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Pressure Washers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 10 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
August 2011
Pressure Washers: Quicker Cleaning for Less
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors explain how power washers work, and describe the pros and cons of electric and gas types. They note that electric models tend to be cheaper and are better for lighter-duty jobs; gas models, by contrast, are more powerful and faster, but they are noisier and require maintenance. The report also gives suggestions for avoiding injuries and includes a short video that demonstrates how to use a pressure washer safely.
2. PressureWashers Direct.com
As of April 2014
How to Pick the Perfect Pressure Washer
by Mike Aletich and contributors to PressureWashersDirect.com
Our AssessmentPressureWashersDirect.com includes both user and expert reviews for many of the nearly 475 pressure washers carried. This approach gives shoppers a broad understanding of each model. The expert is Mike Aletich, and while it's not clear that he personally tested every model, his bio notes that his training as a NASCAR technician makes him an expert on motors. Top-reviewed products come from Karcher, Simpson, Generac, AR Blue Clean, Campbell Hausfeld, Cam Spray, Shark and Pressure-Pro.
3. HomeDepot.com
As of April 2014
Pressure Washers
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentCarrying power tools for both homeowners and contractors, HomeDepot.com offers a broad range of pressure washers. Only a few models -- made by Generac, Ryobi, Campbell Hausfeld, Simpson and Homelite -- have at least 50 reviews and ratings of 4.1 out of 5 stars or higher. Standouts include the discontinued Generac 6022 (which has been replaced by the nearly identical 6595), and the Ryobi RY14122 and RY80940. Some reviews come from manufacturer websites.
4. Lowes.com
As of April 2014
Pressure Washers
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentA small percentage of the 80-plus pressure washers available at Lowes.com have an ample number of reviews to get a complete understanding of the model. Best-reviewed models -- that is, those with more than 60 reviews and ratings of 4 out of 5 stars or higher -- include electric pressure washers from Greenworks and gas pressure washers from Generac, Troy-Bilt and Husqvarna. Some of the Lowes.com reviews are from manufacturer websites.
5. Amazon.com
As of April 2014
Pressure Washers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOnly a few of the pressure washers on Amazon.com get more than 100 reviews. The AR Blue Clean's electric AR383 is a standout, with over 1,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. AR Blue Clean's electric AR118 and Generac's gas-powered 6020 (which has been replaced by the 6595) are the next best-reviewed models. Other popular brands include Karcher, Simpson, PowerWorks and Campbell Hausfeld. Some comments come from manufacturer websites.
6. Walmart.com
As of April 2014
Pressure Washers
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells several hundred pressure washers, although few have more than 20 user comments. An exception is the Campbell Hausfeld PW1350, which gets more than 150 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Campbell Hausfeld PW1835, Generac 5991/6024 (which has been replaced by and is essentially identical to the 6598), and Wagner 915 also garner a substantial quantity of reviews and high scores. Some comments come from manufacturer websites.
7. Men's Journal
Not Dated
Pressure Washers, the Ultimate Backyard Cleanup Tool
by Sal Vaglica
Our AssessmentEditors of MensJournal.com test four gas models over the course of a month, using them to clean siding, wash porches and patio furniture and, in some cases, strip paint. They evaluate the models on three criteria: portability, ease of use and end results. Writer Sal Vaglica reports the editors find much to like about all four models: the Generac 6602, Ryobi RY80940, Craftsman 75286 and Husqvarna PW3300.
8. PopularMechanics.com
Aug. 19, 2013
Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentRoy Berendsohn gives tips for choosing the right size and type of power washer for your cleaning needs, noting that electric styles are best for cars, outdoor furniture, and small decks and patios; 2000- to 3,100-psi gas models are good for decks, patios and boats, he says, while 3,200- to 4,200-psi gas models are appropriate for paint stripping, graffiti removal and other professional-duty jobs. He also provides guidelines for using pressure washers effectively.
9. PopularMechanics.com
July 8, 2011
How to Pressure Wash Your House
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentRoy Berendsohn explains the best way to use a power washer to achieve top results. He notes that gas-powered machines are generally better for houses because they pack more power, while electric models are more suited to cars, small boats and patio furniture. He recommends pretreating mildew stains before power-washing them and suggests safe ways to handle the machine.
10. PopularMechanics.com
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We Test the Top Small Pressure Washers
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentRoy Berendsohn evaluates five pressure washers, naming the Homelite UT80432 his top pick. He praises its cleaning power, robust design, flexible spray hose, and front-mounted, wide-opening cleaner jug. He also notes that the Ryobi RY80940 is a nearly identical machine. The Generac 5991 (which is discontinued and replaced by the 6598) is a close runner up; Berendsohn praises its dirt-blasting power and sturdiness, but adds that this model's inflexible hose and awkward hose storage kept it from being his top choice.
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