For homeowners, there is a never-ending list of reasons to get a power washer. The simple truth of the matter is there are few tools out there that can deliver the chemical-free clean that the pressure washer can.
So, you know that you need a good pressure washer, but you don’t know which one you should get. Does that sound like your situation?
If so, then there is plenty that we can do to help. Today we have assembled a power washer buying guide. Not only have we taken an in-depth look at a bunch of premium options, but we have also put together some considerations that should help make the process a whole lot easier for you.
You want to get the best pressure washer possible, don’t you? Well then sit back relax and enjoy as we take a look at our reviews.
|Sun Joe SPX3000|
|PowRyte Elite 5001750||23 lbs||4.6/5|
|Sun Joe SPX1000|
|Greenworks 1600||18 lbs||4.2/5|
|POTEK 14811||17 lbs||3.9/5|
Let’s start with the very best of the best, shall we? The Sun Joe SPX3000 is both powerful and full of utility, featuring five different tips that will allow you to incorporate loads of different approaches to your cleaning technique.
It’s also efficient, featuring a function that stops the pump when water is not filtering through it to prolong the life of the unit, and it is very powerful, featuring a 14.5-amp electric motor that delivers 1.74 gallons per minute.
Finally, it also features two different tanks for detergents so that you can utilize different cleaning chemicals simultaneously if the need arises.
All really great features, right? That said it isn’t perfect.
One of the main cons associated with this washer that you will have to be wary of is that the tips are prone to clogging after relatively mild use, which can prove very irritating if you don’t stay on top of it.
This aside it is a great washer that most users will be very glad to have.
Coming in second, we have the PowRyte Elite. This electric option provides a combination of features that should do very well to address the needs of most shoppers that need their washer for residential use.
One of our favorite things about this option is the adjustable nozzle, which serves as an excellent way to take a number of different approaches to your pressure washing jobs. The adjustable nozzle enables you to adjust the degree of water flow to specifically suit whatever task you have on your hands.
It also features a total stop function (just like the last option that we looked at) which stops the pump whenever water is not running through it in order to extend the lifespan.
Last but certainly not least, it is also powerful, generating 2100PSI pressure at 1.80GPM—more than enough to take care of any cleaning job that you might encounter.
Of course, it’s not perfect. The biggest problem that we were able to detect with this option comes in the department of value.
It’s a great option, but it also doesn’t deliver anything that our top choice does not provide, despite the fact that it is more expensive.
Shoppers looking to get the maximum value (probably everyone) will most likely be better served by that option.
Coming in third and in our best for the money slot, the Sun Joe SPX1000. Though this comes from the same manufacturer as our number one pick, this option is a little bit simpler, and a lot more affordable.
The first thing that most people will notice about this option is, indeed, the affordable price but that is definitely not all that the SPX1000 has going for it.
It also features a powerful 1400-watt motor that is going to be perfect for taking care of the majority of your pressure cleaning needs and a long-reaching wand with an adjustable nozzle that will allow you to apply an individualized approach to your work.
The biggest problem attached to this option is simply that it isn’t made to be very durable.
A lot of the components are made with a cheaper plastic that may not stand up to wear and tear. Given the price, this is not extremely surprising, but it also can have a significant impact on your user experience.
This aside, it’s a good option at a really great price.
Coming in second to last, we have the Greenworks. On the surface, this unit looks like a pretty good option. It features dual chemical tanks that empower you to utilize multiple cleaning solutions, a compact design that will make it easy to transport, and adjustable nozzle tips that add versatility to your work.
The problem is in performance. The Greenworks is prone to overheating very quickly. It also suffers from an inconsistent distribution of pressure, and a hose that is very susceptible to leaks.
In short, while this option shows promise, there are some serious concerns to work out before it could be considered a highly desirable option.
This is what we would call an option that is both last and least. While the Potek does manage to be a fairly affordable option on this list, that is essentially all that it manages to accomplish.
This option is substantially less powerful than the other units that we have looked at today, it lacks many of the features you will have by now probably come to expect, and perhaps worst of all, it suffers from a very short lifespan (which really challenges the economic value of it as well).
In short, this is a very basic option. On its own right, it is not necessarily a bad pressure washer, but compared to other similar options, like the ones that we looked at on this list, it just falls well short of what you would hope for.
If money is your top concern this is something to consider, but if you can manage it, we highly recommend you consider our best for the money pick instead.
Now that we have taken a look at what is out there, let’s take a close look at a few buying considerations that will help you to choose the perfect option for your situation.
One of the first things that you will need to keep in mind before you make this purchase is that there is a safety component to consider. A lot of people seem to look at pressure washers as though they are just garden hoses with a few extra bells and whistles attached.
This simply is not the case. Injuries are very common to pressure washer owners that don’t take the responsibilities of the equipment seriously.
How can you keep safety in mind with this purchase? There are a few things that you should do. For one thing, just be careful about which option you buy. Some are more powerful than others, and if you don’t feel up to the responsibility of operating an option that is juiced up, consider a more basic or weaker unit.
The other thing that you can do to make sure that this tool is a safe addition to your home is simply to educate your children. While you as an adult probably will not treat the pressure washer as a toy, it is important to establish that as a concern for your children as well.
What you will be using the washer for is another critical consideration that could potentially save you lots of money. While there is a pretty wide range of prices and features in the world of pressure washers, the fact remains that simpler options are ultimately going to be just as effective for home users as the more expensive industrial types.
In short, if the jobs that you have for this washer are limited to washing your car, cleaning a deck, or pathway, or the side of your house, it is likely going to be much more prudent for you to get a mid-range electric washer.
If your needs extend beyond these basic functions, you may find it worth your while to consider an option with a little more proficiency.
Pressure washers utilize two different power sources: gas or electric. Gas is generally much more powerful, and more suited for industrial purposes, while electric options are going to be just fine for cleaning your car, deck, house siding, sidewalk, etc.
Generally speaking, most shoppers reading this are going to be best served by the electric option, which is safer, more affordable, and more economical to operate in the long term as well.
If you need your power washer for commercial purposes, or if you have a large property to cater to, the gas option might be better suited for your situation but do keep in mind that safety will be a bigger factor when taking this route.
Simply put, the more nozzles, or nozzle settings that a pressure washer has, the more utility it is going to benefit from.
We prefer adjustable nozzles to replaceable ones for the fact that they are more convenient and less likely to encounter issues.
That said, changeable nozzles are going to, at least theoretically, open you up to a wider range of more specific options which may be beneficial to commercial users.
Well, there you have it. Who knew there was so much to learn about pressure washers, huh? You’ve seen our reviews of budget pressure washers, you have learned from our list of considerations and now you have an important decision to make. Which of these awesome options is going to be right for you?
Well if it helps we actually do have some recommendations that will hopefully help to make the process a little bit easier. If you want the best pressure washer that you can get you are going to want to go with our editor’s choice, the Sun Joe SPX3000.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little bit more economic then, by all means, do not undervalue our pick for best for the money, the Sun Joe SPX1000. While this option doesn’t quite have all the bells and whistles of our top choice it is still a very good option that is available at a great price.
Of course, at the end of the day, we aren’t here to tell you which to get. But in a world full of options we at least hope that we made the process a little bit easier.
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