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I have found that there are over 900 different types of electric pressure washers available for the general public to buy. It is impossible for consumers to read up on each of these models, and without knowledge of a product, the buying decision becomes even tougher to make.
Whether it is slippery mildew on your back deck or oil stains in your driveway, any one of the top 7 models will save your hours of backbreaking labor.
These electric pressure washers can banish debris, grime, and mildew from your domestic kingdom in a fraction of the time it would take to attack it with soap and water.
Quick look: the best electric pressure washers in 2019
- Sun Joe SPX3000 – the best electric pressure washer that I researched – quality accessories included
- Greenworks GPW1602 – very quiet and lots of bonus accessories – great price to value
- Stanley SHP2050 – highest PSI (2050) in the list, pro grade connections
- PowRyte 2000PSI – highest GPM (1.8) of the models I researched
- AR Blue Clean AR383 – great warranty, good safety features & very efficient
- Briggs & Stratton 20860 – extremely powerful & well built, but the most expensive model I researched
- Karcher K1800 – love the on/off foot switch, foldable for storage
How I Rated the Pressure Washers
A quick search online will reveal that there are hundreds of pressure washers on the market today.
I’ve narrowed the list down to 7 picks with the objective of providing an unbiased review of each. The features I’ve taken into consideration manufacturer warranties, ease of use, safety features, and noise and vibration – among other elements.
Many consumers view the manufacturer’s warranty as a sign of how much faith the manufacturer has placed in the product they’ve created. The lengthier and more comprehensive a warranty is, the higher quality the product is. While this is not always necessarily true, it is an important factor to consider.
PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch)
Water pressure measured in pounds per square inch. Electric pressure washers typically produce 1,300 to 1,700 PSI. The more PSI a pressure washer can provide, the more efficient it is in tackling demanding jobs.
GPM (Gallons Per Minute)
When it comes to electric pressure washers, water flow is measured in gallons per minute (GPM). The larger the GPM, the more surface area it can clean in a shorter amount of time. PSI and GPM combined are good indicators of pressure washer power.
Most electric pressure washers are equipped with a standard array of safety features. For example, most feature frames crafted from heavy duty steel, which imbue the machine with stability. Models with a safety-first mindset will have an engine that automatically shuts off when the trigger is not engaged.
Likewise, electric cords will often boast UL listed GFCI plugs for additional safety. Higher quality units will be certified for safety by CSA International. It is elements like these that I took into consideration when evaluating the overall safeness of each electric pressure washer.
Although not the deciding factor, the number and the quality of accessories each model offers were included in the evaluation.
At a minimum, almost all of the models I researched offer a set of quick connect nozzles for different cleaning applications. The best of the researched models provided metal connections for durability, extra 0-ring replacement kits, and hose adapters.
Ease of Use
Each of the electric pressure washers I examined were selected, in part, for their ease of use and portability. Because these models are electric, they require almost no maintenance aside from the occasional wipe down.
The primary disadvantage of using an electric model is that maneuverability is limited to the length of the power cord(s).
How to Pick the Best Electric Pressure Washer for You
In general, electric models are the most affordable type of pressure washer in today’s market.
Although designed for smaller applications, they are capable of performing most jobs around the home. Most jobs will take a little longer because electric pressure washers do not offer as much power as gas-powered models; however, electric models are significantly quieter, more environmentally friendly, and cost substantially less.
These pressure washers offer up to 1799 PSI, and they are primarily used for light applications, like cleaning automobiles, weather siding, and outdoor patio furniture.
This type is generally reserved for removing mold from patios, decks, and house siding. They are also adept at cleaning pollen and debris from fences. Most offer between 1800 and 2699 PSI.
At 2800+ PSI, these are among the most powerful models one can buy for residential use. Any model that offers higher than 3100 PSI is classified as a commercial grade model.
Heavy duty pressure washers are most commonly used for stripping siding, cleaning two-story homes, and erasing stains from driveways, sidewalks, and decks
When choosing an electric pressure washer, PSI and GPM are two critical elements to consider. As aforementioned, PSI measures the cleaning force of the water that the pressure washer is capable of producing, and GPM measures the volume of water it can deliver.
In addition to these components, there are a few other things to consider. For example, you should double check the number of amps required to power the pressure washer you are considering buying.
Likewise, well water will probably be incompatible with the majority of pressure washers due to low water flow. Most pressure washers come with a variety of nozzle attachments, so before purchasing a model, you’ll need to ensure that it comes with attachments you’ll need for your specific jobs.
Pros & Cons of Electric Power Washers
Electric pressure washers offer an affordable option for cleaning outdoor furniture, automobiles, decks and patios, and other small applications.
Most are lightweight, which makes it easy to move them around as needed. They offer quiet operation and have little to no maintenance requirements.
Because they create no exhaust emissions, they are environmentally friendly. If they are kept indoors during cold weather, there is no need to winterize them. As an added bonus, their small size minimizes the amount of storage space they require.
On the downside, the lower water pressure creates longer cleaning times. Some electric pressure washers come with nozzles and tips that are made of plastic, which are generally less sturdy than metal fittings.
Another con that one must consider is that a user’s cleaning area is limited to the length of their washer’s cord and hose. On average, power cords are around 35 feet in length, and hoses range between 25 and 30 feet.
Why Buy Electric Vs Gas
Both gas and electric pressure washers have their own sets of pros and cons, but how do you know which option is right for you?
On the whole, gas-powered pressure washers offer more power with PSI levels starting at 2,000 and going up from there. With more power behind it, a gas model will get any cleaning job done more quickly than its electric cousin. Gas-powered washers are more readily portable than electric models because they aren’t tethered by a power cord.
However, this efficiency and amount of power comes with a few downsides. Gas-powered models require a fair amount of maintenance, including the monitoring of oil levels, having to mix gas and oil before use, and preparing the unit and fuel for winter storage.
Gas pressure washers are significantly louder than electric ones, and they are heavier, which can make them difficult to move.
For the light to medium duty applications, the electric pressure washer is the ideal choice.
They are straightforward and simple to use. As a bonus, they require little to no maintenance. They do not need to be winterized – merely storing them in a location where they are protected from the elements will suffice. There is no mixing of oil or gas. Most models will be ready to use right out of the box – plug and go.
They are quieter than gas-powered models and are significantly more affordable.
The biggest con to an electric pressure washer is that they simply are not as powerful as gas models. The average electric model will produce around 1200 PSI.
Another limitation that must be taken into consideration is the fact that electric pressure washers require a power source. The models I’ve included in my top 7 picks all include an electrical cord (averaging 25 feet in length), but it will be more challenging to tackle jobs that are away from the home.
Neither one is clearly the better option, but you should carefully consider what types of applications you will be using your pressure washer for, as well as how often you will be using it, before choosing which option is right for you.
Electric Pressure Washer Maintenance Tips
After using a pressure washer, there are several steps you should follow to clean and store it properly. Doing so will extend the longevity of your unit.
- Detergent should always be rinsed from the pressure washer.
- After the pressure has been turned off and the electric power supply disconnected, the spray gun should be run until the water stops flowing.
- The trigger lock should be turned on and the pressure washer allowed to cool down.
- The pressure hose, wand extension, spray gun, and garden hose should be disconnected, and the water should be drained from them.
- Any remaining water in the pump should be removed. For electric models, the unit should be switched on until water has exited the pump.
- Any debris on the exterior of the pressure washer should be cleaned off.
- After thoroughly drying, the pressure washer should be stored in a location where it will be kept dry and protected from the elements.
Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Models
When shopping for an electric pressure washer, the price tag shouldn’t be the only factor you take into consideration.
For example, cheaper pressure washers will often come with nozzles that are made of out plastic; whereas, their more expensive counterparts have fittings that are made of metal. Metal fittings will last considerably longer than plastic ones.
Likewise, more expensive models tend to have better warranties than cheaper models; however, if you are looking for a simple pressure washer that will only be used a few times a year, the additional expense may not be worth it.
Best Selling & Top Rated Brands
- Sun Joe
- AR Blue Clean
- Briggs & Stratton
- Campbell Hausfeld
- Annovi Reverberi
- Cam Spray
How Much Should I Expect to Pay?
The average price a consumer pays for a reliable electric pressure washer is $280.00. On the low end, an electric pressure washer costs $100.00, and on the higher end, it can cost up to $600.00.
The average price of the models I have reviewed is approximately $155.00. However, bear in mind, that a pressure washer’s price will increase correspondingly with the number of features it has and the amount of power it offers.
Electric Pressure Washer Reviews
1) Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Electric Pressure Washer
- This unit comes with a comprehensive 2-year warranty from the manufacturer.
- At 20 feet, the high-pressure hose is longer than other comparable models and includes a 34” extension spray wand.
- Weighing in at only 31 pounds, it is relatively easy to move.
- A handful of buyers have had the pressure washer arrive at their home with parts missing from the box.
The Sun Joe SPX3000 is ideal for many around the home applications, from power washing vehicles to cleaning driveways and patios. Its design features a 35-foot power cord, 20-foot pressure hose, and a convenient safety lock switch. It also boasts dual removable detergent bottles, which are capable of holding up to .9L of fluids. When the trigger is not engaged, the pump automatically shuts off, and the unit comes with 5 different spray nozzles, which increases the overall versatility of this pressure washer.
2) Greenworks GPW1602 Pressure Washer
- This pressure washer can be used both vertically and horizontally.
- Replaceable nozzle tips can easily be ordered if the included ones should happen to break.
- It offers very quiet operation.
- The trigger lock is manual, rather than automatic.
- The PSI and GPM levels are lower than other comparable models.
The Greenworks GPW 1602 Electric Pressure Washer is designed for light applications around the home. It offers an exceptionally affordable price for homeowners who are looking for an entry-level purchase. The high-pressure hose measures 20 feet in length, and the 35-foot power cord, equipped with inline GFCI, is compatible with all exterior electrical outlets. Because it weighs only 17.5 pounds, it can easily be carried from one location to the next as needed, and it comes with 3 unique, quick change nozzle tips.
3) Stanley SHP2050 Electric Pressure Washer
- The unique design of the detergent bottle enables it to serve double duty as a high-pressure foamer.
- The hose connector and other 22mm connectors are crafted professional grade brass to ensure their durability.
- Stanley offers a 2-year comprehensive warranty on all of their electric pressure washers.
- Most of the pressure washer’s components are made from plastic, which has led some reviewers to question their durability.
- The wand holder tends to pop off at random times.
This electric pressure washer from Stanley has enjoyed favorable reviews from consumers. It is one of the only electric pressure washers to be certified for safety by CSA International. One of the highlights of this model is that it comes packed with extras that a buyer would typically have to purchase separately with another model. This list of extras includes an aluminum garden hose adapter, a replacement O-ring kit, four quick-change pressure washer nozzles, and a 35-foot power cord equipped with an auto-reset GFCI module among others.
4) PowRyte 2000PSI Electric Pressure Washer
- The high grip and pneumatic tires make it simple to move this pressure washer around.
- The 20-foot high-pressure hose has a built-in reel that is easy to use.
- The onboard detergent dispenser is a handy feature to have.
- Some reviewers have reported that the hose can be difficult to connect.
With 2000 PSI and 1.8 GPM, this PowRyte pressure washer is one of the most powerful models that I researched. It is explicitly designed to tackle heavy-duty applications around the home. It comes with 3 quick connect nozzles and a garden hose connector, which makes it easier to set up. Its patented Total Stop System automatically turns the pump off when it is not in use. This not only conserves energy, but it also prolongs the pump’s lifespan. This model comes with a 20-foot pressure hose, and a 35-foot power cord with a UL listed GCFI plug for additional safety.
5) AR Blue Clean AR383 Electric Pressure Washer
- This model comes with 2 pressure washer wands and 2 high-pressure quick change wands.
- For extra safety, the TTS automatically shuts the engine off when the trigger is not engaged.
- This model uses 80% less water than comparable models.
- The hose reel can be challenging to operate.
- A handful of reviewers have complained that the hose occasionally leaks.
The AR Blue Clean is an electric pressure washer with a body that is crafted from a combination of copper, aluminum, and plastic. The universal 14 amp motor offers 1.5 gallons per minute, which is strong enough to handle most residential applications. The pressure hose measures 20 feet in length and the power cord measures in at 30 feet. This unit does not require any assembly out of the box. It is ready to plug and go. Although AR does not offer a lengthy warranty, its bumper to bumper warranty provides a total replacement in the event of any manufacturing defects.
6) Briggs & Stratton 20680 Electric Pressure Washer
- Cleaning potential can be easily upgraded by adding soap to the unit’s integrated detergent tank.
- The unit’s GPM and PSI have been tested and verified by independent labs.
- This model is covered by an industry leading 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.
- There is a lack of dedicated storage for the pressurized hose.
For simple messes, this Briggs & Stratton model is an ideal choice. The Briggs & Stratton brand is one of the most trusted brands in home appliances. The high-pressure hose measures in at a generous 25 feet. It comes with 3 quick connect spray tips, in addition to a turbo nozzle for more demanding jobs. The frame of this pressure washer is made from welded steel to ensure its durability. At 26.5 pounds, it is heavier than other comparable models, but can still be readily maneuvered with a bit of effort.
7) Karcher K1800 Electric Power Pressure Washer
- This pressure washer has a handy on/off foot switch.
- The handle of this unit folds up to minimize the amount of storage space it requires.
- An oversized bin for accessory storage is included.
- Reviewers have complained that the unit leaks at the hose attachment.
This electric pressure washer is equipped with integrated metal extrusions to reinforce its durability. The elongated rotating handle, folding design, and removable detergent tank all lend to a compact and user-friendly pressure washer. This unit is powered a strong motor that offers 1.2 GPM and 1800 PSI. This model is covered by a 3-year limited warranty from the manufacturer, and all of its accessories, from the washer wands to the metal fittings, are compatible with industry specifications.
After a comprehensive review of hundreds of electric pressure washers online, my top pick is the Sun Joe SPX3000.
This consumer favorite does not sacrifice quality for price. From its powerful 14.5 amp, 1800 watt motor to the multiple Quick Connect spray tips it comes with, this model has a lot to offer.