Updated: June 8, 2015
Pressure Washer Reviews:Pressure washers are a great tool to have around the house. With a minimum of 15 times the water pressure of a regular garden hose, pressure washers make cleaning easy. Things like cars, lawn furniture, sides of houses, sidewalks, or bikes are quickly cleaned. They also save vasts amounts of water compared to regular hose usage to do the same jobs. They range in price from $100 to $1000 depending on your needs. There are electric pressure washers and gasoline pressure washers. Electric models tend to be easier to store and have less maintenance but the gas powered pressure washers are still preferred when it comes to heavier jobs. Keep reading the reviews below to determine which brands are the best for each type.
Buying Guide - Black & Decker has a great name when it comes to household power tools and their PW1300 Compact 1050 PSI pressure washer ($90) is perfect for bikes and cars. This light duty Black & Decker pressure washer has a 35 foot cord, auto shut off, a 20 foot hose, adjustable nozzle, and featured called a "turbo nozzle" for increased power. In terms of pressure ratings, you want a washer with 1500 PSI water pressure which allows you to pressure wash decks, driveways, and sidewalks. Blasting away deck mildew or driveway stains may require a bit more power. You can always adjust the nozzle to still wash cars, grills, etc. Look for models with wheels so you can tow them around your yard with as little hassle as possible. The electric models tend to range from 1300 to 1700 psi and the gasoline pressure washers give you output from 2000 to 2800 psi. Although gas power washers will do quicker work, you will need to be careful since they can often be too powerful for a given job. My neighbor was borrowing a friends high powered gas model and he was literally blowing rocks off his driveway and one almost broke his front window. The gas models will strip paint off vinyl siding but they can also do harm such as ruining the wood surface on a backyard table. The top models are from Craftsman, Excell, Honda, Husky, Karcher, Troy-Bilt, Campbell Hausfeld, and Black & Decker. Electric models are generally priced between $90 and $200 while the gas pressure washers cost $200 to $500. Look for features like adjustable nozzles, soap tanks, and wheels. We found reviews online for pressure washers at websites like Pressurewashersdirect.com, Sears.com, Northerntools.com, and The-power-washer-advisor. Consumer Reports magazine has done surveys and tested dozens of models as well. We also found a nice article in Money Magazine which tested several top brands amongst power washers. The CR article tested pressure washers on cleaning speed, ease of use, stain removal, and for features like hose storage, cord storage, soap tank, replaceable nozzle, and more. The Karcher pressure washers are the most popular and top rated models on the market. You can browse the most popular pressure washers online here.