6 of the best pressure washers

For more cleaning power with less effort and no chemicals, look no further than a pressure washer – we’ve rounded up the best from Bosch, Kärcher, and more, to make outdoor cleaning jobs both big and small a breeze

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There’s always something outside in need of a good clean, whether it be bikes, driveways, garden furniture, or even paintwork, and it can eat considerably into our downtime if we rely on elbow grease or nasty chemical cleaners alone. Enter the faithful pressure washer – the quickest and easiest tool for removing grime from cars or garden paraphernalia. 

They’ll all do essentially the same job, but when it comes to parting with your hard-earned cash for the perfect model, it makes sense to consider a few things that might make your life considerably easier for just a little bit more moolah. 

Pressure washer features to check for:

  • How long are the hose and power cable? Can you reach the top of the car or end of the driveway without having to unplug and rejig?
  • How high is the pressure? For blasting mud off bikes or algae off garden furniture, a compact model with around 100 bar pressure is ample. Cleaning patios and gutters needs a good mid-range model, but for ingrained dirt, you might need a washer offering around 120 bar of pressure.
  • How heavy is the model? Most come with wheels, but even so you need to be conscious that you may need to lift it. Higher-powered equipment will often weigh more so choose carefully and don't over-specify if you don't need the pressure.

Kärcher K2 Premium Full Control Car and Home Pressure Washer

(Image: © Kärcher K2 Premium Full Control Car and Home Pressure Washer)

1. Kärcher K2 Premium Full Control

As simple or as intricate as you make it, the Kärcher pressure washer ticks all the boxes

Specifications
Best for: Simple to use
Max. pressure: 110 bar
Hose length: 6m
Weight: 7.98kg
Reasons to buy
+ Simple to set up and use  + More nozzles and brushes available to purchase if needed+ Extendable handle easy for transporting+ Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
- Not ideal for larger tasks

Perfect for those who plan on using a pressure washer every now and then, the Kärcher K2 is our best buy for first-time users, and anyone who doesn’t need a machine with lots of settings. As far as little extras go, it has an extendable handle to make it easy to move around, a built-in detergent tank and also four different pressure modes: the lowest being mix, and then soft, medium and hard. We like that this affordable pressure washer handles small to mid-sized jobs well without over-complicating things. The best part? Although it comes complete with patio cleaner, a foam nozzle, and a wash brush which is fantastic at cleaning delicate areas, it's easy to store away when you're not using it. 

2. Nilfisk D-PG 140.4-9 Xtra 140

Built of sturdy stuff for a high-quality wash

Specifications
Best for: High quality
Max. pressure: 140 bar
Hose length: 9m
Weight: 13.8kg
Reasons to buy
+ Responsive pressure+ Great build quality 
Reasons to avoid
- On the pricier side

This high-pressure Nilfisk pressure washer makes the shortlist for its excellent build quality and the considerable power from its 2,400W onboard motor. It’s certainly sturdy, but don’t be put off by the weight: it comes with a handle and wheels, so it can still be easily trundled around. The responsive grip-control pressure gives you just as much as you need at any one time, saving energy and water. Most importantly, it cleans like a dream, quickly and effectively. If you have a middling budget and aren’t sure what you need from a washer, make this your choice. 

3. Wolf Petrol Pressure Washer

A professional-level clean, petrol-powered for easy manoeuvrability

Specifications
Best for: Big jobs
Max. pressure: 200 bar
Hose length: 6m
Weight: 37kg
Reasons to buy
+ Extremely powerful + Cleans quickly and easily 
Reasons to avoid
- Very large and heavy 

The ultra-manly-sounding Wolf Petrol Pressure Washer is the biggest and heaviest of our picks, but it also blows away the competition with its whopping 200 bar of potential pressure. It makes short work of even old, ingrained dirt with a powerful 3,000 psi jet, and can be used from either mains water or a tank. It’s overkill for once-a-year small jobs, but if you’re a contractor looking to add a bit of oomph to a professional kit, or frequently have heavy-duty dirt to conquer, this is the natural choice. 

4. Bosch AQT 37-13 Plus High Pressure Washer

This multi-tasking pressure washer lends a hand all around the house

Specifications
Best for: Best all-rounder
Max. pressure: 130 bar
Hose length: 6m
Weight: 6.53kg
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of useful accessories + Easy to store 
Reasons to avoid
- Parts and controls not well-labelled 

Another brilliant mid-range pressure washer, the Bosch AQT 37-13 is a great choice for all manner of odd jobs. It comes complete with a range of accessories to help with patios, cars, bikes, and more, with the three-in-one nozzle proving especially versatile. The handle folds down for easier storage, so it won’t take up too much space in the garage, and the wheels make it easy to manoeuvre between jobs. If you’re a Jack (or Jill) of all trades, this makes a thoroughly good all-rounder for a reasonable price. 

5. Karcher K7

The tough-as-nails K7 means business, and takes care of it in seconds

Specifications
Best for: Best premium model
Max. pressure: 160 bar
Hose length: 5m
Weight: 18kg
Reasons to buy
+ Sturdy and stable build + Lots of power and control 
Reasons to avoid
- Very expensive 

Fifth only because of weight and the hefty price tag, the Karcher K7 is a fantastic electric alternative if you don’t need the mighty power of a petrol-powered pressure washer, but still want a ruddy good clean. Its three-in-one lance cleans quickly and intuitively, so you don’t have to change nozzles if you’re short on time, and the water pressure and detergent flow can both be controlled easily from the handle. If £400 is a stretch, consider the very good Nilfisk pressure washer, but if you can afford it, the durability and versatility of the Karcher make it a great investment. 

6. Bosch EasyAquatak 110 High Pressure Washer

The bigger Bosch’s mini-me can be carried anywhere to clean nooks and crannies

Specifications
Best for: Compact
Max. pressure: 110 bar
Hose length: 3m
Weight: 3.8kg
Reasons to buy
+ Compact and light + Easy to transport 
Reasons to avoid
- Very short hose 

The budget- and storage-friendly EasyAquatak 110 is essentially the little brother of the aforementioned AQT 37-13, so if you liked the look of it, but have a small budget and little room in the garage, this is a great alternative. With integrated storage for all its accessories and a portable tank with carry handle, you can take this compact pressure washer anywhere, even on hard-to-reach jobs. Naturally, it’s not the most powerful, so while it’s perfect for keeping on top of a little muck, if you need a little more pressure, consider the Kärcher K7. 

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