Motor oil stains in the driveway. Slippery mildew on the deck. Carbonized cookout detritus on the grill. All you see ahead is hours of backbreaking labor using plenty of elbow grease.

You just want the gunk gone. A pressure washer can effectively exile the grime in a fraction of the time it takes using a brush and bucket of water. It transforms your humble garden hose into a dirt-demolishing, deep-cleaning machine.

Top 10 Power Washers

Bestseller No. 1
Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer
6249 Reviews
Sun Joe SPX3000 Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer
  • 5 Quick-Connect spray tips (0º, 15º, 25º, 40º and soap) tackle light, medium and heavy duty cleaning tasks
  • Powerful 14.5-amp/1800-Watt motor generates up to 2030 PSI/1.76 GPM for maximum cleaning power and water inlet...
Bestseller No. 2
SIMPSON Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Honda GC190, 3200 PSI at 2.5 GPM
1887 Reviews
SIMPSON Cleaning MSH3125 MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer Powered by Honda GC190, 3200 PSI at 2.5 GPM
  • HONDA GC190 premium residential engine
  • Maintenance-free OEM Technologies axial cam pump
Bestseller No. 3
Sun Joe SPX3001 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5 AMP Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel, Green
1263 Reviews
Sun Joe SPX3001 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5 AMP Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel, Green
  • 5 Quick-Connect spray tips (0º, 15º, 25º, 40º and soap) tackle light, medium and heavy duty cleaning tasks
  • Powerful 14.5-amp/1800-Watt motor generates up to 2030 PSI/1.76 GPM for maximum cleaning power
Bestseller No. 4
Homdox 3000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, 1800W Power Washer, 1.76GPM High Pressure Washer,...
53 Reviews
Homdox 3000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, 1800W Power Washer, 1.76GPM High Pressure Washer,...
  • ✓ High Pressure Washer: Compact, upright design with axle mounted wheels allows easy roll-away mobility....
  • ✓ Powerful Motor:1800-Watt motor for maximum 3000PSI, 1.76GPM cleaning power. Powered using an air cooled...
Bestseller No. 5
Powerhouse International - Electric High Power- Pressure Washer - 3000 PSI 2.2 GPM - Power Washer -...
435 Reviews
Powerhouse International - Electric High Power- Pressure Washer - 3000 PSI 2.2 GPM - Power Washer -...
  • Powerful - Our Electric Pressure Washer 3000 psi and 2.2 gpm, better than a gas pressure washer because of its...
  • Accessories - Turbo and angle nozzles, patio - surface cleaner, soap foam sprayer, brush and other parts are...
Bestseller No. 6
Homdox 3500 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, 1800W Power Washer, 2.6GPM High Pressure Washer,...
41 Reviews
Homdox 3500 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, 1800W Power Washer, 2.6GPM High Pressure Washer,...
  • ✓ High Pressure Washer: Compact, upright design with axle mounted wheels allows easy roll-away mobility....
  • ✓ Powerful Motor:1800-Watt motor for maximum 3500PSI, 2.6GPM cleaning power. Powered using an air cooled...
Bestseller No. 7
Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer with Spray Gun, Medium, Yellow
316 Reviews
Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer with Spray Gun, Medium, Yellow
  • HIGH PRESSURE FOAMER INCLUDED: The specially designed detergent bottle doubles as a high pressure foamer to...
  • POWERFUL CLEANING FORCE: Perfect for siding, decks, cement, pavement, pools, outdoor furniture, cars, trucks,...
Bestseller No. 8
Sun Joe SPX3000-SJB Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer, Dark Blue
120 Reviews
Sun Joe SPX3000-SJB Pressure Joe 2030 PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer, Dark Blue
  • 5 Quick-Connect spray tips (0º, 15º, 25º, 40º and soap) tackle light, medium and heavy duty cleaning tasks
  • Powerful 14.5-amp/1800-Watt motor generates up to 2030 PSI/1.76 GPM for maximum cleaning power
Bestseller No. 9
Homdox 3000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Power Washer 1800W Rolling Wheels High Pressure Washer...
17 Reviews
Homdox 3000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Power Washer 1800W Rolling Wheels High Pressure Washer...
  • 【HIGH PRESSURE WASHER】1800-Watt motor generates up to 3000PSI / 1.8 GPM For Maximum cleaning power and the...
  • 【5 INTERCHANGEABLE NOZZLES】From 0º, 15º, 25º, 40ºand Soap To Tackle Light, Medium and Heavy Duty...
Bestseller No. 10
excell EPW2123100 3100 PSI 2.8 GPM Cold Water 212CC Gas Powered Pressure Washer
288 Reviews
excell EPW2123100 3100 PSI 2.8 GPM Cold Water 212CC Gas Powered Pressure Washer
  • 212cc EXCELL OHV gas engine (50 State)
  • On-board storage: Hooks for the spray gun and hose keep them tidy, built-in nozzle holder keeps them...

Pressure Washers 101

How They Work
Pressure washers use a gas engine or electric motor to power a pump, which forces water at high pressure through a concentrating nozzle to quickly blast away accumulated grime on surfaces such as decks, driveways, and patios. They also let you clean outdoor chairs, siding, and other items in the time it would take to fill a bucket of soapy water and find a scrub brush.

Potential Risks
The reality is that pressure washers are not merely garden hoses on steroids. Their nozzles shoot water at 30 to 80 times more pressure and have surprisingly strong cutting capabilities no matter which sprays setting you to use. Use all pressure washers with caution. When the adjustable wand tip is set at its narrowest spray setting or you’re using the narrowest tip, a misplaced jet of water could land you or a bystander in the emergency room.

Shopping Tips

First thing’s first: Renting a pressure washer, rather than buying, is an option that allows you to skip the hassle of upkeep and storage. Buying a unit will pay for itself in a few years, as long as you take care of it. If you need to use soaps, solvents or other additives, consider a pressure washer that has a built-in soap tank. Tool and cord storage is a plus, as are wheels for heavier models.

All About Nozzles

The main danger with pressure washers involves the angle and focused the intensity of the water being sprayed. This is controlled by the nozzle located at the tip of the pressure washer wand. Pressure washers vary from brand to brand. They are sold with either a set of color-coded interchangeable nozzles or an all-in-one adjustable nozzle; both types (pictured below) allow you to change the angle (or spray vertex) of water, depending on the task.

Adjustable nozzles are more convenient than replaceable ones; a twist is all it takes to change spray width or pattern. But replaceable nozzles let you customize the spray pattern with specific spray angles. To reduce the risk of injury, never use either the red, zero-degree replaceable nozzle or the zero-degree setting of an all-in-one (adjustable) nozzle.

Interactive Buying Guide

In our interactive video below, you can skip to chapters on pressure washer types, proper use, and features.

Pressure Washer Safety

An estimated 6,057 people ended up in the emergency room in 2014 with injuries related to pressure-washer use. Trust us: Don’t be curious about what it feels like to spray your hand or foot. The velocity of the water can actually tear through the skin and the tissue beneath and may result in a bacterial infection.

While all pressure washers are noisy, gas-powered units are significantly louder. We recommend hearing protection if you are working near the washer unit. But if you stretch out the hose and work at a distance from the washer itself, the noise should not be hazardous. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind:

Do
• Read the manufacturer’s manual.
• Wear goggles, long pants, and sturdy footwear (no flip flops), and take extra care on wet surfaces, which can quickly get slippery.
• Always start with the widest spray angle. Begin by working with the nozzle 2 feet away from the surface and move closer as needed.
• If your washer uses replaceable spray tips, turn off the engine and press the trigger to drain excess water before changing tips.
• Test-wash a surface patch in a less-noticeable area until you get the hang of the machine.
• Take care if washing or rinsing your car. A garden hose would be more gentle on your car’s paint job.

Don’t
• Don’t get closer than 6 inches to whatever you’re cleaning. You could damage paint, pockmark the asphalt of your driveway, puncture your car’s tires, and gouge holes in deck wood.
• Don’t let the engine run for long on a gas pressure washer without pressing the trigger to prevent the pump from overheating.
• Don’t use a pressure washer while standing on a ladder. Pulling the trigger could cause recoil and throw you off balance.
• Don’t point the nozzle toward yourself, other people, or pets.
• Don’t use an extension cord with an electric-powered model.

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