Electric Pressure Washers for Around the Home (Siding, Driveway Concrete & More)

By Kate Hendricks | Outdoor Living

May 10
Electric Pressure Washer

Electric Pressure Washers can serve a variety of purposes around the home, helping you clean hard-to-remove stains and wash areas that would normally be out of your reach.  There are scores of these products currently on the market today, each boasting different features and functions.

But with so many options, how do you select the perfect pressure washer for your home or business?

Here we have provided some information to help you answer this all-important question, including some in-depth reviews highlighting several of the best-selling electric pressure washers currently available, and the pros and cons you can expect with each product.

We have also included a detailed and very informative Electric Pressure Washer Buyer’s Guide, in which we highlight some of the prominent features and functions you should always look for when purchasing one of these washers.

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1. Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer

Regardless of the type of job you may have, and despite the degree of griminess, you can always count on the Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer to get the job done.  The pressure washer boasts a powerful 14.5 Amp, 1,800 Watt motor – a motor so robust it delivers up to 1.76 gallons per minute (GPM) to the area in need of treatment at up to 2,030 pounds per square inch (PSI).  For tough jobs, the motor can heat the water to nearly 104 degrees F, which when mixed with the detergent from the dual removable detergent tanks can handle the dirtiest and most hard to reach areas.

Perfect for big and small jobs alike – decks, vehicles, buildings, RVs, and more – the Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer delivers one of the most powerful sprays you will see in an electric pressure washer.  The unit includes five quick-connect spray tips to clean a variety of surfaces – tips that can handle light, medium and heavy-duty industrial cleanup tasks.  The dual detergent tanks allow you to switch between cleaning solutions at just a flip of a dial, and with its 34-inch extension spray wand it is super easy to clean hard-to-reach areas – like walls on the second story – without having to climb up unsteady ladders.

The Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer has a no-hassle, flexible 20-foot hose that can handle maximum pressure, and the 35-foot power cord allows it to cover a large area without having to switch to another electrical outlet.  Best of all, the pressure washer has a Total Stop System (TSS) that promotes user safety – a function that automatically kills the pump when the trigger is not engaged, which also makes it much quieter than gas-powered pressure washers that deliver roughly the same cleaning output.

Pros

  • Dual Tanks –  The dual detergent tanks on the Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer makes it easy to tackle very large jobs and switch between different cleaning solutions without having to drain and refill a tank.
  • Good PSI – The maximum output of 2,030 PSI is one of the highest PSIs on our list and one of the highest for the electric pressure washer category.
  • Powerful Motor – The 14.5 amp motor makes this unit much more powerful than some of the other electric pressure washers.

Cons

  • Only 5 Tips – Compared to other pressure washers we reviewed, which sometimes have up to 7-10 spray tips or nozzle settings, this unit only includes 5.
  • Awkward – The Pressure Joe SPX3000 Pressure Washer is awkward and not very maneuverable, according to some reviewers.

2. Greenworks 1,600 PSI Pressure Washer

Made by a company whose products never leave the slightest carbon footprint, the Greenworks 1,600 PSI Pressure Washer is the ideal solution for light and medium-duty cleanup projects around the house and yard.

This particular pressure washer from Greenworks has a reliable 13-Amp motor.  With this motor, the Greenworks 1,600 PSI Pressure Washer is able to deliver 1,600 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure using up to 1.2 gallons of water per minute (GPM).

Homeowners looking to clean and restore various surfaces, vehicles, walls and walkways around the house will love the lightweight design of this pressure washer.  No longer will two-story homeowners need to climb up rickety ladders to clean their house, as the 20-foot high-pressure hose is perfect for cleaning some of the most hard-to-reach areas and surfaces.

A separate soap applicator allows you to add detergent into your high pressure cleaning, and the 35-foot power cord is equipped with inline GFCI, making it highly rated for both indoor and outdoor outlets.

The Axial Cam Pump on the Greenworks 1,600 PSI Pressure Washer makes cleaning the unit a snap, and the onboard storage makes it convenient to store the pressure wands and the two included spray tips – a 40 degree tip and a turbo-speed nozzle – in the same place for easy access.

Boasting a compact design with easy-roll 5-inch wheels, the model is very portable, and the attachable single detergent tank will help you keep your cleaning solution within easy reach.

Pros

  • Lightweight – The compact, lightweight design of the Greenworks 1,600 PSI Pressure Washer makes it very portable and easy to move.
  • Good Value – We think this pressure washer offers great value for the money, especially for light-duty cleaning.
  • 4-Year Warranty – The 4-year warranty, which the Greenworks Corporation offers on all of its products, is one of the best in the industry.

Cons

  • Low PSI – Delivering only a maximum of 1,600 pounds per square inch of pressure, this is one of the least powerful electric pressure washers on the market.
  • Motor-13 Amp – The 13 Amp motor delivers much less power than other pressure washers boasting 14.5 Amps of power or more.

3. Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer

Although the Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer is by far the most expensive electric pressure washer on our list, it does boast plenty of features to at least somewhat justify that price.  For tough to clean jobs, this Briggs and Stratton pressure washer can produce 2,000 pounds per square inch (PSI) of maximum cleaning power, while using 1.1 gallons of water per minute (GPM).  For basic everyday cleanups, the Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer can deliver a whopping 3.5 gallons of water per minute at 80 pounds per square inch.

Perhaps what makes the Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer stand out somewhat from the competition is its patented POWERflow + technology.  According to Briggs and Stratton, this design feature “puts the power of extra water flow to work and helps the pressure washer conquer jobs other pressure washers cannot touch,” notably its ability to reach VERY high areas and its quick power rinsing.

Unlike other pressure washers we have reviewed, with snap-on nozzles of various sizes that force the user to stop the machine as the new fitting is placed on the hose, the Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer has a 7-in-one nozzle that enables you to use variable amounts of pressure and water flow with just a click and turn of the nozzle, making them very convenient for jobs that require various levels of pressure and water flow.  The tough steel-welded frame on this model, while heavy, is extremely durable and built to last; and the integrated detergent tank enables you to add cleaning solution when tackling heavily soiled or stained surfaces.

Pros

  • POWERflow + Technology – The patented POWERflow + Technology on the Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer enables it to tackle tough jobs (at up to 2,000 PSI of pressure) not possible with other electric pressure washers.
  • Durable – The tough steel-welded frame on this pressure washer makes it very sturdy and durable.
  • 7-in-0ne Nozzle – The 7-in-one nozzle makes it easy to switch to different levels of pressure and water flow.

Cons

  • Heavy – The Briggs and Stratton 20667 Electric Pressure Washer is a very heavy pressure washer, which makes it hard to move from one place to the next.

Electric Pressure Washers:  A Buyer’s Guide

Buying a pressure washer is a big and often pricey decision.  Therefore, it’s important you get all the features and functions you will need for the projects you have in mind.  Here are just some of the things you should look for when buying an electric pressure washer.

Pounds per Square Inch (PSI)

The PSI rating for various electric pressure washers essentially tells you just how powerful the machine is.  If you have very tough jobs that need doing around your home or business, we recommend you look for a pressure washer that delivers at least 2,000 PSI.

Gallons per Minute (GPM)

Together with PSI, the gallons of water used each minute by an electric pressure washer give a hint to its overall effectiveness.  Try to look for a machine that delivers at least 1.3 gallon of water per minute when the unit is set at its highest pressure setting.

Cleaning Units

“Cleaning Units” is a term that refers to the overall power of a pressure washer.  To calculate this figure, simply multiply the maximum PSI and the maximum Gallons per Minute, and choose the pressure washer with the highest product.

Detergent Tanks

Detergent tanks are useful when you want to add soap or other cleaning solutions when washing down a surface.  Without them, you would have to add the soap separately by hand, which can take a lot of time.

Adjustable vs. Snap-On Nozzles

While adjustable nozzles can save you a lot of time in the long run, most reviewers agree that the snap-on nozzles are more effective and efficient.  This basically comes down to a matter of preference, but you may want to try both types before making up your mind.

Tool, Hose and Cord Storage

A quality electric pressure washer should have built-in storage options on the unit – places where you can conveniently store the power cord, hose, spray wands and nozzles.

Hose (Length and Flexibility)

When choosing an electric pressure washer, look for one that has at least a 20-foot hose.  Also, some hoses can be very stiff and almost impossible to manipulate and store.  Try to avoid products with these types of hoses, and opt instead for models with flexible, easy-roll hoses.

Power Cord

Power cords for electric pressure washers come in various lengths, but the standard length is 35 feet.  Power washers with cords shorter than this should be avoided.

If you keep all of these features and functions in mind when you set off to purchase your next electric pressure washer, you are sure to make an educated and informed buying decision and land a product that meets all of your needs.