If your garden furniture, patio or BBQ looks a little grimy and is in need of a good cleaning, then the best budget pressure washer will do the trick - and won't break the bank, either. Wave goodbye to hours of scrubbing with your bucket and sponge, as this powerful garden tool blasts away dirt, mould and mud in just a matter of minutes. At Modern Gardens Magazine, we're hoping to find you a great pressure washer to spruce up your decking.
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While your garden hose simply sprays out water, a pressure washer is like a super-charged version. When it comes to a patio washer, we recommend something this powerful to get the dreaded job done. As well as being fixed to your water mains it's typically powered by an electric motor that sprays out water at very high pressure. A pressure washer can also save water too, as they only use around 400 to 600 litres in an hour, whereas a hose can use up to 3,500 litres.
But there are a lot of pressure washers on the market - such as hot pressure washers. While some are better at cleaning specific things, others can be incredibly expensive. That’s why we’ve found the best budget pressure washers, so you can still achieve a bloomin' lovely garden without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a renowned Kärcher pressure washer or something specifically for your patio, we’ve got a budget pressure washer for you.
Best budget pressure washers at a glance
Our pick of the best budget pressure washers
Best pressure washer for garden furniture and tools
Kärcher has long been the standard name in the pressure washer business – the German brand
- Easy to use
- Wheels and extendable handle make it easy to move around
- Not strong enough for cleaning patios
Most affordable pressure washer
If you’re partial to a little car cleaning here and there, you may be familiar with the brand
- Wheels and an extendable handle for easy transportation
- Very affordable
- Onboard accessory storage
- Powerful enough to clean garden furniture and decking
- Heavier and larger than other pressure washers listed
Best overall budget pressure washer
If storage space is a slight issue, then this highly compact Bosch EasyAquatak 120 will be ideal.
- Compact and portable
- Great for those with little space
- Ideal for cleaning all garden furniture, tools and patios
- No wheels, has to be moved manually
Whether you want to give your outdoor patio a new lease of life, remove dirt from your decking,
- Onboard storage for accessories
- Great for all home and garden cleaning needs
- Patio brush kit has to be purchased separately
- Heavy, but wheels and handle make it easy to manoeuvre
Best budget pressure washer for patio cleaning
If you've got a little room to wiggle in your budget and are keen on a pressure washer that can
- Great for cleaning patios and everything in between
- Handy picture manual on washer
- Comes with a great range of accessories
- Slightly pricey than the other budget washers, but worth it
Best for extra accessories
Green to match your garden. Despite this pressure washer being the heaviest of the bunch at almost
- Comes with great range of accessories, including patio cleaner
- Three year warranty
- Long cable length
Best mini pressure washer
If you're really lacking on space, then this RYOBI RY110PWA is ideal for you. It may not have
- Great for small gardens
- Not powerful enough to remove heavy-duty stains from concrete
Best pressure washer under £60
The Hawksmoor High Pressure Washer has a 1400-watt motor that provides consistent power for
- Easy to use
- Value for money
- Nozzle is difficult to adjust
How to pick the best budget pressure washer
Consider pressure and power rates
The force that the water is released from the lance nozzle is measured in a unit called ‘bars’. The lower the bar, the lower the pressure of water released. A general rule is that a pressure of 100 to 120 bars will be good enough for all home uses. The power of a pressure washer motor is measured in watts. Again, the higher the wattage, the more powerful your pressure washer will be.
Think about the task at hand
Think about what you want this pressure washer for. Are you planning to clean the patio, garden furniture, BBQ or even your car with it? An entry-level pressure washer will have a max pressure of around 100 bars and is good for cleaning smaller items, like garden furniture, BBQs and bikes. Mid-range pressure washers will have a max pressure of 120 bars and are good for cleaning larger garden items, like fences, patios and your car.
Don't forget accessories
Before you buy your pressure washer, check whether it comes with any of these first. Many models are equipped with different nozzles that will help you carry out different tasks. Some even come with multi-purpose nozzles, which have lots of different spray options for different jobs. It is really important to consider this before buying because if your pressure washer doesn’t come with a specific accessory you need, like a patio cleaner, these can be expensive to purchase separately.
What size and weight are you after
A pressure washer must be stored safely to keep it in good working condition. If you only have a small amount of outdoor storage then make sure you opt for something small and compact. If you do have lots of room and can afford something bigger, remember the pressure washer will be heavier to move around.
Can pressure washers be dangerous?
They can be very dangerous as water is coming out at very high pressure. Therefore it's important that you don’t ever spray them at someone as it could result in a hospital visit. Make sure you wear protective goggles and proper footwear when using.
What’s the difference between a pressure washer and a pressure cleaner?
The main difference is that a pressure washer has to be plugged into the mains water supply, whereas a pressure cleaner doesn’t. Yes - cordless pressure washers mean portability and no run-off into your mains water supply.
Instead, they draw water via a suction hose, which can be placed in anything with water, like a bucket or even a watering can. Unlike a pressure washer, which has to be plugged into an electrical outlet for it to function, a pressure cleaner runs off lithium-ion batteries. This means the runtime of a pressure cleaner is usually shorter. However, many pressure cleaners also come with a hose adapter feature so that they can be plugged into your mains water supply.
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Bryony Firth-Bernard is a product writer for Modern Gardens. On the weekend she loves whipping up new recipes in the kitchen and spending time with her friends and family.