compact electric pressure washer can cost anything from £30 up to more than £500. A good starting point to finding the best one for your needs is to work out exactly what you’ll want to clean and roughly how often it will need cleaning.
An easy mistake is to assume the best machines are those with the most power or the most accessories – patio brush, car wash brush, lance, turbo nozzle, jet nozzle, just to name a few. But if you only need a compact electric pressure washer for basics, such as cleaning bicycles and outdoor furniture, you’ll be wasting your money. A compact, entry-level machine with a light pressure of around 100 bar will be absolutely fine.
Mid-range machines, which usually have a pressure of around 110 bar, are better if you want to clean the likes of patios, fencing, cars, guttering and exterior paintwork. Meanwhile, premium models have high pressure rates of 120 bar and above, along with accessories that are good for cleaning encrusted dirt, moss and weeds, along with extensive areas of paving, driveways, wooden decking, stonework, really grubby 4x4s or caravans. But make sure any machine in this range isn’t so heavy that you can’t move it and that it doesn’t offer more power than you actually need.
Compact electric pressure washer you choose, make sure it’s got a long-enough hose length (they range from 3m to around 6m) and think about whether you’ll want to be able to vary the water pressure. Find out how easy it is to store and move around too, as well as how comfortable the handle and trigger is, particularly if you’re going to need it for longer tasks. We’d advise choosing a washer with generous water flow too – the average is around 400 litres per hour.
You won’t disturb the neighbours with this compact electric pressure washer, as it’s quieter than most others we tested. It’s easy to move around, has a good hose length of 5m, and we found it did a decent job on small paving and decking areas, although stubborn weeds, moss and decking grime can be problematic as it doesn’t have variable power options.
This durable washer is comfortable to hold and particularly effective when it comes to patios and decks, blasting weeds, moss, dirt and algae out of cracks and decking grooves with ease. We found the detergent (which it comes with) was decent and it’s fairly economical with water. The different settings for different surfaces are easy to select on the LED display and there’s a generous hose length of 6m.