Which is better for you: Rubber brake hoses or stainless steel brake hoses?

A brake hose is a vital part of a motor vehicle. Without it you are open to hazards and can put yourself in danger. Naturally you want to make sure you choose the best and this comes guaranteed when you purchase from BrakeQuip.

Brake hoses are available in rubber and stainless steel. Why these two materials? They are both strong and durable and are able to handle the pressure when you apply your foot to the brake pedal. But what sets them apart, and which is more suitable for your needs?

In this blog we take a look at the specific details of both of these types of brake hoses, outlining where they differ and how each can be effective for you.

Rubber brake hoses

Low cost

If you want the best price but don’t want to compromise on quality, then rubber brake hose is the answer. This type of hose is effective and long lasting but is also a cheaper option than stainless steel.


For a car or motorcycle, rubber brake hoses are ideal. Although they expand when pressure is applied heavily to them, they still maintain integrity and strength for your braking system. In fact, the pressure of our rubber hoses are tested to 3000 p.s.i.

Weather resistant

Rubber is able to withstand a large temperature range, making your brake hose usable in all climates. Our rubber hoses can withstand temperatures as low as -14˚c all the way up to 121˚c.

Stainless steel brake hoses

Increased durability

Steel is stronger than rubber and so this increases the durability of stainless steel brake hoses – although this, in turn, increases the cost.

The brake hose is surrounded by a stainless steel mesh which acts as a shield against the likes of corrosion or UV rays and protects the tubing from damage.

No expansion

The stainless steel mesh protects the tubing from over expanding when heavy pressure is applied – helping it to maintain its strength. This means that the steady feel of your brake pedal will remain accurate. It also means better handling of the brakes – ideal if you race your vehicle and want to push it to its extremes.

Enhanced appearance

Many individuals take pride in the appearance of their vehicle. Motorcyclists in particular may wish to make their bike distinct – and shining stainless steel brake hoses can look extremely impressive.

We provide stainless steel braided brake lines in a variety of different colours, so you can tailor the look to your vehicle.

Which is best for you?

Both types of brake hoses are effective and offer reliable performance. If you use your vehicle for general, everyday use and you’re just looking for a dependable, cost effective choice, then rubber is for you. If you favour look and enhanced performance, then stainless steel is the best option.

If you’d like to know more about the brake hoses we supply here a BrakeQuip, please get in touch. You can contact us for more information or for a free quote today by calling 01257 220010.

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