I bought the Gerni 160.2 after a fair bit of research on the higher-end consumer-grade pressure washers. I'm a home user, and I wanted an electric high pressure cleaner that had good pressure (for an electric unt), was hard wearing and had a brass pump for longevity. I didn't need lots of accessories.Read more this level, so making an informed decision required a bit of guess work.
I considered a number of machines, including the Makita HW140, Michelin MPX160, BAR KT1800 Extra and other more expensive commercial machines from Karcher. I even looked at petrol-powered units, but decided the additional pressure offered wasn't worth the extra noise, smell and vibration. On balance, the Gerni seemed to be the best value when considering its features, specs, and overall solid construction and components.
The elephant in the room is the rumour that Gerni will no longer be sold in Australia from 2020. This didn't put me off buying the machine because it continues to be sold under the parent brand Nilfisk in other countries. If I ever need to buy replacement parts or other accessories, I can order them internationally. I also envisage that I won't need to replace or fix anything too soon because the unit appears to be so solid and well made.
After using this unit for a solid 3-4 hours on the first day, I can say that this Gerni meets the brief. The machine is solid and very heavy. I weighed it on my home scales at 27.6kg, which makes it easily the heaviest pressure cleaner you can buy for under $1000. The machine can be wheeled around quite easily, but good luck trying to lift it into the back of a car. Most of the external materials are hard plastics, but they're very strong. The internal connections all appear to be brass. It seems to have enough cleaning pressure to easily remove scum build-up on outdoor surfaces. It is the most powerful unit I've used, and I don't think you can get any more power out of an electric high-pressure cleaner using a standard 2400w power outlet. Any scum or stains it couldn't remove were unlikely to come off regardless of how much power you throw at it. In these cases, chemical or physical intervention is most likely required.
The machine isn't any louder than any other pressure cleaner I've used.
This unit uses the G5 trigger handle and lance, and they feel very solid. This is the only Gerni consumer model that uses the G5 components. All the cheaper models (including the 160.3) use cheaper and less durable G3 and G4 components.
This machine has a 15m steel braided hose, which is more than long enough for any job. Like the rest of the machine, the hose feels very durable.
The unit doesn't come with any unnecessary accessories (in my opinion). The machine only comes with two spray attachments; a fixed high-pressure attachment and a variable pressure attachment. The fixed pressure one is great, and that's the one I've used the most. I didn't particularly like the variable pressure one because restricting pressure at the nozzle seems a bit silly as the unit is still running at full power but with a restriction at the spray nozzle. The is one improvement they could make to this machine, and it could be incorporated into the machine as a dial to allow the user to vary the power and pressure from the machine.
There is a detergent tank incorporated into the machine itself with a little dial on the front of the machine to control the amount of detergent that mixes with the spray. This seems like a neat solution compared to other units, which incorporate the detergent tank into the spray handle. I haven't used this feature yet, so I can't comment on how effective it is.
There aren't a lot of electric pressure cleaners in the $700-$1000 price bracket because it's a price point that straddles the top of the consumer-grade machines and the base level commercial-grade machines. There are very few consumer reviews at...
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