A pressure washer is the one item that solves all your dirt troubles and is a huge amount of fun to play with too!
Whether its cleaning cars, or slabs, patio, decking, windows, outdoor furniture or bikes.
These pressure washers can do it all.
Who wants to spend hours on their hands knees scrubbing?
Not you, not when you can power blast the dirt and grime away in seconds with no effort at all!
Here is a detailed breakdown and comparison of the best pressure washers.
With all of their features, pros and cons listed ready to help you pick your next garden toy!
This is a fantastic all rounder, the perfect beginners pressure washer.
The Karcher K2 comes with everything you need to get going, including special attachments for different surfaces.
There are 4 unique water power speeds on the Karcher K2.
The 4 metre length of hose with an easy hold handle means you can walk around whilst using the Karcher pressure washer.
You are not limited to standing in one position.
There are two ‘lances’ (the spray pipes that you add to the handle).
The third attachment – Is a tool specifically design for jet washing patios.
It has an encased dome, which means that all the water that is forcefully sprayed does not bounce back onto you or your windows!
It means that cleaning the patio is quicker and easier, this extension is also best used with the specially designed cleaning liquid. (You get a big bottle of this included too.)
Storage and ease of use
The Karcher K2 is very straightforward to use. You just need a basic hosepipe from a tap to supply the water to the Karcher.
Setting up is easy, everything is pre built and ready to plug in and go.
Storage wise, the main unit holds most of the accessories – just not the larger patio circular cleaner.
This makes it easier to keep all of the bits together and not lose them!
The weight of the K2 is 4.34kg, so it is super light and easy to mover around, especially with the inbuilt wheels and extending telescopic handle.
Could the Karcher K4 be the ultimate pressure washer?
It has many of the same features as the K2 as standard, so we won’t rewrite all of them again.
(It includes the same three extensions – lances for different pressure settings.)
The design of the K4 is also pretty similar to the K2, except it is just slightly bigger to accommodate the extra features and power.
The Karcher K4 water pressure can be set anywhere between 20 up to to 130 bar pressure. So it is more powerful than the K2.
The extra power may not be necessary though, it you only have a small garden area to deal with. The power can be adjusted, just like with the K2 using the dial on the front of the Karcher unit or using the adjustable lances.
The more advanced K4 has a water cooling feature for the motor.
This means it is more robust and can be used for longer periods of time.
(That is not to say that the K2 can’t be used for long periods of time!)
This is a unique feature to the K4 and not many other jet washers on the market have such a feature.
Unique LED Screen
When trying to multitask using the Karcher power washer and not get covered in water spray, it can be difficult to accurately select the correct pressure for the surface you are working on.
Or you may forget which level of pressure you are on. (The Karcher is pretty noisy and distracting!)
The unique Led screen on the Karcher handle lights up and tells you exactly what power setting you are using so that you can easily adjust the water flow accordingly.
The Nilfisk C is an excellent value for money pressure washer.
It does everything you want it to, but without costing a fortune.
The only real difference between the Nilfisk and the Karcher K2 is that there is no patio dome cleaner.
Also, instead of getting two spray lances, you only get one, but it has two detachable end nozzles for different spray patterns.
But considering the money saving that there is to be make by opting for the Nifisk over the Karcher, you might just think it is worth it.
I have always been a massive fan of Hozelock hosepipes and believe they are the king of hosepipes.
But how do Hozelock perform when it comes to pressure washers?
The Hozelock pressure washer features an impressive 14o bar pressure. – This is the highest in our review so far!
When it comes to the hose pipe – Hozelock don’t let us down there either, the Pico is supplied with 6 metres of length – so you can cover a huge area without having the move the pressure washer.
The Pico power washer comes with everything you need to get going quickly. It is super small and really easy to store if you have a small shed or garage.
The Makita pressure washer is a super simple, to the point pressure washer.
It is classed as ‘compact’ and it is pretty small – so it’s easy to store.
It looks sleek, simple and it would be really easy to keep clean.
The Makita comes with everything you need to get going, the main power unit, the spray gun, which is in two parts and a spray bottle to use for mixing cleaning fluids with the water jet.
This pressure washer will get the job done and is super affordable, after the Karcher Compact, it is the second cheapest pressure washer in our review.
Makita is a tried and trusted name, their tools and brand are renowned for being affordable and very high quality.
The water power is up to 100 bar pressure, which is pretty good for a compact pressure washer in general.
(But sadly no match for the Hozelock Pico pressure.)
Back to Karcher for now – they really do own such a large segment of this market…
..And with good reason.
This little compact pressure washer gives you 110 bar pressure and is absolutely tiny!
Perfect for storing in small sheds or cupboards.
It comes with everything you need to get started.
This is a bargain buy which will fulfil all of your needs.
(If all you really need it for is to clean your patio!)
The Karcher Compact has a spray gun which conveniently can be stored in the back of the unit.
You get one lance with the ‘dirtblaster’ nozzle. (A specially designed nozzle that provides up to 50% greater cleaning power than regular spray nozzles.)
The Spear and Jackson pressure washer is a superior pressure washer, on par with the Karcher K4.
It literally offers everything you could want or need.
The look of the Spear and Jackon model is completely different from all the other pressure washers we have seen.
It feels luxurious, robust and is very high quality. The Spear and Jackson looks more like a race car than a pressure washer.
The Spear and Jackson pressure washer comes with:
The Bosch AQT 35-12 is a fantastic all rounder, if offers the high power of 130 bar.
And just about every attachment you could wish for.
(Its worth noting that this pressure washer is also available as a simple unit with one spray nozzle – this is around £40 cheaper – so its good if you’re on a budget and only really need if for one or two cleaning uses.)
But if you’re thinking about all the different ways you can use a pressure washer after reading this article, it may be worth investing the extra bit of money and getting the full set of accessories.
The Bosch AQT 35-12 is very similar to the Spear and Jackson model mentioned previously, it also has a similar price tag.
Best Pressure Washer Overall
The absolutely deserving winner of the best pressure washer kit goes to the Karcher K2.
This is most certainly the best all rounder, it comes with everything you need to get going and enough hose length for you to use the Karcher with ease.
The wheels and adjustable handle make moving it around a doddle and we love the fact that most of the attachments can be neatly and securely stored on the body of the Karcher in between uses.
It is very affordable and great value for money considering everything that in included.
The various click and go nozzles attachments (lances) mean you can quickly and easily switch from pressure washing the windows to the patio to the car.
Pressure washers, including this one are now designed to conserve power and only use it when necessary.
So the pressure washer only kicks in when you press the trigger.
We love the fact that this pressure washer comes with a 1.5 litre bottle of concentrated cleaning fluid.
You don’t need a lot, and it really does help to stop dirt from building back up of flat surfaces.
Karcher is one of leading brands in pressure washers and with good reason.
The main body is extremely well built with quality materials and easy to clean.
The nozzle extensions and universal fitting Karcher/ Hozelock fitting mean you can use it with your existing hosepipe or outside tap easily.
The fittings themselves are made of extremely strong plastic and last for a very long time, even after being worked hard many times in the garden.