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Got some serious cleaning to do? Take a look at our pressure washer buyer's guide to help you choose the right one for you.

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Pressure Washers Buyer's Guide

A pressure washer can really cut down the amount of time it takes to clean your car, or breathe new life into a dirty patio. This guide is here to help you understand the features of the different pressure washers.

Getting the right tool for the job

When working with pressure washers, it's really important to have the right tool for the job. Too little pressure, and the job will take forever, but too much pressure can cause damage to the things you're trying to clean.

Generally, a lower pressure is suitable for things like cars, patio furniture and bikes while higher pressures are needed for things like concrete paving and other heavy duty cleaning.

It's a very good idea to think about the most cleaning power you will need and find a pressure washer capable of this. Most pressure washers with very high pressure can be adjusted to work at low pressure for other tasks.

Where are you working?

Another important thing to think about when you're buying a pressure washer is your water source. Most pressure washers will work from a standard hosepipe, but some can take a water supply from almost any clean container. Using rain water collected in a water butt is a really economical way of getting your cleaning done!

Facts and figures

Pressure washers normally measure their cleaning power using two numbers - the pressure and the flow rate.

  • The pressure is a measure of the force of the water coming out, which makes up for the 'cutting power' of the stream to get through tough dirt.
  • The flow rate is the amount of water that comes from the pressure washer, and gives the 'rinsing' and washing action.

Putting both together will give you the 'cleaning rate', or how much you can clean in a given time. A high pressure and a high flow rate mean you can clean large areas quickly.

So, how much do I need?

Pressure Cleaning Job
Up to 110 bar Cars/bikes*/garden furniture, lightly soiled cleaning
Up to 130 bar Cars/bikes*/garden furniture, motor bikes, fences, hot tubs, gutters, medium soiled cleaning
130-160 bar Cars/bikes*/garden furniture, motor bikes, conservatories, motor homes, fences, hot tubs, gutters, heavy soiled cleaning
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*Remember to take care when washing bikes and try to avoid pointing the stream directly at the bearing areas (hubs, bottom bracket), as this can force water into them.

Attachments and accessories

If you really want to get a specific job done as quickly as possible with your pressure washer then getting the right attachments can make everything a breeze. Whether that's a patio scrubber, a car washing brush or just an extension pole so you can reach high up, making sure that you're properly kitted out can mean that those little chores take a little less time.

Foam and detergent

If you're looking to clean your car, or want to be able to spray cleaning fluids onto things to help clean tougher dirt, it's a good idea to get either a pressure washer that can add cleaning fluid to the water stream or an attachment to do the same thing.

Once you've decided what you'll be using your pressure washer for, why not take a look at our range?

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