Here are 5 of the best pressure washers on the market in the UK. All of these models should be fine for the average home user, and can be used for a variety of cleaning tasks such as refreshing decking, patios and garden furniture as well as cleaning cars and bicycles.
Top 5 Pressure Washers in the UK
1. Kärcher K2 Full Control Home Pressure Washer
The Kärcher K2 Full Control Home Pressure Washer is one of the most popular pressure washers in the UK.
Here are some of its main features:
- Use the machine itself to apply detergent with a suction tube
- Space on the washer to store the telescopic handle, hose, high-pressure gun, lances and cable
- 4 pressure settings to cover everything from delicate wood to tough concrete
The Kärcher K2 Full Control Home Pressure Washer has the following specs:
- Voltage: 240 volts
- Cord length: 5 metres
- Weight:3 Kg
- Maximum pressure: 110 bars
This pressure washer is one of Kärcher’s cheapest, but it’s still a powerful machine that gets the job done. The softer settings are great for cleaning decking or the car, and you can also turn the pressure up to remove moss and tackle tougher cleaning jobs.
It’s also sold with a bottle of T150 patio cleaner which can be used on patios, paving tiles and decking.
2. Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer
As the name suggests, the Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer is a small pressure washer that can be easily carried around and used for a variety of tasks. It’s a portable pressure washer that’s handy for washing the car or washing your bike. It’s also powerful enough for cleaning patios, though you might want to buy a bigger pressure washer if you have a big job.
Here are some of this pressure washer’s key features:
- Integrated water filter
- 4m high-pressure hose
- Trigger gun
- Spray lance
- Dirt blaster
The Kärcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer has the following specs:
- Voltage: 230 volts
- Weight: 4kg
3. Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer
The Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer is a large, powerful pressure washer that is excellent at cleaning concrete and stone but also great for cleaning the car. It’s powerful enough to get moss off garden furniture and restore your patio to its former glory (even if it hasn’t been cleaned properly in decades).
Some of this pressure washer’s main features include:
- Trigger gun with an LED display
- Extendable handle
- Stability foot to make the pressure washer more stable
- 2 lances (Vario Lance and Dirt Blaster spray lance)
The Kärcher K4 Full Control Home Pressure Washer has the following specs:
- Cord length: 5m
- Weight: 11kg
This pressure washer comes with a pretty comprehensive set of attachments and is also sold with a 1 litre bottle of stone and facade cleaner.
4. Silverline 102580 Pressure Washer
Here are some of the Silverline 102580’s key features:
- Lance detergent dispenser
- Spray lance with a variable pressure nozzle
The Silverline 102580 has the following specs:
- Cord length: 5m
- Weight: 6kg
- Maximum pressure: 105 bar
This pressure washer offers great value for money and will work fine for most tasks around the home and garden.
5. Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer
Here are some of the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer’s key features:
- 1400W motor
- Wheels and handle for added portability
- Extension lance with 360° rotation
- ‘Click & Clean’ design that makes it easy to attach and remove different accessories
The Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra has the following specs:
- Cord length: 5m
- Weight: 7kg
- Maximum pressure: 110 bar
This is a great pressure washer for doing garden furniture, the car, the driveway and pretty much anything else you can think of. It compares well to Kärcher pressure washers and is also very reasonably priced.
Pressure Washer FAQs
What can you use a pressure washer for?
Pressure washers can be used for cleaning and refreshing all kinds of things, including the following:
- Garden furniture
- Patios and tiling
- Wooden decking
- Cars, vans and other vehicles
- Brickwork and concrete
How much should you spend on a pressure washer?
Most non-commercial pressure washers cost between £50 and £300. As with all products, the more you spend, the more power and features you can get. You will also pay a premium for the most respected brands, and can often save money by taking a chance on a less established brand.
Which are the best brands?
Own of the most popular pressure washer brands in the UK is Kärcher, a German company who make a range of quality cleaning products including window vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners and of course pressure washers.
Another popular brand is Nilfisk, a Danish company who manufacture lots of well respected consumer and commercial pressure washers, including other cleaning products.
Are pressure washers bad for cars?
You can use a pressure washer to clean your car, but you need to be careful with it. It’s best to use a lower pressure setting to avoid damaging the paintwork or otherwise damaging the car. You should also keep the washer a good distance from the car and resist the urge to go closer to remove a spot of dirt.
Are pressure washers waterproof?
Pressure washers are usually designed to withstand a bit of moisture or drizzle, but are rarely waterproof. You should avoid using a pressure washer in the rain and let it dry out if it gets wet—water and electricity don’t mix well!
Can you pressure wash decking?
Yes, pressure washers are often used to wash decking. However, you should use a lower pressure setting so as to avoid damaging the wood. You should also keep the lance a good distance (at least a foot) from the wood. It’s a good idea to pressure wash decking before staining it.
Can you pressure wash a motorcycle?
Yes, though with everything else you should take care. Here’s a helpful article explaining how to pressure wash a motorbike.