Lightweight pressure washers are relatively inexpensive, yet they’re heavy-duty enough to give your Adirondack chair a new lease on life, and fast.
Considerations when choosing electric pressure washers
Lightweight pressure washers can clean virtually any outdoor surface, from plastic chairs to your asphalt driveway, as long as the cord can reach. Keep in mind most lightweight pressure washers are electric. Electric models are not as powerful as gas models, so cleaning jobs may take longer. But electric models are emission-free and are much easier to store when the job is complete.
Many lightweight pressure washers can reach an impressive PSI, or pounds-per-square inch, of water pressure. This rating indicates the amount of force the pressure washer applies to a square inch of surface area. Electric models in the range of 500 to 2000 PSI are quite effective for cleaning patio furniture, sidewalks, fencing, and siding — even on your home’s upper story.
Flow, measured in gallons per minute or GPM, is the other main measure pressure washer quality. Machines that are more powerful put out more water in a shorter time, so they’re better at carrying dirt away quickly. Most electric pressure washers deliver about 1.5 gallons per minute, although we saw some around 1.8.
Lightweight pressure washers are necessarily tethered to the wall, so their hose length, in combination with their cord, needs to reach your intended target. Most hoses range from 20 to 25 feet; electric cords generally measure 35 feet. Extension cords should not be used with pressure washers, as they can cut your machine’s life short and pose safety risks.
One size doesn’t fit all. Pressure washers often come with a variety of nozzles and wands for cleaning different surfaces and angles. In electric models, many components, including hose connections, tend to be plastic. A few will have metal fittings, which tend to be more durable than plastic options.
Sometimes water alone can’t get the job done. Many pressure washers include detergent tanks to hold formulas for cutting crud that’s extra stubborn. Tanks that are removable are easier to clean, in case the last detergent you used is too harsh for your next project.
Lightweight pressure washers usually vary in price from around $100 to upwards of $250. Models at the low end usually have a lower PSI of around 500 to avoid stressing components. Or, they might offer a higher PSI but lack durability over time. Higher-quality models in the $200 range have PSI ratings of around 2,000 PSI. They also have higher-quality fixtures and construction that can support that kind of water pressure over time.
Picking The Best Light-duty For Most People
Small and Portable with Surprising Cleaning Power
1.) AR Blue Clean AR118 1,500 PSI 1.5 GPM
When it comes to value for money there is no better light-duty than the AR Blue Clean AR118. It has 1500 PSI, 1.5 GPM and weighs 12 pounds.
As you can see in the picture it is a handheld machine. It can also be wall mounted to keep it out your way if you only plan on using it in one spot.
It is the smallest, most portable unit out there without sacrificing cleaning power.
Lightest Light-duty (and it has wheels)
2.) Sun Joe SPX1000 1,450 PSI 1.45 GPM
If you want to roll your pressure cleaner around instead of picking it up then the Sun Joe SPX1000 may be the better option.
It has 1450 PSI, 1.45 GPM and weighs 12 pounds. You’ll notice in the picture how small and compact the unit is to easily find storage room in your garage.
Both washers come with a universal motor and wobble-plate axial pump. Choose this one if you want the wheels and yellow.
Another Great Option
3.) GreenWorks GPW1501 1,500 PSI 1.2 GPM
If you’re not excited by the above two, maybe this one is the one.
It’s made by GreenWorks, a Chinese manufacturer that only makes and sells electric power equipment. They sell mowers, pressure washers, leaf blowers, chainsaws and more – all corded electric and battery powered.
What do you think?