If your priorities are convenience and affordability, reviewers recommend the AR Blue Clean AR118 electric pressure washer. Many say it's all but effortless to move and effectively blasts dirt off cars, walkways, siding, decks and outdoor furniture. Some note the water pressure is too low for heavier-duty tasks; still, with its triplex plunger pump, foam soap dispenser and 35-foot cord, hundreds of owners say this 1,500-psi, 1.58-gpm pressure washer is an outstanding value.
Best for lighter-duty cleaning. Reviews say the AR Blue Clean AR118 is a top performer when it comes to cleaning concrete, wood, boats, cars and windows. "For smaller cleaning jobs, it performs very well," says one owner, adding, "You have to work at it to get the really stubborn stuff clean, but it will do it." Reviewers also praise the triplex plunger pump with stainless-steel plungers, which PressureWasherDirect.com's expert, Mike Aletich, says is a step above most pumps in similarly priced machines. A universal motor powers the 1,500-psi, 1.58-gpm AR118, although experts say it doesn't last as long as an induction motor. It has a one-year limited warranty.
Plenty of high-quality features. The AR Blue Clean AR118's "Total Stop System" automatically stops the motor when the trigger is released, which helps protect the pump from overheating. In addition, it has an attachable detergent tank that one owner says distributes the cleaner conveniently and evenly. The spray head rotates to change the stream from wide to narrow, and the model comes with brackets for wall mounting. Accessories are stored onboard and a nozzle-cleaning tool is included. Similar to other washers, however, the AR118 draws complaints about the water connector, which some say tends to leaks. Users suggest plumber's tape or a replacement brass fitting to fix it.
Compact enough to store on a shelf. Users like that the handheld AR Blue Clean AR118 has a small footprint and can be mounted on a wall or stored on a shelf. In addition, at a mere 19 pounds, it's light enough to be carried up a ladder to clean a second-story deck, one owner reports. The 35-foot cord and 20-foot hose provide good reach, and the spray wand adjusts to clean a range of materials. Many find this washer relatively quiet. A number of reviews say the most inconvenient issue with the AR118 is the assembly, and some find the directions difficult to follow.
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Expert Mike Aletich recommends the AR Blue Clean AR118, thanks largely to its triplex plunger pump. He calls it "a step above most units in this price range." More than 80 users agree, giving it an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars for features, quality, performance and value.
Review: AR Blue Clean 1500 PSI (Electric-Cold Water) Hand Carry Pressure Washer, Mike Aletich and contributors to PressureWashersDirect.com, As of April 2014
The AR Blue Clean AR118 earns an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from nearly 300 reviewers posting to Amazon.com. Owners say it's convenient and easy to store, and it handles household cleaning well. A few say the directions are complicated, and some find the water pressure low.
Review: AR Blue Clean AR118 1,500 PSI 1.5 GPM Hand Carry Electric Pressure Washer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Nearly 50 users post about the AR Blue Clean AR118 on HomeDepot.com, giving it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most like that it's portable, effective and easy to operate, but some say the water pressure is too low, so cleaning takes a long time.
Review: AR Blue Clean 1500-PSI 1.58-GPM Portable Electric Pressure Washer with Total Stop System, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2014