7 Best Pressure Washers Reviewed

Best Pressure Washers Comparison
ModelTypePSIGPM
Sun Joe SPX3000Electric20301.5
AR Blue Clean AR390SSElectric20001.4
Sun Joe SPX1000Electric14501.45
Karcher K5 PremiumElectric20001.4
AR Blue Clean AR383Electric19001.5
Generac 7019 OneWashGas31002.4
SIMPSON Cleaning MSH3125-SGas31002.5

Whether you own your own home, or work as a contractor, there’s just no substitute for a good pressure washer. Nothing cleans brick or vinyl siding as well, and it’s amazing how much gunk driveways, patios, and decks can accumulate over time.

Once you use a pressure washer for the first time, you’ll never want to be without one again. But making your first purchase can admittedly be a little daunting; what qualities make for the best pressure washer? And how can you know which one is right for you?

With that in mind, here are seven of our favourite best pressure washers. Each is great for their own reasons, and between them, you’re sure to find one that will meet your needs. So without further ado:

THE 5 BEST ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHERS

For most consumers, an electric pressure washer is going to be the right choice. Much more affordable than their gas-powered siblings, electric power washers are going to get the job done with aplomb.

1. The Sun Joe SPX3000

Sun Joe SPX 3000 Electric Pressure Washer

From buildings to vehicles, patio furniture to lawn mowers, it’s hard to go wrong with the Sun Joe SPX3000. If you’re looking for the ultimate combination of affordability, power, and versatility, look no further.

We love the SPX3000’s pump performance: it keeps your flow stable, regardless of which of the 5 quick-connecting nozzles you’re using. Those nozzles let you switch from a powerful jet stream to a gentle, low pressure fanning spray in a matter of seconds, and the side by side, dual detergent tank system lets you store, carry, and use two different types of cleaning solution at the same time. Holding about a litre each, you can switch between the two additives at will.

Between its 20 foot long, high pressure hose, 35 feet worth of power cord help to get cleaning where you want it, as does the 34 inch spray wand extension, which makes getting to hard to reach areas – such as a building’s second story, the underside of your truck or riding lawnmower – much, much easier. Additionally, the Pressure Joe sports an 1800 watt, 14.5 amp motor, which can pump out as much as 2030 Pounds per Square Inch (or PSI’s) worth of water pressure – more than enough for most uses, making it an easy recommendation, especially at its low price point.

 See Sun Joe full specs here

 

AR Blue Clean AR390SS Electric Pressure Washer

2. The AR Blue Clean AR390SS

Delivering a combination of power, control, and ease of use, the AR Blue Clean AR390SS gives the Pressure Joe a run for its money. A perfect entry level pressure washer, if you’ve never used one before, the AR Blue Clean is a phenomenal choice; just take it out of the box, connect the gun to the high pressure hose, and your garden hose to the water intake. Plug it in, and pull the trigger; you’re ready to start cleaning with high pressure water.

Competitively priced, its high pressure hose delivers 2000 PSI at ranges up to 30 feet with relative ease. Its four nozzles provide plenty of functionality, and its 48 ounce detergent tank will get you through pretty much any cleaning application without having to “refuel.” Additionally, the AR Blue Clean is remarkably well regarded, both by critics — receiving top marks from Consumer Report’s pressure washer evaluations — as well as boasting a 4-star plus customer review rating on Amazon. Plus, compared to a typical pressure cleaner, it uses about 85 percent less water, which saves money when the water bill rolls around.

It’s a little more expensive than the Joe, and while its single tank is bigger than either of the Joe’s dual detergent tanks, it does sacrifice a bit of versatility. Having said that, it’s an obvious winner, and a great introduction to the world of power cleaning.

 See AR Blue Clean full specs here

 

Sun Joe SPX1000 Electric Pressure Washer

3. The Sun Joe SPX1000

If you’re looking for pressure cleaning on a budget, look no further; the Sun Joe SPX1000 sports a pressure range of 1350 PSI,and more than enough power to handle light to medium duty tasks. If all you need is to clan your boat, outdoor grill, siding, and so on, this little dynamo has you covered.

Portability is definitely a big plus with this little Joe. Compared to the SPX3000, weighing in at 31 lbs, and a little under three feet tall, the SPX1000 stands 19 inches high. And at less than 12 lbs, the single handle will get plenty of use — this little fella is remarkably portable, making it a great choice for when you want to handle all of your pressure washing in one day. To maximize its portability, it eschews different nozzle attachments in favor of an adjustable spray nozzle, which can cover the range from 45 degrees of gentle fan spray, to a high pressure jet spray.

At less than a hundred dollars, the Sun Joe SPX1000 provides an awful lot of performance in a compact package. If you’re looking for the most economical option — and don’t need serious blasting power — you can’t go wrong with the ultra portable SPX1000.

 

 See Sun Joe full specs here

 

4. The Karcher K5 PremiumKarcher K5 Premium Pressure Washer

Coming in at fourth on the list is Karcher’s top end electric model. As the biggest manufacturer of pressure cleaners the worldover, Karcher’s K5 Premium is their premier option for home use, and a veritable powerhouse by any standard. 

Pumping out a solid 2000 PSI, when combined with the included Dirtblaster spray wand, this powerful pressure cleaner knocks out tough jobs at twice the speed of comparable models, and its Vario Power Spray wand provides solid versatility. Additionally, it boasts a pressurized reel for the hose, storing and protecting it, in addition to being convenient.

To top that off, one of the big selling points of the K5 Premium, is its water-cooled induction motor, which claims to increase the life of the unit by a factor of five, drastically reduces the amount of noise the unit makes, as well as leading to a greater overall efficiency. Given the cleaning power it delivers, it’s remarkable just how quiet it can be. With heavy-duty 7.7” high-impact wheels, this beast is meant to be lugged around; it feels rugged, doesn’t leak,  and with Karcher’s world-class customer support, this best in class model is more than up to any home cleaning job you can throw at it.

 

 See Karcher full specs here

 

AR Blue Clean AR383 Pressure Washer

5. The AR Blue Clean AR383

The AR Blue Clean AR383 dominated the entry-level pressure washer market for years, and it remains a strong contender inthat sphere. Nestled at the intersection of price, power, and quality, this unit happily churns out 1900 PSI with no complaints. A favourite for car washing, the Blue Clean AR383 is like having a car wash in your garage; just hook up your hose, plug it in, and start spraying. You’ll have a car wash-clean ride in half the time as if you’d just used a garden hose, but you’ll have used five times less water.

More than just a car washer though, the AR383 sports a 20 foot high pressure hose, and a 35 foot-long power cord, much like the Sun Joe SPX3000s. It’s more than capable of tackling a wide variety of tasks, but be advised; by all accounts, the plastic hose fitting that ships with the unit is of dubious quality, and a frequent source of leaks. Save yourself the trouble, and get a brass fitting for your hose; the cost is negligible, but the increase to performance (and your overall experience) will be well worth it.

 

 See AR Blue Clean full specs here

 

 

THE 2 BEST GASOLINE POWERED PRESSURE CLEANERS

Sometimes, you just need raw power. In these cases, you can’t beat a gas-powered pressure washer; while you’ll pay a premium, you can expect some serious cleaning power from these units.

1. The Generac 7019 OneWash

With a 196cc engine providing 3100 PSI, and producing 2.4 Gallons per Minute (GPM), the Generac 7019 OneWash is a serious,
heavy-duty pressure washer, more than capable of handling a variety of situations. Perhaps the biggest advantage it boasts relative to its peers, is the PowerDial gun, allowing you to choose between four different settings for different applications; car, wood, concrete, and soap. When you pack as much power as the OneWash, it’s important that you use the right amount, lest you find yourself stripping the paint clean off of your car, or causing wood to splinter under the sheer force of the pressure.

Anything short of industrial, super heavy duty jobs is inside the OneWash’s range, and with a half-gallon detergent tank, 25 foot high-pressure hose, and oversized, rugged, never-flat tires, it’s a serious piece of hardware. On that note, at 57 lbs, you’re not going to want to carry the OneWash; but it’ll carry you through just about anything you throw at it.

 

 See Generac full specs here

 

 

2. The SIMPSON Cleaning MSH3125-S

Besting even the mighty Generac OneWash at 2.5 GPM, the MSH3125-S’ Honda motor creates a reliable, powerful gas pressure washer with enough power to handle the lighter side of professional work, and more than enough to handle anything in a home use case. With serious 10-inch tires, a 25-foot long high pressure, kink resistant hose, and five quick-connect nozzle tips, this professional-grade power washer is likely to be up to whatever challenge you throw at it.

Now You’re Washing with Power

Whatever direction you decide to go in, there’s a pressure washer for your needs. And once you experience the results for yourself, you’re never going to go back to un-pressurized cleaning again.

 

 See Simpson Cleaning full specs here