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Is Lidl’s £60 Parkside PHD 135 pressure washer any good?

We tried this bargain pressure washer out on dirty surfaces to find out

Whether heatwave barbecues have left your patio a little scruffy, or rain showers mean your car is due a wash, you could well be in need of a pressure washer this bank holiday weekend.

Luckily, this week’s Lidl garden tools offer includes the inexpensive new Parkside pressure washer. At £60, it’s £100 cheaper than similar pressure washers from leading brands, including Bosch and Nilfisk.

It’s on sale from Friday 23 August 2018, but is it as fantastic a deal as it seems? Our experts have given it a quick at-home test to find out.

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Lidl Parkside PHD 135 pressure washer review

If you’ve ever used a pressure washer before, you’ll have no problem getting to grips with how the PHD 135 works.

To get started, you connect your garden hose to the body of the pressure washer by either screwing it into position or using its plastic hose attachment. Its own 7-metre hose then clips into the other side of the body, and the gun and lance attach easily on to this.

If you’re new to the world of pressure washing, you’ll be pleased to hear that we found the accompanying instruction manual easy to understand, with a handy diagram of all the parts.

The PHD 135 comes with a variable jet nozzle, a fixed jet nozzle, a foamer bottle, a 7-metre hose and a bottle of cleaning fluid. All of the attachments and the power cable clip on to the body of the PHD 135, which is great for storing away.

Once we were set up, we tried this pressure washer out on a dirty patio. To find out exactly how it performed, and whether it’s worth picking one up this weekend, head over to our Lidl Parkside PHD 135 A1 pressure washer review.

What to look for in a pressure washer

The PHD 135 comes with two different nozzles and a foaming bottle, but is this what you need to get your cleaning done?

  • Foaming bottle These are good for spreading detergent on whatever it is you’re washing. It’s particularly useful for washing your car.
  • Variable nozzle jet This lets you focus the spray down to a narrow point to get a concentrated jet, for getting into nooks and crannies. You can then twist the nozzle into a wider stream, which is better for cleaning large surfaces.
  • Fixed nozzle jet This only has one spray option. Few pressure washers come with these as standard.

If you have wide expanses of patio and concrete to cover, then you’re likely to need a pressure washer with a patio-cleaning attachment. Without the patio attachment, you might find your pressure washer leaves a swirling pattern behind.

The PHD 135 comes with a 7-metre hose, which is quite reasonable. Consider how far you’ll need your pressure washer to reach and make sure that you’ll be able to get it to where you need it. A long hose is handy if you plan to clean your car with it, as it will allow you to reach around the car without getting in a tangle.

For more tips on the features to look for when buying your pressure washer, visit our guide on pressure washer features.

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