Investing in a pressure washer? Smart thinking. Your patio, car, decking, or even the outside of your house will all benefit from a high-pressure spray down. As anyone who has watched a pressure washer in action can attest, these clear dirt better than anything else. Of course, there are a lot of designs out there to choose from, so finding the right one for you can be a daunting task. That's where we come in. To help make the process that little bit easier, we've picked out some of the best you can buy.
When looking for the right washer, you'll want to consider its PSI. What's that? The PSI is the standard metric used for pressure washers. To put it simply, the higher the PSI, the more powerful the washer. Our favorite product, the Sun Joe SPX3000, is a versatile design offering 2030 PSI. Plus, it's reasonably priced. To learn more about this as well as some of the other great options, read on.
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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) that 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-foot 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
A 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.
Grime, gunk and dirt are no match for this 4500-PSI washer
Complete with four different tips, this can wash a variety of surfaces.
- 4500 PSI
- Suitable for light, medium, and heavy-duty cleaning jobs
- 35-foot power cord
- 1800-watt motor
- Heat detector to protect against overheating
Whilst this might not be the most affordable, it certainly justifies itself in performance. The PowRyte Elite Power Washer is a cold water pressure cleaner, suitable for cleaning decks, cement, siding, pavement, trucks, animal cages, and garbage cans – to name but a few of its uses. With a 25-foot hose, it can clean larger areas, and thanks to its four different tips, it is exceptionally versatile. The 0º tip is best for tough cleaning jobs, the 25º for general use, and the 40º for fragile surfaces. As well as these, there is also the 'SOAR' tip, which combines the water with cleaning agents. Grime, be gone!
The pressure is on
No pressure, seriously! If you haven't quite made your mind up yet, don't sweat it. We have neatly summarized the best washers below.
Our personal favorite, the Sun Joe SPX3000, is inexpensive and powerful. Perfect, right? In terms of portability, the GreenWorks GPW1602 is a real winner. It's so light! Looking for something that simply obliterates grime? This gas-powered beauty, the Westinghouse WPX3200, is a no-brainer.
If you're on a budget, the Karcher K2 Plus is a trusty and simple choice, although it's not the best for tougher jobs. What about something for the car? Well, it has to be the Homdox Electric Pressure Washer. Finally, if you're willing to part with a bit more, the PowRyte Elite Power Washer provides some serious PSI.