Are you tired of always taking your car down to the car wash? Then you should consider pressure washing to get rid of all the dirt, dust, grime, and other stains that are keeping you from showing off your sweet ride on the roads. A pressure washer only takes minutes to clean your car, and you can use it for other cleaning needs like cleaning your driveway or garage. If you haven’t already grabbed your pressure washer, consider going for some of the best pressure washer for car in our review.
The best pressure washer for car in UK 2021
1. Worx WG629 Pressure Washer
If the idea of even a smaller pressure washer like the Greenworks still seems like too much effort to schlep around, and you want something even lighter and more portable, Worx has come out with a very light duty cordless 20V “Power Cleaner.” While it’s not a true pressure washer with just 320 PSI, it definitely won’t mess up any paint, but is going to lift dirt and grime off your car’s surface better than just the hose on its own. It has five spray angles built into its single variable nozzle, and you can connect it to your garden hose or simply draw water from a a bucket or other open water source like a lake, so it’s great for campers.
Because it’s so light on pressure, it’s not going to be a proper car wash without a bucket of suds and a good cloth, but it would be great for spraying the car down between proper washes just to get caked-on dirt off, and a soap dispenser attachment is available separately to make it a more complete car-washing tool. If you use it attached to your garden hose, you don’t need to disconnect it for watering the lawn or garden as it has a Shower setting for watering plants.
2. Blaupunkt PW3100c
Blaupunkt is a name you’d usually associate with stereos in eighties German cars, but the brand is now used on various electrical items, including a range of pressure washers. And this one looks decent value, at less than £85 for a machine with an amazing flow rate and decent features, including a snow-foam bottle.
The hose is only 5m long but the machine is light enough to carry around and the lance adjusts easily between a pin jet and an accurate, dribble-free wide fan. We also liked that the jet could be rotated horizontally or vertically to suit which part of the car you were cleaning. Our only major criticism was the built-in reel, which we found impossible to use. In the end we removed it and simply wrapped the hose around the handle.
3. Sun Joe UK-SPX4001
The Sun Joe SPX4001 looks a bit different from the other Sun Joes on this list. This model retails right under $190 and comes in both an original version and a pro version. As far as the specs go, it’s pretty identical to the others: 14.5-amp motor, 2,030 PSI max, and 1.76 GPM. However, you get pressure select technology, which means you can switch between 1,450 PSI for light dirt and grime and 2,030 PSI for the dirtiest of vehicles.
As with the other Sun Joe electric pressure washers, this one has 5 quick-connect spray tips and the TSS. This pressure washer only has one detergent tank, but it holds around 1.5 L. It also comes with an onboard hose reel so the 20-foot pressure hose won’t get tangled.
4. Kärcher K2
This great bit of kit shows that good things can come in small packages – and it’s nice and lightweight too. A mid-range model, it can tackle basic household tasks and makes particularly short work of cleaning flagstones. It’s versatile, so you can select the pressure you need for the job to avoid any damage on more delicate surfaces, and we love the dirt blaster feature that produces extra oomph via a rotary spray. You can use it with water up to 40C – handy if you need to sanitise the surface. And it’s a doddle to use and move around. But the 4m hose could be longer and it’s quite loud.
5. Kärcher K4
The Karcher Pressure Washer K4 is also a consumer-grade pressure washer and is both a more powerful pressure washer than the K2, but is also mobile and ideal for all cleaning tasks. This water-cooled induction motor allows for enhanced performance and longer life-span.
Only weighing in at 11.8 kg, this pressure washer includes an integrated water filter, standard quick connect fittings, and high-pressure guns for tougher jobs. The pressure this unit offers is around 130 bar. The K4 Home comes with a Vario Lance wand, detergent suction hose, and Dirtblaster Lance wand, which provides up to 50% greater cleaning power than a standard high pressure wand. Using a wide-spray nozzle, this makes for ideal car and motorcycle cleaning, as well as wood and stone cleaning outdoors.
When it comes to style, Karcher did more than enough on this particular pressure machine. The machine comes with high impact wheels and aluminum telescopic handle that makes this particular washer more than just a pressure machine. The handle has been places at a proper height making it easy to pull whilst being fully retractable for simple storage.
6. Bosch Aquatak 135
The Bosch Aquatak series is available in a number of variations but the 135 model is the best for car valeting. It offers a flow rate of 410 litres per hour and a power 135 bar of pressure for blasting dirt away from the panels. Depending upon the type of cleaning you are trying to achieve, you can adjust the nozzle to either a fan, rotary or point jet. It’s a versatile 3-in-1 nozzle that takes seconds to adjust by simply spinning the end of the lance.
The Bosch Aquatak is a high performing car pressure washer that comes pre-assembled in the box and is ready to use straight away. The brand offer lower priced models but the 135 provides a far greater flow rate at 410 l/h, which is required for efficient car washing.
7. Sealey PW2200
Sealey is a big name in tools and garage products, but you might not be aware that they do electricals like pressure washers, too. The Sealey PW2200 140bar with Rotablast Nozzle is a bit of a hybrid model, sitting somewhere between being a powerful domestic machine and a light commercial machine. It has an 1800w motor, 400ltr/hr water flow rate an a maximum pressure of 140bar.
The Sealey PW2200 is a great option for those looking for a no-fuss, no-nonsense pressure washer. It may not be pretty or come with loads of accessories, but for many they’re likely to sit in a garage most of the time. The lance and Rotoblast that it’s packaged with will deal with most jobs. The weight may be a bit of an issue – but i that’s the case for you, consider a pressure washer that’s not quite as powerful as this one and you should be able to find something around the 10kg mark. Price wise, it compares well to rivals and comes in below Karcher’s less powerful K4 model when it isn’t on special offer.
8. Makita HW101
Look at its specs (a 1,700w motor with a 370 litres per hour maximum flow rate) and you might dismiss the Makita, yet its ability to clean stubborn grime wasn’t far off the best models in this test. Not only that, but the Makita has a simple yet well resolved design, with a high-quality hose that resists annoying kinks and a squat stature which helps it stay upright if you tug at the hose. The main downside of the Makita is the slightly stingy list of accessories included, although the price goes some way to explaining that.
The Makita HW101 is a basic pressure washer, but it can be a great addition to most households. If you like doing chores outside from time to time, you should look no further. This model is capable of anything you think a pressure washer should do, and it comes at a decent price.
9. Silverline 943676
With five metres of hose on that all-important winding reel, auto stop/start, a self-priming feature for use with water butts and a lance design that makes it easy to change the pressure and spray pattern, it’s amazingly well-specced for the money. As good, if not better, than many products coming in at two or three times the price.
Silverline’s smaller design efforts haven’t gone unnoticed here either. There’s some nicely packaged details, such as a telescopic handle (a bit like a suitcase), a fold-away winding knob and a few other simple touches, right down to a little hook for holding all your power cable. These all go a long way to making it easy to live with.
10. GMC GPW165
The winner of last year’s Auto Express pressure washer tests, the GMC GPW165 is one of the pricey options on our list.
It’s hefty at 20kg, but this makes it sturdy when the eight-metre hose is at full length. Good flow rate and pressure, at 165 bar, the soap bottle, rotary brush, fix brush lance and turbo nozzle will help get your motor sparkling without too much elbow grease. There’s brass nozzles for fixing the hose to the tap, which are more robust than the usual plastic offered and the ten-metre electric cord is more than generous.
How to choose the best pressure washer for car
Electric powered:We believe that for most homeowners an electric pressure washer offers the better combination of power and convenience. Electric washers are not as powerful as gas washers, but we found that they had plenty of strength for normal around-the-house jobs and were just plain easier to deal with. They need almost no maintenance, and they start with the flip of a switch. Off-season storage requires barely anything more than shutting them off and tucking them in a corner of the garage. Gas pressure washers, on the other hand, need to be constantly fueled up, oiled, and properly winterized in the off-season; they also require air-filter and spark-plug changes. Price is a difference as well, with quality electric washers typically in the $150 to $250 range, while gas models are usually $300 to $500.
But due to their power and mobility, gas pressure washers do have their place. In a best-case scenario, an electric washer can make it about 60 feet from an outlet, but gas washers have no such constraints. They’re also considerably faster at cleaning than electric models (roughly twice as fast). This difference is most noticeable in cleaning large areas, such as a driveway or a big deck.
Cleaning power: Kramar told us the sweet spot for an electric washer’s pressure, in pounds per square inch (psi), is in the 1,800 to 2,000 psi range (a garden hose, in contrast, is capable of roughly 40 psi). These models typically move a water volume of 1.3 to 1.5 gallon per minute (gpm). Multiplying them gives you what the pressure washer industry calls the cleaning units, or CU, of the washer. The CU score gives you a comprehensive way to compare how two washers perform against one another, and it is a more accurate metric than psi alone.
You can find less powerful gas models that deliver pressure in the 2,000 to 2,800 psi range, but we believe that if you’re going to take on the hassle of owning a gas engine, there’s no point in choosing anything in the lower range—you might as well get some significant power in return.
Induction motor: We recommend seeking out an electric pressure washer with an induction motor rather than one with a universal motor. Induction motors usually add about $50 to $75 to the overall cost of the washer. Induction motors are quite a bit heavier too, but we see this as a positive—as long as your machine also has some nice, big wheels. Pressure washers can have a tendency to tip over, and the beefier motor helps prevent that. We tested both kinds and noticed the sound difference: The induction motors emitted more of a humming, in contrast to the whine of the universal motors.
Big wheels: Pressure washers are heavy and awkward, and you might find yourself pulling one over street curbs, up and down stairs, across bumpy lawns, or through mud. Big wheels make mobility so much easier that we consider them among the most important features to look for.
Hose storage (but not on a reel):The best pressure washers allow you to gently loop the hose and cord for storage. They usually have either a simple hook or a Velcro strap to hold the hose and cord. A large looped cord is quick to pack up and easy to unravel, and because it hasn’t been tightly wound, it tends to lie flatter when the washer is in use. Some models have hose reels or multiple brackets to help wind the cord, but these features are tedious to use, and the tightly wound cord and hose keep their memory while in use and create more of a tripping hazard.
For most homeowners, an electric pressure washer is as much as they’ll ever need, and you should simply weigh how much you should spend against how much and how often you plan to use it. You can’t go wrong with any of these units. So, hopefully this guide has armed you with the information to zero on the electric pressure washer that will work for you and you can now take your car washing routine to the next level. Happy Detailing!