Could you bag a bargain pressure washer with your grocery shop? Our first impressions of the Lidl Parkside PHD 100 could help you decide.
On 14 July Lidl will re-launch an entry-level cylinder pressure washer that has been a sell-out before. Lidl regularly holds limited-time sales of garden machinery that are eagerly anticipated by bargain-hunters. But the products go off-sale before we can test them in our labs.
We managed to get our hands on this model when it was on sale in summer 2015. We sent it home with our pressure washer expert, to find out how, in her experience, it compared to our Best Buys.
Read our intial verdict on the Lidl Parkside PHD 100 pressure washer.
Are cheap pressure washers any good?
You can spend anything from £40 to £400 for a pressure washer to use around your home and garden. And in our experience it’s possible to get surprisingly good and disappointingly mediocre models no matter what price you pay.
The key to buying a pressure washer that won’t dismay is matching what you want to use it for, with the right power for your needs. You don’t need a high powered jet washer to clean your garden furniture, but a weak model could leave you with aching arms if you try to clean a large area of paving.
Visit our pressure washer buyers guide to find out more about how to choose the right pressure washer for you.
Cheap pressure washers on test
In our most recent tests we sent several cheap pressure washers to our lab to find out how they compared to our Best Buy pressure washers. You can read full reviews of the following models:
- Qualcast 1450W pressure washer, typical price £70
- Mac Allister MPWP100D pressure washer, typical price £65
- Bosch AQT 33-11 pressure washer, typical price £65
- B&Q FPHPC 100 pressure washer, typical price £39
- Sovereign FB510 pressure washer, typical price £39
Pressure wash your paths now
With so much wet weather recently now is a great time to use your pressure washer to remove the grime and algae that’s built up since the May Bank holiday weekend.
Cleaning paths and drives now could help to stop a build up of algae that could create a slipping hazard over winter.
To find out which pressure washers we recommend for your garden tidy up visit our list of Best Buy pressure washers.