Is it worth buying an Electric pressure washer in 2021

October 14, 2021 @ 10:32 am

Is an Electric Pressure Washer Worth Buying?

Electric pressure washers can vary in price. You can get cheap electric pressure washers and you can get ones upwards of £500!

With the top end price closely resembling the price of a petrol pressure washer, it begs the question, is an electric pressure washer worth buying?

The question totally depends on what you are likely to be using the pressure washer for. If you live on a farm and are looking to clean out food troths and animal pens then a basic electric one probably isn’t your best choice and you might want to think of a hot water pressure washer instead.

If you are looking at investing in a pressure washer for your home, to clean your driveway, patio, cars, bike, and garden furniture then an electric pressure washer would be a great fit for you. But you still need to be careful about which one you buy.

Not all electric jet washers are a great fit for your home.

Before you decide on what electric pressure washer to go with it’s best to understand what each component of the electric washer is best for.

PSI

Electric pressure washers come in all sorts of different PSI values, ranging from lower than 100 bar and scaling all the way up to 170 bar. 

There are of course exemptions to this with some units offering lower or higher but most of them will fit into this range.

Depending on what you are looking at using your pressure washer to clean will determine what PSI you will be looking for.

Anything 100 bar and under:

If the unit you are looking at ranges 100 bar or under then you would only want to look at using this to clean your bins, tools, push bikes or garden furniture. Using this to try and clean concrete or decking would take a lot longer and do not as good as a job as something with a higher PSI

PSI

100 – 130 bar:

If you are looking at investing in an EPW with a bar range of 100-130 bar then this is the sort of unit that would be great for cleaning guttering and facias, cars, caravans, boats, motorbikes and fences plus all the above. This is your typical low maintenance home pressure washer.

130 bar and upwards:

If you want a unit that can handle pretty much any home maintenance job then you’ll want to look for a unit with over 130 bar of pressure. The higher the better. These are good for cleaning not only all the above but also cleaning decking, patios, concrete and brickwork. This means that you can clean your front wall, driveway, patio and fences all with the same unit.

Water Flow

Water flow plays a huge part in how long each job will take you to complete with a higher water flow saving you time with each job. 

Some people will argue that water flow is more important than PSI when it comes to choosing a pressure washer but they both play a different part in being important.

Electric pressure washers normally range from around 330 liters per hour to around 550 litres per hour depending on what unit you go for.

A higher water flow per hour means this is the number of liters of water that is expelled from the hose in a given hour. A higher number means more water produced. More water produced increased the efficiency of the cleaning power.

Hose Length

Hose length shouldn’t be a huge decision when trying to choose the best electric pressure washer for you and your job.

But it should defiantly be something that you think about.

This will hugely depend on the distance you away from your water source you are from what you need to clean. If it’s a longer distance, e.g. you have a 50ft driveway, you might want to invest in something with a longer hose to enable you to have to move the unit less.

pressure washer water on a car

Conclusion

So is it worth buying an electric pressure washer?

 Yes, an electric pressure washer is worth buying. Assuming you have looked into all the points above and an electric pressure washer is still a good fit for your use then we think one would be a great asset to your cleaning team.

Jeff Kirby
Jeff Kirby

Reviewer

Jeff is our head reviewer here at PressureWashersReview.co.uk and has over 10 years in the commercial pressure washing business. What he doesn’t know about pressure washers isn’t worth knowing.

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