There are many electric pressure washers, and it is hard to find the one that best suits your needs. The choice is always there to get a machine far beyond the capabilities of what is adequate. And a box full of accessories can be more enticing than looking into the workings of the unit — to see if it is well-built.
The Best Pressure Washer UK 2021
I understand that some of you may be in a hurry. So before we carry on looking at what make a great pressure washer, I have listed my top picks the best pressure washers below.
1. Wilks-USA RX545 Very High Powered Pressure Washer
The Wilks-USA RX545 Pressure Washer has an adjustable pressure between 138 – 210 bar and is supplied with a wide variety of lances, connectors and brushes. It has a trolley design with wheels and a handle for easy transportation and storage. The Wilks-USA RX545 has a powerful air-cooled 2400 watt motor and is supplied with a very generous 18 metre pressure hose.
Wilks-USA RX545 is a medium-level pressure washer, which will blast away caked-on dirt from driveways and the most abused of garden tools. The spray is adjustable to ensure you do not take the paint off your car. And the provided accessories leave behind a professional finish on any surface.
2. Kärcher 1.673-501.0 K 2 Compact Pressure Washer
Kärcher’s smallest, cheapest pressure washer definitely earns its compact title. Less than 40cm high and 22cm wide, it weighs only just over 4kg unfilled with accessories attached. While it hasn’t got wheels, you can hold the body in one hand and move it as you work. As you might expect, it hasn’t got the power to blast heavy-duty stains from concrete, but it will happily scourge your patio or decking of ground-in grime and algae, and it’s great for cleaning up garden furniture, muddy bikes or even cars. What’s more, it’s still compatible with Kärcher’s range of pressure washer accessories.
There’s no detergent foam sprayer included, but it does have a little tube that sits inside a bottle of detergent and sucks the stuff up, which is great as long as you can avoid knocking over the bottle while you’re cleaning. It’s also worth mentioning that, for its size, it makes an awful lot of noise. Have modest needs and a matching budget? This is a great pressure washer to buy.
3. Nilfisk D-PG 140.4-9 Xtra Power Grip Dynamic 140 bar Pressure Washer
The Nilfisk is a solid performer, and one that comes with an innovative control solution through a wireless controller on the lance. This makes it easy to switch to low power mode for a more vulnerable part of the garden before blasting up to the most powerful mode to get your brickwork sparkling. Using the wireless control was a breeze, although the display isn’t great in direct sunlight and needed to be squinted at in summer.
For the price it’s a shame that all the accessories are optional, but with a high level of power at least you’re working with a decent base and can accessorise as you see fit.
4. Kränzle Hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T
This is a commercial grade pressure washer so comes with plenty of punch, features and high end build quality. It’s a mid to high 3 figure priced unit but you certainly get what you pay for.
If you need a quality unit for your own home or for a business then this is definitely very highly rated.
If a Karcher can be likened to a Toyota (reliable and well bult) then a Kranzle can be likened to a Bentley. Premium, class, exemplorary build quality. The Kränzle Hochdruckreiniger K 1152 TS T is quality through and through.
5. Bosch Lawn and Garden EasyAquatak 100 360° Pressure Washer
The Bosch AQT 35-12 is a fantastic addition to your garden tool collection. One thing that struck us immediately with this power washer from Bosch was the speed in which you are ready to go. Out of the box, it is assembled, simply attach the hose and snap the lance into place with its quick fit SDS fitting and you are ready to go.
When it arrives the Bosch comes with a 2-year warranty, however registering the AQT 35-12 with Bosch online takes a few minutes and extends that to a 3-year warranty free of charge.
The integrated tool storage means that when you need your pressure washer you know everything is together and exactly where you left it, no hunting around your garage for the lance attachment or the hose for it. Speaking of hoses it comes with a 5-metre hose which is a great length for cleaning your car without dragging the pressure washer about with you.
6. Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer
The K4 is a great all rounder, it is perfect for regular use and cleaning your car each week, it also packs enough punch to clean up your patio and driveway. The only real drawback is the price, although not the cheapest the Karcher K4 does come with a 3-year warranty and the premium model has a 5 year warranty. It is a solid investment, the new full control model improves on the well designed older K4 and is well built and designed, easy to use and internally has a powerful motor that really does make this pressure washer a good choice.
For us the K4 is great for users who want to clean their car, but also have a patio and driveway that needs cleaning down once or twice a year. The K4 gives enough power for both tasks while still not being as expensive as some of the most powerful pressure washers on the market.
7. Draper 97776 Total Stop Pressure Washer
Another heavy-duty machine, this stands out for 4x4s, motorhomes, vans, caravans and horse trailers, all helped by the foam gun attachment which works a treat with snow foam detergents. The heavy-duty reinforced steel hose is a whopping 10m long – brilliant for getting around the side of your vehicle – and because it’s pressurised it doesn’t need further attaching. We like the quick release gun, five in one multifunctional nozzle and turbo nozzle. And with a powerful 2800W induction motor, it’s got no shortage of oomph, while the total stop valve helps reduce wear and saves electricity. It’s good at smaller jobs too and although it comes with a special attachment for patios, we felt the Nilfisk premium review below had the edge.
8. GMC GPW165 – 1800W 165bar Pressure Washer
Like Blaupunkt, GMC is another name which is more normally associated with something other than pressure washers – in this case you’ll usually find the badge on huge trucks in America. Like them, the GPW165 is big, heavy and powerful. Other impressive specs include a huge 8m hose and 10m power cable, which means you’re unlikely to need to move the washer unless you’re cleaning a bus. You could probably do without an extension cable too.
The package also includes two brush attachments, either rotating or static. We’d not recommend using them on car paintwork, but they might be handy for less delicate surfaces.
It’s not all good news though. Rather than have an adjustable nozzle, the GMC uses three interchangeable heads to give a choice between a powerful pin jet, general blaster fan or a soft detergent splurge. It was a bit fiddly in use and if you are anything like us they’ll soon get lost in a flowerbed or drain.
9. Bosch UniversalAquatak 135 High Pressure Washer
This Bosch pressure washer has decent pressure power for the price you pay (135 bar) and a 1900 Watt motor. The innovative 3-in-1 nozzle means you have a 10% improvement on cleaning capacity. It combines a fan jet, a rotary jet and a point jet so you can reach all hard-to-get to areas. You will be able to clean your driveway and patio area well as well as your car and outdoor furniture easily.
If you really want to go for it, then a container can be attached to add detergent for even better cleaning. If you don’t have a hose attachement – no worries. This Bosch power washer has a self-priming pump, which automatically draws up water from a container or tank. Some other features we really like about this pressure washer are the large wheels for easy transport as well as the pull-out handle. It just makes it so much easier to transport. On top of that it is compact to store, as all accessories are stored within the power washer.
10. WORX WG629E.1 18V 20V MAX Cordless HYDROSHOT Portable Pressure Cleaner
Unusual in that it’s battery-powered. rather than running from the mains, the Worx Hydroshot Pressure Washer looks great and performs well – but is incomparable to other models because it’s so much newer and more efficient! The 20V Li-ion lightweight battery pack powers a 120 litre per hour water flow, with a maximum pressure of 22 bar.
Review summary: an unusual entry this was a supermodel and new to the pressure washing world! Super-handy, it was a bit of “lads pressure washer” but the battery element was useful for use in remote areas or big gardens.
How to choose the best pressure washer for you?
What type of pressure washer do I need?
There are two types of pressure washer on the market: electric and petrol-powered. The latter are generally for more heavy-duty cleaning tasks, have much higher maximum pressure readings and cost vastly more money. As such, we’re going to focus solely on electric pressure washers as they cover pretty much all the domestic cleaning tasks you could imagine.
What do you want to use your pressure washer for?
Pressure washers can generally be put into three categories, depending on their maximum pressure rating:
Entry-level cleaners are those with a maximum of 100 bars of pressure. These models are good for cleaning small items such as bicycles and garden furniture.
Pressure washers with a maximum of 120 bars are those at the mid-level and are best used for cleaning things such as fencing, patios and dirty cars.
If you want to embark on some really heavy-duty cleaning, go for a pressure washer with over 120 bars. If you’re tackling severely stained paving or mud-coated 4x4s, this is your best bet.
Maximum pressure is not the only way to assess whether a particular model is right for you. If the manufacturer includes it, look for the washer’s “bar-rated pressure” as well. This is the average pressure that each washer can maintain over a long period.
What accessories do you need for different cleaning tasks?
Before you hit the Buy Now button, it pays to stop and check which tools are included: most pressure washers come in a variety of different bundles, all with different tools in the box, and the confusingly similar product names make it easy to buy the wrong one by mistake.
If the hose is too short, perhaps you’ll need an extension wand. Maybe you need an angled wand to clean guttering. If you want to tackle specific cleaning tasks, such as cleaning patios or cars, then you’ll get the best results with brushes and nozzles that are purpose-built for the task at hand.
A few models may even come with special multi-purpose nozzles, designed to deliver different spray patterns for different jobs, which save you from having to carry the whole kit around. While you can usually buy a specific accessory later, getting the right bundle at the start will usually save you a few bob.
What other features do you need to consider?
Water flow rate is another specification that you’ll see cropping up. This indicates how much water is passed through the washer per hour. Around 400 litres per hour (l/hr) is an average figure. Clearly, the more water that’s delivered, the quicker you’ll get your cleaning done.
Other things to consider include the length of the mains cable and hose. A shorter hose can make it harder to get the jet where it’s most needed or reach around the back of the car to get it clean. Of course, the longer the hose, the more likely it is to get in the way or tangle up, so it’s worth having a spool or reel to keep it under control when it’s not fully extended.
On the cable front, you can get around a short one by using an extension lead, but it’s essential that you use one that offers a suitable amperage (13 amps minimum) and is designed for outdoor use. Water and electricity aren’t the best of bedfellows.
How dangerous are pressure washers?
Pressure washers can be extremely dangerous, so always wear protective goggles, proper footwear – a jet of water against bare toes is going to result in a hospital visit – and never ever spray them at yourself or someone nearby. The high-pressure water jets are capable of causing severe injuries to skin and soft tissue; these are anything but big boys’ toys.
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is either; anytime is a great time to buy a pressure washer and clean that horrible grime off of your stuff. And this is especially true in the spring, summer and autumn months, as there are simply so many tasks that are made easier with one.