Pressure washing is a practice that often receives meme-level online appraise for its mildly satisfying nature. Seeing a fence, house siding, or a sidewalk having years of grime instantly erased can be almost therapeutic.
Owning a pressure washer can easily save money on car washes, and more importantly it can save you time – quickly cleaning those stubborn stains and messes.
There are two figures that are absolutely essential pieces of data when purchasing a pressure washer: Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI) and Gallons Per Minute (GPM).
These two figures combined (PSI X GPM) provide the best measure of how much cleaning power a machine offers.
We’ve compiled those numbers below, and we’ll take a deeper look at some of the most popular home (non-commercial) pressure washers out there.
The 6 Best Pressure Washers For 2020
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Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer
About the Greenworks Pressure Washer
The Greenworks Pressure Washer is an affordable first entry on this list. Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a pressure washer.
It is very popular on Amazon for this reason exactly.
Not wanting to invest heavily in a non-essential cleaning device is a fair mindset to have, but one should always be cautious when looking at budget pieces of machinery.
Greenworks is a relatively commonplace company, and they’ve featured in this site’s articles on lawn mowers.
The Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer is definitely a budget pressure washer, the only one on this list coming in at a price of under $100.
This washer is advertised as having a PSI pressure of 1500, and outputs 1.2 GPM.
It includes 2 quick-connect nozzles, one 25o and one 40o, offering different cleaning uses.
The Greenworks Pressure Washer has a 20ft high pressure hose, and a 35ft power cord that works with all outdoor outlets.
The device is operational both vertically and horizontally, and it comes with a soap applicator that can be attached to the hose.
The Greenworks Electric Pressure Washer is by no means a terrible product, but even for a budget offering it feels like bad value.
The advertised PSI and GPM leave a lot to be desired, as they are on the very low end for pressure washers.
The cheap build quality of the device means it seems likely to spring leaks after a few months of use.
These are only two concerns, but in general the build quality is worrying. There is sometimes a lot of value in looking for budget devices, but with a device as complex as a pressure washer we would advise looking for a good combination of performance and build quality.
The Greenworks has neither… so although it comes at a tempting price point, we recommend you keep reading.
Briggs & Stratton Electric Pressure Washer
About the Briggs & Stratton Pressure Washer
Briggs & Stratton is an American manufacturer of gasoline engines and machines, and a brand that most Americans have come to count on as reliable.
So, it isn’t of much surprise that Briggs & Stratton’s Electric Pressure Washer is relatively popular on Amazon.
In keeping with that ‘reliable’ branding, the Briggs & Stratton washer looks and feels sturdy, and is probably the only electric pressure washer we’ve seen that doesn’t feel cheap at all.
Having said that, looks aren’t everything.
The Briggs & Stratton Pressure Washer boasts 1800 PSI and 1.2 GPM, which while higher than the previous Greenworks washer, still leave a lot to be desired.
The Briggs & Stratton has a sturdy welded-steel frame, 25ft flexible hose, and 35ft electrical cord. That means it really can tackle almost any job you throw at it.
Additional features include:
A quick-attach Turbo Nozzle and an integrated ½ Gallon Detergent Tank.
These features, while basic enough, make using the Briggs & Stratton pressure washer a little bit easier than some other devices.
The Briggs & Stratton Electric Pressure Washer is a very well built and designed device.
It looks great, its built sturdy, and a Briggs & Stratton engine can definitely be trusted more than most manufacturers.
The water pressure on this device just isn’t up to par.
It’s unfortunate because we love this pressure washer, and if it had a higher PSI and GPM it might actually have been an Editor’s Choice.
As it stands, this device is better suited for small jobs, as its low water pressure will likely delay how long a clean might take.
If you’re looking for a reliable build over intense cleaning power, then this is a great choice, but we want a little more pressure from a pressure washer.
Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer
About the Sun Joe Pressure Joe
Sun Joe is another brand we’ve looked at before on the site. Between their Sun Joe and Snow Joe lines they create a multitude of useful, affordable outdoor machines and tools.
The Sun Joe Electric Pressure Washer is a substantial step up in terms of pressure compared to the two prior devices, thanks to a PSI of 2030 and GPM of 1.76.
This pressure is provided by a 14.5-amp, 1800-watt motor, and the device includes a Total Stop System which instantly stops the pump when the trigger is not held down, saving water and energy.
The Sun Joe also comes with five quick-connect spray tips (0o, 15o, 25o, 40o), a 20ft high pressure hose, and a 35ft power cord.
The feature we liked most about the Sun Joe SPX3000 were the dual onboard 0.9L detergent tanks. This means that you can fill each tank with a different cleaning solution and tackle two different jobs at once.
The Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer is a great, and affordable device.
It comes with some great utility thanks to those quick-connect spray tips and the dual detergent tanks, allowing it to be useful for many different cleaning jobs with little configuration necessary.
The only downside to this device is in its somewhat cheap build.
Some buyers have expressed regrets when their Sun Joe started to leak or didn’t ramp up to the pressure they expected.
The upside is that every Sun Joe comes with a 2-year warranty when it is registered with the company.
Overall, we like the Sun Joe (especially its power to price ratio), and this is our “Best Budget Pick”.
Now, the Sun Joe isn’t that much cheaper than other options, but the reason it wins our “Best Budget Pick” is because it provides vastly more cleaning power, at a still-affordable price. However, this likely comes at the cost of build quality, making it a great cheap and powerful option.
For a look at this device in action, watch Sun Joe’s full demonstration video below:
Stanley Electric Pressure Washer
About the Stanley Pressure Washer
Stanley is about as household a name as any brand out there. When it comes to tools, machines, and workshop items, their reputation is nearly unbeatable.
The Stanley Electric Pressure Washer is everything you would expect from the brand, and more.
Coming in their typical yellow color scheme, the Stanley Pressure Washer just looks the part.
It is sturdy, practically built and designed, and uses high quality materials where it matters.
First and foremost, the Stanley Pressure Washer is powerful enough to tackle any job.
Although it technically doesn’t reach the pressure levels that the Sun Joe claims, it still achieves a respectable 2150 PSI, and 1.4 GPM pressure figures.
We found that the 3000 CU figure (this one putting out 3010) seems like the minimum pressure you’ll want if you’re tackling more medium and heavy cleaning jobs.
The Stanley Pressure Washer also has some great stand-out features.
It comes with four quick-connect nozzles (0o, 15o, 25o, 40o), a sturdy Zinc Steel Lance, Spray Gun, O-Ring Replacement Kit and a 25ft high pressure Hose.
Additionally, all the connectors are professional grade brass, great for ensuring a solid connection free of leaks.
Finally, the Stanley Electric Pressure Washer also has a foam cannon/detergent tank that attaches to the lance/wand.
While this can make the wand heavier, it also makes cleaning those tricky stains and grime spots that much easier.
The Stanley Electric Pressure Washer is a great device.
It is built solidly and provides enough pressure to tackle most, if not all, jobs.
One of the things we most liked was its general store-ability… essentially, the hoses and cords wrap up very compactly and the handle slides up and down easily.
This is, as all Stanley tools, a well-built and well thought out device.
It is slightly more expensive than the prior pressure washers on this list, though it seems to be on sale quite often, so it might be worthwhile to wait for such an occasion to purchase!
Finally, the Stanley also comes with a 2-year warranty, so on top of being well built, should anything go wrong, you can always attempt to get a replacement unit.
Taking all of this into account, we believe the Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer is the “Best Value” pressure washer on the market.
Take a look at the Stanley Pressure Washer in action below:
Ford Gas-Powered Pressure Washer
About the Ford Pressure Washer
While we’ve exclusively looked at electric pressure washers up to this point, traditionally pressure washers have always been gas-powered, so we’d be remiss not to look at some of the best gas-powered pressure washers on the market.
While electric pressure washers have come a long way, and are really great when it comes to affordability, gas-powered engines are usually a tad more reliable.
And reliability is a staple of the Ford brand.
This 2700 PSI, 2.3 GPM pressure washer is gasoline powered, and can also be upgraded to a 3100 PSI, 2.5 GPM version for those looking for even more power.
The Ford pressure washer is about as sturdily built as you can hope for in a pressure washer, and thanks to that 2700 PSI and 2.3 GPM you can depend on it to cut through even the most set-in stain.
This pressure washer has an 180cc OHV engine, and the device comes with a 2-year warranty, so in the rare case there is any issue it should be covered.
The spray gun is very ergonomically designed and comes with 4 quick-connect nozzles (0°, 15°, 40°, & Standard Soap Nozzle).
The machine is much heavier than any electric pressure washer, as gas-powered engines will always weigh more, but thanks to the 12” Never-Flat tires the device is very simple to move around.
Additional features include a cushioned fold-down handle, a 25’ high pressure hose, and an on-board detergent tank.
For those more concerned with all of the technical features, the diagram above provides a full feature breakdown.
While the prior electric pressure washers are all pretty great in their own regards, it seems you have to look to a gas-powered model for some serious cleaning power, and what better brand to look to than Ford?
This is a fantastic pressure washer, and while it has its downsides, such as its heavy product weight, and the need to buy gas to fuel it, it delivers a superior cleaning capability for those that want a reliable, powerful pressure washer.
Having said that, there is another option that delivers even more cleaning power, at an even better price.
However, if the Ford 2700 PSI Pressure Washer seems like the pressure washer for you, take a look at the assembly and demonstration video below!
WEN Gas Pressure Washer
About the WEN Gas Pressure Washer
The final pressure washer on our list is the Wen Gas Pressure Washer, one of Wen’s many home and outdoor tools.
Wen has many different pressure washer products, including a few solid electric options, but it’s their 3100 PSI, 2.5 GPM gas-powered washer that has our attention.
This pressure washer has a very powerful 208cc 4-stroke OHV engine that delivers the best cleaning power of any unit we’ve reviewed.
The features of the Wen washer are some of the best of any pressure washer.
A 30-foot hose means that you won’t have to wheel the unit around as much.
It has on-board nozzle storage, a soap tank, and similar never-flat wheels to the prior Ford washer.
The Wen also includes five quick connect nozzles: 0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, and soap nozzle.
Additionally, we really like the build of the Wen. The Ford and Briggs & Stratton washers are the only ones that compare when it comes to quality of materials used.
This is a very sturdy, well-designed pressure washer, and is clearly intended for those in search of a truly powerful pressure washer.
The Wen PW31 Gas Pressure Washer is a great device that offers the best cleaning performance of any pressure washer we’ve looked at.
The few negative reviews seem to be related to receiving older products that had sat in a warehouse for a while. So, our one piece of advice would be to inspect your unit upon arrival and seek a new unit if your pressure washer appears to be full of dust.
Thanks to all the great features, in combination with its sturdy build quality, impressive cleaning performance, and affordable-(ish) price point, this is our “Best Overall Pick”.
If you want a full breakdown and review of this pressure washer check out the video below, which does a really great job at showcasing the Wen Pressure Washer.
We looked at some great pressure washers, both electric and gas-powered, but as always there are some clear standouts.
For those looking for a simple, affordable washer we suggest an electric model.
The Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer was our “Best Budget Pick”. It may not be as sturdily built as other options, but it offers impressive cleaning power for the price it retails at.
Our “Best Value Pick” was the Stanley SHP2150 Electric Pressure Washer, and it is actually less powerful than the Sun Joe, but it makes up for it in reliability and quality of materials used in the product.
Electric pressure washers generally cost and weigh less, making them great for those buyers that only rarely need a pressure washer.
But if you think you’re going to put some serious time in with a pressure washer or if you need a machine that can clean the toughest and most set-in stains, you’re going to want one of the last two, gas-powered options.
Our favorite gas-powered pressure washer, and “Best Overall Pick”, was the Wen PW31 Pressure Washer. It is remarkable in just about every regard, but mostly due to its cleaning power.
While the Ford gas-powered washer is also impressive, the Wen is more powerful at a cheaper price point – you can’t go wrong with this Wen.
As mentioned earlier, the list is comprised of some of the most popular options out there, but our Best Budget, Value, and Overall picks are sure to leave you with one spotless summer!
Writer and Researcher
Sean is a Canadian University graduate with a degree in Communication Studies and Business Management. With over four years of experience in the field working with different newspapers and online magazines, mixed with his impeccable researching abilities, his talents are a perfect fit.