In the North American hookah market, washable hoses have become the standard ever since they were first introduced to the market a few years ago with models like the original Nammor and Razan hoses. There are now a ton of different brands and styles to choose from and more hitting shelves all the time. It’s hard to keep track of all of them and it’s easy to get confused as to whether or not a hose is really washable.
So, how can you tell if a hose is washable or if you are going to wind up with a pile of rust and rot after a few cleanings?
The first thing I can offer you is a bit of advice for before you buy a hose and have to solve a mystery; If your hose is not listed as washable you should just assume that it is not washable. Washable hoses are a great selling point. A vendor is not going to pass up a chance to let you know that you are getting a much sought after product. In fact, many vendors allow you to choose a washable hose as an upgrade when purchasing a hookah because it is such a selling point.
If you are thinking about getting a new hose, but you aren’t sure whether or not it is washable, do yourself a favor and ask the vendor. A reputable vendor, like hookah-shisha.com (disclaimer: they’re one of our sponsors and very reputable) , will give you an honest and straight forward answer that should settle your questions quickly.
If it says “rust resistant” then it’s probably not washable. Rust resistant just means that the inner metal coil is coated to reduce rusting, but it’s still not entirely rust proof. Washable hoses don’t have metal coils inside.
So, that brings us to our test. If you have a hose that you are unsure whether or not it is washable, take a magnet to it. The stronger the magnet the better. If the magnet sticks to the hose or attracts it at any point then it’s definitely not washable.
The most surefire way to check if hose is washable; cut it open. You’re not going to have much of a usable hose, but it will settle the debate quickly.