The 7 best pressure washers are listed below…
…Spend minutes not hours finding the best one for your needs – even if you’ve never used one.
Why should you trust this ranking?
- Our experience – PressureWashr spends 100s of hours researching pressure washers, how they work, how to use them and we have tested 34 of the highest rated pressure washer models on homes, driveways, vehicles and more.
- Our practical knowledge – Combine our team’s commercial power washing and mechanical engineering experience with the hands-on real-life use testing for PressureWashr and the benefits and downfalls of each pressure washer become easy to spot.
- Our aim is to help you find the best pressure washer for you – The best 7 are chosen after our field notes are reviewed and comparisons made, then the buying advice is detailed below.
So if you plan on using your new pressure washer to:
- Make quick work of cleaning your car or truck this weekend
- Make your neighbour jealous with your brand-new looking driveway
- Get your back deck and patio looking squeeky clean for the BBQ parties this summer
Then you’re in the right place because we tested on all those surfaces and more.
Let’s dive right in:
Best 3 Gas Pressure Washers
Affordable Cleaning Power and Long-lasting Honda Engine
The best gas power washer for most people happens to be the most affordable gas powered on this list. At a manufacturers suggested retail price of $399 you’re getting a heavy-duty residential workhorse.
Simpson Cleaning has done an amazing job engineering a unit that will make your driveway look brand new in 1-hour with its impressive 2.5 GPM flow rate and a surface cleaner attachment.
It’ll also make your outdoor cleaning jobs fun and effortless because it’s easy to move around your yard – even with a bad back. Why? Because it’s only 65 pounds and designed with a superior wheelbarrow stance and large 10-inch tires. No more dealing with hose kinks, either… As it comes with an abrasion and kink resistant pro-quality hose. With this machine you’ll actually look forward to completing your essential cleaning chores like gutters, house siding and back patio.
It’s #1 on this list because it’s the best value for the money. The main perk is its engine. It has what Honda calls a residential-use engine… Engineered purposefully to provide reliable power to residential pressure cleaners.
If you plan on using it all-day everyday then you’ll need to upgrade to the Simpson machine listed #3 on this list because it has a commercial-grade engine. But if you plan to just do lots of pressure cleaning on the weekends then this a great unit to grab. Check out its full specs and current best price at the link below.
Quickly Adjust Pressure With Turn of a Knob
The second best gas power washer for most people allows you to adjust the pressure to 4 settings between 2,000 and 3,100 PSI at the turn of a knob. This allows you to go from cleaning your car to washing your driveway instantly without having to change the nozzle.
Whether you plan on cleaning your driveways, gutters, deck, patio furniture or vehicles this pressure washer can get your job done – fast. Generac designed this unit with customer feedback in mind: It’s upright style allows for a smaller storage footprint in your garage and its orange front cover helps dampen the noise from the engine so earplugs are optional.
The reason it ranks #2 and not #1 is because of the Honda engine on the #1. Generac has put together a great value machine with a great engine and pump but we believe the Honda to be more durable and reliable. This machine can be bought at an affordable price similar to the Simpson cleaner above. If you love the idea of having the adjustable pressure feature then this is yours.
Maximum Performance. Professional Quality.
The third listed power washer is the definition of reliable and durable…
It has a commercial-grade Honda engine and AAA industrial quality triplex plunger pump to ensure your washer runs for many years to come with minimal fuss.
As you can see in the picture it has job-site tires and a heavy-duty steel carriage. It needs to because this pressure washer is a beast and weighs 81 pounds – 30% more than the #1 pick.
You should buy this unit if you plan to use it daily for big jobs…
Maybe you have a pressure washing weekend business? Maybe you plan to rent it out to friends? Or maybe you just like owning the best quality power equipment? Whatever jobs you throw at this unit – there’s one thing for sure – it will handle it with ease.
Best 4 Electric Pressure Washers
Affordable, Portable, Medium-duty Power – The Best Option for Most People’s Needs
Last year’s model, also called the AR383 (but without the SS), is still dominating the electric pressure washer market – and has been doing so for 6 years…
…However, we feel this new model beats the old out. The company AR Blue Clean has taken all the feedback received over the last 6 years into account when designing and engineering this new improved model.
Here’s how the AR383SS hits the sweet spot:
- It has new and improved quick connect hose attachments
- It now has a stainless lance with quick release nozzles instead of the plastic all-in-one style
- It now has a side holster to store the wand and side hook for the electric cord (much easier than before having to wrap around handle)
- It now looks better, you know, more pro-style with better overall stability.
So with all that being said…
…Imagine next time you need to wash your car.
With this unit in your garage all you need to do is plug it in, attach the hose, attach the correct nozzle tip, point the spray gun and your car will be clean in 1/2 the time as with a garden hose while using 5 times less water.
Heck, we have 3 AR’s in the test shed and use them all the time – this one, last years model and the model up from this one… All are much quieter than a vacuum cleaner yet powerful enough to wash the back patio, patio furniture and BBQ grill in prep for summer and spring parties each year. You’ll find it’s not only a cool tool to own but also a cool toy to play with.
The Most Reviewed Pressure Washer on Amazon.com
The second best electric pressure cleaner for most people’s needs is a little less expensive. It’s the Sun Joe max 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM pictured right.
You’ll notice it doesn’t have a hose reel (although it has hose holder for storing). Instead, in its place, it has dual detergent tanks to make injecting chemicals into the stream a breeze. It comes with a pro-style steel lance and 5 different quick connect nozzles to go from intense jet to gentle spray in seconds.
People love the Pressure Joe for its pump performance (keeps stable flow rate no matter the nozzle) and its high rated power (in terms of GPM x PSI) for an electric unit.
Now With High Performance Water-cooled Motor For Longer Life
On the Karcher page the less expensive K3.540 X-series won based on the fact it is cheaper than this one. But here this won because of its high performance. It comes with a DirtBlaster spray wand which is a rotary nozzle to get full power spray over a larger area and a Vario Power Spray wand to adjust the pressure without having to change nozzles.
If you’re in the market for the best home use pressure washer on the market this is going to be the one for you to look at.
Affordable Light-duty Electric
Fourth on the list of best electric pressure cleaners is this one from Greenworks Tools.
It is the most affordable and light-duty on this list but is a great option for many because maybe you don’t need to use it for big jobs often?
In case you’ve never heard of Greenworks Tools brand, here’s some detail:
The company manufacturing HQ is in Changzou, China and they have North American distribution out of Mooresville, North Carolina. Their range of products are sold through Canadian Tire, Lowes, Amazon, The Home Depot and Sears and include: highly reviewed and liked battery powered and corded electric leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chainsaws, drills and snow throwers.
As for pressure washers, Greenworks offers 6 different models from 1500 PSI to 1950 PSI. We feel this model pictured above with 1600 PSI and 1.2 GPM hits the sweet spot and is the best light-duty on the market. It has everything you need to get started pressure cleaning small jobs like your car, back patio and garage door.
It’s also great how it has the nozzle foamer attachment to make applying soap to your car a cinch. And of course, it has everything else you’d expect in a light-duty electric pressure cleaner: 20-foot hose, 35-foot cord, storage for both, quick connect nozzles and enough power to take care of lighter outdoor household cleaning chores.
Check it out and the other Greenworks models at this link:
Best Pressure Washer Reviews 2018 – Top Rated Pressure Washer Criteria
To recap, here are the 7 best we tested (over 70+ hours) pressure washing concrete, cars, house siding, patio furniture and a wood deck:
- Simpson MegaShot MSH3125-S: Gas, 3,100 PSI, 2.5 GPM
- Generac OneWash 7019: Gas, 3,100 PSI, 2.4 GPM
- Simpson PowerShot PS3228-S: Gas, 3,200 PSI, 2.8 GPM
- AR Blue Clean AR383SS: Electric, 1,900 PSI, 1.3 GPM
- Sun Joe SPX3000: Electric, 2,030 PSI, 1.76 GPM
- Karcher K5 Premium: Electric, 2,000 PSI, 1.4 GPM
- Greenworks GPW1602: Electric, 1,600 PSI, 1.2 GPM
How Did PressureWashr Decide The Best?
The above 7 were chosen after testing 31 models (so far) over 70+ hours pressure washing real surfaces at our test facility and around the neighborhood.
How Did PressureWashr Decide Which 31 To Purchase?
First we investigated the online ratings and reviews of all 167 models available while putting the data and findings into a spreadsheet.
Then we bought, borrowed or rented (anything to get our hands on them) those best power washers from different online and big-box retailers to test for ourselves.
To finalize the top 7 we rely on our team’s 5+ years of using and testing these residential machines for PressureWashr.com and combined experience mechanical engineering and commercial pressure washing in the past.
How Often is This List Updated?
The list is updated monthly and was last updated December 1, 2018.