The Best Overall Pressure Washer

Last updated on December 11, 2018

We looked at the top 13 Pressure Washers and dug through the reviews from 80 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, The Spruce, New York Times Wirecutter, Pro Tool Reviews, Good Housekeeping Co, Ope Reviews, Family Handyman, Popular Mechanics and more. The result is a ranking of the best Pressure Washers.

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We looked at the top 13 Pressure Washers and dug through the reviews from 80 of the most popular review sites including Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, The Spruce, New York Times Wirecutter, Pro Tool Reviews, Good Housekeeping Co, Ope Reviews, Family Handyman, Popular Mechanics and more. The result is a ranking of the best of the best Pressure Washers.

The Top Pressure Washers

Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall
  The Best Value

Ryobi

3000 PSI

Overall Take

The Ryobi 3000 PSI is powerful, easy to maneuver (it even goes up stairs without hassle) and user-friendly. It also has a powerful Honda engine.

Experts Included
Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, The Spruce, Popular Mechanics, Pro Tool Reviews, Family Handyman and 2 more. Along with user reviews from Home Depot.
Pros
"The tall handle, tall tires, and configuration like a hand truck's make the Ryobi the best stair climber of our test"
Cons
"Experts give it tip-top marks for cleaning and very good ones for power and ease of use, but note that it is a bit on the noisier side"

Generac

OneWash 3100 PSI

Overall Take

The Generac OneWash 3100 is not only super easy to use, but it's extremely powerful. A unique feature is that it lets you easily adjust the pressure.

Experts Included
Consumer Reports, Popular Mechanics, Family Handyman and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Home Depot.
Pros
"The easiest to use and most effective of the machines we tested."
Cons
"Unit always on (generates noise and may overheat)"

Sun Joe

SPX3000

Overall Take

Experts Included
New York Times Wirecutter, Top Ten Reviews, Consumer Reports, BestReviews, The Spruce and 4 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
"The Sun Joe SPX3000 is the most powerful pressure washer we reviewed."
Cons
"One minus: You must manually set the trigger lock. And the hose lacks quick-connection attachments to the wand and pump."

Simpson

Megashot 3100 PSI

Overall Take

The Simpson Megashot 3100 PSI is made out of steel, which makes it super solid. It also scored high due to its portability and its power.

Experts Included
BestReviews, Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, The Spruce, Family Handyman and 7 more. Along with user reviews from Home Depot.
Pros
"If you have a little more to spend on a serious pressure washer but don’t want to shell out for a professional-grade model, the Simpson MegaShot MSH3125-S offers a little extra power at a still-reasonable price."
Cons
"Has been known for occasional units failing to run properly or at all."
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The Best Overall

Ryobi 3000 PSI

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
680 user reviews
The DWYM Consensus

The Ryobi 3000 PSI is powerful, easy to maneuver (it even goes up stairs without hassle) and user-friendly. It also has a powerful Honda engine.

What experts liked
Easy to operate its controls, very easy to move and transport, and to store it.
- Consumer Reports
This gas-powered Ryobi lets you wash things you can’t reach with an extension cord, and it cleans twice as fast as an electric model.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Though branded a Ryobi, it’s powered by a Honda GCV160 engine.
- The Spruce
The tall handle, tall tires, and configuration like a hand truck's make the Ryobi the best stair climber of our test
- Popular Mechanics
While not all Pros really consider Ryobi when looking for a pressure washer, it’s the Honda engine that gives me the confidence to pull the trigger.
- Pro Tool Reviews
The unit has some very nice features starting with an idle down feature which idles the unit down when in standby mode and helps save gas and also makes the unit quieter when idling.
- Tools In Action
Like the Simpson, this machine impressed us enough to win our Best Overall award. Its hose is our favorite by far.
- Family Handyman
What experts didn't like
Hose less convenient to store than others
- Consumer Reports
It’s heavier, it’s louder, and it needs fuel, maintenance, and proper storage in the off-season.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Experts give it tip-top marks for cleaning and very good ones for power and ease of use, but note that it is a bit on the noisier side
- The Spruce
Lightweight is relative, of course, since the unit still weighs 62 pounds. But either one of us can manhandle it in or out of a truck with relative ease.
- Pro Tool Reviews
Not that I have any complaints about this unit, but if I did I would really like to see a 50′ hose.
- Tools In Action
Our only beef is that the pump connections are right at ground level.
- Family Handyman

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ryobi 3000 PSI
Overall Score: 9.5
Reviews Included: 9

2. Generac OneWash 3100 PSI
Overall Score: 8.9
Reviews Included: 8

3. Sun Joe SPX3000
Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 11

4. Simpson Megashot 3100 PSI
Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 15

5. PowerShot 3300 PSI
Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 6

6. DeWalt Professional 3400 PSI
Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 4

7. WEN 3100 PSI
Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 6

8. Ryobi RY14122
Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 6

9. 20655 3200 PSI
Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 7

10. AR Blue Clean
Overall Score: 7.6
Reviews Included: 8

11. Karcher K5
Overall Score: 7.5
Reviews Included: 9

12. Worx Hydroshot
Overall Score: 7.3
Reviews Included: 7

13. Greenworks GPW
Overall Score: 6.9
Reviews Included: 7

An Overview On Pressure Washers

When you’ve got built-up grime or tough stains on your driveway, patio furniture, deck, car or siding, it’s time to bring in a pressure washer. Pressure washers use a high-pressure stream of water to make cleaning easy (and very satisfying!). Watch dirt, mildew and grease melt away as you run the pressure washer over all the dirty surfaces around your home. (Note: Pressure washers are slightly different from power washers, which use high-pressure streams of hot water instead of unheated water.)
Pressure washers come in both electric- and gas-powered models. Gas washers typically offer greater pressure and water flow, making them ideal for the toughest cleaning jobs. Electric power washers, on the other hand, are a bit more user-friendly. They’re smaller and lighter than gas power washers, making them more convenient for frequent cleaning. Plus, you don’t have to worry about some of the pitfalls of gas-powered equipment, such as startup problems or pump damage.

Less powerful electric power washers are ideal for cleaning cars, outdoor furniture, grills, children’s plastic play sets and smaller decks and patios. Depending on the pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure they provide, gas power washers may be appropriate for either home and shop use or professional duty, such as paint-stripping or graffiti removal.

DWYM Fun Fact

The colors on the nozzle of a pressure washer indicate the narrowness and force of their spray pattern. White is 40 degrees, green is 25 degrees, yellow is 15 degrees, red is 0 degrees and black is the low-pressure setting to be used for dispensing soap.

The Pressure Washer Buying Guide

  • Pressure washers certified by the Pressure Washer Manufacturers’ Association will have a PWMA logo.
  • Pressure washers may not work with well water because the water flow is too low.
  • To get vertical surfaces clean, power wash from the bottom up and then rinse from the top down.
  • Test surfaces before power washing by spraying a smaller, less visible area.
  • For gas-powered pressure washers, try adding a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline before filling the tank.
  • Wear protective eyewear when operating pressure washers.
  • Only use identical replacement parts to prevent hazards and damage to your pressure washer.
  • Empty water from all pressure washer parts and hoses before storing, and keep in a dry, covered and frost-free area.
  • Gas pressure washers need 30 minutes to cool down before storing.
  • Electric pressure washers should have a built-in ground fault interrupter to prevent electrical hazards.
  • If you’re buying a high-PSI pressure washer, you may want to select one with the option for variable pressure to protect certain surfaces.
  • Up to 1,900 PSI is considered light duty (ideal for grills, cars, boats and windows); 1,900 to 3,000 PSI is considered medium duty (ideal for fencing, decks, siding and paint preparation); 3,000 or more PSI is considered heavy duty (ideal for driveways, sidewalks and construction equipment).
  • Always keep the pressure washer nozzle moving so water doesn’t cut into the surface you’re cleaning.