There are important differences in application between the hoses used on washing machines and those used on faucets. Washing machines spin 20 pounds of clothes at up to 200 rpm, and that can cause the washer to dance all over the place. While it's dancing, ANY of the sharp sheet metal edges on the back of the washing machine can be rubbing against a rubber hose, and therefore cutting into it. Most often, when rubber hoses burst, it's at a site where the hose was rubbing against metal, typically a sharp metal edge.
Most people aren't aware of it, but Stainless steel is considerably harder than the mild steel used to make the front, back, top and side panels of washers and dryers out of. So, by having a stainless steel jacket on your washer supply hoses, if a hose rubs against the sharp edge of a metal panel, it'll be the sharp edge that gets worn down, not the stainless steel jacket. That's cuz the stainless jacket is harder than mild steel.
And, faucet supply tubes typically don't have sharp edges of metal panels nearby, and faucets don't have the same good reasons that washing machines have to dance around.
You can buy stainless steel jacketed washer supply hoses at any appliance parts shop.
Also, be careful about what you're buying. Where I live, Home Depot sells faucet supply tubes that have a braided silver coloured vinyl jacket. It looks kinda like stainless if you don't look too close. But, since they cost the same as those with the real stainless jackets, I buy stainless. Neither one is ever gonna leak, but for my money, I'd rather have real stainless steel, not a cheap immitation.
Last edited by Nestor_Kelebay; 04-23-2009 at 05:14 PM.