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    Pressure Washer Buying Guide

    Whether you want to hose down your bike after a muddy ride, get your garden furniture summer ready or keep your outdoor decking looking its best, a good pressure washer is a must have. But it can be tough to know exactly what you’re after, so our handy guide will equip you with everything you need to know to find the right pressure washer for you.

    What pressure do I need?

    The first thing to look out for when choosing a pressure washer is the water pressure. This relates to the force in which water is pushed out, and it’s usually measured in bars or PSI (pounds per square inch). The higher the bar, the more powerful it is.

    How much pressure you’ll need will depend on the jobs you’ll be using the tool for. Light work such as cleaning your decking will suit a low pressure model, while a heavy duty task such as cleaning the driveway would require something with a bit more power.

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    If you’re looking for a pressure washer to spruce up your wood decking, fencing or garden furniture, a model with up to 100 bars of pressure will do just fine.


    For any medium duty work such as cleaning the car, clearing out the guttering or refreshing your patio, a model with 110 to 130 bars of pressure is your best bet.


    If you’re looking to complete some heavy duty tasks, then you’ll want to get your hands on a pressure washer with between 130 to 150 bars of pressure. This is ideal for jobs such as cleaning pool tiles, large paved areas or working with stone.

    What else do I need to consider?

    There are a few other things to look out for when deciding on which pressure washer is best for you.

    • Water flow: This will tell you how much water the tool uses. It’s usually measured in litres per hour or gallons per minute.
    • Power: The electric power of a pressure washer is measured in watts.
    • Power supply: You’ll want to check the power supply on the model you’ve got your eye on to make sure it matches up with your sockets.
    • Motors: Pressure washers come with one of three motors, a brush, universal or inverter motor. They all work great, but an inverter motor is usually more durable and longer lasting.

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    Key features

    When shopping for a pressure washer, there are a few different handy features that you should look out for.

    Different lances

    A lance is the long pipe that extends out from a pressure washer’s trigger. You can find different lances in different lengths that are better suited for certain tasks. A long lance for example will help you wash hard to reach areas without bending or arching your back.

    Variable pressure

    This is a great feature to look out for if you want to use your water pressure for a variety of jobs. Variable pressure lets you change how powerful the water flow is, making the tool just as great for light jobs as it is for tougher ones.

    Detergent nozzles

    A detergent nozzle lets you attach a bottle of detergent to your washer so you can wash with a mixture of water and soap for an extra powerful clean. Perfect for when you want to make your car shine.

    Auto start & stop

    A pressure washer with the auto start & stop feature has both a main switch for power and a separate trigger to turn on the water flow. This means you can turn on your washer and then move into position before getting to work without wasting any water.

    Onboard tools

    A lot of the pressure washers you’ll find have a range of accessories and tools attached for easy access. From different nozzle sizes, to extended lances, these handy tools will make cleaning easier and more effective.

    Storage and portability

    Pressure washers come in different shapes and sizes. Models that are more suited to light work tend to be fairly small and portable making them easy to move around and store away. More powerful pressure washers are naturally bulkier, but they usually come on a set of wheels making them easy to cart around and put away once you’ve finished.


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