Once upon a time if you wanted to get a powerful clean with a pressure washer you’d need to get a petrol model and spend a small fortune, I’m talking £500+.
You can get a super affordable electric pressure washer with enough cleaning power for any at-home job you might have. And they’re better for the environment, which is why I started the Less C02 initiative.
But what one?
Well, I’ll tell you, I’ve searched high and low for the best electric pressure washers available right here in the UK, and I’ve reviewed each one with what it’s best suited for and its pros and cons.
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Top 5 Electric pressure washers UK
- Top Choice – Kärcher K4 Power Control high pressure washer
- Runner Up – Ryobi RPW150XRB 2200W 150bar Pressure Washer
- Best Budget – Wilks-USA RX510 High Power Pressure Washer
- Best For Cars – Nilfisk C 125 bar Pressure Washer with Induction Motor
- Best For Home – Norse SK125 High Power Pressure Washer 160 Bar
1. Top Choice – Kärcher K4 Power Control high pressure washer
- Variable power settings 20-130 bar
- Plug in cleaning products for ease
- Lightweight and reasonably quiet
- 8 m hose
- 2-year guarantee
- Body scratches easily
- Hose isn’t as good quality as more expensive models
If you’re looking for a pressure washer, you can trust Karcher. They’ve been making incredible products for decades and the K4 is the perfect balance of cost and efficiency.
They’ve got more powerful models, the K5 and the K7 which are even more powerful, but as an all-around great buy you can’t beat the K4 with its controllable pressure up to 130 bar, lightweight moveability, and it’s quieter running.
It’s still loud, all pressure washers are, but on the scale, it’s definitely at the quieter end.
130 bar is the perfect amount to handle cleaning patios but not so powerful that you’ll damage your car in any way. So whether you want to clean up the garden, your bike, or your car you’ll get on just fine.
And the great thing about Karcher are they have endless amounts of accessories available, so if you want a patio cleaner you can get one, a rotating brush for a deeper car clean? No problem, an extendable lance for your gutters? Easy.
Plus Karcher cleaning products come in bottles that plug right into the body for easy cleaning.
Overall, a superb choice of electric pressure washer.
2. Runner Up – Ryobi RPW150XRB 2200W 150bar Pressure Washer
- Max 150 bar pressure
- Patio cleaner and rotary brush included
- Light and portable
- 8m reinforced hose
- Can’t use from a bucket/water butt
- No guarantee
If you’re looking for a good all-rounder then this Ryobi is a great choice, it comes with all the accessories that you’ll need to clean around your house and has a very respectable 150 bar pressure.
Sounds better than the Karcher above right? Well, I thought so too initially but upon closer inspection, there are a couple of things missing, the first is there’s no guarantee compared to the 2-year guarantee you get from the Karcher above.
Plus a fair few people complain the O-ring breaks within the first 30 minutes of use. This is easily replaceable for pennies pretty much but I like things that are ready to go out of the box.
However, I am a big fan of Ryobi tools, they make good stuff and their pressure washer still gives you great bang for your buck if you’re looking for a multi-use power washer that can clean up everything from your patio to your car.
Overall, If you want a pressure washer that will last, go for the Karcher, if you need an occasional use pressure washer with all the accessories then go for the Ryobi.
3. Best Budget – Wilks-USA RX510 High Power Pressure Washer
- 2-year warranty
- 134 bar pressure
- Patio and brush accessories included
- Connect to tap or bucket
- Hose is plastic, not rubber
- Fiddly to change attachments
If you’re on a budget it’s always a good idea to get something with a guarantee or a warranty, just for that peace of mind that things will keep running smoothly. This is of course why the Wilks-USA RX510 is my top budget choice of electric pressure washer.
Now when you’re on a budget you have to compromise something, but luckily it isn’t pressure, pumping out up to 134 bar you’ll get plenty of cleaning power to have your garden sparkling.
The Wilks USA pressure washer isn’t perhaps as good as the Ryobi or the Karcher I reviewed, but it’s also a good chunk cheaper, and considering that fact you get a damn good pressure washer.
Accessories to see you around all the jobs you have, wheels keep it easy to move and an onboard detergent tank gives you extra cleaning power.
The body doesn’t feel as sturdy, and the hose is plastic, not rubber making it a bit tricky to work with, but overall for under £100 you’re getting a fantastic machine.
4. Best For Cars – Nilfisk C 125 bar Pressure Washer with Induction Motor
- Snow foam gun included
- 125 bar pressure
- 8 m hose length
- 5 m power cable
- Instructions aren’t the best
- Snow foam gun could be better
When you’re cleaning your car with a pressure washer, everyone wants the snow lance to cover the whole thing in thick soapy bubbles. Well, the Nilfisk comes with a spray bottle which is great but it doesn’t do a great job of giving you a thick foam but it does cover your car in soap.
So for the excellent price point, I’d say it’s well worth it and you can easily upgrade to a snow lance later on if you want that extra kick of cleaning power.
The Milfisk is also perfect because it’s got 125 bar of pressure which is the perfect amount to clean a car without the risk of damaging it. If you go too powerful you might end up damaging tires or even paintwork if you’re not careful.
Lastly, you get a metal pump that is designed and hard-wearing enough to be long-lasting. I would have liked to have seen more metal connectors to go with that but I’d also like to win the lottery so there you go.
A great electric pressure washer for car cleaning.
5. Best For Home – Norse SK125 High Power Pressure Washer 160 Bar
- 2-year warranty
- 160 bar max pressure
- 6m hose length
- Can use from a bucket
- Plastic parts aren’t the strongest
Another good all-rounder the Norse SK125 comes fully equipped with all the accessories you’ll need around the house. The only thing missing is a snow lance but you can buy them separately if you want.
A max 160 bar pressure for tough cleaning power and continuous pressure of about 118 bar to give you a strong continuous clean that does a solid job on patios, driveways, and cars.
A little cheaper than the Ryobi with similar features plus you get a 2-year warranty to go with it so you may want this one if you’re going for a ready-to-go out-of-the-box cleaner.
The hose is a bit shorter which I don’t like at only 6 m but it can work from a standing water source like a bucket or a water butt so you’ve got that versatility which is more useful than you think.
It’s one of those things you only wish you’d thought about once you’re stuck and you need it.
Overall, A superb DIY pressure washer, good warranty, and all the accessories you could need.
Things To Consider When Buying An Electric Pressure Washer
What The Max Pressure Is
Generally, you’re going to want to have around 120-130 bar in mind as a good pressure to work with. That’s enough to get most at-home jobs done well, you’ll clean your car without damaging it, but you can also clean up paving slabs and brick driveways.
You can get up to around 200 bar out of an electric pressure washer, sometimes a little more, and any more than that you’ll need a petrol motor to be involved. That’s when you get up to the crazy high-pressure washers that can rip the paint off of concrete and would tear your hand if you sprayed it directly onto yourself.
Not a problem you’ll have to worry about at around teh 130 bar mark.
Hose and Cable length
Cable length isn’t as important, you’ll need an extension reel regardless to get it outside but you want 3 meters at least to keep the water away from the plug mainly.
For hose length, I like to see around 8-10m of hose. That usually gets you around the house from an outside tap with a little bit of give so you don’t have to pull the hose taut and cause it to start kinking and getting damaged.
You can get away with less than 8m of hose if it can use a standing water source as a water supply.
Can You Use A Bucket as A Water Source
This depends on how big your house and garden are but it’s a feature I like to see, as a back up it’s useful to be able to fill up a big 10L bucket and use your pressure washer from that. Or you can use a water butt and save on your water bills by cleaning up with rainwater instead.
You might not think you need one but you’ll have to trust me when I say it’s a more useful feature than you’d expect.
What Accessories Are Included
This depends on your needs, there are loads of accessories sold separately across all the major brands. Some other brands even include a Karcher fitting so you can use one of the many karcher accessories available.
And for things like car cleaning you might want a pressure washer that already comes with a snow foam gun so you don’t have to find the right type of fitting that’s compliant with your machine.
I’m personally quite happy with just the gun but I know a lot of people love and get a ton of use out of the accessories.
Do You Need A Petrol Pressure Washer Instead
Here’s one to consider.
If you’ve got a lot of heavy-duty jobs that need to be taken care of, or you plan on taking your pressure washer on the road, would you be better off with a petrol pressure washer?
A ton more power, often still got wheels to move about, longer-lasting metal parts, but also a lot more expensive.
Most people just need an electric one but it’s worth a thought.
Is There A Warranty
All the reviews of all the pressure washers include someone talking about how they used it 2-3 times and it broke.
It’s what happens when you include a lot of plastic parts and, you guessed it, very high pressures. Things tend to break, so I think the warranty is very important and you’ll need to make sure you register it properly when yours arrives.
What is a good psi for an electric pressure washer?
Around 1800 PSI is a great benchmark for an electric pressure washer if you’re in the market for one. That’s plenty enough to clean most household areas without causing any accidental damage to your house, garden, or yourself.
What is the most reliable brand of pressure washer?
If in doubt, stick with Karcher, they’ve been doing it the longest and they do it best. They just also do it for a premium.
Are electric pressure washers any good?
For household use and DIYers, they are just fine. Plenty of power for cleaning without the noise and fumes you get from a petrol washer.
What is the difference between a power washer and a pressure washer?
Absolutely nothing, two words for the same thing and you can throw jet washers to the mix as well another way to say it.
Other Electric Pressure Washers Reviewed
Turtle Wax TW120 Multi-Purpose High-Pressure Washer
- Durable body casing
- Quick Connect Accessories
- Detachable detergent bottle
- 120 bar pressure
- 5m hose
So let’s start with the short 5m hose, I’d check to make sure this is long enough to comfortably reach around your house from your tap because it’s shorter than other models and there’s no option to operate from a standing water source.
But the plus side is if 5m is long enough then you have a lot less hose to try and deal with when you’re tidying away.
Aside from that, you get a snow lance for cleaning up your car and you can quickly and easily swap between accessories with a quick connect feature.
With some washers, you have to turn the power off and disconnect the water before you can swap accessories so this is a smooth operation.
Overall, A study little washer, with good pressure and easy-to-use lances.
AVA Master P60 Pressure Washer, High Power Jet Washer
- 20-year warranty
- Ergonomic handle
- Swivel hose reel
- 8m hose reel
- 145 bar pressure
- Not as much power as I’d like for the price
The AVA is coming in strong with a whopping 20-year warranty, built to last and proud of it with sturdy parts and an all-metal motor that will keep water pumping for years and years.
But that comes at a steep price being double the price of most other pressure washers here. You do get more cleaning power for that as well with 145 bar of pressure but you could buy a petrol washer for the same price with well over 200 bar.
But you can’t argue with the quality and if it’s the absolute best and you’ve got the cash to spend then you can comfortably buy it for life with this one.
It’s also got the unique feature of a follow-me hose which spins around and unspools as you move, so you don’t walk to the other side of your car and accidentally pull the whole thing over.
Plus it’s got a winding handle on it for easy spooling and the whole thing is heavy at 21 kg keeping it grounded but with wheels so you can still move it around.
Overall, It is a seriously cool piece of kit, an awesome electric pressure washer.
Neo Electric High Pressure Washer 110 Bar
- Great price
- Lightweight at 5kg
- Easy to store
- 110 bar of pressures
- The instruction manual could be better
- Short 5m hose
If you need something small the Neo Power washer is going to be a great choice. 5m of cable and 5m of hose make it a lot easier to store, even if I prefer a longer hose.
Plus you get a scrubbing brush and a spray bottle so you can soap up your car and get it shiny in no time. It’s a little extra but I do like to be able to use it fully right out of the box.
If you’ve got a patio you might need a separate patio cleaner but that’s easy enough to get.
110 bar of pressure is more than enough for home use and a 5 m power cable might stop you from needing to wind out a big extension cord.
Overall, a great low price point, not the highest pressure but more than enough for most everyday jobs, and definitely enough to get your car cleaned.
Bosch EasyAquatak 120 High-Pressure Washer
- Easy storage
- Good power at 120 bar
- Includes spray bottle
- No Wheels
- Short 5m hose
Small but powerful, this is the ultimate in portable and easy storage, because it’s not got any wheels and is briefcase shaped, you can shove it into even a small shed pretty easily.
But what’s great is there’s no power compromise offering 120 bars of pressure. It’s an easy contender in the list as one of the good ones being in that sweet spot for home use.
They’ve got a cheaper model that’s 100 bar and a much more expensive model that offers 140bar but I think this is the sweet spot of cleaning power to price.
You also get 3 accessories, a spray bottle for soap application, which is great for car cleaning, a rotary nozzle which is good for driveways and patios, and a variable power nozzle which is useful for more delicate jobs.
And that nicely covers most jobs you’ll need, and certainly everything you could expect from a pressure washer under £100
Overall, A great piece of kit perfect for the DIYer
Kärcher K 5 Premium Smart Control Home high pressure washer
- 145 bar pressure
- 10 m hose
- Patio cleaner included
- Extra power function for 15 bar boost
- 4-year warranty
With great pressure comes great responsibility.
Or something like that…
This is our most powerful electric jet washer on the list. The reason it’s at the bottom is it’s almost triple the average price for only 15-30 extra bars. That’s the trade-off with getting that little bit of extra power, similar to top-end cars, a few extra horsepower can cost tens of thousands of pounds.
But this is still a great washer, as Karcher’s always are, and you get a four-year warranty compared to the two or even zero of other models I’ve talked about here. So that’s a lot of peace of mind that you’ll be able to use it more or less for life.
The other downside to this extra power is the extra weight that gets added in for a bigger motor. This is a big brute of a machine, that thankfully has wheels and a generous 10 m hose that will take it off and round the grounds of your house from the hose outlet.
Overall, if you’re needing power but don’t want to go petrol then the Karcher K5 is the best choice around.