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Last updated: 23 February 2023


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We test and compare electric and battery pressure cleaners (also known as pressure washers or water gurneys) from leading brands to help you find the best model for cleaning dirt off domestic surfaces.

Our experts give every pressure cleaner a thorough workout in a real-world setting to help find the models that:

  • are best at cleaning in tough conditions
  • are easiest to use
  • come with a range of tools for cleaning a variety of surfaces.
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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are the best performers. And our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

We test a batch of pressure cleaners from year to year in real-life scenarios. Because there may be differences in the test conditions, results from each year cannot be directly compared. This is why we include the year tested in our comparison table.

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    Electric pressure cleaners draw their power from a standard home power plug, while battery-powered pressure cleaners are cordless. In our experience testing these models, the battery life only lasts long enough for small cleaning jobs.

      Cleaning performance score

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      Each cleaner is tested on a concrete path (for our 2021 test) or a sandstone path (for tests prior to 2021). This is a tough test, allowing our expert tester to rate how well the pressure cleaners clean the path. He uses each cleaning nozzle supplied and times how long it takes to clean with each. The fastest time is used as the basis of the cleaning performance score. 

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      Ease of use score

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      We rate ease of manoeuvring, taking into account hose length, unit weight and ease of wheeling or carrying if the unit doesn't have wheels. We also assess ease of cleaning, checking the length of the handle/lance, vibrations and trigger comfort.

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      Weight (kg)

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      The measured weight, including the hose, gun, lance and attachments that are stored/attached to the unit.

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      Year tested

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      Due to a change in test conditions, models are comparable according to year tested. We may retest models from previous tests to bring results in line with current conditions.

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        • Cleaning performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Ease of cleaning score
        • Ease of manoeuvring score
        • Noise (dB)
        • Year tested
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • Nozzles
        • Items supplied
        • Weight (kg)
        • Reach from power point (m)
        • Length of hose (m)
        • Power (rated, W)
        • Water delivery (L/min)
        • Claimed water consumption (L/hour)
        • Trigger-off lock
        • Detergent bottle
        • On-board tool storage
        • Wheels
        • Claimed operating pressure (bar)
        • Claimed operating pressure (psi)
        • Warranty (years)
        • Country of origin
        • Rotary brush


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