In this guide we’ll take a look at the best pressure washers for the UK market.
I’ve compared power, pressure, cleaning performance and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Is The Best Pressure Washer?

  • Features
  • 420 litres per hour
  • 130 bars of pressure
  • Great for home use
  • Cost
Rating
9.9/10
  • Features
  • 600l/h water flow
  • LCD Display
  • Powerful 160 bars of pressure
  • Cost
Rating
9.7/10
  • Features
  • 500 litres per hour
  • 145 bars of pressure
  • 8m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
9.5/10
  • Features
  • Portable
  • Pulls water from any source
  • Battery powered
  • Cost
Rating
9.3/10
  • Features
  • Best value pressure washer
  • Plenty of power for home use
  • Easy to store
  • Cost
Rating
9.1/10
  • Features
  • Top of the range model
  • Plenty of power
  • Long hose
  • Cost
Rating
9/10
  • Features
  • 360 litres per hour
  • 110 bars of pressure
  • 4m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10
  • Features
  • 440 litres per hour
  • 130 bars of pressure
  • 6m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
8.7/10
  • Features
  • Very powerful 272 bar
  • 7 HP 4 stroke engine
  • Best petrol pressure washer available
  • Cost
Rating
8.5/10
  • Features
  • Powerful machine delivers 450 litre per hour
  • Comes with full range of accessories
  • 165 bar pressure
  • Cost
Rating
8.3/10
  • Features
  • 480 litres per hour
  • 200 bars of pressure
  • 6m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
8.2/10
  • Features
  • 370 litres per hour
  • 130 bars of pressure
  • 6m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
8.1/10
  • Features
  • 440 litres per hour
  • 110 bars of pressure
  • 5m hose length
  • Cost
Rating
8/10
  • Features
  • Delivers 360 litres per hour flow
  • 100 bar pressure
  • Great value for money
  • Cost
Rating
7.8/10
  • Features
  • 90 bar pressure
  • Delivers 330 litres per hour
  • Good budget friendly pressure washer
  • Cost
Rating
7.5/10

More Detailed Pressure Washer Reviews

Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer

The Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer is the best home pressure washers on the UK market today. It’ll clean anything from your patio to your car, and you get a lot of kit for your money too.

The Karcher K4 is capable of cleaning 30 meters per hour, enough to tackle jobs in most households with time to spare.

The K4 jet washer offers 1800 watts of power and a water-cooled engine. A water-cooled engine uses water to maintain the ideal temperature, so you don’t need to worry about the unit overheating in the middle of a task.

It can spray 420 litres of water per hour with 130 bars of pressure and is capable of cleaning 30 metres per hour – that’s enough to tackle jobs in most households.

The easy to understand display on the K4’s trigger gun helps select the right pressure for the right job. The screen displays symbols for different tasks, so there’s one setting for washing the car and another for cleaning stone or brickwork on a patio for example.

Check the pressure level on the display at any time to make sure it’s right for what you’re doing at the moment and change it instantly if needed. The LED display requires two AAA batteries loaded into the trigger gun handle.

So what about attachments you ask? Well, the K4’s dirt blaster lance offers a powerful rotating point to wash off dirt or mud from tyres or wheel rims, and there’s a water butt attachment to make conservation easier. You also get a user-friendly patio cleaning attachment, patio cleaner, vario lance, and spray lance too.

Like most other Karcher pressure washers the K4 isn’t cheap, but it’s well-built and adaptable for many uses. I think the storage compartment is little fragile but other than that I haven’t found any drawbacks to the K4.

The Karcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer has my vote because it’s easy to handle and changing from one function to another takes only a few seconds. Its 130 bars of pressure and telescopic handle make it perfect for versatile outdoor cleaning tasks.

Specification:

  • Pressure: 130bar
  • Power watts: 1800
  • Litres Per Hour: 420
  • Hose Length: 6 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Lots of power
  • Easy to use
  • Lots of attachments

Cons

  • I'd want it to feel a bit more robust

Kärcher K7 Premium Full Control Plus Home Pressure Washer

The Karcher K7 Premium Full Control Plus (that’s quite a mouthful!) replaces Karcher’s K7 model. It’s kept all the great stuff and added more functionality such as LCD display settings.

This pressure washer is Karcher’s most powerful domestic offering and it knocks spots off others. Not only is it the best pressure washer for patios, but it’s great for block paving, cleaning the car, facades and patio furniture too.

Let’s start with power. 160 bar pressure is pretty powerful and it really shows when you pull the trigger. The water flow is 600l/h so make sure you’ve got an area that’ll run off quickly and stop spraying when you can!

The fast water flow makes all jobs faster so it’s a great feature on the new K7. No worries about overheating either as it has an internal water-cooling system to prevent overheating.

The detergent system is a breeze, just plug in the bottle, twist it, and you’re away without faff.

The vario lance changes pressure settings – there are four, the lowest being detergent jobs and the highest for algae and blackened slabs.

You also get the T450 Racer which is an accessory for exterior surfaces such as patios, walls, and garage doors. It’s wider than a nozzle so helps you finish faster and fits into the corner bits. I think this makes it the best pressure washer for decking too.

You might be wondering about the ‘full control’ bit?

This refers to the new trigger gun which now has a LED display. There’s no fuss with numbers and reference books here because the display shows a picture of a car or bricks for example and you select what’s appropriate with the + and – buttons. It couldn’t be any easier.

There are settings for soft, medium and heavy use too which helps prevent blasting all the pointing from your house by accident.  You’ll need 2 AAA batteries to get the LCD display working.

Out of the box, it’s easy to clip together and doesn’t wobble – the build quality is excellent.

There’s a telescopic handle and it weighs 18kg which is nice and solid so it won’t tip easily if you need a bit more stretch. There are two wheels to move the pressure washer about.

This pressure washer has an impressive 10 metre hose which makes it good for car cleaning but horribly tricky to store. Good news that it has an integral hose reel!

It might seem a small detail, but we all struggle with storage and that hose reel keeps it compact and tidy.

If it’s outside and needs a deep clean, the new K7 will get it sparkling again, plus you’ve got to love the yellow and black branding, it really looks the part.

The K7 Premium is one of the pricier pressure washers but it’s difficult to fault. It’s definitely the best Kärcher pressure washer on the market, but not everyone wants to spend the lofty price tag. The 5-year warranty does take the pressure off the investment though. Excuse the pun.

Specification

  • Pressure: 160 bar
  • Power watts: 2800 watts
  • Litres Per Hour: 500
  • Hose Length: 10 metres
  • Warranty: 5 years

Pros

  • Easy to understand LED display setting
  • Mega powerful 2800 watts
  • 3 in 1 lance for all types of jobs
  • Long warranty - just in case

Cons

  • Pricey

Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Pressure Washer

The Kärcher K5 Premium Full Control Pressure Washer is a pricey top-of-the-range model, but if you’ve got a large grubby surface area to regularly clean it’s worth considering.

This jet washer offers a powerful water flow of 500 litres per hour with 160 bars of pressure making it one of the best pressure washers for a patio, driveway, or a filthy car without harming the surface material.

The water-cooled motor prevents wear and tear and increases the life of the machine.

The K5 has a simple set-up – just connect to an outdoor tap and start cleaning. You can control the pressure flow and detergent by selecting +/- symbols on the back of the trigger gun.

The 3-in-1 lance includes dirt blaster, vario and detergent settings, so you don’t need to change the lance when switching to clean different areas – that’s a handy time saver, plus the Plug ‘n’ Clean system lets you replace detergent with one quick movement. There’s no frustrating stopping and starting if you need to add more soap.

The Karcher K5 accessory kit includes T350 patio cleaner and 1L stone detergent.

The integrated handles on the patio cleaner make it easy to wash garage doors, walls and fences, and the 8m high-pressure hose helps you move around easily. It’s a long hose and to keep it safe you should use the integrated hose reel. There’s also storage space for lances and accessories – this is a tidy machine!

The aluminium handle extends to make transporting easy. The wheels and telescopic handles are fully retractable for convenient storage.

If pressure washers in the 110 or 120 pressure range provide too little power, but you don’t want to use a petrol pressure washer, the Karcher K5 offers a good compromise machine.

Specification

  • Pressure: 160 bar
  • Power watts: 2100
  • Litres Per Hour: 440
  • Hose Length: 8 metres
  • Warranty: 5 years

Pros

  • High water flow
  • High bar pressure
  • Neat and tidy storage
  • 3 in 1 lance

Cons

  • It’s pricey

WORX WG629E.1 MAX Cordless HYDROSHOT Portable Pressure Cleaner

Worx 20V Battery High Pressure Washer Hydroshot WG629E is the best pressure washer for your car, as it will draw water from any source. If you’re lucky enough to have a tap at the front of your house, it’s perfect.

This cordless pressure washer is undeniably useful. For one, you don’t even need a tap because it’ll turn a bucket of water or even a bottle into a high-powered jet of water. If you’re by a lake, pond, or river that’ll work too.

This is a great piece of kit even if you don’t have an outside tap or a power supply. You can chuck it in the car and wash your mountain bike off before it gets encrusted on the way home, blast your kid’s muddy wellies when you’re camping, wash off winter grime from a balcony, or clean an entire car from any water source.

The bar pressure maxs out at 22 bar which doesn’t seem a great deal in comparison to others in this review but that is still 10 x the power of a garden hose.

It’s powered by a rechargeable battery that’ll last around an hour with continuous use and it takes 5 hours from dead to re-charge, but if you already own other 20V Worx products their batteries are interchangeable – or you can buy them individually to add to the cleaning time.

5 hours is a longer charge up time than some lithium batteries, but this avoids battery burn out from heat build-up. To get a longer running time switch on ‘variable use’ – it’s not as powerful, but still shifts dirt.

There are multiple pressure settings on the 5-in-1 pressure nozzle that controls the jet stream and it has a rotating head to get into all the nooks and crannies.  From a fine mist to a pulsating sprayer– just turn the head to pick out the setting you need. The fine mist is gentle enough to remove dust or bird mess from plants.

The hose is six metres long which is enough room to get around your car without moving a bucket for example, or you can fix the nozzle straight onto the machine for close up jobs. The lance attachment adds an extra 35 inches to the overall length.

This is a fully portable and versatile machine that you can take anywhere without a power source or water supply. Even if you already own a pressure washer this is a useful, cordless tool to add to your collection.

Specification

  • Pressure: 22 bar
  • Power watts: 20V
  • Litres Per Hour: 150
  • Hose Length: 10m
  • Warranty: 3 year

Pros

  • Pulls water from any source
  • Adjustable spray
  • Portable
  • Great price

Cons

  • Less power than a conventional pressure washer
  • Battery can run out quickly with extended use

Bosch EasyAquatak 120 Pressure Washer

The Bosch EasyAquatak 120 is powerful yet compact and it draws water from any source. It’s a proper all-rounder and many consider it the best budget pressure washer available.

The Easy Aquatak is one of those tools that you go without for ages and when you buy one, can’t remember how you managed before. One of its best functions is the ability to draw water from any source and still push out 120 bars.

This pressure washer will draw water from a garden hose or an unpressurised source such as a bucket (you need to buy a separate suction hose for that feature). That opens up a whole new cleaning world – one without an outside tap!

So let’s talk all-important power. This Bosch is small but mighty. It knocks out enough pressure to blast down your walls and patio no problem and the water stops when you release the trigger. This keeps water consumption down and prevents the biblical-style flood that can happen with other makes.

The design of this pressure washer is a bit different. It’s made with a low centre of gravity so it looks pretty quirky, but that design feature stops it toppling over. The wide base means you can tug it and it won’t fall down like the majority of pressure washers do. You can even set it on a table and it won’t fall off easily.

So what are the accessories? A fixed fan jet nozzle for basics, a rotary nozzle for stubborn dirt in nooks and crannies, and a high-pressure detergent nozzle to blast away built-up grime that needs a proper wash – the built-in detergent function saves time by simply applying when you pull the trigger.

All the accessories fit on to the machine. No-one likes hoses and nozzles lying across the garage floor so this is a real perk and invaluable if like me you constantly lose tool parts. Having them all to hand is a real time saver especially as they just click in and out of place

This pressure washer is portable with a built-in handle, versatile, and comes ready to go out of the box. It’s perfect for town life – blasting the decking clean, washing the wheelie bin out, cleaning the car, windows, and balconies.

Specification

  • Pressure: 120
  • Power watts: 1500
  • Litres Per Hour: 350
  • Hose Length: 5m
  • Warranty: Up to 3 years

Pros

  • Draws water from all sources
  • Easy storage
  • Wide and sturdy centre of gravity
  • Plenty of power

Cons

  • Need to buy other accessories such as a patio cleaner
  • Fiddly getting the detergent into place

Nilfisk E 145 Bar Power Washer

The Nilfisk E 145 is powerful, easy to use and surprisingly low noise.

2100 watts powers out 420 litres an hour which is a lot of water and power and makes the E 145 best suited to mid-sized and large home environments such as big patios and pathways.

This jet washer cleans a massive 50Msq/H with its powerful metal pump, but has a stop-start function to save water and a water filter to stop water particles damaging the pump. You need those things with so much power.

It has an onboard hose and reel to keep the work environment tidy, and plenty of nozzles that work on an easy click system to speed up the job with no fiddling around.

The nozzles include a click and clean tornado nozzle for overall washing with detergent or plain water, a power speed nozzle for ground in dirt such as mould, and a foam application for getting detergent quickly and easily onto cars and windows.

There are all kinds of accessories you can buy separately such as an auto brush and rotary brush for corners and difficult to reach areas, there’s a gutter and drainpipe attachment, and a top-notch driveway accessory that makes it the best jet washer for driveways.

Then last but not least there’s a built-in telescopic handle, sturdy wheels and all the accessories fit on the machine. This creates simple clean Ikea type storage.

Specification

  • Pressure: 145 bar
  • Power watts: 2100
  • Litres Per Hour: 420
  • Hose Length: 9 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Powerful will shift almost everything
  • Quiet motor
  • Long hose
  • Good nozzle selection

Cons

  • Need to buy some accessories separately

Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer

The Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer is a great all-rounder and one of the best priced pressure washers on the market, considering it’s great features.

It has an air-cooled 1400 watt motor, 110 bars of pressure and 360 litres of water flow per hour so it’s not as powerful as Karcher’s K4 – but if you don’t need all that power and water why spend more?

This jet washer is ideal for cleaning cars, bicycles and tidying up patios in small gardens. It’s lightweight and versatile enough for simple ‘not engrained with filth’ tasks such as washing the winter off a furniture set, hosing down a muddy patio, or cleaning your bike.

In terms of attachments, it has a dirtblaster lance with a rotating point jet spray that gives you up to 50% greater cleaning power than a hose, a one-way lance offering constant high pressure, a T50 T-racer patio cleaner, a detergent pouch for patio and deck cleaner, and a trigger gun. That’s a lot of attachments for a well-priced pressure washer.

You can store all these attachments in a compartment inside the unit to keep nozzles readily available and tidy.

The K2 has a detergent pipe and detergent suction tube for washing off tougher dirt – that’s unusual at this price point, and a built-in filter to prevent dirt particles from damaging the engine and pump.

It doesn’t have wheels but includes clips to carry it around.

Specification

  • Pressure: 110 bar
  • Power watts: 1400
  • Litres Per Hour: 360
  • Hose Length: 4 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lots of attachments
  • Good all-rounder
  • Well priced

Cons

  • No wheels
  • Pressure can dip

Nilfisk C130 1-6 X-Tra Pressure Washer

This Nilfisk C130 1-6 X-Tra Pressure Washer is the Kärcher K4’s main competitor. It’s got to be said, Nilfisk have done a great job with this model. It’s small but powerful and well worth your consideration.

The C130 has a powerful 1700W air-cooled motor, 440 litres of water per hour and the bar pressure tops at 135 bars – but it’s still gentle enough to leave the paint on your car.

This pressure washer’s powerful water flow makes it ideal for small to medium-sized patios and driveways. It has a 6-metre high-pressure hose and 6-metre electric cable, and an auto stop-start handle for safety,  If you have a large space this pressure washer will help you clean it quickly.

The excellent piece of kit comes with a click and clean nozzle for more accuracy when spraying water, a spray lance with 360⁰ degree rotation, and a built-in low-pressure nozzle. There’s also a wash brush and a click and clean foam sprayer bottle for detergent.

The Nilfisk C130 is made from recycled plastic and it’s lightweight and wheel-mounted so you don’t need to be an athlete to use it

I rate the Nilfisk C130 highly because it handles a bit more water than others so it’s ideal for your car, motorbike, patio or decking – a great all-rounder.

Specification

  • Pressure: 135 bar
  • Power watts: 1700
  • Litres Per Hour: 440
  • Hose Length: 6 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • High water flow rate
  • High bar pressure
  • Long hose
  • Lightweight and easy to move

Cons

  • No built-in detergent compartments

Wilks Genuine USA TX625 Petrol Pressure Washer

Wilks TX625 petrol pressure washer is the most powerful and portable you can get. It’s a serious piece of kit that’s not really suited to cleaning a townhouse patio once a year but for heavy-duty outdoor jobs and professional use.

This petrol pressure washer blasts away dirt and debris with 272 bar pressure from a 4-stroke engine. This power jets out 720 litres of water per hour which is the most of all my recommendations.

The TX625 runs efficiently on unleaded 95+ petrol and keeps fuel consumption to a minimum. It needs oil too but the instructions are clear enough to follow.

Reviewers say the recoil cord pull handle starts up easily on the second or third pull, unlike other petrol pressure washers that take an age to start – not good when you’ve cold hands.

The unit is moveable as it should be – these kinds of power washers are usually used outside in dirty environments so it has a tough steel frame, rough terrain wheels, and a sturdy handle.

There’s a variety of ceramic nozzles included as standard to suit different tasks. Each nozzle is ‘click and go’ and colour coded. There’s red for blasting, yellow for stripping, green for cleaning, white for washing, and black for detergent use.

You have to make sure you’ve got the right nozzle on as this pressure washer is so powerful it’ll strip paint from your car or garage door.

Accessories include a self-propelled drain cleaner attachment that propels its way through a drain to clear the blockage – tough stuff! There’s also a straight lance, curved gutter lance, and turbo nozzles included. All Wilks machines come as standard with everything you need.

So how is this beauty filled with water? It’ll use a tap, pond or bucket – though that bucket is going to empty pretty fast! Because it’s built for tough jobs that potentially use natural water sources the hose and filter system is designed to keep debris out of the engine.

An automatic stop and start system ensure you only get water when you need to avoid flooding the area.

Specification

  • Pressure: 272 bar
  • Power watts: 7 HP 4 stroke engine
  • Litres Per Hour: 720
  • Hose Length: 20 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • No electric cables
  • Very powerful 272 bar
  • Will run from a bucket
  • Variety of colour coded nozzles

Cons

  • It is loud
  • Can cause damage if wrong nozzles are used

Wilks-USA RX525 High Powered Pressure Washer

The Wilks-USA RX525 High Powered Pressure Washer delivers 165 bar of pressure, has a click and go connect system, and comes with a full range of accessories. This makes one of the top models for power whilst still easy to use and versatile.

This product is well-built from the highest quality materials including a copper-wound brushless 1800 watt motor that delivers 450 litres per hour flow rate and unbeatable reliability.

The unit is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre with sturdy wheels and a comfortable telescopic handle.

It comes with a full range of accessories including a lance, a gutter lance, 3 x varying nozzles, a turbo wand, a fixed washer brush, a rotary brush and patio cleaner. The pressure washer also comes with an 8-metre hose and 5-metre power cable to get into difficult areas and complete tricky jobs like gutter cleaning and car washing with less hassle.

I like the patio cleaning tool that makes removing winter’s grime and algae a breeze. The unit also has a detergent spray system to make cleaning even more quick and easy.

Overall this is good option if you are looking for a machine that does the job effectively and has a really excellent build quality.

Specification

  • Pressure: 165 bar
  • Power watts: 1800
  • Litres Per Hour: 450
  • Hose Length: 8 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Great attachments
  • Lots of power
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • It’s pretty noisy
  • Quite heavy

Wolf 200 Bar Petrol Pressure Washer

If you’re looking for something with industrial power that’s capable of cleaning large areas this Wolf 200 Bar Petrol Pressure Washer is a fantastic option. In my opinion it’s one of the best cordless pressure washers you can buy.

Since the Wolf 200 runs on petrol, it is more powerful than the electric pressure washers on this list. It works faster than electric pressure washers on tough, high-volume areas too.

The Wolf gets rid of stains from garage floors, walls, driveways and cleans home exteriors before applying paint. It easily blasts away grime and algae on patios and cleans mould between the bricks.

The durable lance comes with five nozzles and a 6-metre high-pressure hose. If you want a 10m hose be sure to buy the correct one as indicated in the manufacturer’s guidelines.

With 220 maximum bar pressure, the Wolf 200 Petrol Pressure Washer transports 540 litres of water an hour. That gives you lots of water and water pressure to wash your pavement, garage, masonry and helps you get it done quickly.

The 6.5 HP 4 stroke petrol engine is housed in a steel frame which is heavier than electric pressure washers but if you need to lug it around rough or hilly areas the all-terrain wheels make it easier and help prevent damage to the unit.

The Wolf 200 Bar pressure washer has no built-in water tank, so you’ll need to attach the pressure washer to a tap with a hose or use a water tank.

Use clean, unleaded petrol with a minimum of 92 octane to power your Wolf 200 and lubricate the engine with oil just like your car engine. The pressure shuts down automatically when the oil level’s low.

You’ll need to fill the Wolf 200 with oil in two different locations on the machine. If the engine is not fully filled, power may cut out after a few minutes – which can be frustrating.

Since the Wolf 200 Bar Pressure Washer is petrol driven, it’s nosier than an electric pressure washer. You may want to wait until later in the day to use it to avoid waking up neighbours.

It’s best to use the included jet spray nozzle and detergent nozzle for washing vehicles. Foam up the car with the detergent nozzle and then rinse it off with the jet spray when you’re done cleaning. Be careful though because the petrol power gives it an extra hard spray jet that might strip paint off vehicles.

Attachments include a pencil, jet, fan and detergent nozzle and you should wash vehicles, patio furniture, or dirty garage floors with the right attachment for the right amount of water spray. Some tasks require water from a pencil-thin nozzle for example while other items need a wide spray for thorough cleaning.

This is the best pressure washer if you need wide coverage for exterior house walls, garages, drives, fences and other hard to clean areas.

Petrol pressure washers are harder to use than electric ones so if you have a smaller outside space and can use a compact electric model like the Karcher K4 I’d go with that instead.

Specification

  • Pressure: 220 bar
  • Power watts: 6.5 HP
  • Litres Per Hour: 540
  • Hose Length: 6 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • No electrical socket needed
  • So much power
  • Tough steel frame
  • No nonsense attachments

Cons

  • It’s noisy
  • May strip paint – be careful!

Bosch AQT 37-13 Plus Pressure Washer

The Bosch AQT 37-13 Plus Pressure Washer is a solid mid-range model.

Bosch is a reliable brand with excellent customer service, so you may wish to stick with who you trust.

The Bosch AQT 37-13 is good for motorbikes, BBQs, garden furniture, and garage doors. It offers a 130 maximum working pump pressure and a 370-litre hour flow rate with a 1700 water motor.

If you need to clean encrusted mud from brick walls or stonework, or ingrained dirt from the patio, this pressure washer completes the job without effort on your part.

The 3-in-1 nozzle keeps you covered for just about any task. There’s a high-pressure fan for general cleaning, a detergent nozzle, a wash brush for cleaning vehicles and a patio cleaner. For rain gutters, there’s a 90˚nozzle which lets you remove dirt from roof gutters or wheel rims, so you won’t need to stretch or bend.

There’s also a suction tube for easy detergent application, and a clear view water filter to make maintenance easier. The SDS fittings make set-up quicker and keep hose rotation smooth.

As compact as a wheeled suitcase, the Bosch AQT 37-13 is an excellent, moderate-pressure choice if you have cars, bikes or outdoor furniture to clean.

At 130 bar maximum pressure, it cleans harder than others in the same price bracket and is really easy to use. Clip on the hose, plug in the cable – and clean. It’s a really simple machine to use.

Specification

  • Pressure: 130 bar
  • Power watts: 1700
  • Litres Per Hour: 370
  • Hose Length: 6 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • So easy to use
  • Lots of power
  • Trusted Bosch brand

Cons

  • May tip over
  • Attachments a little fiddly to fit

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer

The Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer offers great value for money. In my opinion it’s one of the best domestic pressure washers for those on a low budget.

The air-cooled 1400 Watt motor, 110 bars of pressure, and high water flow rate of 440 litres per hour makes the Nilfisk C110 great on small areas, but I’d recommend a higher bar pressure model for thorough cleaning of large driveways or very dirty patios.

The Nilfisk has a 5-metre high-pressure hose and five-metre electric cable to let you move from patio to washing cars easily.

The C110 has a pre-fitted filter to keep dirt out of the water supply. That’s a good feature if you get caught up in your work and have no time to manually check.

It also features an automatic on/off function powered by a thermal sensor. The sensor shuts off the pump when the load is too high, which saves energy and water.

Reviewers say the C110 can easily clean moss from garages and bird droppings from patios with the standard accessories that come with the unit.

One of the best accessories is the click and clean tornado nozzle that gives you fan jet power for cleaning and rinsing average surfaces such as patio furniture and plant pots.

There’s also the powerspeed nozzle that works well on tougher stains and dirt – the kind you might find on muddy patios or smudged shed walls.

The Nilfisk C110 offers a small but powerful unit comparable to many Karcher models. If Karcher pressure washers are too bulky or expensive for you, this is a good alternative.  It’s a tough entry-level unit that doesn’t use a lot of power compared to other power washers – but it works just as well.

Mobile and easy to transport from place to place, the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra pressure washer scores points for its practical attachments and strong, yet lightweight build -but some say it’s hard to disconnect attachments.

Specification

  • Pressure: 110 bar
  • Power watts: 1400
  • Litres Per Hour: 440
  • Hose Length: 5 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Versatile
  • Compact and manoeuvrable
  • Attachments do their job

Cons

  • Attachments are fiddly to fit

Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer

The Makita HW101 Compact Pressure Washer is a compact machine that delivers more power than you would expect from a small pressure washer. It’s ideal for cleaning cars and patio furniture.

The powerful 1300 watt motor produces 360 litres of water per hour with bar pressure of 100 max.

This compact machine has a 3-metre hose as well as a lance and gun attachment. The unit itself is well built, light and compact – ideal if you don’t have much space to store a large pressure washer.

This pressure washer doesn’t come with all the attachments of larger more expensive machines and it doesn’t have a detergent spray system, so you have to apply detergent with the spray bottle provided.

That said this does a fantastic job of cleaning patios, decks and other general cleaning tasks without the hefty price tag.

This is an ideal entry-level machine for general cleaning tasks and it won’t break the bank. Overall, it’s one of the best small pressures washers you can buy.

Specification

  • Pressure: 100 bar
  • Power watts: 1300
  • Litres Per Hour: 360
  • Hose Length: 3 metres
  • Warranty: 3 years

Pros

  • The cost
  • Powerful motor
  • Compact for easy storage

Cons

  • Less power than bigger machines
  • Only a few attachments

VonHaus 1600W Pressure Washer

The VonHaus 1600W Pressure Washer is a compact, budget-friendly pressure washer that produces 330 litres of water per hour at 90 bar of pressure.

It has 1600 watts which is a good amount and helps get deep cleaning done quickly despite the lower bar pressure.

The pressure washer comes with a quick-connect spray gun as well as a detergent bottle to spray on your cleaning product before washing. The nozzle is adjustable and the 5-metre hose allows you to clean large items like cars with ease.

This is a compact and lightweight machine that nonetheless delivers on power with its 1600 watt motor. It does a great job on lightly soiled patios, garden furniture and cars. The unit is lightweight and compact making it easy to move around and store.

This is a good budget option for cleaning lightly dirtied patios, cars and garden furniture.

Specification

  • Pressure: 90 bar
  • Power watts: 1600
  • Litres Per Hour: 330
  • Hose Length: 5 metres
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Low cost
  • Compact for easy storage
  • Lightweight
  • Great for smaller cleaning jobs

Cons

  • Not a lot of bar pressure

Pressure Washer Buyers Guide

How Does A Pressure Washer Work?

A pressure washer sucks water from a tap or bucket and shoots it out at high speed to blast away dirt, dust, and grime.

Getting technical, but only a little, a motor powers a water pump and the pump forces a narrow jet of water out when you pull the nozzle trigger. The more ‘bar pressure’ and water flow there is the faster and harder the water will shoot out. Some models have a little compartment for detergent if you want to add to the cleansing mix.

That really is it so they are nothing to be afraid of!

Water is such a good way to clean things because it’s non-abrasive and gentle on surfaces like car paint or the grouting between patio slabs.

That said, take it easy! Some of the best pressure washers on the UK market are really powerful and they can break down surfaces in no time at all.

How To Use A Pressure Washer

The good news is that a pressure washer uses less water than a standard hose and they make cleaning baked on grime much easier than scrubbing.

First up, read the instructions. This bit is important because brand models vary but here’s the standard way to use a pressure washer.

Attach the machine’s high-pressure hose to the lance.

Let your garden hose run for a bit to clear any debris in the pipe. You won’t want high-velocity gravel flying into your car paint.

Connect the hose to your garden tap or place the suction hose into a body of water such as a water butt.

Check all the fittings are nice and tight – important!

Plug it in, or in the case of a petrol pressure washer, start the engine.

Turn the pressure washer to its lowest setting and let it warm up a little

Squeeze the trigger handle gently. If water sprays out it’s time to clean. If it doesn’t, check your connections.

Hold the nozzle at 45 degrees to a surface and begin cleaning. Start at the top of vertical surfaces and keep moving the lance.

Add detergent now if you’re using it

Rinse with plain water and spray surfaces at the pressure washer’s widest setting for a final rinse down.

How To Connect A Garden Hose To A Pressure Washer

This sounds simple but it can be tricky and what makes things more complicated is that different models use varying methods.

Here’s the standard method but do check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fully unwind the hose so that kinks don’t prevent water flow and let it run for a minute to clear out any debris. Turn it off and let water drain free

Now you need to attach the garden hose to the water inlet port on the pressure washer. It’s often colour-coded or labelled ‘screw attachment’ or the ‘free flow connector’. It basically a hole through which water can flow into the machine before blasting out the other side.

Screw it in tightly making sure the connectors are straight. If it won’t screw on, check to see if there’s a pull back valve. These clip the hose into place rather than screwing it in.

If it’s not working, the manual is a good place to search for help. Some pressure washer companies like Wilks have a customer service line to call so don’t be shy.

What Can You Use A Pressure Washer For?

The most popular uses for a pressure washer are cleaning the car, blasting down the patio, decking, or driveway, and washing down brick or concrete walls.

Other uses are cleaning bikes, lawnmowers, animal pens, tools, caravans and trailers.

Here are a few other more unusual uses:

  • Prepare outside surfaces for painting
  • Clean kids play equipment
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Clean up garage or shed floors
  • De-slip the front door entrance steps
  • Clean mouldy fencing
  • Collect leaf fall
  • Spot cleaning mould
  • Clean out wheelie bin
  • Wash encrusted garden tools
  • (With the right accessories) clear guttering and unblock drains
  • Clean the BBQ

And more randomly – blast a stuck football from a tree or peel your new potatoes!

How To Use Pressure Washer Detergent?

You won’t need much pressure washer detergent because the sheer force of plain water is usually enough to dislodge most grime, but sometimes you’d like to give the car a good foamy wash down or polish up the patio slabs – it’s a good idea to use detergent on mouldy patios as plain water can spread mould spores.

Again, detergent directions will differ with manufacturers so always read the instructions if there’s a built-in detergent compartment or a corresponding accessory.

If not, use a spray bottle or sponge to get the detergent on and then pressure wash it clean.

First up you should always remove the majority of dirt before applying detergent so it can really get into the stains.

Its best to buy purpose-made pressure washer detergent as soap, laundry liquid, or washing up liquid can foam up into huge amounts that just won’t wash away.

Handy Pressure Washer Accessories

You may have a particular task in mind such as cleaning a gutter which needs a handy tool. Here are a few pressure washer accessories currently on the market:

Drain and gutter cleaning kits – helps you clean without ladders or opening up a drainpipe.

Patio cleaner – These are fast, splash-free attachments that often have several rotating heads.

Telescopic lance – Get high-pressure water to high places such as shutters, fascia boards and eaves.

Extension Hose – An extension hose gives you more reach.

Under chassis nozzle – this helps you clean the wheel arches beneath your car

Soft Pressure Washer Brush – a large brush with an outer ring to prevent scratches on glass or caravans

One Way Lance – for spot cleaning high-pressure areas.

Electric vs Petrol Pressure Washers

Whether you buy an electric pressure washer or a petrol pressure washer is down to its intended use.

Electric pressure washers are usually better for home use where there is an electrical socket whereas petrol pressure washers are noisy but can go anywhere.

Should I Buy An Electric Pressure Washer?

They are quieter and easy to start with the flick of a button. Electric pressure washers are now powerful enough to clean encrusted patios and driveways and can tackle any outside townhouse job.

They are more lightweight than their petrol cousins and simply plug into a power source and outside tap. A good selection will also run from a water bottle or bucket.

The disadvantage is that they have to be plugged in and that’s a problem if the object or area you want to clean isn’t near a socket.

Should I Buy A Petrol Pressure Washer?

These are best for regular large-scale jobs and heavy-duty use. Farmers, landscape gardeners and other professionals tend to use petrol as they are incredibly powerful and rather obviously, don’t need a power socket to run.

That said if you have a big outdoor space a petrol pressure washer gives you portability and power. On the downside they are noisy, smelly and often heavy.

There is one more choice for lighter jobs – a battery-powered pressure washer like WORX in the review above. This runs from an interchangeable lithium battery which is perfect if you have lighter jobs without a power supply nearby.

Pressure Washer Safety Advice

As with all tools you must keep yourself safe. Always keep in mind that electricity and water are not a good mix.

Poorly maintained cables

If you need to move your pressure washer pick it up, don’t drag it by the hose or cable. This leads to wear and tear on the power supply and potentially electric shocks. If you notice damage to your pressure washer don’t use it. Whip out that warranty.

Tripping over

Power cables and hoses are prime criminals in ‘tripping people up’. When cables are trailing around watch where you step and keep pets or children well away.

Slipping over

Water is slippery as is detergent. Always use the right amount of detergent to avoid unnecessary soap suds.

You will get wet using a pressure washer so dress accordingly with sturdy shoes. Eye protection is a good idea too as water and filth will splash back from walls, fences and the patio.

Hurting someone

Pressure washers fire out water so fast it can seriously hurt a person. Their eyes, ears, mouth for example and even tougher body parts can get horribly bruised – it is not the same thing as a garden hose. Keep the lance pointing downward.

Never ever fire water at electrical cables, into open windows, or intruding cats. We are watching you.

Handy Pressure Washer Glossary

There’s lots of terminology around pressure washers that makes it hard to understand what you’re looking at.

Here’s a quick guide to the main acronyms and terms.

Bar Pressure: This is a measurement of pressure. The higher the bar the more force water sprays out. The numbers – for example ‘220’ – mean its 220 times more powerful than the air pressure around you. It’s also called PSI which is ‘pounds per square inch’.

Water Flow l/h: Water flow in litres per hour. This indicates how much water the pressure washer can deal with. It’s usually measured in litres and hours but sometimes per minute and on occasion gallons per minute.

The more water flows the quicker and more forceful the pressure washer is. A higher litre per hour means less time cleaning.

Detergent Intake: This is the container or pipe that soap travels down before spraying out.

Hose Length: An obvious one – this is the length of the high-pressure hose.

High Pressure Hose: The hose that runs from your machine and holds the nozzle and attachments.

A standard hose would explode from the pressure so don’t use one there. If you need to replace a high-pressure hose get one that can withstand more pressure than the machine pumps out.

Water inlet: A hose that connects the pressure washer to the main water supply

High Pressure Outlet: This is the connection for a high-pressure hose.

High-Pressure Pump: The pump is the part that pushes water from the washer. It’s driven by the electric or petrol motor, so the more powerful the motor the higher the pressure.

Which Is The Best Pressure Washer For Me?

So what is the best jet washer for the UK market?

It depends what you’ll be using it for!

If you’re struggling to narrow the options have a think about what you want a pressure washer for and choose by bar pressure.

It’s no good choosing 22 bar if you need to clean algae and a mould spotted patio, but going overboard with a petrol fired 440 bar washer to clean the car on Sundays will only lead to tears and a big garage bill.

So many pressure washers, so little time!

Take a look at my suggestions below to save yourself some stress.

100 BAR and below

  • Wheelie bins
  • Tools
  • Bikes
  • Garden furniture

100-130 BAR

  • Guttering and facias
  • Car cleaning plus caravans and boats
  • Fences

130 BAR+

  • Decking
  • Patios
  • Concrete
  • Brickwork

A lot of people use a pressure washer for car cleaning AND patios – so what’s the best pressure washer then?

Well, if you need it for a mixture of jobs it’s about how much time you have to spare.

You could go bigger and use the lower settings as this will save time. Just be careful and always pay attention.

Or

Go mid-range and spend longer on the heavy dirt jobs. A 120 bar pressure washer will clean your decking – it’ll just take longer than a 130+.

So that’s pressure washers for you. They are handy tools for sure and if you buy a good make with excellent reviews it’ll last years.