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Best Ryobi Pressure Washer Review

Ryobi is a brand owned by Techtronic Industries which also makes Dirt Devil and Hoover vacuums. They have 3 electric and 4 gas pressure washers to choose from. Here we’ll focus on the best for most of each type and tell you why Ryobi might be right for you.

Ryobi pressure washer intro imageRyobi Limited was formed in Japan in 1943. They started as a die casting manufacturer and didn’t move into power tools until 1968. In the year 2000 they began selling their power tool businesses in North America, Europe and Oceania. The brand is now owned/licensed by Techtronic Industries.

The current power equipment line includes mowers, portable generators, pressure washers, chain saws, snow blowers, trimmers and blowers in both electric and gas configurations. You can shop for Ryobi in person only at The Home Depot and online at various marketplaces like Amazon.

The Ryobi electric unit is a little more expensive than similar pressure and flow models from other brands but that’s because they have metal fittings and a better quality pressure washer hose. So if you want a machine that is sturdy and durable have a look at the best Ryobi electric for most people.

Best Ryobi Electric Pressure Washer

1) Ryobi 1,700 PSI 1.2 GPM

Best Ryobi Electric Pressure CleanerThe best Ryobi electric pressure cleaner for most people is the 1,700 PSI machine with 1.2 GPM. That might seem like very little cleaning power but it’s still about 4x more powerful a jet than your garden hose – even with a garden hose spray gun.

You can buy it online at Amazon or Home Depot for less than $200 with free standard shipping within the US. Ryobi is a great option that rivals Karcher because it is usually more affordable but with great competing specs and build quality.

It comes with a rubber (not plastic) hose, onboard detergent tank and it weights 32 pounds. If you’re in the market for a top performing electric pressure washer then check out Ryobi’s best option at the link below.

Best Ryobi Gas Power Washer

1) Ryobi 2800 PSI 2.3 GPM Honda Engine Power Washer

Best Ryobi Gas Pressure WasherWhen it comes to gas power washers it’s all about the engine and Ryobi has put a Honda engine in their best gas unit. The Honda GCV160 is the standard for medium to heavy-duty pressure washers.

This pressure cleaner is comparable to the medium-duty Generac’s and cost’s in the $300 range. It has a rating of 4.6/5 off nearly 100 reviews.

If you’re in the market for a great gas powered pressure washer and really favor one with a Honda engine then this is a great option.

What Others Are Saying About Ryobi Power Washers

Looking at the reviews on HomeDepot.com is interesting because there are 61 five-star ratings, 8 four-star rating, 1 three-star rating, 1 two-star rating and 5 one-star ratings. This is quite telling. After reading thousands of pressure washer reviews of different brands the vast majority of useful reviews are the three and four-star reviews… But the Ryobi machines tend to just have five-star reviews and one-star reviews.

Here let’s take a look at what I thought were the two most helpful reviews:

These words are written by Wingrider from Bethlehem, Georgia in a review on HomeDepot.com:

This review will not sound like a document written by Ryobi the marketing manager.

I made the transition from an Black and Decker electric to this Ryobi gas drive for typical home type projects…….driveway, outdoor furniture etc. For me one of the most interesting features about this model was the ability to adjust the water flow/pressure on the wand which I believe is unique to this model and brand.

Assembly was a snap, set-up instructions clear and concise and easy to follow. Only topic I did not find in the instructions/owners manual is how to change the oil but will get with Ryobi about that when the time comes. Another topic I found in the on-line manuals, prior to the purchase, is the need to use pump protector in this unit. Review of the warranty and instructions states failure to use the pump protector will void the warranty. The solution is easy to use, can be bought at Home depot at time of purchase and is not expensive but glad I noticed this prior to the purchase.

Only suggestion I have for Ryobi, which would make the unit easier to use, is to add a trigger lock on the gun. The gun has a lock out feature to “prohibit un-authorized use” which really makes no sense to me….its a pressure washer not a “glock”! The “kick back” on the wand is reasonable but prolonged use does tax the wrist and adding a trigger lock would reduce fatigue.

Over-all a great unit that has done all I expected and more. Hoping for many years of trouble free service.

Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, adjustable pressure

Cons: no trigger lock

And to show you a slightly more negative review is this one from burrs67 from Wilmington, Delaware also on the HomeDepot website:

The engine is great and starts right up . Plenty of pressure to clean using just the white nozzle.

On the negative side, the wand hose is way too rigid and tangles way too much. The soap hose drags along the ground and comes off the connector.

Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Store

Cons: Hose is too stiff and soap hose drags on the ground.

Ryobi Pressure Washer Parts

One of the benefits of getting a Ryobi is your local Home Depot will be able to help you if it malfunctions. The other option is to find your model number and look it up on eReplacementPart.com here. When you click on your pressure washer model number it will take you to a listing of all the parts included in the user manual bill of materials and have links to purchase any parts you need. This is great if you are a small engine mechanic or just know what you’re doing… It will save you money in labour cost by buying the part online and doing the work yourself.

Wrap-Up

Both the electric and gas Ryobi pressure washer options are good purchases, especially if you’re looking for the security of having it be exclusive to Home Depot and thus can get it fixed easily.

The electric unit probably seems like too much money for the cleaning power but you’re paying for a few premium upgrades like kink-free hose and aluminium pump.

All-in-all have a look at the links below to see the current deal price and read the full manufacturer listed specs.

Sources

  1. I always like to read up on the brand and its history. So for Ryobi I looked at their brand website and also their parent companies website. The best timeline of their history was found here.
  2. The Ryobi Wikipedia page could use some work but it was a good starting place to find reference material.