (1/2”) – common domestic garden hoses
  • 18mm (3/4”) – rural and commercial hoses

As with the taps, keep in mind that the measurement relates to the inner diameter.

Now you know what size you’re looking for, let’s take a look at some of the best tap connectors on the market in Australia.

Our top pick: Hozelock Metal Threaded Connector Pro

The Connector Pro is a quick and easy way to convert your tap into a Hozelock quick connect system.

Available in both 25mm (1”) and 20mm (¾”) BSP sizes, this high-quality product will last for years.

The metal will stand up better than plastic under the harsh Aussie sun and it’s also frost-resistant, so won’t be damaged by cold temperatures either.

It’s made of nickel-plated brass, which has great durability and ensures that the connector won’t rust or corrode over time.

The connector is easy to install: simply screw it into your existing tap and you’re good to go.

Also great: Hoselink Universal Tap Connector

The Hoselink Universal Tap Connector is both durable and affordable, and it can be used with any size of Australian tap.

The connector screws onto the tap securely, and it has a 100% watertight seal so you don’t have to worry about leaks or bursts when you’re using it.

The connector is also covered by a 2-year warranty, so you can rest assured that you’re covered in case anything goes wrong with the product.

The only downside with this product is that it’s only compatible with Hoselink hose fittings.

Also great: Hozelock 2-Way Tap Connector

Say goodbye to those days when you have to keep switching the connection on your tap.

With the Hozelock 2-Way Tap Connector, you can connect two watering devices or hoses directly to your garden tap and control the flow of water with ergonomic handles.

This versatile connector is supplied with 21mm adaptors, so it will work with most garden taps.

The two quarter-turn valves allow you to switch between watering devices or hoses without having to disconnect them from the tap.

The Hozelock 2-Way Tap Connector is made from high-quality materials that ensure durability and reliability.

Hose to Tap Connector Buying Guide

Thread type

The type of hose fittings commonly used in Australia is BSP (British Standard Pipe) thread.

It is also the standard in Europe and other Commonwealth countries including the UK and New Zealand.

BSP fittings include the following:

  • BSPT – British Standard Pipe Tapered
  • BSPP – British Standard Pipe Parallel

The other thread type you may come across is NPT (National Pipe Thread). This is the American standard thread.

Hose fitting size

There are two common sizes of standard garden hose fittings in Australia:

  • 12mm (1/2”) – common domestic garden hoses
  • 18mm (3/4”) – rural and commercial hoses

Keep in mind that the measurement relates to the inner diameter, so it doesn’t include the hose material.

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Types of hose fittings

In addition to tap to hose connectors, there are a number of other hose fittings you may come accross.

These include:

Tap adaptor – allow you to attach garden hose fittings to a range of fittings.

Hose connector – connect accessories such as a hose nozzle.

Hose joiner – a fitting that you attach to the end of one hose to connect it to another.

Hose coupler – a narrow piece of plastic or metal that fits inside two hose connectors. Used to connect two lengths of hose or pipe together.

Hose clamp – secures a hose over a fitting.

Water stop – prevents your hose from leaking when it’s disconnected.

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Materials

The materials used to make a hose fitting are usually plastic, brass, or stainless steel.

  • Plastic is the cheapest material and is generally not as sturdy as metal. However, plastic fittings are fast improving in quality and durability.
  • Brass is more durable and long-lasting than plastic. It’s also generally more expensive than plastic fittings.
  • Stainless steel, polypropylene, and aluminium may also be used in the manufacture of hose fittings.
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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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