Pressure washers are essential tools to help keep dirt and grime at bay. Electric power washers offer a more convenient, lightweight, and lower maintenance option than gas models. Finding the best electric pressure washer is as easy as reviewing the features of several top-rated models.
Electric pressure washers come with several feature options. Among the top-rated models, you’ll find varying degrees of these options. Some are vital in calculating overall power while others are more preferential. Here are the ones you should pay the closest attention to:
- Gallons Per Minute (GPM)
- Pressure Rating (PSI)
- Motor Type
- Brass Pressure Connections
Most other features are pretty comparable between models of similar price points and others don’t really matter that much. We’re also going to be using a calculated metric called Total Washing Power to help compare models. This is calculated by multiplying the gallons per minute by pressure rating. For example, a model moving 1.5 gallons of water per minute at 1500 PSI will have a Total Washing Power of 1.5 x 1500 = 2,250.
While some features, like brass fittings on pressure connections, are essential—others aren’t. Extra pressure nozzles are an added bonus but not critical to getting the job done. Any pressure washer worth considering is going to include a few different nozzles, usually a 0, 15, 25 and soap nozzle. Here are some advertised features that don’t really matter that much:
- Onboard soap tank (vs. inline)
- Extra pressure nozzles
- Longer cords or hoses (an extra foot doesn’t matter)
- Hose Reels
You might want some of these features—like wheels or a hose reel—but they aren’t essential to getting the job done. These are convenience features. Nonetheless, you’ll find nearly everyone heavily advertised by each model. Don’t get sidetracked by these features and focus on the ones that matter most. What’s the point in having an extra 5 feet of hose length if you don’t have the PSI to take advantage of it?
|Karcher K5||AR AR390SS||Sun Joe SPX3000||Stanley SLP2050||GreenWorks 1500|
|Hose Length||25 ft||30ft||20 ft||25 ft||20 ft|
|Soap Tank||Onboard Tank||Onboard||2 x Onboard||Onboard||In-Line|
|Motor Type||Water Cooled Induction||Universal||Universal||Universal||Induction|
|Power Cord||35ft||35ft||35 ft||35ft||35 ft|
|Power||13 Amp||14 Amp||14.5 amp||14||13|
|Size (WHL)||16.7" x 34.33" x 16.46"||15.25" x 35.5" x 13.75"||13.5" x 33.9" x 15.6"||17" x 38" x 16"||10" x 17" x 12"|
|Warranty||2 Year||1 Year||2 Years||2 Years||1 Year|
|Max Temp||104 F||122 F||104 F||122||104|
The table above is great for comparing different features of pressure washers but doesn’t tell the whole story. Electric pressure washers are more than just a sum of their parts. Things like hose fitting materials, included nozzles, quality of parts, and even ergonomics all matter. Below you’ll find a more narrative discussion of the top-rated power washers compared in the table above.
Karcher is an incredible German-based company that manufacturers a host of cleaning equipment. The Karcher K4 electric pressure washer was among the best-selling models in the world, and the K5 is the latest-and-greatest extension of that products’ valor.
The K5 would be a shoo-in for being the best electric power washer, at least for the money, if it gave a bit more consideration to the small details. Things like brass hose fittings are neglected by the K5 in place of a water-cooled induction motor—a considerable step up from models at comparable price points.
It’s worth noting that Karcher sells ungraded parts to replace the M22 aluminum compromises at reasonable pricing—but they’re not included. If you’re looking for a pressure washer under $300 the Karcher K5 is a great pick. However, by the time you buy all the accessories to make the rest of it as grand as it’s motor—you’ll be hovering more around the $400 mark.
This pressure washer, sometimes called the AR Blue Clean 2000, is a solid choice for consumer-level electric pressure washer. It’s packed with features like hose real, GFCI-enabled power cable, onboard soap tanks, and several pressure nozzles. One can typically find this pressure washer on sale around the $150 price point, though MSRP is closer to $225. If you can’t find it for less than $200—keep looking or wait a week.
The AR390SS includes a 14 amp Universal motor that, compared to induction motors, won’t last as long or perform as well. It’s an obvious concession of quality but will save you $100 or more when compared to similar models, such as the K5, that include the induction motor. The AR Blue 390SS has brass fittings on the high-pressure connection points and M22 aluminum on other areas.
Obviously, brass is better everywhere but only critical on areas of high pressure such as where the spray wand connects. That’s a typical setup for sub-$300 models and just fine. This is one of the best value buys for those that just have to have a hose reel built in. Other comparable models from AR include the AR383SS, and AR383.
Sun Joe is a brand of home products from Snow Joe, a company having made its place in the market with wintertime equipment such as snow blowers. They’ve evolved into a tremendous company with an extensive lineup of products to address varying home needs. Their electric pressure washers come in two distinct categories: those with universal motors and those with brushless induction motors (higher quality, longer lifespan.)
The SPX3000 is the best-selling electric pressure washer on Amazon and has an obscene number of 5-star reviews. Is it the best electric pressure washer on the market? Absolutely not. Is it the best one for the money? That’s a strong possibility. The Sun Joe SPX3000’s success can be characterized by its inclusion of essential features and brilliant concessions for those that aren’t critical. First up—its 2030 PSI and 1.76 GPM rating.
The Sun Joe packs enough power to outcompete similar models by a significant margin. PSI isn’t everything and, taking into consideration the total power metric from the table above, the SPX3000 is best-in-class for overall power in sub $300 models. It’s got brass where it matters, comes with 4 pressure nozzles, has a built-in GFCI, a 2-Year Warranty, and just flat-out works well. For 9/10 home jobs, the SPX3000 is going to be the best choice for the money—usually available via some sale for $130-$150. The SPX3500is the next step up, offering a brushless induction motor, and usually clocks in around the $200-$225 mark.
Stanley is one of the biggest names in tools and features an incredible catalog of products. Whether you’re hammering, cutting, welding, or pressure washing—Stanley has got you covered. Companies as big as Stanley offer advantages and disadvantages. Their products aren’t usually the best because companies so large can bring newer models to market as quickly. On the other hand, their supply-chain and manufacturing dominance afford lower pricing and better product support cycles.
The Stanley SLP2050 electric pressure washer is a great example of an excellent entry-level electric pressure washer. Sure, Stanley offers $1000+ commercial models, but the SLP2050 is a great choice for most home jobs. It features an onboard soap tank, useful top-positioned power cord storage, brass where it counts, and a downright alluring ergonomic design. It’s definitely one of the prettiest power washers—but is it the best?
The Stanley SLP2050 is a solid choice and usually hovers around the $200-$225 price point. It rolls, comes with extra nozzles, and also has a Stanley-backed 2-year warranty. If it breaks, you can be confident that you’ll get a new one (unless you dropped it off your roof.) All things considered, there are probably cheaper options out there that will get you a similar feature set as the SLP2050. Grab it up if you find one on sale.
GreenWorks is an incredible eco-friendly power tool company that offers a catalog of electric-powered tools ranging from lawn-mowers and chainsaws all the way to pressure washers. They’re carried by Lowe’s and are probably the brand you’ve seen in stores (the green ones.)
GreenWorks has some very well-regarded electric pressure washers but the one that really shines is their 1500 PSI model. It’s less powerful than the other models reviewed here but is more portable, much cheaper, and still hits all the high notes. It might not offer enough power to scour deep grime on concrete or brick but will definitely help knock off top-level dirt and growth as well as keep your car looking downright glamorous.
The GreenWorks GPW1501 does boast a brushless induction motor, as well as brass-all-around fittings to ensure minimal leakage. It’s got a built-in GCFI in the power cord, comes with a soap nozzle and washer nozzle, has a 2-year warranty, and can usually be found for less than $90. It’s not the most powerful power washer on our list but it’s the best overall choice for small jobs around the house.
About Our Choices
The power washer models we’ve included here were selected based on a number of factors. We wanted to be as concise as possible, offer practical recommendations, and stay relevant to most people’s budgets. These
The pressure washers selected above represent only a fraction of available options. There are more expensive models and cheaper models that both offer high-quality alternatives. We chose these models with the mindset that models under $100 don’t offer enough power and that models over $300 are overkill for most people.
Many of the top-rated pressure washers have been around for several years and now have newer models with extra features available. Also, some pressure washer brands offer a near-dizzying number of models with barely notable differences between them. We opted to include only the minimal number of models from any single brand in our comparison. We recommend you shop around the varying models offered.