AR Blue Clean AR118 Review

Bottom Line

If your power washing needs are modest, and 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.

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Well-built pump
  • Effective for light-duty jobs
  • Confusing Instructions
  • Takes longer for dirtier jobs
  • Not enough power for heavy duty jobs

Breaking it down


Best for lighter-duty cleaning. Reviews say the AR Blue Clean AR118 is a good performer when it comes to cleaning concrete, wood, boats, cars and windows. Keep your expectations in check, however, when it comes to more demanding tasks, or at the very least budget extra time for the AR118 to get things sparkling. Reviewers praise the triplex plunger pump with stainless-steel plungers, which'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 that it's unlikely to last as long as an induction motor. The AR118 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 reviews say distributes the cleaner conveniently and evenly. The spray head rotates to change the stream from wide to narrow.

Ease of use

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, and the model comes with brackets for wall mounting. At a mere 19 pounds, reviews say that the AR118 is light enough to be carried up a ladder to clean a second-story deck. The 35-foot cord and 20-foot hose provide good reach, and the spray wand adjusts to provide the right cleaning pattern and power for a range of tasks. Accessories are stored onboard and a nozzle-cleaning tool is included. 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. Also, similar to other power washers, the AR118 draws complaints about the water connector, which some say tends to leak. Owners suggest using plumber's tape or a replacement brass fitting to fix it.

Our Sources

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AR Blue Clean 1500 PSI (Electric-Cold Water) Hand Carry Pressure Washer, Mike Aletich and contributors to, As of July 2015

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." Roughly 110 users largely agree, and around 91 percent say they would recommend this power washer to a friend.


AR Blue Clean AR118 1,500 PSI 1.5 GPM Hand Carry Electric Pressure Washer, Contributors to, As of July 2015

The AR Blue Clean AR118 earns a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from nearly 560 reviewers posting to 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. Some reports of defective units as well as troublesome connectors are also seen.


AR Blue Clean 1500-PSI 1.58-GPM Portable Electric Pressure Washer with Total Stop System, Contributors to, As of July 2015

Roughly 65 users post about the AR Blue Clean AR118 on, giving it a 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.