The 7 Best Pressure Washers for Cleaning Driveways and Patios (Review) in 2021
Our choice for the best pressure washers for cleaning your driveway and Patio
Karcher K7 Premium Full Control
Everything in one Purchase
Can be controlled via Bluetooth
Huge 3-year warranty
The initial outlay is high
Latest Deal: Karcher K7 Premium
Wilks-USA RX550i Pressure Washer
Highest Pressure EPW on the Market
Includes loads of accessories
Doesn’t have a continuous 262 BAR pressure
Latest Deal: Wilks-USA RX550i
Kiam Petrol Pressure Washer (Driveway Cleaning Pack)
Includes a Surface Cleaner
Comes with a Turbo Nozzle
Great for Commercial Jobs too
Quite a large frame that takes up a lot of room
Latest Deal: Kiam KM3700P
Black+Decker BXPW1800XE Pressure Washer
Twin Nozzle Feature
Up to 810 Litres per hour
It offers a short hose to have a built-in hose reel (only 5m)
Latest Deal: Black & Decker EXPW1800XE
Karcher K4 Premium Power Car & Home
Controlled via APP
Build on Hose Reel
Perfect for Driveways and Patios
Other models with similar stats can be found at a cheaper price
Latest Deal: Karcher K4
AVA Of Norway Pressure Washer
20 year warranty
8-meter hose reel as standard
lots of accessories included and more available to add on
The initial outlay is quite high although worth it in our opinion
Latest Deal: AVA of Norway
Stream 150 Electric Pressure Washer
105 BAR and 450 LPH
Comes fully loaded with all accessories
Easy to move around and pack away
The surface cleaner can be difficult to use
Latest Deal: Stream 150
The Best Pressure Washers for Cleaning Patios and Driveways Buyers Guide and FAQ
What to look for from a pressure washer for cleaning a driveway or patio
When you are buying a driveway or patio pressure washer it’s handy to get as many accessories included as possible. Most of the pressure washers on this list come with suitable extras that make them perfect for concrete cleaning.
You should look for units with a surface cleaner (also known as a patio cleaner), turbo nozzle, variable nozzle for those hard ground stains and a long hose length.
When buying the best pressure washer for cleaning patios or driveways you want to buy something with over 120 BAR or 1700 PSI. This will ensure that there is enough power for your home pressure washer needs.
A home pressure washer will never have as good as water flow as petrol pressure ones but you want to aim for as high as possible. This will mean you can get the job in a quicker time meaning your electric pressure washer will last you longer.
Teamed with a decent BAR pressure, the water flow can go a long way to saving you time and money in the long run.
The hose length is the next thing to look for and this one really is just a convenience extra. A petrol pressure washer will normally have a longer hose but the electric pressure washers, especially the ones offering high pressure, normally have a slightly longer than average hose length.
Although BAR pressure and hose length arent directly related, normally the higher the pressure, the longer the hose.
Another handy thing, but not essential, to try and get with your high-pressure washer is a built-in detergent tank. It really just saves some hassle and fiddling about.
If you don’t have one built-in, you can buy them separately and use them as an add on. These are great for cleaning cars but also applying detergent to large areas of concrete.
What PSI should I use to clean my driveway?
If your pressure washer has a variable pressure gauge and you are able to adjust the level of pressure it gives out (usually found on petrol pressure washers) you might wonder what pressure is optimal for cleaning your driveway.
To clean concrete, 120 BAR of pressure is a suitable level. If it’s a single slab or larger slabs of concrete, such as a patio style then you might be able to go a little higher.
If it’s block paving, stick to the 120 BAR maximum as you run the risk of forcing your block paving to move around due to the high pressure.
Should you pressure washer driveways and patios?
Some people believe that pressure washers are a little bit too harsh to use on some of the more delicate patios and driveways, especially block paving.
But, external cleaning companies say differently, Ryan from Kirbside Cleaning says that he regularly cleans driveways and patios using his petrol pressure washer. He added ‘its important to ensure that after you used your pressure washer on your block paving and it’s dry, you resand it so that you make sure that the slabs or bricks don’t move and become distorted.
You can also seal the surface using a sealer after you are finished to really add that level of protection.’
Does pressure washing damage concrete driveways or patios?
Its highly unlikely that a pressure washer will damage but it is possible. If your concrete is already damaged or weak then the high pressure that you receive out of pressure washers could increase the damage or cause weaker parts to crack and shoot off, potentially damaging other parts of your house.
What is the best pressure washer to clean concrete?
In our opinion, the best pressure washer to clean concrete is the Karcher K7. Pressure washers offer all different types of add ons, flow rate and pressure but the Karcher K7 ticks all the boxes.
The only downside to the Karcher K7 full control home and car, is that it’s quite a pricey unit. If you wanted to still get all the right accessories and power but not the price tag then check out the Wilks USA RX550i, another brilliant, and affordable pressure washer for cleaning patios and driveways.