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Quick-Connect Fittings1330 Products
Quick-connect fittings have an easy push-fit locking design for tube and pipe connections and are offered in tees, elbows, valves, and other types.
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Quick-Connect Fittings are also called push-to-connect, push-fit, or SharkBite fittings. They allow for a quick and easy tubing connection with a locking collet design that grips the outer diameter (OD) of various tubing and pipe sizes. These fittings are designed for OD polyethylene and PEX tubing, as well as copper and PVC pipes.
What are quick-connect fittings used for?
- • Plumbing
- • Water purification
- • Reverse osmosis
- • Beverage dispensing
- • Appliance installation
- • Pneumatics
Frequently asked questions: How does a quick-connect fitting work? What is the difference between a male and female fitting? How do you install and disconnect a quick-connect fitting?
Visit our blog for the full list of FAQs about quick-connect fittings and answers to these questions.
Types of Quick-Connect Fittings
ElbowsElbows are attached to pipes to change the direction of flow. Types of elbows include long-radius or 90° elbows and short-radius or 45° elbows. A 90° elbow is more common because it reverses the flow completely and keeps the tube from kinking.
TeesTees connect pipes of different sizes and merge or split the direction of fluid flow in three ways.
ConnectorsConnectors join two end tubes together, often to add or extend a long run of tubing or pipe. Adapters are a type of connector whose two connecting ends are different.
Bulkhead fittingsBulkhead fittings are used to create a connection through a wall. They’re inserted through a hole cut into the surface to join plumbing pipes and tubing to panels or tanks.
- • A ball valve is a type of shut-off valve that stops water flow
- • A needle valve regulates the flow of liquids
- • A check valve keeps water from flowing in the reverse direction
- • An angle stop adapter valve shuts off the water flowing to a faucet
Crosses and dividersDividers allow water to flow in separate directions. A cross coupler or connector is a four-way divider, named according to its number of inlets and outlets, similar to a tee.
Types of Quick-Connect Connections
Each quick-connect fitting has a different thread size and type of tube connection, like a union, reducer, push-in, stem, or barb.
UnionsUnions have the same size quick-connection on either side.
ReducersWhen the two connecting ends vary in size, the fitting is called a reducer. Reducers allow you to adjust pipe size depending on the flow rate a system requires.
StemsA stem has a short branch that plugs into a connector like a tube. A stem adapter has threads on one side to attach a union elbow or union tee.
BarbsBarbs are like stems but have a barbed end instead of a threaded end. A stem barb is a coupling that has a stem on one side and a barb connection on the other.
Connections vary in thread size and type.
- • National Pipe Tapered: NPT
- • Female Pipe Tapered: FPT
- • Male Pipe Tapered: MPT
- • Unified Fine Thread: UNF
- • Unified National Superfine: UNS
- • National Pipe Straight: NPS
- • British Standard Pipe: BSP
- • British Standard Whitworth: BSW
- • Male Flared Fitting: MFL
- • Garden Hose Thread: GHT
If you’re not sure of what thread size you need, check out our 5-step guide to determining thread type and pipe size.
- • Acetal copolymer
- • Polypropylene
- • Polyethylene
- • Polysulfone
- • Nylon
- • Biopolymer
- • Kynar
- • Brass
- • Chrome
Top Brands for Quick-Connect Fittings
John Guest fittings are certified to NSF/ANSI standards 14, 51, and 61.
For more information on John Guest fittings, visit the JG collection.
SharkBite fittings are certified to ASSE 1061 and NSF/ANSI 61.
Sea Tech products are certified to ANSI, NSF, and ASTM standards.
For more information on Sea Tech fittings, visit the Sea Tech collection.
DMfit fittings are often used for water purification and food service. These fittings are non-toxic and safe to use in drinking water applications. They are easy to disconnect and maintain and can be connected and reconnected repeatedly.
DMfit fittings are certified to NSF standards 51 and 61.
For more information on DMfit fittings, visit the DMfit collection.
Parker specializes in fittings for food and beverage service. Parker’s LIQUIfit fittings are made of eco-friendly biopolymer from plants. Parker fittings reduce contamination and protect the environment. They are compact, easy to clean, and resistant to chemicals.
Parker products are NSF certified and FDA compliant.
For more information on Parker fittings, visit the Parker collection.