AR Blue Clean BC2N1HSS
As one of our top affordable electric pressure washer picks, the AR Blue Clean BC2N1HSS strikes a nice balance between convenient usability and decent cleaning punch for the price point, despite some limitations tackling more heavy-duty grime.Pros:
We recently tested out the AR Blue Clean BC2N1HSS, an upgraded electric pressure washer model from AR Blue Clean. This pressure washer boosts the specs over a previous popular AR model, with 2300 PSI and 1.7 GPM compared to 2050 PSI and 1.4 GPM. However, the upgrade comes at around a $50-60 premium.
In this hands-on review from our testing, we’ll provide an in-depth look at how this pressure washer performs for residential cleaning needs. Read on for the pros and cons we encountered using the AR Blue Clean BC2N1HSS out in the field.
Upon unboxing, the AR Blue Clean comes with an assortment of spray tips, a foam cannon, and assemblies to attach the wheels and convert it into a rolling cart design. The cart adds mobility for easily moving the unit around, however we did find the initial wheel assembly to be on the tricky side. Attaching the wheels requires lining up holes on the axle mounts perfectly.
In terms of accessories, we liked the inclusion of holsters for stowing away spray components. The cord and hose also neatly wrap up around posts on the cart. These little usability touches make storage a breeze when done using the unit.
Performance for Cleaning Concrete and Patio Areas
We tested this electric pressure washer on a few common residential outdoor cleaning needs – a concrete patio area with ground-in dirt and grime buildup. Starting out, the unit packs a good punch with the turbo nozzle, emitting a powerful direct spray. However, it did struggle to lift and remove the stubborn dirt once we started wider cleaning tests.
The rotating spray tips help reach into mortar lines fairly effectively. But when tackling broader patio areas covered in dirt, algae buildup, and organic stains, the AR Blue Clean could only extract so much with its level of power. Moving at a very deliberate pace with the turbo nozzle, we slowly lifted some ground-in grit and green growth in patch tests. But cleaning even a small 200 sq ft patio would be extremely time intensive.
While the improved PSI and GPM shows a bit more cleaning oomph versus AR’s previous electric models, the BC2N1HSS still falls short for more heavy duty jobs. We feel its cleaning capabilities best suit lighter tasks like cleaning mold and mildew from outdoor furniture or blasting dirt from pathways and garage floors.
Is the Upgraded Model Worth the Extra Cost?
Given the limitations we encountered with tough dirt removal, the question remains around whether the upgrades merit the extra $50-60 in cost over AR’s previous base model electric pressure washer. There are certainly some perks in increased power and accessories, but for the price point, competing pressure washer brands potentially offer greater cleaning muscle per dollar spent.
The AR does deliver in providing an easy to handle package both in storage and mobility. If you desire something simple for basic residential cleaning needs, it gets the job done there. Just don’t expect to take on bigger messes without investing extra hours into the effort. We hope this detailed hands-on evaluation gives you a sense of the performance and value you can expect from the AR Blue Clean BC2N1HSS electric pressure washer!