Last Updated on September 16, 2020
It’s easy to think that pressure washers are all expensive and tough to operate. They’re mostly suitable for hardcore home handymen or contractors, right? Wrong.
In fact, you can find that some of the best cheap pressure washers under $200 work almost as well as more expensive units. These pressure washers will let you deep clean your sidewalks, walls, car, patio, or anywhere else without all the elbow grease and sweat that traditional scrubbing would require.
Plus, they can do it all without breaking the bank. What’s not to like? Let’s take a look at some top cheap pressure washers if you want to wash your home or car with a budget-friendly cleaning machine.
|Best Overall||Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Electric High Pressure Washer||
|Best Value||Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer||
|Sun Joe SPX1000 1450 Electric Pressure Washer||
|GreenWorks GPW1602 Pressure Washer||
|AR ANNOVA REVERBERI AR390SS Electric Pressure Washer||
The Sun Joe 2030 Electric High Pressure Washer has a lot to like, starting with its overall versatility. Since it’s powered by an 1,800 W motor, it’s able to produce a little over 2,000 psi or churn through about 1.76 gallons per minute. In actuality, working pressure is closer to 1,450 psi, but that’s still plenty for most cleaning tasks.
We really like the fact that it comes with twin 0.9 L detergent tanks. Throw some good detergent in there and you have an excellent cleaning solution for even the toughest grease and dirt.
Other excellent features round out its value, including a TSS or “total stop system” that will automatically shut off the pump when you let go of the trigger. This can potentially save you from an unfortunate accident where you drop the hose and it spins out of control.
Then you have to consider all the accessories you get with the purchase, including a 34-inch extension wand and a 35-foot power code with water protection. An additional, needle-shaped cleaning tool and five “quick connect” spray tips are included. Ultimately, it has everything you can imagine needing in a general use pressure washer.
The only thing you want to keep an eye on is the plastic screw that connects to the water hose/outlet. This is significantly more fragile than the rest of the pressure washer, so check to make sure you didn’t get a defective unit before going to town with your new high-pressure hose.
The Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer has a lot of value, especially since, in addition to its regular cleaning potential, it works with an attached detergent bottle to create a foam spray that’s perfect for cleaning away ingrained grit and dirt on even the toughest surfaces. It provides truly powerful cleaning and is a perfect pressure washer for outdoor surfaces, appliances, or vehicles.
The pressure washer comes with a 25-foot pressure hose (a little shorter than the last pressure washer on our list), plus four quick connect nozzles and a 2-year limited warranty, which covers you from any manufacturer defects. It manages 2,150 psi on average, and we especially like that this pressure washer is designed for leakproof connections.
The wheels are decently maneuverable, but keep in mind that the main directing wand is a little short. This, coupled with the slightly shorter pressure hose length, means you may need to get a little creative with reaching distant targets.
Still, most folks will find a lot to like about this pressure washer and the hose/wand length is an ultimately minor quibble with an otherwise excellent machine.
Sun Joe returns once again with their SPX1000 1450 Electric Pressure Washer. Like the last, it also runs on electrical power and can provide around 1,450 psi of water pressure. Keep in mind that this is the maximum load, whereas the typical load is closer to 1,150 psi.
Still, this makes it suitable for driving away grit and grime from many hard surfaces, and it can even be used for wooden services without the threat of damaging the material.
It also comes with the total stop system we saw with the last Sun Joe pressure washer, so it’ll automatically shut off when the trigger isn’t engaged. The spray wand is easy to adjust to direct the spray, and it works with a twist nozzle so you can control water pressure instantaneously.
All in all, it’s incredibly similar to the last Sun Joe electric pressure washer and is best used as a lower power and lower-priced alternative – consider it if you’re more budget-minded than anything else, but still want something that should serve you well for a few years.
The GreenWorks GPW1602 Pressure Washer is an incredibly portable and lightweight machine, with a motor that can produce 1,600 psi max (or closer to 1,200-1,300 psi on average). But more important is its ultimate flexibility – the pressure washer can be used horizontally or vertically thanks to its small size and compact design. It includes a 20-foot pressure hose, which is shorter than average but suitable given its miniaturized design.
It also includes a soap applicator so you can mix soap with pressurized water. This enables you to clean any dirty surface without too much effort. An additional two nozzle tips and a detergent bottle are included by default with the purchase, and you get a 35-foot power cord with water protection for any exterior outlet use.
The downside? The motor is definitely on the lighter side, and it’s not uncommon for the pressure washer to sputter and start if you run it for a long time. The psi ratings may even drop below 1,100 at times, depending on the power outlet you use.
Still, it’s a decent choice if you are primarily pressure washing for residential needs and don’t need to worry about having the highest-power machine in the neighborhood.
The AR ANNOVA REVERBERI AR390SS Electric Pressure Washer is a higher-powered device than the last, with 2,000 psi max and around 1,600 average. It also comes with an environmentally friendly design – the pressure washer is incredibly efficient, despite using 40% less power than a regular garden hose. It’s easy to assemble and move around thanks to the treaded tires on either side.
The pressure washer comes with a 30-foot pressure hose and a 48-ounce detergent tank if you want to combine the pressurized water with your favorite soap. It also comes with four pressure washer nozzles for different pressure values.
The downside is that it’s relatively heavy at 40 pounds, and certainly a little pricier than most of the other washers on this list. Give it some consideration if you want a long-lasting pressure washer with efficient performance and don’t mind spending a little extra money to get it.
The Karcher K1700 Electric Power Pressure Washer can top out at 1,700 psi, with a little lower for average performance. But most notably, it includes an on/off switch down by your foot instead of relying on a nozzle or button near the center of the machine. This makes it easy to stop and start your pressure washing duties if you face frequent interruptions, like if you primarily pressure wash at home.
It includes three nozzles: one for maximum cleaning power, another all-purpose nozzle, and a final nozzle for mixing with detergent. It includes a detergent tank for this purpose, which can be removed for cleaning or filling. Interestingly, it also comes with a removable bin you can use to store the additional nozzles or any other accessories.
The high-pressure hose only extends to 20 feet, however. Ultimately, it’s a decent electric pressure washer but the included distinctions that separate it from the others don’t do a lot to mitigate that downside. Still, if you don’t need a particularly long-reaching hose, this might be a great pressure washer for you.
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The PAXCESS 2150 Electric Pressure Washer comes with an 1,800 W motor that can generate up to 2,150 psi or 1.5 gallons per minute. Granted, this is the maximum performance, but the pressure washer will certainly be able to produce a good chunk of fast-flying water for most cleaning needs on average. This is bolstered by the adjustable pressure nozzle that comes with the purchase, which means you don’t have to bother with fitting different nozzles onto the hose or wand.
It also comes with a removable detergent tank so you can clean the tank or fill it inside the house. The hose is 26 feet long, and the pressure washer comes with a hose reel that will prevent you from creating kink s. It also makes wrapping the hose up at the end of the pressure washing session a lot easier.
The included total stop system will automatically shut the machine off when you let go of the trigger. All in all, it’s a solid and high-powered cheap pressure washer. But keep in mind that the machine has a tendency to tip over thanks to its lightweight and, although max power is impressive for the cost, sometimes the motor sputters and delivers an underwhelming performance.
The WestForce Electric Pressure Washer is the highest-powered machine on our list, topping out at 2,800 psi with 1.76 gallons per minute. At maximum power, it’ll be able to grind away even the toughest dirt and debris from any type of surface you can imagine, including fences, bricks, cars, and more.
Like many of the others, it also features a total stop system to shut off the pump when the trigger is released. Even better, it includes protections for overheating and overcurrent, so it’s also one of the safest pressure washers on the market. A UL-listed GFCI plug prevents any electrical leaks, and you also get a 2-year warranty and 45-day money-back return policy when you purchase the washer.
It does use interchangeable nozzles instead of a single, adjustable nozzle. Additionally, the maximum pressure is difficult to reach without plugging the pressure washer into a dedicated generator. Ultimately, it’s best to think of the maximum psi as a possibility instead of a given.
The WEN PW19 Variable Flow Electric Pressure Washer is the most affordable pressure washer we’ve looked at so far, and that’s because of its very small size. It only has a 13-amp motor, and it can produce pressure washing at rates of about 1.6 gallons per minute. The design focus is obvious: this is meant to be an incredibly portable and mobile pressure washer instead of a high-powered machine.
Since you can carry it relatively easily from place to place, it’s best used for light cleaning duties instead of heavy-duty pressure washing of ingrained dirt and oil. It comes with a 16.5-foot hose and a detergent bottle, but you have to apply the detergent separately instead of mixing the detergent with your water spray as it comes out.
Still, it may be a good choice for cleaning your car or a home that isn’t too dirty already. We’d only recommend it if you want something lightweight and mobile and aren’t concerned too much with overall power.
Buying the best cheap pressure washer is more than just buying the one with the lowest price tag. Keep these factors in mind to guarantee you get a pressure washer that’s right for your needs.
Check out the overall and average power for a given pressure washer. Most pressure washers advertise their maximum psi or watts, but what you really want to focus on is the average psi, which is more demonstrative of the kind of pressure you’ll enjoy when you use the machine in question.
Generally, higher psi is better for getting rid of hardier dirt and debris, but it may not be altogether necessary depending on what you want to use the pressure washer to clean. Any psi ratings over 1,200 are usually enough for casual household cleaning, while psi ratings of over 1,500-1,800 are better for heavier duty cleaning.
How long a pressure washer’s hose and cord are will determine how far you can reach and how easy it is to spray down hard to see areas like the roof of your house or car. Longer hoses are usually better, but keep in mind that pressure washers with longer hoses may be more difficult to move around. Most cables hover around 35 feet in length.
Some of the best cheap pressure washers will include detergent bins. These allow you to pour detergent directly into the machine, where it mixes with the water for efficient cleaning utility. However, others may include a detergent bottle, requiring you to spray the detergent or soap onto the to-be-cleaned surface before spraying it down.
Either way can work, but those machines with detergent bins are a little more user-friendly and convenient.
Some cheap pressure washers will use switchable nozzles to provide you with different spray patterns or pressure levels. Others will use a single nozzle that can be twisted to change the pressure. Twist nozzles are a little easier to use and let you change the pressure more quickly, but swappable nozzles can also work and are often attached to more affordable pressure washers.
This variable ultimately boils down to the level of convenience you are looking for while washing.
Lastly, double-check to see if a pressure washer includes any additional accessories or features. For instance, some of the best pressure washers will have automatic pump shut offs if the trigger is released, which conserves water and power. Others may include additional pressure nozzles or needle cleaners.
None of these features can make or break a pressure washer by themselves, but they’re good to consider and can help you pick between two pressure washers that are otherwise quite similar.
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As our reviews show, the Sun Joe 2030 Electric High Pressure Washer is the best cheap pressure washer under $200 thanks to its excellent psi ratings and the detergent tanks that come built into its design. This makes cleaning even ingrained dirt and debris a lot easier. Add to that some excellent accessories and an automatic shut off system and you’ve got a great cleaning machine.
Still, each of the above cheap pressure washers is worthwhile to some extent. Consider your options carefully to make sure you grab the pressure washer that’s right for your home or job, and you’ll be spraying away dirt and grime in no time.
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