Best Pressure Washers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2019
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
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Pressure
Flow rate
What's in the box
Conveniences
Hose length
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

Extra long 26-meter hose, consisting of 18 m of the main and 8 m extension, reveals literally unlimited possibilities. With such a scope, you can perform cleaning anywhere and anytime.

CONS

Unit is rather heavy.

OUR VERDICT

The Wilks-USA RX550i high pressure washer is a reliable, powerful and high-performance tool. With it, you can wash your car, yard, fence, boat and many other objects. Its ergonomic design, convenient shape, and wide configuration all make this model very popular.

detailed parameters
Power

3000 W

Pressure

262 bar

Flow rate

510 l/hr

What's in the box

Lance, gutter lance, 5 x varying nozzles, Turbo wand, Fixed washer brush, Rotary brush, Patio cleaner

Conveniences

On Board Storage & Hose Reel, Ultra High Pressure Vari-Turbo Gun, Integrated Detergent Tank, Click and Go system

Hose length

26 m

Weight

30 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

PROS

Water pressure can simply be adjusted at three levels by simply turning the rotary knob, according to the type of surface being cleaned and the degree of contamination.

CONS

Instructions could be better.

OUR VERDICT

The Kärcher K4 Full Control is a mini-washer that is perfect for cleaning moderate soiling. Its reliable water-cooled engine will please with its long service life and level of performance. The Quick Connect system, as well as the telescopic handle and large wheels, contributes to the convenience of working with the device.

detailed parameters
Power

1800 W

Pressure

130 bar

Flow rate

420 l/h

What's in the box

Vario lance, Dirt blaster spray lance, T350 patio cleaner, 1 L bottle of stone and facade cleaner, 2 x AAA batteries

Conveniences

Three high pressure settings, Extendable plastic handle, stability foot, Plug n Clean Detergent system, On Board Accessory Storage, Full Control Spray Gun

Hose length

6 m

Weight

11.4 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Automatic Stop/Start feature protects both the pump and the motor from wearing out pretty fast, while the Click&Clean Technology makes it easier to change nozzles.

CONS

A bit unhandy to hold a trigger gun with a detergent bottle hooked up.

OUR VERDICT

The Nilfisk С110 4-5 X-Tra is a cut above the other pressure washers. Equipped with high-quality details and fitted with a number of accessories, the washer guarantees long service life and excellent cleaning results on any surface.

detailed parameters
Power

1400 W

Pressure

110 bar

Flow rate

440 l/h

What's in the box

Clean lance, Powerspeed nozzle, Vario nozzle, Detergent dosing bottle and foam applicator

Conveniences

Handle and wheels for transportation, Cable and hose hook, Trigger gun holder, On-board accessories storage

Hose length

5 m

Weight

6.6 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Automatic motor shut-off option along with the pressure washer thriftiness adds to the long usable life of the device.

CONS

A high-pressure hose could be longer.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a high-performance but cost-effective appliance, the Makita HW101 will meet your requirements. With the help of this tool, you will save both money on car wash services and time on cleaning. 

detailed parameters
Power

1300 W

Pressure

100 bar

Flow rate

360 l/h

What's in the box

Adjustable spray nozzle, Detergent bottle

Conveniences

Ergonomic handle, Cable and hose hook, Trigger gun holder

Hose length

3 m

Weight

7.3 kg

Warranty

3 years

Wilks USA RX550i

Very Powerful

One of the most important aspects of a pressure washer is its power. The more powerful the device is, the more effective it will be at washing away even the most stubborn dirt and grime from surfaces. While many pressure washers seem to do fine on most surfaces, there inevitably comes a time when a model just isn't powerful enough to thoroughly clean a particular surface, especially one that has built up a lot of grime over a long period of time. People who find themselves in this kind of situation end up wishing that they got a more powerful pressure washer than the model that they currently have. The only way to get around this issue is to buy the most powerful model possible.

That model would be the Wilks USA RX550i Highest Powered Electric Pressure Washer. The Wilks-USA RX550i high pressure washer is a reliable, powerful and high-performance tool with a power usage of 3000 W, making it one of the most powerful models you can buy. With it, you can wash your car, yard, fence, boat and many other objects, while being assured of its effectiveness. Its ergonomic design, convenient shape, and wide configuration all make this model very popular, as you will no doubtedly agree once you try using it.

Review of Wilks USA RX550i Highest Powered Electric Pressure Washer

Use Anywhere

The high power of this model is hardly all it has going for it. This device comes with an extra-long 26-meter hose, consisting of 18 m of the main and 8 m in extension, which reveals itself for usage in literally unlimited possibilities. With such a scope, you can perform cleaning anywhere and anytime, getting the best possible cleaning performance without the area or distance being a factor. This lets you easily pressure wash your car's tires while leaving the device close to a power outlet inside the garage, or even the walls of your home without constantly having to move the device around.

Make no mistake, this is a heavy-duty pressure washer that is good enough for professional purposes, and as such, the device itself is quite heavy. However, the two wheels on the bottom along with the handle on top help make transporting this device quite easy, so you won't have to worry about lifting it up every time you want to move it. The onboard storage also lets you keep the accessories with the unit, putting them just at arm's length whenever you need them. Operating the pressure washer is also quite simple, with the controls clearly marked and laid out so you won't have to guess about what they do. All in all, this high-powered pressure washer is a heavy-duty device that is among the most effective and most powerful models on the market.

Wilks USA RX550i Highest Powered Electric 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

Additional Info

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Karcher _K4

Perfect Mini-Washer

Not everyone needs the highest-powered device when it comes to pressure washers. Professional-quality jobs that are working with very tough surfaces are what the most powerful models are great with, and not everyone needs something for that scenario. Sometimes you just want a good pressure washer for cleaning things around the home, something that doesn't necessitate a high-powered model and with some surfaces that may be damaged by too powerful of a water stream. The highest-powered models are most likely overkill for such things, but this is what a mini-washer would be perfect for.

The Kärcher K4 Full Control is a mini-washer that is perfect for cleaning moderate soiling. Its reliable water-cooled engine will please with its long service life and its level of performance. This model works at 1800 W, so it is plenty powerful for tough jobs, but it's not overkill for anything that most people would need when washing areas or items around the house. The Quick Connect system, as well as the telescopic handle and large wheels, contribute to the convenience of working with the device, making it easy to transport and to control, so moving it from one location to another won't be a struggle.

Review of Karcher _K4 Pressure Washer

Adjust the Water Pressure

Many of the lower cost pressure washers out there work at one pressure setting, without giving you the option of varying it. This makes them useful only for a limited number of situations. The Karcher Pressure Washer, on the other hand, gives you more options. Water pressure can easily be adjusted at three different levels by simply turning the rotary knob, according to the type of surface being cleaned and the degree of contamination. This lets you tailor the water pressure for the exact situation, adding to the overall flexibility and usefulness of the device. The settings are easily to read thanks to the LED display, which lets you know which setting the device is currently on, taking out any guesswork that would otherwise be involved.

This pressure washer kit comes with a T350 patio cleaner which lets you easily and effectively clean a patio, along with a 1 litre bottle of 3-in-1 stone and facade cleaner, giving you everything you need to get started with using the device right out of the box. The unit even includes on-board storage for its accessories so that you can have everything you need with the unit, and not have to worry about finding the right accessory for any particular task. If you need a simple but effective pressure washer that is high-powered enough to handle cleaning various surfaces around the home, then this model is what you need to get.

Karcher _K4 Pressure Washer in the use

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Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra

Price - performance Ratio

The Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra pressure washer offers the best price-performance ratio. In fact, it's the next best pressure washer produced by Karcher, featured with a high-power 1.4 kW electric motor and capable of producing a high-speed water jet of 110 bar at 440 L/h. With such a tool at your disposal, you won't ever have to worry about the dirt in your yard: it will clean fences, pathways, your car or bicycle in record time and cause no harm to the surfaces. Besides being that powerful, the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra pressure washer offers the advantage of the convenience of use, allowing you to quickly get the hang of the tool without addressing the manual. All you need to do is press a lever on the trigger gun and direct the water jet at an area that needs to be cleaned; in a matter of seconds, the dirt, which has been there, will disappear for good. What also sells about the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra is a brushless motor resistant to water ingress and a high-quality pump that can transfer tons of water without any nuances.

Review of Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor

Click & Clean Technology

The Nilfisk pressure washer has a standard set of nozzles and lances included in a package. On changing them you will get a different width of spray to wash off grime and mud from various surfaces. But what's important is that the manufacturer has implemented the Click & Clean technology here for a quick and easy change between the accessories. So, click the nozzle on a lance to start the operation or press the quick release button to remove it. Excellent!

So, let's take a closer look at the accessories. The set includes a trigger gun with an ergonomic handle, a 5-m long high-pressure hose, a Powerspeed nozzle, and a Vario nozzle. The Vario nozzle is ideal for everyday cleaning needs as it allows you to adjust the water jet pressure according to the surface you are about to clean and thus, use it on delicate surfaces fearlessly. As for the Powerspeed sprayer, it produces a rotating water jet that is 2 times as powerful as the jet produced by the Vario nozzle. This accessory will come in handy when cleaning ground-in dirt from solid surfaces. The kit also includes a spray bottle for convenient use of spray detergents. When being attached to the nozzle and triggered, it starts to form a lather with which you can cover quite big surfaces to clean them faster and better.

All in all, this washer will help you get everything off with ease. A fantastic pressure washer for the price.

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor in the use

In and Out Cleaning

Pressure washing is the quickest and most efficient method of removing grime and dirt. However, it isn't recommended for indoor use. Should you need an effective appliance for cleaning your house, we'd recommend you to consider buying a steam cleaner which not only helps remove dust, dirt and grime but is also known as an effective sanitising solution. Steam cleaners don't use any chemicals and are totally suitable for allergic and asthmatic people.

Detailed review of Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor

Onboard Accessory Storage

The last but not the least feature to mention is onboard accessory storage. The pressure washer is designed with a special trigger gun holder and a high-pressure hose storage hook. Instead of searching a place where to store the hose away, you can wind it around the pressure washer itself. There are several additional inlets on the housing, which you can use to store nozzles, a detergent bottle, and a foam applicator. Such a handy design makes it easy to keep all accessories in place. 

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer with 1400 W Motor application

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Makita HW101

Little Machine for Efficient Cleaning on Small Areas

The Makita HW101 is designed for cleaning small areas and different types of surfaces. It is effective on plastic, metal, and concrete and hence suitable for a variety of cleaning tasks. Thus, we can safely recommend it to everyone who is searching a low-cost but effective solution.  

The Makita HW101 comes fitted with a lance and a detergent bottle, and even though this number of accessories may seem rather scarce, you will hardly need more add-ons. The lance is adjustable, allowing you to choose the optimal water jet pressure according to the surface you need to clean. The Makita HW101 has proved to be efficient in removal of even obstinate stains from solid surfaces such as driveways, garden paths, fences or house walls. It is also good for washing cars and delicate surfaces. 

Review of Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer, 240 V

Your Own Car Wash at Your Place

Those who think that cleaning a car or garden equipment with a sponge and a garden hose is easy have never tried to do it with a pressure washer. The Makita HW101 can become your real time saver, saving you a lot of time in the cleaning process and ensuring ideal results. Though the Makita HW101 isn't the most high-performing pressure washer you can find out there, with its 1300 W motor blasting a water jet of 110 bar at 360 L/h, cleaning almost any surfaces and objects around your yard with it will be an easy process. What's more, with this power rate, this model is perhaps the best one you can find for cleaning your car, making it a sound choice for those users whose main interest is saving a bit of money on car wash services.

Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer, 240 V in the use

Easy-to-use Model

Made of high-quality plastic the housing of the pressure washer is fully protected from water ingress. For added safety, the On/Off button has a silicon cover so that you can toggle it safely even with wet hands. Additionally, the housing is designed with various removable hooks and holders for convenient storage of a trigger gun and a lance. The ergonomic trigger gun is made of smooth plastic and features a pretty large lever and a safety lock that won't let you pull the trigger accidentally and will protect you from potential injuries. Finally, the pressure washer weighs only 7.3 kg, thus you can move it around your yard easily and transport or store in a garage. For sure, the given model is the best option for residential use.

Detailed review of Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer, 240 V

Removing Construction Debris

The pressure washer by Makita can remove any ground-in dirt and will easily wash pathways and driveways. But what about a variety of tasks that require not only dry but also wet dirt and liquids removal? For these purposes, a wet-dry vacuum cleaner will come in handy. This appliance is very helpful in removing construction debris as well as cleaning the area around your house. Some of these cleaners have the functionality of leaf blowers and can be used for removing dry leaves, small twigs, and debris scattered in your yard.
Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer, 240 V application

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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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