Best pressure washers
Buying a new pressure washer can be very confusing. There are usually several models in each manufacturer's range, with different types of motors and impenetrable model numbers which mean that useful accessories are either included in the price, or have to be bought extra.
To help you find the best pressure washer for your needs, we've rounded up the top-scoring models in five different categories, as well as some less impressive models that we think are best to avoid.
And because they've all gone through rigorous Which? lab testing, you can rest assured that no matter which of these Best Buy pressure washers you go for, they will tackle your tough outdoor tasks.
Best pressure washer for cars
Best pressure washer for cleaning in the garden
Best pressure washer for the patio
Best pressure washer for hard-surface cleaning
Best value pressure washer
Pressure washers to avoid
The only way to tell if a pressure washer is any good is to clean a range of different surfaces with it, which is why Which? does exactly that in our independent lab tests. We use each power washer on squares of concrete, paving slabs, block paving, decking, stone wall and some rather filthy cars to find out how well they clean.
Not all pressure washers are great, here are two models that could leave you feeling underwhelmed.
Useful pressure washer features
Here are three of the most useful features to look for when buying a new pressure washer:
- Angled lance - great for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas.
- Brush attachment - can be used to clean your car, greenhouse or conservatory.
- Patio cleaner attachment - makes cleaning your patio easier and less messy.
Why Which? pressure washer reviews are better
Which? is independent and doesn't accept advertising or freebies, so you can trust our reviews to give you the full, honest and impartial truth about a product.
As part of our pressure-washer tests, we wash a one-metre square patch of several different types of surface including concrete, block paving, paving slabs, softwood decking and even a car. Checking how long it takes and rating how clean the surfaces are. Our tests also look at:
- How easy the pressure washer is to use.
- Which version performs better.
- How easy it is to move and store.
- How well the additional and optional attachments work.