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10 best pressure washers for 2022

If you want to get your garden ready for summer, a pressure washer could whip it into shape in no time. Here are the best pressure washers for 2022.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated May 1, 2022

Best pressure washers

With the weather warming up, we’re all looking forward to having friends and family in the garden for barbecues, long lunches or just a coffee on the patio. 

But if the thought of anyone else catching sight of your grimy garden furniture or moss-covered patio fills you with dread, you might want to get cracking on a spring clean.

Scrubbing paving slabs for hours is no fun. But a good pressure washer could lighten the load and get your cleaning jobs licked in a jiffy, leaving you time to enjoy a chilled drink on your newly sparkling patio.

What is a pressure washer?

Simply put, a pressure washer is a water pump powered by an electric motor. The washer takes in tap water, which the pump accelerates to high pressure before shooting it out from a nozzle at speed. When water is directed at surfaces in this way, it quickly zaps even the most encrusted dirt and gunk. They’re sometimes referred to as power washers or jet washers, too. 

You can get different attachments and also attach bottles of detergent for more effective, speedy cleaning of various objects from mucky scooters and plant pots to entire driveways.

As one Mumsnetter enthused on our forums: “It really is the gift that keeps giving as you can buy all sorts of attachments as well. We (and I do mean ‘we’ as the kids love using it) have used it to wash the patio, decking, trampoline, outside toys, cars, driveway, bikes and garden furniture.”

A good pressure washer is also handy for brickwork, decking, fences, gutters, barbecue grills, giving the garage a spring clean inside and out and much more. If the reviews on Mumsnet are anything to go by, once you’ve invested you’ll find yourself a bit obsessed (and with a VERY shiny exterior). 

They can be quite an investment, though, so you want to be sure that you’re buying the best and that the model you purchase will do what you want - and hopefully more. To help you find the best pressure washer for you, we’ve done all the legwork for you. We’ve scoured the Mumsnet talk boards, consulted experts and asked real customers for honest reviews and recommendations in order to bring you the ten best pressure washers on the market to choose from.

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Here are the best pressure washers to buy in 2022.

Mumsnet HQ's Best Buys at a Glance

What is the best pressure washer?

1. Best overall pressure washer: Kärcher K4 Power Control

Karcher K4 Power Control

Price: £189 | Buy now from Amazon

“I LOVE my Kärcher. The difference it makes to the patio and drive is outstanding, and we have also used it on the cars.” Tried and tested by 5foot5

This is the best Kärcher pressure washer that we’ve found – and that’s saying something, given that Kärcher pressure washers score consistently and reliably highly with reviewers and Mumsnetters alike.

The Kärcher K4 Power Control Pressure Washer uses an 800-watt water-cooled induction motor. We rate it for being versatile and simple to use – just select the right pressure for the job using the LED display; it couldn’t be easier. 

The machine has two nozzles for different surfaces: a fan shaped nozzle for more porous things such as soft wood decking and bikes, and a cone-shaped nozzle that’s for harder surfaces such as paving. 

There's even a specialist Kärcher app, offering extra cleaning tips, and the handy Plug 'n' Clean system allows you to click in a bottle of detergent and start cleaning straightaway.

The main downside is that it’s very heavy, though it does have wheels, which helps a lot. It’s also quite loud and is heavy on water usage, which is something to bear in mind if you’re on a meter. Reviews suggest this model cleans almost as well as the more expensive Kärcher KHB5, making it a real bargain. If you wanted something that’s a bit less of a monster all round you could look at that (it’s also featured in our top ten). However, for the price, we think the Kärcher K4 is a really good buy and you won’t be disappointed. 

Pros 

  • Two nozzles with various settings
  • Good reach with long hose
  • Useful app
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Heavy to move around
  • Quite loud in use

Key specs

  • Power: 800 watts
  • Weight: 11.48kg
  • Max pressure: 130 bar
  • Max flow rate: 420 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 8m
  • Cord length: 5m

2. Best pressure washer for cars: Nilfisk C135 Pressure Washer

Nilfisk pressure washer

Price: £165.59 | Buy now from Amazon

“I bought a Nilfisk as it came with a guarantee. It also had a special nozzle for washing cars (not so harsh).” Recommended by WhoWouldHaveThoughtThat.

Powerful enough to clean patios and fences but gentle enough not to wreck your car’s paintwork, the Nilfisk C135 is a good all-rounder, as you’d expect for the price tag.

The 135 bar max and 440l/hr provides a speedy and efficient clean, and the various attachments allow you to tackle wide surfaces such as driveways as well as more targeted areas.

Pressure control, for firm or gentle cleaning, is controlled by the fan jet Tornado PR nozzle which means that you can stay in control whatever you’re cleaning – something that’s especially important when you’re tackling a mud-covered car.

Nilfisk includes a free two-year warranty for extra peace of mind, which is a bonus.

Pros

  • Two -year warranty
  • Good control over the jet

Cons

  • Reviews say the assembly instructions are unclear
  • Some customers felt the hose could be more flexible

Key specs

  • Power: 1400 watts
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Max pressure: 110 bar
  • Max flow rate: 360 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 4m
  • Cord length: 5m

3. Best pressure washer for smaller items: Makita HW111 Compact Pressure Washer

Makita pressure washer

Price: £129 | Buy now from Amazon

“My tools are Makita, which are expensive but very good.” Recommended by rbe78.

Mumsnetters rate Makita as a maker of quality power tools and this pressure washer is ideal for cleaning smaller items such as bikes, motorbikes and garden furniture.

The Makita HW111 doesn't have the power of some of the other pressure washers on our list and might not be the best buy if you have acres of decking to clean regularly, as it’s fairly lightweight. Neither does it offer a range of attachments. However, it’s simple to use and offers a perfectly adequate 5.5-metre hose. It’s also nice and neat so is a good choice if storage space is at a premium. It’s also much easier to carry than some of the best pressure washers, such as the Karcher K4, which we loved but had to admit requires a bit of muscle to manoeuvre. 

If you’re on a budget, you’ll be pleased to hear that this value pressure washer won’t break the bank either. It’s a wise option if you’re just looking to clean scooters and bikes or the odd garden chair.

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre
  • Compact

Cons

  • Fairly lightweight, may not stand heavy usage

Key specs

  • Power: 1700 watts
  • Weight: 13kg
  • Max pressure: 110 bar
  • Max flow rate: 360 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 5.5m
  • Cord length: 5m

4. Best small pressure washer: Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer

Karcher compact pressure washer

Price: £129 | Buy now from Amazon

“Ours is a Kärcher I adore ours but beware, once you start, it's difficult to stop. DH even took it round to his parents. And then to the neighbours. And he even did the pavement outside our garden.” Tried and tested by InstaGrump.

Lighter than the Kärcher K4 Pressure Washer, this is Kärcher’s most compact pressure washer and it’s the best portable pressure washer we’ve found.

Less than 40cm high and 22cm wide, it weighs just over 4kg unfilled – handy because it doesn’t have wheels so you’ll have to carry it as you clean.

The Kärcher K2 Compact isn’t a heavy-duty pressure washer, but it’s ideal for zapping dirt from mud-encrusted bikes and garden furniture. Rather than offering a detergent foam sprayer, you’ll get a little tube that can sit inside a bottle of detergent and suck it into the machine – you just need to be careful not to knock the bottle over.

Like the Makita, above, this isn’t really designed for heavy and regular use so if that’s what you want it for, it would be worth looking at a different Kärcher model, but it’s perfect for small occasional jobs. 

Reviewers criticise this pressure washer for being noisy despite its small stature and the hose is only 4m. However, if you’re set on owning a Kärcher but don’t have the funds for a full size model, this is a great compromise.

Pros

  • Really light
  • Easy to store

Cons

  • Quite noisy
  • Hose isn’t very long

Key specs

  • Power: 1400 watts
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Max pressure: 110 bar
  • Max flow rate: 360 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 4m
  • Cord length: 5m

5. Best budget pressure washer: Bosch EasyAquatak 110

Bosch EasyAquatak 110

Price: £70 | Buy now from Amazon

You tend to get what you pay for with most pressure washers but we think you get that and a bit more with this Bosch Easy Aquatak, which offers lots for its price. 

The best thing about this machine is that it’s lovely and lightweight and it’s also really compact, so it’s not too unwieldy in use and stores away carefully, too. 

You can tailor the size of the spray as well as the intensity level to the task you’re undertaking, so there’s lots of control there. It comes with a high-pressure gun, patio cleaner attachment, brush head and lance to get to work on a variety of surfaces. It also has a variable fan jet nozzle and a rotary nozzle. 

With all this, it’s little surprise that this model gets rave customer reviews. It’s not the fanciest model we’ve seen, or the most robust, but if you don’t want to break the bank this is a reliable pressure washer that will get every surface in your garden gleaming. 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Great value

Cons

  • While it is lightweight, it may not be quite as hard wearing as some

Key specs

  • Power: 1500 watts
  • Weight: 4.7kg
  • Max pressure: 120 bar
  • Max flow rate: 350 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 5m
  • Cord length: 5m

6. Best smart pressure washer: Kärcher K5 Premium Smart Control Pressure Washer

Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Plus Home Pressure Washer

Price: £529 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a Kärcher one that I got free with Tesco car insurance a few years ago. It came with the round drive/patio cleaning tool and it’s brilliant. Messy but works well. Makes such a difference.” Recommeneded by SuitsYouSir.

Yes, it’s another Kärcher pressure washer – the third on our list. This is the best hi-tech pressure washer we’ve found and it comes with a price tag to match.

If you’re really, really serious about pressure washing and are prepared to pay top dollar, the K5 Premium Smart Control may tick your boxes.

It’s bigger, heavier and offers more power than the Kärcher K4 Power Control. But the feature which sets K5 Premium Smart Control apart from other pressure washers is its Control system, comprising a trigger gun with a built-in LCD display and Bluetooth connectivity that hooks into a smartphone app. Simply tell the app what you’re trying to clean and it will work out the tricky business of choosing the correct pressure for every stage of the job.

You’ll also get a 3-in-1 multi-jet lance, allowing you to switch spray patterns in seconds rather than switching nozzles, which is a big bonus if you’re doing a huge spring clean of the garden and moving between different types of surface. In addition, there’s a handy wind-up reel to keep the 10-metre hose in check. However, there’s no escaping the fact that this is one expensive pressure washer; you’ll want to be sure that you’ll really get your money’s worth, so we’d say this is one for people with large areas of patio or decking or lots of vehicles to clean. If your property suffers with moss build-up or you happen to own a fleet of filthy tractors, however, you might just have met your perfect match. 

Pros

  • Lots of extras and features included
  • Very long hose
  • Smart technology

Cons

  • Pretty pricey

Key specs

  • Power: 2100 watts
  • Weight: 13.9kg
  • Max pressure: 145 bar
  • Max flow rate: 500 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 10m
  • Cord length: 5m

7. Best high-power pressure washer: Bosch Universal Aquatak 130 High Pressure Washer

Bosch pressure washer

Price: £219.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“My Bosch pressure washer is great.” Recommended by ChickenyHead.

Offering 130 bar max pressure, this powerful industrial-strength pressure washer will get any cleaning job done.

Whether you’re renovating an old property or have a wide surface to clean, the Bosch Universal Aquatak 130 is guaranteed to be tough enough for the task. It’s the best heavy-duty pressure washer we’ve found and scored joint top place with Kärcher in Which?’s reliability scores. 

The 3-in-1 nozzle allows you to flick between three jets – rotary, wide fan and pencil – meaning you can zap through even the toughest dirt on your driveway or decking. At six metres, the hose is fairly decent, too, and longer than the average, though not as long as the Kärcher K4 or K5.

It’s heavy – at nearly 8kg – but it’s still pretty easy to move around thanks to the robust wheels. Coming in at over £200, it’s expensive but certainly won’t disappoint and is the best heavy-duty pressure washer on our list.

Pros

  • Reliable and heavy duty

Cons

  • Heavy

Key specs

  • Power: 1700 watts
  • Weight: 7.8kg
  • Max pressure: 130 bar
  • Max flow rate: 380 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 6m
  • Cord length: 5m

8. Best pressure washer for bikes and motorbikes: Muc-Off Pressure Washer

Muc Off pressure washer

Price: £119.95 | Buy now from Amazon

“I've had one for years and I would be lost without it. I clean everything outdoors with it, including the cars, which have never been damaged by it.” Tried and tested by Chuffit.

This pressure washer wins all the style points for its hot pink, snazzy looks. Never thought you’d get excited about the appearance of a pressure washer? Well, think again.

Aesthetics aside, this lightweight mains electric powered pressure washer uses a carbon brush motor and has been specifically designed to clean bikes, and if the kids, or you all as a family, regularly bike on muddy paths, you’ll know what a nightmare they are to clean. The various attachments have been tried and tested to ensure they won’t damage delicate bicycle components.

The whole unit has a waterproof rating of IPX5 so it’s pretty indestructible. The Muc-Off won’t get the muck off your patio, but it will leave your Brompton looking sparkling fresh. You’ll also get a cool bag for storage so you can keep everything neat and tidy, even your pressure washer.

Pros

  • Quiet in use
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Hose could be longer

Key specs

  • Power: 1200 watts
  • Weight: 6.2kg
  • Max pressure: 100 bar
  • Max flow rate: 390 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 5m
  • Cord length: 5m

9. Best handheld pressure washer: WORX WG620E.6 Cordless Hydroshot Portable Pressure Washer

WORX WG620E.6 18V Portable Pressure Washer

Price: £149.99 | Buy now from Amazon

For taking care of lots of little jobs around the garden, this is a pressure washer that lets you roam. Rated 4.8 out of 5 by Gardener’s World magazine, this comes with an extension lance and connects to a mains tap but can also draw water from a bucket, so if you don’t have an outdoor tap, no problem.  

It’s very light and easy to wield, though it does only ‘go’ for 30 minutes before it will need recharging, so isn’t ideal for very big jobs, but we’d see that as an enforced tea break and something to embrace. A battery level indicator tells you when it’s getting low so you’ll know when to shout for someone to put the kettle on, 

The multi-spray nozzle has five settings, including ‘shower’ and ‘mist’ 

This is a really great little machine for small jobs around the garden but do be aware that the pressure on it is not that powerful at all, and it can’t go for ages without recharging, so it’s definitely not the model you need for larger tasks. But if you know what you’re getting, this is a great little pressure washer that is perfect for small outdoor spaces or anyone without an outdoor tap. 

Pros

  • 3-year warranty
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • 3-5 hours charging time between 30 min goes
  • Pressure is low

Key specs

  • Power: 80 watts
  • Weight: 1.3kg
  • Max pressure: 24 bar
  • Max flow rate: 120 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 6m
  • Cord length: n/a

10. Best pressure washer for patios: Husqvarna P125 Pressure Washer

Husqvarna Pressure Washer

Price: £135 | Buy now from Amazon

“Caved in and bought a pressure washer and it's absolutely brilliant, I wouldn't be without it now (also great for cleaning the bins and cars as well).” Recommended by TimeWastingButFun.

This neat and compact pressure washer is great for jobs around the garden. It has a fast flow rate and is pretty powerful for its size, and the 7-metre hose gives you plenty of reach; other than the Karcher models, it’s the longest we found. 

It includes two nozzles (one flat spray and a rotary nozzle for getting rid of ground-in dirt) and a lance. Reviews say it’s super effective on decking and patios, as well as brick work, removing moss and weeds with no trouble at all. It can also be used to remove rust and flaky paint for outdoor DIY jobs. The foam sprayer is very useful for cleaning windows and outdoor furniture, too.

The machine is pretty lightweight at 7.1kg and has wheels and a handle, which makes it really easy to move around the garden as you work. When it’s time to put it away, the hose reel and cord storage keep everything tidy and all the accessories are easily stored on board, too, so you’ll never find yourself rooting around in the shed for an attachment. 

Pros

  • On-board storage for all accessories
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Reviews say it’s a little tricky to set up
  • Warranty only available if you buy direct

Key specs

  • Power: 1500 watts
  • Weight: 7.1kg
  • Max pressure: 125 bar
  • Max flow rate: 320-460 litres/hour
  • Hose length: 7m
  • Cord length: not listed

What can I use a pressure washer for?

A pressure washer can tackle large areas of hard, outdoor surfaces including patios, wooden decking, concrete, tarmac along with objects such as cars, vans, trucks, bikes, scooters and garden furniture, zapping dirt and grime effectively and speedily. A pressure washer is a great time-saving alternative to scrubbing with a brush and soapy water. You can find lots more advice on keeping your garden tidy at Common Sense Gardening

How does a pressure washer work?

Essentially it takes a steady supply of water and shoots it out of a very small opening. This increases the pressure (see? Clue is in the name), which then blasts dirt off surfaces. It does come out fast and can damage things, too, so always point the nozzle away from people and property when you are starting it up. 

How much should I spend on a pressure washer?

There’s quite a range of prices and the best pressure washers, and the most fancy retail at more than £500. It’s unlikely you need to spend that much to get the job done, though. A model in the £100-£200 mark should be a reliable pressure washer that does everything you need. And if you’re on a budget there are plenty of light strength pressure washers at around the £40 mark. Lidl tends to have them in stock in the Middle of Lidl at some point most summers and plenty of Mumsnetters swear by those. 

What should I look for when buying a pressure washer?

You can choose from three different ‘strengths’ of pressure washer:

Light strength

These sorts of light-duty pressure washers are best for cleaning smaller objects such as garden furniture, bikes, small cars and patches of slightly soiled outdoor flooring.

Own-brand, budget models with low-powered motors (1200W to 1600W), lower water pressure (less than 90-bar) and low flow rates will cover you for light-duty cleaning work.

Some are light enough to be carried while others have wheels and handles for easy transportation. These models tend to have shorter hoses – be aware that a hose under three metres won’t be long enough to clean most cars.

Medium strength

These will suit cleaning patios and decking with moderate soiling, although they may not be able to clear all weeds and dirt. You should also be able to tackle cleaning most cars and 4×4s.

You’ll find that these models are a mix of either own-brand or cheaper branded models. Look for a medium-powered motor (1600W to 2000W), mid-range water pressure (100- to 130-bar) and medium flow rates.

Medium power pressure washers may come with various attachments and may be too heavy and bulky to store and carry around so should come with a handle and wheels. Hoses tend to be five or six metres, and some may have hose reels for easy tidying.

Heavy strength

Heavy-duty pressure washers tend to be produced by well-known machinery brands such as Kärcher, Bosch and Nilfisk. They are ideal for cleaning large areas of grimy paving and larger vehicles such as 4×4s, vans, trucks and caravans.

These types of pressure washers tend to be the most expensive on the market, and are large and heavy. They offer high-powered motors (1800W to 2500W), high water pressure (130- to 150-bar), and high flow rates enabling them to clean efficiently and quickly.

For most general domestic cleaning tasks, these sorts of semi-professional water pressure cleaners will be too high-spec and it’s important to know how to use them properly to avoid damaging the surfaces you’re cleaning. Large wheels, telescopic handles, multiple lances and industrial-level cleaning accessories are standard features.

Most pressure washers are powered by electric but some are petrol-powered, although these tend to be produced for industrial use. For domestic cleaning jobs, electric pressure washers are best.

What features do I need in a pressure washer?

There are some useful attachment features to look out for on pressure washers including:

  • Brush attachment – ideal for cleaning more delicate surfaces, such as your car paintwork, conservatory or greenhouse
  • Angled lance – this is useful for cleaning those tricky, hard-to-reach areas
  • Patio cleaner attachment – this is very useful for cleaning your patio or terrace

What is a good PSI for a pressure washer?

PSI is also referred to as ‘bar pressure’, which is what we have used in our reviews. PSI and bar pressure measure the same thing but in a different way. One bar is equal to 14.5037738 PSI. To convert bar to PSI, multiply the bar value by 14.5037738.

Confused? Don’t be. A minimum of 2000 PSI is generally needed to power wash most surfaces effectively and 3000 PSI will zap stubborn grime from tricky surfaces such as tarmac or concrete.

Which is the best pressure washer to buy?

Mumsnetters, and reviews in general, tend to rave about Kärcher pressure washers. They really are the leaders of the pressure washer market, and we think the best overall pressure washer is the Kärcher K4 Power Control, which offers very effective cleaning and useful attachments, which should tackle most domestic cleaning tasks with ease and speed. We included three models in our round-up because they genuinely are that good. If you don’t fancy a Kärcher though, Nilfisk is another great premium brand to look at. For those on a budget, we think you can’t go wrong with the Bosch EasyAquatak 110.

How much does it cost to run a pressure washer?

While it’s considerably cheaper to use a pressure washer than an ordinary garden hose (because a power washer uses less water) if you get carried away you can add a fair bit to your water bill. Check Appliance estimates that using a pressure washer for 10 minutes costs 10p for the electricity and water, so it’s fairly low. 

How do you look after a pressure washer?

Like any DIY tools, a power washer needs a bit of maintenance. The most important thing is to ensure it is fully emptied and clean before putting it away and keeping it covered and safely away over winter so that the parts aren’t weather-damaged. Which? has lots more advice on pressure washer care on its website. 

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