There are SOOOOO many options on the market that it can be overwhelming to figure out what the best electric pressure washer is for you. We’re taking the guesswork out of it with a comprehensive overview of the current landscape. Whether you’re looking for the best overall, the most powerful, the best value, or you already have a brand in mind, here are our top recommendations for the year.
Best Electric Pressure Washer Overall
Greenworks Pro 3000 PSI Brushless Pressure Washer
With 3000 PSI and 2.0 GPM (1.1 GPM @ 3000 PSI) and PWMA certification to back it up, the Greenworks 5110502VT is the most powerful electric pressure washer we’ve seen and it earns our pick as the best electric pressure washer of the year. Even though it’s not a cordless model, it still takes advantage of a brushless motor and what Greenworks calls “JettFlow” technology to reach higher than others have been able to. Other brands top out around 2300 or 2400 PSI, or they’re using PSI max to make the pressure washer look better.
It doesn’t come cheap, though. At nearly $400, it’s the most expensive model on our list. But if you’re after the strongest cleaning without turning to gas, this is it.
Best Cordless Electric Pressure Washer
Of the few cordless pressure washer options currently on the market, we have the most confidence in Greenworks’ 60V Pro hybrid model. Capable of using AC power with the unit’s 25-foot cord or two 60V batteries, you get the best of both worlds.
Plugged into AC power, it produces 1800 PSI and 1.1 GPM (PWMA certified) on the top end. When you switch to battery power it drops to 1550 PSI. What we really like is that you don’t need a pressurized water source. Just drop the siphon tube into a barrel or bucket of water and you have the freedom to clean wherever you need to.
Best Electric Pressure Washer Value
Ryobi 2000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer RY142022VNM
As we searched for the best value in an electric pressure washer, we wanted to find the right balance of cleaning power, quality, and price. There are several excellent options right around the $200 mark and we like Ryobi’s RY142022VNM as the top pick.
On the performance side, it has up to 2000 PSI and 1.2 GPM and is PWMA certified. What sets it apart is that it comes in a nice compact frame with a telescoping handle that drops out of the way when you’re ready to store it. Plus, it comes with three tips, including a turbo nozzle to get the most out of its motor and pump.
Best Electric Pressure Washers By Brand
Craftsman 2400 PSI Electric Pressure Washer CMEPW2400
Craftsman has several solid pressure washer choices at pretty attractive prices. Our top choice for Craftsman also happens to have their highest pressure. Certified by CETA, it tops out at 2400 PSI and 1.1 GPM. The unit’s four included nozzles plus a turbo nozzle store on the top and the frame’s 10-inch wheels make rolling across the lawn an easier task.
DeWalt 2400 PSI Electric Pressure Washer DWPW2400
DeWalt’s top electric pressure washer is very similar to Craftsman’s. Boasting the same CETA-certified 2400 PSI/1.1 GPM rating, there’s essentially interchangeable in the types of work you can do with them. Like Craftsman, this model comes with four standard nozzles plus a turbo nozzle and has an easily transportable frame with 10-inch wheels.
Karcher K2 Entry Electric Pressure Washer Kit
Karcher has a wide range of electric pressures to choose from. Dialing down in power while dialing up the portability, the Karcher K2 Entry gets our top recommendation for the brand. Maxing out at 1600 PSI and 1.35 GPM, this little unit packs a lot of cleaning power into a frame that’s less than 20 x 7 x 16 inches and weighs just 10.6 pounds, not including the hose and wand. Add Karcher’s foam nozzle and turn it into a highly portable vehicle/boat/RV cleaning machine.
Ryobi 2300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer RY142300
Topping out at 2300 PSI and 1.2 GPM, Ryobi’s PWMA-rated RY142300 electric pressure washer uses a brushless motor to get better efficiency and life out of the system. Brushless technology is more expensive and that’s why this model may seem a bit higher compared to others, but the benefits are worth it. This unit includes three nozzles, one of which is a turbo nozzle. Additionally, its 12-inch wheels are great for moving across lawns and other terrains.
Simpson Clean Machine 2300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer CM60976
Simpson makes a ton of great pressure washers for homeowners all the way up to commercial professionals. Most are gas models, but the Clean Machine CM60976 is an excellent choice for an electric pressure washer. Producing 2300 PSI and 1.2 GPM on the top end, the big deal here is value. This is another model that uses brushless motor technology, but it’s about $40 less than its closest brushless competitors.
Stihl RE 90 Electric Pressure Washer
Stihl doesn’t have as deep of a pressure washer line as some brands, but each one is intentionally designed. Between their two electric offerings, the Stihl RE 90 offers homeowners better value. With 1800 PSI and 1.2 GPM, it’s just 200 PSI less than the stronger RE 110 Plus, but it’s more than $150 less expensive.
Having access to Stihl’s local dealer network is a big plus and the frame’s tight footprint won’t take up much floor space in your garage. However, one of the quirks of this unit is its smaller 19-foot hose. Most come with a 25-foot hose, so your reach is a bit shorter.
What About Sun Joe?
There’s some confusion surrounding some manufacturer’s PSI and GPM ratings. Brands such as Sun Joe and Westinghouse decided to use “PSI max” as a way to communicate pressure and it’s not the same as how other manufacturers get their numbers. Check out this article for more details.
While these brands make popular pressure washers and they can do a good job of cleaning, pay close attention to the numbers when you’re comparing models.
Sun Joe 2030 PSI Electric Pressure Washer SPX3000
Sun Joe has one of the largest lines of electric pressure washers available and there’s no question the SPX3000 is their most popular. Boasting 2030 max PSI and 1.76 GPM, be sure to take a look at the fine print before pulling the trigger. Under a typical working load, it actually produces 1450 PSI, and the GPM rating is taken with the nozzle open (AKA no nozzle installed). Even though its $159 price tag is compelling, make sure you’re comparing it against other pressure washers in the 1500 PSI range.
On the positive side, Sun Joe’s design is easy to use, it has two removable detergent tanks, and it comes with 5 nozzles. Despite straying from typical specification reporting, it is a very approachable pressure washer that has served many homeowners very well.
Westinghouse ePX 2050 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
The Westinghouse ePX 2050 PSI pressure washer is different from most thanks to the four casters on the base. Rather than going with two larger wheels, this one resists tipping over with four points of ground contact. However, that also makes it tough to roll across grass. On the other hand, the whole package is less than 25 pounds, so it’s not too heavy to pick up when you need to.
On the performance side, you’re looking at 2050 max PSI (the manual states 2030 max PSI) and 1.76 GPM. Sound familiar? That’s the same specs as the Sun Joe model and while Westinghouse doesn’t have the same disclosure Sun Joe uses, it’s reasonable to expect your working PSI is closer to 1500 and that the GPM rating was taken with no nozzle installed.
Worx WG604 1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Worx is another brand that displays PSI max, but to their credit, they make it very clear what the expected working pressure is. On the WG604, they put the 1600 PSI working pressure in the name and let you know it has 2240 max PSI in the technical specs. The same goes for the GPM rating. Its rated flow is 1.3 GPM with a max of 1.3. We appreciate the clarity!
We like the hose reel built into the frame a lot. Managing the hose when you’re storing or moving any pressure washer can be a pain and the assist is helpful. Among the four nozzles that come in the box, one is an ever-handy turbo nozzle that helps lower-PSI units work more efficiently.
Electric Vs Gas Pressure Washer
Electric pressure washers don’t have as much power as gas models, but they do hit levels that are excellent for use around your home.
What’s nice is how low-maintenance electric models are. There’s no gas, oil levels, spark plugs, or carburetors to worry about. Plus the noise level is much lower and there are no emissions.
You are tied to an electrical source, though. Considering you are also tethering to a water source, it’s not as inconvenient as a corded vs cordless power tool.
Comparing PSI and GPM
It can be tough to figure out which option among several pressure washers gives you the best cleaning power. There’s a relatively simple formula to compare them—just multiply the PSI by the GPM. Here are a few examples:
Take a look at this article to learn more about the relationship between PSI and GPM in pressure washers.
Electric Pressure Washer Vs Power Cleaner
There’s a relatively new class of cleaning tools called power cleaners that are on the market, such as the Worx Hydroshot. These are incredibly convenient for cleaning a variety of things, especially considering you can connect a hose directly to them or use a siphon hose and a bucket of water.
The big difference between a pressure washer and a power cleaner is that pressure washers have much higher pressure. A power cleaner is fully contained in a tool not much larger than a pressure washer wand and the components have to be smaller. While pressure washers usually start around 1500 PSI and go way up from there, most power cleaners are 300 – 600 PSI. On the other hand, the flow rate of a power cleaner can be similar to an electric pressure washer.
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