Blast mud, mildew and stains with the best pressure washers for 2022 (2022)

We’ve all experienced it, often during a barbecue or during a back-breaking gardening session: that moment when we glimpse the build-up of mildew and mould which has transformed our once beloved patio or fence from a pristine expanse into something much bleaker. The solution? It’s time to call in the pressure washer.

When it comes to deep cleaning, nothing beats a pressure washer. A powerful cleaning tool, they’re designed to blast away grime with jets of water. And they’re not just designed for patios and fences, either – today’s pressure washers can be used on everything from cars and garden furniture to garden sheds and outdoor playsets.

Take it from us though, what you do before switching on your pressure washer is crucial, and a little prep work will go a long way when it comes to getting the most from your cleaning session. “If you’re using it on patios, start by sweeping away any fallen leaves and debris with a soft-headed broom when the patio is dry,” says Isabel Fernandez, director at Mystonefloor.com. “Leaves can cause mild surface stains as they decompose.”

Accessorising your pressure washer can also save you time and money. “Some pressure washers are compatible with brushes designed specifically for use on cars,” says Thomas Goodman, tech expert at MyjobQuote.co.uk. “And if your pressure washer lacks a detergent tank, you may want to consider purchasing a dispenser attachment.”

Finally, use caution when treating delicate areas. Goodman adds that “most pressure washers include a rotary pencil jet nozzle, which provides more power. This will ensure that even the most stubborn dirt is removed, but because of their increased power, these should only be used on hard surfaces like stone or brickwork.”

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How we tested

We tested these pressure washers on a wide range of surfaces and considered multiple aspects, ranging from water flow to directional control and battery power. And honestly, our driveway, car and patio have never looked cleaner.

The trees which surround our test garden, which frequently shed their leaves onto our patio and car, ensured we had the perfect test ground and is also the reason we consider ourselves pretty well positioned to undertake this particular task. Here are our favourite models that met the mark.

The best pressure washers for 2022 are:

  • Best overall pressure washer – Karcher pressure washer K5 premium smart control home: £494.99, Kaercher.com
  • Best battery-powered pressure washer – Flymo easiclean li cordless pressure washer: £196.63, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best power washer for small patios – Nilfisk core 150-10 150bar power control pressure washer: £263.98, Machinemart.co.uk
  • Best power washer for heavy duty cleaning – Draper Tools pressure washer, 2500W: £385.99, RobertDyas.co.uk
  • Best power washer for simplicity – Titan 140bar electric high pressure washer: £69.99, Screwfix.com
  • Best power washer for ease of use – Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless 22bar power pressure washer kit: £139.99, Ryobitools.eu
  • Best power washer for versatility – Nilfisk premium 200 pressure washer, 2900W: £523.81, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best power washer for heavy stains – Kärcher K 7 premium smart control home pressure washer: £479, Viking-direct.co.uk
  • Best power washer for value – Powerbase 2000W pressure washer: £159, Homebase.co.uk

Karcher pressure washer K 5 premium smart control home

Best: Overall pressure washer

Rating: 10/10

  • Maximum pressure: 145 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 500l per hour
  • Motor power: 2,100W

This pressure washer can be used on everything from cars and bicycles to patios, fences and balcony furniture. It does need a certain amount of assembly, but it’s quick and easy to put together, and truly worth the effort.

Everything about this pressure washer screams premium. There’s the plug ‘n’ clean system, which meant we could add detergent to the pressure washer mid-cleaning session, and an integrated water filter. And it even has Bluetooth capability, which allowed us to set up the machine remotely, depending on which surface we were cleaning.

The three-in-one multi-jet lance made it simple to switch between spray settings, and we loved the ergonomic design of the controls, which were easy to tweak even with wet soapy hands. We appreciated the extra-long 10-metre hose, too.

Flymo easiclean li cordless pressure washer

Best: Battery powered pressure washer

Rating: 10/10

  • Maximum pressure: 25 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 200l per hour
  • Motor power: Battery powered

This fabulous pressure washer proves that mains power isn’t everything. It’s been brilliantly designed and is an ideal option if space is at a premium – we were particularly impressed with the way the three nozzle heads clipped onto the main unit, putting them within easy reach, but out of the way.

The safety catch will undoubtedly provide peace of mind for anyone with children and we loved the ease with which we could syphon water from a bucket or water butt using the included syphoning hose. Power-wise, you’ll get a generous 24 minutes of run time off a single battery charge.

Nilfisk core 150-10 150bar power control pressure washer

Best: Pressure washer for small patios

Rating: 9/10

  • Maximum pressure: 150 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 468l per hour
  • Motor power: 2,000W

If you’re in need of a high pressure machine which will obliterate stubborn stains, quickly sprucing up all manner of surfaces, then look no further.

There are three power settings to choose from and it’s got an incredibly compact design, which made the 10-metre hose – which tucked neatly into an enclosed reel casing – a pleasant surprise. The lightweight design of the main unit (we were also particularly smitten with the folding handle and the ultra-rugged wheels) meant it was easy to move into position, and made it easy to tackle multiple areas during one cleaning session.

Short on space? The spare nozzles, spray gun and lance can all be fixed to the machine for easy storage.

Draper Tools pressure washer 2500W

Best: Pressure washer for heavy duty cleaning

Rating: 8/10

  • Maximum pressure: 195 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 480l per hour
  • Motor power: 2500W

A monster of a pressure washer, this model pairs a surprisingly slick design with some serious power. It’s powered by a brushless induction motor and to be honest, we were concerned that street lights would start to flicker when we fired it up.

As soon as we blasted our first section of patio, we could feel its power – we’ve never fired a machinegun but we suspect it’s a similar sensation – and the results didn’t disappoint. We used it on a seriously heavily stained section of paving and it lifted years of grime in matter of seconds, and it gave equally impressive results on a mildew-strained wooden garden bench, too.

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Accessories include six nozzles and an inlet filter, although our favourite added extra was the patio cleaning attachment – it’s got a pivoting joint, which meant we could deep clean horizontal surfaces just as easily as vertical ones.

Titan 140bar electric high pressure washer

Best: Pressure washer for simplicity

Rating: 8/10

  • Maximum pressure: 140 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 440l per hour
  • Motor power: 1800W

This is another one which needs some assembly, but it’s incredibly easy to put together – and once it’s complete, it’s staying that way. The various pieces attach incredibly securely, providing the peace of mind which always come in handy when an accidental soaking is a risk.

There were plenty of accessories too, including an adjustable spray nozzle, rotary spray nozzle, water inlet filter, low pressure foam sprayer, nozzle cleaning pin and mini patio cleaner mini. The flow rate of 440l per hour is also one of the best you’ll find on a pressure washer with a sub-£100 price tag.

Ryobi 18V ONE+ cordless 22bar power washer kit

Best: Pressure washer for ease of use

Rating: 8/10

  • Maximum pressure: 22 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 182l per hour
  • Motor power: Battery powered

One of our favourite added extras on this pressure washer was the syphoning kit, which made it ridiculously easy to draw water from our water butt (it can also be used with buckets).

There isn’t the abundance of accessories some pressure washers have but as testers prone to misplacing things, we loved the way the three nozzles were built into the pressure washer’s head – simply twist it to switch between them. The extra-wide fan spray (one of the widest we’ve come across) proved especially useful when rinsing off soap suds. We also thought it was best suited to spot cleaning and smaller areas.

In summary? Another pressure washer which proves that battery powered models can be more than up to the job.

Nilfisk premium 200 pressure washer

Best: Pressure washer for versatility

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Rating: 8/10

  • Maximum pressure: 200 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 610l per hour
  • Motor power: 2,900W

Yes, this is a lot of money to spend on this type of device, but there’s little this pressure washer can’t handle and we loved the versatility. There’s a nozzle specifically designed for delicate surfaces such as cars and garden furniture, yet it still provides plenty of cleaning power without the kind of force which will blast your sun lounger into the neighbouring county.

It’s a seriously sturdy pressure washer (thanks to components such as an aluminium pump and steel armoured hose) but it also scores highly in the manoeuvrability stakes. And its wheels are some of the biggest we’ve seen on a pressure washer.

Karcher K 7 premium smart control home pressure washer

Best: Pressure washer for heavy stains

Rating: 8/10

  • Maximum pressure: 180 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 550L
  • Motor power: 2,800W

One of the brand’s most powerful pressure washers, this hi-tech cleaner, which launched in early 2021, does it all – its extra oomph, courtesy of 180 BAR water pressure, will vaporise stubborn stains from high traffic areas. Its wide range of settings also means it can be used on surfaces where a little more care is required, whether it’s bicycles or car doors splattered with aerial bombardments by the local birdlife.

Kärcher has always been one of our favourite brands for car-friendly power washers, but the K7 takes it up a notch, and we loved how we could scroll through settings using either the trigger controls or the app. Like the also popular K5 (£494.99, Kaercher.com), the K7 has a handy digital display next to the trigger, allowing for total control.

Powerbase 2000W pressure washer

Best: Pressure washer for value

Rating: 7/10

  • Maximum pressure: 145 BAR
  • Maximum flow rate: 450 litres per hour
  • Motor power: 2000W

It was the little things we loved about this pressure washer, including the way the wand screwed onto the hose rather than clipping on – a simple feature which gave a much tighter connection. Its meaty 145 BAR also helped it throw out one of the longest jets of water we’ve come across, and one which spruced up our seriously neglected patio tiles in seconds.

This is a great pressure washers in terms of versatility – a wide range of brushes comes as standard, including a triangular brush which meant applying extra cleaning power to tight corners and narrow spaces was a breeze. It’s also incredibly compact, something aided by a folding handle on the hose reel, side holsters for the various attachments and built-in detergent tank for those extra-tough stains.

Pressure washers FAQs

What is a pressure washer?

A pressure washer (often referred to as a power washer) uses a high-pressure jet of water to clean a wide range of items, including patios, garden furniture and cars.

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What can you use a pressure washer for?

Pressure washers can clean everything from decking, garden furniture and fencing, right through to vehicles, exterior paintwork, swimming pools, gutting and patios - while heavy duty machines can even clean large paths, driveways and stonework. A good machine should remove stubborn dirt and grime, mould, loose paint and even chewing gum.

How does a pressure washer work?

Pressure washers are mains-powered, and they also connect to a garden hose. In a nutshell? They’re water pumps powered by an electric motor. The water comes out of a part which is commonly described as either a nozzle or a wand. Pressure washers will usually come with different adaptors. These will typically be different, smaller nozzles which fit onto the end of the wand, or entire wands which can be easily attached and removed. These wands are often referred to as lances.

What type of pressure washer should I get (petrol or electric)?

Most pressure washers are electric, corded machines that run off mains electricity. They are quiet, affordable and easy to use. Petrol powered pressure washers are more powerful and expensive, making them more suitable for heavy-duty jobs and working away from home. They lack annoying cables but will need constantly topping up with fuel.

Are pressure washers bad for your car?

Most pressure washers can be used to clean cars – even prized motors with pristine paint jobs. This is because the average pressure washer will come with several attachments, and will have controls which allow users to alter the power of the water jet.

“Most pressure washers can be used on vehicles, but you should always carefully follow the manufacturer’s guidance and advice,” says Paul Hicks, product and marketing manager at Stihl, one of the top pressure washer brands. “Always keep the water jet a reasonable distance from the car to avoid damage and consider using a dedicated cleaning solution to help remove the dirt from the car too.”

The best pressure washer features to look for

Pressure

If you’re going to be using your pressure washer on a wide range of surfaces, you’ll want one with settings which allow you to quickly tweak the water pressure, while multiple fixtures – such as pressure washer brushes designed specifically for patios – will come in handy, too.

“Two of the main things to consider when choosing a pressure washer is the water pressure and flow rate,” says Stihl’s Paul Hicks. “Look out for a pressure washer that provides both good pressure and a high water flow rate. It’s easy to get high pressure, but the holy grail is a combination of a high pressure and a high flow rate.”

Light duty machines are up to 100 bar, which is good for decking, fences and garden furniture. Mid-range machines are 110 to 130 bar – these can also tackle vehicles, exterior paintwork, guttering and small patios and driveways. Heavy duty machines are 130+ bar – these are more suited to large areas, plus stonework and really grubby 4x4s or caravans.

Length of hose

It’s also worth taking a second to consider how the pressure washer will attach to your water source. “Make sure the washer can be connected to a standard hose or includes a syphoning kit suitable for any fresh water source,” says a spokesperson at Ryobi, another leading pressure washer manufacturer. “And make sure the washer is portable. This will allow you to clean on the go anytime, anywhere.”

Accessories

All machines come with a standard spray head, but some come with added extras, including:

  • Specialist brushes (for cars and bikes, for example)
  • Specialist lance (most come with a basic one, but you can get others for different surfaces)
  • Patio cleaners (concentrates the power into a small area)
  • Foam nozzle (a handy way of applying detergent – great for vertical surfaces like cars)
  • On-board detergent tank that you can pre-fill with a cleaner of your choice
  • Professional hose (adds length to your water supply hose)

Auto start/stop

Pressure washers with this feature use the trigger on the spray gun, as opposed to a switch on the main machine, to start and stop the flow or water. This can save quite a bit of water, especially for more fiddly jobs that don’t require a constant flow of water.

Storage

If space is at a premium, look for more compact machines with integrated storage, especially for cables and hose reel.

How to care for your pressure washer

In the same way you drain a hose before storing it, make sure you drain any excess water from the hose after using the pressure washer. Storage is important, too. “Always make sure you hang your pressure washer gun and hose so that the water will drain out of them,” says a Ryobi spokesperson. “It’s also important to avoid storing it in an area where temperatures will get below freezing level.

The verdict: Pressure washers

We love the Karcher pressure washer K5 premium smart control home, not just because it’s incredibly powerful and a joy to use, but because of the brilliant tech which can slash cleaning times – and getting to grips with it doesn’t require hours spent studying an encyclopedic-like manual, either.

The Flymo easiclean li cordless pressure washer offers undeniable proof that battery powered pressure washers can provide just as impressive results as mains powered ones. While the Nilfisk core 150-10 150bar power control pressure washer is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a compact, lightweight pressure washer with some serious cleaning power.

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FAQs

What kind of pressure washer do professionals use? ›

Simpson PowerShot 4400 PSI 4.0 GPM Gas Pressure Washer PS60843. It's tough to beat the power and price of Simpson's PowerShot PS60843 as the best commercial pressure washer. With 4400 PSI and 4.0 GPM, it has all the power most professionals need before moving up to pull-behind pressure washers.

What is the best pressure washer to clean a driveway? ›

If you want to clean your driveway quickly and efficiently, use a pressure washer of at least 3100 PSI. Using pressure washers with pressures ranging from 1000 to 2300 PSI will also help you clean your driveway, but it will take a long time. Small pressure washers are cheap but inefficient for house washing.

What is a good PSI pressure washer for home use? ›

Consumer pressure washers often start at around 1,300 to 1,800 psi. This type of light-duty machine is great for small residential jobs, such as washing cars, cleaning shutters, washing lawn furniture, and spot-cleaning light stains. The next step up is around 2,000 to 3,000 psi.

What is the difference between a power washer and a pressure washer? ›

The main difference is that power washing uses highly pressurized steam to do the cleaning while pressure washing just uses unheated tap water, without the help of a heating element.

How many PSI do I need in a pressure washer? ›

In general, I recommend a pressure washer with 1.4 to 1.6 GPM and pressure from 1200 to 1900 psi. Start with a lower pressure, and only increase it when needed. Use a green or white nozzle.

What is considered a commercial grade pressure washer? ›

A commercial pressure washer is designed with daily use in mind. They have better engines, better pumps and better components everywhere. They avoid plastic. They come with high-grade hoses, stainless lances and brass connections.

What do commercial pressure washers use? ›

Commercial pressure washers that use hot water are the most commonly used pressure washer machines but require some practice to master since there is a chance of scalding with the hot water.

What is considered a commercial grade power washer? ›

Commercial Pressure Washers Offer More Cleaning Power

While home users should seek out pressure washers between 1,300-2000 PSI, commercial pressure washers fall somewhere between 3,200-8,000 PSI. This high of power may seem like overkill to you – but there are instances where this much cleaning power is necessary.

What do you spray on concrete before pressure washing? ›

Applying a degreaser will loosen stains in the concrete, allowing you to pressure wash them away. Some pressure washers have an attachment tool for applying degreaser. Otherwise, scrub the degreaser into the concrete with a stiff-bristled brush or push broom.

Do I need soap to pressure wash my driveway? ›

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What chemicals to use to pressure wash a driveway? ›

Citric acid – stain removal and cleaning of concrete driveways or wooden decks. Sodium hypochlorite – disinfects and removes stains. Sodium hydroxide – dissolves grease and fats and works well on glass and steel. Bleach – sanitizes and disinfects aggressively.

Will a 2000 PSI pressure washer clean concrete? ›

What PSI pressure washer do I need to clean concrete? To clean concrete effectively, use a power washer with a pressure rating of at least 3000 psi and a flow rate of at least 4 gallons per minute (gpm).

What is the strongest pressure washer? ›

CAT Pumps model 3560 is their most powerful, and it has these specs: 20 GPM x 4,000 PSI = 80,000 CUs. 142 lbs (64.4 kg)

Will a 1600 psi pressure washer clean concrete? ›

Concrete and asphalt require more cleaning power. You'll want to use the turbo nozzle on the 1600 PSI for hard-to-clean driveways, sidewalks, and patios as well as brick paving.

What should you not power wash? ›

Never pressure wash humans, pets, or plants. The force of water coming from a pressure washer can cause physical harm — even penetrate skin—and will most certainly destroy your plants. When you pressure wash appropriate surfaces, always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from debris.

Will a pressure washer remove mold? ›

Will Pressure Washing Remove Mold? Yes, pressure washing can remove mold from your exterior surfaces such as roofing, concrete and siding; however to effectively kill the mold, pressure washing should be combined with a bleach solution.

What is the best time of year to pressure wash your house? ›

In general, houses should be power washed at least once a year any time between March and November. As it gets later in a calendar year, you'll want to make sure your home is taken care of before the freezing temperatures and winter weather arrive.

Is 4000 PSI too much pressure washer? ›

4000 PSI would just rip the paint off a home - one with a really good paint job. If you want to really clean instead of blasting the crap out of something the key isn't just PSI, it is also a factor of the waterflow rate. This is measured on most powerwashers as GPM or gallons per minute.

Can you wash a car with a 3000 PSI pressure washer? ›

Using a Pressure washer with 3000 PSI can definitely damage the paint of your car. If you have a pressure washer with such a high pressure, first try to set it lower. With most machines, you can change the output pressure. Also, ensure that you use the correct nozzle, one from 25 or 40 degrees.

What is a 4000 PSI pressure washer used for? ›

A 4000 PSI pressure washer is ideal for heavy equipment, concrete surfaces, brick walls, construction sites, stripping paint and lifting oil stains. Again, a 4000 PSI pressure washer should not be used on house siding; 4000 PSI is strong enough to cause some serious damage!

What's more important in a pressure washer PSI or GPM? ›

GPM is usually more important to contractors than PSI. Since most contractors use cleaning chemicals to do all of the cleaning, their job becomes one primarily of rinsing the dirt away.

Is 2300 psi too much for a car? ›

You should also never set your pressure washer above 2,200 psi when washing your car. 1,500 psi is really all you need to get a good deep clean; any pressure higher than that won't make a noticeable performance difference.

How many gpm pressure washer do I need? ›

How much power do I need?
TypePSIGPM
Light Duty larger jobs1,800 - 2,200 PSI2.0
Medium Duty2,300 - 2,500 PSI2.2 - 2.3
Commercial Medium Duty2,600 - 3,100 PSI2.5
Commercial Heavy Duty3,200 - 4,000 PSI3.0 - 4.0
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What do professional house washers use? ›

Professional power washers use non-abrasive and biodegradable cleaners, which means not only is your siding safe, but your lawn and plants are, too. Some companies even offer 100% organic cleaner for environmentally conscious consumers.

Can I run bleach through my pressure washer? ›

Never Use Bleach with Pressure Washers

Bleach will corrode your pump's seals and essentially render the pressure washer useless. Bleach is a dangerous chemical, and spraying bleach means propelling bleach into the air.

Is a pressure washing business profitable? ›

Making money with the pressure washing business can be a breeze, thanks to low start-up costs and favorable pricing. You can earn between $40,000-$50,000 a year from your business at the beginning, with the potential of making upwards of a six-figure income over time.

How much does a commercial pressure washer cost? ›

For the lower-end commercial pressure washers, you could expect to pay around $1,000, as of the time of publication. If you want one of the high-end commercial pressure washers, you could spend over $6,000.

Is a 2000 PSI power washer good? ›

Medium Duty 2000-2800 PSI

They're great for cleaning concrete, brick, and wood. They work especially well for cleaning patios, sidings, roofs, decks, and fences. The medium-duty power washer is best for getting rid of stubborn stains and dirt that a low-duty pressure washer can't clean.

How can I make my pressure washer stronger? ›

In general, a pressure washer can be made more powerful by using a different nozzle. Other options are changing the pressure regulator or under loader valve, use a different gas type, or optimizing the gas engine. For maximum power, use a red 0-degree nozzle. Nozzles determine the angle of the output water stream.

Will bleach hurt concrete driveway? ›

Bleach is safe to use on concrete. When applied to concrete, bleach does not harm the sturdy material. However, it does remove spots and unwanted matter from the surface, such as mildew and moss. It also disinfects concrete.

Can you damage concrete by power washing? ›

The quick answer is yes, power washing can degrade a concrete surface. You can notice visible damage from water pressure at the level at which even light-duty power washers can operate. Therefore, if you aren't careful, you can cause irreversible damage to your driveway or patio.

What PSI do I need for driveway? ›

Driveways are usually made of concrete, pavers, or asphalt. Most homeowners find that pressure cleaning this area is the most effective and efficient way. You need 3000 psi (pound per square inch) to clean a driveway.

Should I seal my driveway after pressure washing? ›

Again, yes. You absolutely should. Concrete is a very porous material and sealing it makes all the difference when it comes to its maintenance and longevity. After pressure washing your concrete driveway, it is imperative that you wait until it is completely dry before sealing it.

How often should you pressure wash your driveway? ›

That is why most professionals agree that your driveway should be pressure washed at least once a year. This will keep the grime off the surface and you can keep washing it per your need and time over the year yourself, to keep it in the best shape.

What do professionals clean concrete with? ›

What chemical will clean concrete? If you have mildew stains, the best chemical to clean concrete is trisodium phosphate. Combine two tablespoons of the chemical with two tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent and one-quart water. Then, apply it to the stained area and scrub using a stiff brush.

Can you use Dawn dish soap in pressure washer? ›

You can use Dawn dish soap in your pressure washer, but you need to dilute it properly with hot water. Take 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and dilute it in 1-1.5 quarts of hot water. However, the results of cleaning with Dawn dish soap might not be as effective as some special pressure washer detergents.

Can you put vinegar in a power washer? ›

Vinegar is one of the best things to use with your pressure washer. Using vinegar with your pressure washer can be a great way to clean and treat the surfaces that you are cleaning.

What size pressure washer do I need for a 2 story house? ›

What Pressure Washer Should You Use To Clean A Home? If you need to clean a two-story house, you'll need a heavy-duty or extra heavy-duty pressure washer. This will give you a water pressure of 2,800 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) or higher and three to four GPM (gallons per minute) of water.

Is 1800 PSI enough to clean a house? ›

Generally if you stay around the 1500 PSI to 1800 PSI range, and use the wide stream nozzle, you have less chance of damaging anything you are cleaning. Fortunately, you don't always need a power washer to clean most things around your home's exterior.

Can you adjust the PSI on a pressure washer? ›

Some gas pressure washers have a pressure regulator on the pump. You simply turn the dial to increase or decrease the pressure. Others have a regulator on the spray wand, similar to the Vario wand on our electric power washer. You can also change out the nozzle tips which alter the impact pressure when spraying.

What pressure washers do professionals? ›

Simpson PowerShot 4400 PSI 4.0 GPM Gas Pressure Washer PS60843. It's tough to beat the power and price of Simpson's PowerShot PS60843 as the best commercial pressure washer. With 4400 PSI and 4.0 GPM, it has all the power most professionals need before moving up to pull-behind pressure washers.

Are Simpson and DeWalt pressure washers the same? ›

In 2009 they reached a deal with The Black & Decker Corp (owners of the DeWalt trademark) to manufacture and sell their washers under the DeWalt name. Yes, this does mean that DeWalt and Simpson washers are exactly the same. In fact, they are made on the exact same assembly line in Decatur, Arkansas.

What is the best pressure washer to clean concrete? ›

Best for Concrete: DEWALT 4400 PSI at 4.0 GPM Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Honda. For washing concrete and other surfaces that require serious power, you need a model like the DEWALT 4400 PSI Gas Pressure Washer. This tough piece of machinery is designed for professionals.

What is the best PSI for a pressure washer? ›

Reliable on all the toughest jobs, pressure washers with 3,200 to 4,200 PSI offer enough power to strip away paint and remove the toughest stains. They work well on solid surfaces, especially stone and brick.

How many PSI pressure washer do I need? ›

In general, I recommend a pressure washer with 1.4 to 1.6 GPM and pressure from 1200 to 1900 psi. Start with a lower pressure, and only increase it when needed. Use a green or white nozzle.

Is Titan better than Karcher? ›

Key parts of the Titan and noticeably better quality (and more useful) than the Kärcher and Nilfisk, including a transparent filter for the water supply which makes it easy to spot blockages and a build up of crud which will slow the flow.

What bar is a good pressure washer? ›

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.

Is Karcher a good brand? ›

Karcher is a world-renowned brand associated with innovation and high quality. The manufacturer offers specialistic industrial-grade devices. Karcher pressure washers are the most popular products from this brand, along with vacuum cleaners: upright, industrial and multi-functional.

Is 100 bar pressure washer enough for car? ›

Best for: Cleaning domestic garden decking, cars and 4x4s. Expect a medium-powered motor mid-range water pressure (100 to 130-bar) and medium flow rates. Most units are a bit heavy, have wheels and on-board storage for accessories. Some may even have hose reels for comfort.

Who makes the Titan pressure washer? ›

About this product. The Nilfisk Titan 120 Pressure Washer has a rated pressure of 85 Bar, an aluminum pump that gives it an even longer life, and an air cooled universal motor. It has a 3 year manufacturer's warranty.

What is the most powerful Karcher? ›

The Kärcher K7 Premium Smart Control Pressure Washer is the only place to start when talking about Kärcher pressure washers. This premium model has incredible power (courtesy of a 180 bar max pressure, the highest on this list), which makes it well-suited for cleaning large patios and driveways.

Is Karcher compatible with Titan? ›

The Karcher lance will only be suitable for K series pressure washers. This Snow Foam Lance is compatible with Karcher K series pressure washers including K2, K3, K4, K5, K6 and K7. This pressure washer is not compatible with a Titan 130 Bar Pressure Washer.

What should you look for when buying a power washer? ›

Here are some basic ratings:
  • Horse Power (HP) This is how much power the engine or motor produces. ...
  • Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) ...
  • Gallons Per Minute (GPM) ...
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How can I make my power washer more powerful? ›

In general, a pressure washer can be made more powerful by using a different nozzle. Other options are changing the pressure regulator or under loader valve, use a different gas type, or optimizing the gas engine. For maximum power, use a red 0-degree nozzle. Nozzles determine the angle of the output water stream.

Are electric pressure washers any good? ›

Electrical pressure washers have the benefit of lower upfront costs and few additional maintenance needs. Electric pressure washers cost less on average, are easier to start and weigh less than gas models. They are also quieter than gas models, due to the lower psi.

Is Karcher made in China? ›

Since 2004, Kärcher has been manufacturing in China in its own factory. In the past year, a new, 27,000 square metre production facility was put into operation in Changshu.

What's the difference between Karcher models? ›

Both the Karcher K2 and Karcher K4 have two main versions: power control and compact. Power control models have longer hoses and are larger and heavier compared to the compact models. All Compact models use suction to apply the detergents whereas the K4 Power Control uses the “plug and clean” system. What is this?

Who is Karcher owned by? ›

When he died on 17 September 1959 at the age of 58, his wife Irene took over the management of the company and steered its fortunes for three decades. Today their children Johannes Kärcher and Susanne Zimmermann von Siefart are in charge of the family-owned company in its second generation.

What is a 3000 bar pressure washer used for? ›

Medium-duty pressure washers produce 2,000 to 3,000 PSI and can be used to remove grease and grim from concrete, sidewalks, decks and siding. Heavy-duty pressure washers produce 3,000 PSI or more, and can be used to clean large areas quickly, remove stubborn stains or patches of rust, or to strip paint.

How much water pressure does a car wash use? ›

Car washes typically blast out their liquid at 1,000 to 1,200 PSI, although pressures can go up to 2,200 in some situations. For this reason, along with the squirts of hot wax and slaps from towels, we do not recommend going through a car wash on foot.

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