Best Electric Pressure Washers
A pressure washer is a handy cleaning device that can effectively remove stubborn stains, grime and mud from a variety of outdoor surfaces. You can use a pressure washer for cleaning windows, the brick exterior of your house, as well as driveways, decks and patios, outdoor furniture, fencing, and sometimes even for cleaning your car.
The Stihl RE 119’s 125-bar pressure is equivalent to around 1820 psi, which makes it a light-to-medium-duty electric pressure washer.
Price (RRP) $399.00
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- Maximum Pressure1,813 psi
- Hose Length8 m
- Max Water Flow5.6 L/min
- Power2,100 W
The Stihl RE 129 Plus has a maximum pressure of 1, 958PSI or 135 bars– which makes it a touch more heavy-duty than the Stihl RE 119 model and suitable for cleaning decks, paths, windows and cars.
Price (RRP) $549.00
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- Maximum Pressure1,958 psi
- Hose Length9 m
- Max Water Flow7.1 L/min
- Power2,300 W
Available for $139 at Bunnings, this 2000PSI or 140-bar medium-duty pressure cleaner can be used to thoroughly clean vehicles, paths, driveways and decks.
Price (RRP) $129.00
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- Maximum Pressure2,000 psi
- Hose Length5 m
- Max Water Flow6.67 L/min
- Dimensions 480 x 270 x 310 mm
- Power1,800 W
Available for $269 at Bunnings, this 2200PSI heavy-duty pressure washer can be used for tough tasks like cleaning your garage, driveway or deck.
Price (RRP) $249.00
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- Maximum Pressure2,200 psi
- Hose Length8 m
- Max Water Flow6.67 L/min
- Dimensions 930 x 320 x 330 mm
- Power2,000 W
Karcher K2 · includes 8 listings
Designed with a maximum pressure of 1750PSI, the Karcher K2 is suitable for using occasionally to remove light dirt on outdoor items such as bicycles, garden tools and garden furniture.
Price (RRP) $99.00 to $299.00
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- Power1,400 W
Is it worth getting a pressure washer?
Pressure cleaning may be worth it if you need an appliance to help you with heavy-duty cleaning of outdoor areas. For example, when it comes to getting rid of hard-caked grime in fencing, a concrete driveway or timber deck, getting physical with a bucket of soapy water will likely be laborious and ineffective. A pressure washer can blast out the debris effectively and in a fraction of the time.
How does a pressure washer work?
An electric pressure washer connects externally to two places: a garden hose or water tank, and into a grounded outlet using a waterproof cord. The electric motor inside the unit uses water from the hose to amplify the water pressure using a pump. This pressurised water is released in a powerful jet via a nozzle when you pull the trigger.
How much power (or PSI) do I need?
This depends on the task at hand. Electric pressure washers vary in how much power they can deliver (measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch). Choosing the right PSI setting for your specific task is important. High pressure cleaners can be abrasive to more vulnerable surfaces. For example when cleaning your car you shouldn’t apply more than 1500PSI, as this can damage the paint and cause rust.
- 1500PSI: Maximum setting for timber decks and cars
- 2000-3000PSI: Suitable for concrete and tough stains
What are the water pressure cleaning alternatives?
- Petrol pressure washer: If you’re mainly using your pressure washer for concrete and tough stains, or you have a large outdoor area you need to cover, a petrol pressure washer is another option. They’re more powerful than electrical models and better equipped to deal with stubborn stains and debris. Their typical PSI ois around 2500-3500. However, they are heavier, noisier and less environmentally friendly than electric models.
- Power washer: This works similarly to a pressure washer, but heats the water to a high temperature. It's great for removing salt, mildew, mould and even chewing gum.
Other factors to consider when buying an electric pressure washer:
- Choose a model with durable wheels that will be easy to manoeuvre (or even better, a portable or cordless pressure washer - but this will have less horsepower)
- Consider whether you'd like a pressure washer with an in-built soap tank, or one that just uses water
- The safety of the person who’s operating the pressure washer and anyone else nearby is paramount. Since some high-pressure jets are sharp enough to slice like a knife, make sure there are no pets and kids nearby when you're operating the washer, and always wear safety goggles, enclosed footwear and earmuffs.