Pressure Washers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 20 Sources
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Tellin' It Like It Is: Serious Pressure Washer Worth Bragging About
by Editors of PressureWashersDirect.com
Our AssessmentThis large online retailer offers the most current pressure-washer reviews, as well as useful buying advice and an interactive selection guide. The website identifies good, better and best models in several psi ranges for both gas and electric models. Recommendations are primarily based on product knowledge, customer comments and reviews, and perceived value. The site also publishes customer reviews, which can provide a valuable second opinion.
Compare Pressure Washers Like a Pro
by Editors of The-Power-Washer-Advisor.com
Our AssessmentSince there are so many different brands and models available -- far more than any comparison review could cover -- this self-described "do-it-yourself guide to evaluating models" is very helpful, though it doesn't rate or rank specific pressure washers.
The Pressure's On: Five Power Washers vs. One Really Dirty Patio
by Charles Passy
Our AssessmentThis review compares electric pressure washers by testing them on different parts of the same grimy patio. The comments about each model are useful, and the review also gives enough details about the pros and cons of each pressure washer to clarify some buying guidelines that apply beyond these particular models. We'd rank the review higher if it were not so out of date. Some of the models included in the test are no longer available.
by Mark Clement
Our AssessmentThis article doesn't compare specific brands or models, but it does recommend power washers for contractors. For jobsite use, reviewer Mark Clement advises choosing a gas power washer with at least 2,800 psi, a flow rate of 2.4 to 2.5 gpm, and an engine with 5 to 7 horsepower. Anything higher is judged overkill, which means it's certainly too much for homeowner use.
The Art of Pressure Washing
by Jon Tobey
Our AssessmentThis illustrated article focuses on using a pressure washer to clean siding, recommending approximately 2,500 psi. No specific brands or models are tested.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells more electric pressure washers than gas models, so electric models have accumulated more owner-written reviews and ratings. Of those with enough reviews for them to be meaningful, three models stand out -- an AR Blue Clean, a Campbell Hausfeld and a Karcher. All three cost less than $175. A smaller (and less expensive) version of the AR Blue Clean gets high ratings from a handful of people.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentMost of the gas pressure washers sold at Sears.com are its own Craftsman brand, with some other brands mixed in. More brands of electric models are offered, but few have any ratings or reviews. You can sort the models by average owner-written rating, which makes the site very easy to use.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentYou can't sort the list of pressure washers sold at HomeDepot.com by their average rating from owners, so the site isn't as convenient to browse as others. There's also a separate category, professional pressure washers, which includes brands like Ridgid and DeWalt, though some of the models included in this category are suitable for consumers. Of the gas models, a Homelite and a Husky model, both with axial cam pumps, both get high marks from a significant number of owners, as does a Ridgid model with a Cat triplex pump. Among electric pressure washers, a Stanley model and a Husky model get the best ratings from the most owners.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentOwners rate pressure washers at Lowes.com on five factors: design, features, quality, value and ease of use. Some owners also write brief reviews based on their experiences. Two Greenworks electric models get high ratings from enough people to make the ratings meaningful. Among gas pressure washers sold by Lowe's, three Troy-Bilt models get high marks, two from over 60 owners and the third from about 45 owners.
by Contributors to NorthernTool.com
Our AssessmentThis retailer publishes owner-written ratings and reviews of the pressure washers it sells, mostly under its own NorthStar brand. It's easy to scan the lists of electric and gas cold-water pressure washers to find the top-rated models. When you click on a model, you can also see how many owners reviewed it and how many of them would recommend it to a friend. Three NorthStar models get the highest ratings among electric pressure washers sold here; they range in price from $470 to $760. Among the gas cold-water pressure washers, two NorthStar models get high ratings, as does a Powerhorse model (Powerhorse is another of Northern Tool's brands, generally lower priced than the NorthStar brand).
Ridgid Pressure Washers
by Contributors to RidgidForum.com
Our AssessmentThis 14-page discussion evaluates several Ridgid pressure washers, with some comparisons with the DeWalt 3100. A clear consensus emerges in favor of triplex pumps rather than axial cam pumps, with Cat the favorite brand. Confusion about the pump on the 3,000-psi model is finally cleared up: the 2008 version used an AR axial cam pump, while the 2009 version uses a Cat triplex pump.
Power Play: It's a Blast
by Karen Weir-Jimerson
Our AssessmentThis brief article by an experienced gardener discusses the joys of cleaning off old garden furniture with a pressure washer. The author recommends two electric pressure washers and five gas models -- featuring the Troy-Bilt 2,550 psi -- but doesn't document any comparison tests. She leans toward the extra power of gas pressure washers, with their price the main drawback.
Power Washers for Cleaning Decks
by Contributors to Google Answers
Our AssessmentSeveral contributors give detailed advice on choosing a pressure washer for cleaning decks. Two, including a deck builder, urge erring on the side of too little power to avoid creating a ragged, splintery deck. One notes that spending more for a commercial model costs less in the long run, since the pressure washer can be repaired for less. Indeed, one owner reports that repair on his Craftsman model was covered by warranty only for 90 days; when the pump failed again it wasn't covered.
by Editors of Yesterday's Tractor Co.
Our AssessmentThis undated review compares three pressure washers for cleaning caked mud off tractors: a 1,200-psi electric washer, a 1,500-psi gas washer and a 3,000-psi gas NorthStar with an 11-horsepower Honda engine. The 3,000-psi washer is recommended wholeheartedly. The two lesser-powered pressure washers just couldn't cope with washing mud off a tractor, but the NorthStar did fine.
Pressure Washers - Selection and Uses
by Brian Mark
Our AssessmentThis succinct blog post on pressure washers is written by a self-described "power tool geek," who explains the technical terms very well. He recommends direct-drive motors (with the pump directly mounted to the spindle of the motor) for their efficiency and longer life compared with belt drive motors. He also notes that it's important to make sure you'll be able to get parts when needed, which is where major brands have a definite edge.
Pressure Washer Reviews
by Editors of and contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentThis site publishes owner-written reviews, mostly by consolidating them from other sites, including HomeDepot.com and NorthernTool.com. It's a convenient way to browse through reviews, but isn't up to date.
Pressure Washer for about $500
by Contributors to GardenWeb.com
Our AssessmentThis forum discussion compares pressure washers costing about $500, favoring the Ridgid models because of their Robin Subaru engines and, especially, for their Cat pumps. A search of the forum shows quite a few discussions of pressure washers, including a February 2009 discussion of the best pressure washers under $200 -- criticizing a 2,000-psi electric Husky pressure washer for relatively low build quality and for lacking the power to clean a deck or siding -- but concluding that in that price range, other brands won't be any more capable.
Small Pressure Washers
by Contributors to FactsFacts.com
Our AssessmentThis is a summary of messages posted by pressure washer users, discussing the pros and cons of electric vs. gasoline models, with recommendations of specific models for specific uses. Although gasoline models are clearly faster and more powerful, many users say they're happy with their electric pressure washers. The key to satisfaction is to have realistic expectations (and a water supply that can keep up with the washer's flow rate).
Craftsman 1300 psi Electric Pressure Washer Review
by Editors of Mustang World
Our AssessmentWhile the Craftsman power washer at the heart of this well-illustrated review is discontinued, the report is useful since it confirms that a 1,300-psi, 1.5-gpm pressure washer can be quite adequate for car washing. The review also notes that the rolling cart adds a lot of convenience and that electric pressure washers are quieter than gasoline models.
Karcher VS Campbell Pressure Washer
by Editors of CompareTheBrands.com
Our AssessmentThis review scours online reviews and studies features to compare two gas pressure washers in the size and price range most homeowners would need. On this basis, both Karcher and Campbell 2,500-psi models earn 4-star ratings here, though the Karcher has a higher flow rate. We'd rank this review higher if it were based on testing or provided model numbers and specifications.