Reviews say the AR383 is a great value, mainly because of the high-quality triplex pump (a durable style that's uncommon at this price point). At 1,900 psi and 1.5 gpm, it's ideal for household jobs like washing cars, cleaning decks and spraying concrete. Owners like that it's sturdy and lightweight for easy moving. But reviews are mixed on whether the hose reel, power cord storage and removable soap dispenser are helpful or cumbersome.
Two spray nozzles for extra range and control. For most household chores, reviews say the AR383 is an excellent pressure washer. One owner at PressureWashersDirect.com says, "The pressure is fine for most light-duty cleaning like cleaning off a lawn mower, deck and siding," and it's "really nice to have the rotating wand for medium-duty cleaning."
The AR383 can handle tougher jobs like "removing dried concrete residue from stepping stones, clearing old adhesive residue from veneer," but it takes longer than a more powerful pressure washer, according to one user review at Amazon.com.
Easy to use and lightweight. Both first-time pressure washer owners and more advanced users say the AR383 is easy to operate. Assembly and setup is "a breeze" say owners at PressureWashersDirect.com. A storage reel holds the 20-foot hose; the wand and trigger gun compactly attach to the side, and the detergent bottle stores on the back. One Walmart.com owner loves the built-in storage, making it nearly impossible to lose parts.
Not many users are impressed with the performance of the soap applicator, with a number of reviews saying it's too small and can leak. Most owners say these issues along with an awkward hose reel are only minor inconveniences. "The hose reel is more trouble than it's worth: Just loosely loop the pressure hose and the electrical cord over the machine," suggests one owner at PressureWashersDirect.com.
First-class pump at a mid-grade price. The triplex plunger pump uses tempered stainless-steel plungers, a high-quality style not often found on units at this price. "AR is famous for their high performance pumps, and even in this economical unit they put in a pump that's a step above many other units in this price range," says Bill Mikenis, the product expert at PressureWashersDirect.com. The Total Stop System shuts down the pump when you release the trigger to keep the pump from overheating and extends its life span.
Other components of the AR383 are more in-line with a mid-grade unit, including the universal motor. Numerous users -- including this one at Amazon.com -- also say, "the plastic fittings for connections must be precisely tightened and hooked up or they leak." Some owners say this is easily fixed with replacement brass fittings.
AR Blue Clean covers the AR383 with a one-year warranty.
With about 650 user reviews, the AR383 has far more ratings than other pressure washers at Amazon.com, and it's been a best seller for more than two years. The AR383 has an average 4.1-star rating (out of 5), and most owners say it's user-friendly with excellent performance for light-duty tasks.
Review: AR Blue Clean AR383 1,900 PSI 1.5 GPM 14 Amp Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
2. PressureWashers Direct.com
Several employees with PressureWashersDirect.com own an AR383, giving editors hands-on experience to recommend it. Product expert Bill Mikenis says the "pump has three stainless-steel plungers that are more durable than the typical plastic parts on other units in this class." About 40 owners rate it an average of 4.3 stars.
Review: AR Blue Clean 1900 PSI (Electric Cold Water) Pressure Washer w/ Hose Reel, Editors of and contributors to PressureWashersDirect.com, As of July 2013
Though it doesn't appear editors test all of the pressure washers on this site, a video review accompanying this report briefly shows their hands-on test for the AR383. Overall, editors say it's powerful enough for homeowners, but they take points off for the cumbersome hose reel and plastic hose adapter.
Review: AR Blue Clean AR383 Review, Editors of PressureWasherCritics.com, Jan. 6, 2013
About 10 owners review the AR383 here, and all of them recommend it. "This pressure washer is an excellent product and I would highly recommend it to anyone," says a recent user review.
Review: AR Blue Clean, Inc 1900 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013