Last Updated on August 29, 2020
Pressure washers are the best way to keep the exterior of your home looking pristine. It’s a great tool to have on hand, but choosing the right one can be frustrating. Knowing this, we have sampled dozens of tools, all to find finding the 10 best options on the market.
Some of the power washers featured here are for budget buyers, while others will be good for people that spend whatever it takes to get a good product. But all of them are going to be great for someone. In the power washer reviews that follow, we aim to identify the one that is best for you!
|Best Overall||Worx WG644||
|Best Value||Power Products USA NXG-2200||
|Premium Choice||Sun Joe SPX6001C-XR||
The Worx WG644 wins out as our top choice. This lightweight, completely battery-powered unit can draw water from any source, distinguishing it from other options on the market. The unit pulls water via a hose that you can seamlessly insert into any water reservoir.
It also adequately powerful enough to handle most situations likely to occur on your property. With 450 psi of power, the WG644 is roughly five times more powerful than a standard garden hose.
The unit features two different speeds (fast and slow) and it is one of the most accurate options on the market thanks to the extra-long lance barrel. It also includes a 4-in-1 pressure nozzle that allows the user to adjust the intensity of water flow.
Last but not least, the unit features two battery packs which make it easier to use for prolonged periods.
It is fairly pricey for a pressure washer, but it gets the job done.
The Power Products USA earns the distinction of being our best battery powered pressure washer for the money. This unit features 2,200 psi, making it comparable in performance to wired or gas-powered units.
The tool is designed to operate quietly, and it comes with a money-back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied after the first thirty days of use, you can get your money back.
Unfortunately, there are some misfires with the motor. Some users report complete failure after only months of use. This probably will be covered by your warranty, but it is still a problem that most buyers would probably prefer to avoid.
Still, units without manufacturing errors tend to be very reliable.
The Sun Joe features 1,160 psi of power. One of the nicest things about this product is that it features a robust range of accessories, including four tips that allow for an angled distribution of water and pressure. The enhanced range of tips makes it easy to perform a wide range of cleaning tasks.
The level of power makes it optimal for cleaning decks, patios, and even boats or RVs. The washer also features wheels which make it very easy to transport around your property.
The package includes on battery and a charging station, in addition to the tips and the tool itself.
You will want to bear in mind that this is one of the pricier options on our list today. We have also found that the threading that connects the hose tubes with the motor is a little fragile. It can wear down and degrade over time, which can make it frustrating, or even impossible to use.
The Realm features 1,200 psi of power, which is excellent for most private use. The unit features wheels and a suitcase-style grip that make it easy to transport, and the settings of the unit can be altered from low to high to operate in a variety of different situations.
Water is pulled from an onboard reservoir which can be easily refilled in a matter of moments. It comes with one battery, which can supply juice to the unit for around 30 minutes.
Unfortunately, the exterior of this system is fragile. Granted, pressure washers do not necessarily encounter a lot of wear and tear. However, in the event of an unexpected bump or fall, it may incur serious damage.
The Ivation is an extremely compact and relatively affordable tool that operates via an onboard battery. Because the battery is built-in, you will not be able to sustain power for longer periods by investing in supplementary sources.
Nevertheless, there is plenty to like here. The tool is lightweight, weighing just sixteen pounds, and it comes with a nineteen-foot long hose that gives you lots of access to your work area.
Water is drawn from an onboard reservoir, which can hold up to 4.5 gallons at a time. When the water runs out, it can be easily refilled in a matter of moments.
These things said, there are power limitations to bear in mind. We have found that this unit struggles with heavier dirt and grime, which makes it suited for light use.
The mrliance is a moderately priced and very portable power cleaner. It features six different spray patterns, making it easy to take a very precise approach to your work.
Weighing just a few pounds, it is lightweight and very easy to transport. The trigger of the spray system also features a safety lock to prevent children from inadvertently activating it.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of hiccups that will mean it’s not right for everyone. With only 960 psi of pressure, it’s not very powerful. This means it will be better for smaller messes. It also features a very small water reservoir, so you will need to refill it often.
It’s still a decent piece of equipment, but it certainly won’t be for users that require a heavy-duty tool.
The Sun Joe is a heavier duty product that will be better for people with dense grime or even just larger properties. The tank holds up to five gallons of liquids which should translate into a decent amount of use before a refill is necessary.
There are, however, a couple of issues you should bear in mind. For one thing, this tool is surprisingly noisy for a battery-powered washer. If you have sensitive ears, this is something to bear in mind. The gun is also of low quality. It seems to be made from very cheap plastic and may not stand up to prolonged use.
The Pure Clean is a power washer that is great for lighter work. It features a 4.5-gallon tank and a hose that is just 20 feet in length.
Like the last unit we looked at, the gun is on the cheaper side. However, it does have a nice safety lock feature that immediately deactivates the water flow the second you stop applying pressure to the trigger. This component prevents wasted water and helps you to use the power of the tool more efficiently.
You won’t be able to use this for heavy-duty work, but it is good for washing cars, boats, etc.
Second to last, we have a truly heavy-duty unit from Briggs & Stratton. This unit features 3,100 psi of power, making it a great option for people that are working on grime, dirt, and mildew buildup around their property.
This is a bulkier piece of equipment but it does feature wheels and a pulley system that makes it easier to transport. So, why does this sprayer find itself so low on our list? There are a couple of reasons. For one thing, it is very pricey, which will probably eliminate it as an option for budget buyers.
There also seem to be issues with the motor. Users report that it overheats or spontaneously stops working without warning. There are also concerns with the battery. It tends to shut off after 15 or 20 minutes, which can make it difficult to use over time.
Last, the Hauhe. This is the most affordable tool on our list, which may make it a good choice for buyers with limited means. It’s also a fairly robust starter package, featuring a long gun, a battery, a hose that draws water from any reservoir, and a charging station.
It also includes a nylon collapsible bucket that you can set up as an easy to use reservoir. The bucket is not very durable, but it is kind of convenient if you are moving the washer around your property.
The gun itself isn’t very well-built. The trigger tends to get caught up easily, and the battery tends to last for under 20 minutes. Its power levels are also pretty limited, which means it won’t be very good for bigger messes.
For buyers on a budget, this is a decent light-duty tool, but there are better products out there.
And now, here are some buying considerations that will hopefully make your decision easier.
Power washers all tend to be fairly portable, but the extent to which this is the case will vary from unit to unit. Due to the nature of this product, you want something easy to move around your property.
A lightweight design concept, as well as wisely placed wheels and or grips, can make transportation very easy.
The nozzle (the point from which the water is dispersed) has a large bearing on the overall performance of the power washer. This is the feature that determines how the water will come out. What is the angle? What is the spray pattern? Can it be easily adjusted?
The right nozzle will determine all of these things. Some are removable while others remain onboard at all times, but can be adjusted with ease.
In any case, an adjustable nozzle system gives you lots of flexibility. The higher the pressure of the output, the more gunk you will be able to remove from your deck, patio, house, etc.
In the world of power washers, power is quantified in pounds per square inch (psi). The higher the psi rating, the more damage your pressure washer will be able to do. However, there is a caveat to this consideration. More power is not always better.
Pressure washers are deceptively dangerous, and it is not uncommon for injuries to occur when users do not understand the full implications of their tool’s power.
The good news is that battery-powered washers are going to be somewhat limited in the amount of juice they can produce. You will still be able to perform a good clean, but the chances of you getting a product you can’t handle are smaller.
Still, it is a good idea to consider the power levels before you make your decision. You want something strong enough to handle your cleaning needs, but not so strong that you won’t know what you’re getting yourself into.
Coldwater pressures use cold water to clean gunk and grime. This is the most standard option that you will come across, as the washer doesn’t need to do anything to the water it pulls from your spout.
As a consequence, these systems are most often used in residences. They are great for cleaning cars, stripping mildew, as well as other similar tasks.
Again, the name is sufficiently descriptive. Hot water pressure washers are generally fairly expensive but they do a great job at killing germs and bacteria, and they don’t have to rely so much on cleaning additives like soap.
As a result, they are most often found in commercial settings. You can consider using them on the home front if you have major power washing needs, but bear in mind that they usually account for a more complicated experience.
One of the things people like about power washers is that they are a natural way to clean the exterior of your home. Often enough, there is no need to introduce dangerous cleaning chemicals into your backyard.
However, in certain cases, it is more dangerous not to use cleaning supplies. For instance, it isn’t enough just to remove mildew. You also need to kill all the germs and bacteria that it leaves in its wake.
In those situations, it will be to your benefit to have a chemical reservoir built into your washer. This feature makes it easy to introduce moderate amounts of cleaning materials onto the surfaces being treated.
Even if you don’t anticipate an immediate need for a chemical reservoir, it will be something handy to have on hand. You never know when you’ll wind up with a bigger mess than you anticipated, right?
Some power washers hook up directly to a hose spout while others require a reservoir. Units that use a reservoir need to be refilled often so it is worth your time to get something that features a big tank.
We also found a few units that are designed to draw water from a larger source. This method could potentially give you access to a larger supply of water, but it also limits where you can go with your sprayer.
Since this article is dealing with battery-powered units, battery life is an important consideration to keep in mind. As you may have noticed from the guide, this is a factor that can vary pretty significantly.
The longer the battery life, the less stress you will have as you work. An average tool might feature a battery life of roughly 30 minutes. However, you can find options that run for up to an hour.
Alternatively, you might also find it worthwhile to look into acquiring supplemental batteries. If you always have a fully charged battery on hand, you don’t have to pause your work for hours at a time while you wait for the tool to rejoice.
It is also worth keeping in mind that using your washer on its higher settings will diminish the battery faster. If you have heavier duty needs, you will want to factor that into your purchasing decisions.
Multi-duty power washers are optimized for performing a wide range of tasks. These units allow you to manually manipulate the pressure levels so that you are applying the proper level of psi to any job you come across.
A wide range of adjustability features tend to be costlier, but it is worth the extra money.
There is a wide range of accessories that could potentially come with your power washers. For instance, you may want something that features power washer wand extensions, different tips, nozzles, or cleaning instruments.
The more accessories you get, the more versatile your power washer will be.
As you can see from our list, washers can range substantially in price. More money tends to get you a higher level of power, as well as a variety of different adjustability features. If you are just buying for casual use, it may not be worth it to fork over a lot of money.
However, if you are going to be using your washer often, it can be helpful to have a wide range of features.
For obvious reasons, you aren’t supposed to use your pressure washer in freezing temperatures. Ideally, the system will be free of moisture when temperatures are below 32 degrees, to ensure that the water does not freeze and swell within it.
The most obvious way to guarantee this is to simply be mindful of when you use the tool and how you store it.
However, you can give yourself a little bit of insurance by investing in a tool that has been winterized. Winterized pressure washers are optimized to protect the tool’s most sensitive components from extreme temperatures.
If you live in an exceptionally cold climate, this may be something to look into.
Did one of our power washer reviews jump out at you? For instance, maybe you loved the uncompromising performance of the WORX WG644 Portable Power Cleaner. It’s a great product for buyers that can afford to set aside a decent chunk of change for this purchase.
Budget buyers aren’t excluded from the list, either. Our best for the money pick, the Power Products USA Pressure Washer is going to be great for people that want value and performance.
But hey, we don’t want to tell you what to buy. There are 10 great products here, and one of them will be perfect for you.
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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!