Best Pressure Washers for 2017 Reviewed

Choosing the best pressure washer doesn’t have to be difficult – just think about what purpose should it serve and take a look at our most recommended units currently for sale:

For home use     For cars     For concrete and driveways

Heavy-duty     Portable     Cheap

The best pressure washers for home use:

AR Blue Clean AR390SS

AR Blue Clean AR390SS

 Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good

 Customer rating: 4.5 stars 130+ reviews

Price: $195.69

High quality electric power washer – very easy to use and with enough power. Plus you can control how much detergent will be released.

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Most of the people are looking for a universal pressure sprayer for a variety of cleaning tasks around their home and garden – for example washing a car, siding, decks or walkways. Such a tool should be easy to use, with enough power and not too expensive – so medium-duty electric units are the most suitable. But there are also several light-duty or gas powered models that might interest you, just take a look at the comparison chart below:

Type Price Our rating PSI GPM Weight For Hose length Cord length Amp Cycles Cubature Warranty
Electric, Medium-duty $195.69 4.5 stars 2,000 1.4 33.6 lbs 30 ft 35 ft 14 Amp 1-year
Electric, Medium-duty $149.00 4 stars 2,030 1.76 31 lbs 20 ft 35 ft 14.5 Amp 2-year
Electric, Medium-duty $129.80 4.5 stars 1,800 1.6 17 lbs 20 ft 35 ft N/A 1-year
Electric, Light-duty $128.95 4.5 stars 1,500 1.5 11.7 lbs 20 ft 30 ft 11 Amp 1-year
Electric, Light-duty $81.59 4.5 stars 1,450 1.45 11.7 lbs 20 ft 35 ft 11.5 Amp 2-year
Gas powered $390.72 4 stars 2,800 2.5 61.5 lbs 25 ft 4-stroke 196cc 2-year

Best pressure washers for cars:

cleaning a car with a Karcher pressure washer

You can use practically any power sprayer to wash your car, truck or another vehicle because only a little pressure is required for this task – you should be rather careful not to damage the paint so using a wider spray setting is recommended.

Also think about if you’re going to use the tool for another cleaning jobs that require more power – or if a cheaper light-duty unit is all you need.

Type Price Our rating PSI GPM Weight For Hose length Cord length Amp Warranty
Electric, Medium-duty $195.69 4.5 stars 2,000 1.4 33.6 lbs 30 ft 35 ft 14 Amp 1-year
Electric, Medium-duty $149.00 4 stars 2,030 1.76 31 lbs 20 ft 35 ft 14.5 Amp 2-year
Electric, Medium-duty $129.80 4.5 stars 1,800 1.6 17 lbs 20 ft 35 ft N/A 1-year
Electric, Light-duty $128.95 4.5 stars 1,500 1.5 11.7 lbs 20 ft 30 ft 11 Amp 1-year
Electric, Light-duty $81.59 4.5 stars 1,450 1.45 11.7 lbs 20 ft 35 ft 11.5 Amp 2-year

Best pressure washers for concrete or driveway:

Removing tough dirt, mud and grime from concrete requires a lot more power that washing a car for example. For smaller areas electric units are pretty adequate (and with some effort even for medium-sized) – but if you need to clean a larger spot or even an entire driveway, getting a powerful gas machine would be a much better option – you probably don’t want to spend an entire day on one cleaning job.

Simpson MSH3125-S

Simpson MSH3125-S

 Our rating: 4 stars Good

 Customer rating: 4.5 stars 470+ reviews

Price: $379.00

Quality gas powered pressure washer for a consumer use – starts easily, offers plenty of power and its construction is solid and durable.

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Also recommended:

Type Price Our rating PSI GPM Weight For Hose length Cord length Amp Cycles Cubature Warranty
Gas powered $379.00 4 stars 3,100 2.5 65 lbs 25 ft 4-stroke 187cc 2-year
Gas powered $460.24 4 stars 3,100 2.8 68.5 lbs 30 ft 4-stroke 212cc 2-year
Gas powered $390.72 4 stars 2,800 2.5 61.5 lbs 25 ft 4-stroke 196cc 2-year
Electric, Medium-duty $149.00 4 stars 2,030 1.76 31 lbs 20 ft 35 ft 14.5 Amp 2-year
Electric, Medium-duty $195.69 4.5 stars 2,000 1.4 33.6 lbs 30 ft 35 ft 14 Amp 1-year

How to buy the right pressure washer?

Start with thinking about what do you intend to use it for – do you need a cheaper tool just to wash your car? Or a powerful machine that can handle stubborn dirt and clean large areas effectively? There are three types of pressure cleaners:

Light-duty electric – they are cheaper, compact and easy to carry around. Perfect if you need to do only light cleaning jobs – but lack power for tough grime, also washing a larger area takes ages with them.

Medium-duty electric – the most popular ones – they are not overly expensive but offer enough power for most cleaning jobs around your house and garden.

Gas powered – if you need to use the washer frequently or clean larger areas, these would be your best bet. They are quite expensive but also offer the most power.

Light-duty Electric

Medium-duty Electric

Gas Powered

Positives:

  • Cheap
  • Lightweight

Negatives:

  • Limited by cord
  • Less powerful

Positives:

  • Decent power and price

Negatives:

  • Limited by cord

Positives:

  • Very powerful
  • Not limited by cord

Negatives:

  • More expensive
  • Heavier, louder

Prefer a certain brand?

And if you have a favorite brand, we have specific sections for you 😉

AR Blue Clean    Karcher    Generac    Sun Joe

What is a pressure washer and do I actually need one?

Cleaning siding with power washer

A power sprayer is a tool used for removing all kinds of dirt, grime, mold or grease from cars, buildings or wooden, concrete and other surfaces. It takes water from a garden hose and engages the pump to push it out of the wand with a lot more pressure – also, several different nozzle types are used to shape the water fan and adjust the power of the stream.

To rate different models two variables are used – PSI (pressure per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute) – and while the small electric units have about 1500 PSI, gas powered machines can offer even 3200.

Compared to a traditional garden hose, it has several advantages:

  • The difference in power is just huge – a garden with 40-70 PSI is simply not able to remove that kind of dirt that a 1400-3200 PSI washer eliminates without any problems.
  • It uses up to 80% less water
  • Most of them feature a detergent injector as well

Take a look at this video to see a pressure sprayer in action: