During the months of the year when the weather isn’t so terrible, a pressure washer is an extremely useful household gadget. Particularly if you find the idea of working yourself half to death scrubbing away outdoors a less than appealing prospect, you will probably find a pressure washer one of the best investments you ever make. From patio furniture to flagstones to bikes to cars to the exterior of your home, a high-quality pressure washer can take versatility to an entirely new level.

Contrary to popular belief however, not all pressure washers are the same. While it’s not to say that you have to spend a small fortune to take home a truly fantastic machine, there are enormous differences between competing products and brands. As such, it is important to take into account exactly what you need, what you intend to do with the pressure washer and the kinds of more features you might need. In addition, efficiency and eco-friendliness are also points to ponder – again, differing greatly from one machine to the next.

So to help shed light on just a few of the options available, what follows is a brief roundup of some of the best pressure washers available right now at a range of different price points.

Best Entry-Level Bargain
Sovereign Pressure Washer – £69.99

If you are looking for nothing more than an entry-level bargain to get used to pressure washers for the first time, you will probably find the Sovereign 1400W Pressure Washer absolutely ideal. Weighing in at just 6.5 kg, it is incredibly easy to work with, manoeuvre and store away in even the smallest spaces. It’s ideally suited to those with smaller gardens and lighter cleaning jobs in mind, including patio furniture, cars, bikes, outdoor toys and so on. It also features variable nozzles, which is definitely a bonus for a pressure washer at this kind of price point.

On the downside, a hose length of just 3 m limits the Sovereign 1400W Pressure Washer in terms of versatility, while the motor itself is not powerful enough to tackle weeds, moss and the more stubborn stains and dirt around the outdoors. This is the kind of pressure washer designed to prevent severe build up in the first place, as opposed to being brought into action when things are already looking somewhat on the grim side. For giving the patio, the car and the outdoors in general a regular clean and rinse however, the Sovereign 1400W Pressure Washer represents an ideal tool for the job.

Features and accessories include:

• 1400 watt universal motor.
• Flow rate 270 litres/hour.
• Rated bar – 60.
• 3m hose.
• 5m mains cable.
• Maximum temperature of 40°C.
• Standard lance.
• On board storage.
• Weight 6.5kg.

The thing about the Sovereign 1400W Pressure Washer is that while it’s not going to blow you away, it will probably amaze you just how much you take home for the money. You can easily pay hundreds for a professional quality pressure washer, but the truth is you just might not need all that power and all those accessories. So if it’s just for light and occasional work around the home, it’s definitely worth considering the Sovereign 1400W Pressure Washer.

Best Eco-Friendly Option
Qualcast Pressure Washer – £83

As for the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer, it’s another tale of getting more bang for your buck than you probably bargained for. Just like the Sovereign, the Qualcast features a 1400-watt motor and comes supplied with plenty of accessories for most versatility. However, the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer takes things a step forwards in terms of its ability to tackle the kinds of medium to heavy-duty tasks the Sovereign might struggle with.

There’s also another string to the Qualcast’s bow, which comes in the form of the way it pulls in its water supply. In most instances, pressure washers rely on water being pushed into them from a mains supply of some sort. In the case of the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer however, it also actively sucks water in through its intake. What this means is that as well as using a mains water supply, you can also use water from ant tank or water-butt. This makes it not only extremely eco-friendly, but also means that the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer is used legally even when there’s a hose-pipe ban underway.

It makes short work of pretty hardcore patio dirt and grime thanks to its patio cleaning attachment, while the quick connector allows the user to get to work with any job in seconds.

There’s a lengthy 5-metre hose for added convenience, while a flow rate of up to 300 litres per hour sees it outperform a fair few entry-level washers at a similar price. A 5-metre cable and 5-metre hose add up to a full 10-metres reach, which is pretty good to say the least.

Features and accessories include:

• 1400-watt universal motor
• Flow rate 300 litres/hour
• Rated bar – 70
• Suitable for light to medium duty tasks
• 5m hose
• 5m mains cable
• Maximum temperature of 40°C
• Standard lance
• Pressure adjustable lance
• Car wash brush
• Quick connector
• Patio cleaner

What’s also great about the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer is the fact that all Qualcast products across the board come with a full two-year warranty as standard. Which when you consider the low price of the machine is a pretty sweet deal. So if you’re looking to invest in something that goes slightly beyond entry-level in terms of versatility and capabilities, the Qualcast 1400W Pressure Washer is more than worth checking out.

Best Semi-Professional Pressure Washer
Karcher K7 Premium Full Control Home – £440

If you’re looking for the kind of machine that guarantees the same kinds of results you’d expect from the professionals, the Kärcher K7 Premium Full Control Home Pressure Washer ticks all the right boxes. It may not be the cheapest on the market by a huge margin, but it really is one of the best in terms of performance.

Loaded with an extremely powerful 2800-watt motor, there really is very little by way of grime and stains this thing does not make short work of. Fitted with a very large and capable wheels for use on almost any terrain, while the aluminium telescopic handle makes for easy and convenient movement.

This unit is built to the highest quality standards and remains flawlessly stable while in operation. Pressure is controlled easily by the trigger gun, along with more accessories including an effective patio cleaner. The Kärcher K7 Premium breezes through even the largest areas and guarantees outstanding performance long-term thanks to its water-cooled motor.

160 bar pressure and an impressive 600 litres per hour flow rate make the Kärcher K7 Premium suitable for almost any household tasks. In fact, it is so capable that it would even be up to the job in light industrial or commercial settings.

Accessories packed with the Kärcher K7 Premium as standard include:

• Full Control trigger gun
• Vario spray lance
• Dirt Blaster spray lance
• 1L 3-in-1 Stone Cleaner
• T350 Patio Cleaner

The fact that the water pressure is controlled and easily by the full control trigger gun makes the Kärcher K7 Premium one of the easiest and most capable pressure washers now available. Once again, it is a comparatively expensive unit, but when it comes to getting the job done as quickly, easily and comprehensively as possible, there really are none that can compare to it.

Best Upper-End
Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA: – £266

If you don’t want to spend as much for the Karcher, the Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA ticks all the right boxes. It may have the kind of long and garbled name that could really do with being shortened, but in terms of what it brings to the table for the money, you really won’t be disappointed.

When put to the test, the Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA delivers almost the same kind of performance on decks and patios as its much more expensive Karcher sibling. With pressure coming in at 140 bar thanks to its impressive 2400-watt motor, it’s certainly a step down from the Karcher but not to an extent you’ll notice – unless you’re tackling the really heavy stuff. There are seven power stages to choose from for most control, plus the wireless control handle makes it as easy as possible to make adjustments while in use.

It’s unlikely you’ll find any household jobs the Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA can’t tackle with ease, plus is features controllable Eco functions to help minimise both power and water usage. Speaking of which, it can also be used with water tanks and butts as well as a standard mains water supply, once again improving its eco-credentials and versatility.

Accessories and features include:

• 2.4kW Air-Cooled Universal Brush Motor
• 550Ltr/hr Max. Flow Rate
• 9m Anti-Kink Easi-Wind Hose
• Auto Stop/Start
• Fan Jet Tornado, Rotating Pencil Jet & Power Speed Dirt Blaster Nozzles
• Water Inlet Filter
• On-Board Accessory Storage
• PowerGrip Technology for Wireless Control
• Water & Energy Efficient
• ‘Click & Clean’ Accessory System
• 9M anti kink high pressure hose
• Easy to use Click and clean nozzle change

If you’re out to tackle the hardest of jobs and know professional quality pressure washers, you’ll notice the difference between the Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA and the Karcher on this list. However, if it’s simply for home use and you’re unlikely tackling anything too severe, probably the only difference you’ll notice is the price – the Nilfisk Alto D-PG 140.4-9 P X-TRA being considerably cheaper!

Best Mid-Range
Bosch AQT 40-13 – £140

For something with a more mid-range price point, it is definitely worth giving thought to the Bosch AQT 40-13. It’s by far one of the easiest pressure washers of its type to set up and get to work with out of the box right away – even if you’ve never laid hands on one before. It’s powered by a generous 1900-watt motor that’s good for 90 bars of pressure, which sets it right up there in the mid-reaches in terms of performance.

Put to the test, the majority of outdoor domestic duties are a walk in the park. The power is just about perfect, while the Bosch AQT 40-13 comes complete with four extra accessories for making washing cars, patios and driveways an absolute breeze.

On the slight downside, there’s no variable nozzle to adjust to specific tasks and nor is the Bosch AQT 40-13 compatible with water butts and tanks. Still, it doesn’t cost a great deal more than the usual entry-level standard and yet brings way more power into the equation. And we do mean a lot more power – anything but the more stubborn moss and grime doesn’t stand a chance against this thing.

Features and accessories include:

• 1900-watt motor
• Flow rate 400 litres/hour
• Rated bar – 90
• 6m hose
• 5m mains cable.
• Wheeled for ease of use
• Standard lance
• Patio cleaner
• Low pressure detergent gun
• On board storage.
• Weight 6.8kg

Long-term value for money comes as standard with the AQT 40-13 by way of a full two-year guarantee, which is extended to three years upon registering the product after is bought. This includes a guaranteed five-day repair service, meaning you’ll never be without your new toy for long. On the, when it comes to that ideal balance between power, performance and a prices that’s seriously competitive, the AQT 40-13 takes some beating.

Best Portable Vehicle-Powered
Suaoki Outdoor Portable Pressure Washer

Last up for this list, it’s pretty likely that you’ve never come across a pressure washer quite like this before. What makes the Suaoki Outdoor Portable Pressure Washer unique is the way is used anywhere and everywhere, being powered from a standard vehicle lighter socket and carrying its own water supply. Which means that along with getting the job done at home, you can also take it pretty much anywhere else.

The device consists of a folding bucket with a most capacity of 15 litres, a 6-metre hose and a full 9.8-metre power cord for enormous reach. It weighs just 2.5kg in total when not carrying water, features powerful spray guns and it quite frankly an absolute steal at the price. When not in use, the whole thing places in the boot of the car without taking up almost any space.

It’s simply a case of filling the tank, plugging it in and using the most appropriate nozzle to get the job done. There’s a mist gun, a brush attachment and a trigger-activate spray nozzle for all purposes.

Designed primarily for those with a passion for the great outdoors, it’s a brilliant tool to take along when caravanning, holidaying away from home or taking any kind of trip where you’d prefer to keep things clean. And just for the record, it doesn’t do a bad job on patios and outdoor living spaces too!

Features and accessories include:

• Power: 60W
• Pressure: 3-9 Bar
• Hose: 6M (19.68ft)
• Cable:3M (9.84ft)
• Folding Bucket Capacity: 15L
• Folding Bucket
• Spray Gun
• Shower Head
• Brush Head

Rest assured, the Suaoki Outdoor Portable Pressure Washer is no gimmick and has earned rave reviews all over the place. Of course, it’s not quite up to the job where heavy-duty cleaning is concerned, but that’s not what it was designed for. When it comes to lighter jobs, portability and everyday versatility, the Suaoki Outdoor Portable Pressure Washer is an impressive little package all in all.

Considerations when Buying

It’s important to be mindful of a few important things when picking up a pressure washer, to ensure you take home the right tool for the job. floor

For example, pressure is a hugely critical deciding factor as this will play the biggest role in determining what the washer is capable of. Measured in watt, the power of the motor will decide the force the water ejects at, which in turn will find the kind of dirt and grime the machine can deal with. If you’re only looking at dealing with surface grime and dirt, a low-powered machine will be fine. If you intend to get serious with stubborn dirt and stains, you might need to look a little higher up the rankings.

wheel Portability and manoeuvrability should also be brought into consideration. Just as there is pressure washers that weight no more than about 3kg, others take things well beyond the 10kg mark. Likewise, some have large, robust and rubberised wheels for use on any kind of surface, while others are extremely difficult to move while in use. The size of the overall washer should also be considered for storage and transportation purposes.

accessories In terms of accessories, be sure to cause in the length of the hose itself and the power cord, to find out just how much reach the pressure washer has in total. Chances are it will also be supplied with a range of accessories, including nozzles and attachments for multiple purposes. You may not need a great deal of add-ons and extras, but make sure that the attachments for the jobs you had in mind are actually included with the washer as standard.

Last but not least, a long manufacturer’s warranty ensures total peace of mind for the long-term. Most come with lengthy guarantees as standard these days, but it’s still a good idea to check before buying.