Pressure washers have been around for quite a while–they were invented in 1926. Luckily, quite a few improvements have been made to the basic design in the intervening 93 years. But now that there are hundreds of models on the market, how do you quickly find a great new cleaning tool?
We’re here to help. To streamline your shopping experience, we tested all of the best brands and put together this list of the 10 best electric pressure washers available in 2020.
For each model, we’ve written comprehensive reviews comparing pressure, durability, price, accessories, and warranty so you can get the full picture. Keep reading for our reviews, plus a handy guide to the features that will make your life easier.
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Our top pick is the Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer. With a powerful motor generating ample pressure, this machine is strong enough for the toughest of cleaning jobs.
At 31 pounds, this model is on the heavier end, but it has two built-in detergent tanks and comes with an impressive array of convenient accessories. It includes five quick-connect spray tips (0°, 15°, 25°, 40°F and soap), a 20-foot high-pressure hose, a 35-foot power cord, a garden hose adaptor, and a handy 34-inch extension spray wand.
In testing, we found the assembly simple, with easy to use instructions. Though it’s not as strong as a gas model and doesn’t feel like it will last forever, this machine quickly justifies its mid-range price. Sun Joe offers a generous two-year warranty.
Are you looking to stretch your dollar a little bit more? The Greenworks 1500 PSI 13 Amp 1.2 GPM Pressure Washer may be for you, as it offers great value for your money. It includes fewer accessories and features but has plenty of strength at a great price.
Sold at a wallet-friendly price, this lightweight 16.6-pound pressure washer offers reasonably strong pressure, producing up to 1,500 PSI and 1.2 GPM with its 13-amp motor. The package includes 25° and 40° quick-connect tips, along with a 20-foot high-pressure hose and a 35-foot extension cord. Though it includes a soap applicator, it doesn’t have a built-in soap tank, so you’ll have to apply soap separately.
We found this pressure washer simple and quick to assemble, though its downsides include having fewer accessories and feeling somewhat cheaper and less durable. We also found reports of leaking hose connectors. Luckily, Greenworks offers a very generous four-year warranty.
If you have a lot more room in your budget, you may want to look at the Powerhouse Electric High Power 3000 PSI Pressure Washer, which is our top pick in the premium category. This high-end model produces very strong pressure and includes a high number of useful attachments.
Weighing 32 pounds, this isn’t a lightweight machine, but it produces an impressive 3,000 PSI and can spray up to 2.2 GPM. We liked the Powerhouse’s quiet, trigger-activated motor and telescoping handle. The package includes five connector tips (0˚, 15˚, 25˚, 40˚F and watering), turbo and angle nozzles, a soap foam sprayer, and a 35-foot power cord, among other accessories.
We did find reports of leaking hoses and spray nozzles. Powerhouse offers a shorter one-year warranty, which isn’t ideal for a larger investment.
The Briggs & Stratton 20680 Electric Pressure Washer could be another good choice. This mid-range model has a strong welded steel frame and offers plenty of pressure with a convenient selection of accessories.
The 20680 offers up to 1,800 PSI with 1.1 GPM. At 26.54 pounds, it’s a little bit heavy but includes three quick-connect spray tips, a 25-foot high-pressure hose, a 35-foot power cord, a half-gallon built-in soap container, and a high-speed turbo nozzle.
The warranty from Briggs & Stratton is only for one year, but the lower price point means you may not mind. Unfortunately, we found reports of leaking washers and less-than-helpful customer service.
Another option is the Karcher K5 Premium Electric Power Pressure Washer. This model offers attractive features like a water-cooled induction motor and high pressure levels, but does not feel as durable and may not be worth the high price point.
The 32-pound Karcher K5 can go up to 2,000 PSI and 1.4 GPM and has a convenient built-in detergent tank. The package includes two spray wands, the DirtBlaster Wand and the Vario Power Wand. In testing, our favorite feature was the ability to adjust the pressure washer’s speed on the Vario spray wand.
Unfortunately, the K5 feels much cheaper than its price. It can be difficult to find replacements for the less-durable plastic parts, and the plastic pump does not feel like it will last. Karcher does offer a generous two-year warranty.
Another offering from Karcher is the K1700 Electric Power Pressure Washer, a lighter 20.7-pound model with a handy foot-operated on/off switch and a removable half-gallon detergent tank.
This 1,700-PSI, 1.2-GPM pressure washer includes three nozzles, a turbo nozzle, a 15˚ nozzle, and a detergent nozzle. In testing, we found that it was quick to assemble with easy-to-follow instructions.
A mid-range model, the K1700 comes with a lengthy three-year warranty, though it only covers the pump. This machine feels less durable overall, and we found reports of leaking hose connections and fees for replacement parts and shipping.
The AR Annovi Reverberi AR383SS Pressure Washer is another high-end option, with many included accessories but a few key drawbacks.
This model is very lightweight, weighing only 13.23 pounds, and the 13-amp motor can reach pressure levels of 1,900 PSI with 1.3 GPM. The package includes a pressure washer gun and wand, as well as a 28-ounce detergent tank, four quick-connect nozzles, a 35-foot power cord, and a garden hose adaptor. Our favorite feature was the lengthy 30-foot high-pressure hose.
We found several reports of the motor dying, so this may not be the most durable machine. WE also found that the soap nozzle has very low pressure, so you may have trouble doing heavy-duty cleaning with detergent. AR Annovi Reverberi offers a short one-year warranty.
Snow Joe also offers the SPX200E Electric Pressure Washer, a lightweight, low-cost model that comes in a bright green color with a number of handy accessories.
The SPX200E’s 10-amp motor can produce up to 1,350 PSI with 1.45 GPM. The package includes an extension wand, a 20-foot high-pressure hose, a garden hose adapter, and a 35-foot power cord with GFCI shock protection. This highly lightweight machine weighs only 9.15 pounds.
In testing, we found that this less-durable model can be tricky to assemble using its harder-to-follow instructions. We also found that the garden hose attachment doesn’t thread well and may leak. Snow Joe offers a generous two-year warranty.
The PRYMAX Pressure Washer 3000 PSI 1.85 GPM Car Electric Power Washer, a high-end model with a lighter weight, offers strong pressure and several included accessories but feels cheaper and less durable than its higher price point.
This 23.1-pound model can work with up to 3,000 PSI and 1.8 GPM. It includes four quick-connect nozzles (0˚, 15˚, 25˚, 40˚F). Though there isn’t a built-in soap dispenser, the package includes a “Foam Cannon” with an attached detergent bottle. In the box, you’ll also find a 20-foot high-pressure hose, a 35-foot power cord with GFCI shock protection, a garden hose adapter, and a needle clean-out tool.
In testing, we found that the water pressure falls lower fairly quickly, and the pressure washer feels somewhat cheap and not very durable. It comes with a 30-day full refund warranty and a one-year limited product guarantee.
This 19-pound machine can produce an impressive 2,030 PSI and 1.6 GPM spray. The box includes a shorter 16.5-foot high-pressure hose, a spray gun, an HPC connector, and a wash brush. It has two very maneuverable casters and a trigger-style grip.
Backed up by a shorter one-year warranty, the Goplus pressure washer has fairly weak gaskets and an ill-fitting quick-connect hose. In testing, we found that this model feels less durable overall, but given its lower price, you may not mind.
You’ve seen our list of the best pressure washers available, but how do you pick the one that will suit your needs? Keep reading to learn all about the available features and determine which you’re looking for.
As you might expect, the name of the game for a pressure washer is the level of pressure it can exert. Electric pressure washers start at about 1,300 PSI but may range up to 3,000 PSI.
To determine how much pressure you’ll need, you may want to consider how you’ll use your new pressure washer. Do you need to do lots of heavy-duty washing, like stripping paint or cleaning off your deck? You may need a pressure washer with over 2,000 PSI. Do you just want to clean your car? You may be fine with a lower PSI.
After pressure, the most important statistic to look for is the GPM, or gallons per minute. This will determine how quickly your pressure washer can pump out water and therefore how strong it will be. Electric pressure washers typically fall in the range of one to two gallons per minute.
As with PSI, if you need a very strong pressure washer, you may want to look for a model in the high end of the range, above 1.7 GPM. If you don’t need as much power, a lower GPM will work just fine.
Electric pressure washers generally come with quite a few accessories. But which do you really need? To determine that, you’ll probably want to think about how you like to use outdoor appliances. Do you have space in your garage for lots of accessories? Do you like to have the perfect tool for each task, or would you rather have a one-size-fits-all tool that will work for a range of tasks?
Spray nozzles come in a range of angles. These numbers refer to the angle of water coming out of the nozzle, with a wider spray as the degrees increase from zero. Having several angles may come in handy as they are best suited to different jobs. If you plan to use your pressure washer for several different cleaning tasks, you may want to look for a model that includes a good range of angled nozzles.
Cords and hoses can also be an important feature. The models we reviewed all have a standard 35-foot power cord, which is convenient because these electric-powered machines have to be plugged in to work. High-pressure hoses are generally around 20 feet long but may range down to 15 or up to 25. If you need to be able to work farther from your machine, you’ll probably want to look for models with longer high-pressure hoses.
The necessity of some of the other accessories may depend on your cleaning style. If you like to use soap, you may want the convenience of a model with a built-in soap dispenser. If you’re concerned about machine maintenance, you may want to look for an included brush or needle cleaner. Are you interested in features like removable tanks or foot-operated switches?
The weight of your pressure washer may matter to you because you’ll probably have to move it around a fair amount. These machines can vary quite a bit in weight, from under 10 pounds to over 30. Are you willing to lug around a heavier machine in exchange for a stronger motor, or would you prefer a smaller, more maneuverable model?
Electric pressure washers can range from under a hundred dollars up to several hundred dollars. You may want to consider how much room you have in your budget before you begin shopping.
All of the machines we tested have at least a one-year warranty, but some have longer warranties. Would you like your investment to be protected with a lengthy warranty, or are you all right with a shorter one? You may also want to pay attention to the specifics of each warranty. Some only cover the pump, so you might still have to pay to replace or repair other pieces of the machine. You may also need to pay shipping or replacement fees.
If these electric pressure washers don’t have enough power for you, you may want to consider a gas model. Though electric models generally cost less and are quieter, they’re best suited to small, residential jobs, as they have less power and durability than gas models. If you’re shopping for a home pressure washer, an electric model may be your best option. If you’re looking for a commercial machine, you may want to look into gas-powered pressure washers.
Our favorite 2020 pressure washer is the Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer, for its powerful motor, high-pressure capabilities, and convenient package of accessories. If your budget is smaller, you may prefer the Greenworks 1500 PSI 13 Amp 1.2 GPM Pressure Washer, a lightweight but strong machine backed up by a great warranty. If you’re in the market for something higher-end, the Powerhouse Electric High Power 3000 PSI Pressure Washer may be for you, with a very powerful but surprisingly quiet motor and an impressive array of included accessories.
Shopping for a great electric pressure washer can be a tedious process. With so many models on the market, each offering slightly different features, you may discover that finding your perfect machine is challenging. We hope that our list of the 10 best electric pressure washers of 2020, complete with detailed reviews of each model, helps you to cut down on shopping time and find your perfect model faster. Happy shopping!
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