Here you will discover the best AR Blue Clean pressure washer for the money. We’ll also look at the history of the Annovi Reverberi (AR) brand and what customers of the product have to say – good and bad.
AR pressure washers are sold using 3 brand names:
- AR Blue Clean
- Black & Decker (B&D), and
…All B & D and Michelin electric pressure washers are AR machines, rebadged.
With this deal, AR licenses/pays B & D and Michelin for the right to use the branding/sticker on their machine. It works out for both companies – AR gets immediate sales because B & D and Michelin are strong brands in the tool/car industry. And B & D and Michelin get licensing fees for doing nothing but owning the rights to the trademark.
But do you think such huge brands would risk their reputation without doing the homework? No. No way.
The reason AR won the right to rebadge their pressure washers B & D and Michelin is because they are among the best electric pressure washer manufacturers in the world.
A pressure washer is a pump. Yes, it has a motor to power the pump. And a spray wand and nozzle and valves. But, really, they are high pressure pumps. And AR is a specialist in this area…
…Since 1959 AR has been manufacturing all types of pumps. They make some of the best on the market ranging from 1 to 35 GPM and 1000 to 7000 PSI. In 2006 they started selling AR Blue Clean pressure washers…
…Today, 9 years after releasing their first, their AR383 model pressure washer is THE best seller.
Best AR Blue Clean Electric Pressure Washer
Quit wasting time, water and energy cleaning your vehicle with soap and sponge. With the AR383 you’ll use 5x less water, finish the job in less than 10 minutes and not have to bend or reach to clean the wheel wells or roof top.
This is not only AR Blue Clean’s bestselling machine but the best seller on the market in the electric category. And has been for 2 years.
The reason it is so popular?
It combines an affordable price with medium-duty power and AR pump and motor quality. It has an onboard downstream (after pump) detergent tank so that you can add job-specific chemicals to further reduce effort when cleaning.
There’s only one area for improvement on this machine and thats the plastic garden hose connectors that you see just below the AR logo on the frontside of the machine. You’ll want to upgrade that to brass for $8 at time of purchase. It is suggested to purchase together on Amazon because so many people have recommended doing so.
Benefits Of The AR383 Over Other Blue Clean Models
Of those 13, there are 3 viable alternatives to the AR383: AR390SS, AR118 and AR112.
Maybe you want an even more affordable pressure washer?
Maybe you want more power and will pay?
Check out the alternatives and their benefits:
AR390SS – More Power And Money
- $50 more than the AR383
- 2,000 PSI
- Newer model
- Different aesthetic design
- Gun holster and nozzle storage
- Includes 10-foot longer hose.
AR118 – Size And Weight Of A 12-Pack Of Coca-Cola
- Half the price
- 1,500 PSI
- Very compact and portable
- $70 less than the AR383. $20 more than AR118.
- 1,600 PSI
Why The AR Blue Clean Brand?
Quality Control A-Z – Annovi Reverberi manufacture their own pumps in a 157 employee manufacturing plant in Shanghai. They also make their own motors in Italy. From these plants they have their own separate distribution centres in China, Italy and North America. What this means is there is less risk of product showing up faulty – it won’t leave the assembly line unless it meets their strict quality assurance/quality control guidelines.
50+ Years Of Pump Design Innovation – AR celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008. Over the years the company has steadily grown and is now the largest privately owned company of triplex plunger pumps in the world. They designed their first portable pressure washer in 1986 – with the release of their 1450 PSI Blitz unit. Shortly after they developed their Total Stop System (TSS) which allowed the user to control the power to the washer with a trigger gun.
Trusted By Multinational Brands – Black & Decker and Michelin license to AR for their electric pressure washer line. DeWalt has many models that use AR pumps. These behemoth companies have entire departments dedicated to researching the best options for their pressure washers – and they decided on AR. It’s safe to say they have quality as their top priority.
They Listen To Customer Feedback – AR has multiple feedback channels to ensure they are giving you the best. They illustrated this with the release of the new S-series of AR Blue Clean pressure washers. With the S-series the following features were added:
- A gun holster was added
- Nozzle storage on the washer handle was added
- The motor and pump were upgraded
- The unit was made more compact and streamlined (although weight increased)
- Electric cord storage hooks were added
- Garden hose adaptor was made aluminium (instead of plastic).
AR383 Constructive Reviews
Here’s one of the most constructive reviews for the AR Blue Clean AR383. What I mean by constructive is they give some Pros AND some Cons while being honest and not hateful or gushing with praise.
“Pros and Cons”
Review by Brian W on Amazon.com
The unit is lightweight and easy to move. It has a variety of included attachments to tackle almost all jobs around the home. One nice feature is the adjustable spray tip on the wide-angle wand. The unit has a lot of power for an electrical pressure washer — more than enough to clean driveways, decks, grills, mowers, etc.
As mentioned in many other reviews, the plastic hose adapter leaks water, right in the middle where the two washers meet. […] The solution: go down to your local hardware store and buy a brass male-to-male hose adapter for 8 bucks. Now you are in business.
The high-pressure hose that runs from the unit to the spray-gun is made from a stiff plastic that tangles easily and is hard to manage as you move around. […]
Also, don’t bother storing the hose using the built-in reel. It is fussy work trying to get the hose on and off, and bending the hose in tight circles makes it that much easier to tangle when you use it. Simply coil the hose loosely and drop it around the top of the handle. This will save you lots of time […]
My thoughts: 2 areas for improvement are the garden hose coupling and the hose/hose reel. This is the common theme among the almost 2,000 reviews. I would spend the extra $8 on the coupling – you can buy it at the same time as the pressure washer. As for the hose and reel I would give it a try first. You may find it fine so long as you’re careful not to wrap it too tight and only use it for storing the unit as oppose to while using it.
As mentioned AR Blue Clean is a brand Annovi Reverberi created to sell pressure washers. They are originally a pump manufacturer and decided to put their knowledge of pumps to work.
The AR Blue Clean AR383 is a balance of power, quality and price. Being one of the most powerful medium-duty electric pressure washers you’ll be pleased with the number of jobs you can tackle and complete without having to deal with gasoline engine fumes or noise.
It’s truly the best electric pressure washer on the market.
- Here’s the Wikipedia entry for rebadging. I learned more about what it is and its history there.
- The ARBlueClean.com pressure washer page is great because you can compare the specs of the different models with ease. I used it to compare the AR383 with the AR390SS, AR118 and AR112.
- Although it is in Italian (you can translate it using a Chrome browser) the AnnoviReverberi.it History page was quite useful in learning about AR’s long and diverse past in the pump industry. On the same website you can download the Michelin Catalog PDF and the Black & Decker Catalog PDF to view the pressure washers AR makes for them.