If you’ve got a dog and a patio then you’ll know that keeping it clean is one of life’s chores! A pressure washer is high on my necessities list because we do have a patio and if we don’t keep on top of it it starts to smell – not pleasant! It took us a while to find the right one though so I figured having a list to help you choose the best pressure washer for patios would be a helpful thing.
If you don’t have time to read the whole review – check out my best choice of jet wash which is either of the Kärcher washers in this article. You can see the one I like here, although if you have small patio the K2 version might suit you as well.
*Updated in January 2020*
How to choose which pressure washer to buy
Whats size home pressure washer to buy? If it’s to clean a patio and you have a huge area, then a more robust model might be worthwhile getting. If you have only a small section to clean and maybe a little patio furniture, then a cheaper and smaller model might be sufficient.
What pressure? The cheaper models will not have the amount of pressure as the more expensive ones. This might not be a big issue to you though as long as it does the job!
Cost – the cost can range from about £50 for very basic pressure washers all the way to £250+. Again, your usage will determine what cost represents good value. If a cheap pressure washer won’t last with the amount of work you have planned it won’t be the best value!
What do you plan to clean? Is it just some concrete flags? Or do you have plans to clean all sorts from your car to your patio furniture? Check that the washer you want will cope with what you want to clean.
Does it have any accessories? Lots come with a patio cleaning head which helps apply the cleaning fluid – you can also get car accessories too.
Best pressure washer – my reviews
Kärcher K4 Compact Home Water-cooled pressure washer
Best Karcher pressure washer
This is the first of my Karcher pressure washer reviews (skip to the bottom to see a cheaper K2 version). If you’ve spent any time at all looking at power washers you’ll know that not only are Karcher a really good brand, but that there are also a myriad of options to choose from just within their range. You can go really cheap, get the basic with accessories at all for about £50, or you can spend much much more. This one is a middle range option that I think is great for anyone wanting to clean their patio well and have a machine that will last a long time.
It’s a water cooled motor which allows it to more efficiently cool down as you’re using it and mean that it shouldn’t overheat. The pressure of this one is 130 bar.
The patio cleaner attachment makes cleaning your stone flags a breeze and means you don’t get splashed as well. It can also be used on vertical surfaces as well – so doors or garages.
You get with the K4, the T350 patio cleaner, a dirtblaster (a rotary nozzle), a variable pressure lance, a 6m high pressure hose and also a bottle of stone detergent.
Nilfisk C110 4-5 PC Xtra Compact High Pressure washer
Best budget pressure washer
I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of this brand before but they are definitely well liked and the reviews of this item show this.
The pressure washers from Nilfisk are in the budget range and they have a few different models without a huge price tag so if you’re on a budget definitely check these out.
This model is a compact version and comes with a patio cleaner too. The motor is air cooled and the pressure is 110 bar. You get 2 different nozzles with it, the patio cleaner and also a detergent bottle that foams up any cleaner.
Best portable pressure washer
You know, I never knew such things existed until my husband told me about this one. When we moved to a new house without an outside tap (and an inside one that didn’t get on with hoses) we needed something a bit different to clean outside.
The Work Hydroshot is a battery powered pressure washer which can take water from a bucket which eliminates the need for outdoor access to water.
We’ve been really pleased with how it works, it isn’t as powerful as a regular pressure washer for sure but it still gets the job done. For a light clean down of a patio it will work well, perhaps if you incorporate it in to a weekly chore, if you want something more robust then I’d look elsewhere. If you have no choice and no method for accessing water outside then I’d give it a try.
The low pressure is 94 PSI and high pressure setting is 320 PSI. You can buy just the basic set up or as we did the one with all the kit to go alongside it.
One plus we’ve found with this one is that because it is less powerful we’re less likely to damage things when we’re cleaning – something to bear in mind.
Bosch AQT 35-12 Plus Pressure Washer
Bosch are a big name in power tools so you’d expect that a water pressure cleaner by them would be as good as their other things. This one doesn’t disappoint and at 120 bar has a decent pressure suitable for most every day tasks such as patio cleaning!
One thing about this power washer that is different is that it doesn’t have a load of accessories that can get lost. It has a 3 in 1 nozzle that can be adjusted rather than changing every time to want to do something different. I like that. Less chance to lose them! You also get the patio cleaner head with this model as well.
It’s a good model and for the price I think it’s great value. You can see more reviews on Amazon by clicking the link below
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Kärcher K2 Compact Home Air-cooled pressure washer
Best small pressure washer
I’m going to end with another Karcher washer – they are one of the best brands available and they do have a good range that cater to many price points and this one definitely deserves the spot as the best value Karcher pressure washer. At under £100 it’s going to be cheaper than hiring something and will work really well for smaller patios or just cleaning once in a while.
The downsides to this one, especially compared to the more expensive one I spoke about above is that it’s air cooled, which isn’t as efficient as water cooling and so it heats up more quickly and can overheat if you’re using it a while and are not being careful.
The pressure isn’t as high either, 110 bar, but in saying that it still gives some really good results as you’ll see from the many positive reviews on Amazon.
You get with this one, a patio cleaning brush, a dirtblaster (a rotary nozzle), a one way lance, a 4 m high pressure hose and also a small bottle of patio and deck wash cleaning fluid. Being on the small side it’s also a good portable pressure washer.
For the price and also bearing the Karcher name I think this one is an excellent budget pressure washer.