Best Pressure Washers

A pressure washer, or high pressure cleaner, is a handheld cleaning device that can remove stubborn stains, grime, oil and mud from outdoor surfaces. Whether you're using an electric or petrol pressure washer, the right model can save you from hours of manual scrubbing by hand or using a low-powered garden hose that barely shifts stains. Continue reading...

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Kleva Krapof Compact Electric Pressure Washer

Kleva Krapof Compact Electric Pressure Washer

4.4  (241)
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  • Price (RRP) $288.90
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David D
David DVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC
 
noise lvldoes a good job so far, my only concern is the noise level its producing especially when releasing the trigger, it gives out a loud screeching noise, wondering if this is the normal? Show details ·  1
Michelin MPX 130 BC

Michelin MPX 130 BC

4.5  (8)
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$349RRP
PhilF
PhilFNSWSydney, NSW5 posts
 
Have had the MPX 130 for years - great productIn reply to Roli: the extension is labelled B2. If yours is missing I’d contact your supplier. Show details
Jet-USA 3800 PSI RX550

Jet-USA 3800 PSI RX550

3.3  (14)
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Paul
Paul
 
AwesomeBought this 4 years ago and used it alot never let me down great machine Show details ·  1
Ozito HPW-2030

Ozito HPW-2030

4.3  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $109
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Len
LenWAPerth, WA2 posts
 
Full Boar 3200PSI 7HP Petrol Pressure Washer

Full Boar 3200PSI 7HP Petrol Pressure Washer

3.9  (7)
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$529RRP
Tam T.
Tam T.2 posts
 
Karcher K2

Karcher K2

2.0  (45)
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  • Price (RRP) $99 to $299
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Miguel A.
Miguel A.
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Great productExcellent product, extremely happy with it, I bought it to clean wash my car, it works perfectly. Show details ·  1
Karcher K4

Karcher K4

2.3  (22)
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$499RRP
John S.
John S.NSWSouth-Eastern Region, NSW3 posts
  K4
Karcher K4 poor qualityOne year of light use and pump failed spraying water out of casing. It's a pain the warranty process have to box up and send back to Victoria. Wouldn't buy again. Show details
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Spitwater Turbo 8-90 Boxjet

Spitwater Turbo 8-90 Boxjet

4.2  (5)
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Steve
SteveQLDWide Bay-Burnett, QLD4 posts
 
Had the TURBO 8-90 BOXJET 1350PSI 8LPM 240V 10AMP PRESSURE CLEANERHad the TURBO 8-90 BOXJET 1350PSI 8LPM 240V 10AMP PRESSURE CLEANER for about 20 years very and I mean never missed a beat ,use it to clean 1 semi trailer and 1 truck evert 2 weeks now it clean my house. Amazing pressure cleaner Show details
Ryobi RPW170-G

Ryobi RPW170-G

2.6  (11)
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$349RRP
gerrysont
gerrysontNSWIllawarra, NSW3 posts
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Plastic ProblemsYes the machine is heavy and Yes it does the work but:
The wheels are plastic and broke
The hose winder is plastic and broke
This is why Bunnings no longer sell it.
Ryobi should stick to power tools which is what made me trust the brand.
Go Karcher Show details
Karcher G 3400 XH

Karcher G 3400 XH

3.0  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $1,099
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Honest Pete
Honest PeteGlen Innes11 posts
 
$3,980RRP
gardener george
gardener georgeQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD117 posts
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Stihl RE 120

Stihl RE 120

2.1  (14)
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$419RRP
Madsamplus2
Madsamplus2NSWIllawarra, NSW3 posts
 
Michelin MPX 160 RBP

Michelin MPX 160 RBP

4.0  (4)
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$999RRP
jake
jakeNSWIllawarra, NSW38 posts
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Cheap and nastyIt said made in Italy when I purchased it less than 2yrs ago from Sydney Tools but it is definitely made in China - the ad now says "designed in Italy". Today I used it for the 3rd time and a seal has already split and the wheel disintegrated going off a step less than 10cm high.
Don't be fooled by the advertising it is not a quality product. Show details
Gerni 7000

Gerni 7000

2.9  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $614
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Mike K.
Mike K.
 
Gerni 5000

Gerni 5000

4.7  (3)
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Geoffrey N.
Geoffrey N.NSWIllawarra, NSW2 posts
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Great machine, covers a range of usesExcellent all round pressure washer. Great for mould on pavers around pool, great for green mouldy film on fences. Amazing for mould foot paths. Show details
Stihl RE 130 Plus

Stihl RE 130 Plus

1.8  (19)
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$629RRP
BCR
BCRNSWSydney, NSW4 posts
 
Gerni 7300

Gerni 7300

2.6  (7)
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Ron Croker
Ron CrokerNSWIllawarra, NSW3 posts
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Gerni 5300

Gerni 5300

3.3  (4)
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Dominic M.
Dominic M.
 
Renegade R3000-9

Renegade R3000-9

5.0  (2)
$549RRP
Bob reader
Bob readerQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
 
2 years and still going well and 2 neighbours have same unitPlenty of pressure also grabbed the driveway cleaning attachment as a must have
Yard Force EW U15

Yard Force EW U15

5.0  (2)
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Zowner
ZownerQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD47 posts
 
Bosch UniversalAquatak 125

Bosch UniversalAquatak 125

3.7  (3)
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$219RRP
leanne
leanneBanyule20 posts
 
Stihl RE 110

Stihl RE 110

3.7  (3)
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$369RRP
Nathan G.
Nathan G.
 
Bigboi WashR Flo

Bigboi WashR Flo

3.0  (4)
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$389RRP
John K.
John K.2 posts
 
do not waste your cashPurchased to replace a gerni. Huge regret. After sales useless not helpful. dont bother
Gerni 3300

Gerni 3300

3.0  (4)
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Jesse
JesseACTCanberra Central 2601, ACT3 posts
 
worst pressure washer, zero customer servicepressure washer hose split, bunnings consider it a consumable item so they wont warranty it, seems gerni and bunnings are in bed together, bunnings use to be good with warranty items and returns Show details
Karcher K7

Karcher K7

1.6  (14)
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$1,149RRP
Robot
RobotVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC7 posts
 
Ryobi RACPWS2

Ryobi RACPWS2

4.5  (2)
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  • Price (RRP) $229
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bbsb007
bbsb007NSWSydney Surrounds, NSW47 posts
 
Typhoon TE2400

Typhoon TE2400

2.4  (5)
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$99RRP
Naseem Ahmed
Naseem AhmedNSWSydney, NSW3 posts
 
Waste of moneyTotal Waste of money and time. The time I spent to fix the leakage worth more than what I paid for. Show details
Hikoki (Hitachi) AW150

Hikoki (Hitachi) AW150

1.6  (12)
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$309RRP
xjlover
xjloverQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD4 posts
 
This is a poor quality machineI have had this machine for a couple of years & has not had much use & the motor has died & Hitachi (Hikoki) don't want to know about it. I will NEVER recommend any of their products again Show details
Jet-USA 3100 PSI RX470

Jet-USA 3100 PSI RX470

1.3  (20)
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$249RRP
rbas89
rbas89VICSouthwest, VIC
 
Jet-USA
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Jet-USA RX525 Pressure Washer

Jet-USA RX525 Pressure Washer

2.2  (5)
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$439RRP
Marcus
MarcusNSWSydney Surrounds, NSW7 posts
 

man removing weeds from concrete using pressure washer

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.

When it comes to getting rid of hard-caked grime, 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.

To demonstrate, a lower amount of power (or PSI) a pressure washer uses is around 1500 PSI. A garden hose uses around 35PSI, and an automatic car wash uses around 700PSI.

Here is a list of surfaces that a pressure washer can tackle:

  • Windows
  • Brick exterior of a house
  • Driveways (including concrete)
  • Paths
  • Outdoor stairs
  • Decks and patios
  • Fencing
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Your car (on a low PSI)
  • Boats and caravans
  • Outdoor equipment, like lawn mowers
  • Roofing and gutters

Types of pressure washers

Electric pressure washers · See all

These connect 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.

The initial pressure is low, but it will be gradually amplified using the pump in the pressure washer. This pressurised water is released in a powerful jet via a nozzle when you pull the trigger.

Pros
Light and easy to use, handle and maintain.
Suitable for most light to medium-duty tasks - making them popular for domestic use.
More affordable than petrol-powered pressure washers.
You don’t have to buy petrol as an ongoing expense.
Cons
Less powerful than their petrol-operated counterparts.
The corded operation means you need a nearby outlet.
A trailing power cord may be a safety risk.

Petrol pressure washers · See all

These use a petrol-powered engine to work the pump inside a pressure washer.

If you’re mainly using your high pressure washer for concrete and tough stains, or you're cleaning large areas outdoors, a petrol pressure washer is a reliable option. Their typical PSI is around 2500-3500 - at the higher end of the scale.

Pros
Better equipped to remove stubborn stains and debris.
Can offer a longer runtime for larger spaces.
More portable than electric models, as you don’t have to worry about running out of cable to reach far-flung areas of the garden.
Cons
The most expensive type of pressure washer.
Heavier, noisier and less environmentally friendly than electric models.
Less environmentally friendly than electric models, due to exhaust fumes.

Cordless pressure washers

These are the least commonly available type of pressure washer. They use rechargeable batteries, meaning you don’t need a power outlet or a supply of fuel.

If you’re only after a pressure cleaner for lightweight jobs, and want something that’s easy to use and carry, a cordless model may be up your alley. However, they have less horsepower than both electric and petrol pressure washers.

Should I use hot or cold water?

Water pressure cleaning jobs use either hot or cold water to clean. You can only use the water temperature that your power washer is specifically designed for.

Cold water is the more common, default option, but you can also buy a power washer.

Also known as hot water pressure washers, they heat the water to a high temperature. They’re great for removing salt, mildew, mould, heavy grease, and even chewing gum.

The hot water, however, makes them more dangerous to use and requires more caution.

The safety of the person 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.

What to look for in a pressure washer

What is a good PSI for a pressure cleaner?

This depends on the task at hand. Electric pressure cleaners vary in how much power they can deliver (measured in PSI, or pounds per square inch).

Choosing the right PSI is important. High pressure cleaners can be abrasive. For example, cleaning your car with more than 1500 PSI can damage paint and cause rust.

Using a lower PSI might take you longer, but this is better than damaging a surface, which will take you more time and effort to repair.

  • 1000-2000PSI: These pressure washers are good for light stains on outdoor furniture, patios, lawn mowers, pavements and driveways. Can clean timber decks and cars - but use caution - a lower PSI is better.
  • 2000-3000PSI: Suitable for medium stains on concrete, house siding, bricks and walls, pools and some oil stains.
  • 3000 PSI and over: This level of power is suitable for industrial settings, and can cause damage to surfaces if used incorrectly (for example, it can strip paint).

Flow rate

This measures the amount of water that leaves the nozzle, in litres per minute. A higher flow rate means more water is released from the nozzle every minute. This can make a pressure washer more efficient.

However, the PSI also needs to be accounted for. To get an accurate measure of power (PSI) combined with speed (flow rate), you can multiply the two figures together. A higher total means a more efficient pressure washer.

Here’s an example of two electric pressure washers where the cheaper model is actually more efficient.

SpecKarcher 1400W 1750PSI K2 Plus High Pressure Cleaner Gerni GPW-3000 1670PSI 1400W High Pressure Washer
Price$150$129
PSI1750PSI1670PSI
Flow rate6L/m7.3L/m
Overall efficiency rating1750PSI x 6L/m = 10, 5001670PSI x 7.3L/m = 12, 191

Weight

Consider the weight of a prospective model. If you’re going to spend a long time out in the garden using it, making sure the weight is sustainable to carry for this period.

Hose length

Consider the location of the surfaces you’d like to clean in your garden. Measure the distance from the nearest power outlet, to ensure you can reach these places comfortably with the hose length.

Extra features

  • Variable jet nozzle: lets you adjust the pressure depending on the surface you’re cleaning.
  • Cleaning attachments: If you’re purchasing mainly for one specific job, these could cut down labour time. Attachments include car washing brushes, patio cleaning attachments and drain cleaners.
  • In-built soap tank: includes detergent, which can help when trying to remove stubborn stains.
  • Durable wheels makes a heavier washer easy to manoeuvre, causing less strain on your arms or back.

How much does a pressure washer cost?

Pressure washers vary in price greatly, by the power source, capabilities and features. They will cost roughly between $50 to $1,000 for an electric corded model, $500 to $2500 for a petrol pressure cleaner, and $100 to $400 for a cordless model.

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