After reviewing the best garment steamers, it is now time to see which are the best pressure washers for Australians.
If you’ve got a driveway or patio to clean, there are two ways you can go about that. The first is to get down on your hands and knees and scrub the entire thing manually. That can’t be comfortable, especially during the summer! You may also end up injuring yourself, crawling about like that. Sure, you could use a garden hose but can you really get enough pressure out of yours?
The second way is to get yourself a nice, professional pressure washer. This is what we’d recommend if you want to a sparkling clean driveway without putting in too much effort. Pressure washers have so much more power than the average garden hose. If you’ve got lots of stubborn contaminants moss, dirt or grime to get rid of, this is exactly what you need.
Modern pressure washers can cost anywhere between $50 to $1000. However, the ones on our list are nowhere near the latter price point and so are quite affordable.
What are the Different Types of Pressure Washers?
You have three main options when buying a pressure washer:
Electric Pressure Washers
Electric pressure washers are preferred by many homeowners for their general ease-of-use. They don’t cost much either and have no need for constant maintenance, which helps you save more in the long run. The only downside with electric pressure washers is that they need to be plugged in. This means you’ll have to lug around a power cord wherever you take it.
Petrol Pressure Washers
Unlike electric pressure washers, petrol-powered machines don’t need to be plugged in. They’re generally sturdier as well, so if you’ve got some heavy cleaning jobs this type of washer is what we’d recommend. That being said, they do require more maintenance than electric ones. They also output more noise and you need to keep buying petrol to use them.
Battery-powered Pressure Washers
These aren’t as common as the other two types, but a few manufacturers do offer them. Even though they can’t give you the same power as electric or petrol washers, they’re still great for the average homeowner. Plus they’re extremely portable!
Best Pressure Washers in Australia: Our Picks
Below are our picks for best pressure washers you can find in Australia. The following washers were selected based on both expert and customer reviews:
This electric washer is perfect for tougher cleaning jobs. If you’ve got some dirt and grime that just won’t come off with a regular hosing, the Jet-USA RX550 has more than enough pressure to blast them off. With 3800 pounds per square inch (PSI), you’ll be able to wash an entire boat in half the time it’ll usually take!
The RX550 comes with a commercial grade 20-meter hose attachment, which is more than enough length to clean the underside of a car with ease. In fact, combined with the 10-meter hose reel that’s probably enough to give your entire roof a wash!
The RX550 comes with other add-ons as well. This includes a turbo wand with a ceramic nozzle, a roof lance for cleaning hard-to-reach places and a couple of high-quality brushes that’ll loosen up any dirt coatings.
Even though it’s an electric pressure washer that needs to be plugged in, the wheel trolley design takes some of the hassle out of transporting it.
With 1740 PSI, you get less than half the maximum pressure that the Jet-USA RX550 is capable of. However, that’s still more than enough for home-use. You’ll be able to blast moss and slime off your patio with ease!
There are quite a few things we love about the EasyAquatak 120. Firstly, it comes fitted with a high-pressure detergent nozzle that’s perfect for giving your car a thorough-but-efficient cleaning. The EasyAquatak 120 also works quietly, especially when compared to petrol-powered washers. So you won’t have to worry about the neighbours complaining every time you use it.
Thanks to the EasyAquatak 120’s self-priming pump, you don’t have to keep filling it up with water. Instead, you can connect it to a container or tub and allow it to automatically draw up the water.
Lastly, the EasyAquatak 120 is extremely compact and lightweight. You can even open it up and store all the accessories inside!
Compared to its big brother, the RX525 sports a lighter design, making it easier to transport. It’s also much cheaper, meaning that it does lack a couple of things. Most importantly, its hose only stretches to five metres and its maximum pressure setting isn’t as high as the RX550. However, 3200 PSI is still more than enough for both home and commercial use.
Like the RX550, the RX525 comes with plenty of attachments. We absolutely love the Vari-Nozzle, which allows you to easily switch up the spray angle. Plus, the angled head allows you to get into those spots that are hard to reach. In addition, you also get two types of brushes and a detergent bottle, which allows you to get started straight away.
The WORX WG629E.1 is a battery-powered pressure washer and the least powerful on our list, capable of only 320 PSI. However, that’s still enough to do everything from removing mud from bikes to washing down the driveway. It’s also the most lightweight of all of the washers on our list, weighing just a bit more than half a kilo.
Just like the EasyAquatak 120, the WORX WG629E.1 is capable of drawing water on its own from a source like a bucket or a pond. In addition, its nozzle allows you to switch between multiple spray angles on the fly. This makes cleaning hard-to-reach places a breeze.
Something we especially love about this unit is its dual operation design which allows you to switch between power cleaning and watering modes.
The Giantz 8HP Pro-series High-Pressure Washer is the only petrol-powered unit on our list. Coincidentally, it is also the most powerful. Capable of a pressure of 4800 PSI (thanks to its 210cc engine), this washer is absolutely no toy! In fact, its max pressure setting might be overkill for the average homeowner.
That being said, the Giantz 8HP is capable of lighter cleaning jobs as well, thanks to five different nozzles it comes with: Soap Nozzle, Low Pressure, Wide Spray, Narrow Spray, Pencil Spray. A ‘turbo’ head is also included, in case you want the full 4800 PSI for a stubborn job. The 15-meter hose gives you enough length to take care of almost any cleaning task around the house.
As expected from a petrol-powered pressure washer, the Giantz 8HP can get a little noisy. Hence, if your neighbours are likely to complain about noise then this might not be the best option for you. You do have to go through the hassle of re-filling the fuel tank. However, with a capacity of 3.6 liters, you’ll be able to get a lot done in one go.
As you can see, you could get an excellent pressure washer in Australia without having to spend anywhere near $1000.
Why Should You Get A Pressure Washer?
We can sum up the answer in three words: ‘efficiency’, ‘convenience’ and ‘versatility’.
If it takes an hour for you to clean your driveway or patio, a pressure washer can do it in about 10 to 15 minutes. In addition, pressure washers use about 80% less water than the typical garden hose!
That’s not all. Most modern pressure washers come fitted with their very own detergent tanks. These are designed to ensure that detergent flows steadily into the pressurized stream, resulting in greater efficiency when cleaning.
Pressure washers can be utilized in a number of different cleaning scenarios including:
- Removal of stains from concrete surfaces. This includes oil stains
- Getting rid of moss attached to the surface of your patio
- Blasting off stubborn mud coatings which cling to your car’s exterior
- Giving outdoor furniture a nice cleaning
- Cleaning surfaces prior to painting.