Facing a big cleaning job at home?
Whether you’re freshening up your home’s siding, busting out your lawn chairs after a long winter, or just giving your barbecue a routine shine, an electric pressure washer may be all you need to lighten the load.
Electric pressure washers (also commonly “power washers”) are generally cheaper, lighter, and easier to maintain than gas-powered alternatives. While they may not be quite as strong as gas models, electric pressure washers are powerful enough to tackle most jobs around the house and yard.
Under Pressure | 10 Best Electric Power Washers
|1||YardForce 2200BL (View on Amazon)||2200||1.25||10|
|2||Karcher K5 (View on Amazon)||2000||1.4||9.5|
|3||Annovi Reverbi (AR) Blue Clean AR390SS (View on Amazon)||2000||1.4||9.0|
|4||GreenWorks GPW1950 (View on Amazon)||1950||1.2||8.9
|5||Sun Joe SPX3000 (View on Amazon)||2030||1.76||8.3|
|6||Annovi Reverbi (AR) Blue Clean AR383 (View on Amazon)||1,900||1.56||8.1|
|7||Powerhouse International The Force 2000 (View on Amazon)||2000||1.6||8.0|
|8||Annovi Reverberi (AR) AR112 (View on Amazon)||1600||1.58||7.9|
|9||Sun Joe SPX1000 (View on Amazon)||1450||1.45||7.9|
|10||Karcher K2 Plus (View on Amazon)||1600||1.25||7.9|
Our Electric Power Washer Reviews
The Sun Joe brand is renowned for primary parts and function, and the SPX3000 is no exception.
With a max operating pressure of 2,030 psi at a 1.76 gpm flow rate, the SPX3000 is well-equipped for the majority of residential cleaning jobs.
The SPX 3000 comes with five different quick-connect spray tips to help you tackle whatever cleaning projects may come your way. It also features two detergent tanks, so that you can clean a variety of surfaces at once without having to stop and make a switch.
The assembly features a 20′ cable and a 35′ power cord, leaving plenty of room to navigate. For the price you pay, it’s hard to beat the performance and versatility of the Sun Joe SPX3000.
Annovi Reverberi have been making quality high pressure pump products for over half a century, and they design their power washers for ease of use and with high tolerance standards. The Blue Clean AR383 is the first of three products from the manufacturer to make our list, and this model is best understood as the midway point of their product lineup.
The AR383 may sacrifice some build quality and special features compared to its higher-end siblings, but it is a surprisingly powerful electric power washer at this price point. If you need a simple machine to get the job done, this is a product worth considering.
With a pressure of 1,900 psi and plug-and-play assembly, the AR383 will have you ready for a variety of cleaning projects in no time.
The AR Blue Clean AR390SS is the company’s flagship model. Both its specifications – and its price – reflect that. For a bit of extra money, you will not have to worry about some of the durability issues consumers face with the previous model.
While the power of the AR390SS and the AR383 are fairly similar, the AR390SS does offer an additional 100psi of operating pressure. It also comes with a variety of quick connect washer nozzles to customize the water stream to your cleaning needs.
What really makes the AR390SS shine is it’s quality of construction – and AR are proud to call it their most powerful, durable, and reliable electric pressure washer. If you’re looking for an affordable tool that will last for years to come, the AR390SS is a safe bet.
The first electric power washer from Karcher on our list also happens to be its flagship model. You should expect its power washing performance to be the best the maker can produce.
As the second most expensive electric power washer on our list, the Karcher K5 does not disappoint when it comes to power. Producing 2,000 psi with an adequate 1.4 gpm flow rate, this electric power washer puts out more than 2,800 cleaning units. Only the Powerhouse International can compete with that.
The Karcher K5 is the only product on our list to feature a water cooled motor. While this is technically not more durable than the brushless motor featured by the Yard Force, it is still the second most durable motor on our list.
With Karcher, customer service is a breeze. There are no long waits, slimy attempts to imply you voided or warranty, or hidden fees. Just ask, and you shall receive.
Standing in the shadow the previous Sun Joe, this model is about what you would expect. The Sun Joe SPX1000 should be understood for what it is and not have unrealistic expectations placed on it.
Specifically, this is a light-duty consumer grade electrical power washer. This means that your deck, fence, and various stone-based surfaces may require a more powerful power washer.
However, for light rinsing like with lawn furniture, a car, or other similar uses, the Sun Joe SPX1000 may be the ideal product. Specifically, this is the least expensive product on our list and carries with it the expected corresponding light-duty specifications. In this regard, the Sun Joe SPX1000 is a steal.
This product will not come with the same number of bells and whistles that you will find on other electric power washers that are even modestly priced more expensive. If you go into the purchase with a clear understanding of the SPX1000’s limits and capabilities, you will not be disappointed.
This Annovi Reverberi model is part of the budget offerings, and you should understand that budget electric power washers are intended for light-duty residential use.
If you have a deck to wash or a wall with paint you want to remove, your best bet would be to look for a product that provides a bit more power. However, if you only have light-duty residential power washing needs, the Annovi Reverberi (AR) AR112 may provide exactly the degree of power you require while saving you some cash.
Another great thing about the light-duty residential market of electric power washers is that the internal components do not need to be quite as powerful, which allows them to remain much lighter than some other models. The Annovi Reverberi (AR) AR112 comes in at a shy 18 pounds.
However, this electric power washer does leave a bit to be desired when it comes to cleaning units. While the flow rate of 1.5 gpm is not terrible, the pressure of 1,600 psi is well below what one would prefer. As such, vehicles, outdoor furniture, and covered walkways are likely the extent of this power washer’s capabilities.
Much like the SPX1000 is the lightest duty model of the Sun Joe product line, the K2 Plus is similarly the lightest duty model of the Karcher electric power washer lineup.
However, there are a couple features of the Karcher K2 Plus that distinguish it from the Sun Joe SPX1000. For instance, while the Sun Joe may have the Karcher beat in the total cleaning units category, the difference between 1450 psi with the Sun Joe and 1600 psi with the Karcher means the latter will be able to clean stuck on messes better.
Moreover, the Karcher K2 Plus is able to enhance this in the same way that the K5 does: with the use of an extremely high quality spray wand. The Dirtblaster spray wand allows the Karcher K2 to simulate even greater pressures than it otherwise would–a feat the Sun Joe spray wands in general cannot match.
If you are in the market for a heavy-duty residential electric power washer but balk at the Yard Force’s price tag, then the GreenWorks GPW1950 may be the compromise you are looking for. While it cannot boast the same level of quality as the Yard Force, it still presents an impressive piece of equipment at a fraction of the cost.
The power of the GreenWorks GPW1950 is a bit of a push pull consideration. It produces 1,950 psi, which is generally adequate for most heavy-duty residential needs. However, its flow rate of only 1.2 gpm is incredibly low, limiting the total number of cleaning units produced.
The low flow rate when combined with the fairly high pressure can also create a situation where the most pressurized nozzles, generally the twenty five degree nozzles or less, can create a high powered mist that does not necessarily produce the removing power that one would expect.
The GreenWorks GPW1950 provides one of the most stable bases out of all the products on our list, and its build quality will help you overcome the toughest cleaning jobs for years to come.
The Powerhouse International The Force 2000 is within a hair’s breadth of being one of the best electric power washers available in the residential market, but a handful of design flaws and cheap plastic components prevent it from taking the leap and justifying its price. This puts the Powerhouse International The Force 2000 in the same boat as the Karcher K2 Plus: somewhat overshadowed by a product in the same class.
However, the Powerhouse International The Force 2000 definitely has a few things going for it. For one, this power washer offers the most cleaning units out of any product on our list. While the 2,000 psi is not the best, it is more than adequate for heavy-duty residential cleaning. Still, the 1.6 gpm flow is more than most and pushes its cleaning units into a class on their own.
You will need to be careful as this power washer also produces an initial burst of 3,000 psi. This can be useful for removing tough stains, but it can also make using the power washer troublesome and prone to accidentally gouging wood or stripping paint you wanted to stay on the surface. Durability can be a concern however, and for this reason it comes in a bit lower in our overall ratings.
Yard Force may be one of only three manufacturers on our list for which we review a single product, but it is a doozy. If you are in the market for a heavy-duty residential electric power washer, this is easily the best game in town.
If you want the most powerful electric power washer we reviewed, you should expect to pay a pretty penny as this is also the most expensive electric power washer on our list. Aside from being the most expensive and most powerful, the Yard Force 2200BL is also the heaviest product on our list.
Thankfully, the Yard Force 2200BL also features the most stable base out of the products we reviewed. When compared to every other model – including the GreenWorks – none of them are more stable than the Yard Force 2200BL’s full roll-cage cart with 12” high profile wheels.
Moreover, the Yard Force 2200BL also excels in the general quality category as it is the only product on our list to use a patented brushless motor which will extend the lifespan of the product when compared to brushed motors. Furthermore, the Yard Force 2200BL also utilizes a rubber encased hose allowing to be flexible while simultaneously maintaining durability.