Don’t You Just Love Your Electric Pressure Washer?
An electric pressure washer, or power washer, as they are sometimes called, is one of the greatest time savers of modern times. As a cleaner, it can tackle vehicles, lawnmowers, decks, patios, garages, pavement, driveways and much more. Water from a regular garden hose is given a boost in power by an electric motor as opposed to a gas engine, and water shoots out of the nozzle at incredible speeds (power levels).
Ordinarily, the electric pressure washer puts out slightly less power as a gas run machine which is why the really get down and dirty jobs are sometimes left to the latter. The electric version does have its advantages however.
On this page we’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages, as well as review some of the best brands on the market.
So What Is The Best Electric Pressure Washer?
Powerworks 51102 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
We’ll start this article with what you probably want to know most. Which pressure washer should you get? Which one is really the best?
I’m not going to sit here and say I’ve tried them all. Nor am I going to say that an electric pressure washer is a one size fits all item. The best one for you may not be the best for someone else.
So we’ll talk in generics and use Amazon as a reference point. In looking through the reviews, I was looking for one with a substantial amount of comments and very little negative feedback. And the one that seems to get the most attention is the Powerworks 51102 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer 1.4GPM with Quiet Induction Motor.
This one has an average 4.3 rating and only one negative reviews. Most people love it. It was also recommended by Susan who is my next door neighbor and actually owns this particular model of pressure washer.
Some like the brass fittings which naturally hold up longer and better than plastic ones. The quiet motor, two built in soap tanks, 4 tips, turbo nozzle, 25 foot hose and 35 foot power cord also received mention. But the one thing most people really liked about it is that it simply works well. And after all, isn’t that what you’re looking for?
Why Electric is Better Than Gas Powered
Before we get into some more quality electric pressure washers let’s take a closer look at why you might prefer electric over gas.
You will prefer an electric to a gas power washer if you have to work in an enclosed area or indoors. Why? Ever smell one of those gas operated machines? The fumes alone could peel paint off a building without the wash! A couple of whiffs of that and you won’t need a power washer you’ll need an iron lung and a defibrillator. In addition, the electric models need almost no maintenance. Anything that is gas run always takes massive maintenance procedures and presents storage issues if stored outside for prolonged periods of time.
Finally, there’s the noise. Those gas operated big boys are loud. Crazy loud! But your handy dandy electric pressure washer is much easier on the ears.
Save money and save time
Not only are electric machines cheaper, they cut your cleaning time way, way back. But even with the reduced psi (pressure per square inch) of an electric, you should still follow the manual before actually powering up and operate in a manner that is not a threat to those around you. Incorrect usage can not only be detrimental to bystanders but to the life expectancy of the machine as well. A good rule of thumb when operating on of these is to always wear safety gloves, boots and eye protection.
How to change settings
At the end of the wand you will find a nozzle. Different nozzles give the machine different types of concentrated sprays. Heavy duty nozzles can be purchased for big jobs such as ductwork and house gutters. Big jobs turn into small jobs and small jobs become literally effortless! You may well wonder how you ever got any real cleaning jobs done without your new little electric best friend. And don’t be surprised if everyone on the block wants to borrow it. Who wouldn’t?
Always remember, safety first
Don’t let the fact that this item is electric and uses simple water lull you into thinking that its use is to be taken lightly. This is a power tool of quite some magnitude. Spraying someone with one of these could and will cause serious harm. These should never be handled by someone either too young or not responsible enough to handle them correctly and with the utmost respect. Pressure washers can be a beautiful addition to your collection of useful power tools as long as you use it properly.
AR Blue Clean AR383 Electric Pressure Washer Review
And it’s probably the most popular on the market.
Certainly it’s among the most reviewed on Amazon, which means a lot of people are buying the machine. That generally means a lot of people like it too. It delivers 1900 PSI and blows out 1.5 gallons of water per minute, so power is certainly not an issue here.
Of the 397 reviews on Amazon at the time of this writing, more than 300 of them gave it 4 or 5 stars. That in itself says this is a great machine worth of looking into.
Karcher Electric Pressure Washer
If Karcher is not the best know name in pressure washers, it certainly ranks near the top.
Karchers are durable machines. Most come with a lengthy pressure hose, pressurized hose reel for easy rolling up of the hose when done, as well as a couple of different wands including a dirt blaster and a child safety lock on the trigger.
Powerwasher Electric Pressure Washer
This pressure washer from Powerwasher comes with 1800 PSI capable of pushing out 1.6 gallons of water every minute.
In a nutshell, you get enough power to clean tough messes and enough water flow to easily wash away the debris when you are done.
The pressurized hose is 23 feet long and has two nozzles. One is adjustable and the other is the turbo nozzle.
The 35 foot power cord gives you plenty of room to move around.
Black And Decker Electric Pressure Washer
Black & Decker 11BDE-210S 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer with 23-Feet Gun and Hose Assembly
While Black and Decker is certainly a well known name in the power tools industry, it’s probably not the first name you think of when you are considering an electric pressure washer.
Still, this particular model is worth looking at for a light duty model.
It delivers 1700 PSI of pressure and the PowerBoost technology delivers a solid impact at the point of delivery. This will give you better cleaning than expected and cut down on the time you have to work.
The 23 foot gun and hose assembly is easy to attach and detach as needed.
Another feature you’ll like is how easy it is to move around thanks to larger than normal wheels.
And so there you have it, our picks for the very best electric power washers for all your home needs. Let us know in the comments below which pressure washer you chose!