3,796 customers chose the 7 best pressure washers from 167 models. Here they are…
…Spend minutes not hours finding the best one for your needs – even if you’ve never used one.
First 3 are the best gas powered pressure washers. Next 4 are the best electric.
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 People’s Choice
The best electric pressure cleaner for most people is the AR Blue Clean AR383. It’s been dominating the electric pressure washer market for years. It really hits the sweet spot in power, price and quality.
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, point the spray gun and your car will be clean in 1/2 the time as with a garden hose while using 5x less water.
I own 2 AR’s – this one and the model up… Both are much quieter than a vacuum cleaner yet powerful enough to wash my back patio, patio furniture and BBQ grill in prep for summer and spring parties each year. A cool tool to own.
25% More Cleaning Power, 21% More Money – The Top Pick On Paper
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 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 power for an electric unit.
Now With 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 Medium-duty Electric
Fourth on the list of best electric pressure cleaners is this one from Campbell Hausfeld (originally well known for their air compressors, and now a Warren Buffet held company). It looks pretty much identical to the Sun Joe, except it is more affordable (hovers around 60% the cost).
It has everything you’d expect in a medium-duty electric pressure cleaner: detergent tank, 20-foot hose, 35-foot cord and enough power to take care of most household cleaning chores.
The reason the AR Blue ranks above this one, despite this one being more affordable and about the same power, is because the AR has an aluminium pump (a better pump) and large diameter universal motor. But both units are great, and in fact, this unit is rated, on average, close to 4/5 stars.
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 AR383: Electric, 1,900 PSI, 1.5 GPM
- Sun Joe SPX3000: Electric, 2,030 PSI, 1.76 GPM
- Karcher K5 Premium: Electric, 2,000 PSI, 1.4 GPM
- Campbell Hausfeld PW1835: Electric, 1,900 PSI, 1.75 GPM
To choose the best pressure washers for 2018, data from 3,796 customer reviews was analyzed. That data was in the form of ratings and the pressure washers here are the highest rated electric and gas pressure washers to date. The list is updated monthly and was last updated January 16, 2018.