A garden hose is an essential part of any home. You can use it for watering your plants, washing your car, or hosing down the driveway. But what if you don’t have a spigot, or it’s inconveniently located, or you want to run more than one hose? In those situations, you might want to connect a garden hose to your indoor faucet.
Is this even possible? And if so, how might you go about it? Here’s everything you need to know about hooking up your garden hose to your faucet.
Can You Connect a Garden Hose to an Indoor Faucet?
In a word, yes! In fact, there are a number of ways to go about it if you don’t have a hose bib outside. That’s why we wrote this guide.
How Can You Connect a Garden Hose to an Indoor Faucet?
There are a handful of ways to go about it, but the correct method is going to depend on your faucet’s design. Some faucets have threads on the end to make the process easier. However, these threads aren’t the same as the threads on your outdoor spigot. An outdoor spigot has a ¾-inch thread, while most faucets have a 15/16 or 13/16-inch thread. These threads are commonly used for appliance connections, but your garden hose won’t screw on. Then again, the fact that there’s some kind of threading means you can easily use a screw-on adapter.
If your faucet doesn’t have threads, you’ll need to get more creative. A clamp-on design, or one that slips over the end of the faucet, can be the ideal solution under those circumstances.
There are some kinds of faucets that won’t accept a garden hose at all. The most common example is a kitchen faucet with a pull-out design. Because the aerator is loosely attached, there’s no reliable way to connect your hose. Other types that won’t adapt are flat-profiled gooseneck faucets or faucets with a waterfall design.
The 3 Best Indoor Faucet Adapters for Your Garden Hose
The Camco (22484) Water Bandit is the most straightforward way to connect a hose to a sink without any threads. The design is pretty straightforward; it’s a sturdy rubber tube attached to a ¾-inch male threaded tip. You slip it over the end of your faucet, put a hose clamp around it, and screw your hose onto the threads. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Keep in mind that this will only work if the faucet opening is more or less parallel to the faucet itself. If it’s at a 90-degree angle, this design isn’t going to be effective.
The Mingor Sink Faucet Adapter Kit is a threaded adapter kit for threaded faucets. It consists of an upper portion that screws onto your sink, and a lower portion where your hose screws on. The two segments are attached by a ball joint, which allows you a bit more flexibility. The kit even includes a secondary adapter that can screw into the top to attach to a smaller, 13/16-inch faucet. Another nice touch is that the bottom has a standard 15/16-inch faucet thread at the bottom, nested inside the hose thread. So you can leave the adapter in place, and swap between your aerator and hose as needed.
The Koala Indoor Faucet Adapter is an alternative option for faucets with right-angle tips. As long as the tip isn’t more than an inch thick, you simply clamp the adapter down, and the faucet feeds into a rubber opening. Underneath, there’s a threaded garden hose attachment, which connects to the bottom of the adapter with a quick-release collar. This makes the Koala adapter exceptionally easy to set up and take off.
What is a Male Thread vs Female Thread?
A male thread is a pipe or hose that is threaded around the outside. A female thread is one that’s threaded on the inside, and screws over the male-threaded end. Typically, a garden hose will have one female end, while a spigot has a male thread, and a nozzle or sprinkler has a female thread.
Why Might You Need to Connect a Garden Hose to an Indoor Faucet?
The most common reason to connect a garden hose to an indoor faucet is because you don’t have access to a garden hose spigot. Maybe you’re in a high rise and you want to hose off your balcony. Maybe you’re in a duplex and your neighbor is already using the hose.
It can also be the case that your sink is more convenient. If your spigot is on one side of your house and your sink is on the other, it can be simpler to run a hose through the window instead of buying a longer hose to wrap all the way around your house.
A final reason is if you want to use your garden hose in the winter. If you’ve shut off your outdoor spigot for the year, it can be quicker and easier just to run a hose from your kitchen sink.
Will the Koala Indoor Faucet Adaptor Dent my Sink?
The Koala Indoor Faucet Adapter is designed not to dent your sink, and under normal circumstances, it won’t do any damage. That said, the back of your faucet has to be flat, not curved. If the back is curved, all the pressure from the clamp will be right on the top, instead of being spread across the entire width of the faucet. In that case, the top of your faucet could get squished flat.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to connect your garden hose to an indoor faucet. As long as you have a faucet with a non-removable head, there’s at least one method that will work for you. Take the time to find the proper solution, and you’ll have your hose hooked up in no time.
Jamie is the founder of The Backyard Pros. When he was 15 years old he started working at a garden centre helping people buy plants, gardening products, and lawn care products. He has real estate experience and he is a home owner. Jamie loves backyard projects, refinishing furniture, and enjoys sharing his knowledge online.