When you have a garden (but more specifically a patio) getting your hands on the best pressure washer is essential to help keep it in tip-top shape. Patios provide a great little entertainment spot in your garden and can even make smaller spaces look bigger too. But, there’s no denying they can get very dirty, so we’ve found the best pressure washers for your patio, so you can get your summer ready.
When patios are exposed to moisture, algae, lichen and moss can begin to develop, spoiling your pretty paved area. But a pressure washer will easily blast away dirt and restore your patio's natural beauty again.
Black Friday deals on patio pressure washers
We interrupt the regularly scheduled content to let you know that although Black Friday is over, there's still time to grab some last chance Black Friday deals on pressure washers. These are the retailers that still have deals available or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer’s guide.
13% off: Kärcher K7 Premium Smart Control Home Pressure Washer WAS £629.99, NOW £549
Save £50: Karcher K4 Power Control Car & Home Pressure Washer WAS £319.98, NOW £269.98
39% off: Bosch High Pressure Washer UniversalAquatak 135 WAS £209, NOW £127.68
If your patio really has seen better days, then you may even want to consider getting a patio cleaner solution to use alongside your pressure washer. It’s also worth noting, some pressure washers come with a specific patio cleaning accessory head, which can make cleaning them (especially larger patios) a lot easier. However, if they don’t, these can be purchased separately, but are usually pricey. We’ve tried to include as many options that already come with this attachment for easy cleaning.
We've rounded up the best pressure washers from Kärcher, Nilfisk, Bosch and more, that will leave your patio gleaming once more.
Best pressure washer for your patio at a glance
Best pressure washers for patios
Best for large patios
For larger patios this powerful pressure washer is ideal. It has a long hose so that you're able
- Powerful, so ideal for larger patios
- 3-in-1 nozzle for ease of use
- Handle folds away for easy storage
- Patio cleaner attachment has to be purchased separately
This pressure washer is a brilliant allrounder when it comes to price and the accessories it comes
- Great value, comes with a range of accessories (including patio head attachment)
- Impressive power
- Long, flexible hose
- Very easy to assemble
- Not suitable for large patios, or will at least take a long time to clean
Best for small patios
Another brilliant pressure washer from Nilfisk is the Core 130. It’s very similar to the Core
- Great value, comes with a range of great accessories including patio cleaner head
- Good for smaller patios
- Attachments store neatly on the pressure washer
- Not suitable for larger patios
Best budget buy
Looking for something a little more budget-friendly for your patio? Then this pressure washer from
- Very affordable
- Lightweight and compact, easy to store
- Comes with a great range of attachments, including patio cleaner head
- Not suitable for larger patios
What pressure do I need to clean my patio?
It’s not actually the maximum bar pressure you want to focus on too much here. “As a rule, the higher the working pressure of the machine, the better it will clean,” says David Davies, a spokesperson from Nilfisk. “Not the maximum rated pressure, which is just the highest pressure the machine is tested to.”
A pressure washer with a high working pressure in combination with a patio cleaner that is the correct size for your patio, will deliver great results. “You want a smaller diameter patio cleaner for small areas, a larger diameter patio cleaners for medium sized areas and a large diameter patio cleaners for larger areas,” says David.
Do I need a patio cleaning accessory head in order to clean my patio?
No, you don’t. You can still clean a patio perfectly fine without one. However, David does say the advantage of a patio cleaning head is that it has two cleaning nozzles inside of it. “As the arm rotates under the pressure of the water flow, the width of the cleaning sweep is the diameter of the cleaning head. The wider the cleaning sweep, the less time it will take to clean the area,” he says. “If you only clean the area using a lance and a single jet nozzle, the cleaning sweep will be narrower than that of a patio cleaner so, naturally, the patio cleaner will be a lot quicker.”
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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.