Reviews like how effortless it is to carry and move the AR118 pressure washer; at 19 pounds, users can even carry it up stairs for second-story decks. Editors at PressureWashersDirect.com name this the second best hand-carry pressure washer, saying it's "best at light-duty tasks" like washing cars and cleaning lawn furniture. Built with a high-quality triplex plunger pump, foam soap dispenser and extra-long 35-foot cord, hundreds of owners say this 1,500-psi pressure washer is outstanding.
Best for light-duty cleaning. Reviews say the AR118 has top performance when cleaning concrete, wood, boats, cars and windows. "For smaller cleaning jobs, it performs very well," says one owner at PressureWashersDirect.com. "You have to work at it to get the really stubborn stuff clean, but it will do it."
Powering the 1,500 psi, 1.58 gpm AR118 is a universal motor, which experts say doesn't last as long as an induction motor. Many owners say this quieter unit is a good fit to supplement a gas pressure washer that is too bulky for small jobs.
Compact unit can be mounted to the wall or stored in a closet. The lightest of all the pressure washers in our report, the AR118 is compact enough to carry where it's needed, even up a flight of stairs. The long 35-foot cord and 20-foot hose give users a good reach, and the spray wand adjusts to clean a broad range of materials. "You can go from a hard-cutting pinpoint jet to a wide, flat broom-like spray without having to stop to change jets," says a HomeDepot.com reviewer. Another owner on the site says the attachable soap bottle is "convenient to use, and distributes the cleaner evenly." A number of reviews say the most inconvenient issue with the AR118 is the assembly and directions, which some say are difficult to follow.
Low-priced unit includes high-grade pump. The AR118 unit is "much better constructed than anything remotely in its price range, hands down," says a PressureWashersDirect.com user review. It's built with an Annovi Reverberi triplex plunger pump and tempered stainless-steel plungers for durability. This type of pump -- which experts say is the best -- is typically only in more expensive pressure washers. After releasing the trigger, the Total Stop System turns the pump off to prevent overheating.
Similar to other pressure washers, some owners say the plastic water connection leaks and suggest using plumber's tape or a replacement brass fitting to fix it. AR Blue Clean covers the AR118 with a one-year warranty.
The AR118 is one of the most-reviewed pressure washers at Amazon.com, with 4.1 stars (out of 5) from more than 200 reviews. Overall, owners say it's convenient, easy to use and handles household cleaning well. A few say the assembly and directions are complicated and the plastic hose connection can leak.
Review: AR Blue Clean AR118 1,500 PSI 1.5 GPM Hand Carry Electric Pressure Washer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
2. PressureWashers Direct.com
Editors here pick the AR118 as the second best hand-carry electric pressure washer, partly because of the high-grade AR triplex pump "that's a step above most units in this price range." More than 60 users agree -- giving it a 4.7-star score and praising its portability, ease of operation and excellent cleaning.
Review: AR Blue Clean 1500 PSI Hand Carry (Electric-Cold Water) Pressure Washer, Editors of and contributors to PressureWashersDirect.com, As of July 2013
Receiving more than 30 user reviews here, owners say the AR118 is a good supplement to a larger unit when you need a pressure washer that is portable and efficient. Its easy operation and value get the highest praise; the AR118 has an overall score of 4.2 stars (out of 5).
Review: AR Blue Clean 1500 psi 1.58 GPM Portable Electric Pressure Washer with Total Stop System, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013