Best Pressure Washers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 6, 2020
With such a wide variety of pressure washers on the market, it may be quite tricky to pick one that will be right for you. Understanding this, we offer you to take a closer look at these 5 top-selling and top-performing pressure washers along with a guide and tips so that choosing the best one for your personal demands will be easier. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Pressure
Flow rate
What's in the box
Conveniences
Hose length
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The 1.2-liter on-board detergent tank will greatly simplify the use of detergents and help increase the efficiency of cleaning any surfaces.

CONS

No proper instructions for assembly.

OUR VERDICT

The compact, convenient and high-quality Wilks-USA RX545 high-pressure washer offers excellent performance, reliability and flexibility of use. It will please you with a sufficiently high power, pressure and a convenient telescopic handle. Suitable for all types of outdoor contamination.

detailed parameters
Power

2400 W

Pressure

210 bar

Flow rate

480 l/h

What's in the box

Lance, gutter lance, 5 x varying nozzles, turbo wand, fixed washer brush, rotary brush, patio cleaner

Conveniences

Auto Shut Off, Wheels, handle, On Board Storage & Hose Reel, Integrated 1.2 L Detergent Tank

Hose length

18 m

Weight

8.2 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

This model features a reliable air-cooled induction motor and a robust aluminum pump, which ensures equipment durability, allowing for frequent usage without wearing it out.

CONS

Built-in hose reel is a bit cumbersome.

OUR VERDICT

A productive and compact high pressure washer that is ideal for household applications such as washing terraces, stairs, garden furniture, paving walkways and cars. Comes with all the necessary accessories that can be stored right on board.

detailed parameters
Power

1700 W

Pressure

135 bar

Flow rate

440 l/h

What's in the box

Powerspeed nozzle, variable pressure Tornado nozzle, soft grip hose, Click&Clean lance, Click&Clean foam sprayer, jet cleaning tool

Conveniences

On board storage & hose reel, Auto start/stop, Integrated swivel function, Wheels, Handle

Hose length

6 m

Weight

17.1 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to an LCD screen located on a handle you will always be aware of the pressure parameters. Powerful water-cooled motor guarantees long service life of the appliance.

CONS

A new high-pressure hose is a bit rigid so coiling it to put away is a bit difficult.

OUR VERDICT

This powerful and effective machine is incredibly handy and reliable. It will help you achieve the best clean environment and will reduce the cleaning time drastically.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 W

Pressure

130 bar

Flow rate

420 l/h

What's in the box

Vario power spray lance, Dirtblaster lance

Conveniences

Telescopic handle, Wheels for better manoeuvrability, Full control spray gun, Cable hook, Lances holder, Plug n Clean System

Hose length

6 m

Weight

11.4 kg

Warranty

3 years

PROS

This powerful high pressure washer is very economical - after the completion of the washing procedure, the pump automatically shuts off. And the built-in inlet filter is responsible for the cleanliness and uninterrupted operation of the pump.

CONS

The instruction manual leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

The Wilks-USA RX525 will turn a car wash, facades, fences, garden furniture and tools from an unpleasant procedure into a pleasure. Thanks to the high maximum pressure level of 2400 PSI, it can cope with the removal of even the most difficult contaminants in just a few minutes.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 W

Pressure

165 bar

Flow rate

450 l/h

What's in the box

Lance, gutter lance, 3 x varying nozzles, turbo wand, fixed washer brush, rotary brush and patio cleaner

Conveniences

Wheels, handle, on-board storage, Detergent spray system, 1 L Detergent Tank, automatic stop/start motor, ‘click and go’ system

Hose length

8 m

Weight

16 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The 360° nozzle can be installed at any angle and can easily clean the most inaccessible places that other pressure washers will struggle with.

CONS

The variable fan nozzle doesn't fit the lance properly.

OUR VERDICT

The Bosch EasyAquatak 120 sink is a household appliance that will help you clean the dust from windows, garden furniture, wash paths, a terrace and a gazebo without hassle. This lightweight, compact device can be controlled with just one hand and does not require assembly.

detailed parameters
Power

1500 W

Pressure

120 bar

Flow rate

350 l/h

What's in the box

Bosch high-pressure gun, Lance, High-pressure hose, Variable fan jet nozzle, Rotary nozzle, High-pressure detergent nozzle 450 ml, Water filter

Conveniences

Self-priming, Simple push fit connections, in-use gun storage

Hose length

5 m

Weight

4.5 kg

Warranty

2 years

Wilks -USA RX545

Capacious Detergent Tank

Sometimes pressure washing with just plain water isn't enough. For many surfaces that are simply dirty and require more than the typical amount of water pressure that can be had from a standard home water hose, just using water can be fine, but there are many other types of conditions that will require some extra oomph along with the water pressure. In cases such as this, using some kind of detergent is a necessity. Many high pressure washers do not come with a detergent tank, thus requiring detergents to be applied to the surface that is being cleaned separately from the pressure wash. But wouldn't it be handy to be able to include detergent in the water stream?

The Wilks -USA RX545 Very High Powered Pressure Washer was built for those who answer "Yes" to the above question. The 1.2-liter on-board detergent tank will greatly simplify the use of detergents and help increase the efficiency of cleaning any surfaces. This helps save a lot of time and effort in washing virtually any surface, as you won't need to go through with the arduous and tedious task of applying detergents to the surface separately, greatly increasing the time it takes to clean, as well as adding to the overall convenience of cleaning.

Review of Wilks -USA RX545 Very High Powered Pressure Washer

Powerful and Convenient

The compact, convenient and high-quality Wilks-USA RX545 high-pressure washer offers excellent performance, reliability and flexibility of use. It will please you with sufficiently high power, pressure and a convenient telescopic handle. This device is quite suitable for all types of outdoor contamination, as well as for virtually any kind of surface that can withstand the use of a pressure washer. This device delivers a water pressure of up to 210 bar, making it one of the more powerful models available. This is assisted by the powerful air-cooled 2400 W motor, which delivers instant high water pressure that allows you to quickly and easily get started with washing any surface.

The lightweight and compact design of this unit makes it quite easy to transport, aided by the wheels and carry handle that let you easily move it to wherever it needs to go. A variety of accessories are also included with the unit, such as a lance, gutter lance, 5 different nozzles, a turbo wand, and several others, giving you everything you need for the best cleaning experience. To sum it all up, this powerful and convenient high pressure washer from Wilks-USA is the exact tool you need for a convenient and effective pressure washing experience.

Wilks -USA RX545 Very High Powered Pressure Washer in the use

 

Nilfisk C 135 bar

Extremely Durable

High pressure washers are devices that are usually used for long periods of time at a stretch. With such devices, having a high durability rating is extremely important. The high power and constant use are generally enough to put a strain on any kind of device, and with a relatively compact pressure washer, it needs to be made with the high-quality materials and designed with the best engineering in order to ensure that it remains in top working order. Anything less than these characteristics will often result in a device that ends up breaking down and becoming inoperable after a short period of time, making it virtually useless.

The Nilfisk C 135 bar High Pressure Washer with Induction Motor was designed for heavy-duty usage, and this shows all throughout the device. This model features a reliable air-cooled induction motor and a robust aluminum pump, which ensures equipment durability, allowing for frequent usage without wearing it out. What's more, the compact design of this high pressure washer makes it extremely easy to carry, which is also helped by the two wheels on the bottom along with the carry handle. Transporting this pressure washer anywhere won't be a problem for anyone.

Review of Nilfisk C 135 bar High Pressure Washer with Induction Motor

Flexible Usage

The high-quality design of this device not only makes it extremely durable but also quite productive in use. The 1700 W induction motor along with the metal jetwash pump generates a high amount of water pressure, measuring at 115 bar operating pressures with a maximum pressure yield of 135 bar, making this handy device a top performer. The device also includes two different water flow rates of 440 L/H low & 380 L/h high, giving you a choice of which pressure to use for the right surface.

Operating this device is also quite simple despite its sturdy construction. The device includes 6 meter of hose that wraps around the reel when not in use, although you'll want to keep in mind that the reel is a bit tough to work, making the reeling and unreeling of the hose a bit of a chore at times. Still, though, beyond this minor hiccup, operating the device should prove to be no trouble for anyone.

At the end of the day, the Nilfisk C 135 bar High Pressure Washer is a productive and compact device that is ideal for household applications such as washing terraces, stairs, garden furniture, paving walkways and cars. It even comes with all the necessary accessories that can be stored right on board, adding to its overall convenience.

Nilfisk C 135 bar High Pressure Washer with Induction Motor in the use

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Kärcher K4

Device Introduction

The K4 Full Control electric pressure washer is the updated version of the latest Karcher's K4 model but with new features and a pretty interesting futuristic design in the yellow housing. The pressure washer comes fully assembled so you can start using it right out of the box. As for the included accessories, the set includes a trigger gun, Vario Power and Dirtblaster lances. The full control trigger gun is compatible with all pressure washer accessories from Karcher; if you have some, you can use them fearlessly.

As regards the lances, each one is meant for different cleaning purposes. It is recommended to use the Vario Power for everyday cleaning tasks, washing your car, tools and other equipment. If you need to do some heavy cleaning, the Dirtblaster lance provides 50% more pressure and removes extremely stubborn stains from solid surfaces such as a fence, pavement or sidewalks. Don't try using it for soft material cleaning and car washing, as the power jet is so powerful that it can damage lacquered surfaces easily.

The pressure washer comes with a 6-m high-pressure hose designed with quick-connectors on either side so that you can attach the hose from any end you wish. Additionally, it features a fine mesh filter and an A3/4 adapter if you want to connect a garden hose to the pressure washer. All in all, this model will help you reduce time on cleaning and provide quick and efficient results. Designed with an ergonomic handle and the Plug ’n’ Clean Detergent system this washer is meant for fatigue-free cleaning and replacing detergent with one sweep.

Review of Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

One of the Most Reliable Pressure Washers

Undoubtedly, the K4 Full Control pressure washer is the best model on our shortlist. With an 1800 Watts motor onboard this appliance produces pressurised water jet of about 130 bar at 420 l/h. Thus, this high-productive model in conjunction with the included accessories will help you achieve the best cleaning results. What's also important, the K4 is equipped with the powerful water-cooled induction motor that is much more durable in comparison with those air-cooled models. The motor is protected from overheating and thus, ensures long-term operation. So, if you are looking for reliable equipment that will never fail you, you should definitely opt for the Karcher K4 Full Control pressure washer.

Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer in the use

Full Control Trigger Gun

What this pressure washer offers their owners is the best settings for every kind of cleaning. The given model comes fitted with an outstanding full control trigger gun that features a LED screen. Just imagine, you can set the desired pressure in accordance with the surfaces or texture you are cleaning by twisting the lance and see these settings on the screen. It means that you will never choose the wrong setting and will not spoil a surface accidentally. What you will experience is the ideal cleanliness. Finally, the pressure washer is designed with special holders for lances and a trigger gun and a cable hook for convenient storage of the device.

To sum up, the K4 Full Control is the best selling pressure washer for residential use. You can use it for cleaning wooden fences, patios, and concrete as well as delicate lacquered surfaces. All in all, not only is this pressure washer high-performance but it will also become an irreplaceable appliance in your household for performing both light and heavy cleaning jobs.

Detailed review of Kärcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

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Wilks RX525

Economical Model

Most people don't think of pressure washers as being economical devices to use. After all, their main purpose is to spray a jet of water as fast as possible in order to clean something, which will inevitably lead to a large amount of water being used. Enter the Wilks RX525 Wilks-USA RX525 High Powered Pressure Washer, a high pressure washer that proves that pressure washers can be economical devices. As proof of this statement, the pump in this model is designed to shut off the moment that the cleaning has been finished. In addition, the built-in inlet filter has a design that allows it to keep the pump and its tubing clean and free of obstacles that would hinder the performance of the unit, ensuring that you only use the amount of water that you need, and nothing more.

The economy of this model doesn't make it a slouch when it comes to cleaning purposes, though. This pressure washer expels water with a power of up to 2400 W with a pressure as high as 135 bar, which is extremely good for what it is. The normal operating power of 1800 W at similar performance will still be quite suitable for accurately and thoroughly cleaning most tough surfaces, which is quite competitive with most other models of this type of appliance.

Review of Wilks RX525 Wilks-USA RX525 High Powered Pressure Washer

Move and Operate Freely

Having such a high-performance pressure washer may lead some people to think that all of the attention paid to the model in its design was simply to performance, but that is not the case. Not only is this pressure washer one of the better performing models, it is also among the easiest to operate. Moving the pressure washer around is quite easy thanks to its two large wheels on the base, which allow for simple transport of the device. The base itself is also evenly weighted, though, so despite the presence of the wheels, the device will remain upright during even heavy usage without the risk of tipping over.

Operation of the device is about as easy as it gets, with all controls located on the front of the unit. The device comes with multiple accessories that will let you get the most out of the device, including a lance, multiple brushes, a patio cleaner, and all of the required nozzles and adapters, giving you the ability to clean virtually any type of surface. What's more, the device allows for easy on-board storage of everything, letting you keep all of the components together in one convenient kit. If you need a high performance pressure washer that includes everything you need and leaves nothing out, this model is certainly a worthy purchase.

Wilks RX525 Wilks-USA RX525 High Powered Pressure Washer in the use

 

Bosch EasyAquatak

Easy to Operate

When thinking about a pressure washer, one doesn't think of a device that is generally very complex. After all, most pressure washers don't really have a large variety of settings that will require adjustment, meaning that they are generally very simple devices to use. However, knowing how to operate one effectively is a different matter. Pressure washing can be much more than just pointing the tip at a surface and pressing a button. Knowing the nuances of pressure washing can make a huge difference in how effective a device will be in cleaning certain surfaces, which makes their use a little less straightfoward than many people realize.

The Bosch EasyAquatak Pressure Washer helps make the process of pressure washing as simple as possible by providing a device that is very easy to use, letting you concentrate on the nuances of pressure washing instead of on operating the device. This household appliance will help you clean the dust from windows, garden furniture, wash paths, a terrace and a gazebo without hassle. This lightweight, compact device can be controlled with just one hand and does not require assembly, making it about as simple to use as possible, as well as extremely easy to control.

Review of Bosch EasyAquatak Pressure Washer

Clean at any Angle

Many pressure washers don't make things simple by providing the bare minimum in what is needed to clean in certain areas. This pressure washer, however, greatly simplifies the process of cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces. The 360° nozzle can be installed at any angle and can easily clean the most inaccessible places that other pressure washers will struggle with, letting you clean them without any extra trouble of needing the angle the lance. Just be careful with the nozzle, though, as some users report that it doesn't fit on the lance properly, but it should fit fine just as long as you keep it clean and in good condition.

Despite its smaller size and lightweight design, this pressure washer is surprisingly powerful thanks to the 1500 W motor. The carry handle on top of the unit makes it easy to transport from one area to another, so you won't have to worry about struggling with the unit whenever you need to move it. The high-pressure detergent nozzle even includes soap in the water stream, so you won't have to bother with adding soap separately, thus saving you a lot of time in the cleaning process. For those who want a lightweight but powerful pressure washer that is simple to use, then this model is the one to buy.

Bosch EasyAquatak Pressure Washer in the use

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What Is a Pressure Washer?

If you have a private house with adjacent fences, patio and garden furniture, a pressure washer is the kind of device you really need. Among many tools available, this one is considered the most effective when it comes to removing dust, dirt, grime, paint and other contamination from various surfaces, including even some delicate ones. Producing a powerful flow of water under high-velocity rates, it reveals limitless options enabling you to wash literally anything you store in your yard quickly and hassle-free. What's more, it does all that in a safe way making sure all these surfaces remain intact, ensuring your peace of mind. That kind of performance has become possible thanks to the possibility to adjust the tool power output depending on the objects to be cleaned. So you can take full control over the process increasing or decreasing the water jet as you need using a spray gun connected to a pressure washer.

Other appliances that might come in handy for those looking after the appearance of their yard along with its furniture are a leaf blower and a string trimmer. Make sure to read these reviews as well. And if you've a car, we suggest you also take a look at this selection of car vacuum cleaners.

What Features to Compare

When selecting a pressure washer, the first thing to consider is how you plan to primarily use it: for light spring cleaning of your garden furniture, for washing your car, or for some tough jobs such as cleaning walls, fences, etc. Depending on the tasks, you can select either an electric model or a gasoline-powered one.

Flow Rate / Power

Now that we've mentioned the tasks and types of pressure washers produced, it's important to consider the power output and flow rate generated by a machine. Naturally, gasoline-powered models are more powerful compared to electric models, blasting off the water flow of 135 - 195 bar. Electric models, in comparison, put out only about 90 - 135 bar, which is less but not worse - for most people needing a simple, consumer-grade machine for cleaning pathways this power rate will be more than enough.

No matter what type of tool you choose, you need to understand that high power doesn't always mean better performance. In order to pick the tool that will be right for you, it's essential to take into account both the pressure rating and the flow rating, preferably opting for a middle ground which will be ideal for most general cleaning purposes. But if you need an extra-power for demolishing paint on your fences or cleaning concrete walls, then you might want to turn in the direction of higher numbers, of course, something like 3,000 PSI and more.

Size and Convenience of Use

Besides pressure and cleaning capabilities, you might want to consider the convenience of use. Not only are gasoline-powered machines more destructive compared to electric models but also they are bulkier in size and more demanding when it comes to upkeep and control. Unlike electric pressure washers that start on a trigger immediately, gas-powered models require fuel-mixing, tune-up and hand pull-starting. Plus, they are noisier in use, which might be an extra bother if you live in a quiet neighbourhood. Not surprising, electric models are more popular. Though slower and less powerful overall, they require less caution, produce less noise and work accurately on most surfaces, guaranteeing that nothing will get ripped off your property. The only inconvenience you might face with an electric model is the need to drag a cord around with you. However, that is true only if this cord isn't long enough or you're too far away from a power outlet.

Usability Features / Nozzles

You should also take a look at the package of the tool to make sure it comes supplied with all the nozzles and tips you need for cleaning. Most often than not, pressure washers will come with a yellow tip (15 degrees) and green tip (25 degrees) designed for general cleaning tasks people perform most often. Aside from these two, some may also include a white nozzle (40 degrees) and a black one (60 degrees) for spraying. More powerful machines may also be supplied with a red tip. It's the narrowest nozzle of the five (0 degrees) that is primarily used for heavy-duty jobs. Not all models have it and very few users really need it. Other than that, you may want to check if the pressure washer comes with any added cleaning tools, such as an adjustable wand for cleaning in hard-to-reach areas and disk attachments for spraying water over a wider area. These little things can make a tool more suitable for your specific purposes.

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