Best pressure washer 2020: cleaning outdoor spaces is quick and easy with our top buys

Looking for the best pressure washer for your budget? We've rounded up the best models you can buy right now

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Having the best pressure washer to hand will help you keep your garden and drive looking as good as new. Pressure washers are incredibly useful bits of kit and use high-pressure water to remove dirt, debris and build up from numerous surfaces around your garden. 

The best pressure washer will make quick work of a grubby patio, drive or decking, a smelly bin or a dirty car, uses less water than a standard garden hose, and requires less elbow-grease than if you were armed with a bucket of soapy water and a stiff brush. 

Whether you are looking for something on a budget, or need something cordless for maximum flexibility, you’ll find it on our list of the best pressure washers.

The best pressure washer 2020

Ryobi RPW120B Pressure Washer

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1. Ryobi RPW120B Pressure Washer

The best pressure washer: we love this great all-rounder

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Weight: 9kg
Wattage: 1800W
Cleaning pressure: 120 bar
Hose length: 5m
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Powerful+Easy to store
Reasons to avoid
-Heavier than others on the list

This Ryobi model offers 120-bar cleaning pressure to suit any task. Its compact and upright design make it particularly easy to store – you can store the attachments on the main body, too – and, with the integrated handle, it is easy to manoeuvre. It comes with a five-metre steel-armed, kink-resistant hose and an on-demand detergent function.

The kit includes a trigger gun, vario lance, turbo lance and a 5m steel-armed hose.

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Bosch EasyAquaTak 110 pressure washer

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2. Bosch EasyAquatak 110 High Pressure Washer

Best compact pressure washer: this is lightweight and easy to move

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Weight: 3.8kg
Wattage: 1300W
Cleaning pressure: 110 bar
Hose length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+Compact+Lightweight+Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
-Shorter hose length 

One of the best pressure washers if you're looking for something lightweight and compact, this Bosch model features 110-bar cleaning pressure making light work of your cleaning tasks. The main body has a low centre of gravity, which means it remains particularly stable when in use. It’s easily stored and comes with multiple attachments to suit a variety of different tasks.

It comes with a high-pressure gun, three-metre high-pressure hose, a variable fan jet nozzle, a rotary nozzle, and a high pressure detergent nozzle.

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Karcher K2 Full Control Pressure Washer

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3. Kärcher K2 Full Control Home Pressure Washer

Best all-round pressure washer: this is the one that will do everything

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Weight: 6.86kg
Wattage: 1400W
Cleaning pressure: 110 bar
Hose length: 3m
Reasons to buy
+Great attachments +Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
-Excessive for small tasks

It wouldn’t be a list of the best pressure washers without a Kärcher. The K2 model is quick and easy to assemble and comes with multiple attachments, including a Vario lance, a dirt blaster lance (to quickly remove build up from hard surfaces such as brick or stone) and a T150 patio cleaner, which claims to clean patios five times faster than a normal lance (result!) 

The Vario lance allows you to choose between four cleaning settings to suit a range of applications from soft and delicate surfaces such as decking or cars, through to hard surfaces such as patios. 

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Wilks pressure washer

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4. Wilks-USA RX550i Electric Pressure Washer

Best high-pressure washer: the highest cleaning pressure out there

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Weight:: 30kg
Wattage:: 3000W
Cleaning pressure:: 262 bar
Reasons to buy
+Highest maximum cleaning pressure+Great accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy-Best suited to larger tasks

This is the best pressure washer for heavy duty tasks. With a powerful maximum cleaning pressure of 262 bar, this pressure washer will help you to zip through your cleaning tasks in no time. It comes with a range of accessories as standard, including a patio cleaner and fixed brush attachment. It also has an extra-long hose (26 metres) and a five-metre power cable giving you impressive reach.

And while this is the most powerful pressure washer on this list, it's still compact enough to allow for easy storage.

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Karcher KHB5 pressure washer - NEW

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5. Karcher KHB 5 Multi Jet – Battery Handheld Cleaner

Best handheld option: medium cleaning pressure for delicate surfaces

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Weight: 2.7kg
Wattage: n/a
Cleaning pressure: 24 bar
Hose length: n/a
Reasons to buy
+ No need for mains connection 
Reasons to avoid
-Not as powerful as other models-Only 10 min run time on the battery 

If you’re after a handheld pressure washer, then this battery-powered Karcher model is great. Best for smaller tasks, the KHB works well on delicate surfaces such as wooden furniture, bikes or tools thanks to its medium cleaning pressure. 

Lightweight and convenient to use, the KHB comes with a multi-jet and dirt blaster lance, as well as featuring a real time, integrated, LCD battery display.

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Worx WG625E pressure washer

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6. WORX WG625E Cordless Hydroshot Portable Pressure Cleaner

Best cordless pressure washer: for easy cleaning on the go

Specifications
Cordless?: Yes
Weight: 2.98kg
Wattage: n/a
Cleaning pressure: 22 bar
Hose length: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Cordless 
Reasons to avoid
- Lower cleaning pressure than corded models 

For easy cleaning on the go, this compact and lightweight cordless model offers up to 10x the pressure of a normal hose. The battery offers 30 minutes' run time which is plenty if you want to clean something relatively small.

If you have other WORX tools that are a part of the brand’s powershare battery platform, this Hydroshot model could be a sensible choice as you can use a WORX 20V battery you already own.

Shop the WORX WG625E Cordless Hydroshot Portable Pressure

Black and Decker pressure washer

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7. Black+Decker BXPW1600PE High Pressure Washer

Best range of accessories: comes with a full-range of user-friendly accessories

Specifications
Cordless?: No
Weight: 7.21kg
Wattage: 1600W
Cleaning pressure: 125 bar
Hose length: 6m
Reasons to buy
+Great accessories+Compact & lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Corded

This is one of the best pressure washers in terms of cleaning pressure – at 125 bar – which makes it powerful enough to tackle any task. As well as a high pressure lance and a choice of nozzles, this model also comes with a patio cleaner attachment and a fixed brush. A great all-rounder for any surface.

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How to shop the best pressure washer

Choosing the best pressure washer for you come down to more than just price. Consider what surfaces you want to use it on, how manoeuvrable you need it to be and how easy it is to use.

Check the pressure

Take a look at the pressure to see if it will tackle the tasks you need it to. About 100-bar pressure should be fine for cleaning mud off bikes or bits of moss and dirt off furniture and decking. For patios, drives and guttering, or anything with ground-in dirt, go for about the 120-bar pressure mark.

Cable size

Check how long the lead is, as well as the length of the attachments to check you'll be able to use it where you want to. Will it reach to the end of the drive or up to your guttering? Cordless options are available but they don't tend to have as good pressure.

Attachments

All pressure washers come with an adjustable nozzle but see what else is included. A dedicated patio cleaning head will make speedy work of patios, while brushes can be great for gutters and furniture.

What is the best pressure washer?

In our opinion, you can't go wrong with the Ryobi RPW120B Pressure Washer. It's compact, easy to store and has great pressure. It also comes with a host of attachments to make cleaning a breeze.