Best Pressure Washers 2018 Review

Best Pressure Washers 2018 Review

In this review, we look at the best pressure washers from Karcher, Bosch and Nilfisk.

Top 5 Pressure Washers

What are the Best 5 Pressure Washers of 2018?

In our review of the Best Pressure Washers of 2018, we look at some of the best electric models on the market today. We haven't included petrol or diesel pressure washers in our review as this is aimed more as this Power Washer Review is aimed more at the domestic market.

We compare the features of models from Karcher, Bosch and Nilfisk looking at warranty, power output, accessories and much more. We do this through individual product reviews of the Karcher K2, Karcher K4, Karcher K7, Bosch AQT 35-12 and the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra. We make use of comparison tables and wrap it all up in a conclusion.

This review features models ranging from around £50 to £450 and like all of our reviews we will provide options for a budget model, premium model, best DIY enthusiast model and best professional model. This review has 3 models from Karcher the K2, K4 and K7 and a model from Bosch and Nilfisk. It is rare for us to feature 3 models from the same manufacturer in one review, however in this case Karcher have some fantastic models that we couldn't discount just because they were from the same company.

This review was originally created in 2017 and has now been updated for 2018.

Our Top Pick of the Best - Karcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

Karcher K4 Pressure Washer
Karcher K4 Pressure Washer

Karcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

Karcher have really stepped up their game in recent years. Traditionally their range included models of varying power but my how things have changed. The Karcher K4 Full Control pressure washer really is a fantastic bit of kit.

The full control bit refers to whats included on top of the basic device. Karcher offers the same K4 model which offers no specification​ difference in a variety of guises. The full control being the creme de la creme. Featuring a LED display showing mode and pressure, integrated lance holder, telescopic handle and integrated hose management.

This model is the middle of the road offering from Karcher and provides a great deal of power with regards to bars of pressure, displaces a huge 420 litres of water per hour and comes with a fantastic 3 year manufacturers warranty.​

  • 1800W
  • 130 Bar of pressure
  • 420 Litres/Hour
  • 3 Year warranty

Pressure Washer Accessories

The pressure washers we have on review here come with some great accessories and built in storage for them. We thought we would take a look at some of the other useful accessories and longer hoses for you below. 

Longer pressure washer hoses

Sometimes it is ideal if you can leave the pressure washer stationary and have a longer hose to walk round whatever you are cleaning, this could be a large patio, going up a ladder to clean soffits and facias or simply washing the car. There is nothing worse than having to drag your jet wash with you. A longer hose can be just the ticket, we have some below to help you out. These are extension hoses that add to your existing hose to give you a great length.

Gutter cleaning kit​

We have listed below a gutter cleaning kit from Karcher it features a 20m hose for your pressure washer as an added bonus, but this kit allows for trouble free cleaning of your gutter and pipes.​

Pressure washer detergent bottles​

Whether you are cleaning the patio with your pressure washer or applying snow foam to settle on your car to beat the muck and grit that has settled on your car. A pressure washer detergent or foam applicator bottle is a great addition. We have listed one compatible with the Karcher range below.

Soft washing brush

If you are cleaning your car or works van and need a little help, why not check out the soft wash brush from Karcher? It's soft bristles are designed to not damage your paint work, yet enough to agitate the dirt, combine this with one of the detergent bottles and the strength of your pressure washer and your vehicle will be clean in no time.

Longer Hose

Detergent Bottle

Gutter Cleaning Kit

Soft Brush

Karcher 7.5m Pressure Washer Hose
Karcher 7.5m Pressure Washer Hose
Karcher Detergent Bottle
Karcher Detergent Bottle
Karcher Gutter Cleaning Kit
Karcher Gutter Cleaning Kit
Karcher Pressure Washer Soft Brush
Karcher Pressure Washer Soft Brush

Quick Comparison of the best pressure washers 2018

In this table we show some of the features side by side of each of the pressure washers on review.

Karcher K2

Karcher K4

Karcher K7

Bosch AQT 35-12

Nilfisk C110 4-5

Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
Karcher K4 Pressure Washer
Karcher K4 Pressure Washer
Karcher K7 Pressure Washer
Karcher K7 Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer
Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer
Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer

Pressure

110 Bar

130 Bar

160 Bar

120 Bar

110 Bar

Waterflow

360 Litres/Hour

420 Litres/Hour

600 Litres/Hour

350 Litres/Hour

440 Litres/Hour

Warranty

2 Years

3 Years

5 Years

3 Years

2 Years

Power

1400W

1800W

2800W

1500W

1400W

Best Budget Pressure Washer - Karcher K2 Pressure Washer Review

Karcher K2 Pressure Washer
Karcher K2 Pressure Washer

Karcher K2 Jet Wash

The Karcher K2 is the entry level pressure washer from Karcher. It is also the cheapest of the items we have on review followed in a close second by the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra.

The Karcher K2 offers on board storage for accessories and pressure gun. It has a detergent feed pipe so that it can be used for applying cleaning products to the surface you are cleaning. Additionally two different cleaning lances, a general purpose one and a dirt blaster one.

As with all Karcher products when you power them on initially they prime the pressure washer then go into a hibernation mode until you press the trigger. This helps the longevity of the machine and reduces electricity usage.

  • 110 Bar of pressure
  • 360 Litres/Hour
  • 2 year warranty
  • 1400W

Overall Product Review

The Karcher brand is synonymous with quality and this is no exception. Even though it is their budget offering to the market it is plenty powerful for keeping on top of cleaning your home patio, UPVC windows and vehicles. It is compact, weighing in at just 4 kilograms it is ideal as a jet wash that gets used every now and again or for the Sunday morning car wash. Additionally it's 2 year warranty means that the Karcher K2 offers you peace of mind that you are covered should anything fail.

The Karcher K2 comes with a 4 metre hose which is ample for most tasks around the home, should you need a longer hose we have a selection above in our pressure washer accessories section. It also comes with a vario lance which can be adjusted to suit the pressure you require and a dirt buster lance for full on power, ideal for stubborn muck on a patio.

Best Tradesman Pressure Washer - Karcher K7 Full Control Plus Review

Karcher K7 Pressure Washer
Karcher K7 Pressure Washer

Karcher K7 Full Control Plus

The Karcher K7 is the Daddy of pressure washers! This beast is feature rich, powerful and it comes with a 5 year warranty!

Very similar to the Karcher K4 in that it has the telescopic handle and on board storage for all of the accessories, lances and spray gun. That is because it is part of the Full Control Plus range from Karcher. However this model also offers one single lance, a 3 in 1 lance. This lance allows you to adjust the pressure through the digital gauge on the trigger, use it in dirt blaster mode or in detergent mode all from the one lance.

  • 160 Bar of pressure
  • 600 Litres/Hour
  • 5 year warranty
  • 2800W

Overall Product Review

The Karcher K7 is the solution for the tradesman, if you are someone who needs to clean up after a building project, wants to clean down your tools, van and everything else this is the model for you. It has plenty of power, plenty of accessories for every situation and is backed by a fantastic 5 year warranty.

The 3 in 1 lance makes the Karcher K7 a fantastic offering as there is no swapping between lances, losing lances, everything is ready to go from the get go. It does also come with a T450 which is the accessory used for cleaning decking or larger areas of patios at once. Whilst personally we would rather take our time with a more pressurised lance if the dirt and grime isn't built up too much this accessory is a fantastic time saver.

The Karcher K7 comes with the 3 in one lance, the T450 T Racer surface cleaner, a 1L bottle of stone detergent and a 10M hose capable of utilising the machines full 160 bar of pressure. This really is the best jet wash in our opinion should you have the budget for it.

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer Review

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer
Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer

Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra Pressure Washer

The C110 4-5 X-Tra from Nilfisk is one hell of a machine for the money. At the time of writing it is nearly half price which adds to the deal even further. It is a similar specification to the Karcher K2 and only slightly more expensive. However it does come with more accessories

The Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra pressure washer features two different lances, both with click and clean technology for quickly changing between them, a 5 metre hose, onboard storage for all the accessories and a detergent dosing bottle.

  • 110 Bar pressure
  • 440 Litres/Hour
  • 2 Year warranty
  • 1400W

Overall Product Review

The Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra power washer has a few differences from the Karcher K2 which make it worth the extra few pounds in price. It has the 5 metre hose which can prove useful particularly when washing a car. It also has the detergent dosing bottle also useful as a foam applicator. To use a jet wash to apply snow foam to a vehicle normally requires purchasing a foam applicator which can be around £20 extra, this is included right in the box.

All of the pressure washers we have on review come with a minimum of 2 year warranty which is great especially when you are purchasing something that is electric, going to get filthy and soaking wet. The blue plastic body used by Nilfisk is especially durable to the harsh conditions the pressure washer will be exposed to. Coupled with the all metal bodied motor and you are looking at a device that is built to last.

Best DIY Enthusiast Pressure Washer - Bosch AQT 35-12 Review

Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer

Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer

Our best pick for the DIY enthusiast has to be the Bosch AQT 35-12 pressure washer. When opened up and ready to use it is a substantial unit ready to take anything you throw at it, when finished with it is so compact it will fit neatly on your garage or shed shelf.

Like some of the more premium Karcher models such as the Karcher K4 and Karcher K7 it comes with a vario lance, meaning that speed and power can be determined from one lance without interchanging them.

  • 120 Bar of pressure
  • 350 Litres/Hour
  • 3 Year warranty
  • 1500W

Overall Product Review

The Bosch AQT 35-12 is a fantastic addition to your garden tool collection. One thing that struck us immediately with this power washer from Bosch was the speed in which you are ready to go. Out of the box it is assembled, simply attach the hose and snap the lance into place with it's quick fit SDS fitting and you are ready to go.

When it arrives the Bosch comes with a 2 year warranty, however registering the AQT 35-12 with Bosch online takes a few minutes and extends that to a 3 year warranty free of charge.

The integrated tool storage means that when you need your pressure washer you know everything is together and exactly where you left it, no hunting around your garage for the lance attachment or the hose for it. Speaking of hoses it comes with a 5 metre hose which is a great length for cleaning your car without dragging the pressure washer about with you.

Conclusion

In this review we have looked at some fantastic pressure washers from Karcher, Bosch and Nilfisk. Karcher stole the spot of Best pick pressure washer with it's K4, it got the award for best budget pressure washer with its K2 and also our best tradesman pressure washer choice for the K7. All fantastic units each with different features, uses and price points.

We also had our best DIY enthusiast pressure washer the Bosch AC 35-12, a mid priced unit that we feel fits the bill perfectly. Whilst the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra didn't get any of our awards in this review it is still a very capable unit with lots of features and great accessories.

We looked at the bars of pressure on offer from each unit, the amount of water delivered in litres per hour, the hose length, what accessories the pressure washer came with plus much more. One of the key things about a pressure washer in our opinion was the warranty, dirt, water and electricity don't tend to mix very well so it is reassuring to have a good warranty on the product. We only selected power washers for our review that had a minimum of a 2 year warranty for your peace of mind.

Best pick pressure washer

Karcher K4 Pressure Washer

The Karcher K4 is our best pick pressure washer. It is priced in the middle of the Karcher range and mid priced as a whole in the review. It has plenty of power, fantastic features with regard to hose and lance storage, an LED readout for power and is generally the best all rounder without breaking the bank.

Best budget pressure washer

Karcher K2 Pressure Washer

The Karcher K2 is the cheapest pressure washer we have on review here. It is Karchers entry level jet wash , yet is perfectly adequate for the home user to wash their car with and do the summer spring clean of the garden with. It comes with the vario lance and the dirt buster lance and is priced as a must have tool for the garden.

Best tradesman pressure washer

Karcher K7 Pressure Washer

Our tradesman choice goes to the Karcher K7. What a machine! This good looking compact unit is capable of churning out 600 litres/hour with 160 bar of pressure! It has one lance a 3 in 1 lance that can be used as a dirt buster, variable speed lance or for low pressure detergent dispersal. Best of all it comes with a 5 year warranty.

Best DIY enthusiast pressure washer

Bosch AQT 35-12 Pressure Washer

The Bosch AQT 35-12 is in our opinion the best DIY enthusiasts choice. It's price is mid ranged, however if you are on a budget maybe consider the Nilfisk C110 4-5 X-Tra. It has some great features, is compact yet sturdy and finished off with a 3 year manufactures warranty.

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Our Top Pick of the Best - Karcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

Karcher K4 Pressure Washer
Karcher K4 Pressure Washer

Karcher K4 Full Control Pressure Washer

Karcher have really stepped up their game in recent years. Traditionally their range included models of varying power but my how things have changed. The Karcher K4 Full Control pressure washer really is a fantastic bit of kit.

The full control bit refers to whats included on top of the basic device. Karcher offers the same K4 model which offers no specification​ difference in a variety of guises. The full control being the creme de la creme. Featuring a LED display showing mode and pressure, integrated lance holder, telescopic handle and integrated hose management.

​This model is the middle of the road offering from Karcher and provides a great deal of power with regards to bars of pressure, displaces a huge 420 litres of water per hour and comes with a fantastic 3 year manufacturers warranty.​

  • 1800W
  • 130 Bar of pressure
  • 420 Litres/Hour
  • 3 Year warranty

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