I installed new faucets and used the standard flexible lines for the water connections. I purchased 12 inch lines since the distance between the faucet and the valve is slightly less than 12, but when I installed them, the shorter distance caused a fairly tight bend in the middle and where the mesh meets the connector:
There doesn't seem to be any problems.. yet, but I am concerned about long term wear from having it in this configuration. For this reason, I was going to replace the 12 inch lines for the longest available so I can make a loop, like this:
I wasn't sure, however, if this configuration is actually better since I don't know what kind of bend these things can handle in a practical scenario and whether it is better to have the bend in the pipe, or at the connector. When searching online, most of the information I found simply recommended doing a custom bent steel line if the distance or angle is awkward, but I would rather just take the simpler approach if possible.
Does my first configuration have too much bend in the pipe, and if so, is the looped configuration a better alternative?
Thanks in advance!