When buying a pressure washer with cleaning your patio or driveway in mind then pressure and waterflow are the 2 things you need to think about.
Pressure – This is the power and pressure in bar that the water will blast out at, the higher the pressure the easier it is to remove stubborn stains and dirt. Pressure can range from 110 up to 180 bar, when it comes to patios and driveways.
We would not recommend going for anything less than 130 bar, entry level pressure washers will be 110 bar, this is perfect for cleaning your car but just isn’t strong enough to tackle a driveway. At 130+ bar you will certainly and quickly see a difference, dirt that has been there for years will be forced up and out.
Waterflow – The higher the better, the higher the quicker. When cleaning your patio you will be forcing water into a small area moving around cleaning the whole area, blasting through more water will allow you to move more dirt in quicker time. Water flow can start at 360 litres an hour all the way up to 600 l/h, nearly double!
Patio Cleaner Attachments – When you look at pressure washer you will see that some model come with a patio cleaner attachment as standard, this is perfect and will help get your patio looking like new in no time.
You can see the difference a pressure washer can make, removing dirt, grime and moss build up on decking, the pressure and water lifts and washes away this dirt bringing the decking up like new.
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Kärcher K4 Compact Home Water-cooled pressure washer
Best Karcher pressure washer
This is the first of my Karcher pressure washer reviews (skip to the bottom to see a cheaper K2 version). If you’ve spent any time at all looking at power washers you’ll know that not only are Karcher a really good brand, but that there are also a myriad of options to choose from just within their range. You can go really cheap, get the basic with accessories at all for about £50, or you can spend much much more. This one is a middle range option that I think is great for anyone wanting to clean their patio well and have a machine that will last a long time.
It’s a water cooled motor which allows it to more efficiently cool down as you’re using it and mean that it shouldn’t overheat. The pressure of this one is 130 bar.
The patio cleaner attachment makes cleaning your stone flags a breeze and means you don’t get splashed as well. It can also be used on vertical surfaces as well – so doors or garages.
You get with the K4, the T350 patio cleaner, a dirtblaster (a rotary nozzle), a variable pressure lance, a 6m high pressure hose and also a bottle of stone detergent.
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Nilfisk C110 4-5 PC Xtra Compact High Pressure washer
Best budget pressure washer
I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of this brand before but they are definitely well liked and the reviews of this item show this.
The pressure washers from Nilfisk are in the budget range and they have a few different models without a huge price tag so if you’re on a budget definitely check these out.
This model is a compact version and comes with a patio cleaner too. The motor is air cooled and the pressure is 110 bar. You get 2 different nozzles with it, the patio cleaner and also a detergent bottle that foams up any cleaner.
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Best portable pressure washer
You know, I never knew such things existed until my husband told me about this one. When we moved to a new house without an outside tap (and an inside one that didn’t get on with hoses) we needed something a bit different to clean outside.
The Work Hydroshot is a battery powered pressure washer which can take water from a bucket which eliminates the need for outdoor access to water.
We’ve been really pleased with how it works, it isn’t as powerful as a regular pressure washer for sure but it still gets the job done. For a light clean down of a patio it will work well, perhaps if you incorporate it in to a weekly chore, if you want something more robust then I’d look elsewhere. If you have no choice and no method for accessing water outside then I’d give it a try.
The low pressure is 94 PSI and high pressure setting is 320 PSI. You can buy just the basic set up or as we did the one with all the kit to go alongside it.
One plus we’ve found with this one is that because it is less powerful we’re less likely to damage things when we’re cleaning – something to bear in mind.
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Bosch AQT 35-12 Plus Pressure Washer
Bosch are a big name in power tools so you’d expect that a water pressure cleaner by them would be as good as their other things. This one doesn’t disappoint and at 120 bar has a decent pressure suitable for most every day tasks such as patio cleaning!
One thing about this power washer that is different is that it doesn’t have a load of accessories that can get lost. It has a 3 in 1 nozzle that can be adjusted rather than changing every time to want to do something different. I like that. Less chance to lose them! You also get the patio cleaner head with this model as well.
It’s a good model and for the price I think it’s great value. You can see more reviews on Amazon by clicking the link below
Kärcher K2 Compact Home Air-cooled pressure washer
Best small pressure washer
I’m going to end with another Karcher washer – they are one of the best brands available and they do have a good range that cater to many price points and this one definitely deserves the spot as the best value Karcher pressure washer. At under £100 it’s going to be cheaper than hiring something and will work really well for smaller patios or just cleaning once in a while.
The downsides to this one, especially compared to the more expensive one I spoke about above is that it’s air cooled, which isn’t as efficient as water cooling and so it heats up more quickly and can overheat if you’re using it a while and are not being careful.
The pressure isn’t as high either, 110 bar, but in saying that it still gives some really good results as you’ll see from the many positive reviews on Amazon.
You get with this one, a patio cleaning brush, a dirtblaster (a rotary nozzle), a one way lance, a 4 m high pressure hose and also a small bottle of patio and deck wash cleaning fluid. Being on the small side it’s also a good portable pressure washer.
For the price and also bearing the Karcher name I think this one is an excellent budget pressure washer.