SharkBite Max FAQs
Using feedback from plumbers, we took SharkBite (1st Generation) and made a few enhancements to create SharkBite Max, a stronger and faster version of the industry-leading push-to-connect fitting.
SharkBite Max is stronger and faster because of a few key upgrades:
- A newly designed stainless-steel retainer delivers additional strength and double the burst pressure.
- SharkBite Max fittings no longer require tube liner for PEX applications per ASSE 1061.
- A re-engineered body allows you to insert the pipe using less effort for a smoother connection.
ASSE 1061 no longer requires a tube liner for PEX. When using on HDPE SDR-9 pipe, a tube liner is required and needs to be supplied by the pipe manufacturer. When transitioning from CTS to polybutylene pipe with SharkBite Max, a tube liner is required and included on the polybutylene side (gray collar).
SharkBite Max will be replacing 1st generation fittings in phases. This means you may see a mix of both options on shelves, but you’ll never see two versions of the same SKU. If you see a SharkBite Max SKU, it means the 1st generation SKU has been discontinued.