The 8 Best Electric Pressure Washers to Make Your Home Look Brand New
While gas-powered pressure washers are popular among homeowners, electric power washers are more lightweight and tend to have a quieter motor and a quick-start operation. They also tend to be less expensive than their gas counterparts, require less upkeep, and never run out of fuel. Plus, they can tackle pretty much any stubborn mess with ease, including mold, mildew, oil, and tar.
To help you decide which is the best electric pressure washer for your home, we researched a variety of picks, keeping in mind the hose length, pressure rating, machine weight, and flow rate. We also consulted George Schultz, merchant of pressure washers and outdoor power accessories at The Home Depot, and Gary McCoy, a Lowe's store manager.
Here are the best electric pressure washers.
- Best Overall: Ryobi High-Performance Electric Pressure Washer
- Best Budget: Greenworks Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
- Best for Cars: Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max Electric High-Pressure Washer
- Best for Driveways: Ryobi Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
- Best for Siding and Decks: Karcher K5 Premium Electric Power Induction Pressure Washer
- Best Cordless: Worx Power Share Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner
- Most Powerful: Greenworks Pro 3000 PSI Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
- Best Features/Accessories: Craftsman 1900 PSI 1.2-Gallon-GPM Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Ryobi High-Performance Electric Pressure Washer
Best Budget: Greenworks Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
Best for Cars: Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max Electric High-Pressure Washer
Best for Driveways: Ryobi Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
Best for Siding and Decks: Karcher K5 Premium Electric Power Induction Pressure Washer
Best Cordless: Worx Power Share Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner
Most Powerful: Greenworks Pro 3000 PSI Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
Best Features/Accessories: Craftsman 1900 PSI 1.2-Gallon-GPM Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer
The Bottom Line
Overall, we recommend the Ryobi High-Performance Electric Pressure Washer because it can clean a variety of items without the maintenance of a gas pressure washer. If you're looking for a less-expensive option, consider the Greenworks Cold Water Electric Pressure Washer. The electric pressure washer is easy to use and includes a spot for accessory storage.
What To Know About Electric Pressure Washers Before Shopping
Different power washing projects require different pounds per square inch (also known as PSI). Generally, the stronger the PSI, the more powerful the machine is. Those looking to clean objects like boats, vehicles, and outdoor furniture can go with a lighter-duty pressure washer with a PSI of around 1,900. If you're looking to clean tough-to-remove substances like graffiti or you want to strip paint, you'll want a PSI of 3,100 or more. "A good PSI for an electric pressure washer is about 1,800 to 2,000 PSI,'' Schultz says.
The best tank capacity for you can be determined by how long your pressure washer sessions usually last. You'll want to take into account the PSI and GPM (gallons per minute) along with what you plan to use the pressure washer for to figure it out. In general, those with a higher PSI tend to have a larger water tank capacity and vice versa for a small tank.
If you're choosing a cordless electric pressure washer, you'll want to make sure the battery life will last you through the duration of your typical pressure washing session. You may also want to pick up two batteries so you'll always have a charged battery to swap in if the first one dies while you're hard at work blasting grime.
Cord and Hose Length
In general, the longer the cord and hose length the more reach the unit has. This gives you more freedom to move around without having to reconnect to a power source.
Items like brushes, nozzles, and tips can be helpful additions for specific pressure washing projects. "There are many attachments that are made for particular projects, including rotating brushes and extension wands for high cleaning," Schultz says. "With the right accessories and a little guidance, a pressure washer can make your outdoor spaces and furniture look fresh and clean all year round."
Your Questions, Answered
What are the benefits of an electric pressure washer?
If you're deciding between gas and electric, neither one is necessarily better than the other, but they are each suited to different tasks. Generally speaking, gas pressure washers are more efficient than electric pressure washers. They're also better designed for removing materials like paint. However, gas pressure washers are also typically larger, making them harder to store, and require more of an upfront investment and maintenance, explains Schultz. "Electric pressure washers are budget-friendly, lightweight, and low maintenance," Schultz says. "However, they're usually not as powerful as gas models."
What is a good PSI for an electric pressure washer?
According to Schultz, an 1,800 to 2,000 PSI is a great range for an electric pressure washer. "This PSI is great for light-duty jobs such as cleaning your car or grill," says Schultz. Every pressure washing project will require a different PSI, so it's worth remembering that 1 to 1,899 PSI is considered low, 1,900 to 2,788 is considered medium-duty, 2,800 or more is heavy duty, and 3,100 or more is considered commercial grade. Something light-duty would be used for tasks like washing vehicles, boats, etc, whereas something commercial is for tougher tasks like graffiti removal, paint stripping, and more.
Can you use an extension cord with an electric pressure washer?
You can use an extension cord with an electric pressure washer, but it's imperative to read the manufacturer's instructions ahead of trying anything new. However, it is typically fine to use an extension cord with a pressure washer.
"It's important to always follow the manufacturer's instructions for operating the pressure washer," says Schultz. This is because it won't provide enough power to your machine, which is why you should use a twelve gauge wire with a length of over 25 feet. Any cord that's 16, 18, or lighter will likely not provide enough power.
Who We Are
Rachel Dube is a freelance writer for Better Homes & Gardens. To come up with this list, she consulted Gary McCoy, a Lowe's store manager, and George Schultz, merchant of pressure washers and outdoor power accessories. She also thoroughly researched the best electric pressure washers while considering their PSI, hose length, cord length, and machine weight.