AR Blue Clean AR383
Budget electric pressure washer
Reviewers say an electric pressure washer is a good choice for the widest range of chores around the home -- and because it's electric, it's less polluting and less costly to maintain. One of the best-reviewed electric models is the AR Blue Clean AR383, which is rated at 1,900 pounds per square inch (psi), with a water flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) -- fine for light duty like washing bikes and cars, and for hosing down sidewalks, but not strong enough to power-wash siding. The manufacturer, Annovi Reverberi, is known for making high-quality pumps, and the AR383 has a triplex plunger pump, unusual for a model in this price range. The big drawback is that it has a universal motor rather than a more durable induction motor. You can easily spend two or three times as much on a more durable pro-grade electric pressure washer (or a gas model), but since most homeowners only use a pressure washer about 20 hours per year, such an expenditure may be overkill. Hence, meticulous adherence to the manufacturer's usage, storage and maintenance instructions is absolutely essential when it comes to inexpensive electric pressure washers.