Pressure washers can cost hundreds of pounds, but at just £39.99 is the Lidl pressure washer too good to be true?
With only a 1,300W motor and no accessories, can the Parkside PHD 1100 D1 pressure washer do a decent job of cleaning cars, decking and paving? We tried it out to see what it can do. It’s on sale in the Middle of Lidl from 9 July.
Could this pressure washer be a good investment? Read our full first look review to see how we found it.
What is the Parkside PHD 1100 D1 pressure washer?
It’s a compact pressure washer that’s not much bigger than large shoe box, so it’s easy to store. This is important as pressure washers should be stored in a frost-free place or water inside them can expand and break their pipes, leaving them leaking and unable to be fixed.
It’s no heavier than a bag of shopping so it’s no problem to carry it to where it’s needed. The cable is five metres long and the hose is three metres, so it can reach a fair distance without needing to be moved around often as you work.
Unlike more expensive models, it doesn’t come with accessories, such as a patio cleaner or car brush and detergent. Instead, it just has a vario-nozzle that allows you to adjust the width of the water jet from a wide fan to a powerful jet.
The motor is only 1,3000W, while many other models offer nearly double this power. But how much of a difference does this make in practice when it comes to the cleaning? Read our review to find out.
Watch our video of how to clean your car with a pressure washer
Factors to consider when buying a pressure washer
Pressure washers can cost hundreds of pounds, but do you really need such an expensive machine? Before you decide, think about what your cleaning needs are.
Best for: cleaning small cars, small areas of paving or decking, bikes and garden furniture.
These tend to be own-brand, cheaper models that have low-powered motors (1,200W to 1,600W)
Best for: Cleaning domestic garden paved areas and decking, cars and 4x4s.
Medium-duty pressure washers tend to be a mix of high-end own-brand models with lots of accessories and cheaper premium-brand models with few extras. Expect a medium-powered motor (1,600W to 2,000W).
Best for: Cleaning extensive areas of paving, grimy four-wheel-drive vehicles, commercial vehicles and caravans.
The priciest washers on the market, heavy-duty models tend to be made by well-known machinery brands. These are semi-professional models with high-powered motors (1,800W to 2,500W). The machines tend to be very large and heavy.