Pressure Washer Buyers Guide

Keeping your car clean can be tough, especially on Britain’s roads.

Giving your paint work a scrub now and again may be cheaper than paying for someone else to wash it, but getting the muck off can take a lot of time and elbow grease if you’re only armed with a bucket of water and a cloth.

Pressure washers make life a lot easier, plus they aren’t just for the car – you can clean your driveway, brickwork, wheelie bin, garden shed and even your windows with the right settings. Here’s our guide to choosing the best pressure washer for your cleaning needs.

Pressure washer functions

Deciding on the right pressure washer always comes down to what you’ll be using it for. Pressure washers come with a wide variety of settings and often add-ons, like different nozzles and accessories for certain jobs. Before you start browsing, have a think hat you’ll be using your pressure washer for.

If you’re just going to clean your car, then a pressure washer with a lower water pressure output and a handful of accessories may do the job. Very powerful pressure washers can damage your car’s paintwork, so going for something less powerful is probably sensible move.

If you need to remove years of built-up moss and grime on your driveway, then you’ll need something with a bit more oomph, and maybe some nozzles that help to focus the flow of the water in a particular spot, making it even more powerful.

If you’re going to be doing various jobs, then look for a good all-rounder (we’ll cover these later)

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Choosing the right pressure

Pressure is measured in Bar. So, if you want your washer for cleaning your car and other lighter jobs, then pressure up to 110bar is fine. For tougher jobs like fencing, up to 130bar is needed, and for the toughest jobs like heavily soiled patios, up to 160bar will be required. Pressure washers capable of high pressure can be adjusted to work at lower pressures.

Pressure washer attachments

To get a specific job done as quickly as possible, getting the right attachment makes everything a breeze. Whether that's a patio scrubber, a foam nozzle, a car washing brush, or just an extension pole so you can reach further, being properly kitted out can mean that all those little chores take less time.

Pressure washer cleaning fluids

To help clean tougher dirt, its a good idea to get either a pressure washer that can add cleaning fluid to the water stream or an accessory, like a foam nozzle, to do the same thing. There are various detergents available, from car shampoos to stone cleaners.

Halfords pressure washers

Our range of Halfords pressure washers offer great value, and all come with a minimum 1 year guarantee. We also stock the well-known Karcher range. These are covered by guarantees up to 5 years, depending on the machine. There’s a great deal of choice available so it’s easy to find one that will meet your needs.

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You can browse our pressure washer range online and in store. If you have any questions or need more advice on the right one for you, feel free to ask a colleague.