The best pressure washers are essential household tools for cleaning decking and patios. Their grime-busting power makes quick (and super satisfying) work of mildew, mold, and dust when cleaning vehicles or barbecue equipment. In short, they're a must-have.
When shopping for a pressure washer there are a few things to consider. First of all, there's the PSI. The higher the PSI, the higher the power of a pressure washer. Also, consider the weight and size of a pressure washer. They should get the balance right between portability and power, so you can take them anywhere and blast through demanding tasks in as little time as possible. That's why we like the Sun Joe SPX3000. It's versatile and reasonably priced, with a decent PSI and a lightweight design. See more of our top picks below.
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A powerful and portable pressure washer at a reasonable price.
- Maximum 2030 PSI
- With two 0. 9 liter detergent tanks
- You can find more powerful
The mega-popular Sun Joe SPX3000 has a maximum 2030 PSI and can be used for cleaning cars, patios, grills, decks, even boats, and trucks. This portable pressure washer weighs 31 pounds, making it one of the most portable pressure washers in our lineup. However, you'll find a higher maximum PSI if you opt for a more expensive and weightier gas-powered pressure washer.
Sun Joe has two onboard detergent tanks (0.9 liters each) carry different detergents to help you multitask as you go.
A lightweight pressure washer for lightweight, day-to-day tasks
Super light and with a long power cord, this is a great portable pressure washer.
- 35 feet power cord
- 17.5 pounds
- Two nozzle tips and attachable detergent bottle
- Only 1600 PSI
For something lightweight to complete day-to-day tasks, the GreenWorks GPW1602 is a great option. It only weighs 17.5 pounds and its 35-foot power cord will extend across your yard to clean cars, patio, and barbecue equipment. With only 1600 PSI, you can certainly find more expensive pressure washers. However, while it will struggle to strip paint, you will be able to tackle grime and mildew with no trouble using this pressure washer.
Many actually prefer a less high powered washer for day-to-day tasks because it won't damage wood or pose a threat to your car or paint if used on the wrong setting. If that's you, this electric pressure washer will do the job.
A super powerful and high end pressure washer
Gas powered pressure washer with double the PSI of most electric options.
- Five nozzle tips
- 3.3 liter fuel capacity
- 3200 PSI
- Expensive and heavy
Gas-powered pressure washers offer far more power than electric models, and they benefit from an onboard gas container which eliminates the need for extension cables. That said, the Westinghouse WPX3200 is still an expensive option. With a 3200 PSI capability, you can use it to bust just about any dirt and grime.
There's a built-in soap container and five nozzles for targeted and high power spray.
Complete with two spray wands to choose from
An inexpensive pressure washer with a dirt blasting spray wand.
- Only 16.8 pounds
- Super affordable
- Two spray wands
- Lacking in power with only 1600 PSI
The Karcher K2 Plus is a great budget pressure washer. With a weight of 16.8 pounds and a 35-foot electric cord, it is relatively portable despite its larger dimensions. It would be hard to find a pressure washer with over 1600 PSI for this price, but it's definitely not the choice for those looking for a high pressure and powerful machine.
The Karcher K2 Plus comes with two nozzles - a Vario Power Spray wand and a Dirtblaster spray wand. For blasting patio and decking, it will do the job just fine.
For household, garden, and vehicle cleaning
Suitable for light, medium, and heavy duty cleaning tasks.
- Four Quick-Connect spray tips
- Total stop system prolongs pump life
- 2500 maximum PSI
The Homdox Electric Pressure Washer is ideal for car lovers. It has four spray tips and a soap spray tip which will allow you the level of customization to get a powerful and quick clean without damaging the paintwork. Its 1600-Watt motor has a maximum 2500 PSI cleaning power, which is great for an electric model. The Total Stop System works to shut off the pump when the trigger is not engaged, saving energy and prolonging the pump life.
The pressure is on
Which will you choose? For a true all-rounder, we suggest the Sun Joe SPX3000. It's popular, lightweight, and powerful for an electric pressure washer. The Homdox Electric Pressure Washer has similar dimensions and an option of four nozzles to clean cars and other vehicles easily.
For day-to-day, lightweight options consider either our top budget pick, the Karcher K2 Plus, or the GreenWorks GPW1602. On the other side of the scale, for pure power with a gas motor you should definitely check out the Westinghouse WPX3200.