There are a lot of times when any water leakage from the hose can not be tolerated, and securing the hose to a pipe or pump is essential. When that’s the case, the best solution comes in the form of a hose or pipe fittings. There are different types of hose fittings, including cam lock hose fittings, brass hose fittings, nylon & polymer and plastic hose fittings. Each one of these is designed differently and knowing the differences between them will give you a sense of which type is more appropriate for you.


Cam Lock Hose Fittings

Also known as cam and groove fittings, these fittings are most commonly used in sectors like infrastructure and agriculture. They’re made of aluminium and stainless steel, which makes them extremely reliable and durable. Where leaks from hoses or pipes are hazardous and can pose a huge threat, cam lock hose fittings are used to ensure nothing of the kind happens. They’re extremely popular because they’re very simple, affordable and can quickly enable you to connect or disconnect a hose from a pipe or a pump. They come in different sizes and are suitable for a variety of hose or pipe diameters. They are capable of carrying liquids, granules and powders and are interchangeable with other cam lock fittings made to the same standard.

Brass Hose Fittings

Brass hose fittings are manufactured from, oh well – brass. They’re more expensive than most hose fitting types and are also heavier. They come in both female and male adapters. The male adapter is the one where the threads are on the outer-side of the fitting, while the female adapter has threats that are on the inner-side. Having both male and female adapters make is incredibly easy to find the brass hose fitting that’s appropriate for your hose.

Plastic Hose Fittings

These are similar in design to brass hose fittings. However, they’re inexpensive and more lightweight when compared to them. Plastic hoses are just as durable as brass ones and are designed to withstand high levels of water pressure, making them the perfect fit for many applications. You can purchase a few of these fittings at a time just to have a supply of them as they have a lower replacement cost than the brass and cam lock hose fittings.

Nylon & Polymer Hose Fittings

These are the mid point between plastic and brass fittings. They’re designed to be as durable as both plastic and brass and the composite material they’re manufactured from can withstand water pressure and last a very long time when put in use. If you’re looking for a fitting with the characteristics of a brass fitting but want a more affordable price, you should opt for a nylon & polymer hose fitting.