Is it worth buying a cheap pressure washer?

Last Updated on April 8, 2021

Is it worth buying a cheap pressure washer?

Pressure washers are a great invention, and we worthy of investing in for you home. They are so versatile, you can use them to clean almost all your outdoor parts of your home, they are even great for cars, bikes and garden furniture too. 

But is it worth buying a cheap pressure washer? Pressure washers can range from as little as £50 to be well over a £1000 with a petrol or hot water pressure washer.

A cheap pressure washer can a great tool if looked after. You’ll normally find that a cheap pressure washer can be made from cheaper material and therefore be more prone to breakage. This if where you come in.

You’ll need to maintain your pressure washer and properly look after it in order for it to stand the test of time.


The differences between a cheap and expensive pressure washer

If you take the Karcher K7 for example, this pressure washer is upwards of £500 but you get a much larger water pressure amount, higher water flow per hour and the ability to clean a larger surface area in less time. 

You also get accessories included as standard such as a Karcher Patio Cleaner, a longer high-pressure hose, and different detergents for different jobs.

It’s also worth considering that with high-end Karcher models you get the smart control trigger gun which allows you to control all the settings via the dedicated Karcher App.

Compared to the cheap pressure washers you’re likely to find that they offer a lower-end pressure level, lower water flow per hour and it will take you longer to clean the same area. 

You are also unlikely to receive any accessories with them, but there are usually accessories available to buy separately.

The upside of course is that you can save well over £500 by buying a cheap pressure washer, they will still get the job done but albeit a little less efficiently.


What to watch out for

There are few things you need to watch out for before you buy a cheap pressure washer and that is the level of pressure you can receive.

When buying a pressure washer for under £100 you need to check the amount of pressure that the unit offers and make sure that it has at least 100 BAR, ideally 110 BAR.

Many cheap pressure washers can offer as little as 70 BAR and cordless pressure washers even less. These lower pressure units are great for cleaning cars or caravans.


What are you going to be using it for and how often 

Another thing you should consider is how often and for how long you are going to be using it for. The cheap pressure washers and normally smaller and therefore aren’t built for using them for a prolonged period of time.

They can overheat or simply give up if used for too long which will leave you with a broken pressure washer. A more expensive pressure washer will be designed with a larger and more powerful engine and therefore built for more prolonged use.

Alternatively, if you are using it regularly, you’ll want to invest into your pressure washer and make sure you have something long-lasting and reliable.

If you are using your pressure washer to clean brickwork, patios or driveways then you need to consider buying a slightly more expensive pressure washer. The cheaper pressure washers, although handy to have, can be a poor choice for cleaning concrete. A great pressure washer for cleaning concrete is the Wilks-USA RX545 that you can see on our best electric pressure washer guide.

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