The 9 Best Pressure Washer Brands of 2023

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A good pressure washer is powerful, reliable, and easy to use

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A good pressure washer effortlessly blasts away all manner of dirt and grunge from a wide range of surfaces, including walkways and patios, fences and walls, house siding, patio furniture, and even automobiles. But with so many pressure washer brands out there, it can be tough to narrow down the options to the best machine for your needs.

That's why we spoke with three experts who are no strangers to these powerful tools: Karel Williams, a master plumber at Emergency Plumbing Squad; Walter E Bennett, a professional handyman and cleaning expert at Green Leaf Air; and Lauren Doss, cleaning guru and owner of Nashville Maids. All three unanimously named Karcher, Simpson, and Generac as top pressure washer brands. Some other brands they mentioned as great options include Sun Joe, Ryobi, Greenworks, and DEWALT.

Williams says, "In my experience working with different pressure washer brands, I've learned that not all machines are created equal. Having a reliable and efficient machine can make all the difference. From cleaning driveways to blasting away tough grime, pressure washers have a wide range of uses. Personally, I have used pressure washers to clean everything from outdoor furniture to clogged pipes! Trust me, investing in a high-quality pressure washer can save you time and money in the long run and make your outdoor cleaning tasks a breeze."

Along with input from our experts, we evaluated the best pressure washer brands based on reputation, performance, range of machines offered, ease of use, reliability, and value.


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What We Like

  • Highest quality

  • Many models work via the Karcher app

  • Reliable and powerful

  • Both gas and electric models

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat expensive

  • No battery pressure washers

German company Karcher knows a thing or two about pressure washers; they invented the first modern electric pressure washer back in 1950. Since then, the company has become renowned as a maker of the highest-quality pressure washers and other cleaning equipment. They make both gas-powered and electric pressure washers for commercial and residential use. Many of their models are "smart" pressure washers that can be controlled via the Karcher app, which also provides extensive instructions on using their pressure washers effectively.

Doss says, "Known for their advanced cleaning power and efficiency, Karcher pressure washers are perfect for tackling tough jobs around the home or jobsite. Their range of models offer different types of features such as onboard detergent tanks, quick connect fittings, and auto stop/start operation, making them incredibly user friendly."

Williams agrees, adding, "Karcher is a brand that's well-known for its reliable performance and innovative technology. From cleaning cars to house siding, Karcher pressure washers consistently deliver impressive results."

While Karcher pressure washers tend to be towards the higher end of the price range, their reliability and performance make them worth the cost. We especially like Karcher's K5 Premium Electric Pressure Washer, which we tested and chose as one of the top pressure washers for cleaning cars. Karcher pressure washers have 2- or 3-year warranties, depending on the model.


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What We Like

  • Professional quality

  • Powerful and reliable

  • Both gas and electric models

  • Product lines for residential and commercial use

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat expensive

  • No battery models

Another innovative company with a history stretching back decades, Simpson invented the first gas-powered pressure washer in 1961. This top-rated company makes both gas and electric pressure washers—no battery models yet, however—although their gas models far outnumber the electric models. Walter E Bennett notes, "Simpson pressure washers are designed for heavy-duty use and are built to last. They have powerful engines and high-quality components and deliver impressive cleaning performance. Simpson also offers a wide variety of models and accessories for different applications."

Lauren Doss adds, "Simpson pressure washers are known for their durability and powerful cleaning. They offer a variety of models that range from light-duty gas powered machines to heavy-duty electric models, so you can find the right one for your needs. All models are also equipped with features like an oil alert system and ergonomic comfort grip handles."

We especially like Simpson's PowerShot PS60843, which we tested and chose as our top pick of gas pressure washers. Like Karcher, Simpson is not an inexpensive brand, but their professional-level quality, innovative features, wide range of offerings, and power make them worth the price if you need a highly reliable pressure washer for your home or business. Simpson pressure washers have varying warranties in addition to protection programs.


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What We Like

  • Makes cordless pressure washers

  • Powerful electric models

  • 3-year warranty

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat expensive

  • No gas models

Greenworks is a relative newcomer to the tool scene, having only been in existence since 2002, but this battery focused company has quickly made a name for itself with its wide range of electric corded and cordless tools for home and garden, including electric chainsaws, lawn mowers, string trimmers, and—since 2011—pressure washers. We especially like their powerful Pro 3,000-PSI Brushless Pressure Washer, which while somewhat expensive for an electric pressure washer, provides a powerful performance that's close to what you'd get with a gas machine.

Greenworks is also a rarity in that they offer battery powered pressure washers—no smelly gas fumes and no need for an extension cord or electrical outlet. Their 60-volt, 3,000-psi, 2-gpm cordless pressure washer is the most powerful battery pressure washer you'll currently find, although admittedly rather expensive. Greenworks also offers an extensive line of accessories for their pressure washers, including surface scrubbers, soap applicators, and even a scrub brush attachment for washing cars. The warranty on a Greenworks pressure washer is 3 years.

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What We Like

  • Powerful and reliable

  • Gas and electric models

  • Can remove paint and graffiti

What We Don't Like

  • No battery models

DEWALT has been around for almost a century, and the company is a major name for just about all types of power tools, as well as hand tools, tool organizers, and outdoor equipment. They make both gas and electric pressure washers for commercial and residential use.

Walter E Bennett especially likes DEWALT pressure washers, commenting, "DEWALT is a trusted name in the power tool industry, and its pressure washers are no exception. They offer robust, high-performance machines that can easily tackle tough cleaning tasks. DEWALT's pressure washers are reliable and built to withstand heavy use."

In our own tests, the DEWALT 4,400-psi, 4-gpm gas pressure washer was a beast, easily blasting away all manner of grunge within seconds. It's a professional machine that can be used to remove graffiti and other paint, as well as carry out commercial cleaning of walkways, parking lots, walls, and other structures in need of a powerful washing. DEWALT pressure washers have limited warranties.


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What We Like

  • Powerful and reliable

  • Gas and electric models

  • Easy to maneuver

What We Don't Like

  • Somewhat expensive

  • No battery models

George Westinghouse founded his self-named company back in 1846. Initially, the company focused on its patented air brakes, which revolutionized the railroad industry, as well on the development of electric infrastructure throughout the US. The company began selling home appliances, including refrigerators, in the 1930s. Their pressure washers, which include both gas and electric models, are very powerful; while Westinghouse does make a few light-duty pressure washers, most of their machines are commercial-level pressure washers that blast away all manner of grunge with ease.

One of the most popular Westinghouse pressure washers is the WPX3200, a gas-powered machine that blasts 2.5 gallons per minute at 3,200 psi. Like other Westinghouse pressure washers, this one is easy to maneuver and operate, provides reliable and powerful performance, and is fairly expensive. The warranty on Westinghouse pressure washers ranges from one to three years.

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Sun Joe

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What We Like

  • Battery and corded models

  • Reliable performance

  • Reasonably powerful

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • Not the highest powered

  • No gas models

A newcomer compared to many of the other brands on our list, Sun Joe was founded in 2009 as a division of Snow Joe. Both companies focus on electric outdoor equipment, including snow blowers, chainsaws, tillers, and, of course, pressure washers. Sun Joe offers corded pressure washers, but their particular focus is on battery powered pressure washers, and they manufacture some excellent cordless machines with reliable power and performance for home use.

Karel Williams says, "Sun Joe offers affordable and environmentally friendly electric pressure
washers. While they may not be as powerful as some of the other brands, Sun Joe pressure washers are still capable of handling most residential cleaning tasks with ease."

In The Spruce's own pressure washer tests, Sun Joe's SPX-3000 MAX took the top spot, thanks to its effective, reasonably powerful performance, its quiet (for a pressure washer) operation, and ease of use. Like other Sun Joe pressure washers, this one won't break your budget, and a full 2-year warranty covers it.


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What We Like

  • Powerful and reliable

  • Gas and electric models

  • Residential, professional, and commercial models

What We Don't Like

  • No battery models

  • Somewhat expensive

American company Generac was founded in 1959 and has been a major player in the manufacture of backup generators throughout its history. They've been manufacturing pressure washers for many of those years as well, and offer both gas and electric models for residential, professional, and commercial use.

Karel Williams says, "Generac is a brand that offers powerful and reliable pressure washers, making them a great option for heavy-duty applications. I've used Generac machines for a variety of tough jobs, and they have never failed to deliver outstanding performance." Lauren Doss adds, "Generac pressure washers are known for their reliable and powerful performance and efficient use of water, making them environmentally friendly as well as cost-effective. Their models range from light-duty electric machines to heavy-duty gas-powered models that can handle any job big or small."

The Generac SPEEDWASH System 7122 is a popular residential model that has the power of a professional machine. It comes with several of Generac's notable features, including a power broom attachment, a PowerDial Gun that lets you easily dial in power without having to swap out nozzles, a Turbo Nozzle, and a Soap Blaster. While Generac is not the least expensive brand, they aren't the most expensive either. Generac pressure washers are covered by a 3-year warranty.

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What We Like

  • Battery models available

  • Good reliability and performance

  • 3 years warranty

What We Don't Like

  • Not the highest powered

Japanese tool-maker Ryobi was founded in 1944. Originally focused on airplane parts, they began making power tools in the 1960s and soon became a major name for corded and cordless power tools of most types. Like many of the other companies on our list, Ryobi makes both gas and electric pressure washers, but unlike most of the others, they also have battery pressure washers, including a 40-volt machine that delivers 1.2-gallons-per-minute and 1,500 psi, which is more than adequate for most around-the-house cleaning tasks.

Karel Williams, a master plumber at Emergency Plumbing Squad, especially likes Ryobi, saying, "If versatility is what you're after, Ryobi is a brand that offers a wide range of options, including both electric and gas-powered pressure washers. Their machines have proven to be durable and efficient, and I've used them for various cleaning tasks, such as washing cars and cleaning decks." Walter E Bennett agrees, adding, "Ryobi is a popular brand for homeowners and professionals alike, offering a range of pressure washers at affordable prices. Their pressure washers are user-friendly and versatile and contain several attachments for various cleaning tasks."

Ryobi pressure washers have a 3-year warranty.

AR Blue Clean

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What We Like

  • Reasonably priced

  • Dependable performance

  • Lightweight machines

What We Don't Like

  • No gas or battery models

  • Short warranty period

AR Blue Clean is a division of Italian pump-maker Annovi Reverberi, which has been around since 1959. They make both residential and commercial pressure washers—as well as BLACK+DECKER pressure washers, which are actually AR Blue Clean pressure washers sold under the B+D name—all of which are corded electric machines. Most AR Blue Clean pressure washers are fairly reasonably priced, but that doesn't mean they are a slouch when it comes to cleaning power.

Lauren Doss praises this brand, saying, "AR Blue Clean pressure washers offer dependable and powerful cleaning that can tackle a variety of tough jobs. The company offers electric handheld and cart-mounted models, making it easier to find the perfect fit for your needs. AR Blue Clean also utilizes Italian triplex pumps technology that allow the machines to run with lower noise levels and less vibration."

The AR383 1.7-gallon-per-minute 1,900 psi electric pressure washer is an ideal pressure washer for home use. This compact, lightweight machine makes quick work of washing cars, walkways, patio furniture, garden tools, and other grungy surfaces. On the downside, at one year, AR Blue Clean's warranty is shorter than most other brands.

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What to Look For In a Pressure Washer Brand

PSI and Pressure Washing Ratings

As the term “pressure washer” indicates, these machines use water at very high pressures to blast away grunge. Therefore, one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a pressure washer is its pressure rating. This will be indicated in pounds-per-square-inch (psi), which tells you the force with which the water shoots out of the nozzle. But don’t automatically assume that the higher the pressure, the better. The best psi rating depends on how you’ll be using the pressure washer. Very high psi can actually damage softer surfaces, such as wooden fences or house siding, so it's important to match your pressure washer's force to the surface that's being cleaned.

As a guideline, light-duty, residential pressure washers generally have pressure ratings between 1,200 psi and 1,800 psi, while heavy-duty machines put out up to 3,000 psi. Commercial pressure washers that are capable of the most difficult cleaning tasks, such as blasting away painted graffiti, generally have pressure ratings of 3,000 psi or more. Generac is particularly known for their commercial machines, but most of the top brands offer both lighter-duty pressure washers for residential use, as well as heavy-duty machines for professional or commercial cleaning.

Gallons-Per-Minute (GPM)

Another crucial number to consider when choosing a pressure washer is its gallons-per-minute (gpm) flow rating, which tells you the maximum gallons of water the machine can shoot out within one minute. The higher the gpm, the faster the machine will blast away grunge. But again, don’t assume that the higher the gpm, the better.

Walter E Bennett, professional handyman at Green Leaf Air, notes, “Regarding the best PSI (pounds per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute) for a pressure washer, it depends on the application. For general household cleaning tasks, such as washing cars, cleaning driveways, or washing outdoor furniture, a pressure washer with 1,500 to 2,800 PSI and 1.5 to 2.3 GPM should be sufficient. For very heavy-duty tasks like cleaning large commercial areas or stripping paint, you'll want a pressure washer with 3,000 PSI or more and at least 3 GPM.”

He cautions, “Remember that a higher PSI and GPM aren't always better. Choosing the right combination of PSI and GPM is crucial for the job to avoid damaging surfaces or using more water than necessary.”


Pressure washers come with an assortment of nozzles, each designed to produce a different spray pattern from narrow and focused to wide and diffuse. Each nozzle has its own best applications, and so generally a pressure washer from any brand will include three to five nozzles. These are color-coded between all brands, so you can quickly identify the right nozzle for your needs.

  • The red nozzle shoots out a very forceful, narrow jet of water. This powerful stream of water is best for removing very tough stains off concrete or steel, but it can damage soft surfaces, so should always be used with care.

  • The yellow nozzle creates a narrow, 15-degree fan of water. This nozzle is good for blasting away paint, dried mud, oil stains, rust, and other tough-to-remove stains from hard surfaces like concrete or steel. Like the red nozzle, it can damage softer surfaces, so use it with care.

  • The green nozzle is the sweet spot for most general cleaning tasks. This nozzle produces a 25-degree fan of water, which is ideal for removing mud, dust, decaying leaves, and similar materials from walkways, siding, outdoor furniture, cars, and boats.

  • The white nozzle is for gentle washing or rinsing of surfaces that could be damaged by a more forceful spray. This nozzle creates a 40-degree fan of water. Use the white nozzle to clean flower pots, windows, and automobiles.

  • The black nozzle is for use with detergents, and creates a wide, 65-degree of water.


Because pressure washers can be heavy, and because you generally need to maneuver them quite a bit to get them to where you want to use them and then work your way around the object you are cleaning, most pressure washers have wheels or are mounted on a cart. This makes it easy to roll your pressure washer along with you as you work. However, some very compact pressure washers are handheld. If choosing one of these small and light machines, be sure the weight is within your comfort level and remember that you’ll be holding it the entire time you are working.

Power Source

There are three basic power sources for pressure washers: gas, electricity, and battery.

Gas pressure washers are the most powerful option and are the most common type for industrial or commercial use. These beasts can blast away paint, rust, and the most difficult stains with ease. On the downside, they are noisy, they produce smelly fumes, and they are tightly regulated or even restricted in some locations. While most of our top brands make gas-powered pressure washers, Simpson, Karcher, and Generac are especially known for their professional gas machines.

Electric pressure washers require you to plug them into an electrical outlet or an appropriate extension cord. These are not quite as powerful as gas machines, but they don’t create polluting fumes and they are quieter—although all pressure washers are fairly loud—than gas models. Often, corded electric pressure washers are less expensive than gas machines, and for most people, this is the best option for use around the house and garden. All of our top brands offer electric pressure washers, and AR Blue Clean only makes this type of pressure washer.

Cordless pressure washers are still fairly uncommon, but a few companies, including Sun Joe, Ryobi, and Greenworks, offer battery pressure washers. On the plus side, these don’t produce fumes and are somewhat quieter than gas machines, nor do they require you to plug them into an electrical outlet. But on the downside, they are more expensive than corded machines, they are not nearly as powerful as gas or corded models, and you’ll need to keep an eye on the battery charge so you don’t lose power before finishing your cleaning.

Where to Buy the Best Brands of Pressure Washers

It’s fairly easy to find all of our top brands of pressure washers. Most home improvement centers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, carry several of the top brands. Many Ryobi models are exclusive to Home Depot. You can also buy pressure washers on the home improvement stores’ websites, or from specialized websites such as Pressure Washers Direct.

Of course, you’ll also find pressure washers from just about all of the brands on our list on Amazon. You may also find a smaller selection of these machines on other lower-priced outlets, such as Costco or

Buying a pressure washer online makes it easier to shop for the best bargain, but buying one in person gives you a better feel for the size of the machine, how easy it will be to use, and the accessories that come with it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good PSI for a pressure washer?

Lauren Doss, cleaning guru and owner of Nashville Maids, says, “The best PSI (pounds per square inch) for a pressure washer depends on the job that you are doing. Generally, machines with lower PSIs (1,500 and below) are better suited for light-duty jobs such as cleaning patios or driveways. For tougher jobs like removing paint or graffiti from surfaces, you will need a machine with a higher PSI (2,000 or above). Ultimately, the best way to determine what PSI you need is to assess the task at hand.

What is the difference between a pressure washer and a power washer?

While the terms “pressure washer” and “power washer” are sometimes used interchangeably, they are not quite the same thing. It’s true that both types of cleaners use water at a very high pressure to clean a variety of surfaces. The difference is that in a pressure washer, the water is whatever temperature comes out of your hose spigot. With a power washer, however, the machine has a heating element to bring the water to a very high temperature before blasting it out of the machine.

While the heated water is highly effective at removing difficult stains and grunge that regular pressure washers can’t budge, some surfaces can be damaged by power washing. Generally, it’s best for homeowners to stick with pressure washers, which are likely to get the job done without damaging the object or surface being cleaned.

How much should I spend on a pressure washer?

The cost of a pressure washer depends greatly on its power, as well as its power source. If you only need a pressure washer for a one-time cleaning job, you may find that renting a machine is the best option. But if you’ll be using it a few times a year, it might make more sense and be more convenient to buy your own machine.

  • As a general rule, you’ll pay the most for a gas pressure washer; expect to spend between $300 and $600 depending on the power, water output, and features of the model you’re considering.

  • For a corded electric pressure washer, expect to spend $100 to $300, depending on the power and the features of the model you’re considering.

  • Cordless pressure washers cost a little more; generally, you’ll spend $150 to $350, but keep in mind that these are typically not nearly as powerful as corded or gas machines.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Michelle Ullman is the home improvement/tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs around the house and yard.

For this roundup, she considered dozens of pressure washer brands, evaluating each for the range of pressure washers offered, power, durability, ease of use, innovation, reliability, warranty length, company reputation, and overall value. She also considered feedback from customers, both positive and negative, as well as reviews and information on various home improvement websites.

She also spoke with three experts who use pressure washers regularly in their professions. Karel Williams, a master plumber at Emergency Plumbing Squad; Walter E Bennett, professional handyman at Green Leaf Air; and Lauren Doss, cleaning guru and owner of Nashville Maids all provided extensive input and advice on choosing a top brand of pressure washer.

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