You’ve soaped, scrubbed, scoured, and your elbow has been all greased out. Still, that stubborn spot on your patio remains. It’s time to bring out the big guns – a pressure washer. Cleaning your patio, deck, driveway, garage, and even your car suddenly becomes a breeze. Unfortunately, choosing one isn’t because there are quite a number of pressure washers for you to choose from. No worries though, we’ve got the grime covered. Depending on various cleaning needs and style, we’ve picked out the 10 best in the industry that you might be interested in checking out.
Top 10 Pressure Washers of 2018
- Top 10 Pressure Washers of 2018
- 1. Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S
- 2. Generac 7019
- 3. Sun Joe SPX3000
- 4. Briggs & Stratton 20545 2200-PSI Gas Pressure Washer
- 5. Ivation IVA-9175L
- 6. GreenWorks GPW1501
- 7. Annovi Reverberi Blue Clean AR383
- 8. Sun Joe SPX3001
- 9. Ford FPWG2700H-J Gas Powered Pressure Washer
- 10. Powerhouse International – The Force 1800
- How to Choose the Best Pressure Washer
1. Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-SPressure Washer To Clean Driveway
While the initial price of this gas-powered pressure washer can be a bit of a shock, there are several reasons for this madness. Aside from the fact that gas models typically cost more, you get 3100 PSI at 2.5 GPM which means that you can easily wash away any dirt, grime, or stain away.
The flexible, lightweight hose is kink & abrasion resistant so you know it won’t break even with some heavy-duty use. This model also features a HONDA GC190 engine which produces enough power to handle just about any cleaning task you need to do at home. The pressure washer is compact, easily transported by one person due to its 10″ Pneumatic tires. And the Pro-Style Spray Gun comes with 5 quick connect nozzles.
- efficient fuel consumption
- safety lock-out feature
- compact design
- poor customer service
- Some users found the hose too short
2. Generac 7019Pressure Washer With Detergent Tank
Generac‘s gas-powered pressure washer is almost equal to the Simpson MSH3125-S in terms of performance. It comes with a Generac 196cc OHV engine that can produce enough power to deliver 3,100 PSI – that’s good enough to tackle just about any type of tough cleaning you want to do around the house.
But what we really like about this model is the other features we didn’t see in the Simpson. It has a on-board 1/2 gallon detergent tank and a spray gun that has an integrated PowerDial with 4 settings – car, wood, concrete, and soap. You also get 4 quick-change nozzle tips – 0°, 25°, 40° and soap.
- PowerDial for adjusting pressure
- 25-ft. pressure hose
- easy assembly
- hose can easily hit the muffler and melt due to the location of the hose connection
- some users have reported missing pieces when package arrives
3. Sun Joe SPX3000Pressure Washer Under 200
If you want a powerful electric pressure washer, then the Sun Joe SPX3000 should be your pick. It features 14.5-amp/1800-Watt motor that produces 2030 PSI and 1.76 GPM. It comes with 5 Quick-Connect spray tips and two 0.9L on-board detergent tanks (both removable).
And this model has a Total Stop System (TSS) which means that it automatically shuts off the pump when trigger is not pressed to save energy. You also get a 34-inch extension wand, a 20-foot high pressure hose, and a 35 foot power cord. The rear wheels enable you to easily transport your pressure washer from one part of the house to another.
- stainless steel wand extension
- Total Stop System
- lightweight and easy to use
- some plastic parts are pretty sharp
- not powerful enough for stripping paint
- wheels are a bit flimsy
4. Briggs & Stratton 20545 2200-PSI Gas Pressure Washer
The Briggs & Stratton 20545 is a gas pressure washer that features a 550e Series 140cc Engine able to deliver 2200 PSI and 1.9 GPM. It has a maintenance free axial cam pump, 10-inch Never Go Flat wheels, 3 quick connect spray tips, a 25-foot high pressure hose, and a detergent injection system which shoots soap directly into your water stream.
- easy-start technology
- compact design makes it easy to store
- easy to assemble
- only 3 spray tips
- extension wand not included
- some users have reported durability issues with the hose
5. Ivation IVA-9175L
Ivation’s electric pressure washer is one of our top 10 picks because it can perform a wide variety of tasks from light to slightly heavy jobs and is very well-made. It has a 1800 Watt/14.5 amp Motor that produces 2200 PSI and 1.8 GPM, 5 interchangeable tips, an extension wand, a bonus turbo spray wand for those hard-to-reach areas, a built-in but hidden detergent dispenser, and a 35-ft power cable.
It’s easy to set up, easy to start, and all the accessories have its storage space on the washer’s frame which makes performing various cleaning tasks so much easier. It has a Automatic Total Stop System as a safety measure and a self-suction feature which allows you to use standing water if your garden hose is not available.
- self-suction feature
- versatile (5 nozzles, 2 wands)
- some users have reported missing pieces upon arrival
- no on/off feature for the soap dispenser
- some users have reported problems keeping the nozzles connected
6. GreenWorks GPW1501Pressure Washer Under 100
GreenWorks’ GPW1501 is one of the most budget-friendly options in the pressure washer market. It has a 13 amp water-resistant universal motor that produces 1.2 GPM and 1500 PSI. It comes with a 35-ft electric cable, 2 Quick Connect nozzles, and a 20-ft. high pressure hose. Yes, this is less powerful than most of our other picks and has the least amount of features.
But, for its price, it does get the job done. As long as the job’s somewhere in the light to mid duty application range. While limited in its capabilities (no heavy duty work for this one), it is lightweight and easily portable. This is a perfect choice for individuals who need something compact and easy to use when cleaning the car, the deck, the windows, etc.
- lightweight and portable
- excellent customer service
- not as powerful as other models
- feels flimsy
- only 2 nozzles included; additional nozzles need to be purchased separately
7. Annovi Reverberi Blue Clean AR383Pressure Washer for Cars
The AR Blue Clean AR383 is an electric pressure washer delivers 1900 PSI, enough power to efficiently clean decks, cars, outdoor furniture, driveways, etc. While powerful, it conserves water by using 80% less than other models. What we love about this particular pressure washer is the amount of accessories you get for the price.
There’s a pressure washer gun, 2 types of wands, a 20-ft high pressure hose, a 14 oz. detergent bottle, a 35-ft power cord with Auto-Reset GFCI module, and a Quick Connect garden hose adapter. While there are no interchangeable nozzles, one of the wands have an adjustable tip. Just twist it to get the pressure you need to perform your task.
- plenty of accessories included
- easy to assemble
- some users have reported leaks in the plastic hose adapter
- the hose is a bit stiff, hard to manage/maneuver, easy to tangle
- detergent bottle only attaches to the spray gun, not the wands
8. Sun Joe SPX3001Pressure Washer with Hose Reel
Sun Joe’s SPX3001 is very similar to the SPX3000. It has a 14.5 Amp/1800 Watt Motor that delivers 2030 PSI and 1.76 GPM, a 34-inch extension wand, a 20-ft high pressure hose, rear wheels, a 35-ft power cord with GFCI protection, a garden hose adapter, and a needle clean-out tool.
The SPX3001 is just as powerful and efficient in performing any cleaning task around the house. There are two features that make it slightly different though. It has an onboard hose reel for easier storage and one 40.6-fluid ounce detergent tank instead of two.
- hose reel makes storing the hose easier
- easy to set up
- Total Stop System
- slightly unstable, especially when you pull the hose too quickly
- hose reel handle feels flimsy
- some users feel that the hose is too short
9. Ford FPWG2700H-J Gas Powered Pressure Washer
The Ford FPWG2700H-J is built for efficiency. It features a 180cc 5.0 HP OHV four-stroke gasoline horizontal shaft engine and a three-piston axial cam high pressure Pump that delivers 2700 PSI and 2.3 GPM.
It comes with 10″ Never Flat tires, 3 Quick Connect spray nozzles, 1 soap nozzle, a onboard soap tank, a stainless steel wand, a brass quick connector, and a pistol grip gun. To make storage easier, the EZ Grip padded handle can be folded down, there’s a hose storage area and a storage grid for the 4 spray nozzles. The frame is constructed out of powder-coated steel.
- large reservoir
- padded fold-down handle
- easy to start
- made in China
- some users had problems with the reservoir
10. Powerhouse International – The Force 1800
Powerhouse International’s The Force 1800 certainly lives up to its name. This electric pressure washer is compact and seems like it wouldn’t be able to do much. it kind of reminded us of a vacuum cleaner. To our surprise, it was quite powerful. It has an initial power burst of 2600 PSI with a working pressure of 1800 PSI.
The brush motor has a thermal sensor to protect it from overheating and it can deliver 1.6 GPM. The pressure washer also comes with a turbo nozzle, an adjustable nozzle, a soap canon, a soft-bristled brush, and a 90-degree angle nozzle.
- won’t tip over when you pull the washer behind you
- no way to store the hose and spray gun
- durability issues
- some users have reported leaks
If you’re interested in checking out other pressure washers, here are a few we thought you also might like but hadn’t had a chance to test yet: Annovi Reverberi Blue Clean AR383SS, Duromax XP2700PWS, WEN PW31 3100 PSI Gas Pressure Washer, and the Karcher K5 Premium.
How to Choose the Best Pressure Washer
You’re all scrubbed out and that stain is still there, haunting you. What do you do? You get a pressure washer. A pressure washer is a very simple machine. It features a motor (either gas-powered or electric) which powers a water pump that accelerates water entering the machine, driving it through the attached hose and nozzle and releasing it at a much higher pressure.
Because of the speed at which the water is traveling, it is able to know away stubborn dirt, dust, and stains. While it is a simple machine, it can be an extremely powerful one. Since one pressure washer isn’t the same as another, you’ll need to consider several factors before you can find the perfect one for you. Below are some of the most important questions you should ask yourself before you make your purchase.
Electric or gas?
Gas-powered pressure washers are undoubtedly the stronger of the two types. These pressure washers typically deliver 3000 PSI and 2 GPM. If you have some heavy-duty cleaning to do such as large driveways or siding, this is your machine. However, there is a tradeoff for something this powerful. It’s noisy, heavy, require lots of maintenance, and can be quite expensive.
Electric pressure washers, on the other hand, are perfect for light to medium tasks. These are perfect for cleaning cars, patio furniture, small decks, etc. Compared to gas-powered models, these are much quieter and run cleaner. They’re also much lighter and easier to maintain in comparison. However, an electric pressure washer will require an outlet which limits your mobility. Also, you’ll need to make sure that your electrical connections remain dry and off the ground.
What nozzles do I need?
The nozzle, or the spray tip, of a pressure washer is the part responsible for controlling the angle and focus of the water coming out of your hose/wand. Most pressure washers come with interchangeable nozzles that allow you to spray water at 0°, 25°, 40°, etc. Some even include a soap nozzle. The degree of a nozzle indicates the focused intensity of the water. For example, a 0° nozzle is used for the toughest cleaning jobs because it sprays the water at the highest pressure with the spray pattern focusing on one spot. The Simpson Cleaning MSH3125-S comes with 5 interchangeable nozzles while our #2 pick, Generac 7019, only has 4.
Then there are the pressure washers that come with adjustable nozzles. Instead of changing the nozzle to get the pressure you want, you can simply twist it to change the pattern or width of the water being sprayed. The Annovi Reverberi Blue Clean AR383 and the Powerhouse International – The Force 1800 both have an adjustable nozzle.
What is PSI and GPM?
PSI or pounds per square inch is the measurement of water pressure. The higher the water pressure, the more power you have at your disposal to “scrub” that stubborn stain away. GPM or gallons per minute is the volume of water that moves through your nozzle. The more water you have, the faster the dirt is washed away. So, combining a high PSI and GPM equals to a fast and efficient cleaning tool.
How much power do I need?
How much power your pressure washer should have is directly related to what tasks you are planning on performing with it.
Pressure washers rated below 2000 PSI are light-duty models that you can use for washing vehicles, BBQ grills, patio furniture, and small decks. Some may be able to handle driveways and fences.
Those with ratings between 2000 and 2800 PSI are considered medium-duty pressure washers. These can also handle light duty tasks but can also easily handle decks, patios, and siding.
Heavy-duty models have ratings from 2900 to 3300 PSI. These can effectively clean sidewalks, driveways, boats, ATVs, and second-story siding. Some really powerful models can help prepare the surface for paint.
Keep in mind that you should only buy what you need. While a gas-powered pressure washer with 3000 PSI will probably make you feel like a stud, why would you even spend more than $200 on something that you won’t be using.