- 1 The best pressure washer
- 2 A good cleaner with fewer features
- 3 More portable, not as powerful
- 4 More power, more portability, more maintenance
Ryobi RY142300 2300 PSI Brushless Electric Pressure Washer
The best pressure washer
With extra-large wheels, a long hose, a high-end induction motor, and a well-designed GFCI plug, this Ryobi model is the most user-friendly electric pressure washer.
We recommend an electric pressure washer for most homeowners since that type is easier to use and maintain than a gas model (gas washers are more powerful, but most people don’t need the extra power). The quiet-running brushless induction motor of the Ryobi RY142300 should last for years, and the machine’s heft helps make it really hard to tip over, even when you’re forcefully tugging on the hose. With its larger wheels and cable, as well as its hose management, this sturdy design makes the RY142300 the easiest to maneuver and use among the washers we tested. The company’s three-year limited warranty is also the longest we found. The RY142300 costs a little more than the rest, but if you’ll be using it three or more times a year, it’s the best value.
Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer
A good cleaner with fewer features
For about $100 less than our pick, this model cleans comparably, but because it lacks several standout features, it’s much less convenient to use.
If you have a smaller budget or plan to use your washer only once or twice a year, we like the Sun Joe SPX3000 Electric Pressure Washer. For about $100 less than the Ryobi RY142300, it cleans about the same, but like most under-$200 models it has a shorter hose, a lower-quality motor, smaller wheels, a shorter warranty, and a design that’s easier to tip over. Compared with the other budget models we tried, it has a wider selection of spray tips; it also offers a durable metal spray wand, plus convenient hose and cord storage similar to that of the RY142300.
Ryobi RY1419MTVNM 1900 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
More portable, not as powerful
This Ryobi doesn’t clean as powerfully as the others, but it’s small size and top handle make it portable and easy to store.
For those short on storage and who don’t mind carrying a pressure washer around, we also like the Ryobi RY1419MTVNM 1900 PSI Wheeled Electric Pressure Washer. It’s much smaller than the others and has less oomph, but it can still handle most jobs (they might just take a little longer). Weighing a little over 20 pounds with a top handle, it can be carried like a duffel bag. It has wheels and an extending handle, like a piece of luggage, but the wheels are small and have trouble managing a bumpy lawn (we ended up just carrying it everywhere). This pressure washer has the same long hose as our main pick, but it’s lacking the high-end induction motor and some of the other finer points.
Ryobi RY803001 3000 PSI Honda Gas Pressure Washer
More power, more portability, more maintenance
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. But it requires fuel and more maintenance, and it’s louder and heavier too.
If you need more power or want to go beyond the reach of an extension cord and you don’t mind doing more upkeep, we recommend a gas washer. The Ryobi RY803001 3000 PSI Honda Gas Pressure Washer cleans roughly twice as fast as our electric pick, and it’s powered by a dependable Honda engine. It has many of the same nice features as the electric Ryobi, including oversize wheels, a long hose (in this case, 35 feet), good hose storage, easy availability, and a long warranty. The downside: It’s heavier, it’s louder, and it needs fuel, maintenance, and proper storage in the off-season. But if you need to wash a garden shed at the other end of your property or a filthy boat at the end of your driveway, it’ll do the job.