Which pressure washer is right for me?

Pressure washers can be used for all sorts of jobs, from cleaning bikes and cars to cleaning wheelie bins, garden furniture, paving slabs and more. With so many models on the market, you might be wondering how to choose the right pressure washer for you. Well, we’ve pulled together this simple guide to help you find the perfect fit.

What should I look out for?

Our Pressure Washer Buying Guide provides a great overview of pressure washers, how they work, the different features, what type of cleaning the different water pressures are suitable for and more.

Here’s a quick recap of the key points to bear in mind when you’re looking to buy a pressure washer:

  • What and where do you want to use the pressure washer for?
  • Do you need light or heavy-duty pressure?
  • Do you need a pressure washer with variable pressure options?
  • Do you need a pressure washer for regular use?
  • Do you need additional accessories or attachments?
  • Where's your water source?

What are my options?

Here at Halfords, we’ve got a great range of pressure washers from top brands including Karcher and Nilfisk. Each has their own key features and benefits and we’ve highlighted these below.

Best value for money: Nilfisk Core 125 Bike & Auto

  • Max water pressure: 125 bars
  • Flow rate: 438 L/hr
  • Power: 1,800 w
  • Suitable for: Cars, bikes, outside surfaces, gardening machines and tools, and garden/terrace/balcony furniture
  • Accessories included: Gentle nozzle, rough nozzle, bike nozzle, auto nozzle, super foamer and wide brush with squeegee blade
Nilfisk Core 125 Bike & Auto

The Nilfisk Core 125 packs a fair amount of power into its slimline frame, which means it can tackle both gentle and heavy-duty jobs. It comes with a number of handy accessories (including two for cleaning cars and bikes), clever onboard storage solutions, a flexible 5 m hose and a sturdy metal pump that’s designed to go the distance.

While there are more powerful pressure washers out there, considering what you get for your pounds we reckon the Niflisk Core 125 is great value for money.

Best on a budget: Halfords PW20

  • Max water pressure: 115 bars
  • Flow rate: 300 L/hr
  • Power: 1,600 w
  • Suitable for: Bikes, garden machinery and tools, and garden/terrace/balcony furniture
  • Accessories included: Inlet adaptor with filter and detergent sprayer
Halfords PW20

The Halfords PW20 is our pick if you’re looking to do some light cleaning jobs without breaking the bank. The pressure washer features an auto-stop system, a 5 m long pressure hose, and wheels and a tall handle for easy portability. The foam sprayer kit makes quick work of applying any detergents and the high-pressure gun and lance give you control.

Simple but effective, the Halfords PW20 is loved by our customers and will get the job done at one of the cheapest prices on the market.

Best for easy setup: Karcher K2 Compact

  • Max water pressure: 105 bars
  • Flow rate: 360 L/hr
  • Power: 1,400 w
  • Suitable for: Bikes, garden machinery and tools, and garden/terrace/balcony furniture
  • Accessories included: Dirtblaster lance, one-way lance, 4m high pressure hose and trigger gun
Karcher K2 Compact

When you just want to plugin and go, we’d recommend the Karcher K2 Compact. This neat little pressure washer is easy to setup, lightweight and one of the most portable models you’ll see, but still has the chops to get some serious cleaning done.

It doesn’t have quite as many extra features as some of the others on this list, and you’ll want something with greater water pressure if you’re looking to do more heavy-duty cleaning jobs, but the Karcher K2 is top of our list in terms of simplicity and easy-of-use.

Best for cleaning bikes and cars: Nilfisk Core 130 Bike & Auto

  • Max water pressure: 130 bars
  • Flow rate: 462 L/hr
  • Power: 1,500 w
  • Suitable for: Cars, bikes, outside surfaces, gardening machines and tools, and garden/terrace/balcony furniture
  • Accessories included: Gentle nozzle, rough nozzle, bike nozzle, auto nozzle, super foamer and wide brush with squeegee blade
Nilfisk Core 130 Bike & Auto

All of the Nilfisk models in our range come with a pair of nifty accessories that have been specifically designed for cleaning your bike and car respectively. Our top choice for this type of cleaning would be the Nilfisk Core 130 Bike & Auto, thanks to its balanced mix of power and price.

Simply attach the dedicated car or bike cleaning nozzle to the trigger gun and let the cleaning commence. Both nozzles will help you to shift dirt and grime from frame, bodywork and wheels in the most efficient way possible.

Best for heavy duty cleaning: Nilfisk Core 140 Bike & Auto Premium

  • Max water pressure: 140 bars
  • Flow rate: 474 L/hr
  • Power: 1,400 w
  • Suitable for: Cars, bikes, outside surfaces, gardening machines and tools, and garden/terrace/balcony furniture
  • Accessories included: Gentle nozzle, rough nozzle, bike nozzle, auto nozzle, super foamer and wide brush with squeegee blade
Nilfisk Core 140 Bike & Auto Premium

Sometimes, you need a pressure washer that can take on the really heavy-duty cleaning jobs. The award-winning Nilfisk Core 140 Bike & Auto Premium combines an ultra-torque engine with high water pressure and a high flow rate to provide a powerful cleaning performance that can blast away ingrained dirt on with ease.

Add in a flexible power control nozzle that lets you adjust the water pressure to clean sensitive surfaces, a range of handy accessories and Nilfisk’s trademark stylish design, and you’ve got one of the best pressure washers that money can buy.

Best for app support: Karcher K4 Power Control

  • Max water pressure: 130 bars
  • Flow rate: 420 L/hr
  • Power: 1,800 w
  • Suitable for: Bikes, small cars, motorcycles, scooters, garden machinery and tools, garden/terrace/balcony furniture, fences and smaller garden paths or flagstones
  • Accessories included: Dirt blaster lance, Vario lance, 8m high pressure hose and high-pressure trigger gun
Karcher K4 Power Control

As well as being a top-spec pressure washer with adjustable pressure settings and significant cleaning power, the Karcher K4 Power Control comes with additional support via the Karcher Home & Garden app.

Pop the app on your phone and you’ll get access to installation and startup info for the Karcher K4, useful cleaning tips and tricks, troubleshooting advice and a direct connection to Karcher customer services. It’ll help you get the best out of your pressure washer and that’s why the K4’s our top pick for smart and effective cleaning.

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