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Nilfisk pressure washers - should I buy one?
By Victoria Pearson
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Should you buy a Nilfisk pressure washer? Get the Which? expert verdict, based on our independent field tests
Nilfisk is a major manufacturer of professional and industrial cleaning machines but also makes a selection of household cleaners including vacuums, steam cleaners and pressure washers.
It produces a wide selection of pressure washers in three ranges: the 'Compact' and 'Excellent' ranges for light and heavier domestic use, and then the very high-power 'Pro' models.
As well as testing pressure washers in the lab, we've surveyed hundreds of pressure washer owners to discover how reliable each brand is, to find out the views of people who actually own them.
Which? verdict on Nilfisk pressure washers
Based on all our research, we've produced an at-a-glance guide to Nilfisk pressure washers in our table below. We've collated all of our test results of Nilfisk pressure washers, plus added our unique ratings of brand satisfaction and brand reliability.
The table below outlines how many of the brand’s current models are Best Buys. It highlights Nilfisk's overall pros and cons to help you decide whether a Nilfisk pressure washer is right for you. You can also read our expert verdict on whether we think Nilfisk is a brand worth buying.
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Table correct as of July 2018. Range of test scores and average test score based on results of all models tested January 2015 to July 2018. The customer score and brand reliability rating are based on a Which? member survey conducted in January 2018. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand.
How much do Nilfisk pressure washers cost?
Nilfisk domestic pressure washers start at under £100 and go up to more than £350 for semi-professional models. Spending more on a Nilfisk pressure washer gets you a higher-power motor and greater flow rate, which gives you more water pressure, a better-quality pump and motor, and easier onboard storage.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Nilfisk pressure washers are often discounted, both online and in stores. Try buying one in December or January to bag the best bargain.
Choosing the best Nilfisk pressure washer
Nilfisk sells three ranges of pressure washer. As we've seen, the more you pay, the higher power, water-flow rate and water pressure you get, as well as improved hose storage and more accessories.
There are often several versions of the models in each range, which vary depending on the accessories they come with.
- Compact - starting at about £80, these entry-level 100-130-bar pressure washers are suitable for smaller households and for cleaning of vehicles. The top models in the Compact range have trolley wheels and built-in hose reels.
- Excellent - although they are called 'mid-range', these are powerful 130-140-bar pressure washers that have telescopic handles for easy storage, and durable aluminium pumps that are suitable for heavier grime and slightly more difficult cleaning jobs.
- Pro - semi-professional machines with heavy-duty reinforcements to the hose and pump to cope with their massive 150-bar water jets.
In 2016 Nilfisk also introduced its Powergrip models. These have buttons in the handle that allow you to vary the pressure of your spray without changing nozzle.
Nilfisk pressure washer accessories
Nilfisk offers a selection of accessories as optional extras for its pressure washers, but those supplied with the machine may well be enough to suit your needs.
Two types of nozzle are supplied as standard: a fixed-jet nozzle and a rotary nozzle with a rotating jet for shifting stubborn grime. You can't adjust the pressure of the water jet on either of these, so if you plan to clean easily damaged surfaces, such as cars or decking, you may also want to buy Nilfisk's 'click and clean auto nozzle'.
Other potentially useful accessories that are usually optional extras include brush attachments (useful for car cleaning) and a patio-cleaner attachment.
Visit our pressure washer reviews to find out how Nilfisk models have performed in our tests.