Push-fit fittings provide an easy way to make piping connections. No tools are needed, making the fittings ideal for small repairs and do-it-yourself jobs. Due to the relatively high cost of push-fit fittings, investing in proper tools/training generally makes more sense for larger jobs and for contractors. Push-fit fittings eliminate the need for PEX tools, copper soldering, and CPVC solvents. SupplyHouse.com carries three types of push-fit fittings, each of which works with PEX, copper, and CTS CPVC:
- SharkBite fittings, usually made out of lead-free brass, are available in a wide range of configurations in sizes up to 2”. SharkBite fittings up to 1” come with PEX insert pieces. The SharkBite name is synonymous with push-fit fittings for many people in the plumbing and heating industries.
- Most John Guest Speedfit fittings are plastic, making them more affordable, more corrosion-resistant, and lead-free. The John Guest name has been respected in Europe for decades. Their Twist & Lock fittings do not even require a tool for easy removal. The manufacturer recommends PEX inserts (available separately) for PEX domestic water applications and requires them for PEX space-heating applications.
- Watts Quick-Connect fittings are also normally plastic and meet 2014 U.S. lead-free standards. PEX inserts typically come with the fittings. Watts offers a Quick-Connect option for many parts across their huge selection of plumbing supplies.